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Friday, 28 August 2015

Coming Soon!!!

I am so excited to share with you my new 
historical western romance, FERN coming Sept. 19th!


A gardener who uses plants to heal, Fern Montgomery is an outcast who refuses to be pushed out of town. When her friend is murdered and all fingers point to Fern as the only suspect, she must find a way to prove her innocence while fighting off unwanted feelings for the sheriff.


Sheriff Gabe Bennett has his mind set on arresting Sarah Fuller’s killer. But his key suspect isn’t what he expected. He soon realizes there is more to the quiet gardener than he’d first anticipated. As passion blooms, Gabe is forced to face his feelings—and the woman who has stolen his heart.





Available for pre-order at:   Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, GooglePlay



Cheers,
Kat

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Launch for BLADE OF THE DESTROYER

Welcome Andy Peloquin, author of the new book, BLADE OF THE DESTROYER. Like every author, I asked Andy why he writes and I wasn't surprised to see we have similarities when it comes to our passion for the written word. 

Why Do I Write?

I wonder how many authors have had this question posed to them. Probably most, if not all…
What drives us to sit down for hours at a time and put our thoughts down on paper? Why do we agonize over every word to make sure it's just right, and then go back and re-write it because we're not satisfied?

In my case, this is a bit like asking, "Why do you go to the gym?" or "Why do you eat food?" The answer is simple: because I MUST.
I'm a very expressive person, and I know how to use my words to communicate the point I'm trying to get across. But despite that, I have a VERY hard time being comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings. A psychologist would say (and has said) that is stems from rejection issues and a load of other head-shrinking terms. To the layperson, it would be more along the lines of "As a child/teenager/young adult, I learned to keep my feelings bottled up."

It's hard to say what I think and feel, even to the ones closest to me. It's a personality defect or flaw, but it's one I'm dealing with.
Writing gives me the outlet that I can use to say what I think, feel, and believe. I can use the packaging of fiction to mask it, so no one will take it personally or be angered by what I'm trying to say. But without writing, I feel like I would explode from the built-up pressure of all the thoughts and feelings I have hidden away.

Here's an example:

I am the step-father to four (now) teenaged children. I've been at this for six years, but things have gotten progressively more difficult as the children enter their adolescent years. There are times when I want to wring the children's necks--as every parent has no doubt experienced.
But instead of shouting at the children, I sit down and I create a character who shares similar frustrations. 
In a future novel (coming in 2016!), the Hunter--the main character of my The Last Bucelarii series--will find himself frustrated at having to deal with a child. The bad-ass, half-demon assassin may not share the same struggles as I do (taking the kids to school, chasing after them to pick up their rooms, and so on), but that emotion is there. The Hunter is going to feel that same pent-up frustration that I do, and my writing that character gives me an outlet for the way I really feel.

Perhaps that is not everyone's reason for writing, but for me, my works of fiction are a diary or journal of sorts. It gives me a way to say what I'm thinking and feeling, and it functions as a metaphorical "punching bag" to let out the emotions I would otherwise bottle up.


Why do you write? What compels you to put pen to paper? I'd love to know, so drop a comment below or send an email to andy.peloquin@gmail.com to share your story…

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Andy Peloquin--a third culture kid to the core--has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn't looked back since.

Andy's first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings--along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:



Thank you, Andy for being on my blog today! I wish you many sales and lot's of success with your new book!


Cheers, 
Kat

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cover Reveal of LIBERATED: A True Story, by Laura Miller





"This book is a biography of a woman I have loved and admired for the whole of my life.
In December 1944 a German family of seven were captured and convicted of war crimes for harbouring Jews.
I have known this story for most of my life. In the twilight of her years, this lady has decided that it is time for her story to be told, so it will be recorded for future generations.
The woman and her sister were interned in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp until Liberation on 13 April 1945.
This is a true account of her experience." ~ Laura Miller


EXCERPT:
Hanover, Lower Saxony
GERMANY 1939
The house looked the same as every other dwelling in the street. Two story, attached, weathered stone. There were three bedrooms and a bathroom with indoor plumbing upstairs. An attic, where family treasures were hidden, could only be accessed through a removable panel in the ceiling of the main bedroom closet. Downstairs was a small but adequate dine in kitchen, a sitting room and a storeroom. Inside the storeroom was a staircase which led down to a basement.

The house sat opposite the banks of the Leine River. It was home to Inga Albine and her family. She had one older sister, two older brothers and one younger brother. They loved summer when they could swim and play in the water.

Inga’s father, Adaulfo, was a well-known and successful Banker. An unusual occupation for an Aryan as most Bankers were Jewish.

Inga’s mother, Alisz, was a talented seamstress but with her husband being more than capable of providing for the family, sewing was a hobby rather than a chore. Although sewing gave her a great deal of joy, her first love was her family. She adored being with her children.

Being only children, both Alisz and Adaulfo had always dreamed of having a large family. Their dream had come true. They had five healthy children, blonde haired, blue eyed. Perfect Aryans in Adolf Hitler’s eyes. Klaus, 18, Manfred 17, Elke 15, Inga 13 and Oskar 8. The girls and Oskar attended private school while the two older boys studied Engineering. They all played the violin and with the exception of Oskar, they played very well. Neighbours often praised Adaulfo and Alisz on how polite and well-mannered all five children were.

The family were prominent in the local community. They never hesitated to help people who were less fortunate than themselves.


That was to be their downfall…..


BIO:

Laura is a middle aged lady who was born in England.

She has a compassionate nature, a great sense of humor and is a loyal friend. She also has an insatiable love of history.

Growing up, Laura would spend hours with a member of her family who she loved dearly. Over the years she was told the story of how this amazing
lady had suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and German SS.

Laura had always had a strong desire to write. She felt a responsibility to record the story as a part of her family history.

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