Dead by Morning (Rituals of the Night Book 1) by Kayla Krantz
A Bleak December
by Hanleigh Bradley
Author: Hanleigh Bradley
Series: The Fate Series
Release Date: 1st May 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Inspirational,
Her Christmas list isn't long. It is the shortest it has ever been. She doesn't want a pretty new pair of shoes or a new dress to wear to her work's New Years Eve bash.
All Ella wants is a Christmas Miracle.
With a sick mum in hospital and a little brother at home, she struggles to maintain order in the chaos that is quickly engulfing her. If she doesn't get her miracle will her entire world fall apart? And if it does, who will help her put it back together again?
He’s my boss. That doesn’t stop me though. It doesn’t stop my mind from picturing him naked standing in my shower, water cascading down over his toned, muscular flesh. No. It doesn’t stop my inappropriate thoughts, and it definitely doesn’t stop me having them at the most inopportune of moments. It’s not like I just think about him when I’m lying in bed late at night. No, I fantasise about him during staff meetings, when he’s being a pain in the arse bossing us all around and when he’s reprimanding me yet again for being late.
Do you want to know the worst bit? It’s not the thoughts. I can deal with my dirty mind; it’s always been that way. Dirty thought after dirty thought, wrapped in a world of dirty thoughts. No. The thoughts are fine; it’s the things that come out of my mouth. The actual words that I apparently have an equal lack of control over. Like right now, the whole room has gone silent in shock because of my stupid, big mouth. As if I just said that. I can feel my cheeks redden with embarrassment and my best work friend is laughing under her breath beside me. The bitch.
Tristen had asked me why I was late. It was a reasonable enough question but why, oh, why couldn’t I give him an equally sensible response??? No. Instead, I only went and gave him the most ridiculous cock and bull story known to man.
“Why are you late?” Tristan Riggens, my boss had asked in that deep, authoritative, yet almost disrespectfully uninterested voice of his. It’s a voice that threatens to destroy you while drawing you in, keeping you walking some imaginary tightrope.
“My dog ate a condom.” Why that sentence made it passed whatever filter I have, I will never know. Sometimes my mouth does unexplainable things, embarrassingly unexplainable. It’s a problem I’ve had since childhood and it shows no sign of improving.
The room goes silent, but he doesn’t react at all. His face remains expressionless except I think I can see humour in his eyes, or at least I hope I do. He’s not exactly easy to read and right now I really have no idea what he thinks. “Well, I hope your dog is okay now.”
“He’s absolutely fine.” I’m probably the colour of the Christmas tree in the corner. I think I might throw up my breakfast from the sheer embarrassment that I now feel.
“Someone should call the RSPCA.” A voice says from somewhere behind me.
“You might want to reconsider where you stash your condoms.” Another of my colleagues laughs.
My best friend, the one who’s supposed to be on my side is in fits of hysteria. In fact, she’s laughing so hard she’s close to choking. I hope she chokes.
“Okay.” Tristen tries to divert their focus from me and my condom eating dog, back to the meeting. “New Year – we’ll be having an office party.”
If he thinks talk of a party might divert their attention from my poor imaginary dog, he is wrong and he clearly doesn’t know his team that well. “How on earth did your dog get a hold of a condom?”
“Did it still have the foil wrapper on?”
“Eww, it wasn’t used, was it?”
I’m shrinking into myself. Massively embarrassed. Eyes on the floor. Cheeks burning hot. Head pounding. Heart palpitating. How the hell will I get out of this one? I have an uncanny knack for getting myself into a bit of a pickle and absolutely no skill at getting myself back out again. “That’s enough – I’ve heard more than enough about condoms and dogs for one day. Back to work.” He’s shaking his head as he dismisses us all before leaving the open offices of our floor of the TRW Advertising building. Walking into his office, he closes the door behind himself. Lucky sod. At least he has a door he can hide behind.
“Fuck.” I say under my breath.
“Only you Ella.” Sadie laughs beside me. “I don’t know how you do it.”
“I just open my mouth…” I sigh.
“You don’t even have a dog!”
“I know.” I’m groaning in mortification. “We should get back to work before Tristen gets all shitty.”
“Or worse,” Sadie whispers, “Delos might come out of her office and have at us.”
“As if – Clara’s too nice for that.”
“To you. She hates me.”
“That’s not true.” I laugh gently. The door to Tristen’s office opens once more, and he pops his head out. “Winthrope. Reed. Do I need to find you something to do?”
“No sir.” Sadie nods her head before turning back towards her cubicle.
I move to follow her, but Tristen is still talking. “Winthrope, in here please.”
“Shit.” I grumble before following him into his office. This is the moment when he finally tells me that enough is enough and I need to start being on time, or worse look for a new job. The new job scenario is probably more likely. My tardiness is my biggest failing. I’m lucky I haven’t already lost this job.
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Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.
Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She's read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.
Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it's exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.
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The Deliverance Series Book One
by Jo-Anne Joseph
Series: The Deliverance Series, Book One
Author: Jo-Anne Joseph
Release Date: 30th April 2018
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Romance
How far would you go to protect your loved ones?
What would be the ultimate sacrifice?
Lie? Fight? Steal?
Would you kill?
For Alyssa Morgan there was no question.
She would do anything.
When her ideologies are threatened she has a choice to make.
But can she destroy the one person she trusted most in the world?
Luke Greene realized from the moment she walked into his office he was in too deep.
He believed in her innocence, even though she refused to admit it.
Was his obsession with Alyssa just a diversion from his own crumbling life?
He has a choice to make - his profession or uncovering the truth.
Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.
Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.
Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband and son.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
One of the best bits about working with AFWB is all the amazing authors I get to meet and work with. One of our awesome authors, David M. Kelly is one of those seriously talented individuals. He joined AFWB towards the end of last year. We wanted you to get to know him a bit better so we've asked him a couple of questions.
What inspired you to write your (most recent) book?
Right now, I’m working on edits for Perimeter, book 2 of the Mathematics Of Eternity series. This one is largely set in space and has more of a darker, mystery feel than book one, but it’s still a fast-paced thriller with great characters and plenty of acerbic humor. The series was inspired by many of the things we see happening in the world today, such as climate change, genetic research, technology developments in materials and space access, then playing “what if?” games inside my head.
Who is your favourite character from your book(s)?
I think my personal favourite would be the lead character in Three Lives Of Mary. Mary is very tough and a survivor who faces up to everything thrown at her and yet still retains her human vulnerability, despite being a cyborg. Her toughness is in her resilience. She doesn’t go around killing people or fighting like many female sci-fi figures we see but has an inner strength and determination that carry her through her ordeals.
Is there an underlying theme?
I think one of the themes that runs through much of my work is that no matter how bleak things are, there’s always hope. Another common element in my writing is an often darkly humorous look at life and the situations my characters find themselves in. I also like stories where people are smart and solve their problems using their minds and not just with violence.
What motivated you to become an author?
I was a very early and prolific reader and the idea of writing has always been inside me. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a very natural “story-teller” (to put it politely!). The push to actually start writing came when I was faced with an extremely long commute by train. I wanted something to fill the time and thought I’d give my long held dream a go. To my surprise I ended up writing a novel. It wasn’t a very good one and it’s never been published, but nevertheless I was hooked and have been writing ever since.
What inspires you to to get out of bed each day?
After surviving a life-threatening illness a few years ago I feel grateful to still be here. That episode was also the push to finally go for my dream in publishing my writing. I love the process of writing and so getting up and “going to work” is usually very easy for me--especially as it means I spend a lot of time daydreaming about space! So there’s that, coffee, and my wife giving me a gentle kick ☺
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmm – editing, designing book covers and trailers, web design... Most of my time, especially in the long Northern Ontario winters, is spent on writing-related activities and I have no complaints about that! In summer, when I’m not writing I like to catch up with science news, hike and swim and drive around in my own personal starship – a vintage Corvette ZR-1.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of what I read now comes from other independent authors that I know online. I also subscribe to several book newsletters that keep me in touch with new releases and what’s popular.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I remember clearly was writing a series of stories about the adventures of a ninja squirrel who was unexpectedly called on a heroic saga to save his nuts. It was very tongue-in-cheek and full of ribald humor.
What is your writing process?
Coffee. Chair. Word processor.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read the usual Janet and John stories when I was very young, but the ones I remember most clearly from my youngest experiences were the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. They made such fun reading and had a crazily rich assortment of characters in them, something I try to bring to my own work.
Describe your desk.
My work area is made up of 2 ex-government desks that I acquired from a liquidation store. They are fantastic quality, but so heavy I’ll never be able to move them again! I have two large monitors—which helps a lot with my graphics and web work—so I need lots of space. As to the state of the surface of the desks, let’s just say it defies description ☺
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a large West Yorkshire town in the UK. The area where I lived wasn’t the best and it didn’t pay to be too smart at school. That and a general lack of encouragement from teachers when it came to any writing that was remotely creative, meant I never pursued the idea when I was young. I did, however, read—lots—and fell in love with science fiction early on.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing “seriously” in 2002. It took a long time before I had any of my work published and even longer before I really felt like I was a “real” author. There’s been a lot of learning through that time as I worked to improve my technique and skills, but it’s all worth it the day you hold your first book in your hands!
What else have you got planned?
See question 22
What’s the story behind your latest book?
My very latest project is a novelette called “A Place In The Sun” and it presents a science fiction twist on a classic tale inspired by my love of old movies.
Do you have any bizarre writing habits?
I’ve been known to dream up entire plots and then frantically write everything down when I wake up to make sure I don’t forget it. I’m curious to know if this happens to other writers. I suspect it might. I also like to have silence when I write, or at least nothing more than ambient noise. If I can make things out such as music or words, I get too drawn out of what I’m working on.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For my novel “Mathematics Of Eternity” the most difficult thing was researching the scientific aspects and this was especially time consuming in the sequel. The vast majority of this research never sees light of day in the books themselves but gives me the framework in which to work in so that when I include a detail (which often is only in passing) I know it’s right.
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre?
A lot of people are completely turned off when they hear the phrase “science fiction.” They associate it with long, boring, highly technical stories with dull characters and no action. My books are definitely not like that! I want them to be accessible to anyone who loves a good story. So I aim for compelling characters, a concise style, action and twists, and often a healthy dose of acerbic humour in there too.
What is your reading format of choice?
I have a huge collection of SF paperbacks, and there’s nothing like the thrill of receiving the print copy of your own novel in the mail and holding it in your hands. All that said, these days I find it most convenient to read ebooks on my tablet. I either download them through Amazon or through my local library.
How do you make time to write?
I’m lucky enough to write full-time—having escaped the IT world a few years back after some serious health issues. But I could still use more time and often wish I didn’t have to sleep! Self-discipline is really important for my productivity—there are all too many distractions online. So I always try and start the day with a writing stint. Then whatever happens, at least I’ve made progress on my word count that day.
What do you like to read?
I started reading very early and very heavily – it was almost an addiction. As a result I’ve read so much that it’s hard to pin down individuals. That said, I loved the works of Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and read as much of theirs as I could get my hands on and although their styles are very different, I still appreciate them to this day. I’ve also read a lot of Rudyard Kipling and was hooked on Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories very early on. For present day authors, I’d recommend Christina McMullen who writes classy SF with a touch of humor, some of it slanted more towards a YA audience. Other new authors that are turning out good stories are Jay Norry, who has written a large collection of zombie books, and also fantasy authors Richard H. Stephens and C.L Schneider. Beyond that I like to read histories, especially about scientific figures and also the work of science popularizers such as Brian Greene.
Any ideas for future projects?
Book 3 of MOE is already under way and I also have another—very different--novel in progress, but still SF. I have a bunch of short stories to edit and publish and many ideas for more. I’m not going to run out of projects any time soon!
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