The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb!!

We are so excited to announce the release of the time travel historical romance The Guardian by young adult author Elizabetta Holcomb!!

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1312, A knight destined to rule…

Jareth Tremaine, the first Duke of Dover, has seen how he’s remembered in history books—either a saint who rules his lands with justice or a religious extremist whose harsh treatment of the church nearly has him executed. But what history doesn’t disclose is that he’s essential to the world’s survival. After being wounded by ancient Huns using 21st century weapons, a girl is brought to aid his recovery—a girl who would become his duchess and the key to the future of Dover’s Amalgam.

A 21st century girl whose future has not been written…

Elizabet Blackwell isn’t surprised by wormholes. What shocks her is the multi-faceted personality of the titled knight. Sir Jareth is a nobleman, translator, surgeon—and he’s intent on locating and protecting a host. The host, she discovers, is a boy who practically lives in her backyard 700 years into Jareth’s future.

The re-scripting of history for the survival of nature’s attack on mankind…

Together they embark on their life’s journey and discover that they must protect each other even as they prepare the host for his destiny. Their quest must be to ensure the boy is secure and hidden from the evil forces who seek to exploit the power he contains.

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AuthorImageElizabetta Holcomb lives in South Louisiana with her husband and children. She is an English lit major turned nurse who couldn’t dream of a life without writing and returned to her first love. Her favorite things in life are family, her cat, Sir Jareth (named after The Guardian‘s hero), and of course, writing.

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Sacrificial Blood by Lynn Mullican

A Horror Short Story

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Excerpt:

Seemingly more alert, Don looked around. His chest tightened.

“What’s wrong, Don?”

Eyes wide, he asked, “Why are we the only ones in the museum? Have you noticed that? I haven’t seen anybody else.”

Silence.

Goosebumps broke out on Catherine’s skin. “When we started through the museum the cashier disappeared, too,” she said.

He glanced back at the mannequin. Chills ran up his spine. It was time to go. Then, something caught his attention. He froze.

He stared at the mirror next to the mannequin’s face. It had a smoky substance on it. The smoke dissipated. He swallowed hard.

It wasn’t smoke…the mannequin was breathing.

An eerie whisper escaped its lips. “Blood…I need your blood.” its lips, “I’m coming for you mommy… I’m coooommming for you…” its lips, “I’m coming for you mommy… I’m coooommming for you…”

A door slammed shut. He spun around. Their only exit was the basement door. It was closed. He turned to grab his wife. She was nowhere to be seen.

The wooden floor creaked behind him. Something moved.

Where the hell was Catherine? The floor creaked again. It was subtle. He was afraid to turn around.

It was not his wife’s footsteps. It could only be the mannequin. Then, it touched him.

The hand tightened on his shoulder. He cringed. The hand was cold. The mannequin’s fingers should have been rigid, not limber and soft. Was his wife behind him?

Hesitantly, he turned his head. The mannequin stood before him. Half of her face was broken away. The eyeballs stared at him. A bloody mass of muscle and tissue under human skin was openly revealed on the left side of missing plastic. He screamed.

The other hand reached for him. It was plastic, but it moved more human-like, which scared him even more. He recoiled.

In his haste to get away, he slammed into the wooden wall behind him. The wall shifted. Several pieces of décor and artifacts rained down upon them.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Mullican

Lynn Mullican was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. When not spending time with her family and friends, she locked herself in her bedroom and occupied her time writing. She has written short stories, plays, poems and novels. Until the publication of her first novel, Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon, she has published several poems, including Possession-Obsession, Mother!, A Baby Poem, and several more.

Lynn’s writing is dark, edgy and a bit twisted. Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon is a unique tale of one woman’s journey through the vampire and werewolf infested underground fighting circuit.

Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon created many sleepless nights for her and her husband. On several occasions, she awoke her husband in the middle of the night to write down inspirational ideas, characters and sub-plots. Some nights she would stay up late writing, or lie awake for hours, mulling over ideas in her head. And with that said, Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon was born.

Lynn Mullican is the author of horror, paranormal fiction novel, Sacrificial Blood, and horror, thriller, fantasy, action, fiction Bad Elements series, Crystal Dragon and Blood for Blood.

The third installment in the Bad Elements series, The Hybrid is currently underway. Lynn is currently writing a religious horror, thriller fiction novel, The Shadow of Evil.

Lynn’s influences include; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Lynn still lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Patrick. Her three adult children, Cassandra, Bridget and Joeseph, and her three grand-daughters live close to home.

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The Awakening by Lynn Mullican

A Horror Short Story

 

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Since I couldn’t sleep anyway, I sat up. The hallway light shone through the bottom crack of my door. The shadow of Phillip’s feet stood there. My heart skipped a beat. He never came to my door after drinking. Usually, he would sneak into his room. So, something had to be wrong.

As I threw the covers aside, he walked away. Quickly, I dressed and headed for the door. I inched it open. The hallway light went out. The light switch was around the corner, so Phillip had to be standing there.

“Phillip?” I whispered.

No answer.

I proceeded down the hallway. The tile was cold. I stopped and glanced down the curved hallway. The entryway was bare. His room was on the other side of the house, so he couldn’t have disappeared that quickly. He must have walked into the living room.

I walked through the hallway, past the partition wall, and into the living room. The carpet was warm and plush. Again, my husband left the blinds open. Damn him. The moonlight lit up the room.

As I walked over to the front window, I shook my head. I reached behind the couch and grabbed the rod. Something shifted behind me.

“Phillip?”

He didn’t answer. Something moved.

I froze. My eyes drifted to his bedroom door. It was closed. Darkness enveloped the room. Phillip was not home.

My heart raced. Slowly, I turned around. Somebody hunkered down by the partition wall. Phillip? Something about the figure was not right. It was much smaller than my son. And, the eyes appeared much larger. It was not Phillip. My hair stood on end.

The head moved. The reflection of the moonlight shimmered in its dark oval eyes. I couldn’t move. It took a step toward me, emerging into the moonlight. It wasn’t human. Instead, it was an alien.

I gasped. My jaw dropped.

It stood about four feet, its skin leathery looking. Its lips peeled back, revealing rows of sharp tiny teeth. A long slender tongue snaked out of its mouth.

I bolted. The moment my feet hit the tile, it slammed me into the wall, pinning me against it. Its jaws snapped at me.

I struggled to push it away, but my hands slid off of its oily skin. Its clawed human-like fingers raked across my stomach. I screamed. Blood oozed from the open wound. Razor sharp teeth scraped against my forearm.

“No! Help!” I struggled to push it away.

It snapped at me again. I turned my head, barely avoiding its mouth. It lashed out again, its claws cutting deeper into my arms. Its teeth gnashed together. Then, my gaze fell on my son’s karate spear that stood in the corner by the front door. He kept it there as a reminder to not forget it.

I wedged my knee up in between us and kicked out. The alien fell back. I lunged for the spear. Grabbing it, I spun around. The alien attacked again. I jabbed the spear at it once, twice—then as it neared me, I thrust it. The spear slid down its body, catching the side of it. It shrieked.

Then, its dark eyes met mine. It hissed. Then, it rushed me.

I turned with my back toward the bedroom, keeping the spear tight against my hip. The second it followed me around the corner, I thrust the spear, impaling it.

It flailed about on the tip of the spear. Blood spewed from the gaping wound. Its childlike cries filled the house.

“Oh God…,” I cried.

Its clawed hands gripped the spear. Twisting it, the alien pulled on it, working it out of its stomach.

   What the hell? Although its small frame appeared limp and frail, it was much stronger than an adult human male. A low and menacing growl escaped its lips.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Mullican

Lynn Mullican was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. When not spending time with her family and friends, she locked herself in her bedroom and occupied her time writing. She has written short stories, plays, poems and novels. Until the publication of her first novel, Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon, she has published several poems, including Possession-Obsession, Mother!, A Baby Poem, and several more.

Lynn’s writing is dark, edgy and a bit twisted. Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon is a unique tale of one woman’s journey through the vampire and werewolf infested underground fighting circuit.

Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon created many sleepless nights for her and her husband. On several occasions, she awoke her husband in the middle of the night to write down inspirational ideas, characters and sub-plots. Some nights she would stay up late writing, or lie awake for hours, mulling over ideas in her head. And with that said, Bad Elements: Crystal Dragon was born.

Lynn Mullican is the author of horror, paranormal fiction novel, Sacrificial Blood, and horror, thriller, fantasy, action, fiction Bad Elements series, Crystal Dragon and Blood for Blood.

The third installment in the Bad Elements series, The Hybrid is currently underway. Lynn is currently writing a religious horror, thriller fiction novel, The Shadow of Evil.

Lynn’s influences include; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Lynn still lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Patrick. Her three adult children, Cassandra, Bridget and Joeseph, and her three grand-daughters live close to home.

 

 

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Reid’s Deliverance by Nina Crespo- Blog Tour and Review

It’s a night Lauren won’t forget…until Reid leaves to save the world…

A one night stand, a mission in the future and a lost memory. Can this Army Ranger sacrifice everything to finish his mission—including the woman he loves? Find out in Reid’s Deliverance by Nina Crespo…

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Can their bond withstand the test of time?

Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible. 
When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?
On Sale in Digital: March 15, 2016

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Laughter came from the stage.

 The members of the band were breaking down their equipment and talking with fans. A group of women surrounded the keyboardist. One of them wore a tiara and a “Finally 21!” sash over a form-fitting, pink minidress. He draped an arm around her and posed for pictures. The redhead practically swooned. Who could blame her? Six years ago, at that age, she would have done the same. His wide shoulders were made for holding onto, and the way he filled out those jeans screamed hot body. Not to mention that orgasm-inducing grin. He turned up the wattage on said grin and chatted with his admirers. At least a ten-year age difference existed between him and the birthday girl. The way he flirted with her and her friends, maybe he preferred to date younger.

 His eyes locked on Lauren. Even from a distance, she could see his gaze roaming over her from head to toe and back up again. He smiled and her short, white dress grew as warm as a parka. Caught staring, could she look more pathetic?

 Steps from the exit, a drunken guy staggered into her path. An abrupt halt left her teetering in her stilettos. A strong, masculine arm wrapped around her waist. Lauren’s heart jumped.

 “Careful.” His breath ruffled the hair near her cheek. “I’ve got you.”

 People squeezed by to get to the door. She didn’t budge. The keyboardist’s clean, woodsy scent surrounded her as she leaned against hard chest muscle.

 “Time to move. We’re about to get trampled.” He rested his hand on her back. Confidence and his long stride sliced through the crowd. They walked out and moved to the side of the door.

 Too much space allowed cool night air to steal his warmth. Exhaust fumes from departing cars snatched away his appealing scent.

 More people piled out of the club.

 He turned his back to the door. Lights near the awning illuminated the clean-shaven lines of his face. “I’m Reid, by the way.”

 Intense hazel eyes robbed her of speech. Her, lost for words? That never happened. “I’m Lauren.”

 “Nice to meet you, Lauren. So, are you coming to the after-party?”

 Across the parking lot, Ari begged and stamped her feet. Inches shorter than Celine, she resembled a child throwing a tantrum.

 “My friend Celine is tired. She wants to go home.”

 Reid stepped into her space. Close enough for warmth and deliciousness to return and kick up her heart rate. “What do you want?”

 To stay out of trouble.

 After three failed relationships in five months, she was taking a break from men, dating, the whole shebang. “It isn’t about what I want.”

“It should be.”

 “When we’re out together, if one of us doesn’t want to do something, we all take a pass.”

 He flattened her hand to his chest. “You’re breaking my heart. I can’t believe fate brought you to me tonight just to take you away.”

REVIEW: Though I’m sure Reid’s Deliverance can be read as a stand-alone for many, it was not a good idea for me. I was confused after Reid phased and when he was talking about Dalir as the “ancient one” that could see the future. There were also allusions to past events that I couldn’t quite get a handle on. That was until I looked on Goodreads and found a very comprehensive review of Thanes Redemption. Then everything came together and made sense. This made the read much more enjoyable. I liked how the characters were well developed and how Lauren’s daddy issues caused real issues concerning how she felt about men in general. I liked how Reid never gives up, even when he initially lets his feelings of insecurity get the best of him. 

I liked how the characters were well developed and how Laurens Daddy issues caused real issues concerning how she felt about men in general. I liked how Reid never gives up, even when he initially lets his feelings of insecurity get the best of him. 

I wasn’t a fan of Lauren’s wishy-washiness. I felt her ideas of what to look for in a man were unattainable and that she was prejudiced against someone that defends our country, even though I understood her reasons behind her actions. I thought she would have been more believable if she had a little more conflict about Reid instead of just going with her lustful feelings. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed. 

This book was a quick read and had a few steamy episodes and would be a good read for those that enjoy Paranormal/Contemporary Romance with a little Sci-Fi thrown in. 

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**I received a copy of the book from Barclay Publishing and Nina Crespo in exchange for an honest review**

 Check out the first book in The Song series, THANE’S REDEMPTION!

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The one night she’ll want to remember, she’ll be forced to forget.

It’s been almost a year since Celine’s fiancé’s death and she’s still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…
 
Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane’s Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?…

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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