Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cover Reveal "Under These Restless Skies" by Lissa Bryan

Coming soon, 

a new historical romance from 

Lissa Bryan 

set in the days of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, 

Under These Restless Skies.




Synopsis:

Will Somers has always thought himself unlovable. When he encounters a creature of myth and magic, he seizes the chance to finally have a wife and family of his own. Emma is a selkie—one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea—bound to Will by the magic of her kind, and eager to learn about life on land. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, because Will is headed for the court of Henry VIII, to serve as the king’s fool. It’s a glittering, dangerous world, where a careless word can lead to the scaffold and the smallest of gestures is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma’s naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Can Will protect his newfound love from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Circa regna tonat: around the throne, the thunder rolls.




Release Date: February 20, 2014


And now, for the cover!





Excerpt:

They came to the doorway of the presence

chamber. Fermor gave his name to the steward.

The man flipped through a list. “Oh, aye.

Fermor.”

“Correct, my lord. I am come to bring His Majesty

a gift.”

“A fool, was it?”

Fermor gestured at Will. “And a fine one at

that.”

The steward did not seem impressed. “Go and come

again tomorrow. His Majesty is in a temper today.”

The king’s visit with his sister must not

have ended well. Fermor sputtered, panicking as he saw his chances slip away.



“ ’Twould seem the best time for him to be

regaled by a fool’s antics,” Will noted.

The steward stared at Will for a moment and

then gave a slight smile. “This way.” He led them through a tapestry-covered

door through the empty presence chamber. Will paused, awed by the sight of the

throne—the symbol of the king’s power—wide and heavy, gilded and jeweled, set

on a carpeted dais. Beside it was a smaller throne for the queen, and over both


were canopies bearing the coat of arms of each. The steward bowed to the empty

throne as they passed, and they copied him before continuing out into a smaller

gallery.

“Tarry here,” the steward instructed. “The

king is at cards with the Lady Pembroke. You will be called to him when he is

finished.”

Will’s stomach churned. He’d never felt less

amusing in his life, and his wits were logy. A horrifying thought occurred to

him. If he was unable to persuade the king to take him on, he wouldn’t be able

to keep Emma. He couldn’t take her with him if he returned to the comedy

troupe. Panic made his mind blank for a moment, and he did not hear his name

called. Fermor elbowed him, and Will stumbled to his feet and followed the

steward into a chamber.

Will didn’t have much of a chance to survey

his surroundings. He had an impression of tapestries over dark wood paneling

and the glitter of gold, but his eyes were on the floor in front of two figures

seated in x-shaped chairs. He knelt.

“Your Majesty, Lady Pembroke, if it pleases

Your Graces, I present Master Richard Fermor and Will Somers.”




“Rise,” the king said. Will stole a glance

at him and saw a large, but still muscular man with thinning reddish-blond

hair, dressed in a dark brown velvet doublet, ornamented with pearls and gold

frogs. The king had gained weight in the last few years, and to disguise it he

had widened the shoulders of his surcoats. Will had to admit the effect was

powerful. His large codpiece jutted up from the center slit of his doublet,

also meant to convey power, or at least, virility. His eyes were small, a

piercing blue-gray. Will caught a glimpse of them before he lowered his gaze to

the floor.

“So, Fermor, you have brought me a fool.”

The king’s voice was low and gruff, and he didn’t sound much interested. The

lady seated at his side wore a French hood and an initial pendant attached to

her strand of pearls, the letters “AB” twined together. She was garbed in a

dressing gown of brilliant scarlet, trimmed in ermine. It was casual raiment

only the highest nobility was entitled to wear outside their own bedchamber,

but Anne Boleyn was now royal in all but name. Just weeks ago, the king had

created her Marquess of Pembroke, the highest noble title in the land. She

patted the small dog in her lap.

“Aye, your majesty,” Fermor said. “If it

pleases Your Grace.”

“Well, fool, what can you do?”

Will was startled. He hadn’t expected the

king to speak to him. “I—I can juggle, Your Majesty,” he croaked. “I can make

jests, tumble, and sing a little.”

“Let us see it, then.”

Will’s hands trembled as he withdrew the

balls from his bag. “If it pleases Your Majesty,” he started. He straightened

his shoulders as best he could, and said in his haughtiest tone, “I, Will

Somers, am the best juggler in England.”

The king snorted and Will hoped it was from

amusement. He fell into his act, bragging about his abilities while seeming to

lose track of his juggling and keeping the balls in the air seemingly by

accident alone. He was grateful he had performed this particular act so many

times, because he thought he’d completely forgotten his lines, but they slipped

from his mouth of their own accord, and his limbs seemed to move themselves.

The king guffawed a couple of times, and he thought he heard Anne laugh at one

point. Will ended with one of the balls balanced on the tip of his nose, before

dropping it into his hands and sweeping low into a bow.


“Well done, Master Fool,” the king said, and

he seemed a bit more jovial than he had when Will first entered the room. Or

perhaps it was wishful thinking on Will’s part. “But tell me this: I have fools

already who can juggle and make jests. Why would I wish to have you at my

court? What have you to offer that they do not?”

The answer popped from Will’s mouth as

though he had rehearsed it. “Because I will do something none of your council,

lords and ladies, nor servants will do.”

The king lifted an eyebrow. “And what might

that be?”

“I will tell you the truth, Your Majesty.”

Fermor gasped. Anne burst into laughter.

“Oh, I do like him.”

The king cast an amused glance at her. “Is

that so, Master Fool? Then perhaps you are worth it, after all.”

“But you must make an oath to me,” Will

said.

The king’s eyes narrowed a bit, but he

calmed when Anne giggled at Will’s audacity. “What?”

“You must swear it, as the word of a

Christian king.” Will’s mouth was as dry as paper and his heart thudded in his

chest, but he continued. “You must swear to me, on your honor, you will never

hold it against me when I tell you the truth.”

The king stared at Will, his mouth agape,

and then he burst into laughter. He slapped his knee and elbowed Anne, who gave

him a sharp glance at being prodded by his arm, before she laughed along with

him as a courtier trained to echo the king’s mirth.

“You have my word,” the king said, as he

accepted a perfumed handkerchief from one of his serving lords to wipe away the

tears seeping from his eyes. “Or must I write it out and put my royal seal to

it?”

“Your word is sufficient for me,” Will

replied.

“I am flattered at your trust, Master Fool,”

the king said in solemn tones and burst into guffaws once again. “Go and have

my steward find you rooms. Have you a wife?”


“I do.” Will’s mind whirled. He hadn’t

expected this, and he didn’t want Emma to live at court, but there was nothing

he could do. Refusing lodgings offered by the king would be a gross insult.
“Bring her tomorrow,” the king commanded. “I

wish to see what the wife of a fool looks like.”

“Much like every other wife in England,”

Will said, and that sent the king into laughter once more.

“Go, and come back on the morrow.” The king

waved a hand at the steward. “Find him some decent garb, and some for Milady

Fool as well.”

Will bowed deeply and followed the steward

from the room. “And for you, Fermor,” he heard the king begin before the door

was shut behind them. Will’s knees gave out and he collapsed to the floor. His

head swam in sick circles. He sat back on his heels and looked up at the

steward. “Pray, pardon,” he rasped.

The steward gave a slight smile. “You are

not the first to react in such a manner.” He held out a hand and Will stared at

it in surprise. The steward was a lord, and here he was, offering a hand to a

baseborn commoner. Will took it, and the steward helped him to his feet and

drew him near.

“If ever a man needed to hear the truth,”

the steward whispered, “ ’tis that man in there.” He drew away again, and

his manner was once more brisk and officious. “Follow me.”
~.~


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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Anais Butt and The Hairy-Handed Gent by Kate Welshman



Available From TWCS PH, Amazon, B&N and Kobo

My Thoughts

What I really loved about this book is the authors writing style. Kate Welshman has a unique style of wording and describing events. It is a highly quotable novel. As a reviewer, I was tempted to list many of the ways individual characters, events and feelings were detailed; vivid, believable and oh so in tune with the personality of the narrator. 

*** I will find a few and tweet them for you using @cafeartspace

This is a young adult novel with a difference. None of the characters are really likable in the beginning, but even the most horrid of personas comes out favourably in the end. They’ve not changed, you as a reader just know them better; you come to understand their past and therefore their motivations. They grow on you.

As a publisher, I’ve read submissions where an author is trying to portray a smart arse, jovial, “shooting from the hip” protagonist and many of them fail. In Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent, Kate Welshman has succeeded in creating just such a personality. Perhaps it is the title that also gives this credence. You’re certainly not going to expect any high handed, snobbish antics from someone called Anais Butt are you? It’s pronounced An-nay (BTW), apparently it’s French - though that particular explanation reeks of Hyacinth Bucket (from the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances) pronouncing the her surname as Bouquet.


My Rating

♨♨♨+

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The Summary

When seventeen-year-old Anais Butt is expelled from her fifth boarding school in three years, she expects her parents to slap her on the wrist and send her to another expensive school. However, her fed-up parents have other ideas. They decide to exile her to the isolated mountain town of Glenorie to labour for her child-hating maternal grandmother, Nanny Pam and her hostile cousin, Josephine, who operate a riding school on her three thousand-acre ranch on the Turon River. However, before leaving for Glenorie, Anais spends a few days with her paternal grandmother, Nanny Bette, who has a handsome, mysterious guest staying with her in her flat. Shannon Ferguson has told Nanny Bette that he’s an out-of-work actor, but Anais, who finds herself strongly attracted to him, suspects that he’s lying. Shannon seems to be on the run from the police.

When Shannon follows Anais to Glenorie, she’s scared of him and drawn to him in equal measure. He reveals that he’s being pursued by the police over a crime he did not commit. Anais wants to believe the man she’s in love with, but when a German backpacker goes missing and another is horribly injured near Glenorie, Anais can’t help but suspect Shannon.

Finding herself more and more allied with her serious, goody-two-shoes cousin Josephine, Anais sets out to investigate the disappearances herself. Through a series of thrilling but dangerous events, the girls discover that the prime suspect is not Shannon, but the town’s well-respected pastor, Reverend Hobhouse and his band of ‘foster sons’.

After an incident in the bush where Shannon is almost killed, he’s forced to face the prospect of leaving Glenorie, and Anais, forever. And Anais must make her own decisions and discoveries about her past, present and future. She may just have to grow up . . .

About the Author

I was born in Horsham, a small town in western Victoria in 1980, but grew up largely in and around Sydney. I have lived in Sydney's rural north west since I was fifteen. I would like to move to a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley.

I have always loved reading and writing. My greatest passions in life are my family, reading, writing, horses, dogs, the country and beautiful food.

Posse, my first novel, was published in 2009 by Random House. My second novel, Anais Butt and the Hairy Handed Gent, also in the young adult genre, is due to be published by the Writer's Coffee Shop in 2013.

I have an unfortunate habit of developing debilitating crushes on heroes in books. My most pathetic crush ever was on Rupert Campbell-Black from Jilly Cooper's blockbuster 'Riders'. I even named my second son Rupert!

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Immortal by Gene Doucette

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Immortal by Gene Doucette

“I don’t know how old I am.My earliest memory is something along the lines of fire good, ice bad, so I think I predate written history, but I don’t know by how much. I like to brag that I’ve been there from the beginning, and while this may very well be true, I generally just say it to pick up girls.”
--Adam the Immortal
Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers—someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide.Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.
Immortal is a first person confessional penned by a man who is immortal, but not invincible. In an artful blending of sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, and humor, IMMORTAL introduces us to a world with vampires, demons and other “magical” creatures, yet a world without actual magic.
At the center of the book is Adam.
“I have been in quite a few tight situations in my long life. One of the first things I learned was if there is going to be a mob panic, don’t be standing between the mob and wherever it is they all want to go. The second thing I learned was, don’t try to run through fire.”
--Adam the Immortal
Adam is a sixty thousand year old man. (Approximately.) He doesn’t age or get sick, but is otherwise entirely capable of being killed.His survival has hinged on an innate ability to adapt, his wits, and a fairly large dollop of luck.He makes for an excellent guide through history . . . when he’s sober.
Immortal is a contemporary fantasy for non-fantasy readers and fantasy enthusiasts alike.


About the Author

Gene Doucette has been published as a humorist with Beating Up Daddy: A Year In the Life of an Amateur Father and The Other Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: A Parody.  Other novels by Gene Doucette include Immortal and Hellenic Immortal.  Gene lives in Cambridge MA with his wife and two children.




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Other Books by Gene Doucette

 

Sapphire Blue coming soon...



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Fire on the Water by P.J. Parker

          

My Thoughts

Everything about this cover adds weight to its accompanying novel and its inspiration, Mary Shelley's Frankstein. 
  • The Font is large and prominent, with the title set high and centred
  • The graphics and content are of a similar vein to other Frankenstein covers
    • An old building is featured 
    • Sepia tones are prevalent
    • The overall tone is sinister
  • There is a hint of red to the images which could suggest fire or blood
This cover screams old world fiction with gothic themes - alluding to the presence of evil, mystery and possibly the supernatural. The summary alludes to a more modern understanding of the events described within the original Frankenstein story.

I honestly can't wait to read this book, a totally intriguing concept.
PLUS I've heard from a very reliable source that it's a great read!

Publication Date:  December 12, 2013 from TWCS Publishing House

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Summary:

Rachel, a young American biographer researching the life of Mary Shelley in Montreux, Switzerland, is entangled and consumed by the escalating threads of her investigation. Shards of Shelley’s creation are exhumed from the past. Precious memories are hacked and sutured to the unthinkable. The unblemished flesh of the one she loves is stripped back to reveal what lies beneath—aspects of Frankenstein incised and ripped from the nineteenth century and transplanted into her own.
The archival records contained within the chiseled stone of Château de Chillon give some insight into a life long gone. It is, however, the contents of a document trunk that has remained unopened for generations that discloses what truly occurred in the idyllic Swiss Riviera village of Montreux to jolt the monster into existence. Personal letters and diaries detailing events, suppers, lectures, and conversations between Mary Shelley and her confidant, Doctor John Polidori, reveal a spiraling progression of horrors, dismembered cadavers, and uncertainties. Doctor Polidori assists the local gendarmerie in their investigation, unaware of how closely the knife will cut to Mary’s life and his own.
Rachel is drawn into the centuries-old conversations as she attempts to discern fact from fiction. But opening the trunk could not come at a more difficult time for Rachel. Her boyfriend has recently been killed in a motorbike accident and now, as she attempts to reconstruct her life, she is repeatedly confronted by a man of gigantic structure, of uncommon beauty, of intriguing origin.
Fire on the Water: A Companion to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein interweaves Rachel’s search with the plot of Frankenstein and the horrific occurrences of the summer of 1816 when Mary Shelley dared to dip her quill into the ink of her darkest of waking dreams.
The truth is given life.

Author Bio: 

P.J. Parker was born and raised in rural Australia. With a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of New South Wales, he has traveled and lived extensively around the world, focusing on cultures of historic interest and buildings of architectural significance before transitioning into a career as a fraud analyst and programmer with a leading international financial institution. An avid reader and researcher, P.J. undertakes his writing with a passionate and exacting attention to detail.

The Scroll by K.B. Hoyle



My Thoughts

The Scroll by K.B. Hoyle is the fifth book in The Gateway Chronicles. It will leave you breathless. I was introduced the series when The Six (book 1) was first being published by The Writer’s Coffee. Darcy our intrepid heroine was not very likable, Tellius her betrothed was immature (lol) and the plot had a “coming of age” feel to it. A promising series that was reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but with more teenage angst. 

When book 2, The Oracle was released, I picked up the story and continued the journey with Darcy and her friends, both earthly and Alithean. I remained enamored of the series and was devastated when a favourite character was sacrificed on a whim. This was a story of consequences, and as a result, guilt. Any character responsible for the demise of another is going to undergo some serious soul searching and development. The Gateway Chronicles was shaping up to be a powerful tale that crosses generational divides

Then I got a bit behind on my reading. I didn’t start The White Thread (book 3) until May this year. When I finished that, I began immediately on The Enchanted (book 4), both awesome novels, further describing the evolution of a group of young friends and their ever changing relationships. The Scroll, however was not due for publication until many months later and yet I found myself so involved in the series that I didn’t want to wait.

So *insert diabolical laugh here, I used my position in The Writer’s Coffee Shop to gain access to The Scroll (book 5) ahead of schedule #NICEPERK :) The only problem I had then? The Bone Whistle (book 6) was (is still) not due for release until 2014! I even spoke to KB to try and source an early copy, but at the time, it hadn’t even been written AND no perk in the world was going to alleviate that particular crisis.

The Scroll is a devastatingly awesome read, but it ends in a place that will leave you desperate for the next installment. It’s not a bad ending, in fact it ends in line with every other novel in the series - a bit like each Harry Potter novel ending at the end of a year at Hogwarts. I would also equate the ending of the scroll to the ending of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - you just know that nothing will ever be the same again.

I am so pleased with how the characters have developed throughout the series, but in this book, the author took their growth to new heights. It is a true to life demonstration of youths and how they mature. Never a straight path and rarely “smooth sailing”, especially with a group of adolescents. It is passionate, dramatic, full of regression, followed by growth and always totally overridden with self doubt, anxiety and trepidation. Heady stuff

My Rating


♨♨♨♨+
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The Summary

Darcy Pennington may once have been an average teenager, but not anymore. Living each year twice, once in her world and once in Alitheia, has made her into someone who cares little for normal teenage activities. She’s got more important things to do, like save the mythical, magical world of Alitheia. But this time, Darcy can’t save Alitheia until she saves Tellius, the love of her life.
A window between the worlds allows Darcy to see Tellius from her home in Chicago. But, far from being reassured, she plunges into despair when she sees Tellius captured, imprisoned, and tortured. All her plans for her future life in Alitheia are put on hold as Darcy faces a singular goal: save Tellius, even if it means giving Tselloch something in return.
Intrigue is high upon her return to the castle, where old friends tell new lies, best friends hide crucial secrets, deceptive apparitions roam the halls, and betrayal lingers around every corner. The only way to unravel the mysteries and protect Alitheia is to bring Tellius home, but Darcy lacks the necessary magic for that.
As time runs low, Rubidius keeps to himself, and even Sam has her own secret this year. Darcy wonders if anyone else cares the way she does, and why it’s always a fight to get anything done. Still, she’ll do anything to rescue her future husband, including surrender herself to the fate she knows is coming anyway. Now, if only The Six could unveil the scroll, they might learn the greatest secret of all, before everything burns to ashes around them.


 
The Author

K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three wonderful little boys. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre had always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be great practice for the novels she would publish as an adult. 

K. B. is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming all the stories she plans to write in the future. 


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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Dreams of the Cursed by Allie Jean




Available from The Writer's Coffee Shop
As well as  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo

My Review

It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for the sequel to Legacy of a Dreamer. Dreams of the Cursed by Allie Jean is the continuation of Chantal’s story, a foster child with a dark past and a mysterious friend in the shadows. A tale of Shadow Warriors and Oracles who receive messages through dreams, a supernatural concept preying on our memories and suggests those nighttime silhouettes and our early nightmares meant something much more than we thought.

Once again the author demonstrates her prowess at writing action sequences, where the flow of movement is clearly described without masking or overshadowing the fury and bloodlust needed for successful hand to hand combat scenes. Be warned, this is not a pretty or soft yarn, favourite characters die, loyalties are questioned and one’s desire for revenge results in a most devastating consequence.

For myself, I didn’t like the ending. Not for the first book, nor the second. Allie appears to enjoy finishing on a cliffhanger leaving you dangling, desperate to learn the outcome. How? Why? WTF... where will Chantal go from here?

For my rating I give the novel ***. I considered scoring it higher but I did find that some of the transitions between visions and real time events could have been clearer... even though I understood the foresight was necessary to propel the adventure through to the next revelation.

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Book Summary 

A violent war has waged in secret underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning of time. Evil has pledged the destruction of humanity in spite of a power those that covet it could not possibly contain. Now the Warriors have inherited this fight and are honor-bound to rid the world of this ancient malevolence. By guarding the most precious, piercing light they possess—their female kin known as the Oracles or Dreamers—the Warriors have a chance against the darkness.

Chantal Breelan, plagued by horrific nightmares for most of her life, believes something is wrong with her. Why else would she have such visions of destruction? But when creatures of terror came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she discovers the truth. Her dreams become reality, throwing her headfirst into a battle wrought by cursed monsters, where death and torture lie at every turn.

Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and a powerful Warrior. He vows his life in service to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding Chantal from within the shadows. Long has he fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that his struggles wouldn’t be in vain. With Chantal’s life in danger, he is forced to reveal himself, yet she manages to surprise him with her fierce tenacity and strength. In his sacrifice, he finds redemption and life’s ultimate reward—a love to surpass all time.

Now Chantal has picks up the reins of her birthright and stands by her Warrior kin, by Mathias.

She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet, in this challenge, a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal?

About the Author


Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.
She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat-secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.
Now living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a backseat with the arrival of their four children. Though she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her characters begged for attention as well.
As a busy wife, mother, and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character's story. Her once-secret hobby and private world is now released for others to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Instagram/Vine Video Contest

 

Teen Read Week is coming up – Oct. 13-19, 2013

TWCS is excited to be part of the fun with a VINE/INSTAGRAM Video Challenge!

 

VineHow does it work? Simple.

 
1. Between September 12th and October 17th,
Make a VINE or INSTAGRAM video featuring a TWCS YA Book

2. Post it on the TWCS Young Adult Facebook Wall 

3. Use the hashtag #YATWCSVINE
 
There will be a PUBLIC VOTE to choose the BEST VINE October 17-19, 2013.
In addition, a RANDOM WINNER will be chosen from all participants.
 

What do you win? THIS cool prize package of eBooks and ARCs!

 
                 
 

So what do I VINE? Just show us something cool about a TWCS YA Book!

 
We are asking our readers to come up with a VINE or Instagram Video of you or someone you know:
 
•Reading a special part of the book
•Acting out a scene of the book
•Giving a review of the book
•A funny reason why people should buy the book
 

Be creative! Draw a comic strip! Have your dog read the book! Read the book to your dog!

Use interpretive dance! Whatever!

We want to see what you can do with that 7 seconds!

 

Please base the VINE on one of following books. All are available in eBook or print on all major outlets.

(Click on a cover for more information)
 
 
                  
 

Don't forget to post your VINE or INSTAGRAM Videos on THE TWCS YOUNG ADULT FACEBOOK WALL  with the hashtag #YATWCSVINE 

(Click the link if you want to see an example) 

Winners for both BEST VINE and the random drawing will be announced on Oct. 19th
 
Good luck, have fun, and happy Vining!!
 
All videos must be rated for all audiences.   All videos are subject to removal by TWCS Staff.  Any video with the following will be removed immediately: swearing or vulgar language,  nudity, sexual content, drug use, derogatory language, or racist remarks.  The final decision on removal is solely the responsibility of TWCS.
 
 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Beneath the Surface by M.A. Stacie

Beneath the Surface

By M.A. Stacie

Published By The Writer's Coffee Shop


Summary
Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of Metro’s bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off-limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets. After receiving an unexpected left hook, Kyran gets exactly what he wants, though he makes the rules very clear.
When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing.  The agreement to keep their lust away from the office is discarded when rules are molded to suit their ever-increasing attraction. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it even when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.
Kyran begins to wonder if he’s finally met his match, and with his family falling apart before his eyes, he turns to the two things he knows will keep him sane: boxing and Dale. Those crutches can’t last forever, and when Kyran finds it harder to function he is left with a decision he never thought he’d have to make.
Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

Excerpt


“And did you feel envious?” She hooked her finger into the waistband of his shorts, pulling the elastic away from his body. “Is that why you were so mad at me?”


“We should stop, Dale. This isn’t good for either of us. I don’t do relationships, and you can’t keep this light and casual. No woman can.” He shuffled backward.


“Wrong.”


“I’m never wrong,” he said with utter conviction, taking another step back. He huffed as the shower spray hit his back. However, when he looked at her body he was met with the sight of a wet, aroused Dale. She didn’t care if she was fully clothed; she followed him into the shower.

The water had sprayed her, catching her sweater and causing it to stick to her chest.

The woman was braless.

Protruding against the cloth, her nipples were hard and begging for his attention. His mouth watered and his balls hummed with a desire he’d only ever experienced with Dale.

She cocked her head, pulling on his shorts again. Unable to hold back any longer, Kyran lowered his head and took her erect nipple into his mouth. He teased it through the sweater, scraping with his teeth. She gave a soft exhale, pushing her chest closer to his mouth. He considered stopping at that point, concerned that they’d resolved nothing, but as her hands began to remove his shorts, his concerns fled.

The water sluiced down his back and over his aching muscles. It cascaded across his naked buttocks; Dale had finally managed to take his clothing from him. Her sweater followed seconds later, exposing her breasts to him and heightening his savage lust.

Author Bio
M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with knitting, listening to loud music, and playing the Wii with her children. M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.


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Summary
Elle is an energetic, independent woman with a successful business and new start in the big city. The bustling streets of New York are not what she expected, yet she finds the freedom exhilarating. One interaction at the mailboxes with her shy, strikingly handsome neighbor is all it takes to turn the strong- willed young woman into a bumbling mess.

Jonah Quinn is withdrawn for good reason; he harbors a dark secret. He lives his life in the shadows, playing his music in late night bars and hiding himself from everyone but Elle's cat. His tattoos bear his pain while his music is his outlet, but it is his silence that keeps his shame at bay.

Can one night of passion between the two of them lead to more than casual glances exchanged at their mailboxes? Will Elle be strong enough to help Jonah with his personal demons. And will Jonah break his silence regarding a past that haunts him?

The Rules for this relationship are Unwritten. A story of longing, love, and forgiveness.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Out For Blood, by Mike Walker


Available from The Writer's Coffee Shop Oct 31st 2013!!!
Cover Art by Mayhem Cover Creations

My thoughts on the cover...

I must admit that for a vampire story I am surprised the author and graphic artist didn't focus on a red blood thirsty theme? Instead they have chosen one of the best shades of blue - I love the colour and as a result, I find myself more intrigued by this vampire story than others. Where are the fangs? The dripping blood? The colourless victim in a lifeless swoon? The bite marks? Instead we have lots of little visual clues that hint at the story's direction; A Hollywood Sign, A Vampire Bat, A Press Card, A Semi  Shady Kind of Sexy Looking Man with a Piercing Gaze... it all says YES to me. (Lol "I'll have what she's having")

Could it be that this story will be different from your traditional Draculaic tale? It absolutely has to be! Check out the tag line "Private Diary of a Gossip Vampire", there are a few factors in this that I believe to be absolute genius! 
  • Mike Walker the author, an actual reknowned gossip columnist appears to be having a laugh at himself, whilst giving a nod to the oft used comparisons between blood suckers and the back-fence busy bodies that comprise the Hollywood rumour mill (Aussie perspective);
  • There is an obvious oxymoron in the terms Private and Gossip;
  • Not to mention the blatant pun... A private diary of a gossip columnist is surely going to resemble a closet loaded with skeletons.
I think this is going to be a cracker yarn, lots of fun and perhaps a not so serious take on the tell all tattle-tale trade.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Summary
National Revealer’s Clark Kelly carved out his killer career as Hollywood’s most-feared gossip columnist by exploiting mankind’s most ancient vulnerability:
“Everyone’s got a secret . . . and someone’s dying to tell it!”
Clark never reveals his to-die-for secret!
NEWS FLASH:
Dude’s a vampire!
CUE SCARY MUSIC . . . our undead gossip guru flies the night skies to spy on Hollywood’s hottest stars—then inks about their bedroom kinks! Imagine our studly, urbane journalist jotting notes as he hovers outside Scarlett Johansson’s bedroom window, or peeks into Tom Cruise’s “bachelor pad.”
Star secrets . . .?
This vampire BITES!
And what’s sexier than vampires, ladies? Just ask smokin’ hot starlet/tabloid terror TayLo Logan—this Wild Child gets crazy with bad boy Clark because his bite makes her blood boil!
Then it’s LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . .  ACTION! . . . but not in a good way: Vampire Boy and Tabloid Train Wreck TayLo unwittingly end up stars of a sizzling sex tape—destined for worldwide display on the notorious vampire fan sex site, FANGBANGING.COM.
Still, the duo’s beyond-the-grave love story simmers away as Clark rips the lid off a murder cover-up—then discovers a murderous plot against TayLo!
DANGER! Can Clark stop a stalker who wants to drain his lover dry? Or wreak revenge on Tinseltown billion-heiress Roma Kane for her poisonous plot to paralyze TayLo—and her career? Can he foil a murder cabal so evil it feeds stars’ pets to coyotes?
AND THEN . . . talk about the plot thickening! Roma’s billionaire granddaddy, mogul Montague Kane, taking a breather from the nymphet “nannies” paid to play his naughty high-chair games, springs a backstab surprise—buying out Clark’s beloved National Revealer.
Suddenly, “deadline” takes on a whole new meaning
Triggered by vengeful fury, Clark goes “rogue vampire!”
Evil is punished . . . and the sun shines once more when he creates a Hollywood happy ending that makes everyone (undeads included) a STAR!
Hold the front page! Because Clark Kelly’s . . .
Out For Blood!
Excerpt 
She recoiled, screamed again as my hand snaked over her shoulder from behind, clamping her mouth, muzzling the shriek. My fangs grazed her neck delicately, barely piercing the skin.
My hot breath soothing in her ear as I whispered, “Just a tiny sting, baby . . . easy now! Okay, all done . . . just relax.”
Her eyes popped in a terrified stare. Suddenly, I was standing face-to-face with her again. She shuddered, swayed. I steadied her.
“Easy, girlfriend!”
Jesus! How did you . . .”
Her eyes focused, watching my tongue flick hypnotically back and forth across my teeth as I tested her blood. I sighed.
No question: Positive.
She flinched as I touched the tiny pinpricks I’d left on her neck, then showed her the crimson droplets on my fingertips. “Blood never lies, my sweet. You have tooted primo sniffy in the past hour. Not a lot, to be sure, but it’s a fresh trace. La Coca.”

Author Bio
Dubbed “a one-man media conglomerate” by New Yorker magazine, Mike Walker became Tokyo’s youngest-ever foreign correspondent.
After launching his iconic gossip column, The National Enquirer's #1 feature, and his show on CBS radio nationwide, Walker became weekly co-anchor on TV's Geraldo and guested on such top shows like Nightline. After writing and hosting two successful MGM-TV specials, he created the daily series, National Enquirer TV!
Mike became the only reporter ever to write two bestsellers on one story when his books on the O.J. Simpson trial hit #1 and #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Dubbed “The King of Gossip” by Publisher’s Weekly, he played his weekly “Gossip Game” on The Howard Stern Show for a record 16 years.
He’s lectured at distinguished journalism schools at Columbia University and UC Berkeley; and received a prestigious invitation to become a Fellow of Ireland's legendary Trinity College, Dublin.

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