Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Man From Rome by Dylan James Quarles - Book Tour + Giveaway

The Man From Rome
by Dylan James Quarles
Urban Fantasy

323 pages

From the author of the highly rated Ruins Of Mars Trilogy:

Rome is a city like no other, protected by a man like no other.
He is the unnamed Immortal, the Man from Rome, and he is under attack.

An agent of his secret order has been murdered, her tongue ripped out,
her throat coated in molten silver. The killing is meant to be a
message, a warning that old enemies have resurfaced to punish the Man
for the sins of his past. 

Forced to retaliate, the Man sets in motion a sequence of events which pit
an American thief, a Roman policewoman, a heartless mercenary, and a
fallen Olympian against one another in all-out war. The streets of
Rome become a battleground where the supernatural clash with the
mortal, and the Eternal City bears witness to yet another chapter in
its storied history of violence.

Vengeance reigns supreme in this, the newest Novel from Dylan James Quarles.

Dylan was born in Portland OR but moved to Washington state as a young boy.
Growing up in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula, he spent most of
his youth involved in various creative projects. 

With a passion for films, music and writing, Dylan even had the honor of
being featured in the Port Townsend Film Festival for his short film "La Niut Des Vampires". 

After high school, he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia where
he directed two more films, "Resurrected", and "House On The Borderland". 

Graduating a year early with a BA in film, he moved to South Korea and taught
English in an after school academy. Deeply impacted by the
experience, he returned to the States a much different person than when he left.

Shortly there after, work began on The Ruins Of Mars Trilogy and the next
chapter of Dylan's life opened wide.

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A Better Place to Be by David Wind - Book Tour + Giveaway

A Better Place To Be
Based on the Harry Chapin Song
by David Wind
Contemporary Fiction

166 pages

A story about life, though perhaps not the one you would choose to live. 
inspired by the characters from the Harry Chapin song of the same name, 'A
Better Place To Be’ is a story of love, loss, and the ability to
overcome the worst that life can throw at someone and come out the other side.

He had no idea how long he had blanked out for, but when he was able to
think again, he glanced at the clock. Twentyminutes had passed, and he had no
memory of it. He shook his head. “Be strong!” he ordered himself aloud. “You
have to be strong for her.”
Standing, he wiped the wetness from his face and went to the dining room
table. Leaning over the table, he moved the mouse and a few seconds later, the
screen came alive. He sat, opened the first file, and went to work.
Three hours later, exactly as he knew it would happen, Claire woke with
a groan. He flew out of the chair, and raced to the bedroom. Kneeling beside
Claire, he handed her another pill. When she took it, and drank half the water,
he went around to the other side of the bed, slipped onto it, and drew her into
his arms.
“Go back to sleep, my baby.” Holding her close, he stroked her back as another
set of chills battered her. He knew she would fall asleep within five minutes.
She always did.With the additional meds, she would sleep for at least four
more hours before the pain hit again, and if everything went as it should, the
chills would be over until her next treatment.
He held her close while she fell asleep, but instead of returning to work, he
closed his eyes. Just for a moment, he told himself.
He woke when she did; the clock read four forty-five. He bit back a curse,
shifted, and turned on a bed lamp. Her eyes reflected her pain. He started to
rise, but she stopped him. “I don’t need anything. Just you. Hold me.”
He slid his arm under her neck and pulled her against his side. Her arm
went across his chest, her hand cupped over his ribs. “I don’t want all those pain
killers, not until I can’t handle it any longer. Please, I don’t want to spend what
time I—that remains drugged out. I’ll smoke the grass after the treatments, I
promise. But no more pills until I can’t manage it.”
His only answer was to hold her tighter.


   That word just comes to mind over and over, in regards to this book, along
with the phrase, heart-wrenching. It's good though - incredibly, in
a  makes-you-feel-things-and-think-things brilliantly good.

     Upon first meeting John, he's likable enough. He soon turns out to be
sweet and the reader would have to be dead to not feel his love for
Claire - and it is mutual. So the two of them have this great,
comfortable thing...until tragedy strikes. Then the reader is treated
to a gut-wrenching, realistic, accurate view of what happens all too
often to too many people. I doubt there's a person alive who cannot
relate to this... Still, Wind puts it all so simply and so
realistically, it's like nothing I've ever read or am likely to read again. 

   Not only does he repeatedly rip out my heart and stomp all over it - and
I like it somehow, so apparently I'm some kind of sadist - but he
perfectly portrays a good - better than average actually- man turning
into completely something different, as a result of the bulls--- that
life has thrown at him....
....Point is, if you want a book that's real and will make you think, this is the one.
 If you don't want to think but like a book that'll give you all the
feels, this is also the one. It's well detailed with perfect continuity.
And did I mention it's based on a song? 'A Better Place to Be' by Harry
Chapin, a song that'll never be the same for me. It seems completely
natural as if the book IS the song and  the song IS the book.
Brilliantly perfect. -------- J.L. Redding, Reviewer

David Wind has written a 5 Star story about a wonderful couple – so happy
and in love - and then surprises us with one of life’s heaviest
blows. The reader indeed becomes “John Edghes” as John endures
one of the cruelest fates that life can impose - tremendous loss,
resulting in utter despair, loneliness, and addiction. He descends
into an addiction as a means to cover up the horror of it all. John
goes down that black hole (amazing how deep that hole can get) and he
must make a decision to climb out in order to survive or go further
down into that bottomless pit. After all, life goes on, with or without you.
John faces seemingly endless challenges as he makes his way back into life.

John eventually learns he is not the only lonely person in the world.
People need people and life does indeed go on.

This is a story about life.
A message for us all.
The cold reality that life does end  and the living must go on living.

  • Amazon Reviewer

David Wind has published thirty-nine novels, including science fiction &
Fantasy, mystery, thriller, noir, and suspense novels. He lives and
writes in Boynton Beach, Florida, and shares his home with his wife,
Bonnie, and dog Alfie, a sub-standard poodle (email David for an explanation). 

His newest novel is A Better Place To Be based on the Harry Chapin song
of the same name. Not his usual genre, this is a story of love, loss
and facing to the worst life can throw at you and still be standing. 

Born To Magic, the first book of his sci-fi fantasy series, Tales Of
Nevaeh, was released in 2015. All three books have reached into the
Amazon Top 100 best seller rankings in several categories including
Young Adult. Both the second book of the series, The Dark Masters ,
and the third Book, TRINITY: The Battle For Nevaeh, have all received high praise. 

David's fantasy, Queen Of Knights, was a #2 best seller on the Amazon
bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy, and his
sci-fi paranormal, Infinity’s Doorway, has received wide acclaim.

When David formally left traditional publishing to become an independently
published writer, he published Angels In Mourning, his ‘homage’
to the old time private detective books of the 50’s and the 60’s.
Angels is a modern day take on the old style hard-boiled detective.
In April of that year, Angels In Mourning, won the Book of
the Month Reader’s Choice Award.

His previous suspense thrillers are The Hyte Maneuverv, (a Literary guild
alternate selection); The Sokova Convention ,, and The Morrissey
Manifest ,. David's Mystery suspense novels include: And Down Will
Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and Out of The Shadows.

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Sweet Indulgence by Debbie White - Book Tour + Giveaway

 Sweet Indulgence
A Charleston Harbor Novel Book 1
by Debbie White

Sweet Romance

Real Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and
auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the
Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.
Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last
thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for
his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled
in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.
But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s
choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?
Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love
Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.
This book is too sweet to pass up!

Annie retrieved two bottles of ice cold water. She handed Jack one. “Why is the boat in between names?” She took a sip of the water. It felt great on her parched lips, and the cool water quenched her dry throat.
“That’s a long story.” He peered out into the water before them.
She took another gulp of water. It really tasted good. He was right. The heat could really sneak up on you when you’re riding in a boat.
“Well, we have time for long stories, don’t we?” She batted her lashes. She wasn’t letting him off the hook that easy.
“I had a girlfriend.”
“You named your boat after a girlfriend?” Annie frowned.
“She was more than a girlfriend. We were engaged to be married.” His eyes never left the water.
“A fiancée, we call people we are engaged to be married to fiancés.” She giggled.
He turned quickly with furrowed brows then he resumed with eyes steady on the water.
“I’m kidding.” She touched his arm and withdrew it quickly. “Anyway, you named the boat after your fiancée and now you two are no longer a couple, so the boat is nameless,” Annie spoke freely.
“That’s about the size of it.”
“How about you give the boat a name that means something to you that would never change?”
Jack looked back over his shoulder and then turned back around toward the front of the boat. All of a sudden, he cut the engine and they began to drift. He turned and sat down, bringing his bottle of water to his lips and drew in a drink. “I thought about that. But I’m terrible at naming things.”
“Let’s see. I named my dog Buffy because of her color.” Annie searched the boat with her eyes for clues. “How about Lady Luck?”
“I’ve seen a few named that. I want something more original.”
Annie lowered her gaze and stared at her bright pink toe polish. She raised her head quickly. “I know. How about Lady Powell?”

Debbie is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She currently lives in northern
California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged
coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area
she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a
percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here
are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!

1. Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses
some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her stories.

2. She has two granddaughters and a grandson.

3. She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

4. She hasn't always dreamed of writing, but she's always loved reading
and decided she'd give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she's
still putting out books three years later.

5. Her very first book, The Salty Dog was an Amazon Best-seller. 

6. You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and

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