Sunday, April 19, 2015

S J Hermann Author Spotlight on Blondiie's Books From Friends

Author Spotlight on S.J. Hermann

This week in my author spotlight I bring you all the way from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, S.J. Hermann, a very creative paranormal, science fiction, horror and urban fantasy author.  I met SJ on twitter and I'm impressed with his social media machine and have been grateful for his support. 

SJ Hermann, Author of Paranormal, Scifi, Horror, and Urban Fantasy

SJ is two-thirds the way through his YA trilogy, Morium, and is working on the third one now. The underlying theme of this series is bullying. I'm very excited to bring them to you today. SJ also has a short story available for free here, called Eventus, on smashwords.

He is also an award-winning artist. Check him out on Fine Arts America here.

S.J. Hermann and the MORIUM Trilogy are Anti-Bullying Advocates.  
Here is the scoop on the first two books in the Morium 
Trilogy. I love the covers and I’m excited to read them when I get a chance. 

S.J. has very kindly offered a free copy of Morium until May 22. Just follow this link here to Smashwords and use the code BB36E.

Morium is the story of Alexandria and Nathan... and Stacy.   

Three teenagers who were bullied all throughout high school. 

They kept their torment a secret from their family and tried 

their best to cope in their own way. They only had each 


But hope was in sight.. they will be graduating soon. The 

vision of a new life away from the bullies and the 

constant humiliation gave them something to look forward 

to. If only that day comes sooner.

One day, they saw an object fall from the sky and went to 
investigate. As they touched the rock, a strange power 
entered their bodies. Suddenly, they're not helpless anymore. 

They can get revenge for all the suffering and pain they had to endure all these years.. How will they use these powers?

Morium is Latin for conduct, character, morals. This book discusses the moral dilemma of doing what's right and getting revenge. When your dignity has been shattered and your life has been a living hell... what is RIGHT?

Book Two of the Morium Trilogy, Dark Horizons

When the light of hope fades, all that's left are...DARK HORIZONS 
In Book 2 of the MORIUM Trilogy, Alexandria and Nathan’s struggle with their supernatural powers continue.
DARK HORIZONS will immerse the reader into the intricate psyches of the bullied characters we rooted for in MORIUM.  Morals aside, can we really blame Nathan for his anger and his need for revenge? Through indifference, did we not have a hand in creating the monster he has become?

Here are SJ's Links:

Amazon Author Page: 

Official Book Page: 




Twitter: @Writing_Novel

On Amazon: Buy Morium

Connect with KJ Waters

I wanted to share the latest Review on Amazon of my novel Stealing Time.
on April 8, 2015
Format: Paperback

The first book in this trilogy opens with an idiot thinking he could 
outwit Hurricane Charley. Breathless opening sequence as the storm 
seeks him out, followed by an accurate and disturbing description of 
what happens to somebody caught in a hurricane.

This storm affects the people in this story very differently. Ronnie, the 

female lead, is somehow transported back to the eighteenth century. 
She feels the same but looks very different, and in this strange antiquated 
world, she has an angry and violent brother.

There turns out to be a very good reason for her transportation, and it 
has a lot to do with a bracelet she wears. I loved the way the author makes 
us jump through time and back again, as we keep track of the storyline.

Going back in time is usually portrayed as an exciting occurrence, but not 

in this book. Ronnie has never been treated so brutally before, and the 
bloodletting scenes are brilliantly written. It’s not just Ronnie who has 
been misplaced, parts of history are not right either.

This book has it all. Mysterious circumstances, violent characters, historical 

facts, and more than a touch of the supernatural. Our heroine is subjected to 
an arranged marriage, a witch hunt and a little romance along the way. Her 
life is threatened more than once, and her struggle to live will leave you breathless.

When I'm not working on the Stealing Time series you can find me on my social media at the links below. My novel is out on amazon here.

I am also the CEO of Blondie's Custom Book Covers, a company that helps authors and publishers create stunning book covers. Please follow our links here.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shaunna Rodriguez -- Author Spotlight Blondie's Books From Friends

This week’s spotlight is on author pal Shaunna Rodriguez. Shaunna recently found me on facebook and it has been so much fun getting to know her. I’m massively impressed with her work ethic and I’m sure she is hiding a few clones behind the scenes to be that productive.

Shuanna Rodriguez and her husband Eric

Seriously, who writes their first book at age six? Shaunna. Who writes her first novel and ten and then is a published author at twenty-five? Shaunna! Who is a best-selling author at 30? Yeah, you guessed it. And the kicker … she has 11 books published and almost a 100 waiting to be published. Say what? My head is nearly exploding at the thought. I've spent nine years writing my ONE book! 


To help launch her latest book, Perfectly Flawed, Shaunna has kindly offered to do an exciting giveaway.

She is offering 2 signed paperbacks of Perfectly Flawed, and 2 ebooks -- 1 Dark Water and 1 Keep Her Safe. AND bundled with one of the signed paperbacks, a $10 Amazon card for the best answer on my blog or my facebook post and the swag bag, pen and journal.

There are 2 ways to enter:

1. Share and comment on this blog. Tell me the biggest way you are perfectly flawed. Extra credit if you make me laugh.

2. Or comment on my facebook post of this blog (here) with the biggest way you are Perfectly Flawed and tag 3 or more people.

More about Shaunna

Just to prove how amazing Shaunna is here are a few of the books she is working on now (See what I mean? Clones, it’s gotta be…or maybe elves?): 

One Night Only (Romantic Comedy)

Wings (Christian Comedy)

ICE (Romantic Drama

On Thin Ice (Romantic Drama)

Mine (Thriller)

Shaunna also has eleven books already out including:


She is slowly releasing her 25 book vampire series. The first book, "Forbidden" and “Forbidden Escape” is available now on amazon.

Crime Mystery

Keep Her Safe (Book 1 in the Detective Pain Series) on amazon as well.

Shaunna’s Links:

You can find Shaunna on twitter @unveiledbooks and @Read_N_Pajamas 

Stop by and like her page on facebook!

Or just pop in and visit her website @ 
You can call or text 408-607-1147 for any paperback orders to her anytime and she'll even autograph it for you! 

Perfectly Flawed Sample

So let’s give you a taste of your potential prize. Here is a teaser:

You know that feeling of sheer euphoria you get from being organized? Yeah, me neither. But I can imagine it'd be as amazing as the feeling one gets that has been blessed with looks, personality, and money.  This is a combo I have not been privy to in all my twenty-seven years. In fact, If you were going to order me off the menu in a fast food restaurant you'd see a lot of additional upgrade charges on your receipt. 
Oh dear, as you'll soon discover I'm a bit overzealous and a tiny bit disorganized as you see here.  I've already gotten ahead of myself in my natural disorganized fashion and have forgotten to introduce myself.  My name is Grace Galloway. Clearly my mother had high hopes for me when she named me.  Unfortunately, my name does not do me justice at all as I lack grace among other things. I'm what you'd call "Perfectly Flawed."

Some things you should know about me. I've managed to get by on my looks alone as the good Lord had mercy on me when he gave me an amazing body to make up for my lack of common sense, judgment and equilibrium.  By this I have Reese Witherspoon's Legally Blonde sense of style, body type, features and cluelessness meets Assassins Julianne Moore's auburn hair, cat-like, curious, green eyes, tenacity and zeal for trouble.

First of all, I cannot walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Forget me trying to do that while talking on the phone and trying to find my car in a large parking lot, and don't even think about asking me to unlock it at this point because I likely still haven't found it and by this time have lost the keys I just had in my hand.

I tend to lose my phone even though I'm right in the middle of a conversation on it and simultaneously I will have lost my car keys even though I'm holding them in my hands right then. It's not uncommon for me to tell whoever I'm talking to that I have to go because I've lost my phone. I tend to end it on an upbeat note reassuring them that I'll call them right back as soon as I find it only to discover when I'm preparing to hang up it's been pressed against my ear the whole time.

Secondly, I have an atrocious record with relationships both for friendships and dating as this goes without saying that it's connected to my lack of common sense and bad judgement. On more than one occasion my mother has accused me of having a magnet attached to me that attracts psychos, deadbeats and con artists and don't even get me started on the men I've dated. I'm drawn to danger and stupidity. I clearly love liars, thieves, men who forget they are married and those who lose their wallets like I lose my cell phone; because somehow I always end up paying in the end in more ways than one.

A year ago I met Cameron Spencer, a tall, dark and handsome liar whose day job was working as a hedge fund manager as well as a stock broker on Wall Street who I'd later discover enjoyed repelling down walls and studying art which ironically enough, worked well together for him considering he was actually a notorious Cat Burglar and Art Thief that was wanted in Italy, France & Spain and now the US. 
Of course, the FBI could have informed me of this before he convinced me to invest ten thousand dollars of my own money which I got from selling my car for this get rich scheme. Not only did he convince me to invest ten thousand dollars of my money but fifteen thousand of my mother's. Nonetheless, he stole both our money and now I'm on a payment plan with her, likely for the rest of my life and will never see another Christmas gift ever. 

If you've ever seen the movie You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks; you may begin to feel a similar connection in what I’m about to tell you, or at least I did.

With everything I've been through, especially where men are concerned, it was definitely a first for me when one particular man in question told me himself that he wasn't who he was pretending to be. This as opposed to me hearing it from the FBI, an angry wife or other bomb shell, bubble breaker and all around dream smasher.

Six months ago I started dating again because clearly I hadn't learned my lesson from the disastrous, whimsical, one week affair that ended abruptly, with the notorious cat burglar and art thief, Cameron Spencer.

My new beau and next mistake was different. He was nothing like my lying, tall, dark and handsome day trader and hedge fund manager with his tailored Christian Lacroix suits, Ralph Lauren underwear and Prada shoes.  No, no Quinton Tolliver, AKA Conan, was John Travotla's Swordfish meets Sylvester Stallone's Rambo.  He doesn't even own a suit. Instead, he owns The Hog, which if you haven't already guessed is a Biker Bar.  

He's also the leader or captain rather of the Dibble biker gang. I’m toying with the notion that whilst he was at the clothing print shop which I’d assume is the closest he’s ever come to tailored suits, he must have been on the phone at the exact moment the monogramer asked "What’s the name you want on these snazzy vests?" That, by the way, are decorated with so many patches it’d make a girl scout jealous.  And that's when I think Conan must have said dabble. As in let’s dabble in some money laundering and drug running say about six tonight. Is that good for you? But instead the monogramer heard Dibble and proceeded to create 50 Dibble Gang vests to which Conan clearly reasoned was somehow more memorable and macho then Renegades or Viper Venom, but I’m just guessing.  

Oh and I didn’t tell you the best part.  As a happy coincidence, his biker gang "family" frequents the bar so we're ALWAYS together and as a one month anniversary present, Conan and the entire Dibble Gang, gave me my very own vest. Of course, it's nothing like the one of a kind, soft, blue leather Marc Jacobs bag Cameron gave me a week after we were together. After the FBI got involved Marc wanted his bag back. I tried to be understanding that it was a one of a kind and prototype which Cameron had stolen at an event he had attended in Paris, a month before we met, but it still hurt to let go of something so beautiful and rare.

But now I have my very own leather gang vest.  After all leather is leather right whether it's Marc Jacobs blue or Skippy's Jiffy Print black? I think I'll watch Gilmore Girls later and Bedazzle it. Maybe some rhinestones are just what this thing needs and perhaps the dry cleaners just to tamp the combination of beer, cigarettes, ode of biker man and gun powder. I think I noticed a glob of chili on the nape of it which really concerns me above all the other things I mentioned that are in it or on it.

Three months ago I was puttering around the one bedroom loft that Conan and I share located conveniently right above his bar, where I also moonlight as a waitress.  Don't judge me okay.

After I lost all my money to Cameron who has since fled the country, I had no choice.  Plus my mom has me on a payment plan and she's hell bent on me paying her "every last cent back." It's probably a good thing because me and the Dibble boys would be coming for him if he hadn't already left town. With them on their Roaring Harleys they spend every waking second they aren't falling over drunk polishing, and me on my cute pink moped.  I have a helmet that matches too!

So here I was agonizing over whether to send my mom a hundred dollars or buy these amazing boots with a zipper on the side, when I got an email alert. Normally I'd have ignored it but curiosity and intrigue got the better of me.  So I opened it having no idea when I did, that I would be opening Pandora’s Box.  Immediately I was caught in a whirlwind, spontaneous, purely platonic relationship with a man named Ryan Lewis. He seemed normal enough and that's when everything began to change. After that I'd soon come face to face with Ryan Lewis and learn that he wasn't who he said he was after all.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stealing Time in the Main Stream Free Books From Friends

Comment to win FREE BOOKS -- Stealing Time in the Main Stream

This is not an April Fool's joke. I have a bunch of free books to give away every day this week! Just leave a comment on this blog to enter to win! 

My debut novel, Stealing Time, is out on all platforms now -- Paperback, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Scribid, Inktera, Smashwords and more! 

It was released in December on Amazon and has all 5 star reviews on both the US and UK sites. These are natural reviews from actual readers, not persuaded or bought. It's such a thrill to have readers love it as much as I do!

Click here for the Stealing Time Prologue and First Two Chapters plus all of the 5 Star Reviews from Amazon!

Please help me get the word out on my debut novel! I'm an independent author working hard to promote my first book. Please share this post and lend a hand. At the end of this post  I've included the first two chapters to get you hooked.

FREE Books!
To celebrate I am offering FREE books from many of my past Author Spotlights and a few FREE signed paperbacks of Stealing Time!  To see how to win read below!

Half Off Stealing Time on ebook

I have a smashwords ebook coupon for half off an ebook copy if you use the code RA85B, for an incredible value of $1.50 for hours of thrilling entertainment. Click here to take advantage of it for a limited time only. Half off Ebook Copy of Stealing Time

How to Win Free Books!

Comment on this blog to enter to win a FREE autographed copy of Stealing Time and the other books featured below. One random winner per day will be chosen. Please come back each day to qualify for another free book. My author pals are offering paperback, ebooks and audiobooks, depending on what they have available. I'll ask your preference when I contact you if there is a choice.

In case you don't win but still want a signed copy of Stealing Time, leave me your contact information in a comment or on any of my social media sights below.

Here are my book links:






Barnes and Noble:


inktera and Page Foundry:



Soon on txtr, oyster and flipkart

In Europe: 

Author Spotlight Freebies

Here are the FREE books I'm offering this week on my blog and carrying over to next week as well.  To win leave a comment below and way for me to contact you (social media link). I'll add new authors each day so come back and comment again for more chances to win. I'll let you pick which book you want as long as it's available.

1. Perfectly Flawed by Shaunna Rodriguez. You're going to love this comedy. Here is what one reader said, "It's non-stop laughs when confessions of a shopaholic collides with naive Grace Galloway in Perfectly Flawed." Jessica Taylor From Missouri. Look for Shaunna in next week's author spotlight here with some cool giveaways.

1. Round and Round by Terry Tyler. Terry is one of my first author friends and has been a great supporter. Her book is her 9th published and is a great novella chick lit read.
Check out the write up on Amazon 

2. Savage Payback by Seumas Gallacher is an international thriller. Check out the author spotlight on Seumas here.

3. Thrill by Wendy Potocki, her author spotlight is here. Wendy writes horror and thrillers and this one will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

4. Who Are the Fear Fighters by Bradford Scripps is a children's book that helps kids fight their fears. Here is his author spotlight for more on his apps and the book. 

5. Any book in the Heart Search Series by 
Carlie M. A. Cullen. See her author spotlight here. These are vampire romance stories that you will love!

6. Before Nightfall by Rachel Amphlett. Please check out her author spotlight here and a great story on how she came up with one of book concepts. The story is a suspense thriller that I know you will enjoy.

7. Ocean of Dust a YA thriller from Graeme Ing. Check out his author spotlight with an excellent excerpt on the story. This is a smart, exciting story that even adults will enjoy. 

Graeme is also giving away a signed copy of his other sci fi novel, Necromancer, as well. Here is the cover and amazon link to see what it's about.

Check out the Amazon page here for more on this book.

8. The Rejected Writer's Book Club by Suzanne Kelman. Here is the author spotlight on her and the book. It is a heartwarming funny story of an outsider fitting in. 

9. Wrong Place Wrong Time by David Perlmutter. Here is his author spotlight with an excerpt from the book, a true crime story of David's trip to Spain gone horribly wrong.  He is giving away an audio book!

Come back tomorrow for a few new authors thrown into the mix!

See below for the first two chapters of Stealing Time.

Connect with KJ Waters

When I'm not working on the Stealing Time series you can find me on my social media at the links below. My novel is out on amazon here.

I am also the CEO of Blondie's Custom Book Covers, a company that helps authors and publishers create stunning book covers. Please follow our links here.
  • Check out our website here.
  • We are on twitter here.