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DROP DEAD HANDSOME by @morgankwyatt | @GoddessFish Presents #Cozy #Mystery + GC #Giveaways

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book blast tour for DROP DEAD HANDSOME by M.K. Scott, a Cozy Mystery available now from Sleeping Dragon Press.





Drop Dead Handsome
by M.K. Scott

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GENRE: Cozy Mystery


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BLURB:


The Painted Lady Inn is open for business and limping along in the B and B world. A high school reunion package assembles Donna’s least desirable classmates, including the backstabbing cheerleader, her narcissistic high school crush, and Arnie, whose cheesy poem had everyone calling her, hot mama. It’s all something she liked to forget. These are the normal guests.

An octogenarian self-proclaimed sleuth, Father Christmas, a dognapping couple, and a pair who is copying everything in the Inn to set up their own competitive establishment rounds out the group. Maria, the sister-in-law, has a matchmaking agenda for Donna. Daniel, her brother, finds himself serving as a referee with one guest’s multiple wives.

High school reunions can be murder. Detective Mark Taber is on the trail of the murderer, when he isn’t interfering in a smitten Arnie’s determined bid to woo the no nonsense innkeeper.



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EXCERPT:


By the time, she had the salts swept up and the broom stowed, Terri arrived. The woman swept in with the same arrogance Cleopatra must have shown entering Rome. A disdainful head tilt announced she’d been in grander accommodations. No mistaking the woman, she looked the same, only tighter as if her skin had shrunk, making her face all angles without any soft curves.

“Hello, Gentry, Terri, I have a reservation.”

Donna repressed an urge to remark that her presence made a reservation self-evident. “Yes, you do. Welcome to The Painted Lady Inn. Here’s your gift basket.” She pushed the remaining basket in Terri’s direction.

The woman pawed through the contents as her lips pulled down in a frown. “The bath salts that were advertised on the website ad are missing.”

Before she could answer, Terri continued.

“No way, I can carry it and my luggage upstairs. I guess it’s too much to expect a backwater establishment like this would have an elevator?” Her sneer announced she already knew the answer.

“Here at The Painted Lady Inn, we strive for authenticity.” It seemed a better answer than no, we don’t have an elevator.

Terri raised both eyebrows as she stared down at Donna, who had picked up both the woman’s suitcase and basket. Normally, the woman wouldn’t have anything on her height wise, but with her hunched over like Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, she was at a disadvantage.

What did she have in the suitcase? Bricks? She stood, straightening her back and retaining as much dignity as possible. “You’re in B2.”

“Hmm. Should I assume there’s no running water?”

Count to ten. She inhaled deeply. While she didn’t think it was possible, the woman had grown even more malicious with age. “Excuse me?” Maybe she hadn’t heard right.

“If you’re trying to return to Victorian times, then they wouldn’t have running water.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. Morgan’s daughter who manages a hotel provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Overall, it is a fun series to create and read. Drop Dead Handsome is the second book in the series. Killer Review should be out in October 2016.


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Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EQML0RO

Amazon Canada
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01EQML0RO

Amazon Australia
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01EQML0RO

Amazon Mexico
https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B01EQML0RO

Smashwords
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/639885

Forthcoming on KOBO, iTunes & Barnes and Noble



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GIVEAWAY: 

The author will be awarding a prize to multiple winners such as $50 Amazon Gift Cards, $15 Target or Groupon Gift Cards and other GCs and books to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


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#FFREADATHON July 10th - July 18th: Fantasy Favourites Read-a-Thon 2016

Olivia's Catastrophe: Fantasy Favourites Read-a-Thon 2016 (Sign Up!): 

"Hey everyone! I have some BRILLIANT news for you! Inge and Aly @ Of Wonderland have been planning and plotting with me secretly."









Hosted by Inge and Aly @ Of Wonderland and Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe



~ JULY 9 ~

Alrighty, I have my potential reads lined up. Most of the time, I end up reading something different. However, it is always good to start with a plan.


What are you reading for during the #FFREADATHON?


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Love, Alchemy by Eden Ashley
(New Adult, Romance, Fantasy)

I am featuring this book on Readeropolis on July 11. Check it out here.




Halflings (A Halflings Novel, #1) by Heather Burch 
(Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy)




Guardian (A Halflings Novel, #2) by Heather Burch
(Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy)




The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
(Epic Fantasy)




~ JULY 10 ~


Of course. I forgot to "officially" sign up. SMH.

And I went rogue on the very first day and started with books not on my list. My copy of The Fellowship of the Rings has not arrived yet. So it gave me a chance to finish up The Sea of Monsters. [I started it during the S'MORES & MAYHEM Read-A-Thon last week.]

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan
(Middle Grade, Mythology, Fantasy)




Now I am listening to the audio version of The Paper Magician because the book cover called to me from my tablet. Really. It did.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
(Historical, Romance, Fantasy)





~ JULY 11 ~

I am about half way through The Paper Magician. It is not going at all like I thought it would. That is both good and bad.


~ JULY 12 ~

I am about fifteen pages away from finishing The Paper Magician. The book has me scratching my head about a few things.


~ JULY 13 ~

FINISHED! I need to check out some book reviews to see if it is just me. I am debating whether or not to read book two. The cover is as equally lovely as book one.

Release Event (w/ Giveaway) - Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander | Bakeshop #Mystery


Welcome to the release event for Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander! This is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and releases June 28th by St. Martin's Press. You can buy it from your local bookshop or order a signed copy from the authors local bookshop.

Guest Post: Baking Behind the Scenes

Welcome to Torte, where the bread is always served warm with a pat of hand-churned butter, and a side of love. Torte, the artisan family bakeshop in my culinary mystery series, is a gathering place for the community. Locals and tourists stop in for fresh raspberry scones, slices of decadent double chocolate cake, and to talk about all the gossip and news around town. I love getting to create a comforting and welcoming bakeshop and writing about food. However, I’m not a trained pastry chef which means that I spend a lot of time visiting real bakeries and interviewing professional chefs. It’s a rough job, I know.

I thought it would be fun to give you a taste (pun intended) of the research that goes into learning the inner workings of the culinary world.


For starters I think about the actual space. Because Torte is located in Ashland, Oregon, home of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it has to have a touch of Shakespeare and whimsy. It’s painted cheery red and teal blue with corrugated metal siding, bistro tables, and a chalkboard menu. One of my bakery inspirations is a place called Cake Happy in Camas, Washington. It’s a family run shop with gorgeous window displays, a rustic elegant vibe, and plenty of cozy couches to curl up with a red velvet cupcake and steaming hot latte.

Another thing that I do when I’m working on a book is interview pastry chefs. I’ve learned so many tricks of the trade, quick tips for baking, and even gotten a few new ideas on how to bump someone off in a bakeshop from chatting with chefs. I’ve been so impressed to watch how they orchestrate a blur of staff, a frenzy of chopping knives, and plate after plate of styled food. One of the most amazing experiences that I’ve had behind the scenes in a professional kitchen was at the NW Culinary Institute where I spent an evening watching chefs-in-training at work as they prepared a six course meal that almost too pretty to eat and tasted even better.


Speaking of taste, I can’t even begin to count how many pastries and baked goods I’ve sampled in the last few years. Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, but my waistline might be in trouble. Whenever I travel I ask for recommendations on the best places to score a sweet eat in town. I’ve never been disappointed in my search and I try to find unusual flavor combinations and exotic delicacies when I’m exploring a new place, some of which have even found their way into the pages of the books. One standout tasting memory was at the dessert buffet in Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I still dream of the miles of cakes, macaroons, chocolate dipped strawberries, and petit fours. Yum!


Lastly, one of the most rewarding and humbling things about writing the series has been connecting with local bakers. They have welcomed me into their kitchens, championed the books, and created stunning masterpieces like this cakescape from the book release party for the third book in the series, On Thin Icing. My local pastry muse is Kristina with Tier Catering who treated the audience to a hands-on icing demonstration and a tutorial on the best way to cut a cake. Seriously, I think I have the best job ever!

Here’s to all the bakers—whether in your home kitchen or in a 5-star restaurant—I hope you enjoy my fictional bakeshop in Caught Bread Handed.

Happy Baking!

~Ellie


About the Book:

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakeshop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary… especially when murder is thrown into the mix. When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start… and risk getting burned?

About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.



GIVEAWAY:


Signed copies of all 4 books in the Bakeshop Mysteries, Cupcake tea towel and pot holder, Love cake topper, Bakeshop page flags, Assortment of gourmet lemonade and Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie mix. 
US only.
Ends July 20th
Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s ‘Dwelling Places’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell's new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you'll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer
One second place winner will receive:
  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda's blog.

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S'MORES & MAYHEM #ReadAThon 2016 | Announcement & TBR via @akossket | #smoresandmayhem #mglit

I heard Akossiwa K's S'MORES & MAYHEM Read-A-Thon mentioned in LizziefayeLovesBooks' Friday Reads 6-24-16 video. Sounds like fun!

It runs July 1 through July 8. Are you planning to participate?





Blog: http://akossiwaketoglo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/akossket

Instagram: http://instagram.com/akossket


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I am going to read the two first books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series during the read-a-thon.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ( #1)





The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (#2)

The Night Circus by @erinmorgenstern | July 2016 #ReadAlong | LizziefayeLovesBooks #amreading

If you want to join in with LizziefayeLovesBooks and her reading friends for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern read along this coming week, click on the Goodreads Group below.


Although it is not a mystery, she has started some discussion threads on the Mystery Madness group page (on GoodReads.com) for lack of a better place to discuss it as a group.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...






I plan to join if I can get my hot hands on a copy. I could have sworn I bought a copy of this book in the Spring.


<sigh> Reader problems...



With Love for Books: Romantic Summer Read Giveaway

With Love for Books: Romantic Summer Read Giveaway:       Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a romantic summer read worth $14. Good luck!    a Rafflecopter giveaway   ...

With Love for Books: Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

With Love for Books: Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop:   Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a book of choice worth $12. Good luck!    a Rafflecopter giveaway   The winner wi...

Varina Denman’s ‘Jilted’ $50 Sweet Summertime Giveaway

Can all things really work together for good, and can the joy of living be found once again?

Don't miss one woman's story in book three, Jilted, of Varina Denman's Mended Hearts series. Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.

Celebrate the release of Varina's Jilted by entering to win a $50 gift card.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Jilted to kick off a summer of reading
  • A $50 Kohl's gift card to make your summertime sweet
The giveaway ends on July 1st. The winner will be announced July 5th on Varina's website.

With Love for Books: Eight Books Giveaway

With Love for Books: Eight Books Giveaway:     The winner of this giveaway will receive eight books. Good luck!    a Rafflecopter giveaway   The winner will be notif...

MARIONETTES by @KerryDenney | Excerpt & $20 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual blurb blitz tour for Marionettes by Kerry Alan Denney, a supernatural thriller. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning the giveaway featured below.

The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.



Marionettes
by Kerry Alan Denney

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GENRE: Supernatural thriller

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BLURB:


Resuscitated after he drowns and dies in a flood, David Flint discovers he has returned from the other side with an uncanny ability: He can “jump” into people’s bodies and minds, and control their thoughts and actions.

David believes it's a gift, and wants to use it to help people. Then four members of a ruthless drug ring savagely attack his fiancée and leave her in a coma, and David tries to use his new power to destroy the whole ring. But the ringleader, a voodoo priest known as the Zombie Master, is a formidable man with a deadly secret: He has the same incredible ability as David.

When the two human marionette masters clash in a brutal bloody showdown, using the ring’s members as their puppets, David discovers he’s battling for much more than his life—he’s fighting to rid the world of an evil human abomination.

Marionettes illuminates the greatest achievements of the human spirit and the darkest corridors of our minds, and answers the age-old question: What are the consequences of absolute power?



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EXCERPT:


My head was turned sideways, and I struggled to push myself into a sitting position only to find another sadistic little swordsman was trying to slice his way out of my gut.

“Let me adjust your bed. Take your time, sweetie,” the angel said. She used the bed’s controls to raise it so I could sit up.

The combination of the brutal swordsman in my gut, the vicious little bastards in my throat, and jackhammer-man in my head made me want out of this bad dream. That’s when things got mega-weird: I found myself inexplicably staring down at… me. My face was slack, my features drooping, and my open eyes looked empty and barely aware.

It scared the hell out of me, dream or not.



I saw the angel’s delicate hands gently adjust my shoulders and brush strands of my long dark hair out of my eyes from her perspective, as though her hands were mine.

I’m Cynthia, a nurse, I realized. I have two kids—Johnny and Leah—and a doting husband named Paul who is a wonderful father to our children. I want more than ever to help my patient, David Flint—the subject of much gossip among the second floor nursing staff—to be well and whole again.

“Little pieces, David,” Cynthia said, feeding ice chips from a spoon to the bedridden zombie who looked like me. I worried about the slack look on my face. “Let them melt in your mouth.”

Cynthia knew about Karin’s tragic death, and felt sorry for me at the same time that she felt hopeful for my continued recovery. This screwed with my mind, and because pity is something I can’t tolerate, I found myself jerked out of Cynthia’s perspective and back into my own.

I felt the cool, soothing comfort of the melting ice slide down my throat and wash away some of the little swordsmen. Take that, you bastards. But the pleasant sensation triggered a darker, nasty memory of brackish waters involuntarily swallowed recently.

My body shook with spasms as the memory rose to the surface of my mind and hit me like a sledgehammer blow crushing my skull. The surrounding dark waters engulfed me, and I panicked.

“Can’t… breathe,” I rasped, grabbing Cynthia’s arm. “Save me.”

“Oh honey, you’re remembering, aren’t you?” Cynthia took my hand and set the cup of ice chips on the rotating bedside table.

“Drowning,” I croaked, squeezing her hand. “Save me.”

“No, David, you’re not drowning. You’re in the hospital, safe and alive, and I’m right here with you.”

“Don’t leave me.”

“I’m not going anywhere.”

I looked up into her kind eyes, and saw worry etch lines in her brow. I suddenly remembered the razor-sharp chunk of glass penetrating my gut as I submerged beneath dark waters, unable to stay afloat any longer. That was when I gave in to the merciless deluge, seeing Karin’s face before me as I drowned.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Colleagues and readers have dubbed Kerry Alan Denney The Reality Bender. The multiple award-winning author of the paranormal thrillers Dreamweavers (Juju Mojo Publications, August 2015) and Soulsnatcher (Juju Mojo Publications, April 2014), the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/ horror thriller Jagannath (Permuted Press, February 2015), and numerous short stories published online and in anthologies, Kerry blends elements of the supernatural, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in his work: speculative fiction at its wildest and craziest. With joy, malicious glee, and a touch of madness, he writes reality-bending thrillers, even when the voices don’t compel him to. His protagonists are his children, and he loves them as dearly as he despises his antagonists... even when he has to kill them.

On July 24, 2015, Jagannath became a #1 Amazon bestseller. On March 31, 2015, Soulsnatcher won 2nd Place as 2014 Book of the Year in The Drunken Druid’s International Book Award competition. Jagannath and Soulsnatcher each received a rave blurb from New York Times bestselling author James Rollins.

Kerry lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his golden retriever Holly Jolly, a veteran professional Therapy Dog, where he is currently writing his next supernatural thriller... and deciding who to kill in it.

Be on the lookout for Kerry’s new post-apocalyptic/ paranormal thriller A Mighty Rolling Thunder, coming December 3, 2016 from Burning Willow Press.


Kerry’s website:
http://www.kerrydenney.com


Follow Kerry on his Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Alan-Denney/e/B00K378HHS


Follow Kerry on Twitter: @KerryDenney
https://twitter.com/KerryDenney


Kerry’s Goodreads Author Page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8187822.Kerry_Alan_Denney


Kerry’s Facebook Author/ Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/KerryAlanDenneyTheRealityBender


Join Kerry on Google+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/102464185794371169075/posts


DREAMWEAVERS on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Dreamweavers-Kerry-Alan-Denney-ebook/dp/B013C9QH66


JAGANNATH on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Jagannath-Kerry-Alan-Denney-ebook/dp/B00SSGAHBK




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GIVEAWAY 


Kerry Alan Denney will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Q&A w/ Jennifer-Crystal Johnson | FIBERS | @GoddessFish & @brokenpoet Present #ScienceFiction + $10 GC #Giveaway

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for FIBERS by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson, a science fiction book available soon from Broken Publications.



Fiber
by Jennifer-Crystal Johnson

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:


Anna Reynolds is caught up in the middle of a secret interdimensional government agreement... and she doesn't even know it.

There's a medical anomaly loosely dubbed Morgellons disease afflicting a number of people. Symptoms include open sores that produce colorful string-like fibers, fatigue, and nightmarish visions of shadowy figures. No one knows where it came from. No one knows what causes it. There is no cure.

When Anna begins having nightmares and waking hallucinations of the shadow people, her uneasiness about her condition grows. Enlisting the help of her doctor and some friends, Anna is determined to find out what's really going on and why Morgellons is such a mystery.

With her health declining and doubts about whom she can trust, is Anna doomed to become a slave to her condition? Or will she and her unlikely group of would-be heroes come through, saving her... and, ultimately, the world?



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EXCERPT:



Standing slowly with her palm pressed to her eye, she spotted a tiny clump on the counter not far from the tweezers. It looked like balled up blue and red string wrapped in eye goo. But when she touched it gingerly with her fingertip, it felt hard, similar to rock or crystals. She turned off the water.

Not wanting to leave this cluster of strange unattended, she picked up the tweezers again and pinched the whole mess between the tips. Cupping her left hand underneath, she took it to a kitchen counter and turned on the overhead light.

Squinting her hazel eyes, she poked at the tiny mass with the tip of the tweezers, suddenly wishing she had another pair.

“What the hell are you...?” she muttered under her breath, trying to keep her breathing shallow so she wouldn’t accidentally exhale it away and lose it. She noted that her eye felt perfectly fine. A little sore, but not bad. She decided to get a toothpick from the silverware drawer and pinched the balled up fibers in the tips of the tweezers again. Just in case.

As she loosened the tweezers and brought the toothpick closer to the tear duct excretion, she watched the blue string she had pulled on stretch itself slowly toward the wood.

“No way,” she muttered, moving the wooden toothpick closer. She moved it left, then right... each time she moved it, the tiny string followed. She saw the red one poking out from the tangled mass, too, and she dropped the tweezers and the toothpick, stepping back and taking a deep breath as she cupped her hand over her mouth.

What is that?


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INTERVIEW:


First, I’d like to say thank you so much for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you! I hope you’re enjoying your week so far and that you love the concept of the Infiltration Trilogy and its first segment, Fibers =).



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

It was originally supposed to be a standalone novel, but after getting back into writing it last year (I was stuck for a while at about 30k words) and finding someone to brainstorm ideas with, it became clear that the story is way too big to fit into a single novel. I chose the title Fibers because of Morgellons disease and the mysterious strings it creates seemingly from nothing within wounds on the skin. I chose the Infiltration Trilogy because it is equal parts appropriate and misleading… but I won’t say anything more than that because I don’t want to give too much away =).



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




The cover art is based on a collaboration with two friends and my oldest daughter. The idea came up in discussion because of one of the earlier scenes in the novel where Anna pulls a tangle of fibers from her tear duct, which is disturbing enough to communicate the creepy/thriller vibe of the novel while also being strange enough to make sci-fi the obvious genre. As soon as I wrote the scene, I knew it was the one for the cover… and then it was just a matter of figuring out how to make it happen.

Luckily, I have a friend who studied special effects makeup and another friend who is a photographer, so my daughter modeled and my friends turned my living room into a studio for a day =). After that it was just a matter of finding the perfect font and putting the cover together in Photoshop.



Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book:

There is definitely one very interesting fun fact about this book… it actually weirded me out when it happened because it was such a strange coincidence, but I have a tendency to take things like that as signs pointing me in the right direction, anyway ;).

One night I was thinking about who my main character really is because I was having one heck of a time with character development, seeing my characters as real people instead of characters in a book, if that makes sense. So I asked myself, “Who is Anna Reynolds?” and created a rough character sketch with some basic facts about who she is and what she looks like.

The next morning I still wasn’t 100% certain of my character, but I started my day going through my emails and was shocked to see an email from an Anna Reynolds. The kicker? The subject line read, “Allow me to introduce myself!”



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

I would absolutely love to hear from you! There are a number of places you can find me online including Facebook, Twitter, or my website, which links to both social media sites: www.JenniferCrystalJohnson.com. There you can also find my blog and information about all of the books I’ve written and published. My website is the central location for everything, so you can find everything else from there =).


What can we expect from you in the future?

I have some big plans for stories and series, so you can expect many more novels from me, mostly sci-fi and/or thrillers. Of course my top priority is to finish the Infiltration Trilogy, but after that I already have another series planned that was inspired by a dream I had and will be epic =).


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Word of mouth is still the best promotion, so recommend it if you love it =). Also, book reviews are extremely important and most book reviewers tend to be overloaded with books they still have to read, making that a tedious process. If you read the book and like it, please leave a review – I made it a point to include a link to the product page at the end of the book so it’s easy to click through and leave a review quickly.


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

For readers – and I don’t know how much this applies to other authors’ books, but it definitely applies to mine – pay attention. I’m a slow reader because I don’t want to miss anything, but I know a lot of people who are not that way. There were a couple of things in Fibers that I thought were completely covered and pull the story together well, but people often miss subtlety, so it helps to fully read the book, not just skim through it.

For writers – write like crazy and get feedback. I know writing feels like a very lonely profession, and in some ways it is because it can be so personal. However, when you’re working on a book you want to see published, getting feedback is extremely important to make your work the absolute best it can be. However, you probably want to make sure you’ve finished your own revision process before asking for feedback. You can only make it your absolute best after you’ve already revised the things you’ve found during the first, second, or third (or more) pass. For Fibers, I did about nine or ten revisions before sending it for feedback, then I did two or three more, plus editing. The point is, you definitely want to be confident in your work while also not freaking yourself out after submitting or publishing. It’s a challenge, but it can be done =). And yes, you can feel amazing about the entire process.


In closing, I’d like to thank you all again for taking the time to read about my book, the writing process, and the adventures along the way =). If you think it sounds like an awesome story, please buy the book or borrow it for free through Kindle Unlimited and leave a review if you love it =). I look forward to hearing any thoughts you’d like to share with me, too! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and thanks again.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Jennifer-Crystal Johnson is originally from Germany, but was raised an Army brat. She has published one novella under her former last name, The Outside Girl: Perception is Reality (Publish America, 2005 - out of print as of 2013), a poetry book, Napkin Poetry (Broken Publications, 2010), and a collection of poetry, art, and prose called Strangers with Familiar Faces (Broken Publications, 2011). She's also published a collection of short creature horror stories called If You're Human Don't Open the Door (Broken Publications, 2012), a personal development book called The Ten Pillars of a Happy Relationship (Broken Publications, 2014), and a collection of more horror stories (no creatures this time, just people) called Our Capacity for Evil (Broken Publications, 2015). She has several poems and short stories published on Every Writer's Resource and has recently published a science fiction novel called Fibers, the first book in the Infiltration Trilogy.

Jen owns and operates Broken Publications (www.BrokenPublications.com) and publishes an annual anthology to raise awareness about domestic violence called Soul Vomit (www.SoulVomit.com). When she isn't writing or editing, she enjoys playing games with her three kids, watching crime shows on Netflix, or reading. She lives in WA State with her three children, three cats, and a crazy puppy named Thor.





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THE HEALER'S RUNE by @lauriciamatuska | @GoddessFish Presents #Fantasy + $20 GC #Giveaway

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The Healer’s Rune
by Lauricia Matuska

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:


Three hundred years after a great war shattered the Council of Races, the warriors of Rüddan have all but eradicated their cousins, the faerie Aethel. In so doing, they decimated the Dryht sages and enslaved mortal Humanity. Now a voice rises above the chaos and calls her people to rebel. Young Sabine, one of the Human slaves, must learn to overcome centuries of lies and prejudice to forge an alliance between four enemy races. But what chance does she stand to overthrow the Rüddan with her dangerous secret, a secret that threatens not only her own life but the existence of all the races on the planet?



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EXCERPT:


A tall, slender figure stood before the wall, a dim shadow outlined in sharp angles by the golden light. Prompted by some silent cue, it stepped into the light and seemed to shrink, as if walking away. Suddenly, it disappeared, and the yellow light began to fade. Before Sabine knew what was happening, the glow winked out so abruptly that bright spots danced through her vision. She waited for her eyes to adjust to the darkness.

When she could see once more, the wall looked normal, each brick placed upon another in its ordinary manner.

Magic! Sabine began to tremble.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Lauricia Matuska has taught high school literature and creative writing classes for more than ten years. She first discovered the realm of fantasy by traveling with Lucy through the wardrobe to Narnia. Since then, she has established dual-residency between that world and this one, and she currently serves as an ambassador to contemporary youth and young adults. The Healer’s Rune is the first novel in her Ceryn Roh trilogy.
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