Friday, April 18, 2014

Juniper Grove Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for A Sinister Obsession by S.B. Redstone


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Welcome to my stop on author S.B. Redstone’s Virtual Book Tour for A Sinister Obsession, presented by Juniper Grove Book Solutions.  Please leave a comment for S.B. to let him know you stopped by.  You can enter his tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of his tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.   My review will post later today.  

Why writing about the dark side of human life drives my writing?

I believe I am not just a fiction writer telling a good story, but a commenter on the human species. I began my career as a caseworker for Child Protective Services, where I investigated the abuse and neglect of children. Believe me, after you are confronted with a dead baby or battered child, you know the dark side of human life. After attaining master’s degrees in social work and school psychology, and receiving post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, you can see that I was deeply involved in social issues and understanding human nature and relationships. I even wrote a psychology book on those topics, examining our predatory ancestry and genes. With that said, all my clinical experiences, my education, and interest in understanding human nature, focused me on the too often sad and dark side of humanity.


Although my novel, A Sinister Obsession, is a mystery thriller, its plot centers on an unresolved social issue that continues to erupt in America. As a clinician, I have a passion to expose the dark side of human nature and those who use evil to gain power and wealth. What I reflect upon are the major players that are too often ignored by the media and those politically motivated to press for their narcissistic goals. My work is also highly psychologically oriented because that’s who I am. Different than other writers, my therapeutic background allows me to portray accurate and realistic characters, good and villainous. I like to use my characters to point out human folly and social ills, which Charles Dickens and so many other great writers have done in the past. And, to be honest, writing evil is more fun for me than writing ordinary. I find pleasure in dreaming up devilish schemes that haven’t been done before. Even many superstar actors who were typecast into playing wholesome roles longed to play evil characters. Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, and Robert Mitchum had to beg for those roles.   
  
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Title:  A Sinister Obsession
Author:  S. B. Redstone
Published:  August 2013
Publisher:  Black Opal Books
Word Count: approx. 94,000
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Content Warning:  Violence and Sexual Content
Recommended Age:  21+
Synopsis: A psychopathic killer on a quest leaves behind a string of brutal murders, and to find the Who, the police must first discover the Why…
Detective Aubrey McKenzie has been assigned to investigate the murders. A lovely, fabulously wealthy, dark-haired Scot, whose iron will was forged in the inferno of human tragedy, Aubrey is stymied by the lack of solid clues. Now she must rely on her paranormal ability to apprehend the killer—an ability that has been invaluable in her police work but has made a disaster of her social life.
Fate teams Aubrey with Detective Joshua Diamond, a handsome, talented, and compassionate man who is more than happy eating a greasy bacon-cheeseburger and wearing clothes that should have been thrown out with the trash. In a race against time, Aubrey and Joshua must overcome their vast differences—and their attraction for each other—and discover the identity of this elusive killer, and the quest this fiend is on, before more lives are destroyed.
Excerpt from A Sinister Obsession by S. B. Redstone
When Aubrey arrived home, she glanced at her answering machine. There was one message. Since she didn’t have friends, she knew who it was. She pressed the button and heard that cold, authoritative voice. “Aubrey. This is your mother. I am reminding you of Randal’s birthday party tomorrow night. He would be quite disappointed if you did not make an appearance. The time—”

Aubrey quickly pushed the delete button. She hated being reminded of times and dates by her mother, as if she was a forgetful child. It pissed her off.
After taking a hot shower, she slipped into green satin pajamas. Sitting in her entertainment room, watching the late evening news, she sipped 1981 Armagnac Cames Brandy and ate crackers with brie.
Nearing three in the morning, Aubrey turned off the television, and went into bed. In the darkness, she obsessed about the murder case, feeling a rising anger toward this heinous criminal. Her last conscious thought before falling asleep brought a smile to her face. She knew the perp had failed to take one essential factor into consideration before deciding to perpetrate the crime. A factor that he didn’t predict, and in fact, couldn’t have predicted. And that factor would eventually lead her to discover his identity and get a conviction. He didn’t know I’d be assigned to the case!

 
About the Author:
Sinister Obsession Author photo SB-Redstone.jpg I write under the name S. B. Redstone. I began my career, after graduating from Hunter College, as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services, Protective Services, investigating the horrors of the abuse and neglect of children. After attaining master’s degrees in Social Work and School Psychology, and then completing a post-graduate education in Psychoanalytic Therapy, I became a School Psychologist in the New York City Department of Education and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a private therapy practice on Long Island, treating adults, adolescents, children, and couples. Always striving to improve my understanding of human nature, I researched and then wrote a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning, which offers remarkable insights into behavior, societal institutions, and relationships. I have written articles on the web concerning human nature, relationships and the abuses of societal institutions, given lectures, and appeared on radio shows.


Always having a vivid imagination and a desire to write fiction, I developed my writing skills by becoming a successful writer of short stories, all of which have been published on the web and in print. As an expert in the field of human psychology, I have been able to develop realistic characters from the dark side of human nature where my villains don’t aspire for happiness through personal achievement, but rather from their demented narcissistic schemes. 

Many of my characters have been taken from my clinical experiences and interesting people I know. I love romance in my stories. It is an essential element in my mystery thriller A Sinister Obsession and horror novel. Now that I am obsessed with writing “senior” romances, it has become further developed and heartfelt. I have two seeking publication at this time. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Romance Writers of America.
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

A $25 electronic Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway is International. 

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Excerpt Tour & Giveaway for Bittersweet Rescue by Coleen Kwan


Welcome to my stop on author Coleen Kwan's Virtual Excerpt Tour for Bittersweet Rescue, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Please leave a comment or question for Ms. Kwan to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 


Bittersweet Rescue
by Coleen Kwan

Publisher: Coleen Kwan
Release Date: February 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 133 Pages

Buy Links:  Amazon  B&N  Smashwords  Amazon UK

She rescued him, and saved herself.

When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.

Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her...


His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.


EXCERPT

I want her.

Drake watched Ellie as she briskly crossed to the other side of the home office. His gaze caught on the ladder in her stockings and followed the length of her legs until they disappeared under her hemline. A bit of her shirt was still hanging out from her skirt, despite her furious tucking. His fingers itched to grab hold of her shirt and yank it right off her. What would it feel like to slide his hand over the smoothness of her back? Would it be as mind-blowing as her kisses? He really wanted to know.

She was such a mystery to him. Who would have thought his calm and dignified personal assistant could kiss him with such passion that even now his entire body was on fire and aching for her touch? He could have controlled his fantasies about her if she hadn’t given him a glimpse of the scorching sensuality simmering beneath her modest exterior. One little taste of her had blown away all his preconceived ideas about her. Ellie was a woman with a secret persona, and damn if he didn’t want that side of her to come out and play with him.


But if he gave into temptation, he’d be asking for a whole lot of trouble. Ellie worked for him, and he made it a rule never to cross the line with his employees. And more than that, Ellie was the best damn personal assistant he’d ever had. If he was going to make investment director at Sinclair Hill, he needed her on his team, and he’d be an idiot to risk everything just because his balls were ga-ga over her.


 AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.






Thursday, April 17, 2014

RABT Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Into the Light by Jennifer Burrows



Welcome to my stop on author Jennifer Burrow’s Virtual Book Tour for Into the Light, presented by Reading Addiction Book Tours.  Please leave a comment or question for Ms. Burrow’s to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of Jennifer’s tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  My review will post later today.  

Into the Light
By Jennifer Burrows
The Dark Series, Book 2

Publisher: Jennifer Burrows
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 262 Pages
ISBN:  978-1495370700
ASIN:  B00I3S7UVI

Buy Links:  Amazon  | B&N


About the book: 

After Laney is shot at point blank range, Josh works tirelessly to repair her life threatening internal injuries from the gunshot wounds.  What’s worse is he is forced to inform Laney’s parents about the tragic accident. Having only just begun a relationship with the woman he knows in his heart he will spend the rest of his life with, he now has to reveal to her parents that a stalker has been tormenting their daughter.  While his only mission is to save Laney’s life, her parents have other plans for their daughter, none of which include Josh.  They are determined to find a new doctor for Laney, and if her parents have their way, she will be taken thousands of miles away from him.

Just when Josh thinks his entire world has been turned completely upside down, he finds his sister Jillian has stopped taking her psychiatric medications and has become a person unfamiliar to him. Dealing with her psychotic world becomes even more of a shock, leaving Josh in a horrible dilemma.  He is torn between trying to save Laney’s life, keeping her parents from moving her away from him, and providing his sister the attention and help she desperately needs before she has a complete psychotic breakdown.

Will Josh be able to save the love of his life and prevent her parents from taking her away?  Will he be able to help Jillian through her mental illness before it takes over her life?  Will Laney’s relationship with her parents ever be salvaged?  Will Josh and Laney have their happily ever after, or will the hurdles they have to jump through prove to be more than they can handle?


Excerpt

Dr. Josh Stone stood helpless as Laney, seemingly in slow motion, fell to the floor. The thud as her body hit the tiles shot goose bumps through his flesh. For a brief moment he was paralyzed. His girlfriend, also a trauma nurse-had been shot by the patient they had been taking care of. The sight of the man sitting up and grabbing Officer Miller’s gun from his holster replayed in Josh’s brain. The man pointed it at Laney and shot her several times before anyone was able to subdue him. Now, Josh stood helplessly as she lay motionless on the floor. How could this happen in his trauma room? How could he let this happen to Laney? His knees seemed to buckle as he sank to Laney’s side, stethoscope dangling from his neck.

Laney’s curly blonde hair covered much of her face, but it was clear she was unconscious. Josh gently shook her hoping for the slightest response. There was none. She had been shot in the chest.

Someone shrieked. One of the ER nurses, Dinah’s eyes were wide, both hands covered her mouth. She pointed to the floor. A puddle of blood oozed from under Laney. The metallic aroma wrinkled his nose.
Josh fought the anger raging inside him. He wanted to make the son-of-a-bitch who shot Laney pay for hurting her.

For now, let the cops handle it. Josh took a deep breath and struggled to regain his composure, but failed miserably.

“My God! Laney! How could this happen?” His face was hot. He swiped at it with his blood soaked hands and realized he was crying.

“Dr. Stone. Dr. Stone!”

Josh looked up. Dinah’s lips were moving, but her words weren’t computing. A couple of techs and nurses eased Laney from his arms. Not only did he feel the emptiness, it plagued his heart and his soul.
Josh helped lift Laney onto a gurney. Dinah placed her hand on his shoulder. “You need to help her. She needs you now more than ever.”
Dinah put her cold hands on Josh’s flushed face. “Dr. Stone, I know you’re in shock, but you need to focus. You’re the only one who can save her.”

Josh turned his head, causing the frigid hands to fall from his face. He rubbed his swollen eyes and surveyed the room. The devastation was beyond words. Officer Miller had the man who shot Laney subdued in handcuffs. He lay on the table with his disheveled hair covering his face. Someone must have given him a sedative because he wasn’t moving. Equipment had been knocked over, and supplies thrown everywhere. Josh’s heart rate sped up as he cast his eyes down at the pool of blood surrounding his feet.

“Where is she?”

“They’ve taken her to the O.R to get her prepped. You need to get down there right now. Dr. Nessler is coming in to finish up with this guy.”
Josh darted out of the room with an urgency he never felt before.  Each step he took, his pace quickened until he was in a full sprint to the O.R.


Jennifer Burrows

Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, and she holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration.  She has 15 years of experience working in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit of a major trauma center. While she is equally adept at all facets of patient care, Emergency room nursing is her passion, and is the inspiration for this story and A Shot in the Dark.  Currently, she resides in Southern California with her husband and their three amazing boys.  A Shot in the Dark was her debut novel with Into the Light following as the sequel.


Twitter: @jenburrows234


RABT Promo Blitz for Diane Escalara




Still Hot For You and The Right Temptation - PROMO Blitz
by Diane Escalera
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 25, 2014 *Re-Release*

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She's wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.

Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay's pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they'll fight with each other, and they'll fight for each other.

 WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction



The Right Temptation
by Diane Escalera
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 25, 2014 *Re-Release*

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Kayla Martinez has recently landed an RN position at a prestigious hospital in her hometown. The new job is everything she’s hoped for, especially when one hot specimen shows up in the ER. She hasn’t seen her childhood crush in years, and considering how much hotter he’s gotten over time, she almost ends up needing resuscitation.

The last thing Nico LaCosta needs is a broken arm. Now his pal’s kid sister wants to soothe his pain, but he’d rather keep his distance so her big brother doesn’t break his other arm. Kayla’s no child anymore, though. She’s one hot-blooded woman, determined to remind him of a mind-blowing kiss back when they were teenagers. Leave it to Kayla to drop by his house unannounced and play Nurse Seductive. A guy has to follow the buddy code, or face the consequences. Still, sometimes giving in to temptation is worth it…

CONTENT WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Lusty Latin Lovers

About the Author - Diane Escalera

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Diane Escalera makes her home in coastal North Carolina.  The sultry surroundings are a steady source of inspiration for her hot love stories.  Diane is married, has two children and a super cute dachshund she can’t get enough of.  She writes contemporary romance and is published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.

Authors Links

Buy Links

Still Hot for You – Amazon

The Right Temptation - Amazon


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