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Final Accounting by Linda Lovely

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Nexi Ketts has reinvented herself—new name, new look, new life. She makes her living catching corporate cheats, partial atonement for dear old dad’s embezzling ways.

A fling with a handsome cop ends badly when he tries to kill her. She flees, naked, causing a fender bender, and making it damn hard for Detective Barry Gerton to think clearly. A second vicious attack convinces Barry the secretive Nexi, who has her very own FBI dossier, is the target of a professional assassin.

Determined to protect her, Barry unexpectedly falls in love. Nexi yields to the same sizzling attraction. Trust is another matter… Nexi has secrets to guard. And Barry’s been burned before.

Yet once the couple lands in Jamaica, trust is no longer a luxury. Amid the trappings of paradise, they need each other to survive a heart-stopping, cross-island game of hide-and-seek and a harrowing descent into the depths of Dragon’s Throat cave.

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Guest Interview with SB Knight

Please give a warm welcome to SB Knight, author of Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge –Book Two in The Blood Chronicles.

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What is your book about?

The Blood Chronicles is about, Jesse Banks, her family, and their endless battle to survey while being hunted by the apex evil…the vampire. We soon discover the importance of Jesse’s family and why they are pursued. As the family grows the danger escalates and soon the characters are walking a tightrope between life and death, right and wrong but they must if they are to have any chance of destroying this creature of the night.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I am a fan of vampires, first and foremost, and I liked the idea of taking on the challenges presented by writing a vampire novel. Let’s be honest, just about every stone has been turned over when it comes to writing stories about vampires. I wanted to write a vampire story that was original yet held true to some of the things we have come to know and love about this creature of the night. I also wanted the story to entertain and engage the reader. I believe I was successful but, ultimately, that will be decided by the reader. I found it surprising that the story grew to a trilogy…it was meant to be a single story.

Describe your writing in three words.

Engaging, Driven, Intense

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

I brainstorm a great deal before I write. I mean, I brainstorm in detail about the story idea and make notes about everything. I don’t use all of my notes but they help to inspire me to look at it from different angles. When I’m deep into my writing I will make notes at the point where I am stopping. These notes include key points that happened, how they impact what will happen, what plot points I need to tie up and any details I need to continue to build on regarding the characters. This really helps me to stay on track.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

I’ve always liked this question. Each character, both good and bad, has a piece of my personality added to them. Some of the characters display characteristics of people I have known but none are based on one singular person.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

No, I’ve had trouble making the killing scene stand out. I mean, there are some characters that propel the story with their killing off. In those situations I want them to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. In the end, it’s all about the story. If a character’s death gives the story that punch or that jolt I’m looking for then it’s going to happen. I feel like I owe it to that character to make it a scene that is remembered though.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?


Oh I have spent time thinking about this one. Drago – Christian Bale, Sam – Ryan Kwanten, and Reba – Emma Stone

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My wife reads all of my works before they are sent to beta readers or the publisher. She happens to be my harshest critic too.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

Do you really want to know? Okay, just remember…you asked for it. The weirdest thing would be different torture techniques from other countries. That generated an interesting list of search results. Of course, this was done for book research….just thought I would clarify things a little.

What projects are you working on now?

At the moment I am editing my third novel, Demathia Rising, which releases in March 2013 and I am writing the third novel in The Blood Chronicles.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

You will never truly know how honored I am that you decided to read my novels. I greatly appreciate that and I hope you will also read my future stories. I have so much to share with you. It is going to be a fantastic rise. Thank you.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Both Drago’s Revenge and Born of Blood can be purchased at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and at MuseItUp Publishing (www.museituppublishing.com.)

You can also visit my website – www.sb-knight.com – where I list all the purchase links for my books plus give updates for future releases and events.

I also have a blog that I update on a normal basis. Get all kinds of information and find posts at http://www.sbkdarkfantasy.blogspot.com/

I’m on the social scene too – Twitter: @authorSBKnight and Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/FansofSBK

You can also find me on Goodreads and Google Plus.

The birth of a child is a time for joy and celebration. For Sam and Reba, it is a time for concern and worry. Concern for what could be and worry for what lurks in the shadows. They both know Reba’s baby, Christian, is special. But Drago waits in the darkness, and he, also, knows how special the child is. He knows what the child’s birth means. Now Drago stalks them, waiting for his moment to strike and claim Christian for his own evil purposes. As he unleashes his sinister plan, Sam and Reba fight to survive and keep their newborn out of his clutches.

Chased by a group of would-be vampires manipulated by Drago, Sam and Reba are forced to abandon their home and find sanctuary in once forgotten locations. But they are not alone in this fight as family and friends arrive. Will it be enough?

Life will be lost, blood will be spilled, painful memories, and emotions will torment minds…all part of Drago’s revenge.

 


Sam rushed out the door and followed the baby. He stood at the window to the nursery and stared at the babe. Christian’s little body was wrapped in a warm blanket. His little lips pursed as he slept. Sam’s eyes refused to blink while he followed each of his boy’s slightest movements. A body brushed against his shoulder.

“That’s a good looking kid you got there, friend.”

Sam jerked back and turned. A hospital janitor leaned against his broom handle next to him. Sam smiled. “Thanks, he’s really something special.”

The janitor nodded his head and chuckled.

“I know full well how special that one is. Yep, he’s special, all right.”

Sam squared his shoulders in front of the janitor; his eyes narrowed. “What do you mean by that?”

“Come on, Sam, did you honestly think certain people wouldn’t know about this day? You know that kid belongs to us—to him, that is.”

The janitor grinned. Sam stumbled backward at the sight of the elongated canines protruding from his top lip. Oh shit, not here, not now. A chill ran up his spine. Panic wrapped around his body in a paralyzing grip. “This can’t be. Not again. All of that is over now.”

The janitor shook his head.

“No, Sammy boy. It’s just beginning. There are more of us than you know, and that child is going back where he belongs.

Now, be a good boy and stay out of the way. You can’t stop this.”

Sam looked over his shoulder at the sleeping baby and then at the janitor and his sinister sneer.

“Over my dead body.”

The janitor shrugged his shoulders.

“If that’s what it takes.”

The janitor swung his fist at Sam’s head. Sam dodged the punch; his foot flew out and connected with the side of the janitor’s knee. The janitor lost his balance. Sam snatched the broom out of his hands as he fell to the floor. He twirled the broom stick in his hands and crashed the end of it against the janitor’s face. Sam knelt down beside the janitor and grabbed him by the shirt.

“I don’t care who you are, or who you think you are, or even who you work for. No one is going to touch my child as long as I’m breathing. Now, you run off and tell your friends to forget about my family. If you don’t, I’ll kill each and every one of you.”

The janitor laughed.

“Your son is not yours, and you have no idea what I am. We will get him. You can count on that.”

Sam stood.

“I’ve got a pretty good idea… But have it your way.”

He drove the blunt end of the broomstick against the janitor’s mouth. The janitor coughed and gagged as he spit blood and teeth on the floor.

“You prick, you broke my teeth.”

A door slammed; Sam turned.

The janitor pushed off the floor and stumbled down the hall. Sam started after him, but looked at a small white object in the pool of blood at his feet. He bent down and picked up an elongated canine. This is a fake tooth. He looked up in time to see the janitor duck into the stairwell. Who gets vampire teeth implants? What a freak. A tiny cry tugged at his ears, he turned, and his eyes drifted back to Christian. This could all end with you. 

Tears stung his eyes, and he banged his head against the Plexiglas. That was so wrong of me. No, he is my son, and I will find a way. He pushed off the window and sprinted back toward Reba’s room.

SB Knight

Writing novels that inject new blood into the world of Dark Fantasy is my true passion. Vampires, werewolves, and zombies…you only know what you’ve read.

Born of Blood, released in March of 2012
Drago’s Revenge, released in October 2012
Demathia Rising, releases in March 2013
You can learn more about my novels on my website.

Who am I? I am author SB Knight. My publisher is MuseItUp Publishing. Many may have met me on Twitter and G+ and, to a lesser degree, on Facebook.

Book Talk Tuesday Returns December 4th

Book Talk Tuesday will return next week with my interview with SB Knight, author of Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge (Book Two in The Blood Chronicles). Don’t miss it!

What I’m Reading: If I Fail (A Jake Carrington Mystery Series Novel) by Marian Lanouette

Looking for some great books for the holidays? Check these out!  A little something for everyone from MuseItUp Publishing.

Daughter of Subspecies by Mike Arsuaga (Book Six in the Subspecies Series-Dec. 21st release) Pre-Order Here

Into the Dark by Stacy Green (Romantic Suspense)

Into the Red by Kelly Whitley

LaGrange Point by Mike Arsuaga (Paranormal Erotic Romance***ADULT CONTENT***)

Slick Fork by Rowan Elizabeth (Erotic Lesbian Menage ***ADULT CONTENT***)

TOCCATA  by  Pat Dale (Mystery***ADULT CONTENT***)

The Realm of the Lost  by Emma Eden Ramos (Middle Grade Action Adventure Fantasy)

Vallecito Knight by Angela Jangula (Paranormal Romance-December 7th release!) Pre-Order Here

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget REFLECTION will be available for purchase January 25, 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!

Guest Interview with Jerri Drennen

Please give a warm welcome to Jerri Drennen, dear friend, and talented author of twelve romantic suspense novels.Today she’s talking about Watching Whitney, her latest release with Crimson Romance.

What is Watching Whitney about?

It’s about a Denver homicide cop who is on sabbatical at a resort known for its fishing and is reeled straight into a murder and to protecting a single mother who fits the description of the victim found on the murky bottom of the lake.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Weird but it started out as a peaceful image of a man fishing at a lake, all tranquil and picturesque, then he snags his line and the serenity vanishes.

Describe your writing in three words.

Fast-paced suspense.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Nope. I’m a panster. I allow the characters to take me where they want to go.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

I have images of what they look like but they aren’t people I know.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. Keith in Dark Moon Magic. I felt so bad but it had to be done.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Simon Baker from The Mentalist since he was who I pictured as Steve in Watching Whitney. I’m not sure about Whitney.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My sister, Cindy and my critique group.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

Satanic rituals while I was working on Dark Moon Magic.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in my Z-series, Heart’s United.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Just this: If you read an authors book, and you really like it, let them know, because it means so much to them.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Amazon

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Homicide detective Steve Morgan is at Crane Lodge on forced sabbatical. Day one of fishing at the resort’s lake has him casting his line straight into a crime scene, reeling in a dead woman from the murky bottom. Thinking the murderer must be a local, Steve offers the small town police help in the investigation. What he doesn’t count on is the gorgeous housekeeper at the lodge resembling the victim in the lake and her survival becoming more important than finding the killer.

Whitney McAllister is raising her daughter on her own, working long, grueling hours at the local resort cleaning guest cabins. The detective investigating a local murder may be just doing his job, but after their run-in, she intends to steer clear of him. Until someone breaks into her house and she’s forced, for her daughter’s sake, to seek Steve’s protection. Her attraction is overpowering, yet she knows once the murder is solved, he’ll be gone.

When a string of similar unsolved murders is unearthed, tension mounts. Steve knows he has to find this serial killer fast, before he loses the only woman he’s ever loved.

 


Whitney dropped the phone and ran down the hall to Kylie’s room. Taking care not to wake her, she scooped her into her arms and left the small bedroom. In the utility closet there was a secret room that she’d happened across four months into moving into the home. It’d be the best place for her to hide until Harold came.

Whitney opened the closet and ducked inside, releasing a hook from above to get into the room. The crawlspace was where she planned to hide Kylie’s Christmas and birthday presents to prevent her daughter from finding them.

Inside the small room, she closed the door and slid down, her back propped against a beam just in case the intruder found them. It would help keep him from getting in if she stretched her legs to the wall on the other side.

Whitney’s skin crawled when she remembered the last time she was in the room. Cobwebs filled the walls and floor and where there were webs, there were spiders. She hated them—always had. Thank God Kylie was sleeping. She’d be screaming bloody murder.

Breaking glass sent her heart into arrest. The intruder was going to get into the house.
What was he after? She didn’t have anything a robber would want—nothing worth risking prison time for. So why break into her house?

Shuffling near the utility door had her blood running cold and pumping hard throughout her body. He was going to find them if Harold didn’t get here soon.

The creaking of the door brought a scream to her throat, but she held it in. On the other side of the secret room she heard deep, shallow breathing.

She and Kylie were going to die if she didn’t do something. A thump against her back stopped her heart.

 

Jerri Drennen was raised on a farm in a small town in Minnesota. She met her husband and moved to Southeast Missouri where they live today with 3 of their 4 children, her granddaughter, and an array of furbabies.

Don’t forget to check out Jerri’s other suspense novels available at Amazon!

Guest Interview with Author Kelly Whitley

Please give a warm welcome to Kelly Whitley, author of  Into the Red! Thanks so much for stopping by.

What is your book about?

Into the Red is the story of Evan, physician and vampire, who falls for human Tara; when she is attacked by venomous vampires, he must race against time to save her.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up late on Saturday night watching old black and white horror movies on Nightmare Theater, especially the vampire movies. This, combined with my medical background, led to the idea that vampires could logically be an offshoot of the human race. Vampirism might be an uncommon genetic trait that could be activated under the right conditions. I couldn’t resist inventing a world where it could be true, and Into the Red was born.

Describe your writing in three words.

Evocative; dramatic; colorful. I hope all of these are true!

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Once I have the idea, I build the plot as a skeletal outline, then flesh it out into a long synopsis type of outline. Since I don’t always write in a linear fashion (I skip around on which chapter I work on) the outline keeps me on task. The outline isn’t rigid.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Not any one person—more like amalgams of real people mixed with imagination.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. 🙂The decision whether to kill the character or spin them off is hard. I tell myself the character can be “recycled” as a different character in a different book.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Geez. I’d have Eduardo Verastigui as Evan; Tara is harder—maybe Rachel McAdams?

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

A crit partner and one or two beta readers. If I’m taking a workshop where posting scenes fits in, I might ask for feedback.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

How to fold a napkin into an Origami swan. Dinner party—wanted it to be fancy!

What projects are you working on now?

A Valentine short story and a contemporary suspense novel.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I’d love to hear about favorite vintage vampire movies.

Where can readers find you and your books online?


www.kellywhitley.com

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Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug–if you’re a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…

Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.

Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.

When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.

In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.

Thus the journey begins—into the Red!


Her eyes closed half way, the dilated pupils darkening the hazel. The bedroom expression from his drawing. She shifted toward him. “Win?”

He moved close enough to whisper in her ear. “Win.”

He bent his head to the hollow of her neck and inhaled, pulling her scent inside him. God, she smelled good. Clean, floral, and female. He had to know what her lips felt like. One kiss. Just one, and he’d go.

The atmosphere charged—equal parts anticipation and need.

Not a good idea, no matter how much he wanted it.

He should leave now.

Evan drew back and caught a glimpse of her tongue moistening her lips. Control slipped away, and he buried his hand in her hair and pulled her in for a kiss.

The first brush of his lips on hers, an electrifying sweep, shrank his world down to the two of them.

Her mouth had the perfect balance of heat and tenderness, fitting perfectly with his. Jesus, he hadn’t experienced this for so long, and it felt so good. He pressed his lips more firmly against hers. Slender fingers wove into his hair, and pleasure cascaded down his back and set off pressure in his groin. God, he should stop.

He pulled her into his embrace.

Damn good to hold a woman, warm and vital, after all these years of a cold and solitary existence. Tara had awakened a hunger, and he hadn’t realized the degree of his starvation until now. He had to get a taste of her.

He teased her lips with his tongue, and groaned in delight when she sighed and allowed him access. A flavor explosion—orange juice and chocolate chip cookies and steamy human woman, hot and vital. He stroked her tongue, penetrating, probing, shifting his mouth over hers to deepen the dance.

Tara gripped his shoulders, each one of her fingernails triggering tiny sparks of pleasure that flashed down to the small of his back.

Her enthusiasm was unmistakable. She wanted him too.

What would she feel like under him, his body buried in hers? Blood pulsed through him headed for destinations south, and his erection throbbed in readiness, shoving against his zipper.

Too fast, needed to slow down before his libido went off the rails.

As if sensing his thoughts, Tara broke the kiss but didn’t pull back. The heat of her breath warmed his jaw. At least one of them had sense.

Nope. He hadn’t gotten enough.

He captured her lips and mated his tongue with hers, and electric anticipation spread out across his skin. The fragrance of arousal poured off him, smelling of smoky bergamot, the unique signature of claiming and possession.

A mating scent. A whiff of answering desire hit his nostrils.

Had to get her closer, get his essence on her skin. He wrapped an arm around her waist. Soft breasts pressed against his chest, moving in concert with his breathing, and pushed desire to need.

So. Damn. Good.

Once upon a time, Kelly dreamed of becoming an entomologist, then a gymnast, and then an architect. Instead, a career in healthcare became the chosen path. After years of devouring other people’s books, she decided to give writing a try. An arduous journey and many hot fudge sundaes later, her first paranormal romantic suspense debuted in July 2012.

Now she writes a variety of fiction, spanning the genres from humor to paranormal, and flash fiction to full-fledged novels. A career in the medical field and interests like painting and home restoration provide plenty of inspiration for the characters who find themselves populating her stories.

An ideal day consists of coffee, no phone, and writing quirky characters for her fans to fall in love with. Stop by http://www.kellywhitley.com, where the paranormal is an everyday occurrence and get your fix for vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. Kelly loves visitors, human and otherwise.

Kelly lives in the Rocky Mountain Midwest. Contact her at kelly_book_maven@yahoo.com.

Thanks again for joining me today.