Letting Go by A.L. Awtrey #GuestPost

lettinggobooktourletting_go_2000x3000Despite his wealth, Alex Thompson has been living in fear since his wife died in childbirth. A frivolous wrongful death lawsuit, harassing phone calls, and anonymous threats drive him and his five-year-old twins away from their home in Houston and into the crosshairs of a sniper.

Molly McDill is a struggling single mom who lives next door to Alex and his twins. When she helps them adjust to their new life in the country, she exposes herself and her son to the same threat that followed Alex.

An attempt on his life throws their lives into chaos, inviting more threats, public scrutiny, and Molly’s ex-husband back into her life. The tension tests the attraction they feel toward each other as they struggle to keep life normal for their kids.

Alex still doesn’t know who wants him dead but suspects his former in-laws. As the threats become a visceral danger, Alex and Molly race to uncover the secret that died with his wife before it costs them everything.

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Breaking the rules for the right reasons

My next book is coming out on December 1st, but it isn’t a romance. I’ve told my kids stories for years, and they especially enjoy the ones I make up for them. On career day last year, I went into my kids’ classrooms to read a story I’d written about a family of dragons. This month I went back with Ragel’s Brood printed and ready for release.

I’ve always loved fantasy stories, but one thing that always bothered me about the genre was why an intelligent apex predator like a dragon would be willing to carry its prey around on its back. It never made sense to me, so I wrote my story from the dragon’s point of view. Humans were prey until one young dragon takes one for a pet.

The book is classified as middle-grade, which means the target audience is between eight and thirteen years old. My son is nine and functioned as my editor, circling words he didn’t know and helping me craft the plot of the story. As a result, this is not a typical middle-grade chapter book.

The story alternates the point-of-view between Ragel, the father dragon, and King Thorn, the greedy human king who wants the gold underneath the dragon’s cave. The theme of the story is that both Ragel and King Thorn are presented with evidence that the other species are more than mere animals. King Thorn ignores the evidence and suffers the consequences, while Ragel comes to term with his daughter’s pet two-leg (human) speaking the dragon language.

When I was researching this book, I found many resources on writing middle-grade fiction. Some suggested a focus on action as opposed to introspection, others had a laundry list of common sense things to avoid doing. But all of the advice assumed that the story would focus on the point of view of human children.

So I broke the rules. The human king is the bad guy and the dragons are the good guys. My dragons eat four-legged prey and fight a war with humans. I spend part of the book with the young dragonlings asking endless questions about their world while Ragel patiently explains what he had been taught. And in the end, Ragel comes to term with his dragonlings affection for the odd pet, leaving the door open for more to come.

Right now the book is being analyzed for inclusion in elementary reading curriculum. The kids I gave the book to in my kids’ school have read it and given me rave reviews when I’m there. My son and I have two more stories planned, Naahla’s Pet and Dragon’s Fall, for release early next year.

About A.L. Awtrey

After working more than twenty years as a technologist and scientist, Anthony started writing fiction again for the a_l_awtrey_authorfirst time since college. Developing white paper studies and proposals for years provided a foundation in technical writing, but telling a compelling story was much harder than it appeared.

Four years of practice where he wrote eight novels and dozens of short stories improved his dialog, description, tension, and pacing. With his latest novel, Letting Go, Anthony is ready to release it under his own name. He’s a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and Florida Writers Association.

When he’s not writing, Anthony is the CTO of a technology consultancy and a professional singer.

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The Curly Wolf by Michael Kayser

curlywolfbookblastcoverThe settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable, God-fearing folk who try to follow the golden rule, but they’ve been pushed too far by the mayor of Blue Stone, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. Just as the nesters are banding together to resist the land grab, Blue Stone’s newest deputy rides through their valley. Before they realize the sleepy-eyed youngster called Arizona is a veteran gunfighter hired to bulldoze them off their claims, he has already broken bread with them, danced with their daughters…and stolen the heart of one.

Young Theresa Gutierrez believes Arizona is more than a curly wolf with quick trigger fingers and a stone-cold heart, but her parents and neighbors have good reason to believe otherwise. What everyone agrees upon is that, in the brewing range war, the Arizona Kid is liable to be right smack in the midst of the killing.

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M.R. Kayser grew up in the West–first in the frontier-like wilds of Alaska, then the rugged deserts of New Mexico, where western culture and folklore made an impression which lasts to this day. He’s been a soldier, a film maker, a hot-rodder and an all-around social misfit, but has always had stories to tell–whether of the old West; the present day; or of distant galaxies and alien dimensions.

Forgotten Trails by Bonnie R. Paulson

forgottentrailsforgotten_trails_ebook_jpgWhen a Native American Salish woman seeks out her past, she must challenge her beliefs in herself and her family or lose her chance at love.

Rachiah has always prided herself in her heritage in the Salish community in northwestern Montana. When she finds out her dad isn’t her biological father, Rachiah determines it’s time to find out the truth everyone has kept hidden.

Damon has hurt a girl like Rachiah in the past. His need to make it up to her and assuage his guilt overwhelms him, forcing him to pursue a friendship with Rachiah when her aloofness would normally discourage him from trying further.

Will Damon’s need to fix his guilty past mess with Rachiah’s need to find herself? Or will they both diminish into the forgotten world of what-ifs and ranches?

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Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth.
With 6 children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She’s spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others.
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Sunshine and Rain by M. Mabie is finally here!

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Sunshine and Rain by M. Mabie

Standalone small-town romance, City Limits #2

Release Date: October 28

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Welcome to Wynne, population 3402.

No rockstars. No major politicians. No media moguls.

Things don’t change quickly in a small town, except when they do. It’s been pouring rain all summer long, and the disc jockey and local farmer are all of the sudden attached at the hip. It’s not only the rising river getting deeper and deeper.

This is your basic water tower painting, tractor driving, tailgate cooler packing kind a guy chases the single, blonde, radio vixen with mosquito bite rage from his youth type of romance. Or is it the other way around?

Low on drama. High on Love.

Grab an umbrella because it’s a long wet summer.

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Days of You and Me by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra #NewRelease

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Days of You and Me

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Once upon a time, not that long ago, I had just about everything I ever wanted. I was a star football player at one of the best colleges in the country, and I had the girl I’d always loved by my side. The promise of a future most guys can only dream about was close enough to touch.

13509802_807323562701103_153972270_o (1)But if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that life is unpredictable. One twist can change it all, and suddenly, I’m alone. Even football, the one constant in all the insanity, somehow isn’t enough anymore, because without her, everything else is empty. Meaningless.

I’ve got one shot left. One more chance to win her heart. We’re not kids now, and I know that being good enough for Quinn isn’t some game I can fake my way through. She’s more than the prize; she’s my reason for living. The world only makes sense when we’re together.

And this time, I’m going to do whatever it takes to give us our happy ending.

 

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2015AuthorPhoto (1539x1800)Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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