Cover Reveal: CurbChek Reload by Zach Fortier

We are super excited to reveal the brand new cover for the redesign of CurbChek Reload for both print and eBook.

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Available Early Fall 2013 in both print and eBook

From bestselling true crime author Zach Fortier comes CurbCheck Reload

Blurb:

CurbChek Reload is the third book by bestselling True Crime author Zach Fortier. Based on real life experiences that happened during the author’s thirty year career in law enforcement, CurbCheck Reload is the darkest account of Zach’s final years on the force.

The stories are much darker than his previous two books. Interspersed with humorous events to take the razor’s edge off the daily shootings and horrors that lurk in the city, it is a compelling read into what really happens on the street.

If you like your True Crime edgy and dark, don’t miss this.

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Cover Reveal: The Raging One by Lexy Wolfe

We are excited to show off the brand new cover design for “The Raging One,” the first book in The Sundered Lands Saga series by Lexy Wolfe. If you love fantasy, dragons, magic and adventure, be sure to check out this series. 

The Raging One by Lexy Wolfe

Available late 2013 in eBook and paperback

Blurb:

Ages ago, the Raging One, dragon god of the warrior people, vanished in the final assault of the Great War that shattered the land called Desantiva. Nearly destroyed themselves, the children of magic withdrew from the world and kept to their own territory of Forenta.

But now, the fragile balance is in jeopardy from a danger that forces Almek, the last Sentinel of Time, to leave the sanctuary of his goddess, the Timeless One, to hunt for what had always been considered mere legend: those able to touch more than one of the many energies of magic that hold the world together. The journey leads him into Forenta to confront the xenophobic council of mages.

As the adopted son of Forenta’s divine mother, Ash Andar continues to struggle to serve the Knowing One in a society coldly hostile not only to foreigners, but those not born to one of the old, powerful lineages. Ash’s aloof hostility cracks when he fails to protect the one person he cared for and had sworn to protect dies in his arms. His thirst for knowledge to increase his own legendary skills and flee the painful memories of the past drive Ash to accept becoming one of Almek’s students of temporal magic and leave his homeland on a journey to prevent the growing imbalance from shattering the world.

The people of Forenta and their sister race of Sevmana had always believed that all that remained of the warrior people of Desantiva were their sea-loving cousins of Vodanya. Ash Andar must face not only his equal among the warriors, a god-touched swordswoman known only as Storm, but the truth about his ancestors’ and his goddess’s dark past, else all would fall into oblivion.

Can Almek and his students uncover the secrets buried in the heart of the desert wastelands before all is lost?

Blog Tour: Her Dear & Loving Husband by Meredith Allard

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Welcome to the blog tour for Her Dear and Loving Husband, a historical romance novel with a paranormal twist . . .

Her Dear & Loving Husband (The Loving Husband Trilogy Book 1) – Meredith Allard

What they say:
Unknown-204‘James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem? Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Part historical fiction, part romance, part paranormal fantasy, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.’

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Researching the Salem Witch Trials
Meredith Allard

Leave it to me to decide to write paranormal/romance/historical novels—The Loving Husband Trilogy—that were set in a New England town I had never been to. In fact, I decided to set the stories in Salem, Massachusetts by accident. When deciding on a setting, I stayed away from the Pacific Northwest and Louisiana in the U.S. since other well-known literary vampires live there. Then I decided that if I wasn’t going Northwest how about Northeast? I pulled up a map of the U.S., looked at the Northeast, saw Massachusetts, and there in a little dot near Boston was Salem. And I knew I found the location I had been looking for.

Being the historical fiction person I am, when I settled on Salem as my location I knew I had to incorporate the Salem Witch Trials somehow. I did a few Internet searches and read some general information. Then I went to my local university library at UNLV and found books about the witch hunts. One of the most important books I found about the era, one that helped me a lot with understanding the era, was The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach. When I’m researching for a historical novel, I take a lot of notes, and I take them by hand because I absorb the information better that way. While I’m taking notes I imagine my characters in that time and place so I could get some sense of what would happen to them in that era. What would a conversation between James and his father look like in 1692? How would Elizabeth feel when the constable showed up at her door ready to arrest her as a witch during the hunts? As I write the scenes I have my notes right next to me so if I need to recheck some facts the information is handy..

I hadn’t visited Salem when I wrote Book One in the trilogy, Her Dear & Loving Husband. But by the time I started writing Book Two, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, I thought it was time I saw the town for myself. I’m so glad I went. Being in Salem gave me an understanding of the place I couldn’t get over the Internet. It’s a small, walkable place, Salem, but being there gave me extra insights—a Salem FYI. There is a quietness, a calm in Salem that I can’t associate with any other place I’ve been. It might be a New England thing, or a Massachusetts thing, or a seaside thing. But people are different there. They smile at you. Say hello. The coastline along the bay is beautiful, scenic, the bay stretching out into the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the trees along the coast adding green to the blue of the water. There are the little boats chugging and bobbing in the waves, caught in the mud at low tide. Those are things I wouldn’t have been able to write about without visiting Salem.

One of the reasons I love writing historical fiction is because I enjoy the research. I’m fascinated by history, the Salem Witch Trials in particular, and researching is my opportunity to learn about these important times in more depth.

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What they say:
‘Based on over twenty years of original archival research, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the Salem Witch Trials as the citizens of Salem experienced the outbreak of hysteria.’

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finalWin a dinner for 2 at Salem’s very own Adriatic Restaurant & Bar!

Enter our giveaway and you could be the lucky winner of a sumptuous meal for 2 at Mediterranean eatery Adriactic Restaurant & Bar. Set within a warm interior, you’ll not only be treated to excellent, fresh cuisine but you’ll also find yourself in the heart of Her Dear & Loving Husband’s setting.

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Win 1 of 5 e-copies of Her Dear & Loving Husband by Meredith Allard

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Author PhotoAuthor Bio – Meredith Allard:

Since 2000, Meredith Allard has been the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review, an award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.

Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Moondance, Wild Mind, Muse Apprentice Guild, Writers Weekly, CarbLite, and ViewsHound. She is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling Loving Husband Trilogy, as well as the historical novels Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle.

Victory Garden and Woman of Stones have also been Amazon Best-Sellers in the Historical Fiction and Religious Fiction categories.

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Cover Reveal: The British Billionaire Bachelor, Act Two by Maggie Carpenter

We are pleased to unveil our cover design for “The British Billionaire Bachelor, Act Two” —the new book by bestselling erotica D/s author Maggie Carpenter. This is the second book in Maggie’s hot and steamy British Billionaire Bachelor series and is sure to not disappoint. The book will be available in eBook and paperback on August 21st.

The British Billionaire Bachelor, Act Two by Maggie Carpenter

Available August 21, 2013 in both print and eBook

Blurb:

SIMON SINCLAIR IS BACK…

in a story of Romantic Domination that will capture your heart and stir your senses

The wealthy bachelor has brought Belle, the beautiful, young woman he met while seeking property in Beverly Hills, into his London home. Though he doesn’t hesitate when it comes to disciplining the headstrong young woman, and thrilling her with his Dominant skill, he is not accustomed to having his heart strings so sublimely pulled and Simon finds himself unnerved and slightly bewildered.

Belle’s dark cravings are finally being met and her decadent fantasies are becoming reality.  Sensing his love for her, she can only pray that the long-time playboy will admit his feelings and commit to her, as she has committed in her heart to him.

But surprises lay in store for them both. They are unaware that Amaranth, Simon’s social secretary, is a jealous, unstable woman. She believes Simon belongs to her and sees Belle as nothing but an American harlot; an intruder who must be eliminated.

Adopted at birth, Simon accidentally finds startling answers to long-held questions, as the stunning truth of his heritage is revealed.

Elegant luxury, Simon’s divinely decadent dungeon, sensuous sex, bondage and spanking, highlight this ongoing saga between Simon Sinclair, a Romantic Dominant, and Belle Somers, the fledging submissive who touched his heart.

Another sexy page-turner from bestselling D/s novelist, Maggie Carpenter.

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Cover Reveal: Hope Shining Through the Darkness of Cancer

We are excited to share the cover for “Hope Shining Through the Darkness of Cancer: Stories of Courage.” Cancer can strike anyone and Collette Henry has compiled a list of experiences from people that have all dealt with cancer, including her own experience.

She requested a cover that portrayed hope for a disease that can strike anyone at anytime.The different colored ribbons represent different types of cancer, and are used to help spread awareness and hope. Pink represents breast cancer, orange represents leukemia, and the base of the trunk is wrapped in a lavender ribbon, which is the symbol and color used to represent all cancers. 

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Available Fall 2013 in both Print and eBook

About the book:

Since cancer is so prevalent today, it’s almost viewed as normal. When many hear the word cancer, they often don’t give much thought to it or realize what is involved with this disease. The contributors to this book have shared their experiences in an effort to educate and bring awareness of this disease through personal stories.

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Celebrate #INDIEpendence—Meet All Of Our Winners!

We hope everyone enjoyed our month-long Celebrate #INDIEpendence event as much as we did! It was great to see new and old faces alike joining in. The author chats were a huge hit and allowed everyone to ask questions. Game days were a ton of fun and we had a lot of creativity put into them. Thank you to our BHC authors who helped out with so many tasks. We appreciated it!

We’ve announced most of the winners on our website, but we felt a special post was needed to announce our grand prize winner and to also recap the weekly genre winners throughout the month.

OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS:  Kevin Hammond!

He wins:

  • A $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • An exclusive set of BHC Author Trading Cards
  • 18 autographed print books by our featured authors this month
  • an eBook of Oswald and I (available after September 2013)
  • an eBook of Minstrel (available November 2013)

Congratulations on winning, Kevin—we are all super excited for you!

Recap of winners for our weekly genre prize pack giveaways

Week #1:  Non-Fiction, Poetry & General Genre Prize Pack Winner:  Shelly Hammond

Prize Pack Prizes Won:

  • an eBook of Oswald and I (available after September 1st)
  • an autographed print copy of Get Outta My Head: My Journey Living With Brain Cancer by Collette Henry
  • an autographed print copy of Five Year Old Death by Bathsheba Dailey
  • an autographed print copy of Sequoia by Bathsheba Dailey
  • a $10 Starbucks gift card and a set of BHC author trading cards (courtesy of Blue Harvest Creative)
Week #2:  Horror & Sci-Fi Genre Prize Pack Winner:  Kimberly Mayberry
Prize Pack Prizes Won:
  • an autographed print copy of Hateful Burden by Natalie Gibson
  • an autographed print copy of The Dracula Chronicles: Bound By Blood, Volume I by Shane KP O’Neill
  • an autographed print copy of Jumper by Jeff LaFerney
  • a $10 Starbucks gift card and an exclusive set of BHC author trading cards (courtesy of Blue Harvest Creative)
Week #3:  Fantasy/YA/NA Genre Prize Pack Winner:  Ariel Lola
Prize Pack Prizes Won:
  • an autographed print copy of Embers at Galdrilene by A.D. Trosper
  • an autographed print copy of A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
  • an autographed print copy of Breath of Air by Katie Jennings
  • an autographed print copy of The Duke’s Trumpet by Claire E. Smith
  • an eBook of Minstrel by Marissa Ames (available late 2013)
  • a $10 Starbucks gift card and a set of BHC author trading cards (courtesy of Blue Harvest Creative)
Week #4:  Thriller, Suspense & Mystery Prize Pack Winner:  Tiffany Miles
Prize Pack Prizes Won:
  • an autographed print copy of Crossing The Line by Rebecka Vigus
  • an autographed print copy of Thorns of an Innocent Soul by Barbara Watkins
  • an autographed print copy of Eviscerating The Snake—The Complete Trilogy (three-books-in-one—receive Accountable to None, Zero Balance, and Adjusting Journal Entries) by Ashley Fontainne
  • an autographed print copy of CurbChek by Zach Fortier
  • an eBook of Number Seventy-Five by Ashley Fontainne
  • an eBook of Street Creds (new edition) by Zach Fortier
  • a $10 Starbucks gift card and a set of BHC author trading cards (courtesy of Blue Harvest Creative)
Week #5:  Romance & Drama Prize Pack Winner:  Shadow Kohler
Prize Pack Prizes Won:
  • an autographed print copy of The Selkie Sorceress by Sophie Moss
  • an eBook of The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss
  • an eBook of The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss
  • an autographed print copy of When Empires Fall by Katie Jennings
  • an eBook of Rise of the Notorious by Katie Jennings
  • a $10 Starbucks gift card and a set of BHC author trading cards (courtesy of Blue Harvest Creative)

Week #5: Erotica Genre Prize Pack Winner:  Shelly Hammond

Prize Pack Prizes Won:

  • an autographed print copy of Coming, Ready of Not! by Liv Honeywell
  • an eBook of The Journal by Liv Honeywell & Domitri Xavier
  • an autographed print copy of The British Billionaire Batchelor by Maggie Carpenter
  • an eBook of The Spanking Psychiatrist by Maggie Carpenter

Thank you to everyone who participated and joined in. Congratulations to all of our winners.

You can visit our website by clicking HERE to see a full list of ALL winners including all the winners of our weekly author chats and game/trivia days.

Visit our website for official rules and terms & conditions for entries, winning and prizes.