Posted in fiction, Spotlight on February 16, 2014

sexual adventures

 

Synopsis

Once I dreamed a beautiful dream,
But now that dream is gone from me…

The Sexual Adventures of Time and Space is an award-winning epistolary novel told in the form of excerpts from a young man’s journal. After a group of friends becomes addicted to the concept of lucid dreaming, they find a way to medically induce themselves into comas with the goal of extending their lucid experiences. When things get out of hand and someone dies, the friends must find a way to cover it up.

Read the first 11 chapters on Brian’s website

 

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If I wrote my “About Me” page I would just make myself appear to be Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters, so for the purpose of accuracy I’m going to have someone else write it.

“The 411 on Brian Sfinas”, by An Old Friend:

Brian Sfinas is a writer, musician, assassin, artist, hacky sack player, voice actor, narcissist and master manipulator. The only thing he likes better than watching the world crumble around him, is sex with multiple beautiful women in a public place while having cigarettes, vodka, and mashed potatoes within arms reach. Brian could be the world’s next Tolstoy, or he could be criminally insane; it’s a toss up. A warning to all of the ladies out there drooling over his remarkably romantic rhetoric: he’s great in bed, and I mean truly great, but your parents will hate him… so you’ll keep your legs crossed if you know what’s good for you.

Brian writes lyrics, poetry, prose, novels, plays, political commentary, erotica, battle raps, and insults. If you enjoy beautiful, honest, and somewhat offensive writing you’ve come to the right place.

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Posted in Historical, Spotlight, Thriller on February 15, 2014

Please welcome author Alison Morton, author of the books Inceptio and Perfiditas.

INCEPTIOSynopsis

New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe.

Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, at a price, and a ready-made family in a strange culture she often struggles with. Just as she’s finding her feet, a shocking discovery about her new lover, special forces officer Conrad Tellus, isolates her.

And the enforcer is stalking her in her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why this Renschman is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it…

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Perfidita

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Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague has tried to kill her and another has set a trap to incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova. Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman dissidents and ruled by women, Roma Nova barely survived a devastating coup d’état thirty years ago. Carina swears to prevent a repeat and not merely for love of country.

Seeking help from a not quite legal old friend could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. Once proscribed and operating illegally, she risks being terminated by both security services and conspirators. As she struggles to overcome the desperate odds and save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal…

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alisonAlison Morton, a translator with an MA in history, has been a ‘Roman nut’ from age 11, but it was the mosaics at Ampurias, Spain that made her wonder what a Roman society run by women would be like in a modern age. Perfiditas is the sequel to Inceptio, the first in a series of Roma Nova thriller novels.

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Posted in New Adult, Sale, Spotlight on February 1, 2014

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Trust Me? – book one

Synopsis

This book is for mature audiences 18+ It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Jenifer Taylor is content with her life, dull and boring as it is. Being absent from the dating scene means she doesn’t have to deal with the major trust issues she has with men that stem from a controlling and aggressive ex-boyfriend and an absentee father. She’s happy being alone, sharing her life with her friends and family.

When Jeni starts a typical day in the big city of Mornington Vale, California, it turns from bad to worse when she’s involved in a chain collision on her way to work.
Her world changes forever that day because she meets Aiden O’Connell, the billionaire son of Alistair O’Connell, who owns Mornington Vale’s largest financial corporation. Aiden is an up-and-coming young businessman who’s ready to take on the vice presidency of his father’s company. He is the good son, and it’s imperative to Alistair that Aiden succeed and follow in his footsteps. Life for Aiden involves working hard and not much else.

After the accident, however, Aiden’s world changes as well. He finds Jeni irresistible and instantly pursues her. With some coaxing, she eventually agrees to a date, and the attraction is mutual.

Jeni finds love quickly with Aiden, but trusting him is another issue. When to trust is tested in many different ways but comes to a head when Aiden is investigated for a serious crime. As her trust issues spark, she is forced to go through a journey of self-discovery.

She must decide once and for all whether she trusts the man she loves when she’s asked the ultimate question: “Do you trust me?”

Love Me? – book two

Synopsis

This book is for mature audiences 18+ It contains explicit language and sexual content.

In the first book of The Trust Me? Trilogy, Jeni Taylor finds the love of her life, but as the second book begins, she finds herself lost without Aiden O’Connell, who’s been wrongly convicted of embezzlement charges and incarcerated. She must find the strength within to help prove he’s innocent while dealing with other issues. Aiden’s father, Alistair, still taunts her, making life between Jeni and Aiden more difficult, and an unexpected visitor enters their lives, creating havoc and turning it upside down. Jeni’s trust issues return in a major way after an incident leaves her fragile and broken. Aiden and Jeni find themselves going through more trials and tribulations than ever before in this second installment of the Trust Me? Trilogy. In the end, Jeni will be asked the ultimate question: Do you still love me?

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Posted in paranormal, Spotlight, Young Adult on January 29, 2014

YA paranormal romance "Thrall" by Jennifer Quintenz, available on Kindle and in print.

The book that started the series…

“Thrall” (Daughters of Lilith: Book 1)

Welcome to Braedyn Murphy’s life. She’s a typical—if shy—sophomore navigating the slings and arrows of high school life with her two best friends, Royal and Cassie. Then a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door, and Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But Braedyn’s normal life comes crashing down when she learns she’s a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons – and that she might play a critical role in an ancient war between the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Lilith. Turns out the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how you choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

Praise for “Thrall” (Daughters of Lilith: Book 1)

“Before you even start this review, put down anything you are doing and go read Thrall. It’s AMAZING! BREATHTAKING! Engaging and smart, Thrall leaves you speechless!”
– Savannah, Books With Bite

“The writing style is so smooth, yet gripping. Add some good characters, well-paced story and you have something that I like. No, not like. Love… No surprise that “Thrall” gets full five stars and the highest recommendations I can give.”
– Linda, The Fantasy Librarian

“How do I even begin to put all the crazy, gushy, ramblings in my brain about this book onto paper?!? Where to even begin?….This book is a MUST read!”
– Hooked In A Book review on Amazon

Praise for “Incubus” (Daughters of Lilith: Book 2)

“If you like gutsy fantasy of the urban variety this should definitely be on your ‘must read’ list. Don’t let the YA label put you off either, like all the best YA fiction, this can be enjoyed by adults as well. I give it an unreserved 5 stars.”
– Tahlia, Awesome Indies

“This is one of those books that I have been looking forward to since June of last year… I loved this book and I’m so happy I finally got to read it. I recommend the entire series for the fully developed characters, the impressive mythology, and the fight scenes. I am dreading waiting for the next book.”
– David, David-Reviews.com

“Great reading. LOVE IT. Jennifer Quintenz is a special writer who can be very riveting… Spent several sleepless nights in a crazy rush to see how it ends. Can’t wait for the next books.”
– Terri, review on Amazon

About the author:

Jennifer Quintenz is an award-winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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Posted in Blog tour, fiction, Spotlight on January 21, 2014

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the gathering

 

Synopsis

Robert Williams didn’t expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision.

Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold gathering begins to take place.

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Posted in fiction, Historical, Spotlight on January 18, 2014

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A Christie-esque thriller set on a battlefield tour bus towards the end of the Spanish Civil War. The facts – Franco began running hugely popular tourist trips to his northern battlefields while the Spanish Civil War still raged. At the same time, foreign correspondent Kim Philby, already a spy for Moscow – and ironically already decorated by Franco for bravery – was selected by Stalin to carry out an audacious assassination attempt on the Generalísimo’s life. What if such an assassin managed to secure a place in one of the tour groups as part of the assassination plan but wanted to escape by shifting the blame to a fellow-passenger?

Synopsis

September 1938. Spain’s Civil War has been raging for two years, the outcome still in the balance. But rebel General Francisco Franco y Bahamonde  is so confident of winning that he has opened up battlefield tourism along the country’s north coast.

Jack Telford, a reporter and self-professed Socialist, finds himself amongst an eccentric group of tourists on one of the War Route’s yellow Chrysler buses. Driven by his passion for peace, Telford attempts to uncover the hidden truths beneath the conflict, despite the best efforts of the Caudillo’s propaganda machine.

But Jack must contend first with his own gullibility, the tragic death of a fellow-passenger, capture by Republican guerrilleros, a final showdown at Spain’s most holy shrine and the possibility that he has been badly betrayed. Betrayed and in serious danger.

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david ebsworthDavid Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain’s Transport & General Workers’ Union. He was born in Liverpool (UK) in 1949, growing up there in the ‘Sixties, but has lived for the past thirty-four years in Wrexham (North Wales) with his wife, Ann.

Since their retirement in 2008, the couple have spent about six months of each year in southern Spain. They have also been keen travellers to other parts of the world, including various other countries of Europe, China, Nicaragua, Colombia, the United States, Canada and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Dave began to write seriously in the following year, 2009, and maintains a strict daily writing and marketing routine – though he still manages to find time for a regular morning swim, as well as for sailing.

Apart from that, he still does some voluntary work for the TUC (Britain’s union confederation), representing them in the organisations… Migrant Workers North West, Justice for Colombia and the Manufacturing Institute.

Dave is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the International Brigades Memorial Trust, the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

Praise for David Ebsworth’s debut novel, The Jacobites’ Apprentice – critically reviewed by the Historical Novel Society who deemed it “worthy of a place on every historical fiction bookshelf.”

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Posted in 4 paws, Review, Spotlight, suspense on January 4, 2014

rented mule

 

Synopsis

Cooper Dixon feels like a hamster on a wheel. He and his wife, Kelly, fight constantly and his cocaine-addicted business partner is scheming to sell their thriving advertising agency out from under him. Frustrated with his home life, Cooper finds himself fantasizing about his gorgeous graphic designer and of buying a pristine hunting property that he can’t afford. Cooper is on the verge of making a move that will change his life irrevocably when a motley criminal crew, composed of a 260-pound former football star, a Larry King impersonator, and others, is hired by a mysterious client to kidnap Kelly and set up Cooper to take the fall. Cooper quickly becomes the prime suspect, and the combination of an attractive mother and a million-dollar insurance policy makes the case primetime TV fodder. With Cooper’s face plastered on the news and Kelly held captive in the cellar of an abandoned antebellum mansion, he races against time to find her before the client can execute his sinister plan.

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I get my books for review from several places and this one came from Thomas & Mercer/Amazon.  I have no clue how I got on the list but something about being a trusted reviewer?  However I got on the list is ok because now and then I find a book that is quite the gem that I may not have ever found had it not been for one of my many sources!

Everything looks good for Cooper and Kelly, at least from the outside in it looks good…but Kelly is dissatisfied with her life (she wants to compete the with the Jones’) and Cooper loves his work but wants a wild life preserve as his escape.  Cooper and his partner, Gates, are approached by a local bank to buy out their advertising agency and Cooper (and Kelly) think this could be the answer to many prayers.  Needless to say, there are other things happening in the background that cause quite the disruption in the potential buyout of the agency.  Like Gate’s gambling and drug problems and an unknown character (referred to as The Client) that wants to take everyone down.

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book but I was sucked in and amazed at the various sub-plots and wondered who was really a “good” guy and who was really evil.  Kelly is kidnapped and I wondered who was behind it all and why.  I have to admit I did figure it out but not because it was easy or the clues were right there for anyone to figure out, it was more just a gut instinct.  There were some major twists that I didn’t expect at the end as the story was climaxing but it tied it all up very nicely.

There is a lot more I could tell you about this story but it would give away some of the plot twists so you will just have to get this book yourself and discover what a rented mule really is (because I know that I had no clue what the title meant!).

We give this book 4 paws and do recommend it next time you are looking for a good suspense novel to read.  But be prepared, it is about 500 pages long!  (and my Kindle Fire does not know how to judge my reading time and how much longer in the book…it keep telling me 15 more minutes and it was more like 45!)

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About the Author

Born William Robert Cole, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1964, writer Bobby Cole now lives in West Point, Mississippi, where he is President of Mossy Oak® BioLogic®. He and his wife Melissa are the parents of a daughter named Jessi. Cole is an avid wildlife manager, hunter, and supporter of the Catch-A-Dream™ Foundation (a program for terminally-ill children). He began writing his first book, The Dummy Line, after a camping experience with his daughter, and he now regularly enjoys writing in his free time.

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Posted in mystery, Spotlight on January 1, 2014

NotTime.FINAL

 

Synopsis

Art historian Genevieve McKenna, who just lost her museum job, lands an exciting assignment: Trace the path of a drawing the Nazis stole in wartime Paris and restore it to the rightful owners.
Plus, there’s Julien Brooks, whose family claims the drawing. She’s eager to get to know him better — a lot better.
But someone — could it be Julien? — is very determined to thwart her investigation.
And why does she keep having bizarre flashbacks to a place she’s certain she’s never been? Are those moments a sign of the same mental illness that plagued her mother’s life?
On a research trip to Paris, Genevieve must confront her growing attraction to Julien and the truth about her destiny. What she learns might crack the case — or cost her and Julien their lives.
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Posted in Fantasy, Spotlight on December 31, 2013

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Synopsis

The Lightbearers is about an ancient Egyptian King and Queen who have been reincarnating for over 3300 years and is based on the lives of Akhenaten and Nefertiti about whom I created a fantasy. As Lightbearers, their mission is to be guardians of the human race and I have ascribed to them the powers of astral projection, telepathy and psycho-kinesis.  In ancient Egypt they were mentored by a being from a more advanced civilization.  They must try and influence anyone whose path they cross to become Lightbearers as well and hopefully raise the collective consciousness of the planet.  The story opens in the 21st century when they discover a terrible secret for which they are assassinated and must return to resolve the conflict. They can determine when they return and the gender in which they return but they cannot predetermine their identities so they have to pick a time, a place and a signal by which they can identify each other and reunite.  They decide to meet 20 years later on the UCLA campus where he will sit under a tree near the computer science building strumming “Imagine” by John Lennon.  The reunion takes place but not without a hitch and their journey continues.

Praise for The Lightbearers

By Weston A. Kincade on January 17, 2013, posted on Amazon

The Lightbearers is a fantastic story where Egyptian royalty, the supernatural, romance, and political corruption all coincide. I enjoyed reading both about the evolution of Akhenaton and Nefertiti’s powers and their struggle to bring peace and power to the world’s inhabitants. The idea that we can be more, do more, with what we have if only we understood how to tap those abilities has always fascinated me, and Nora has certainly written a story that stretches the imagination, but not so far as to be unbelievable. The combination of tragic loss reminds me of Romeo and Juliet with a sci-fi spin, but in Nora’s world each life is yet another chance to find happiness once more. It’s a moral we should all take to heart in the hopes of a brighter future.

I’d recommend that any fans of the supernatural, sci-fi, or romance pick up this book. It will certainly be worth every penny and much more.

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NoraBorn, raised and educated in New York City, Nora now makes her home in Southern California where, recently divorced, she enjoys a successful career in the media business.  When Nora first began researching The Lightbearers, she went to the New York Public Library and immediately headed for the Egyptian section.  While walking down the empty aisles a book suddenly fell off the shelf and landed at her feet.  It turned out to be Akhenaten’s biography; Nora was immediately captivated with his story and hence the creation of a fantasy about Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

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Posted in Cozy, excerpt, Monday, mystery, Spotlight on December 30, 2013

Today I’d like to welcome author Sharon Burch Toner to StoreyBook Reviews.  She writes the Maggie McGill series which is a cozy mystery series.  Sharon has kindly sent me the first book in the series that I will be reading and reviewing in the coming months, but wanted to introduce her to you so you can look for her books now!  And watch for a giveaway tied to that review.

This is the order of the books and I’m highlighting the first book below.  If you click on the links of the books it will take you to Goodreads where you can check out more about the books:

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Synopsis

When Florida psychotherapist, Maggie McGill, plans a vacation visit to her daughter, Allie, in California the mysterious events initially seem only coincidences. But as the visit is plagued by a series of increasingly dangerous events they begin to fear for their safety. The two unsuspecting women are caught up in a mystery that causes them to follow a twisting trail of terror and uncover a diabolical conspiracy that threatens their very lives. Who is the inscrutable Sufi mystic who provides aid through their travails? How did he become part of their adventures? This is suspenseful story telling at it peak of gripping power tempered by a sense of fun and lighthearted mystery

Excerpt (from Sharon’s website)

Maggie and Allie sat side by side on the edge of the bed. “If this were the movies we’d pull out a hairpin, work some mechanical magic and escape,” Allie said dejectedly. “Women don’t use hairpins much these days.”

Maggie mused, “What do we have to work with? A bed with bed linens. Two night stands with lamps. Two really heavy chairs. A room lined with mirrors—even the ceiling! My God, it makes you think!” She broke into a soft chuckle.

“Mom, back to business. We can analyze the owner later.”

“Okay. Okay. I read a novel once where the prisoners wired the doorknob so that when the villains opened the door they were electrocuted. What do you think? We could use the lamp cord.” Maggie whispered hopefully.

“Great. But what if we screw it up and electrocute ourselves?”

“What if we don’t?” Maggie responded.

“You sound just like Pooh!”

“I know.” Maggie grinned in the dark. “But Pooh never let himself feel scared.”

Allie whispered, “Yeah. I guess we can use some of that. Okay. Let’s check out a lamp. This would be easier if we could see.”

“But then they might know we’re up and about.”

“Yeah, I know.” Allie picked up the nearest lamp and followed its cord to the socket. She unplugged it and lifted the lamp. “Ugh. This sucker is heavy. Let’s see if we can find an outlet near the door.” They crawled again examining by touch the walls on either side of the door.

“Psst. Found one. Bring the lamp.” Maggie held the cord near the outlet while Allie carried the lamp toward the door, stretching the cord out.

“Rats.” The cord was at least eighteen inches too short to reach.

“Now what?”

Maggie sighed and took another deep breath. “Well, Sweetie, I have only one other thought right now. I really liked the electrocution idea. It had so much style!”

Allie whispered impatiently, “Who cares about style. What’s the idea? We just need to get out of here.”

“We could push the chairs behind the door and bash them with a lamp when they come through the door. No style at all, but probably effective,” Maggie said glumly.

Allie smiled. “Sounds perfect to me, Mom. Let’s do it!”

With much quiet grunting and panting they pushed the two chairs across the deep carpet to the door and placed one on either side of it. They placed the bed pillows lengthwise on the bed to give what they hoped would give a momentary impression of their two bodies still incapacitated. Finally they each took a heavy lamp and climbed onto a chair to wait.

“If there are two of them, I’ll take the first one. You get the second. Okay?” Allie asked.

“Right. You get the first. I’ll get the second. Boy, I sure wish I knew karate or something,” Maggie whispered.

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