A multi-Teaser Thursday

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The Sydney Rye Kindle World

Five BestSelling Reads authors are releasing new books today in the brand-new Sydney Rye Kindle World, based on the series by another BSR member, Emily Kimelman. So for Teaser Thursday, we’ll tease you with just a snippet from each one.

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Sydney jumped off the branch, landing ten feet below beside Blue. “Hunt,” she said, pointing along the wall toward the front of the estate. Blue sprang ahead, disappearing into the darkness under the trees. Sydney ran as fast as she could behind him, but of course could not keep up with the big dog.

She rounded the corner of the wall, arriving in a small clearing surrounded by bushes, still invisible to anyone in the manor. She had expected to find Blue pinning the shadowy figure to the ground, standing on his chest and growling into his face.

Instead, the wan light that filtered through the leaves from the manor showed Blue in classic play posture: butt high in the air, tail wagging furiously, front paws and head low to the ground, head tilted slightly to one side. In front of him was a man in the same posture, or as close as a human being could get to doggie pose: on his hands and knees, butt high, head low.

Julie Gilbert: Fatal Interest

FatalInterestWOI cursed, or at least I tried to. I think it came out as fudge as my brain was still working off Nadia’s child-friendly list. Kicking the door so I wouldn’t break my hand, I shouted for Carly to open the door. Hearing the sound of disengaging locks, I stopped kicking the door and waited.

Carly opened the door and waved me in.

“She’s not here,” she said wearily. “I told her not go, but she doesn’t listen to me. I mean it’s like she’s not even the same person anymore. She’s so moody and withdrawn.”

“Where is she this time?” I demanded.

“She snuck off with David Richter,” said a voice from behind me.

DelSheree Gladden: The Catalyst

CatalystCoverPicking my phone back up, I brought up the latest news stories, found nothing overly interesting, then wondered about the girl Lauren had asked me to look out for. It took me a few seconds to remember the name.

Typing “Eliza Carlisle” into the news app, I hit the search button and sighed when the results loaded. “Local culinary student plays key part in solving 50-year-old murder.” That wouldn’t have sounded so ominous if not for the pictures and videos accompanying the headline. Anything involving SWAT couldn’t be good. My mind decided it had had enough and was ready to shut off. Ditching my phone, I crawled back under my blankets and closed my eyes. Lauren’s favor just got a whole lot more complicated.

Toby Neal: Rough Road

RoughRoadCoverShe reached the top and turned, slowing her steps. Her shoes sank in loose, deep sand as she paused, leaning over to rest her hands on her knees and look back.

The two men were already returning to the car. Fernando looked right at her as he opened the door of the truck. He reached in and pulled Amy up by her hair. Looking right at Lei, he flourished his huge Buck knife against her friend’s neck. Lei gasped, covering her mouth with her hands.

He was trying to make her return, by holding Amy hostage.

If Lei went back, he’d just have two girls to torture. If Lei found help, one of them at least might survive. But was she just justifying leaving Amy there to suffer? Lei’s mouth was chalky with the horror of her dilemma.

Renée Pawlish: Walk Softly, Danger

WalkSoftlyCoverThe woman on the corner took a few steps toward Gage, then stopped and sauntered back to the corner. I kept binoculars in the backseat, and I pulled them out and trained them on her. I guessed she was in her late twenties or early thirties, and she wore jeans and a gray jacket. But what struck me was her left eye. In the fading light it was difficult to tell, but it looked like there was some scarring around it, as if she’d been on the losing end of a vicious fight.

“My money is good,” Zubov interrupted me. “I want you to find out what happened to my daughter.”

This didn’t look promising. But Zubov seemed so sincere…and heartbroken. I got out of the 4-Runner. “Wait here.”

Get all the Sydney Rye Kindle World e-books from Amazon.

What is a Kindle World?

SRKWbadge3Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Sydney Rye Kindle World is based on the characters and situations created by bestselling author Emily Kimelman.

The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, a dash of sex and don’t mind a little salty language. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: BONE HOOK

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By Toby Neal

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What’s your  favorite Hawaii food, drink or activity? Share it in the Comments below for a FREE copy of the 10th Lei Crime mystery, Bone Hook.

About Bone Hook

Maui’s ocean is beautiful, wild… and deadly.

It’s been five years since the events of Rip Tides, and Sergeant Lei Texeira gets into hot water much deeper than she’s used to at a crime scene ninety feet down off of the tiny atoll of Molokini, where the death of beautiful marine biologist Danielle “Lani” Phillips is anything but an accident. More suspects than a school of sharks circle a case that takes Lei into territory that hits dangerously close to home, even as husband Michael Stevens heads into his own uncharted depths.

About the Author:

TobyNealToby Neal was raised on Kaua`i in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age five and credits her counseling background with adding depth to her characters–from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous multicultural heroine of the Lei Crime Series. “I’m endlessly fascinated with people’s stories.”

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: The Ghost Host

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By DelSheree Gladden

GhostHostCoverHave you ever had a supernatural or ghost experience? Share it in the Comments below, and you’ll get a FREE copy of DelSheree Gladden’s brand-new supernatural mystery The Ghost Host.

About The Ghost Host

Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.

The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems.

Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets.

It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.

About the author

DelShereeGladden4DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their seventeen cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist.
Check out her latest books, get updates and sneak peeks of new projects at

And follow her on Twitter @DekSheree.

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Win-A-Book Wednesday: Deceive

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By Raine Thomas

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What type are you? This week’s book giveaway You can win a copy of the bestselling Raine Thomas’ newest book, the first in the Estilorean series while getting a free personality evaluation.

In the Comments section below, tell us your single-most prominent personality trait. Raine Thomas will let you know which Estilorian class you’d fit into. Then we’ll choose one entry to win a copy of Deceive.

About Deceive

When the elders imprisoned Metis, they took every precaution to protect the Estilorian plane against her evil.

It wasn’t enough.

Now she’s escaped, and no one is safe. Fueled by hatred, she wastes no time imposing vengeance on those who captured her. She knows the surest way to destroy their lives is by taking what they love most, and she begins with a child named Eden.

Years later, Eden remembers none of her former life. She serves her “Master,” unaware of the family still searching for her. But as her eighteenth birthday approaches, memories begin to surface, and she questions her circumstances for the first time.

Eden’s confusion mounts when she’s joined by Connor, a handsome Elphresti male who reveals things that shatter her reality. They’ll end up on the run, knowing they can trust only each other. After all, Metis will stop at nothing to get them back, and she thrives on her ability to deceive.

About the author

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Raine Thomas is the multiple award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine has signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Focus Friday: The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk

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Saturday morning Lucius was wheeling cases of beer into the Wilde Tavern when he noticed a familiar truck turn off the highway onto the road to Sugar Hill.

Hey, Boone.” He poked his head into the tavern where Boone was replacing empty liquor bottles. “I just saw Mulligan heading up Sugar Hill.”

Boone looked up. “Seriously?”

Yeah.” Lucius grinned. “Let’s go watch.”

By the time they got to the top of the hill, Dean was unloading his toboggan as Adam measured the distance along the icy run and placed a flag at the four hundred yard mark. Mulligan was halfway down the hill examining the swath of silvery ice.

Hey, you guys want to help?” Dean asked as he positioned the toboggan at the top of the run. “I brought a stopwatch, but we sure could use someone to walk down to the end and time us.”

Sure,” Lucius said. “I’ll do it.”

Thanks.” Dean handed him the watch. “When Boone shoves us off you just press down the button and then when we get to the flag, press it again.”

Good enough.” Lucius took it and walked down to the flag.

That run’s as slick as snot,” Mulligan said. “We’re going to fly. Okay. Let’s get this done.”

Boone held the toboggan steady as Dean seated himself at the front, making a series of adjustments before he got into a comfortable position. Adam climbed on behind.

I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to hold this for very long once you get on board,” Boone said to Mulligan.

Don’t worry about it.” Mulligan straddled the toboggan. “Just get clear fast.”

Mulligan lowered himself behind Adam, grabbed his shoulders, and tucked his feet in place. With one kick of his heel and a shove from Boone the toboggan took off like a bullet. Chips of ice sprayed out on either side as the three man team hurtled down the hill and a shower of snow flew up coating Dean’s face, turning it into a white mask. Boone barely straightened up when he heard Lucius yell, “Wow!”

The toboggan and its passengers shot past him and flew across the field at the base of the hill, headed for the row of hemlocks that bordered Zweig’s Picnic Grove. It hit the hump of land where the trees grew, soared between two of them, and sailed over a ditch. Both Boone and Lucius started running. When the toboggan skidded across the road it seemed to slow down, then it tilted forward onto a steep embankment above the ice-covered pond.

Oh, shit!” Dean yelled as Boone and Lucius burst through the hemlocks, arms held in front of their faces to protect them from the sharp needles. Mulligan grabbed the back of Adam’s jacket and rolled off the sled yanking Adam with him. They landed sideways in the snow as Dean and his toboggan shot out onto the pond.

Mulligan and Adam got to their feet, as Boone and Lucius caught up with them.

Are you okay?” Boone asked but no sooner were the words were out of his mouth than they heard ominous crackling and squeaking.

That ice isn’t thick enough to hold him.” Lucius ran, slipping and sliding, to the edge of the pond followed by the others.

About the book

The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk: More Secrets of Marienstadt

Return to Marienstadt, the Pennsylvania Dutch town in the Allegheny Highlands, where stories new and old abound. Volume 1 of this series features four stories: 

I – Treeing: It’s Christmas and antique dealer Jim Loeffler has a mission—to find a Tom & Jerry set for Ruthie Weis’s treeing party but the search becomes more difficult than he thought until he meets a fellow antique dealer with a sparkle in her eyes. 
II – The Kissing Tree: Chief of Police Henry Werner is in love. The problem is, considering his romantically adventurous past, no one takes him seriously. 
III – The Memory Quilt of Lacey Mulhearn: A new business woman in Marienstadt brings Gretchen an antique quilt found in the attic of the house she is turning into a B&B. With the help of Miss Martha they uncover a story from the past when one of the town’s first Irish immigrants decided to take a wife. 
IV – Continental Divides: As woodsman Oliver Eberstark contemplates a big change in his life he takes a walk in Opelt’s Wood. Remembering lessons his grandfather taught him, a realization about his life surprises him. 

Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Bucktail-Cap-Trunk-Secrets-Marienstadt-ebook/dp/B00XUX8614

BONUS OFFER: LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER TO WIN!

In July The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk will be published in paperback. All thirteen stories will be available in one volume. To enter to win a copy of the paperback before publication leave a comment telling what you think is going to happen next in this excerpt.

About the author

KV-300pxKathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport.

Her blog at KathleenValentineBlog.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, and is writing every day.

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Focus Friday: Groovy Cool Writing Techniques

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New Release by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
available March 1, 2015

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When you look at a blank page that insists on being blank, or after thousands of attempts to write the typical boy-meets-girl story in a more original way, I’m sure that you have also exclaimed, “I’m not creative!” And maybe you have wondered what the difference between a creative and a non-creative person is. Or maybe you want to know whether a person’s personality or profession play a role in that.

I have good news for you: we are all creative. You can be creative in the kitchen, creating delicious meals. You can be creative in the artistic field, drawing beautiful pictures. You can even be creative as a homemaker, creating a wonderful and cosy home for your family. It’s not all about writing.

Creativity is not a talent that only some chosen people possess and others can only envy. It’s an ability and, as such, you can learn it, develop it, and use it. Everybody can learn to be creative. Don’t roll your eyes, I am serious! You can do it with practice.

Every creative process has three phases: previous, conception, and subsequent. Creators usually consider the previous moment as the most important of the three. We “write” the most during the hours previous to actually putting words on paper or on screen. This is also when we can have negative thoughts about our writing (“I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”) or when we can choose to postpone everything. So it’s necessary for us to combine two attitudes:

Disposition. To create it is necessary to believe, to see ourselves as creative people. Only if we believe in ourselves we will be willing to create something new. When writers believe they have everything they need, the fear to fail disappears and they let themselves flow.

Avoid thoughts like “I haven’t lived enough experiences,” “I don’t have a great imagination,” “I can only speak of what I have lived,” “I won’t be able to catch the reader’s attention”… Run away from negative thoughts! You don’t need them!

We write with anxiety when we lack self-confidence: what if the challenge of the novel I have in my mind is beyond my talent? If you have those thoughts and feel stressed, please stop!

Take ten deep breaths: this will help you to relax and find the flow your brain needs to work better with less energy. Breathe. Breathe so deep that the air gets to your belly button, helping you to find balance. Slowly.

Next, admit that everything you are looking for is inside yourself. The creative person that you are is waiting somewhere. There is a diamond in the rough you must find — a diamond that exists for sure and is called creativity.

Breathe. Trusting the creative process, your creative self, will revive your flow.

Believe in yourself: the text is a reflection of the self. Dive into the blank page like in a refreshing swimming pool on a hot day. Look for the idea that is shining at the bottom of the pool. Visualise the diamond! Repeat: “I believe in myself, I believe in my creative self”. Make of that sentence your personal mantra. Breathe. Now you are in the best disposition for creating, for finding your diamond, polish it, and make it shine.

About the Book

Groovy Cool Writing Techniques is a collection of essays developing techniques for improving writing in a creative way. Every person is creative; they only need to light that spark inside, so the magic can begin. A picture, a walk in the streets, your own childhood memories… Everything can hold stories. You just need to find the way to tell those stories in a creative way. This book can help you.

Author photo via Rosa StormAbout the author

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa has loved the written word since she was five years old and reads at least one hundred books every year. She has a B.A. in English with minors in Literature, Art, and Creative Writing from Oxford. She is an award-winning author who spends her time in the United States and Spain with her amazing husband. Along with writing, her career encompasses beta-reading, editing, proofreading, and translating Spanish/English. Cinta has published children’s books and contemporary short stories under her real name, and she also publishes horror stories under the pen name Rosa Storm.

In 2014, the Funny Adventures of Little Nani was a gold medal winner in the Children’s category of the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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