Friday, May 18, 2018

Carol Van Natta shares: Shifter Mate Magic (Ice Age Shifters Book 1)

Title: Shifter Mate Magic (Ice Age Shifters Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 130 pages

A lonely bear shifter meets his mate. She’s running for her life and doesn’t have time for romance.
Pregnant Jackie Breton just escaped from a corrupt feline pack intent on selling her half-shifter baby to the highest bidder. She’s smart, independent, and has a desperate plan to keep her baby safe: Get away from the pride as fast and far as possible.

Trevor Hammond, prehistoric bear shifter, has been rejected by everyone in his life for… being born, basically. Well, except for the beloved aunt who raised him. He’s built a career as an independent trucker, but life would be much better with someone he can hold in his arms and claim as his own.

When Jackie meets Trevor at a truck stop, his bear demands he help her. His aunt even calls with a dire warning: Get Jackie to the magical sanctuary town in Wyoming before she’s killed.

Jackie thinks he’s sexy as hell, but too good to be true. She doesn’t trust shifters. With the feline pride hot on her trail, however, Trevor and the quirky town of Kotoyeesinay might be her only chance for survival. Even Trevor’s indomitable bear may be no match for the dangerous enemy seeking retribution.

Discover the secret world of magic and true mates in Shifter Mate Magic, the first book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.

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Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the new Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series that starts with Shifter Mate Magic, the award-winning Central Galactic Concordance space opera series that starts with Overload Flux; a magical paranormal romance, In Graves Below, and Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and several eccentric cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Scavenger Falters by Liza O'Connor

Liza creates more sayings for her characters.
You feel like your catcher lost wind (you failed)
There’s got to be enough wind for the both of us (there is no reason why either of us should fail)
I’ve got the wind at my back. (this is going to be easy.)
What a blowout! (what a disaster!)
Wind is a big thing in the future. The Americas (what’s left of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada) have stationary circular hurricane level winds that cover most of the country. To protect our country and cities, scientists created methods of flying the high circular winds. Those who risked their lives, learning to fly the winds were called SkyRyders.
Windcatchers are complex parachutes. In its simplistic form, it’s large catcher hangs slightly above but in front of the flyer as it pulls the SkyRyder in the same direction as the wind blows. Thus, most flyers only feel a faint breeze behind them when flying with the wind.
There are also three to five narrow sturdy fabric panels that control lift, descent, and enable cross wind tracking by creating various angles of wind diversion, rather like rudders in water.
These are critical for control. They are also the most likely to blow out. If a panel blows, it almost always results in the death of the Ryder.
A great many men died while learning to fly these windcatchers in the years after the Terror Wars ended. Once the catcher was deemed reliable enough, they stopped altering its shape. Naturally, new expressions began to appear in the SkyRyders language as they expressed themselves with what they knew best: Flying.

Scavenger Falters
Liza O’Connor

Alisha Kane, the Corps’ best flyer, is promoted to colonel, in charge of teaching the Corp’s SkyRyders her extraordinary flying maneuvers. The man she loves, Logan, continues to place the Corps first and insists they both remain focused on their work. For Alisha, this means ferreting out the best flyers in a Corps that has systematically forced great flyers into mediocrity. Logan focuses on learning Alisha’s flying techniques so that he can become the hero the East Coast desperately needs. The result includes fractured ribs and broken hearts, but through it all they never relinquish their love of the Corps.


(Alisha’s reactions when Colonel Logan steals her wind).
“Thanks for helping me escape, Jack, but I really need to be alone now.”
“No, you most certainly do not.” He opened the door and guided her inside.
“Jack, please. You’ve been very kind to me, but I just need to sort some things out.” She went to her bed and lay down facing the wall.
A second later, she felt the edge of the bed dip as Jack sat down beside her. His hand gently stroked her arm.
“I know what you’re feeling.”
“No, you don’t,” she said, struggling not to cry.
“I do too.”
Angry that he wouldn’t leave her alone, she rolled over and glared at him. “Then tell me what I’m feeling!”
“You’re feeling like your catcher just lost its wind and dropped you on the ground. And what makes it worse is the person who stole your wind is someone you really like. So you’re ashamed of your resentment; you know it’s not fair; you only wish good things for your friend, but you don’t understand why their success has to cause you such pain. Surely, there’s got to be enough wind for both of you.”
Having her thoughts so clearly put into words brought the tears she had been so diligently fighting. “You do know what I’m feeling,” she admitted and quickly rolled over toward the wall so he wouldn’t see her cry.
She felt the weight on the bed shift, and suddenly he lay beside her, holding her as she cried away her misery. Having his arms around her reminded her of how the colonel use to hold her and thinking of Colonel Logan’s kindness only made her cry harder.
“I’m a horrible person,” she sobbed.
“No, you’re a wonderful person.”
“No, I’m horrible. Colonel Logan risked everything so I could have my moment of glory, and the first day he gets some well-deserved recognition, I react like the spoiled selfish little debutante I was raised to be.”

The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 2
Scavenger Falters

The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
Scavenger’s Mission

About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Scavenger's Mission by Liza O'Connor, Book 1 of the SkyRyders series.

Scavenger’s Mission

Liza O’Connor

When a colonel realizes he’s lost control of his squad.
What happens when a good colonel discovers he has abandoned his squad to a captain unfit to command? He blames himself and thinks about resigning due to his utter failure to protect his squad. 

Every member of the squad, except for Alisha, doesn’t believe the colonel can save them from an early death if they piss DC off.  And frankly, they’re correct. Unfortunately, Colonel Logan has a general who thinks he’s the problem. Every time Logan attempts to modify DC’s behavior, the captain sends a complaint to General Powel and Logan gets slammed by the General.

His crew knows DC is the one who holds the power, and if they want to live, they had better keep him happy. So when DC decides Alisha should crash and die on the ridge, his crew obeys his orders. When Alisha survives the crash, and he orders them to run it again, she does something no sane person would ever do. She flies into the wind farm. Even for Alisha the chances of surviving were slim, but she knew death would be certain on the ridge.

By a miracle, she survived and landed in the massive 200,000-acre wind farm.  But DC couldn’t let her leave the wind farm alive. Unlike his crew, she was not broken, and would undoubtedly bring charges against him.

Scavenger’s Mission
By Liza O’Connor

Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger.  While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.

Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arrest the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her.  But first he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.

Meet MAC: The Artifical Intelligence that runs the SkyRyders Corps.
Upon seeing her arrival, MAC upgrades Alisha’s test. Her flying skills are not just excellent; they exceed what was previously thought possible. MAC classifies her as its top asset and soon she proves her value. 
But…the SkyRyders remain a male-dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?

“Sir, if you have opened an official inquiry into today’s events, according to regulations, as captain, I should be running the investigation.”
“You might want to reread your regs again, Captain. As commanding officer, I may take lead on any inquiry I deem necessary.”
DC still didn’t back down. “I must officially object to your interference in my command again, sir.”
“Object all you like, Captain. I trust you know the procedure as well as any soldier in the Corps.”
“Regulations still allow me to be present during the interviews, sir.”
“No, Captain. They certainly do not.”
“Sir, Regulation 4.593 states—”
Logan cut him off. “You obviously missed the exceptions to the reg. An officer will be excluded from any inquiry that may implicate said officer in possible infractions or misjudgments.”
DC paused before replying but still looked as if he expected to win the argument. “I was under the impression this concerned the actions leading to the injury of Trainee Kane.”
“That is correct.”
“Then respectfully, sir, I must point out the regulations exempt you from opening the inquiry.”
“How so, Captain?” Logan asked, truly amazed at DC’s objection. This bastard sure as hell didn’t back down.
“Because, sir, it was you who recruited and placed into my squad an untrained and unlicensed flyer. The fact she came to harm during exercises today is solely your responsibility.”
“Then you don’t consider your own actions in any way at fault?”
“No, sir, I have a duty to my crew and the Corps not to lower the standards of training. To do so would endanger every man on my squad. I believe it better we weed out inferior trainees immediately. Just because you’re screwing her doesn’t make her a flyer. If you want to keep her here as your whore, I’ll turn a blind eye. But I can’t let you place her on the squad, sir. She’s not fit. She proved that today.” Then he smiled.
It took every bit of Logan’s control not to pound DC’s smirking face into the wall. He knew that was precisely what the bastard wanted. One blow and an official inquiry would be started on him, and his own inquiry would be placed on hold until resolution of the new charge. And the hall camera would nail him as guilty.
When he finally had control, he gave DC his coldest smile. “You no doubt meant to goad me with your absurd claim, but it won’t work.”

The SkyRyder’s Series, Book 1
Scavenger’s Mission

About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tessa McFionn shares how she came to love Sci Fi


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with any unreal. Let me quantify that statement. When I was a little kid, riding a dinosaur to school…okay, so maybe I’m not that old. But I do predate the internet and even the home computer. So, we did things the old fashion way in my house: we read. Every room in our house had a bookcase. Except for the bathroom.

No joke.

And my mother read to me. Each night, she’d come into mine and my brother’s room and read. We discovered the world of The Hobbit and followed The Yearling.
Hell, we even experienced terror in Jaws and Dracula. No Dr. Seuss before bedtime for me. Mom figured we were smart enough to read those things on our own. Yes, don’t freak out. I did read Dr. Seuss. In fact, my favorite was The Sleep Book. I actually checked it out so many times in Kindergarten, my mom thought I’d bought it somewhere.

The stories that held my interest from start to finish were the fantasy stories.
I loved the idea of being surrounded by thick forests, or a galaxy of stars.
Running through the stone hallways of an ancient castle, battling side by side with d’Artagnan or Robin Hood. That was how I built my dreams, pretending to be a part of the latest adventure story that Mom shared with me.

Another giant guiding factor for me was Disney. I know, it sounds at odds with Jaws. But I’ve always been a Disney kid and it all started them with Fantasia. Surprise! I saw Snow White and the rest of those, but nothing captured my imagination as much as seeing Leopold Stokowski make the sun rise to the sounds of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. From that moment on, I was hooked. Add in Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, dancing hippos, and the devilish Chernabog, and my brain fired on overdrive.
I imagined having my own Pegasus to fly me to school every morning, even though I lived about two blocks away.

My taste for the strange had begun. From there, I delved into science fiction, devouring Heinlein, Asimov, Clark, and Bradbury.
Fantasy was feed with the Dragonriders of Pern, the Incarnations of Immortality, and everything by Terry Brooks. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the comic books and the vampires, not necessarily in that order, but nevertheless.

With those ethereal concepts swirling in my mind, I began writing. Seriously writing. I honestly believe all authors begin writing at extremely young ages. School newspapers, elementary school assignments. Practice toward a brighter world. So, once I began writing, paranormal romance with strong Alpha superheroes filled every story. 

The Guardian Warriors series is now three books in with a fourth about to join the ranks. I love my boys, even the snarky ones who hide from me.

Then, I took the chance to write a sci-fi opera. I was finally ready to travel through the galaxy and prove that love is the strongest force in the universe. The first book in what I hope to be a long line of sci-fi novels, To Discover a Divine, hit the shelves in March and I couldn’t be happier. I almost feel that all the readings I’ve done since I was a little kid, with the 
blanket tucked under my chin, has led to this new series. All the crazy worlds and the endless possibilities of characters. Nothing quite like creating planets full of wonderful races and species, and throwing love into the mix.

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music, as well as regular trips to The Happiest Place on Earth with friends and family. Currently, she is President Elect of RWA San Diego Chapter.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Last 2 Days to grab Destination: Titan for 99 cents


For 99 cents
Destination: Titan will not be on sale again until 2019

Destination: Titan


With Earth destined for a new ice-age, seven scientists and twenty-two brilliant teenagers are gathered in a compound deep within a mountain. There they struggle to come together as a group and complete the projects needed for their survival in the inhospitable environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.

However, certain factions on Earth have no intention of letting Project Einstein succeed. Keeping the group alive and productive is the hardest task Colonel Lancaster and his soldiers have ever had, but they are determined to succeed no matter how well the saboteurs have planned. The continuation of the human race depends upon it.

Arrival: Titan


Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.

Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.
When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. In short time, they also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet either, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Shenanigans by Gail Koger



I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing. Most of my ideas come to me in my sleep. Scary? Huh?

My current book is Shenanigans, a paranormal romance. Kandi finds out trying to rescue a little Yorkie from a dog fighting ring isn’t as easy as she thought. A zany romp ensues. 


Kandi Cain inherited her Dr. Doolittle abilities from her grandmother and became a psychic pet detective. To her dismay, she just acquired the power to communicate with the spirit world, but dead people give her the willies. 

Just when Kandi thought her life couldn’t get more complicated, the neighbor from hell moved in next door. The nasty guy’s name is Dutch Callaghan. How can someone so gorgeous be such a dick? Kandi could chalk some of it up to his job. Dutch is a Phoenix PD homicide cop.

Kandi’s current case is rescuing a Yorkie from a brutal dog fighting ring.  Little does she know her dog napping suspect is involved in a series of brutal murders.  Disguised as an elderly nun, Kandi rescues the Yorkie and, in the process, blows the hell out of Dutch’s undercover operation.

Kandi now finds herself a person of interest in her client’s murder and her sexy-as-hell, pain-in-the-butt neighbor is in hot pursuit of the Ninja Nun. Is Dutch about to slap the cuffs on? Only time will tell.


“I know you’re the Ninja Nun,” Dutch rumbled in my ear.

Doing my best clueless impression, I stared up at him. “Are you talking to me?”

“Yes.” The word was a snarl. 
I tapped a finger against my face. “Do I know you?”

“You’re a real riot.”

“Oh, now I remember. You’re the cranky bastard that lives next door to me. Forget your tuxedo?”

“Cut the act, Sister. You know why I’m here.”

“No, I don’t, and my name is Kandi, not sister. Go away before I call security.”

Dutch leaned down until his nose touched mine. “I don’t know how you did it, but you sic’d those damn pigeons on me.”

“Are you off your meds?”

“You also assaulted me, and that, sweetheart, is a class 1 felony.” 

I gave Dutch a disbelieving look. “When and where did this horrible assault occur?

“Today at the warehouse.”

“What warehouse?”

“I’m in no mood to play games,” Dutch snapped.

“Me either. I don’t know what you’re talking about and I’ve never laid a hand on you.”

“True,” Dutch nodded. “You kicked me in the stomach. Repeatedly.”

“Teensy-weensy me, beat you up?  Please. You outweigh me by sixty pounds.”

Dutch pulled out a set of cuffs. “You’re under arrest.”

Tinkerbell growled viciously.

Dutch twitched and pulled his gun. “Bite me, you little rug rat, and I’ll shoot your ass.”

My temper flared to life. No one threatened my Tinkerbell. I stepped in front of the Yorkie and poked Dutch in the chest. “Back the hell off.  Only a dickless pussy threatens an itty-bitty dog.”

Jana suddenly yelled, “Oh! My! God! He’s got a gun!”

Chaos erupted as people ran screaming in every direction.

Dutch held up his badge. “I’m a cop!” 

Two security guards tackled Dutch, knocking him to the ground.

I watched as they wrestled. Damn, someone was having a really bad day.                                              

Shenanigans by Gail Koger

Gail Koger does it once again!  What exactly does she do? She writes wacky, bizarre, funny, delightful, craziness with fabulous characters that you’ve never seen before.  Stories so good that you’ll want to read them many times.

Shenanigans is a superb addition to her playful madness. This one is not sci-fi. Instead, it is a paranormal earth story that I absolutely adore. Honestly, it’s my favorite so far. And there is a book 2 coming. I CANNOT WAIT!!! 

Shenanigans is about a young, smart-ass woman, named Kandi Cain, who can talk to animals. Given her talents, naturally, she opens a Pet Detective Agency.  Her father is former mafia, her mother thinks she’s an elf and celebrates Christmas every day. 

Kandi starts out disliking her new neighbor because he’s a jerk, obnoxious, and a cop. (The latter being a potential problem, given everything she does is not entirely legal.)

It doesn’t take long for the two to clash into serious trouble, while each tries to do their job. And as much as I love Kandi, I warmed to Dutch, the bad-ass cop, soon as well. While intent upon arresting Kandi, he discovers much that he likes about her. She is adorable, what with talking to animals, and having pigeons and chickens poop on people whom she doesn’t like.  

If you have a sense of humor, then 
If you don’t have a sense of humor, best move on...

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