Friday, October 17, 2014

Super Book Blast: Violca's Dragon

Please welcome author Leilani Love, who is here to tell us about her newest release, Violca's Dragon.  Leiland will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B&N GC to two randomly drawn winners during her tour, and a Swag Giveaway to four other randomly drawn winners. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. To see where the other stops on the tour are, go here. Look for the rafflecopter at the end of this blog post.


Violca’s Dragon
by Leilani Love

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BLURB:

Violca knows life can change instantly. Her parents died suddenly, leaving her to raise four younger sisters and keep them safe ~ even from the golden-eyed stranger.

Chase knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King. What Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.


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EXCERPT:



Chase stays behind her as she walks on a path that leads away from the cabin, heading near the direction of the river. He knows Violca is aware of him and smiles to himself, knowing she is not turning around because she is trying to ignore him.

When she stumbles, he reacts quickly and is at her side, his arms around her before she can fall. She squirms, pushing away from him, almost falling with the effort.

Once he is sure she’s okay he carefully releases her. Standing in front of her, he looks her over and when she finally looks up at him, he notices that her violet eyes are darker as she looks at him angrily. “I didn’t ask you for your help,” she snaps.

Chase knows that smiling at her right now will not help him, nor will telling her she looks beautiful when she’s angry. Watching her breasts rising up and down as she breathes, her violet eyes sparkling with anger and the straight line of her lips, he fights the urge to kiss her. “You didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I want to see you hurt.”

She glares at him. “Why are you here? What do you want with me?”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. A military wife she loves getting to meet new people wherever they move. She loves to read books crossing many genres. Her love affair with dragons started when she was young and one day dreams of having her own dragon and black panther.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/missleilanilove

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Violcas-Dragon-Ruby-Book-ebook/dp/B00LKDVA2I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408653834&sr=8-1&keywords=violca%27s+dragon

Barnes and Nobles:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/violcas-dragon-leilani-love/1119924894?ean=2940149819423

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/violca-s-dragon

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/violcas-dragon/id901586491?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/455820






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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tease Me Thursday #32: Don't Look Back

When it's almost Friday, and you're itching to do something fun, come on in, and have a tease! It's Tease Me Thursday, and we're going to show you our 7! Whether 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs.

So sit back and relax, think about the weekend, and let's have a little bit of fun!



My excerpt this week is from my ongoing flash story, Don't Look Back. Marshall and Lee are an unusual couple. Today, they are going fishing. And having a little fun in the sun.  Enjoy!

Don't Look Back

Marshall and Lee carried everything from the truck to their usual spot beneath the jacaranda tree that grew near the pond. Planted by a previous owner, it was a good twenty feet tall, and even now was covered in bluish-purple blossoms. Marshall spread out the blanket while Lee straightened out the tackle. By the time he was done, Marshall was lying on top of the blanket, naked, beside the thermos of coffee they’d brought.

“Hot already?” Lee arched a brow, and Marshall grinned at the double entendre.

“Always for you.”

“Sure it’s not for Kelly in the deli?” Lee teased, stripping off his own clothes and adding them to the pile of Marshall’s at the edge of the blanket.

“I’m sure,” Marshall insisted, crawling across the blanket on his hands and knees to where Lee stood, watching him. “She’s missing something very vital to my happiness, if you know what I mean.”

“No, what do you mean?” Lee made a point of gripping his hardening cock, pumping slightly, his eyes fixed on Marshall.


“You know exactly what I mean. You’re touching it.”



Virutal Book Tour: Most Beautiful Words

Please welcome a very talented author, and my friend, Raine O'Tierney, here to talk about her new
release, Most Beautiful Words. Make yourself comfortable, Raine. Why don't you go ahead and start?












Thank you so much, Julie, for having me on your blog! Can I just say that you are one of the most lovely people I know, and should our paths cross in the future, I’ve got a big hug for you?

20 Things That Make Raine Over-the-Moon Happy!

1)      Rainy days
2)      Warm dachshunds snuggling under blankets
3)      Sushi—all the sushi!
4)      Playing video games with my brother
5)      Squishy hugs
6)      Playing dress-up and taking pictures (no, not like that!)
7)      Sweet first loves <3
8)      Glitter, glitter, and more glitter
9)      Making crafts with friends
10)   Getting your hair braided
11)   Road trips
12)   Old libraries
13)   Singing really loud in the car
14)   Staying up late and getting up early just to write
15)   Cheering people on!
16)   Indie Christmas music
17)   An awesome husband who doubles as a writing partner!
18)   Tiny Hats
19)   Mindfulness
20)   Waking up on a Saturday morning, when you’ve had the perfect amount of sleep, and realizing you don’t have to go in to work today


Bonus: Receiving a new publishing contract J (Never stops being awesome!)




Book Name: Most Beautiful Words
Author Name: Raine O’Tierney
Author Bio:
Called "Queen of the Sweetness" (well, two or three people said it anyway!) Raine O'Tierney loves writing sweet stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness?
Raine O'Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, SiƓn O'Tierney. When she's not writing, she's either asleep, or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
Author Contact:
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb(s):
Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago.
Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.


Excerpt:
But Rook had no interest in waiting for permission. He’d come forward, snaking his arms around Toren’s sheet-covered waist and pulling him hard against his body. “It’s just a kiss,” Rook breathed before he put his lips against Toren’s. Should he protest? Had he protested? Toren couldn’t remember. In that moment there was nothing but Rook’s firm lips, gently teasing his own apart. Toren kissed back, tasting the other man, sucking at his bottom lip. Rook’s mouth was intoxicating, and quite suddenly, Toren forgot why he’d ever resisted. He liked kissing Rook. But after only an appetizer’s worth of his mouth, Rook pulled away. The sensation of their mouths pressed together lingered, and Toren was dumb with the moment. Lost on it. Uncertain what they’d even been talking about.
“Do you remember me now?” Rook asked.
“Mmn,” Toren agreed, warmth lingering on his lips. “Rook.”
Silence was his reply. The arms around his waist fell away, leaving him feeling cold.
Toren slowly opened his eyes to find he was standing alone, clutching his sheet, as Rook walked away from him toward the staircase.

Tour Dates/Stops:
October 14: Jade Crystal, Nephylim
October 20: Parker Williams
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Briefs: Don't Look Back #18 (4.3)

Welcome one and all to the Wednesday Briefers! Every Wednesday, we offer you our flash fiction - stories between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by a prompt or prompts. A little something to get you through hump day and on to the rest of the week!

Last week, in Don't Look Back, Lee decided they needed a day out, after Marshall's bad night. His plans continue today. Join them, why don't you, and see what's up! Then don't forget to check out the other Briefers and see what's going on with them. Their links follow my tale. Enjoy!

Don't Look Back #18 (4.2)


Marshall loaded the back of the beat-up old black pick-up with their fishing gear. Although the sedan was better for going out of town, the Chevy truck was their ride around town. He loaded the coolers, too: one for the beer and food they’d pick up, and one for any fish they might catch—they always caught fish, that was a given. And oh the things Lee could do with them. Made the mouth water.

Of course, he didn’t forget the blanket. Or the lube. Could never be too careful.

They stopped by the grocery store to pick up lunch. Lee liked to tease Marshall that the girl who worked in the deli had a crush on him. Marshall claimed that was just Lee’s excuse to make Marshall place their order. Although it was true she usually added a little something extra for good measure. Marshall said she did it for the both of them, but Lee only laughed. Besides, not like the whole damn town didn’t know they were together, so how could she not know he was unavailable? They never hid that from anyone, and they were accepted for who they were by everyone.

All right, maybe they didn’t know everything, but they didn’t need to. Folks in Burnham didn’t pry. Even so, they were a close-knit community where it counted.

As they were checking out, Marshall noticed Lee’d picked up something that didn’t quite go with the rest of their selections. He gave Lee a skeptical look.

“What?”

“What’s that for?” He motioned to the bear-shaped bottle, just before the girl put it into a bag.

“It’s honey,” Lee replied helpfully. “You know, the stuff that comes out of bee hives?”

The checker snickered. Marshall scowled, even as Lee assumed his smart-ass face.

As if to atone for her laugh, the checker added, “Honey’s good for both baking and cooking. My daughter loves it on her peanut butter sandwich.” She gave him a wide smile, and Marshall couldn’t help but return that smile.

When he looked back at Lee, Lee’s only comment was, “You’ll find out,” which told Marshall nothing, so he gave up trying.

They picked up some bait from Jose’s stand, exchanged a little chitchat with Jose, and invited him to come down and fish with them sometime. He said he would and wished them luck.

The pond was at the far end of their property—far enough it was easier to take the truck than walk there—and it’s where they did most of their fishing. It was big enough to take a small boat. They had a two-seat aluminum jon boat they kept under a tarp by the pond. Sometimes they liked to spend a lazy afternoon in the boat, poles in the water, relaxing together. Roy liked to join them when he could.

Today, though, they were going to stick to the shore.

There were some good-sized bass in the pond, as well as a family of ducks who liked to squawk at the two men for invading its territory, but they weren’t averse to eating the popcorn or bread that was thrown their way by those same two men, either.

Marshall and Lee carried everything from the truck to their usual spot beneath the jacaranda tree that grew near the pond. Planted by a previous owner, it was a good twenty feet tall, and even now was covered in bluish-purple blossoms. Marshall spread out the blanket while Lee straightened out the tackle. By the time he was done, Marshall was lying on top of the blanket, naked, beside the thermos of coffee they’d brought.

“Hot already?” Lee arched a brow, and Marshall grinned at the double entendre.

“Always for you.”

“Sure it’s not for Kelly in the deli?” Lee teased, stripping off his own clothes and adding them to the pile of Marshall’s at the edge of the blanket.

“I’m sure,” Marshall insisted, crawling across the blanket on his hands and knees to where Lee stood, watching him. “She’s missing something very vital to my happiness, if you know what I mean.”

“No, what do you mean?” Lee made a point of gripping his hardening cock, pumping slightly, his eyes fixed on Marshall.

“You know exactly what I mean. You’re touching it.”

“Is this something you want?”

“That’s something I always want.” Marshall had reached Lee’s feet, and applied tender kisses to the top of first one foot and then the other. He looked up into Lee’s eyes, trying to gauge his desire. He could go for it, and maybe he’d reach the prize he sought, but he had a feeling Lee had something else in mind. He just didn’t know what, but he knew Lee would let him know.

“Maybe if you’re a good boy, I’ll give it to you. Later. For right now, I want you on your back. And no touching.”

Marshall had quickly obeyed the first command, and was well on his way to breaking the second when Lee spoke. Marshall pouted, but he didn’t touch himself, much as he wanted to.

Lee dropped to his knees beside Marshall’s head. “My good boy,” he murmured, just before he claimed his mouth with a kiss so passionate it stole Marshall’s breath.

Marshall closed his eyes and fell into the intensity of Lee’s touch, at the fire in Lee’s eyes, reveling in the intimacy that was theirs. Opening them once more, he stared up into the canopy of purple above them and caught his breath.

“Just relax, and don’t move. I’m doing everything right now,” Lee whispered. He began to kiss Marshall in all of his favorite spots: behind his ear, under his jaw, the corners of his mouth. As he began to trail kisses down Marshall’s neck, Marshall understood exactly what was going on, and why. He relaxed into the blanket, allowing Lee his way. Not that he didn’t all the time, anyway, but today was special.

Lee was making today all about Marshall. God, he loved Lee.

to be continued

Now go see what the other Briefers are up to!






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Virtual Book Tour and Review: Prince Hafiz's Only Vice

Please welcome author Susanna Carr, here to tell us about her new release, Prince Hafiz's Only Vice.  Susanna will be awarding a $50 Amazon.com email gift card to one randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter during the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. To find where the other stops on her tour are, go here. Look for the rafflecopter at the end of this post.

The Questions
1)      You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that
person and what item do you have?
I was having difficulty deciding which family member I would choose. I then decided I wanted a Navy SEAL with me. He would know how to survive and get us off the island!

   2)    Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical are you?  Right now the musical ON THE TOWN exemplifies my life. It's all about finding as much fun and adventure as you can in a short amount of time. The character I most identify in that musical is Brunhilde Esterhazy played by Betty Garrett. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

   3)    Take these three words and give me a 100 word or less scenario using them:  night, union,  minute. She stood by the bed as he cupped her jaw with his big hands. She wondered if he could sense the eagerness pulsating under her skin. Her heart raced a mile a minute and her breath hitched in her throat as his lips brushed hers. The celebration for this union had begun. She knew this will be a wedding night to remember.

4)      You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to make love to anyone you want. Who do you choose and why?  Rhett Butler from GONE WITH THE WIND. He's devilish,
doesn't worry what people think of him, and knows a lot about women.

5)      What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
Traveling. It can be driving through the mountains on a lazy Saturday or taking a trip across country. We have different travel styles and can never agree on the playlist, but it's always an adventure.

6)      When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
I started with the plot for PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE. I wanted to write a story about forbidden love. Then it was deciding what was considered forbidden in these times. Once I decided to set the story in a desert kingdom, I created the characters.

7)      If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you? It's between

Ashley Judd and Rachel Weisz. Both women would make me look smarter, prettier, stronger and generally more interesting than I am.
















8)      Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
Hannibal Lecter. I liked the Anthony Hopkins and the Mads Mikkelsen interpretations of this villain.
I think Hannibal is an intriguing villain because he's charismatic, highly intelligent and refined. Those qualities make him an extremely dangerous predator.

9)      Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
I earned a minor in History at college and I deeply admired a lot of historical figures. Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman … the list goes on.

10)   Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive it?
There are times when I want to try a plot twist, character trait or a setting and I'm not sure if my readership is ready. When that happens, I make sure the idea is not the main idea of the story. I also try to give something familiar when I'm introducing something new.



Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr

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BLURB:

What a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!

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EXCERPT:


Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. "Marry?" she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz's harsh face. "You're getting married?"

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn't realize she was holding her breath until he answered. "Yes."

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. "I don't…I don't…." She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

"You have been with another woman." She couldn't believe it. "All this time, you were with someone else."

Hafiz's eyes narrowed at the accusation. "No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago."

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? "Then how are you…I don't understand."

He braced his feet a shoulders' width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. "I met the bride today and she agreed."

Lacey's mouth gaped open. "You just met her?" She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. "So, it's an arranged marriage."

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. "Of course."

"Then, what's the problem?" She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. "Say that you won't get married."

He looked away. "I can't." Regret tinged his voice.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.

Website: susannacarr.com

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Susanna-Carr/242944799620

Twitter: twitter.com/susannacarr

Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/22371.Susanna_Carr

Buy links:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Hafizs-Only-Royal-Ruthless-ebook/dp/B00JZFS08U/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prince-hafizs-only-vice-susanna-carr/1119221410?ean=9780373132850

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Susanna_Carr_Prince_Hafiz_s_Only_Vice?id=jGB0AwAAQBAJ

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/prince-hafiz-s-only-vice










Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
Author: Susanna Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
American release date: October 1, 2014
Format/Genre/Length: Paperback/romance/192 pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★★

Lacey Maxwell is living a life many a woman would envy. She’s living in the Sultanate of Rudaynah, and her lover is the very handsome prince, Hafiz. Except on closer examination, something is lacking—Lacey is his mistress, his dirty little secret. Not quite what she’d bargained for when Hafiz talked her into moving to his country.

She lives in a luxury high rise apartment near to where Hafiz works, one he can see from his window. He has people who see to her needs, thinking she should be content to stay in the apartment and wait for him to visit. But sometimes she likes to get out on her own, even If she has to bundle herself up in the same shapeless clothing the other women wear.

Hafiz has taken a chance by even bringing her here, but she lights a fire in him unlike any woman he’s ever known. She frustrates  him too, because she is so very independent, and doesn’t simply accept what he tells her to.

Lacey is stunned to learn of Hafiz’s impending marriage to another woman, despite his protestations that it is an arranged marriage nothing more. Does he really expect her to continue as before, once he is a married man? Somehow she has always visualized herself in that position, as his wife. But she learns that Hafiz’s father, the sultan, is ready to forgive the errors of Hafiz’s youth and make him the heir to the throne once more—but only if Hafiz does as he says. What now?

I have to say I devoured this novel in no time. There is no real mystery as to the outcome—it’s a Harlequin novel, therefore it has a happy ending. But it’s the journey to get there that counts.
I really liked these characters, and enjoyed getting to know them. The author brings them to life, presenting their dilemma in such a way that anyone can relate, while set against an exotic backdrop. It’s hot and sweet and romantic. I could see myself reading it again. It had twists I didn’t expect, even though I knew the outcome.


I’d like to read more of this author, and recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Virtual Book Tour: The Shed

Please welcome author Dianne Hartsock, who is here to discuss her newest release, The Shed.  Diane will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, plus an e-copy of Alex, first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter during the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. To find the rest of the stops on her tour, go here. Look for the rafflecopter at the end of this post.

The Questions
1)      You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that person
and what item do you have?
This is a dangerous question! I should say my husband…  But, can I have Jude Law please? I could spend weeks gazing into those gorgeous eyes and listening to that sexy voice. And those lips! We'd survive on pineapples and bananas (think Gilligan's Island). Only when we've exhausted all the excitement to be had on the island and each other, I'd pull out the cell phone I've kept hidden and call for the yacht.

2)      Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical are you?
Oh, this is embarrassing! I don't really like musicals all that much. Though I do go through life singing, much to the dismay of my friends and co-workers. If you asked me for a song that portrays my life, I'd pick I'm Still Standing by Elton John. Not for what any one lover did, but just because life has been a little harder at times than I like, but I've come through and ended up exactly where I want to be.  As for musicals, I do like Sweeney Todd. Yes, because of Johnney Depp. And also My Fair Lady because it's so darn romantic.

3)      Take these three words and give me a 100 word or less scenario using them:  night, union,  minute
Mist clings to the trees, drips off the sign at a rural Union Station. A full moon disappears behind clouds as the woman glances nervously at her watch. Another minute passes. A man steps from the train. They embrace, then the howling begins from the forest surrounding them. The couple walk to the edge of the platform and draw their long silver knives just as the werewolves burst into the open.

4)      You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to make love to anyone you want.
Who do you choose and why?
That would be Quinn (Christian Bale) in Reign of Fire. Intelligent, brave, tortured, sexy as hell. He spends most of his life trying to create a community of people, keep mankind alive until the dragons sleep once again. Lonely and struggling, I'd love to stand by his side and support him, and be the one he comes to for comfort and great sex.



5)      What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
Our favorite evening is building a fire in the fireplace, listening to soft music and sharing a glass of wine and conversation. Chocolate is also welcomed.

6)      When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
My stories are mostly driven by emotion. I like to get intensely personal with my characters and wring every last feeling out of them. If I'm writing a romance, I'll start with a wistful glance or flirty remark or brokenhearted sobbing. In my psychological thrillers I put my MC's in situations that make them uncomfortable, unsure, uneasy. I've set them in scenes where the reader has no doubt this character is in an unusual situation with more strange happenings to follow.

7)      If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
*snort* I'm sorry, I've lived a pretty tame life, which I thoroughly enjoy, but would make a really
boring movie. Not even enough here to make a made for TV drama! But my husband says I could get Cheryl Tiegs to play me, so you can see why I keep him around.
















8)      Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
I adore Vincent Price in all his villainous roles! I think it's his voice I love the most, the way he rolls his words. And he's cute and funny. Like his smile, though it can be cruel at times. Just good scary fun. I especially like him in The Raven and House on Haunted Hill, though all of them are good.







9)      Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
I've always been intrigued with Thomas Jefferson. I know he wasn't perfect, the product of his times,
but such an intelligent, passionate man. I think it would be fascinating to spend some time with him.



10)   Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive it?
I have a million stories milling around in my head but nothing so controversial that my readers would be shocked to see it.  Sorry guys!




The Shed
by Dianne Hartsock

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BLURB:

As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.


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EXCERPT:


“Hey Alex…” Justin’s voice trailed off, and he put the coffee pot on the warmer and went over to him when the man didn’t respond. Scott joined them, leaving his computer on the table as he passed. Alex’s eyes were wide, unfocused as he stared out the window. His breath came quickly and sweat beaded his forehead.

“What do you see?” Scott asked, voice mild, placid.

“It’s hot here. Grass is dry.” Alex’s whispered words sent a shiver through Scott. He sounded…detached. “The forest is dark across the way. Crows circle above the trees.”

“Alex, where are you right now?” Scott made the question a demand.

A shudder ran Alex’s lean frame. “I’m in your office, Dr. Reid. I see the garden through the window. But I’m also here, in this empty field. Talk to me! I want to come away from here.”

Scott touched his hand. “Come home, Alex.”

“It’s hard. Something’s drawing me to the forest. God! I don’t want to go in there.”

“Jane would want you to come home,” Scott said firmly, using the ace up his sleeve. For a second he didn’t think even the deep love Alex had for his wife could draw
him back, but then he blinked his eyes into focus, and gave Scott a slight smile.

“Thank you. That’s a terrible place.”

“Is it a real place, do you think?”

Alex’s expression turned bleak. “Yes,” he whispered.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dianne grew up in one of the older houses in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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THE SHED

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