Friday, March 16, 2018

#NEW Release: BLACK AND BLUE by Cynthia Rayne

Black and Blue
Cynthia Rayne
(Black Star Security, #1)
Publication date: March 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Life can leave you bruised
Former Navy SEAL, Jackson West, is starting over. After his son died, West chose between serving his country and being the parent his young daughter deserves. He’s missed too much already and isn’t wasting another second. West formed Black Star Security with his military buddies, and they’re gonna kick a little @ss. For a price.
Sometimes you need a second chance
Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Foster accidentally got her partner killed during a routine prisoner transport. Now three dangerous felons are roaming the Kentucky countryside, and it’s all her fault. West is also hunting the fugitives and Annie’s assisting. She’s devastated but determined to make it right. Although, Annie didn’t count on West, a big, bad alpha male who’s an intoxicating mixture of ruthless and tender.
Will they capture the escaped convicts? And will West and Annie take a chance on each other?

Author Bio:
Cynthia Rayne is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Black Star Security Series, the Lone Star Mobster Series and the Four Horsemen MC Series. While Cynthia was born and raised a damn Yankee in Ohio, her parents hail from Dixie, and she grew up on homemade buttermilk biscuits and southern wisdom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Interview with Tate James/CM Stunich, DARK GLITTER

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Dark Glitter is book 1 in The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club which will be a trilogy. Book 2, Cruel Glamour, comes out on April 1st. It’s a story about the Wild Hunt who have been trapped in the human world for hundreds of years while the Veil Keeper was missing. Now she has resurfaced.

Do you have a favorite character?
Reece. He is so much fun to write. His whole speech pattern is based on a guy we met in New Orleans called Al.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
We have loads of manuscripts in the works for self-publication! Neither of us use traditional publishers at this point in time but you never know what the future might hold.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
Mostly just freedom with speed of release. Being able to set our own release dates and deadlines to suit our own schedules.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Graphic designer and we weren’t actually very involved at all. It was a cover she made because inspiration hit her, and we just happened to have a story that was perfect for it.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Music, with noise cancelling headphones. But only instrumental music as I find lyrics distract me too much.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Just go with the flow! Our characters dictate the story so it’s always exciting to see where they take us.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
CM currently has some books wide with ibooks and Barnes and Noble but Tate is exclusive to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Cats, Chocolate, Coffee, Text and Night. 😊

What’s next for you?
Next we have the second book in this series, Cruel Glamour, releasing on April 1st as well as a new series starting on April 18th called The Nine.

Dark Glitter
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.
Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.
Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.
When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

Author Bio:

Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

Author links:
Website / Facebook / Instagram

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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Interview with Gwendolyn Druyor, SHIFTER SCHOOL

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Shifter School is the first book in my Shifter School series. It’s the story of Laylea, a werehuman who has little control over when she’s a dog and when she’s a girl. For everyone’s safety, she’s condemned to a super-secret, underground shifter academy until she learns how to shift. Not surprisingly, her Private Investigator soul sniffs out diabolical dangers to the shifter kids and like any good terrier, she won’t let it go until she’s gotten her answers.

Do you have a favorite character?
I am surprised by how much I’ve fallen in love with Kyle. Kyle was one of Laylea’s only normal human friends until he got bitten by a vampire. Even after that happened, I wasn’t sure if Kyle had what it took to survive. He’s a funny guy. But he’s got a lot of love in his life and that gave him a reason to live. He’s still funny. He’s battling the dangers of living as a demon now. His soul is at risk. Laylea is the only friend from his life who knows and their relationship is crazy dynamic. He’s an adult. He was a homicide detective. He had a wife and a child. But he’s new to this wyrd world that Laylea grew up in. Her adoptive mother is a witch. She’s a shifter. So, he knows more about the world. She knows more about the curse.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did. My epic fantasy Hardt’s Tale won a book publishing contest and was traditionally published. I didn’t enjoy that adventure as much. I learned about indie publishing from the authors whose books I was narrating and I gave it a shot with Geoffrey’s Queen and fell in love. I have a lot to learn. But I have the time and passion to search out everything I need to learn.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first or latest book.
My first book was a crazy journey. I got the idea for it, the idea to write it in the form of a Möbius strip with no beginning and no end, in college. I finally really found the time to work on it when I lived in Amsterdam. I fleshed it out back in the states during my 45 minute daily commute to downtown Chicago. I happened to be dating a guy in Denver at the time and I was very active in the Society of American Fight Directors. It’s all in the book and reading it, for me, is like watching a slide show of those twenty years of my life. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I listen to instrumental hip-hop, Bach, film scores, video game scores, anything fun and creative with no words. I can’t have words. And YET, I keep forgetting that and putting big band on Pandora. Whoops! Not only do I start singing along, there are certain songs that demand you get to your feet and dance. Big Band is not a good writing soundtrack for me.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I outline my stories and then go where my muse takes me. She’s not into plans.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
I’m learning every day. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to ask for help. That’s the best way to find the humans that will make your life beautiful.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
YES! I need to get back to Act III of WereHuman: The Warrior’s Son right now. It’s poking at the back of my brain and it won’t stop until I’ve finished, edited, and narrated the book. WereHuman: The Hunter’s Heir is already making me daydream scenes. I’m in this to write the stories.
Marketing drives me batty. When I come up with a good sales blurb, it’s like bursting through the tape at the end of a marathon (minus the endorphins). I’m possibly equally as sweaty.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Acting. Dogs. Dancing. Hiking. Fighting. I am not short on passions.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
DOGS! Yet, Laylea is going to learn in Shifter School that you can’t judge all cats by the evil Lucid. My partner’s cat scratched me every day for the ten years I lived with her. She hated me.
VANILLA! I LOVE vanilla, except in sex. (whoops, overshare!)
TEA! I am sipping a vanilla creme Earl Grey right now. I also love chai. I learned to drink tea in Amsterdam because I cannot stand coffee but I needed something to drink at the cafes on those days when the sun came out and nobody went to work. In Amsterdam, they bring you cookies with your tea. I am an expert at dunking cookies to JUST before they disintegrate.
TEXT! I am awful on the phone. I need to see a person’s face to have a good conversation. I’d say I need to work on that but my mom loves FaceTime and my girl Kissy and I chat through MarcoPolo these days. So, it’s okay.
I’m a theater person so night has always been my answer. But I’ve taken up running and prefer to do that early in the morning. If I could do a couple hours of dawn straight into early evening for the rest of my writing time, followed by night for shows, dancing, and playtime, that would be ideal. If we consider dawn to really just be the end of night. I think my answer is NIGHT.
What’s next for you?
I am finishing up WereHuman: The Warrior’s Son and rolling straight into WereHuman: The Hunter’s Heir. Then I’m going to go play with some funny friends at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Which means I’ll have to write a few international episodes in my Killer on Call thriller series. In the fall I’m going to write Shifter Blood, the next chapter in Laylea’s adventures and I’ll finish up my epic fantasy trilogy, Mobious’ Quest. It’s going to be an amazing year!

It’s been really nice chatting with you. Thanks for the opportunity!


She’s gonna get them all killed.

So they locked her away.

Laylea has been hiding her entire life. She’s never been to school. She’s never had a friend her own age. She’s never known anyone else like her.

All that is about to change. 

In a world hidden from wyrdos and humans alike, shifters are still recovering from a vicious plot to destroy them all. They have two laws they live by now:

1) Hide 

2) Protect the children at all costs.

Laylea has just broken rule number one. But she’s only fourteen. So they’re sending her to school. Where she’s going to learn . . .

Anyplace can be a prison.

The Lincoln Park Shifter School is not your grandma’s uber-secret, underground academy.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gwendolyn Druyor was born at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station Hospital, North Kingston, RI. The ID bracelet wrapped three times around her little wrist. She could swim before she could walk and read before she started school.

She has traveled the world telling stories. After a year in Amsterdam writing and performing sketch comedy at Boom Chicago, she toured North America with Shenandoah Shakespeare and with the incredible educational show Sex Signals. From Paris, FR to William’s Bay, WI, you’ll find her gypsy life reflected in her books. If you met her on the road, read her closely, you may find yourself in there.

For now, Gwendolyn lives in Hollywood with her Irish Jack Russell, Josh Lyman Zyrga, who is still pouting over the fact that she didn’t put him on the cover of WereHuman.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Interview with Rook Winters, THE BRANCH OFFICE

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Branch Office is about a band of coworkers at a tech company. I call it part tribute and part lampoon of office life. At the heart of the story are two cubicle neighbors at different stages of their careers and with very different aspirations. One wants to get ahead while the other just wants to be left alone, but things at work and in their personal lives aren’t making that easy for either of them. The book has quirky personalities, absurd behavior, awkward situations, brogrammers, company softball games, and plenty of doughnuts.

It’s not a series yet, but I do have a short novella (Minivans and Baseball) following one of the minor characters from the same time as the start of The Branch Office. I have plans for two more novels in the same small city with some of the same characters in new circumstances.

Do you have a favorite character?
Oh, that’s a tricky question. For me, the office itself is almost a character and if I had to pick a favorite, that would be it. But that’s kind of a cop-out answer. The real answer is no because there are aspects of each character that fascinate me.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first or latest book.
“Write a novel” was on my bucket list for years. Like a lot of aspiring authors, I have a collection of opening chapters to books squirreled away in a folder. When I left my corporate job in the first half of 2017, I had some vacation time to use up. I’m not one to sit idle for long and I wanted to channel my energy into something creative but not directly work related. Since I’m a software developer, that meant shunning my initial instinct to build some kind of app. I joined a novel writing workshop and was really encouraged by the positive feedback I received from everyone. I decided this would be the book I would actually finish and we’d see what happens. And here we are!

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
When I got serious about writing the book, I started listening to a few podcasts about writing fiction. One in particular, The Creative Penn, has a heavy focus on self-publishing authors. Binge listening to the archive of episodes gave me a crash course on the state of indie publishing. I have an entrepreneurial bent and everything about it resonated with me. After talking with a successful self-published author about his experiences, I knew it was the right path for me.

I’m not dead set against traditional publishing but I’m not pursuing it because so much about indie publishing feels natural to me.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I do and they did. I owe a huge debt my critique group and a couple other people beyond the group who provided thoughtful critique on my drafts.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I need variety. I have a sit-stand desk with a mechanical keyboard (I’m a computer keyboard nerd—tenkeyless with Cherry MX Brown switches for those who care). I normally tackle some administrative tasks early in the day. I find my brain isn’t ready for creative writing for the first hour or two. I’m trying to learn to write while standing. So far, I find it easier to write fiction while sitting and do other work while standing.

Since I like variety, I don’t have one set routine for background noise. Some days I blast music over a speaker. Other days I like the isolation of headphones. I have to listen to instrumental music or music that I’ve loved for many years so the lyrics don’t distract me. The best writing days are when I start an album and don’t notice when it ends because I’m so absorbed with my characters. I’ll often head out to a coffee shop or library for an hour or two in the middle of the day for a change of scenery and sounds.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
A bit of both. I’ve had a coarse outline for everything I’ve written so far but once I’m really into the story, I only let the outline keep me from getting totally lost while I follow the flow of the story.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I did. I was resolute in my decision to find an editor but I was quite anxious about finding the right fit. As is my way, I did a ton of research. Ultimately, I hired Christine Gordon Manley from Manley Mann Media. Even before she did a sample edit, I had a feeling we were going to be compatible because she wrote a blog post titled “Who gives a blank about the Oxford comma? (Christine does.)” The tone of the post was great but, more importantly, she was pro-Oxford comma. Maybe it’s the fastidious programmer in me talking but the Oxford comma just makes sense.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I’m most active on Twitter. I’m @rookwinters there and on Instagram. I have a Facebook page where I post occasionally. I’m also starting to get more active on Goodreads.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Absolutely. There’s always more you can do for marketing and I enjoy things like talking with bloggers and writing guest posts. I’m working on a middle grade book before I write the sequel to The Branch Office and my daughter asks me every day after school if I’m working on “the good book,” so that gives me some extra motivation to not neglect the new book.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
My world revolves around my family. That’s my number one passion. I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking, and Oxford commas. OK, maybe the Oxford comma isn’t a passion per se but I’d be pretty unhappy if that list was missing one.

Oh, and dad jokes. I love dad jokes. The more groan-worthy, the better.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Dogs. Vanilla. Tea. Those are three of the best things in the world right there!
I’m an introvert so it’s text before talking. I’m a natural nighthawk, which is terribly inconvenient when your wife is a morning person and your children are in school. I end up being sleep deprived more often than I should.

What’s next for you?
When not promoting The Branch Office, I’ll be finishing the first draft of my middle grade book so my daughter can critique it. I’m hopeful that will be a positive experience for both of us (fingers crossed). After that, I’ll be writing the sequel to The Branch Office. I have the premise of that book ready but I won’t get serious about outlining the story until the middle grade book is in my daughter’s hands.


Author Bio:
Rook Winters is a tea drinker with a writing habit. In 2017, he left his corporate job and focused on writing full-time. His debut novel, The Branch Office, was released in January 2018. 

He lives in New Brunswick, Canada with his wife, children, and Australian Shepherd. He’s a stickler for Oxford commas and a sucker for dad jokes. He’s @rookwinters on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, March 9, 2018

#Excerpt: DRAGON BLESSED by Ophelia Bell

Dragon Blessed
Ophelia Bell
(An Immortal Dragons Novel)
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Dragon-blessed twins Neela and Naaz have waited nearly three thousand years for their chance to awaken their fated dragon mates. On the brink of a war with the enemy who enslaved them, their commander finally sends them to do just that.
But the twins’ mission isn’t called “Operation Wildcard” for no reason. These dragons are unique. Zorion and Asha are the children of the Immortal Blue named Belah; Zorion was sired by none other than The Void himself, and Asha is the product of Belah’s ancient union with the dragons’ former enemy who is now their most powerful champion in the war. These dragons’ powers are unknown, and Neela and Naaz will be the humans to reveal them and recruit them for their cause.
But their true enemy is ever watchful, and when Neela makes a risky decision to reveal her new lover’s powers, things go wrong. It will take nothing short of immortal dragon fire to set things right, and neither twin will emerge quite the same.

Author Bio:
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Interview with Brooklyn Ann, FORBIDDEN SONG

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Forbidden Song is the 5th book in the Hearts of Metal series. The series focuses on people finding love in the chaotic and sometimes brutal world of heavy metal music, and currently features characters from three different bands. Forbidden Song was a fun one because the hero of the first book (Quinn Mayne, lead singer of Viciöus) is the bad guy in this one. Why, readers may ask? Because the heroine is his little sister and the hero is the womanizing lead singer of Bleeding Vengeance, a band that Viciöus often tours with.

Do you have a favorite character?
My favorites in my other series often fluctuate on my moods, but for the Hearts of Metal series, I have to say it’s Klement, the bass player of Bleeding Vengeance. Truth time here, I’m biased, since he’s loosely based on a bass-player and IT Guy that I had a crush on when I started writing the series. Eventually, I convinced him to date me. I still can’t read the character without picturing him.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes, actually that scenario is what made this book happen. Back when I wrote With Vengeance, Cliff was supposed to just be me giving the finger to love triangles. In the beginning, the heroine, Kat, has a crush on Cliff because he’s the hot lead singer of the band. But she quickly loses her infatuation when she learns that Cliff is kind of a douche and that the bass player is smart, kind, and sexy. However, Cliff ended up being not such a bad guy, so of course, I totally had to give him his HEA in Forbidden Song.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m a hybrid author. My Hearts of Metal series is contracted with Boroughs Publishing Group, but my Brides of Prophecy series is indie published. It’s been fun and challenging to do both.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I usually get to give feedback on the covers for my Hearts of Metal books. For my Brides of Prophecy and last three Scandals with Bite books, I did the covers myself because I was an artist before I was a writer.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I do a bit of both. I’ll jot down notes about things that I know will happen in the story, but my muse often surprises me with how they get there.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes. My books are on sale on Boroughs Publishing Group’s website, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords in print and ebook formats. Also, you can get them from most libraries either in print or in ebook.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Big time. Aside from trying to organize time for each, I sometimes suffer from social anxiety, so that can make marketing tough. And you’d think that at least when I have writer’s block, I’d use my time to market, but no. I just get further demoralized. Luckily, I have wonderful friends and readers who make sure I don’t get caught in that dark spot for long.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I was an artist before I was anything else, and I still love to paint and draw and do scratchboards along with doing the cover art and graphics for my indie novels. I also enjoy working on cars, even though I’m no longer an auto-mechanic. Oh, and I love horror movies. I’m such a big fan that I would love to write a horror novel or screenplay someday.

What’s next for you?
There are at least two more books planned for the Hearts of Metal series and several more Brides of Prophecy novels in the works. Between those, I hope to have a shiny new series in the works soon.


After having one of the worst experiences a young teenager could endure at the hands of cruel musicians, Christine Mayne's rock star brother Quinn tried to lock her away from the world. She had to fight to live her life, go to college, get her master's and enter her PhD program. Now, she's determined to complete her research on group dynamics by touring with Bleeding Vengeance, even it means deceiving her brother and lying to the band's fabulous lead singer, Cliff Tracey.

Cliff Tracey hates being manipulated, lied to and deceived. He'd know, having gone through a string of exes who had done just that. When he thinks he's found a kindred spirit, and a beautiful babe to boot, imagine his surprise - and disappointment - when he learns she played him so she can tour with his band to complete her PhD. When he finds out why, he knows he's in double trouble because Quinn Mayne will kill anyone who touches his sister, and Cliff Tracey has all sorts of plans for Christine Mayne that involves more than either of them ever expected.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romances and urban fantasies, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.

Brooklyn Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

#NEW Fantasy Release: OUTPOST by Terry Ervin II


Glenn, a college sophomore, has a Sociology 102 paper that requires spending time with an unfamiliar group or culture. Luckily, two hot girls from his class have the same idea: Attend the university’s game club to get reaction material for their papers.

A creepy game moderator shows up, ready to start a game of Monsters, Maces and Magic. Glenn doesn’t fret over the GM’s disturbing vibe, figuring it’ll lead to potential fodder for his paper.
Moments after rolling up his character and beginning the adventure, Glenn, his two classmates, and three other players are drawn into the game, literally. How and why they got trapped in the game, transformed into their RPG characters are important questions, sure. But simply surviving a world filled with horrific creatures, unknown magic, and perilous roads is first on the list.

Praise for Outpost!

“Exciting and hilarious! It feels like a true game with friends.” Dueling Ogres Podcast

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Author bio:
Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His science fiction novels include Relic Tech and Relic Hunted (part of the Crax War Chronicles), and Thunder Wells, a post-apocalyptic alien invasion novel.

Rock House and Cavern are his co-authored action adventure novellas (with David Wood), and Genre Shotgun is his short story collection, that includes SF, mystery, horror/suspense and inspirational tales.

His post-apocalyptic fantasy series, First Civilization’s Legacy, includes Flank Hawk, Blood Sword and Soul Forge.

Terry’s newest series (Fantasy/LitRPG) Monsters, Maces and Magic includes Outpost, with Betrayal slated for release in April of 2018. He is currently working on Relic Shield, the third novel in the Crax War Chronicles.

To contact Terry or to learn more about his writing endeavors, visit his website at, that of his publisher, Gryphonwood Press, and his blog, Up Around the Corner at

#Excerpt: SNEAKING OUT by Chuck Vance

Sneaking Out
Chuck Vance
(Chased, #1)
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

Luke stood up and held out a hand to help Pippa up. He didn’t let go after she rose, and he clasped it firmly as they walked together. It didn’t feel awkward—he’d already held her hand a couple of times. He felt protective. They walked along in silence.
They passed a mailbox, its hinge squeaking in the wind. The wind had picked up a plastic bag, which was scraping along the road, dancing with the fallen leaves. Every noise was amplified.
Luke pulled Pippa toward him to avoid a ditch. It was then that Luke sensed something. He glanced over his shoulder, and saw the flash of someone jump behind a tree. Luke’s muscles tensed. They were being followed.
“Don’t turn around, but someone is behind us,” warned Luke. “On foot.”
He saw Pippa’s neck stiffen. “Who is it?” she whispered.
“Not sure, but let’s speed up.”
They started walking as fast as possible without running. Luke felt as if there was a bullseye on his back. Was the person who was following them crazy enough to do something to harm them? What if he had a gun?
They were about a block away from the nearest streetlight. Luke feared that if they walked under it, they would be completely exposed to whoever was following them. It seemed safer to remain in the shadows. He abruptly pulled Pippa diagonally across the street. They picked up their pace and stayed on course.
“We’ll be able to see who it is when they pass the streetlight,” said Luke.
“Do you think he crossed, too?”
Luke pricked his ears. He could hear a distant tap, tap. Footsteps. “No, he’s on the other side.”
They walked past the streetlight and up about thirty feet before stopping short and turning around. For a split second, they saw a figure bathed in the light, but then it darted to the side. It looked like a man, in a baseball hat. But he was too fast for them. Luke grabbed Pippa’s hand tightly.”
“We need to run.”

Author Bio:
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.

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