Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Risky Business by by Dena Garson: Tens List with Excerpt


What are 10 items on your bucket list?

My bucket list is filled with places I want to visit. I figured you’d get tired of seeing location after location but I couldn’t omit my number one item.

  1. Visit the UK. I am dying to see Stonehenge, eat in an Irish tavern and stand on a cliff in the highlands of Scotland.
  2. Go to a Superbowl. It would be awesome if the Dallas Cowboys played in it, but I’d go no matter who was playing.
  3. Attend an Olympics - either a summer or winter. It would be even more awesome to attend one in Greece though.
  4. See the Northern Lights.
  5. I’d love to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Sydney Harbor.
  6. Go on an archeological dig.
  7. Attend a Kentucky Derby.
  8. Fly somewhere on a private jet.
  9. Sleep in a castle (preferably one that’s been converted to a B&B or hotel).
  10. Ride in a blackhawk helicopter.


Risky Business
by Dena Garson


Two coworkers are brought together when an embarrassing bet is brought to light at the annual office party. Mia worries her trust in Jake, the company playboy, may place her heart and reputation at risk.


“Were you planning to stay until the bitter end tonight?” Mia asked.

“Not really. What about you?”

“No. I’m not much of a night owl.”

Jake smiled. “You always did strike me as more of a morning person. While most people are still trying to get their coffee to kick in, you’ve sent out a dozen emails and left messages for half the people you need things from, haven’t you?”

She smiled back, pleased that he’d noticed. “Yeah, well, I do my best thinking first thing in the morning. I can’t help it if you slackers can’t keep up.”

“Oh, I didn’t say I couldn’t keep up. I’m usually rolling in from the track after running three miles a couple times each week.” He leaned closer and dropped his voice into that sexy tone she loved so much. “I’m a morning person too. I just tend to be more physical than mental in the early morning hours.”

“Oh.” A ripple of warmth flowed through her body as images of how many different ways he could be physical in the morning ran through her head. Wouldn’t that be a lovely start to the day?

Jake chuckled. “You want to get out of here?”

She shook off her rated-X thoughts. “Sorta. Running around the office party half-dressed is not how I’d imagined the evening would go.” She grimaced. “But since I came with Robin and Mandy, I won’t be able to go until they’re ready.”

“If it makes you feel any better, the casual observer can’t tell you’re not wearing anything under your dress.” He slipped one hand around her waist and pulled her against him, making his erection noticeable. He whispered into Mia’s ear, “I, however, have been extremely distracted for the last couple of hours.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Burning Doors by Renee N. Meland: Book Blitz with Excerpt

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Title:   Burning Doors
Series:  The Extraction List #2
Author:   Renee N. Meland
Published:  April 28th, 2015
Publisher:  Limitless Publishing
Genre:  Dystopian Thriller
Content Warning:  Violence, adult language, and minor sexual content
Recommended Age:  14+

Cain Foley committed his first murder before he could even drive a car. Not that he would've had anywhere to drive to. When he was fifteen, America was one of the poorest countries in the world, and its’ citizens took their hatred of that fact out on each other through gangs and violence. Children barely tall enough for carnival rides peppered the streets selling drugs (or themselves) so they could buy their next meal.

Every night on the news, Cain watched as an angelic blonde woman who lost her own child swore she’d end it. She assaulted America’s televisions with praise for the Parental Morality Law: a set of rules that spells out exactly what it takes to be a parent in the eyes of the government, and the consequences of breaking those rules. He prayed every night that she’d come to rescue him before his father took off his belt again.

Before she could save him, Cain faced a fatal choice: fight back or die on the basement floor.
He chose life.

Now on the run, he finds himself being hunted by a police officer with his own special brand of torture. Before he can save even a handful of the children who have been swept up in the gang life, he must first cover up not one, but two murders: his father’s and one committed by a teenage madam who is either the love of his life, or his final undoing. As he feels himself being pushed further and further to the edge, he realizes that surviving his father was just the beginning.

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Excerpt from Burning Doors (The Extraction List #2) by Renee N. Meland:

The first time I killed someone, it was an accident. Though I guess it was the kind of accident that happens when you squeeze your hands around someone’s neck for too long, or when you shove someone who is standing too close to the edge of a building. In my case, I accidentally killed my father when I beat him to death with a pipe.
He had set me up that night, I’m sure of it. I was always careful to leave the TV volume down so I wouldn't be caught. But when I flipped the power on that night, the news roared. The woman I wanted to see was there, giving a speech like always, but her voice came out with the force of thunder. Sweat drenched my body when I heard the door to my parents’ upstairs bedroom fly open and hit the wall. The foundation shook and so did my limbs. I sat frozen in a seated position as I heard his footsteps. All I could focus on were his shiny patent leather shoes coming toward me. Even in the middle of the night, he took the time to slip them on.
I could smell him before I even saw his feet. He constantly stunk of mouthwash and old cologne; it was some putrid mix of sandalwood and beach vacations that we would never take. He cackled as he stepped toward me, so the minty air from his breath reached me before his hand did. I felt my head hit the floor before I felt the familiar sting in my cheek.
“You’re so stupid. You really think you’ll ever leave here? Where do you think you’re going to go, huh? You need me. She hasn't come for you and she never will!” He kicked me in the side with his foot.
My stomach clenched from the impact.
I usually kept quiet when he hit me. At most, I would agree with whatever he was saying to stop him before he did real damage.
It never worked.
No matter what I said, or didn't say, the blows would keep coming. My mother was always        conveniently upstairs, but no one can tell me she couldn't hear the snap of his belt or the furniture rattle as he shoved me into it.
That night was different. Maybe it was watching the woman from the television, or maybe it was the way his smile stretched across his face as he struck me, I don’t know. But when he was finished and heading back upstairs, I spat towards him.
My cheeks burned as I did it. In fact, my whole body felt like it was on fire. But I’d be lying if I said I wished I could take it back. Even when he turned, eyes wide when he noticed the wad of saliva glistening on the concrete floor, I didn't regret it one bit.

I may have even cracked a smile.

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About the Author:
Renee N. Meland lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs. Her favorite obsessions are Rome, learning new recipes, and exploring the world around her. She is an avid reader of speculative fiction, and believes that telling stories is the best job in the world.

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  • A print copy of The Extraction List

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Crimson Tree Publishing Tour: Tens List

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The owners of Clean Teen Publishing founded their Crimson Tree Publishing imprint in 2013. Created to host their non-teen fiction titles, they signed their first author—Jon Messenger and his Brink of Distinction Series. Today, they have ten authors and more than twenty titles in circulation or pending release. Some of their most recent titles include the Kindling Flames Series by Julie Wetzel, The Bionics Series by Alicia Michaels, and Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez.

In keeping with Clean Teen Publishing’s motto: “Because you deserve to know what you are reading,” Crimson Tree Publishing adopted the same full disclosure system, with the exception of the rating tree. A full content disclosure for every Crimson Tree Publishing title can be found on the company’s website. This details out exactly what kind of language, romance, drug use, and violence is in every book, giving readers the information necessary to choose a book based on their personal preference. If readers prefer a book with little violence but lots of romance, they can now read the disclosure and know if the book is for them before they get halfway through a brutal battle scene that turns their stomach. Crimson Tree Publishing believes in empowering their readers so they can easily find books they will enjoy the most.

Readers can find fresh fiction in a broad range of genres at Crimson Tree Publishing including: science fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, dystopian, and more. For a complete list of authors and titles, visit their website at:
Crimson Tree Publishing is a great place for authors as well. Founded by owners who have experience in the Indie publishing world, they are dedicated to fostering new up-and-coming authors and guiding them along their publishing journey. They are known by their authors to be very involved and hands-on in order to give them the guidance and tools needed to establish their writing careers. Authors interested in submission information for either Crimson Tree Publishing or Clean Teen Publishing can find the full submissions guidelines on their website at:

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Be sure to check out all of the FREE ebooks that Crimson Tree Publishing has to offer!

Mayra's Tens List

Ten things I love about cover design
  1.  The Challenge! I love that to constantly learn new things and try new techniques. This field is ever changing and there is always a new twist on every cover I do.
  1. I love working from home. I work a LOT but I also have the flexibility to go do fun things with my kids or meet friends for lunch or just take a nap! I love naps. Course, this also means that I work all hours of the night but it's a small price to pay for everything that I get in return.
  2.  I love making authors cry. When an author sees their design for the first time and then tells me they are crying because they love it so much, it's so much awesome. Really, if you work with me, it's completely my goal to make you ugly cry. Be prepared. ;-)
  3. I love my books! No joke, your book becomes my baby once my cover becomes it's outside. I love to see them do well. I squeal when I see them in stores. I brag when they rank on amazon. I hoard them on my bookshelf and smile when ever I walk by them. They are my preciouses.
  4. I love my authors! I consider myself one of the luckiest designers out there because all of my authors rock. We have had our struggles, don't get me wrong, but the authors I have worked with are all pretty amazing people and I am truly thankful that they chose me to dress their babies.
  5. I love looking for stock images!! Haha, just kidding! I hate it. lol! It's more of a love/hate kinda thing though. I love finding that image that is JUST right, that sparks my creative fire and captures the authors vision for their story. But sometimes... oh sometimes it's just painful and time consuming and draining. There are only so many times you can see half nekkid people and not want to scratch out your eyeballs. Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer or work on another project for a while.
  6. Not really cover related, but I love emoticons! This one is kind of my signature because it's extra happy and that's where I like to be; ^_^ But I'm also fond of the original :-) and the winky face is one I do way to much too; ;-)…  so if you are ever chatting with me in any text based way, expect to see the emoties. ;-)
  7. I love the creativity of the process. I am an INFP, which if you don't know Keirsey, that means I am Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling (very heavy on the feeling), Perceiving personality type. I am a healer idealist. This is a rare personality type and it lends itself very well to the creative aspects of life. I relish the creative process. I NEED it in order to be a happy person. My whole life has been surrounded by finding creative outlets and the fact that I get to do this as my job now is freakin awesome.
  8. I love feedback. Good honest critique done in a constructive way helps me to improve. This is not, however, an invite for everyone who reads this to go look at all of my work and send me their critique of every cover I have done. lol! I also realize that everyone has an opinion and if everyone gave me their opinion then I'd get bogged down by the minute details and I just can't please everyone. But I do seek out feed back when I am working on each cover. It's almost like a market survey or a beta reader. Beta viewers! But I don't fear negative feedback, I welcome it and embrace it and learn from it.
  9. I love doing 10's lists!! lol! No really, this was fun and I am thankful to have the opportunity to really think about all the reasons I love what I do. I feel all warm and fuzzy now and more ready to conquer my day. Because it's not /always/ sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it's hard and frustrating.  It's great to sit back for a minute and focus on the good, the love, the funny! So thank you for reading and taking a peek into my brain. I hope you enjoyed the ride. ;-)

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    Rebecca Gober

    Chief Executive Officer
    Rebecca Gober has thirteen years experience in upper level management, sales, marketing, and business relations. She has a history of finding ways to market outside the box and a passion for social media marketing and customer relations. She’s not afraid to take risks and doesn’t believe in the word impossible. Since entering the publishing world in 2011, Rebecca has co-authored seven young adult novels and has since gone on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Rebecca is continually working hard to make new strides in the Indie publishing world.

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    Chief Operating Officer
    Courtney Nuckels graduated from UNT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She went on to teach Middle School where she found her love for the Young Adult genre. Courtney is a perfectionist who loves to work behind the scenes in formatting and web design. She believes that the interior formatting of a book should shine as much as the exterior does. Since entering the publishing world in 2011, Courtney has co-authored seven young adult novels and has since gone on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Courtney is committed to making her mark in the Indie publishing world.

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    Marya Heiman

    Chief Creative Officer
    Marya Heiman has ten years of experience in customer relations and creative design. In 2011, Marya entered the publishing world when a friend asked for her help in designing their book cover. Soon, she found that she had a knack for image manipulation and an eye for bringing multiple elements together to create a visually stunning cover. Marya decided to do what she loved and began freelancing as a cover designer, and later went on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Marya was recently honored with a RONE Award for one of her covers and has received numerous other accolades for her gorgeous designs. Marya believes that people do judge a book by its cover and she’s determined to make the Indie publishing world a more beautiful place, one cover at a time.

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    • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Crimson Tree Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.

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    Legacy by Ellery A. Kane: Book Review with Excerpt

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