Biblical Proportions by Natashia Brewer

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A little About Me – Natashia Brewer

I would like to take this time to introduce myself.  My name is Natashia Brewer and I am a wife, mother, business owner, songwriter, music producer, author, speaker, etc.  Wow, that is a lot.  I know, I know.  Being all these things takes a ton of prayer, patience, and strategy.  I am not going to bore you today with all the things I do to get done what I get done.  I want to take this moment in time to introduce you to my latest project, my second published book, Biblical Proportions and how it relates to my life.

Biblical Proportions is a story about two twin brothers who are in the fight of their lives.  They have found themselves in situations that they have no clue on how to get out of it.  It wasn’t until they really turned their lives over to God that they saw a shift in things.  How many of you have been in this type of situation where you don’t know what to do or where to turn?  I know firsthand because I have been through various situations that have made me question my very existence.  I lost my mom while I was pregnant with my first child.  I was shot as a teen.  I have been in so many trying situations in my life.  Throughout my life I have always believed in God, but I didn’t have a relationship with him.

In January 2017, I found myself separated from my husband (whom I’ve been with for over 23 years) and jobless for the first time in my adult life (been working for that company for 20 years).  I didn’t know what I was going to do; however, I knew that failure was not an option.  I began to listen to various inspirational videos, then added listening to various church sermons.  I recognized that something was happening within me as time went on. I knew that there were things from my past that I needed to deal with and I couldn’t get through it without the Lord.  I also began to recognize the more that I changed my mind, the more my life began to change and began to see there was light on the other side of the storm.  I prayed and surrender to the process and the will of the Lord for my life.  I recognize now that if I had not gone through the storm and found God, found who I was as a woman, found what I was called to do, I would not be who I am today.  I would not have written two books.  I wouldn’t have spoken on various platforms.  I wouldn’t have written the songs I have written.  I wouldn’t have grown.  I wouldn’t have had the confidence to submit my work to a charity and become a contributing songwriter.  If I wouldn’t have walked through the storms, crawled on some days with tears streaming down my face, I would still be stuck.

This is exactly what happens with the twins Edward and James in Biblical Proportions.  They where in the worst place of their lives and they did what was necessary to get through the storm and find their purpose on earth.  The message of the book Biblical Proportions is to inspire people through their own personal storms.  Prayerfully, the readers are open to receive the message which is storms in our lives are not meant to harm us.  The storms of life are meant to birth something out of us and push us into purpose.  Yes, it is painful.  Yes, you may lose people who were close to you.  Yes, you may be uncomfortable and feel out of sorts.  Yes, you may feel lonely.  I am a living witness that in the end it was all worth it.

Biblical Proportions is now available for purchase, visit – bit.ly/purchasebp today.  If you want to learn more about me, here are all the ways that you can stay connected:  social media, @itstashiab (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube); websites, www.itstashiab.com or www.resonationentertainment.com.

On final thought/statement, I believe that if you change your mind, you can change your life. If you are ready to do something different and change your life, join the Renew Your Mind Challenge Facebook group.  Thank you.  Peace and blessings.

GENRE:   Fiction

BLURB:

 Edward and James Shaw are twins who are successful executives at Rock Star Records.  The company that was started and operated by their father, Irvin, who is a well-known hip hop artist.  Edward has a great love for music and is focused on ensuring the success of the business, just like his dad.  James on the other hand has a great love for women and power.
Unfortunately, they were blindsided by the challenges of life which were of biblical proportions.  Edward found himself in the struggle of his life to save his marriage and his career after there had been some horrible choices made, while James found himself fighting for his freedom.

The only way for them to find their way through the drama, infidelity, damaged trust, addiction, meaningless sex, and betrayal was to build a solid relationship with God.  When Edward and James hit rock bottom mentally and emotionally, they found out who they were and what the Lord called them to do.  They both began to walk into their purpose realizing that although the storms came one after another, after another and almost took them out; they survived through the grace of God…

Take this journey with Edward and James and the rest of the Shaw family as they endure the many trials and tribulations of this life.

Excerpt:

Cynthia could not resist that man of hers.  So, she grabbed his hands and stood in front of him.  He pulled her close, embraced her, and placed his forehead upon hers.  He began to pray over him and his wife.

“Dear Lord, hear my pleas.  I lift my heart to you today.  I ask that you give Cynthia and me strength to make the right decisions.  I ask that you show me how to love her through the pain that I have inflicted upon her.  I ask that you open her heart to receive and forgive.  I ask that you heal the deep wounds that have been created because of poor choices.  I decree and declare that our marriage will be made whole again.  I ask these things in Jesus name.  Amen!”  Edward prayed.

Cynthia was full of emotions as Edward gently lifted her face and kissed her quivering lips.  The peck quickly turned into something that neither of them thought it would be.

Life Lesson Two:  Ignoring an issue will not make it disappear.  You must become grounded in the word so that you will have the strength to endure the storm.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Natashia Brewer is the established Resonation Entertainment Group in 2014.  Since the launch of her company, she has released many motivating and inspiring musical and literary projects, like:  The Infinite Love EP; Love Song the book; and Biblical Proportions.  When she isn’t creating music for upcoming projects, writing books, conducting interviews, or writing blog post, Natashia is a contributing songwriter for the charity Songs of Love, creating personalized songs for sick children.

In addition to being a published author, songwriter, and music producer, Natashia is a speaker who’s objective is to use her life’s testimony to uplift and inspire others.  Letting people know that they can change their lives if they change their minds.

Natashia is currently married with two children, she resides in Maryland.

Website:  www.itstashiab.com

Twitter:  @itstashiab

Instagram:  @itstashiab

Facebook:  @itstashiab

Blog:  www.thatthingcalledlife.com

Company Website:  www.resonationentertainment.com

Buy Links:

Love Song – http://www.lulu.com/shop/natashia-brewer/love-song/paperback/product-23184363.html

Biblical Proportions – http://www.lulu.com/shop/natashia-brewer/biblical-proportions/paperback/product-23552977.html

Pink Monsters – http://www.lulu.com/shop/natashia-brewer-and-nakaiya-rogers/pink-monsters/paperback/product-23166723.html

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

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May 15th is the Day – Sinners’ Opera comes home!

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On May 15, my rights to Sinners’ Opera, the book of my heart, revert to me.  I intend to send the manuscript to my current publisher, The Wild Rose Press, with the hope that my editor for the Black Rose line will take a look and be as anxious to see it in print and especially audio as I am.  Fingers crossed!

In the interim, I’m reading through to  try to shorten.  It’s difficult doing so. Here’s hoping!

Have a wonderful week!

RESEARCHING THE MIDDLE AGES TO BUILD MY OWN MEDIEVAL WORLD

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The Narrative of Riven the Heretic, Part 1 of the Arcanian Chronicles, is termed a medieval romance (the new nomenclature for that once called Sword and Sorcery).  It consists of seven novels (The Man from Cymene, Bloodseek, Bloodcurse, A Singing in the Blood, Young Hawks Flying, Barbarian Blood Royal, and The Forest Witch.)

The idea for the original story beginning Riven’s life came from a movie,  Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, not the X-rated movie starring Herve Villachaize, but the 3-D one starring Peter Strauss and Molly Ringwald.  In it, a bounty hunter goes after killers; he crash-lands on a prison planet, only to pick up a doubtful ally along the way, a fugitive teenager.  Adventures abound.  I decided my hero (Riven kan Ingan) was also going to be a bounty hunter, but hunting for the men who killed his family.  He’d meet up with a fugitive young…

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Serial Wives by Yvonne Walus

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Yvonne Walus will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Why would a rich girl become a prostitute?
Three years ago Joy refused to sleep with an ex boyfriend. When he committed suicide, her guilt was enormous. To punish herself she opted to serve as a prostitute for three years.

How far would you go to protect your child?
Cora loves her convict husband despite – or because of – his bad boy ways. But now that he’s back in her life, she has their daughter to consider. Is a faulty father better than no father at all?

A serial killer…
A serial killer who murders women and displays their bodies dressed in a white sheet with a fencing mask covering the face. Who will be next?

 

Read an Excerpt:

Zero’s shared office at the police station looked bleaker than usual. Not even nine o’clock and the morning was already too full of coffee and too scant on breakfast. After three hours in bed, Zero had chosen an extra fifteen minutes of snoozing instead of muesli and shower. She was regretting the no-muesli decision.

“So,” Zero said. “I got that list of psycho reasons for wanting to kill prostitutes.”

Kath raised her eyebrows. “Thought you’d get too sucked into the TV to do any work.”

Of course she did.

“Didn’t even switch it on. Used the Internet. According to Dr Google, scenario one is we could be looking at a man who has issues with women as such. He hates women and wants to hurt them, and the prostitute is simply an easy option. We’ll call him Bitter Boy.”

“Right.”

“The second scenario is that he despises prostitutes specifically. The attacks could be his mission to rid the world of women who, in his eyes, are morally unacceptable.”

“The Missionary.” Kath got up, reached for a blue marker and printed the two nicknames on the whiteboard, right below the photos and names of the two victims. Rebecca Mahoney, also known as Raven. Stella Baxter, a.k.a. Sirocco.

Zero wondered if their department would ever get a Smart Board. Unless Smart Boards were so smart they helped the police solve crimes, the official line went, the department would stick to the status quo in technology, thank you very much.

About the Author:

You won’t believe this, but when I’m not a novelist I’m actually a Doctor of Mathematics. A business and data analyst. A wife and a mother. Most of all though – I am a writer (in several languages) hoping to change the world one book at a time.

My heritage is inter-continental. I was born and raised in Poland. When I was twelve, my family and I emigrated to South Africa. Your teenage years are usually your formative years, so it’s no surprise I consider South Africa my second homeland. For the past twenty years, I’ve lived in New Zealand, and people ‘back home’ tell me I’ve become a real Kiwi.

Crime fiction is my passion. My childhood hero was, predictably, Hercule Poirot. I’ve changed my mind several times since, and for a time I was totally into Harlan Coben’s super-rich super-able Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood), but my current favourite is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch… I mean, Sherlock Holmes.

My co-ordinates:

https://www.yvonnewalus.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Yvonne-Walus-author-206745219335573
https://twitter.com/hotyve
http://yewalus.blogspot.co.nz/

Here’s a link to the promo video for my latest book: http://stairwaypress.com/book/serialwives/.

Print version: http://stairwaypress.com/book/serialwives/
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Wives-Introducing-Zero-Zimmerman-ebook/dp/B07B2RQHGW

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Come Back to Me by Trilina Pucci

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will receive an author selected package which includes a signed copy of the book, mug, water bottle, and other  essentials for the avid reader. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

 

Mia West is drawn to Cole Parker and she doesn’t know why but each time he is around, she can’t stop the pull, drawing her into dark secrets and closer to her past. Will she put the pieces of her life back together or just end up in his bed?

When she meets Jack, it’s clear he wants Mia as his own but knows that to keep her means he has to keep her away from Cole. She wants to feel the spark with Jack but something keeps holding her back. Is it Cole or is there more to Jack than meets the eye?

When her past and present intersect, both men will give her reasons to run, the question is…whose arms will she run into.

Come Back to Me is the first book in the Forever series duet. The finale, Forever with Me, releases in June.</blockquote>

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Step three, take care of Carter Williams, once and for all. Enough is enough. If I believe what my therapist says, I am not his victim. I am my own heroine and the time has come to rid myself of Carter the demon. It isn’t up to Jack to hold my hand, or Richard to keep me protected in some princess tower. I need to somehow free myself from Carter Williams so he can’t hurt or scare me again. This part of the plan is the least thought out… spontaneity is essential. Premeditation is always key when sentencing happens in a murder trial.

About the Author:

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her ocial Media Links

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Carrying a Story-Theme through Several Generations

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One thing about writing about a dynasty, it covers a lot of territory and a whole lot of people…centuries of events…millennia of generations…  I took the easy way out.  I decided to write about the beginning and the end of a dynasty, leaving out the middle—the rule of the kan Ingans of the Emeraunt Galaxy.

The Arcanian Chronicles series is divided into two parts:  The Narrative of Riven the Heretic, consisting of seven novels) and The kan Ingan Archives (eight novels), telling of their rise to power and the inglorious end thirty-one hundred years later.  The series didn’t start out that way, but, as usual with characters with which I have more than one dealing, familiarity bred contempt—and Aric kan Ingan and his Black Shield friends yanked the book out of my hot little hands, and, in their superiorly militant way, took over.  If they’d let me handle things, the story might have ended differently; then again, knowing my penchant for Unhappily-Ever-After endings, it might have been worse!

As it stands now…

Family sagas are a lot of work because you have to keep track not only of the characters’ names and physical appearances, but also of their ages, especially if each novel encompasses a number of years.  Sometimes it’s easier to make a tangible chart, a family tree or spreadsheet with all the relationships, ages, etc., so it can be referred to from time to time.  In Sinner, the main character, Aric, goes from age twenty to thirty; the second novel opens ten years later and covers five years of his life.  In the third novel, at the age of 46, Aric returns to his  home.  In the last novel, he’s in his 70’s, older perhaps not much wiser, but once again making a new start.

So…

What is all this leading to?  To the promo for my new book. Sinner, the story of a man who falls in love with the wrong woman. (Don’t they all?)  A man who was destined to be the most powerful person in the galaxy until Cupid skewered him with one of those little darts.  A man accused of committing a crime and unable to prove himself innocent because to do so would reveal he’s committed an ever greater one.  It’s got plenty of love, sex, and violence.  A real winner!

Check it out.

Blurb:

Aric kan Ingan had it all.

Pampered and spoiled, he was groomed since the age of twelve to be heir to the throne of Arcanis…until his uncle surprised everyone by falling in love with an Earthwoman.

Elizabeth Sheffield wanted it all.

Headstrong and beautiful, she’d never met a man she couldn’t wrap around her little finger…until she met Aric.

The vengeful former heir and the margrave’s bride are instant enemies, trading insults and threats, until the unexpected happens: They fall in love.

While Aric and Elizabeth engage in their illicit affair, other forces in the kingdom gather for the more sinister purpose of rebellion and murder…

…with Aric as the not-so-innocent pawn.

EXCERPT:

On the fourth floor, outside the hallway leading to the royal apartments, Kozlu waited for him. The old man looked him up and down disapprovingly, staring at his travel-dusty clothes.

“You couldn’t take time to change?”

“Why should I? I’m only going to see my uncle.” His tone bordered on disrespect for the man who’d been his tutor as he’d been the margrave’s.

“Aric, it’s more than that and you know it.” Kozlu’s reply held the knowledge he was speaking to someone who had no intention of listening. He started up the stairs, not looking to see if Aric followed.

So it’s like that, is it? Already dispensing with respect since I’m no longer the heir.

“I suppose you want me to return to my rooms and dress in my most formal uniform, complete with metals and insigne, before I meet the creature?” He saw Kozlu’s face darken. “Why don’t I go back to the barracks and rout all the Black Shields, and have them mount a dress parade in the courtyard?”

“Lower your voice.” Kozlu nodded toward the guards on the landing below.

Realizing how close he was to letting his anger take over, Aric took a deep breath.

“You’ve been drinking, haven’t you?” Kozlu frowned.

“As much as possible,” he admitted. “It seemed the most appropriate thing to do.”

“You’d best calm yourself a little,” the elder suggestion. “You look as if you could kill.”

“If I thought I could get away with it, I might,” he muttered. As Kozlu looked around at him sharply, he said hastily, “Don’t worry. I’ll behave myself.”

They started climbing again.

“You may as well accept what’s happened,” Kozlu went on. “The council has.”

“The council isn’t losing anything.” Aric’s answer was sullen. “I was taken from my mother to be my uncle’s heir. For eight years, it’s been drilled into me how Arcanis will someday be mine, and now…to lose it to some mongrel Milky?” He shook his head. “I thought my uncle had more pride in our family. Even someone from one of the other planets—Gataeus, Scylla, even Nereis—would be better than a near-barbarian.”

“I think it’s you who’ve too much pride, Aric,” the old man answered quietly. “Someday, you’ll find yourself in the dust because of it.”

Aric looked rebellious and didn’t answer.

They reached the fifth landing, coming around a dark corner into the archway opening onto one of the stone-balustraded terraces.

Two people sat on a stone bench set in an arrangement of flower-filled urns surrounding a javancia tree, its thick branches offering protection from the ocean’s wind and the morning sun. One was obviously his uncle, and the other was…

 

She.

“Lord Aric, sire.” Kozlu bowed and backed out of his uncle’s presence, leaving him alone in the entranceway. For the barest moment, Aric was tempted to run after the old man, away from the unpleasantness awaiting him. Briefly, he regretted that third glass of brandy.

Buy Links:

Paperback from the publisher’s website: http://www.classactbooks.com/cat-romance/sinner-8712018-02-11-21-39-57-detail

eBook/Kindle from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sinner-Arcanian-Chronicles-Part-Book-ebook/dp/B07B614JNF/

Wishing you a happy weekend,

Toni

Listening? Quiet. You will hear.

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I have 3 books on audio now: Her General in Gray, Love for Sale or Morgan D’Arcy: A Vamprye Rhapsody.

But soon Gylded Wings and Gambler’s Choice will be released as audiobooks as well!

The process goes like this. The narrators submit a 15-minute reading of the excerpt you provide when you sign up.  After you listen, you are given the opportunity to say yay or nay. Then as the book progresses, the narrator submits segments, usually chapters, for the author to proof. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these voice actors perform my books and would sometimes listen more than once to a submission.  Sometimes, I wished I could change things in this sentence or that phrase in the book!

Celebrate!  I’m happy dancing!  In June, I get my rights back to Sinners’ Opera and will submit it to my publisher The Wild Rose Press.  If they take it, it will…

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WELCOME THE McCOYS FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Sure now and isn’t tomorrow St. Paddy’s Day?  What better time to talk about my romantic historical series The McCoys?

The McCoys of County Tipperary weren’t nobility, not Quinton McCoy’s branch, at least. His family was descended from the Scottish Clan Mackay who in turn traced their lineage from the royal House of Moray.

Descendants of Vikings interbreeding with Celts and producing people called Gall Gaeil or foreign Gaels, the McCoys were a feisty lot always spoiling for a fight, though often with a habit of choosing the wrong side to champion. During the first war of Scottish independence, one branch of the family lost their lands. Being warriors, they didn’t sit around and bewail the fact, however. Instead, they turned their love of battle into a vocation, becoming galloglasses (mercenaries), traveling across the sea to Ireland where they hired out to fight for…

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Hanami by V.C. Buckley

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What is your greatest temptation:


In men:
Humility. Nothing is sexier than a guy who doesn’t really know how awesome he is.
In food: Sweets…in all forms and all kinds!
In clothes: I’m not very particular with fashion. I have practical taste, but I do seem to lean more towards anything bohemian and I love native fabric and exotic prints and embroidery.

What is your greatest weakness (example: buying shoes)?
Sweets! Especially pastries. I can probably be bribed with it. I just find it very hard to say no when it’s in front of me. Life’s too short to be denied such pleasure!

If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? A black hummer!

Your dream home – mountains or ocean? Ocean. I’m an Island girl. I love everything about it.

What inspired you to become a writer?

Life. My father was an amazing storyteller, and he had a unique view of the world. He taught me to look at the world from another perspective, and he encouraged a healthy imagination.

Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, please share.

Yes, I do. I set a target word count that I try to break everyday. Although there are days that can become more challenging than usual, like when errands start to pile up and other matters require my attention. I try to get some words in, or try to make up for it when I don’t.

What is your favorite book?

There is quite a lot. It’s hard to pick only one when there is so much variety in the world. So I’d rather say that I love the classics, like Black Beauty and The Little Princess. But I also enjoy contemporary and regency romance stories, and just about anything that is well told.

What is your favorite movie?

I loved Erin Brockovich. The story of her life was very inspiring and in many ways, I could relate to her.

Who is your favorite historical figure?

Jesus.  Regardless of what you believe, he DID exist. And he is my favorite historical figure, because all the stories told about him, and the messages conveyed in them can be life altering.

In your books, who is your favorite hero and please introduce him?

Kenjin Kiyohara is the hero in my book HANAMI. He is the sole heir to the Kiyohara Empire, Asia’s largest Oil and Steel Company. He is arrogant… but who can blame him when every woman in the world would kill to be the object of his affection? The problem is…nobody is good enough for Kenjin…until he met the mysterious Sakura.

Who is your favorite heroine and please introduce her?

The heroine of my debut romance novel is Sakura Shintani. She is next in line to succeed her grandfather, the leader to the most notorious crime family of Japan. She is dangerous, with a legendary temper…but now she has to complete a program in some fancy school upon the request of her grandfather while hiding her true identity. But having the face of an angel proves to make this quest quite a challenge.

What do you have out now? Excerpt, blurb, book trailers

You can view the book trailer of HANAMI in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhONdkI9y64

New releases anytime soon?

The Sequel to HANAMI will be released sometime in 2018. I also have another contemporary romance in the works schedule for late 2018.

Where can eager fans find you?

You can find me on my website www.vcbuckley.com. Subscribers to my newsletter are entered into a raffle draw ever quarter.

You can also find me in facebook (www.facebook.com/vcccbuckley) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/vccbuckley)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CANDOR, NOW FOR HANAMI!!

GENRE:   New Adult romantic suspense

BLURB:

 SAKURA SHINTANI is the Dragon Clan heir-Japan’s most notorious crime dynasty. But can she keep this fact a secret from the prying brats of Oniyuri Academy?
She tries to stay out of their radar while mastering her demons and keeping her murderous temper under control, but having the face of an angel only attracts everyone’s attention… including the arrogant heir to Asia’s most powerful tycoon, KENJIN KIYOHARA.

He senses the danger, but Sakura is too interesting to be left alone.

EXCERPT:

Jin rolled his eyes, settling his gaze back on the girl. He wasn’t surprised with their reaction.

The new girl was hot, but so what? It took more than a pretty face to get his attention. He wasn’t that easy to impress, and he was certain she’d be throwing herself at him anyway. Just like everybody else. He was sure this girl wasn’t any different from the love-crazed hyenas that stalked him.

Jin pushed back his shoulders, seeing her start towards him with her eyes still trailing on the ground.

Already? Jin thought, suppressing a laugh. He crossed his arms, waiting for her to get closer, and sure enough she stopped right in front of him. She was even prettier up close. Asian but with a hint of Caucasian mixed in.

“What?” he asked, smirking. He already knew what she might say: whether he was Kenjin Kiyohara, the sole heir to Kiyohara Industries? The questions were all the same. He thought she would have at least waited until class was over like the rest of them.

“Move your feet. You’re blocking my way,” the girl said in a sharp tone.  She shifted her gaze up at him like a threatening knife. Her topaz-colored eyes darkened, sending icy tremors down his back. He felt as if he’d been hit by a curse as his mind turned blank.

When she finally looked away, Jin was able to regain his senses. He tucked his legs out of her way, and she passed, leaving goosebumps in her wake. His eyes followed her, waiting to see if she’d look back, but she never did. Jin’s hands were trembling. His thoughts became jumbled while he struggled not to look anymore.

What was that? What just happened? This was a first for him. He couldn’t contain himself. His presence had no impact whatsoever. Instead she looked like she wanted to kill him!

Jin took a deep breath, replaying the moment in his head. Who was this girl? She sure got his attention, all right—and it left him in pieces. He fought the urge to look back again.

This girl…Jin thought. There was something about her. He couldn’t shake off the feeling. She seemed dangerous.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

V.C. Buckley was born in an isolated government facility and shipped off to an Island in Southeast Asia where she grew up braving tropical thunderstorms and warding off evil villains. At sixteen she was discovered by an agent and jetted off all over the world. Her stories come from gritty moments of her childhood to the glitz of her travels. She now lives in Manila with her husband, two kids and an herb garden that has hijacked her balcony.

Other information:

Website: www.vcbuckley.com

Twitter:

@vccbuckley

or www.twitter.com/vccbuckley

Facebook:

@vcccbuckley

or www.facebook.com/vcccbuckley

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17167092.V_C_Buckley

Buy links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Hanami-Book-1-V-C-Buckley-ebook/dp/B075P5JGNJ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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https://www.kobo.com/ph/en/ebook/hanami-6

Book Trailer link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhONdkI9y64

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RodeoHouston!

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It’s rodeo time in Houston, and traffic around the NRG Stadium crawls to a stop.  Since 2003, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (RodeoHouston) has been held at NRG.  HLSR is the largest livestock exhibitions and rodeo in the world and offers the richest purses.  The event is 20 days long. Kickoff is marked by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run – a 10k and 5k walk & run and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (the Chili Cookoff, which is a major event in HLSR each year).  In 2017, attendance reached a record high of 2,611,176 people and 33,000 volunteers.

Of particular interest to me is the trail ride associated with the HLSR. In 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Today, more than 3,000 trail riders partake in the Rodeo’s signature tradition each year.  One year, I saw them ride into Memorial Park and it was quite a spectacle, all those horses, trail-weary cowboys and cowgirls.  Yes, have to admit I always wanted to participate in that part of the rodeo.

I was there several years ago and saw the Zach Brown Band.  The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists, including Dixie Chicks, Elvis Presley, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd to mention a few.

I don’t usually go because of the huge crowds but one year I went with a friend and ended up buying this stunning necklace of a Spanish horse. The lady was getting ready to leave, and sold it to me at a lesser price. Otherwise, well…

Almost every book I’ve ever written includes the Andalusian or the Lusitano horse.  I think Gylded Wings may be the only one that doesn’t have a horse of any persuasion. This dark fantasy is narrated in first person from Lucifer’s POV, but there is nothing satanic or demonic about the book. In fact, the ending is rather uplifting:

Angels in slavery? Brit Montgomery cannot believe it, until she is sent on a rescue mission to another dimension and witnesses the cruel practice first hand. The angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. She is drawn to him but sometimes beauty disguises wicked secrets. This man who rocks her world seems more demon than angel.

Gyldan, born into slavery, has one desire—fly free. When he escapes to Earth, he faces an alternate self-realization full of dark glory…and disbelief. Gyldan is bent on experiencing his newfound powers unmindful of the harm to Brit or others.

Confused and hurt by Gyldan’s erratic evil actions, Brit turns away. While Gyldan’s journey of self-discovery pulls him further distant, Brit finds acceptance in a solitary, comfortable life of her own until she realizes the day of reckoning has come. Will Gyldan be her final ruin or has he come back to her with a gift more precious than life itself?

Drop by my website http://LindaNightingale.com and check out my books. Each has a page describing the story and giving reviews, book videos, etc. as well as by-links.  There are also two free reads.

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Let’s go to RodeoHouston! I want to be present and accounted for at the Chili Cookoff.