Counting Wolves _Blog Tour: Excerpt

Counting Wolves
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.

Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.

But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

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“Feedback group!” Tink bounces at the door. “You don’t have to come, Milly, but you can if you want. No pressure!”
From beneath her pillow, Red groans and then throws it off. “Actually I do have something to say. Why is it that I have to go when Sleeping Beauty over there can fake sleep and get away with—”
“At group!” Tink springs away. Following her is Peter, who flaps his arms like wings and drags his broken leg behind him across the floor.
Pig points at him. “He’s here because he’s suicidal. Believes he can fly like a fairy, so he jumped from a third-floor balcony.”
. . . “He’s not suicidal then, he doesn’t want to die, he wants to fly,” I say and both of them stare at me. “What’s feedback group?”
“So you can like pre-count, if you know you’re going to say something?” Pig asks.
I nod my head.
“Oh, but now we gotta wait again. How are you even alive?” Red says and walks out of the room, adding, “Come see for yourself what this is all about.”
When I stand up, something beeps. Pig has started the timer on her watch and follows behind me. I turn to stare at her as I count. She stares back. Beady eyes unblinking.
When I’m done I say, “Please don’t.” And start counting again.
Pig huffs and walks out.
A minute later I shut my eyes and hop across the threshold of my room. I really miss my phone. At school I usually don’t have to talk; I text instead.
Tink’s high-pitched voice squeaks about how everyone’s opinion is highly valued. I use the washroom; that’s four doors to pass. Even washroom stall doors count. Even cupboard doors count, but not drawers. Drawers are different. No hinges.
After I jump into the rec room, everyone goes silent. I’d love to be rid of the jump; it attracts so much attention. The TV’s on, and Peter is too close to the screen to see anything more than a blur. Rottengoth stares at me with his mouth open. Pig’s watch beeps; she timed me anyway.
Vanet laughs. “What ho? She has to hop, too? That’s pretty sexy, isn’t it, heh? Like a Playboy bunny hops, and we gotta hop back to what we were talking about, right? Hop to it, Tink. Time is money.”
Tink presses her hands to her forehead.

Author Bio:

Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.

He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at http://www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

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Addicted to Death_Blogival: Spotlight

Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation

Following the murder of Benedict and Darcy Blacktail, two eggs savagely beaten to death outside their home by an unknown, fedora wearing assailant brandishing a large metal spoon, Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, carrot and the leading food detective in the police force, is called in to investigate. When the only food sapiens minister in the Government, Professor Perry Partridge, is murdered at the Strawberry Strip Club, run by the young damson Victoria Plum, DI Wortel suspects that the two cases may somehow be linked. As the Head of the Food Related Crime Division, DI Wortel is ably assisted by his human colleague Sergeant Dorothy Knox. But as their investigation begins, four celebrity chefs are sent death threats. It’s a recipe for disaster as the incarcerated evil genius MadCow McBeef is seeking parole; someone appears to have crumbled Mr Bramley’s apples; and there is an anti-GM food protestor on the prowl. And why do Oranges and Lemons think they owe someone five farthings? DI Wortel and his team must find out who is seemingly addicted to death. It will take all efforts – human, fruit and vegetable – to figure this one out.

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ABOUT MATTHEW REDFORD


Born in 1980, Matthew Redford grew up with his parents and elder brother on a council estate in Bermondsey, south-east London. He now lives in Longfield, Kent, takes masochistic pleasure in watching his favourite football team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is a keen chess player and is planning future food related crime novels. To counterbalance the quirkiness of his crime fiction Redford is an accountant. His unconventional debut crime thriller, Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation was published by Clink Street Publishing last summer.

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Shining Through: First Look Celebration

SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon First Look!

Here is your FIRST LOOK at SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon. Dirty Dancing meets Olympic figure skating in this sweet and sexy final book in the Red Hot Russians series’

Title: Shining Through
Author: Elizabeth Harmon
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Pronoun/Macmillan
Series: Red Hot Russians #5
Genres: Romance
Word Count: 80k
Format: Digital & Print

Synopsis

The Biggest Season of her Career…
America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…
Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…
Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

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About Elizabeth Harmon

Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.
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Vanquished_Blog Tour: Spotlight

Vanquished

by LeTeisha Newton

Publication Date: August 14, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance

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If I should die before I wake…

Then my soul is Caesar’s to take. He pulls me down, he lifts me up.

And then he leaves me in the muck.

If I should fall before I fly…

Then they know it was the fault of mine. He taught me better, he led the way.

I just didn’t know how to stay.

And if I should not gain his heart…

Fuck that, he made me this way. Curled my thoughts and twisted me. 

He belongs to me, forever.

WARNING: This book is DARK. So dark, I barely found my way writing it. Know this. Understand it. Believe it. It’s one long warning from beginning to end, but the love found between the pages is everlasting. This is NOT a conventional couple, and they don’t come together with rainbows and silver linings. There’s pain. There’s violence. There’s blood. You have been warned. Please … Please, walk away if a filthy dark story isn’t right for you. You will find no softness here. But if you like it so dark the sun won’t make you feel warm again, then you’ve found the right place, and Caesar is waiting.

About LeTeisha Newton

Writing professionally since 2008, LeTeisha Newton’s love of romance novels began long before it should have. After spending years sneaking reads from her grandmother’s stash, she finally decided to pen her own tales. As many will do during their youth, she bounced from fantasy, urban literature, mainstream, interracial, paranormal, heterosexual, and LGBT works until she finally rested in contemporary romance.

LeTeisha is all about deep angst and angry heroes who take a bit more loving to smooth their rough edges. Love comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, as well as with—or without—absolute beauty and fairy tale sweetness. She writes the darker tales because life is hard … but love is harder.

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Taming the Lion_Release Week Celebration: Excerpt

Pack bonds are tested in the Shifter Wars as the lion heir must choose between his legacy and his mate.

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Taming the Lion

Author: Kerry Adrienne

Series: Shifter Wars

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: August 14, 2017

Publisher: Carina Press

Synopsis

For Marco, heir to the lions’ throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it’s fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary, Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate.

Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

Two breeds united by destiny could inspire a peaceful new future for their opposing clans—or ignite the fiercest battle yet and destroy all of Deep Creek forever.
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An excerpt from TAMING THE LION

Copyright © Kerry Adrienne 2017
“Go away.” His voice barely a whisper on the thick summer air. “I’ll kill you.”
Alicia gripped the scalpel. She could slide it across his neck in a flash, and it’d be over. No one would have to know. A mercy killing, of sorts. Though she’d be lying to herself to categorize it as such.
Her grandmother’s words echoed. Alicia was a healer, not a killer.
From the looks of the lion’s shirt, already dark, yet now wet with blood, he might not recover even with her best efforts to save him. The scent of gunpowder and burnt flesh peppered the blood-laden air. The lions had left him to die under a bush in bear territory, shot in the shoulder.
She shook her head and settled to the ground on her knees. “I’m not going anywhere.” The strength of her voice hid her fear, though he might sense it anyway. His scent was that of a strong and confident shifter, even in his current state.
He looked at her.
She blinked, trying to calm the adrenaline rush that shot through her. His eyes, mesmerizing and wide, lured her in, and she couldn’t turn away. Deep green or maybe brown or even both, they were a color she’d never seen and his gaze was magnetic. Her mouth went dry.
He was her sworn enemy. Sexy, but injured.
She glanced to the sky, but didn’t see Grandmother Hawk. Typical. Recently, she’d started leaving Alicia to figure out the moral decisions on her own, trusting that she would make the right one.
Part of the training.
“Shit.” The scalpel had warmed in her hands, and the sun glinted off the blade in a flash of silvery-white. What would her grandmother do? No doubt, she’d help the lion. Maybe she wouldn’t tell the bears, who she was loyal to, but she’d never let a lion die if she could heal him. She’d never intentionally let anyone die on her watch.
“War is for the weak minded,” she’d always said. Alicia was beginning to think she was right. Why couldn’t shifters all get along?
Because the damn lions wanted the bears’ territory. If they’d stayed in their own area, none of the bloodshed would’ve happened. Even though Alicia had heard the stories of the lions and bears and wolves sharing the cave, the actuality felt as foreign as items in an ancient history book. As remote as a fairy tale.
Fantasy.
“Go.” He turned away, but she could still see the strain on his face as he winced.
His black hair, falling to his shoulders, was damp and matted. How early in the battle had he been wounded? He was bound to be dehydrated.
“I’m here to help. Like it or not.” She slid the scalpel into its sheath and back into the pocket of her pack. Her earlier assessment was correct. The lion was no threat at the moment. He could barely move. The rise and fall of his chest showed his respirations were high and labored. Blood loss was nearing the severe level.
He needed help before his body went into shock.
She looked back toward the trail to make sure she was alone. If Griff or Derek found out about him, the lion wouldn’t need help anymore and her time as medic would be over.
She’d worry about that another day. She had a lion to save.

About Kerry Adrienne

USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne is repped by Marisa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Kerry writes in many sub-genres of romance including paranormal, science fiction, erotic, m/m, time travel, and many more.

She loves history, science, music, and art and is the mom to three daughters, many cats, and various other small animals. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere. In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player.

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15th August: Happy Independence Day

Good morning readers!

It is our Independence day today. Today, 15th August in the year 1947, India gained it’s independence from the British rule. This year we celebrated our 70th independence day.

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Love Pixies_Blog Tour: Excerpt


Love Pixies

By Carol Maloney Scott

About the Book

For three lifelong best


friends, a college graduation trip to Ireland is supposed to be their last
hurrah before starting their jobs, and taking on the stresses and
responsibilities of adult life. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are on a mission
to turn the Emerald Isle upside down…or at least wreak a little havoc, drink a
wee bit too much, and kiss hunky Irish boys…before returning to their hometown
of Chicago. 

When Rhiannon, a powerful fairy, pays a surprise visit to
their adorable, thatched-roof rental cottage in County Clare, and persuades
them to sign one-year Love Pixie contracts, their lives are drastically
altered. Newly armed with fantastical superpowers, charmed necklaces, and the ability
to turn ordinary substances into enchanted pixie dust, the girls join together
to fight ‘love crime’ and help assigned couples on the brink of disaster build
bridges back to happiness. It all sounds quite exciting, until they realize
that learning how to use powerful magic is not only time consuming,
overwhelming, and confusing – it’s not easy to hide from their family,
co-workers, and most importantly – potential love interests. 

To complicate matters even more, the trio is repeatedly
tempted by the fairy’s rebellious sister, Aideen, who challenges them to break
the rules. Perhaps if they listen to the ‘bad fairy’ they can finish their
assignment quicker…and get back to work…and play…before anyone is the wiser. 

However, the girls were raised to know that there are
consequences to bad behavior – at least in the non-magical world. Afraid to ask
if there is such a thing as magical jail, the two more sensible Pixies hope to
rein in their most wayward partner – before their contracts are terminated…and
their couple’s relationship implodes into a pile of ordinary dust. 

EXCERPT

The Pixies followed Layla back to the office, where she presented David with his new cup of coffee.

Only all he did was thank her. He still wasn’t drinking it!

“Thanks a lot. That was very nice of you.”

His face brightened, but he still looked awful. His shirt was wrinkled—frankly it looked like he had picked it out of the dirty laundry basket. Maybe Carrie was refusing to do his wash in her current condition, or because of his recent attitude.

Instead of drinking his coffee, David stood up and began pacing the room.

“I shouldn’t drink any more coffee. I’m jittery enough. Maybe we should order lunch. It’s going to take hours to work through these figures.”

Tiffany smacked her forehead and reached for the red dust in her bra.

Now it was Amanda’s turn to take charge. She grabbed Tiffany’s hand and said, “No, you are not throwing red dust on him. What will that do? Just give him some terrible problem that Layla can help him with? Or she’ll just leave him here, and he’ll never get to the party with Carrie.”

Tiffany raked her hands through her hair, ignoring her normal concern for a perfectly styled ‘do.’

“Okay fine. But he needs to drink the fucking coffee.”

Amanda reminded a frantic Tiffany that this cup hadn’t been enchanted yet.

“And he doesn’t seem to want the coffee, anyway. Maybe we’ll have to wait until they order lunch. They’ll have to consume something eventually.”

Amanda was trying to be the voice of reason, but Tiffany was getting past the point of fed up with David Newman.

“No, I’m not waiting for that. This moron is going to get his rumpled, red-eyed ass over to that party with his wife. If I have to…that’s it!”

Amanda blinked hard as Tiffany approached David, but she wasn’t reaching into her bra for the red dust.

Hopefully she wouldn’t accidentally touch him! Layla would think he was ready for the psych ward when he started flinching for no reason, after being grazed by an invisible fairy.

Amanda held her breath as Tiffany sneaked up on him…wait, why was no one moving? The air felt funny…

Holy crap, Amanda thought. Did Tiffany just stop time?!!

Tiffany lunged at David, positioning herself within centimeters of his face, and dropped a few granules of sugar directly into his frozen mouth!

The atmosphere in the room changed again, and all the noises and movements of the office sprang back to life…including the human inhabitants.

David instantly leapt to his feet, and began spitting and swatting at the air.

“What’s wrong?” Layla’s eyes widened.

She had secretly hoped that David was close to a meltdown, but she hadn’t expected him to completely lose his entire…was he having a seizure?

“David! What are you doing?”

Layla shrieked as David danced around the office with his tongue hanging out of his mouth, like a dog on a hot day.

“Do you see it? Is it gone?”

“See what?”

“The bug that crawled in my mouth!”

With that, Tiffany and Amanda fell over laughing.

Amanda was holding her sides and screeching. “I can’t believe you just did that! Holy crap, that was hilarious. His eyes are bugging out!”

Tiffany grabbed Amanda and roared, “Bugs! You said bugs! He thought a bug flew into his mouth…ha, ha, ha…”

Layla wrinkled her nose in disgust. “A bug flew into your mouth?” She hoped there were no bugs in his office. It was more likely that sleep-deprived David was losing his marbles…and going buggy in the brain.

“Yes, and it was a sweet bug!”

As the Pixies laughed and struggled to regain their composure, Amanda said, “I’m dying! But let’s see if this pixie dust is going to do the trick. And holy crap—you stopped time!”

David stopped jumping around and paused, looked at the laptop, his coffee cup, and Layla—as if he was not sure what to make of them. “That’s odd. How long have we been here?”

Layla was relieved that he had calmed down, but didn’t quite understand his bewilderment. “We’ve been here since about ten. Why do you ask?”

“Ten!? What time is it now?”

He didn’t wait for an answer. Instead his mind flooded with visions of Carrie.

Carrie on their wedding day.

When Elyse was born.

Making his breakfast in their first apartment.

On the beach in her bikini on their honeymoon.

And finally, at the party…without him.

“I have to go! My wife needs me.” He gestured to the desk and said, “This needs to wait.”

He walked to the office door, grabbed his jacket off the hook, and ran out.

Tiffany folded her arms across her chest, and Amanda patted her fellow Pixie on the back. “Wow. That was amazing. Now you have another unique and awesome power! This is so great—it’s early in the day and he has about twelve hours of enchantment ahead of him.”

Tiffany smiled and said, “I know. It’s fantastic. Hopefully Heather is shoving enchanted brownies into Carrie’s face.”

“Somehow I think she’s administering her pixie dust a little more subtly. People can actually see her.”

Amanda giggled again, but then noticed Layla. What was she doing now?

Luckily for the Pixies, Layla liked to talk to herself while plotting evil.

“That sonofabitch! How dare he just run out of here? Did he not see my shoulders? And I wasn’t lying—the spreadsheet actually is fucked up. It’s going to take me all fucking weekend to fix it!”

She rubbed her temples and smiled. “No, on second thought…I’m going to make it even worse, and send it to Alfred and the client. Then I’ll step in and fix it…and be the hero.”

She sat down at David’s desk with a smug look on her face.

Tiffany’s mouth fell open as she realized that she hadn’t thought this through. Now Layla was even angrier, while David was off to bond with his wife. The latter was great, but his career was going to be destroyed by this crazy bitch, and how were the Pixies going to prevent it?

 

 

Tour Schedule


August 7 – Brianna Remus Books – Review

August 9 – Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A &
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August 9 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A

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August 14 – Life at 17 – Excerpt

August 14 – Book Lover in Florida – Review 

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Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

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