Friday, July 26, 2013

Mysti Parker Author of Hearts In Exile has a special offer for you!


I did a wonderful interview with Mysti Parker on July 2nd and she has this offer for you!

Now I do apologize that I did not see this until today, but here it is.

In conjunction with her virtual book tour, for every person who buys one copy of Hearts in Exile until August 1st-YES I said August 1st- that only leaves you 5 days.....

Anyhow, send her your receipt to
you will be entered into a drawing for a big bag of prizes worth ~$50.00

Go check out the photos of the prizes and all the detail.

Now remember you only have 5 days----get moving!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Launch Day for Author Susan Lohrer ~ Over the Edge

Available from 5 Prince Publishing
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Release Date: July 25, 2013
Digital ISBN 13:978-1-939217-73-8 ISBN 10: 1-939217-73-3
Print ISBN 13:978-1-939217-74-5 ISBN 10: 1-939217-74-1

Over The Edge:
“Sometimes love sends you sailing over the edge.”

Kat Cherish, high school principal and activist (a combination that hasn’t been great for her career) heads back to her hometown to mend her dignity only to discover her estranged kid sister is a mess… and their childhood home is for sale. Getting the house back just might be the only thing that can put Kat’s complicated family back together… if she can cope with her mixed feelings for her ex-boyfriend, who’s been hired to completely remodel her house for another potential buyer… and if she doesn’t lose her new job because of the outrageous antics she’s pulling to keep her sister out of trouble.

Susan Lohrer grew up in more towns in western Canada than she has fingers to count them on. She currently lives in southern BC with her husband of more than two decades, their two teenagers who are still at home, three dogs, and far more aquariums than a reasonable household should contain. She believes life is always better with a healthy dose of humor.

Twitter: @susanlohrer

Excerpt of Over the Edge:
Kat shifted her wrists in the steel handcuffs. Rough, ancient bark pressed against her cheek, and the damp air intensified the resinous tang of the virgin forest. She’d been here since dawn—long enough to be on a first-name basis with Harvey, the Douglas fir. Which, if she let herself consider for more than a minute at a time, was kind of a weird development for a grown woman who had a respectable career. She’d consider it in more depth later. Right now she had enough on her mind.
A gust of coastal wind snatched her hat, and chilly rain plastered her hair to her scalp and trickled down her neck, making her teeth chatter. Nearby, a group of men wielded wrenches on a logging machine that refused to start. One of her students, the school board superintendent’s son, retrieved the hat and plopped it back on Kat’s head.
“Don’t worry,” he whispered, “they’re not going to get that machine going anytime soon.”
Alarm nibbled the back of her mind like a classroom gerbil gnawing a toilet paper tube. “There’d better not be a reason you know that.”
He laughed. “I’m just saying.” Then, calling to his friends, he trotted off.
Kat wondered whether she’d still have her job at the end of the day.
The superintendent had made it clear she’d lose it in a blink if the kids did anything more than show up, and Kat had made them promise not to chain themselves to any trees. So far, all they’d done was text the protest’s breaking news to their friends… unless they’d messed with the equipment before she got here this morning. The thought made her stomach feel like she’d eaten fir needles for lunch. She stared up into the dense boughs radiating from Harvey’s trunk high above her.
“You don’t think the kids wrecked that machine, do you, Harv? I mean, they know my career is at stake here.” Harvey only sighed in the wind, branches waving toward the broken-down machine. Yeah, it had Kat a little worried, too.
She flexed her shoulders, stiff from the hours she’d spent shackled to the tree. She wasn’t against logging; she lived in a wood-frame house and used reams of paper. What school principal didn’t? And the logging industry in Mills Creek fed a lot of families.
In the last few hours, she’d had a chance to reevaluate her reasons for chaining herself to this tree. This was about so much more than the environment. It was about standing up for someone who couldn’t stand up for herself. Or in Harvey’s case, himself. It was about choices that had been taken away from her. It was about the fact that sometimes, no matter how wrong you were, you couldn’t undo what you’d done.
Her goal wasn’t to stop the logging, this community’s lifeblood. It was to protect something beautiful and precious. If she could win this one small battle, do this one small good deed, save just this one tree, maybe it would somehow make amends in her heart for what she’d let happen to her family.
A Jeep rattled up the steep gravel road and pulled off on the landing, followed a few seconds later by a police car. Kat’s stomach clenched.
A man exited the passenger door of the Jeep. His footsteps scuffed on the dirt road. Craning her neck, she peered through slanting late-afternoon shadows, making out only his easy gait and the set of his broad shoulders. Had they brought in a negotiator? He leaned into the police car for a minute, then stood, head down, hands on his hips, like a man bearing a heavy burden.
She almost felt sorry for the guy. She might look like a waterlogged rat at the moment, but he had no idea what he was up against. A tiny smirk crept over her mouth.
Now that this block of forest had been opened up to clear-cut logging, Harvey would have to watch while his family was torn away, one by one. She knew how he felt because the same thing had happened to her, until she had just one family member left. And she and Lacey weren’t even on speaking terms at the moment.
She dug her fingers into Harvey’s sturdy bark. “What am I doing talking to trees instead of making things right between Lacey and me?”
Soft footfalls on the carpet of needles behind her.
She straightened as much as she could. The chain connecting the two sets of handcuffs slipped and pulled her down with it until she had to slump against the tree trunk.
“Kat, what are you doing?” He sounded as exhausted as she felt. Sounded… disturbingly familiar.
That voice. Evan. Here? Memories grabbed her heart and sliced through it like the blade of the nearby feller buncher waiting to chop the young trees from their roots—if the loggers could get it running again. She strained her eyes to the left, looking without turning her head.
Evan was watching her, jaw clenched, rainwater slicking his blond hair.
She blinked the water from her eyes.
He was still there.
Not a gorgeous hallucination. A gorgeous reality. Her pulse whumped in her ears.
What was she doing? That was easy—she was running away from her failure to keep her family together. But what was Evan doing?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Page Turner Book Tours 1 Year Anniversary


PTBT opened their doors a year ago and has grown from strength to strength working with some amazing authors along the way. This year the official .com site was opened, a dedicated team of graphics designers joined the team and PTBT became the official host for all tours under 5 Prince Publishing.

The story doesn’t stop there…

There are already plans for further improvements and many more tours to be held in the future along with further charity work.

We hope that you will check them out at this link:

During July PTBT are offering the following discounts:

1 week tour - 1 additional day

2 week tour - $63.75 - 2 additional days

3 week tour - $85 - 3 additional days

4 week tour - $170 - 4 additional days

These discounts are good for a year AS LONG AS the tour is booked and paid for in July 2013.

Working for Page Turner Book Tours has been amazing. I have met some amazing people, worked with some fantastic books and been privileged to be part of some amazing journeys. I know there will be great things to come for PTBT and I am excited to meet every request, author and to discover the wonderful books that I work with. Thank you to everyone on the past year who has worked with PTBT you are all amazing and I am so have been part of your journey. Here’s to the next fantastic year!” ~ Kate, Owner/Tour Coordinator PTBT

I have been blessed to have had a long professional relationship with Kate and Page Turner Book Tours. Her organization of the tours and cover launches has always exceeded our expectations. She is thorough and knows what she’s doing. I believed enough in the company that Page Turner Book Tours is the official coordinator for 5 Prince Publishing. Kate sets up tours for our cover/book launches, for each of our authors, as well as book tours. Her prices are very fair and that helps individuals and small businesses. I give Kate and Page Turner Book Tours 5 STARS, for their consistently good service, well managed tours, and comfort level when working with them. If you are looking to promote yourself or your book I highly recommend Page Turner Book Tours.” - Bernadette Soehner, CEO, 5 Prince Publishing, Lost And Found Tour Details

I enjoyed working with Page Turner Book Tours in 2012 for my second Lash Series Book, Shadow Man. Kate was able to arrange far more stops than I’d initially hoped for, and also garnered my book several five star reviews! The spreadsheet she gave me to work from had all the relevant contact information to write tailored engaging posts for each site, and she fulfilled every part of the agreement to create and deliver signature prizes for the tour. She tried her very best to make my tour the best it could be. The best recommendation is that I will be using her services again this summer to promote another coauthored work!

Service: At least half of service is value for the money spent. Kate gives great packages and I feel I got a very good value for the money I spent with her. She was knowledgeable and answered my questions in a timely fashion. I especially appreciated the reviews as part of the package, of which almost all were favorable.

Communication: the other half of service for this type of promotion is communication, and Kate was very good in that aspect as well. For my tour, I had a total of 5 interviews to complete, along with 12 guest posts. She got me info for topics and interview questions as soon as she had them, which helped me stay ahead and on time with my side of the tour.

Overall tour running: 5 starsTara Fox Hall, Author, Lash Tour Details

I have had the pleasure of working with Page Turner Book Tours for just a few short months. When I first contacted Kate and told her what I was looking for, she helped walk me through everything that they could do, what it would entail on my part as well as what was to be expected from her and Page Turner Book Tours.

Every time I have any questions Kate is sure to replay quickly. I have not encountered many problems while working with Page Turner Book Tours other than a few Bloggers did not follow through on their end. Which, I by no means, hold against Page Turner Book Tours.

Kate does a wonderful job communicating what is needed by all her bloggers, if you are interested then you just let her know and she does the rest. All you have to do as a blogger is set it up to go on your scheduled date.

Overall I think Kate and Page Turner Book Tours do a wonderful job with their Press Releases, Interviews, Book reviews and scheduling who needs to be where and what time.  I would give Page Turner Book Tours 5 out of 5 stars!” ~ Marie, 5 Prince Publishing

Kate is a marvelous coordinator and I can’t wait to work with her in the future on a book tour.  If you are looking for a company to schedule a tour, than I recommend working with Kate at Page Turner Book Tours. She will customize a tour specifically for you and work with book bloggers making your tour run as easy as possible leaving you with a sense of satisfaction and a great tour experience!

Page Turner Book tours is definitely a five star company!” M.M. Shelley, Murder On Mars Tour Details

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Today we feature Alone no More by Kelly Ryan

Welcome Kelly! Please tell us a little about Alone No More.

Loneliness is all either Ella or Mel has felt most their lives, just as they find each other will something sinister rip them apart?

Ella is a tough but lonely woman, still broken by her past. Mel feels he needs to pay a penance for his very existence. Fate and danger bring them together and show them that love awaits both of them, if only they can survive whomever is hell bent on killing Ella.

Wonderful! How can we find it?

Now why don't you tell us a little about yourself.
Kelly Ryan lives in New Mexico and grew up with a fascination for all things that "go bump in the night", so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance.

In her spare time, she fancies herself a cryptozoologist and loves to paranormal related outings, searching for things that might not really exist.

Being an avid reader since an early age, Kelly has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. "Alone No More" is her first release with Breathless Press, though she hopes to have many more in the future.

Not being very computer savvy, you can keep up with all of Kelly's books and upcoming works on her friend's blog and website.

Thank You so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Launch Day for a Re-Release of Encore by Best Selling Author Bernadette Marie

Available from 5 Prince Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Digital ISBN 13:978-1-939217-58-5  ISBN 10:1-939217-58-X
Print ISBN 13:978-1-939217-57-8  ISBN 10:1-939217-57-1

Newly unemployed concert pianist, Thomas Samuel has spent most of his adult life escaping his upbringing. He’s become an expert at hiding his feelings and remaining professional. But when he meets cellist Carissa Kendal he’s faced with one emotion he can’t escape—love.
Carissa hadn’t expected her mother to take on the art of matchmaking and she was convinced she wasn’t very good at it. Strong minded Carissa had her work cut out for her with the emotionally scarred Thomas, but love always wins in the end—or does it?
By the time Thomas realizes his past does not define the man he has become it might be too late. Big venues and scenic places might just win over the heart of Carissa and take her away from him—unless he hurries and faces the man who ruined his career and convince Carissa that every performance, even love, deserves an encore.

About Bernadette Marie:
Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.
In 2007—after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children—Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released her own contemporary titles. She also quickly began the process of taking on other authors in other genres.
In 2012 Bernadette Marie began to find herself on the bestsellers lists of iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble to name a few. Her office wall is lined with colorful PostIt notes with the titles of books she will be releasing in the very near future, with hope that they too will grace the bestsellers lists.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events—usually hockey. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader, she enjoys contemporary romances with humor and happily ever afters.

Author Contact Info:
@writesromance on Twitter

EXCERPT of Encore:

Chapter One

Her young student pulled the bow across the strings of the violin, and the sound was pure evil. Carissa Kendal winced, then quickly smiled. She’d get it in time. Eventually, they all got it if they stuck around.
The dropout rate of students was the one dark cloud over her next venture, the Kendal School of Music. It had been her dream to teach music in her own school, and she was about to dive into it. She’d hoped her mother would want to be by her side more, but Sophia still had Hope to raise. Carissa had accepted that, but to have her mother call up an old friend to help her wasn’t settling.
Did Sophia not think she’d look him up? That she wouldn’t find out who he was?
At the moment, he was nobody. Every musical endeavor he’d pursued in the eight years since the renowned tenor Pablo DiAngelo’s ensemble broke up had failed spectacularly.
Why was Sophia soft on him? Her mother’s name carried far more influence than that of the failed pianist, and it would have given Carissa’s music school all the prestige it needed.
The student pulled another evil note and snapped Carissa from her thoughts.
“I’m never going to get this,” the young girl complained with her nose wrinkled.
“You will. If you want to, you’ll get it.” She smiled encouragingly, remembering when she’d been that young girl. “You need to remember to practice the material I give you.” Carissa raised her eyebrows with the subtle demand.
“Okay. I promise I’ll be better next time.”
“And if you practice, that will always be the case.”
As her student gathered her instrument, Carissa marked off her lesson sheet and handed it to her.
They left the study of the old boardinghouse, where Carissa lived with her grandmother, and stood by the door as her student’s mother walked toward them. Carissa gave the girl a squeeze on her shoulder.
“She’s doing wonderfully. A little extra practice each day will help,” she said. “Don’t forget your peppermint on your way out the door.”
The young girl fished in the bowl for the right piece of candy as Carissa opened the front door. The violinist’s mother handed Carissa a check for the lesson.
“Thank you, Carissa. She enjoys her lessons very much.”
“I’m pleased to hear that. We’ll see you both next week.”
As the woman and her daughter descended the front steps, a man paid a cab on the street in front of the old house. He stood with his suitcase in his hand and looked her way.
He was tall and too thin for her taste, but he looked almost regal in the way he carried himself. He removed his sunglasses and stroked the wisps of dirty blond hair from his eyes. She almost didn’t recognize the man from the pictures she’d seen on the Internet.
He looked like a blond Jimmy Stewart, and her stomach did a little flip.
“Hello,” he called as he neared the house. She smiled despite her misgivings. He even walked like Jimmy Stewart.
Like most of Pablo’s ensemble, he’d always walked behind the man with the million-dollar smile, never next to or in front of him, not like her mother who had been paraded on Pablo’s arm. It was no wonder she hadn’t recognized him.
She extended her hand to him, and as his fingers enclosed hers, she gulped in air. He was strikingly handsome. She hadn’t expected that.
To have played for Pablo, as Sophia had, Thomas had to be tremendously talented. Yet would the curse that hung over his career affect her music school?
“You must be Thomas Samuel. I’m Sophia’s daughter, Carissa Kendal. I’ve heard a lot about you.”

When Sophia Kendal had said her daughter would meet him at the boardinghouse in Kansas City, he hadn’t expected she’d look like the woman standing before him. The woman before him stood erect as a dancer. Her hair fell to the middle of her back like an ebony waterfall, and her dark eyes were soft. She wore a flowing, orange blouse and a long skirt of the same orange, mixed with earthy browns that swirled around her calves when she moved.
She was mesmerizing.
“Please come in.” She stepped back through the door. Heat rose on the back of his neck as he passed by her. “My mother says you’ll be staying with us until you get settled.”
“Uh. Yes.” He felt like his tongue had swollen. “I’m sorry if I seem out of sorts. I knew Sophia for so long that to think of her as your mother, well, that’s a stretch for me.”
Carissa smiled at him again. “I was seventeen before she adopted me, so I can understand. I’m sorry you couldn’t make it out for their wedding.”
“Yes, so am I.” Had he made that wedding, he’d have made it his business to become more familiar with the dark beauty who, with the most subtle gesture of tucking her hair behind her ear, had his pulse climbing.
Guilt halted his thoughts. He should have been at the wedding because he’d promised Sophia he would be. It was just another broken promise, and he feared he would let her down again. And given his past, he had no business fantasizing about Carissa—or any woman. It could end only in heartache—or worse.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Welcome Mysti Parker Author of Hearts In Exile

Welcome Mysti! Can you tell us a little bit about Hearts in Exile?

Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.

Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard's High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria's inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae's descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.

Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn's tyranny and the dark god Tyr's abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he's been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.

Where can our readers find this wonderful book?

Wonderful! Now let's talk about you. What do you wish to share with us.
Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti's other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University's six week free course, F2K. 

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

How can our readers reach you?

Now for some not so common questions to get to know you better.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love to tell stories, to really get inside my characters and see how they respond to the challenges I give them. Plus, it’s satisfying to create something from start to finish that I can call my very own. Something that doesn’t have to be done over and over again like dishes and laundry!

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy Romance, Children’s Early Readers, Flash Fiction, and anything my writing bug demands.

What genres and authors would we find you reading?
I love anything with strong romantic themes. I especially love the cross-genre romances: fantasy, sci-fi, and lately I’m into steampunk romance. Just a few of my favorite authors of late are Deborah Harkness, Suzanne Collins, Jenny Twist, Elizabeth Lang, Ruth J Hartman, Dan Wright, Tara Fox Hall, and Tori L. Ridgewood.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Keeping the momentum going. I had a stretch of writer’s block last summer and worried I’d never iron out the plot. Once it clicked, though…woohoo! Felt great to keep rolling with it until it was done.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser. Except for a very loose outline and some notes along the way, I don’t do extensive planning. The characters carry the story and often surprise me. Keeps things fun and spontaneous.

Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
I don’t consider myself any better than another author, but if you enjoy fantasy OR romance, you’ll enjoy my books. If you enjoy fantasy AND romance, you’ll REALLY enjoy them. The fantasy isn’t so overwhelming that you need a glossary to remember names and places. I call it “accessible fantasy”, fit for those who don’t necessarily enjoy those 1000 page epics. And you’re not forced to read them all in order because they stand alone as their own separate stories.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
My goal is and always has been to write a story in such a way that the reader sees the story and not the words. I want them swept away and sighing with bittersweet pleasure when they close my books.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Hearts in Exile, the main characters work hard to achieve their dreams, but when those dreams are torn apart, they don’t wither away and give up. They adapt and make the most out of even the worst situations.

What other careers have you had?
Before I became a full time mom on New Year’s Eve of 2001, I worked in a neurological surgery lab. I was good at extracting spinal cords from neonatal rats under a dissection microscope. Took a steady hand!

Do you write under more than one name?
I occasionally write a thing or two under my real name.

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
Though my husband accuses me of basing my villains on him, no, they’re all imaginary. Of course, I add traits of people I know here and there. We can’t help that, can we?

How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?
I write breathtaking fantasy combined with unforgettable love stories. It’s fantasy with a heart!

What books or authors have most influenced your career?
Jane Eyre, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Poe, Mercedes Lackey

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
Most are supportive, some think I write smut, and some could care less.

Where are you from?
Born in Somerset, KY, raised in Adair County, KY on Chicken Ridge (no joke), and now reside near Louisville in Oldham County.

How do you come up with the titles?
I don’t know really. They just come to me, usually before I even start writing.

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?
No, not really. I’m the same I always was, except I’m busier with marketing now and have less time to write sometimes. Some days it’s hard to fit it all in.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
Now that I’ve got a children’s book illustrated and in the hands of an agent, I’ve ventured into the land of multi-tasking (as far as the business goes). I’m actually ALWAYS multi-tasking. There’s the mom thing, the house thing, the blog thing, I’m mentoring an online class and promoting my series. Really hoping to hone in on my fourth book this fall when the kids are back in school.

When not writing, how do you relax?
I play Skyrim, read, watch my ghostie shows (like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness, The Haunted Collector) and True Blood with my husband. I spend time with my kids, particularly this summer, at the zoo or splash park or library.

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.
  1. I once sold hot dogs in front of the Oscar Mayer wiener mobile.
  2. My biggest pet peeve is people who don’t put their shopping carts in corrals.
  3. I can’t stand liver or licorice.
  4. Quality chocolate and good red wine makes me a happy camper.
  5. My husband and I drove to Kalamazoo, MI to buy a rare Grand Prix, then totaled it a year later when I was six months pregnant (not my fault, and we were ok!).

Care to share anything else with us?

I’ll be starting the outline to Book Four of the Tallenmere series, No Place Like Home, very soon, and it’ll be the first book in the series to star humans instead of elves!

Thank you so much for stopping by! We have enjoyed having you!