The Imperial Arm – Released on Amazon

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Darrius of Blackstone, emissary to King Henry III, is sent to northern England to snuff out an enemy of the crown. Everything spirals out of control when the scales of justice tip and the controlled warrior unleashes his heart upon a woman suffering from neglect. He knows the risks, but he needs her light in his dark world.

Abused by her power-greedy father all her life, Lady Brenna of Carthmore despises her pawn like status and the arranged marriage hanging over her head. Yet her new husband confounds her at every turn. She stumbles upon his secret, tipping the scale of the heart until betrayal vilifies a new day.

The Imperial Arm and his Elite are confronted by all sides of misery and everyone must reveal their deepest soul before blood runs.

Available on Amazon – *Free to read on Kindle Unlimited*

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Interview with Remy Bludworth from The Bludworth Chronicles: Origin – By Stephanie Summers

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My dear author friend, Stephanie Summers recently released a book titled, The Bludworth Chronicles: Origin. If any of you are familiar with her Willow Creek Vampire Series, Remy Bludworth is the hero of her trilogy. (And if you’re not familiar, I promise you’re missing out on a fabulous set of books!) Remy is quite the vampire too. He can be surly and snarky. Charming and dashing. Dangerous and deadly. I’m a huge fan of this series!!

In The Bludworth Chronicles: Origin, we take a journey to Remy’s past. We get to see where it all began. I have had the unique honor to interview our favorite vampire and get his take on a few things happening in his world. Without further ado, please welcome Remy Bludworth…

Beth: I think the first question on everyone’s mind right now is… what’s your favorite blood type? Is one sweeter than another? :)

Remy: O is by far my favorite, though I don’t have much preference between positive and negative. I wouldn’t say it’s sweeter, but it’s definitely more robust than the others.

Beth: Based on your new story, The Bludworth Chronicles: Origin, if you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

Remy: Bloody hell… Three wishes? That’s a tough one. Hmmm…. Well, first I would wish that my father hadn’t hated me so much. Maybe things would have turned out differently if he hadn’t. Second, I’d wish for more time with my mother. I was robbed of the last several months I could have been with her before she died, and I’d do just about anything to get them back. Four hundred plus years is a long time to go without seeing your mum. And third, well… I wish I’d known all the things I do now back then, and I do mean everything. ;)

Beth: Even though you are a kick-ass vampire, what are you most afraid of?

Remy: Nothing, of course… except maybe something really bad happening to Sabine that would leave me without her for the rest of eternity. I couldn’t handle it.

Beth: What three things would you take to a desert island?

Remy: Sabine is all I really need. Maybe a human to keep around for when we need a little nip of something else. That’s all really. I could just teleport or fly out of there if I need anything else or wanted to leave.

Beth: So, Ash London from Take Me On is all the rage and I’ve heard that Ferrum is Sabine’s favorite band. There’s some publicity surrounding his story lately. What’s it like sharing the spotlight with your wife’s favorite rock star?

Remy: *Rolls his eyes* Here we go again… Everywhere I go, all I hear is Ash London this and Ash London that and oh he’s so dreamy and hot… It’s quite mind numbing if I’m being honest. I’m a vampire for fuck’s sake. Why should I care about a rock star? I have more pressing matters than who Ash London is shagging at the moment. If I ever meet him in person, I’m going to punch him right in the throat. Well, maybe. It depends on if Sabine is around. She might thrash me if I hurt him. Maybe I can just use my *ahem* gifts to convince him to go away for a bit.

Beth: What are you most proud of about your life?

Remy: That I’ve survived as long as I have. I was often accused of being weak by my father when I was human, but I don’t think you get to be as old as I am by being weak. So there’s that…

For more information on Stephanie’s books:

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AVAILABLE @ Amazon

You met the vampire, Remy Bludworth, in the Willow Creek Vampires Series. Now join him in this short story as he recalls how he became a vampire and the complete hell he lived in just before his life was completely transformed.

 

 

 

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Ash London, front man for uber-successful rock band Ferrum, is over the lifestyle. He’s done with it all, yet finds himself going through the motions out of a sense of obligation to his fans, band, and crew members. He’s living the dream, but what he wants is to be a normal dude with an ordinary life far away from the touring scene. He could have any woman he wanted, but what he wants is someone who can look past the rock star—someone who will bust down the walls he’s built around himself and break free the man lying dormant within.

Lila Stephens hasn’t had the best past. In fact, it’s been downright traumatic. After the death of her beloved grandmother, she picks up her life and moves to Brooklyn, NY to build a new life for herself. She’s given up on the notion of love and is content living alone with her beagle dog.

Lila attends a party thrown by her best friend, Tori, who just happens to be the wife of Ferrum guitarist, Matty Tabor. As she’s ready to leave, a drunken man runs into her, sending her falling into the arms of Ash London. Will she stay there where it’s warm and comforting, or will she flee as her past threatens to taint any hope of happiness for the two of them? You met the vampire, Remy Bludworth, in the Willow Creek Vampires Series. Now join him in this short story as he recalls how he became a vampire and the complete hell he lived in just before his life was completely transformed.

 

 

 

Coming Soon – Fifth Dimension by Beth Mikell (Short Story)

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Fifth Dimension by Beth Mikell

What would happen if a book came to life? Isabella Adair, romance writer extraordinaire, moves into an old house and falls through a portal to another dimension. She runs into the hero of her next book—in the middle of medieval past—and he’s about to be married. Will she have enough fodder for her next book? Or will she stay and make her dreams come true?

Coming July 1st…

Bella struggled against his embrace, pushing against his strength until he let her go. Panting, she eyed him warily. She stumbled back further into the closet, staring wide-eyed at the buff, alien-deity that kissed of sin and tasted of heaven. “You—you can’t be Jaxon. You… can’t be… my Jax…” she said softly, walking backwards as she stared. She faltered over an unforeseen item, tripping.

Her scream tore through the air.

“Isabella!” Jax roared, lunging forward.

 

Story Tags: Sci-fi; Fantasy; Time Travel; Medieval; Sweet Romance

 

 

Kurdish Music 101

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In my upcoming book, Shahram – A Kurdish Love Story, my hero is Kurdish, and he grew up in the west of Iran. To make it easy, his nickname is Ram and I’m going to let him tell you about some of his favorite music. Before he arrives, here’s a small excerpt from my book of what he looks like…

Ram Zare was still leaned up against the hood of his car with a sexy grin curving his lips. Nope, she wasn’t that lucky to go unnoticed. The guy was desire, lust, and sin from the top of his dark, overlong hair to his scrumptious body, and silky brown gaze. She hated how her eyes zeroed in on his black leather jacket, emphasizing his hard chest. Of course, they’d barely spoken outside his sensual grin and her awkwardness, but the man oozed all kinds of carnal appeal that should be illegal.

–Mia Phillips

Me: Hello, Ram. Thanks for stopping by today.

Ram: Salam. Thank you for inviting me. I appreciate the opportunity.

Me. Well, it’s great you’re here. I wanted to introduce you to everyone before your story hits.

Ram: (flashes a smile) Anytime.

Me. So, I was hoping you would share some insight into Kurdish music. Would you share the basics?

Ram: To keep it simple, there are three basic kinds: storytellers, minstrels and bards. These are considered to be classical. There are some heroic ballads about Kurdish heroes and love ballads expressing the pain of separation and unfulfilled love. And some religious, love songs, and dance. Wedding songs are very popular too.

Me: I see you brought along some samples. What is the first one?

Ram: This is a song typically played in weddings when the bride arrives. It’s called Şemmame by popular singer, Ibrahim Tatlises. In this video, you get a sense of the happy times a wedding is for families.

Me: Awesome. Love the dancing too. It’s so lively and happy.

Ram: Kurds love to dance—especially at weddings.

Me: Wait…? I heard they love to dance anytime.

Ram: (grins) Yes, you heard right.

Me: What does Şemmame mean?

Ram: Well, here’s the translation. I hope it’s not too complicated. (He winks)

Şemmamê Şemmamê Şemmamê bûkê

—- şemmam is a type of melon, but is also used to refer to the breasts of a young woman which should be the case in this song, bûk = bride. Şemmamê is also the name for a girl.

 

Me: Thank you for that. (trying not to blush) Okay, so what is the second example?

Ram: This one is more modern. It’s by two singers who are very popular in the Middle East: Jamshid and Mansour. The song is called Naz Maka, and it’s a very happy song, though the video doesn’t show traditional Kurdish culture. It’s probably more for the upcoming generation, but it is in the Kurdish language with a few lines of Farsi/Persian. It’s one of my favorites.

Me: Oh, that is high energy!! LOVE IT!! What does Naz Maka mean?

Ram: (he laughs heartily) It means… don’t be spoiled. You never know what kind of song will hold a few surprises. Asking a girl not to be spoiled is one of them.

Me: Oh, really? Do you have anyone in particular in mind?

Ram: Of course I do, but I’m not telling you. (he winks)

Me: Why not? This would be a great way to share a bit about yourself.

Ram: (nods) I agree, but I’m not feeling it.

Me: (I resist the urge to roll my eyes, looking thoughtful) I see you brought us a final song to look at. What is this?

Ram: This… (he pauses, his face softening)

Me: Ram?

Ram: This is called Delale. Just listen…

Me: It’s beautiful. What does Delale mean?

Ram: It means “My love.” It is written and produced by: Saam Moosa. Here… I also brought the translation:

I can’t wait to hear your voice, I’m yearning to see you

I missed you a lot, and are waiting here until you coming back

So many days have passed, I’m home alone,

Bored and counting every minute

My heart wears your name

Our love is endless

There is no girl like you

My love is infinitely great

My love, my darling

My Sweetheart My wife and friend

When will you reach me I cant wait no more

Please run faster to me, my Love, my darling

The sun is shining down on me when you smile, when you leave, it turns dark

Your warmth is like the summer, your every touch is lovable

You really deserve all my love, You mean the world to me

My love, my darling.

My heart wears your name

Our love is endless

There is no girl like you

My love is infinitely great

My love, my darling

My Sweetheart, my wife and friend

When will you reach me, I can’t wait no more

Please run faster to me, My Love, my darling

As long as I live, my heart will always be yours

As long as I live, my soul will always be yours

My love, my darling

My Sweetheart, my wife and friend

When will you reach me, I can’t wait no more

Please run faster to me, My Love, my darling

Me: That is very beautiful, Ram. Thank you for sharing this with us today.

Ram: My pleasure. It is very special to me.

Me: Oh? Why is that?

Ram: (he hesitates) Well, if I tell you now, then I’ll be giving away something too soon. Trust me, you’ll find out soon enough.

Me: Ok. Cryptic and vague, but thank you all the same. (slight pause) I appreciate you stopping by and giving us a flash insight into the various Kurdish music out there. I’m sure there’s more, but what you shared has been beautiful.

Ram: It’s been an honor to share. I’ve only shown you three of my favorites. Kurdish music spans different types and meanings. Our music is steeped in history. Some sad, some happy. No matter where a Kurd lives in the world, we all keep the beauty of music in our hearts. That’s not simple words, but a fact. And thank you for having me.

Me: Goodbye, Ram–

Ram: Wait, I brought you a final video.

Me: Really? That’s wonderful. What is it?

Ram: It’s at a Kurdish wedding in Iran. The men love to dance like this after lunch. Tell me what you think.

Me: Oooooo, I loved it! They really look like they are having fun. I appreciate the small surprise at the end.

Ram. Happy to share some of my favorites with you.

Me. I’ll be seeing you soon to discuss more on your book.

Ram: I’m ready when you are. Take care, Beth Jaan. Khodahafez.

**Thank you for stopping by, dear reader. I hope you enjoyed a little insight into Kurdish music from Ram’s point of view.**

Craving by Stephanie Summers is now an audio book!

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Welcome to Willow Creek. People are happy, crime is practically nonexistent, and life is good…unless you’re Sabine Crowley. Sabine has been chosen to be the next blood bag for the vampire lord who has protected the town from otherworldly creatures for 200 years.

Sabine has big dreams for her life, and none of them include becoming a vampire’s concubine. On her 18th birthday, she seeks solitude to process the cruel turn her destiny has taken. As she sits alone in Cleary Park, a sexy stranger approaches her. He’s tall, mysterious, handsome, and a complete jerk. He soon reveals himself to be a vampire; Sabine is terrified of him and her strange attraction to him. She wants to get as far away from him as possible, yet finds herself wondering if she’ll see him again.

Remy, the cocky newcomer vampire, has been summoned by his maker, Bastian, to take his place beside his maker in the hierarchy of vampires inhabiting Willow Creek. He’s none too thrilled to be stuck in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, where he’ll have to feed exclusively from the girl he’s been paired with. He’s repulsed by the whole situation.

When Sabine tries to run away from her fate, Remy is forced to follow her and bring her back. They’re unwillingly thrust into each other’s lives and, reluctantly, find an undeniable attraction between themselves. Will they ever look past their contempt for one another and act on their urges? Or are they destined to hate each other forever?

©2015 Stephanie Summers (P)2015 Stephanie Summers

Links: Audible – Coming soon to iTunes

See what others are saying…

“Fang-tastic.”

If you could sum up Craving in three words, what would they be?

Sexiest Vampire Ever.

 

After*Burn Giveaway!!!

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See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: After * Burn: Poems: Shadows of Brokenness. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/61034b5ca15ca0bf NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of May 18, 2015 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed.

3 Copies up for Grabs!!!! (Expired!!)

Thank you to everyone that participated.

See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

After * Burn (Poems: Shadows of Brokenness) Released

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Poems: Shadows of Brokenness

The inside of brokenness is dark and gritty. A place where pain resides. It’s not sunshine and roses. It’s not rainbows and flowers. No, this real. This is where heartache meets the soul on a journey of healing. This is therapy between ink and words. It’s called… survival.

Smashwords – Amazon

Excerpt:

Forgiveness Angel

She teases me behind a cloud,
Wearing her sorrow like a shroud.

Her eyes are bright,
With a terrifying light.

I try to reach for her;
She flies like a blur.

Her wings of night,
A heart-pounding sight.

I want to make amends,
Yet still, she condemns.

Reminding me of my faults.
Something aged like malt.

The taste in my mouth sour,
Making my soul cower.

If she only knew how much I regret,
Maybe she would abet.

She cries more pain,
And her laughter a great stain.

Still, she remains hidden,
My spirit sinking in midden.

Nothing will hold her;
Nothing will calm her.

I’m on my knees,
But, time gives a great squeeze.

 Coming soon to print…

Copyright 2015 © Beth Mikell All Rights Reserved.

Cover Reveal with a Twist – The Imperial Arm

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Here it is… my new novel coming to you soon.

The Imperial Arm is a medieval romance with plenty of action and intrigue. You’ll find knights and sword fighting. Lies and mystery. And of course… a love right in the center of it all. Here’s the twist… The Imperial Arm is being showcased on Kindle Scout for next 30 days. 

What is Kindle Scout?

This is the new face of publishing: crowdsourcing.

For thirty days, Amazon will allow users to read and download an excerpt of The Imperial Arm for free. If you love it, then click the blue button and nominate the book. The more nominations, the better the book’s chance at being offered a publishing contract. Yes–a contract with Kindle Press. Why did I opt for this instead? I wanted to try something new.

Here’s how it works:

1. Have an Amazon account, so you can nominate books.

2. A book’s “campaign” lasts for thirty days, then it’s either given a deal or dropped.

3. Once you nominate a book, the book has to stay nominated for it to count.

4. Share with your friends.

5. If your nominated book WINS, the author is given a publishing contract, and you get a FREE Kindle copy sent to your device on release day. 

The Imperial Arm Campaign

Go to Kindle Scout and sign in to Amazon.

Here’s my campaign: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/30OMF5B8FZM9W

Read or download an excerpt.

Please nominate.

Share it.

Easy-peasy. :) Thank you so much!

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New Release Coming Soon

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Hello everyone… I know I’ve been a bit MIA. I’ve been working on a new project and it’s nearly ready. I went a different direction, one I hope you’ll like. It’s a story set in medieval England titled, The Imperial Arm. I’m hoping for a May release once all edits are completed. Here’s a little of what’s to come…

An epic saga unfolds…
Medieval England. Emissary to King Henry III.

Darrius of Blackstone is sent to northern England with his Imperial Elite to take down an enemy of the crown. The list of grievances is long—his debauched brother—a rebellious bride—a demonic father-in-law—and a band of renegades. Danger and intrigue defy nature’s life-and-death penalties, exposing the Imperial Arm’s code of honor and the risks he will take to triumph. However, the cold, desolate warrior unleashes his darkest heart upon Lady Brenna of Carthmore, a woman suffering from neglect and his honor be damned. Darrius must save more than his mission, but with love, there is no choice.

Cover reveal coming soon…

Guest Author: Beth Hale

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I’d like to welcome Beth Hale today as she gives us some insight on how she deals with writer’s block and her new book…

How I Deal

Writer’s block is an evil, evil reality in an author’s world. Sometimes it can be a mild annoyance, and other times it can be a crippling ordeal. I would like to share three of the ways I deal with writer’s block.

 

—I bake. Cookies and cakes; pies and bread. If the house is smelling good, I am trying to make my characters talk to me again.

 

—I clean. Obsessively clean. Everything. If my husband comes home to find his sock drawer ruthlessly organized, I am trying to discover which direction my book needs to take.

 

—Music. Yep. If you find me with my iPod turned up to max volume and dancing

around the house, I am trying to work out a difficult scene in my mind.

 

There are some other ways, but I can’t give away all my secrets. You might laugh at me if I did.

 

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Author Bio

Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the everyday life problems we all face and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.

 

She learned the joys of reading from her mother, and her love affair with books has only grown stronger. If she isn’t breathing life into a new character, she is trying to make a dent in her large to-be-read pile.

 

Beth lives in a small town in Mississippi with her own real-life hero and two children. They share the house with a variety of pets. When she is not working her “day job” as an E-911 dispatcher, you can find her curled up on her couch, with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a notebook.

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Book Blurb

Walker and Lainey share one explosive night together, and he awakens to find her gone. Shrugging it off as just a glorious one-night stand, he accepts a new job in a new town, New Hope, Mississippi. That’s where he finds Lainey again. She just happens to be married to the Chief of Police—and Walker’s new boss.

 

Lainey is terrified that Walker will divulge their secret. If he does, Lainey is a dead woman. But despite the danger, she can’t forget the one passionate night she spent in Walker’s arms.

 

Walker demands answers from Lainey: What secret is she hiding? Why is she so afraid? And when people begin dying, he wants to get to the bottom of it. Why is the police chief trying to brush off the deaths? Why doesn’t he want Walker to work the cases? What kind of secrets is he hiding?

 

Drawn together, unable to deny their passion, they risk their lives. Lainey is trapped. Walker is determined to save her and uncover the truth. Can they expose the secrets before a ruthless man destroys any hope for a brighter future?

Contact Links

Website: www.authorbethhale.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writes4coffee

Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1pLg1pg

Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/bhalegrds

Purchase Links

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/magsecamzus

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/magsecamzuk

B&N: http://bit.ly/magsecretsbn

Blog Tour Links

Goodreads Event Page – https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/953378-magnolia-secrets-are-deadly-secrets

 

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“This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

 

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