Monday, March 2, 2015

Carlie M. A. Cullen Author Spotlight -- Blondie's Books From Friends (BFF)

Blondie’s Books from Friends Author Spotlight on Carlie M A Cullen


Carlie M.A. Cullen
Today I bring you another Brit, Carlie M A Cullen, who writes fantasy and paranormal romance novels. I’ve seen Carlie out and about on facebook and twitter for several years now. She had been a great help with book selling advice and general social media blitz information. Today Carlie will entertain us with a short sad little story called Underwater. Please welcome Carlie to the watery oasis of Blondie in the Water, and maybe we can cheer her up with a few new follows and purchase of her exciting series, Heart Search.


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Underwater

I am drowning!

No, not literally; not like when I was five years old. I was on holiday in Jersey with my parents and my Dad was playing ball in the swimming pool with my cousins. The ball came out and onto the side, and as I threw it back, I also threw myself in – at the deep end. Yes, you’ve guessed it – I couldn’t swim at the time – my Dad pulled me out, coughing and spluttering. The proverbial drowned rat. But I digress.
Drowning by Kevron2001 Deviant Art 

I am drowning in a sea of grief.

The waves crash over my head, dragging me deeper, catching me in the strong currents of sorrow. I tumble over and over, hitting my head on the beautiful coral; cuts ooze with my life blood attracting sharks. They circle around me, closing in for the kill and all I can think of is joining my Mum, ending the in exhaustive pain of her passing. Even if the sharks take their time, biting a bit off here and there, it would be nothing in comparison.

Fish of all colours and sizes dart past as the riptide keeps me submerged; I see them eye me with mild curiosity as they journey on, but I’m blind to the magnificent colours and sleek lines.
Very little has held my interest recently; I fail to appreciate the wondrous sights Mother Nature puts on display. Even now, in the clear depths of the ocean, glimpsing some of Her incredible work, I’m too blind to see.

As I’m catapulted ever deeper by the awesome power of the tide, ancient rocks stand and greet me. I shake hands with each one and am repaid by the shattering of my bones. Pressure builds in my chest, my lungs are on fire, my head woozy from lack of oxygen, yet it won’t take me or let me go.

I start to sink to the bottom. I can no longer see the crested waves crashing above me, nor can I hear the screeching gulls. It’s quiet deep underwater. But, for me, it’s not peaceful – it can’t be while I’m drowning in my misery. It’s too fresh, the wounds too open, the cuts too deep in my heart.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to swim to the surface. Maybe one day I’ll emerge from the darkness of the depths and smile as the sun dries the multitude of tears I’ve shed. Maybe one day I’ll once more appreciate all the beauty the world has to offer. Maybe one day I’ll stop mourning.

Maybe . . .

Carlie’s Books

Check out the Heart Search Series, by Carlie M. A. Cullen

Heart Search Book One: Lost



One bite starts it all . . .

When Joshua Grant vanishes days before his wedding his fiancée Remy is left with only bruises, scratch marks and a hastily written note. Heartbroken, she sets off alone to find him and begins a long journey where strange things begin to happen.

As Joshua descends into his new immortal life he indulges his thirst for blood and explores his superhuman strength and amazing new talents while becoming embroiled in coven politics which threaten to destroy him. But Remy discovers a strength of her own on her quest to bring Joshua home.

Fate toys with mortals and immortals alike, as two hearts torn apart by darkness face ordeals which test them to their limits.

Heart Search Book Two: Found


Trailer link:  

One bite started it all . . .

Another mysterious disappearance sparks a frightening chain of events for Remy and her family. Events foretold come to pass, and more strange and alarming occurrences assail her life. Where can she turn?

Coven politics continue to threaten Joshua’s existence, but an even bigger menace looms. 

And Remy’s life hangs in the balance – can Joshua save her? 

Fate still toys with mortals and immortals alike, as hearts torn apart by darkness confront perils which could lead to their doom.


Heart Search book 3: Betrayal


Trailer link: 



One bite started it all . . . 

Joshua, Remy, and the twins are settled in their new life. However, life doesn’t always run smoothly. An argument between Becky and her twin causes unforeseen circumstances, an admission by Samir almost costs him his life, and the traitor provides critical information to Liam. But who is it? 

As Jakki’s visions begin to focus on the turncoat’s activities, a member of the coven disappears, and others find themselves endangered. 

And when Liam’s coven attacks, who will endure? 

Fate continues to toy with mortals and immortals alike, and as more hearts descend into darkness, can they overcome the dangers they face and survive? 

Connect with Carlie M A Cullen


Twitter: @carlie2011c









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.

· Check out my website: 
www.kjwaters.com· Follow me on twitter at @kamajowa· I'm on facebook at
· 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/KJ-Waters/206720056103502 for my author site, or my 'jury-rigged work around so I can like you back' facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/kj.waters.39· I have some photographs up on Fine Arts America at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kj-waters.html for sale, check it out!· Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kamajowa/· Audioboo voice messages: http://audioboo.fm/KJWaters · All About Me page: http://about.me/kjwaters· Brand Yourself Profile: http://brandyourself.com/

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.

· Facebook link here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

David Perlmutter Author Spotlight -- Blondie's Books From Friends

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Blondie's Books From Friends (BFF) Author Spotlight on David Perlmutter


David P Perlmutter
Author, Marketeer
 
This week on my author spotlight I bring you an international sensation, David Perlmutter, and his debut biographical book Wrong Place Wrong Time. It is based on David’s trip to Marbella, Spain, with its promise of adventure and fun. Instead, he found the most terrifying time of his life.

It is the #1 best seller in True Crime in the US, Australia, India and Spain, #3 in the UK. Overall on Amazon he ranks top 50 across Amazon in Drama and Biography. You don’t get 232 five-star reviews without a killer book. Find out for yourself here on Amazon

Indie Marketing Book available here

It was inevitable that I run into David on social media because he is EVERYWHERE! If you’re an indie author you need to take a few pointers from David, his marketing machine is quite impressive and it is paying off big time. 

He has a little book about that called My Way and you can find it here. I’m reading it now and my mother in law is a non-fiction reader and she is getting Wrong Place Wrong Time for her birthday. Shhh, don’t tell her. It’s on Friday!


Here are the ways you can connect with David:

Twitter @davepperlmutter



WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME



WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one-way ticket to hell. 


Excerpt from Wrong Place, Wrong Time


Slowly, I made my way to the beach. It was deserted apart from a handful of joggers out for an early morning run and a few old-timers enjoying the quiet time before the onslaught of tourists would emerge. The sand was soft, but felt damp and uninviting from the morning dew. I slumped onto it, pulling my legs towards my chest, my ribs throbbing with every move and jolt. Looking around, I spotted Chico’s in the distance - the bar where I’d met Kelvin and his brother on my second day. It seemed like a lifetime ago. Back then I’d felt young and free, looking at the world through expectant eyes, but right then, on that beach, I felt as old as the trees. I scanned the beach, looking for The Son of Elvis, my American friend. A friendly face, a shoulder to lean on and a much needed hit of a strong joint to sooth the pain would have been wonderful, but I couldn’t see him or Hound Dog anywhere.

I sat staring out to sea and felt the soft ocean breeze drift towards me. The sea was a beautiful colour but I couldn't identify it. Was it aquamarine? I counted the waves, each one becoming stronger, and watched the seventh one crash against the shore. The golden rays of sun burned through the last remaining white cloud in the sky and it was such a welcome feeling that I uncurled myself and stretched out on the sand. My ribs throbbed but I lay there waiting for the sun to work its magic and heal me. A little while later, and somewhat soothed, I shed my clothes, placed them on the sand and bathed in the sea for as long as I could manage.

I emerged feeling cleansed and sunk into the warmth and softness of the sand. Closing my eyes, my thoughts turned to my family, and a tear trickled from the corner of my eye. I was lonely, tired and in pain and would have given anything to magic myself back home – to have Mum fussing around me, making me tea and toast. I had neither money nor food, my belongings were out of reach and I had no return ticket to the UK. In fact my only possessions were my passport and the clothes on my back.

I must have fallen asleep for some time because when I awoke, it was to the gentle hum of conversation, and I found myself surrounded by holiday makers unpacking their bags, stripping off their clothes and laying their towels on the sand. The muted hues of the desolate beach a few hours earlier had transformed into a blur of colour and I lay there for a while, my eyes picking out the greens, oranges and pinks of swimwear. 

There was a blonde nearby rubbing oil into her skin and I watched her, mesmerized, as she rubbed and massaged it up and down the length of her legs. She was amazingly toned and had I been a photographer, I’d have positioned her in the exact spot she was standing in - with the sun to her side, highlighting the small dragon tattoo on her inner left thigh.  When she removed her bikini top and produced a pair of beautiful, natural breasts that bounced every time she moved, I couldn’t help but feel aroused. I shifted onto my side to make it a little less obvious, but I carried on watching her. Being discreet had never been one of my strong points, and when she started to oil up her breasts, it was obvious that she was doing it for her audience. She seductively rubbed them - her left, then her right - and then, as if to rub it in even more, she tweaked her nipples. 

For a moment I actually believed I was in with a chance - and that just intensified the stirring in my boxer shorts - but it was short-lived. Her equally beautiful boyfriend appeared, took hold of the oil and began massaging it into her back. I turned away at that point, thinking about what a lucky bastard he was, and as my erection subsided I wondered if I’d get the opportunity to meet someone of my own. As much as I tried to put her out of my mind, I couldn’t help but think of Rosa.

Bored with the beach, I decided to leave the beautiful couple to it and take a walk into the main town of Marbella. The streets were busy with tourists searching for gifts to take back to loved ones and the cafes were full of people having a late breakfast or an early lunch. As the smell of fried bacon and freshly brewed coffee wafted through the air, I tried to ignore my hunger and wandered aimlessly around the town wondering where my next meal would come from and where I’d be sleeping that night.



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.

· Check out my website: www.kjwaters.com· Follow me on twitter at @kamajowa· I'm on facebook at
· http://www.facebook.com/pages/KJ-Waters/206720056103502 for my author site, or my 'jury-rigged work around so I can like you back' facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/kj.waters.39· I have some photographs up on Fine Arts America at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kj-waters.html for sale, check it out!· Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kamajowa/· Audioboo voice messages: http://audioboo.fm/KJWaters · All About Me page: http://about.me/kjwaters· Brand Yourself Profile: http://brandyourself.com/

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.
· Facebook link here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Seumas Gallacher Author Spotlight - Blondie's Books From Friends (BFF)

Blondie's Books From Friends (BFF) Author Spotlight on Seumas Gallacher


My new author spotlight feature offers my lovely readers a water splash each Monday with booky goodness from some of my favorite author friends. When you see my blog with the BFF title it means you're in for a treat. If you would like to be featured on my blog contact me at any of my social media sights below.

My paperback should be available this week as soon as I get the a-okay from createspace. Stay tuned for a blog with links and pics of me holding my gorgeous Stealing Time proof copy! 

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Author Spotlight on Seumas Gallacher and his Re-release novel SAVAGE PAYBACK


Seumas Gallacher
Author and Blogger of the Year
I am beyond thrilled to share the dashing and massively entertaining Seumas Gallacher on my author spotlight this week. 

I found Seumas on twitter a few years ago and was initially attracted to his Scottishness but soon discovered the big heart and willingness to support a fellow author. In fact, Seumas put me up for a beautiful blogger award, which was quite an honor. You can find the link here.

Seumas has quite the resume that began in the world of inter-national finance spanning three continents over five decades. His background provides superb fodder for his greatly successful Jack Calder crime-thrillers -- THE VIOLIN MAN'S LEGACY, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK and SAVAGE PAYBACK. He has more than 80,000 e-book downloads to date a number that I can only drool upon.  He is now represented by Crooked Cat Publishing

Early in his writing career Seumas began developing his author platform and it has grown to a be an award winning powerhouse in the world of social media. He started a Scottish humor laced self-publisher's blog three years ago and rose to the rank of 'Blogger of the Year 2013.' 

Seumas is up for a Shorty Award for his blogging and we would both love if you would throw a vote his way. Here is the link: Seumas for Shorty! But hurry the deadline is February 19, 2015.

Show some love for one of my favorite social media icons and follow his sites, buy his books, and tell him I sent you.

Here are the links for Seumas:

Blog:        www.seumasgallacher.com

Twitter:   @seumasgallacher


Email:      seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

Synopsis:


SAVAGE PAYBACK

A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback. 



AMAZON LINKS for SAVAGE PAYBACK

UK           amzn.to/1CHhw01
US            amzn.to/15zUsD9
Canada    amzn.to/1yXWRli
Australia bit.ly/1yGJ5ok
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SAVAGE PAYBACK Excerpt:


   The dinghies carried normal outboard engines. The distance to the rear of the house needed nothing more powerful. Paul climbed in beside Jack. Donnie and Malky boarded the second. They slung the AK 47s across their backs and carried grenades in the overalls’ pockets. Calf-strapped daggers completed the weaponry, with no intent on taking prisoners. A hunt and kill mission.

   A long, slow arc brought them opposite the house. More lights showed through the curtains upstairs at the back, to all appearances a full house. Paul steered his dinghy ten metres left, cut the outboard and let it drift into the bank. Donnie did the same ten meters to the right. First out, Jack and Malky covered the others as they pulled the dinghies upside. From a crouching position they had a clear view of the outside perimeter. Malky pointed toward a guard sitting alone on a bench near the back door. A modern version M16 lay alongside a clutter of empty beer bottles and a full ashtray on the small table at the side. The remains of supper plates sat next to the bottles.  The guard hadn’t produced all that litter by himself. Where was the backup?

   The sentry raised another beer bottle to his mouth and tipped his head back. The man heard nothing as Jack covered the few metres to his quarry. A sharp karate blow to his exposed throat interrupted his swallow and seconds later a snapped neck sealed his fate. The other three approached. The sound of two men talking filtered toward the doorway. Donnie and Paul met them in one movement. Their unexpected presence gave the two former cops the edge as dagger slashes to the throat stifled any noise.

   They dragged the bodies outside to join their dead companion and entered the corridor as a foursome, AK 47s at the ready. The hallway extended three metres toward an opening into a large sitting area, passing a stairway leading to the upper floor level. The four-man chevron crept closer. A quiet buzz of conversation mingled with the sound of a television program. Jack estimated eight men in the large room as the team stepped in. He and Paul fired off from the centre to the left, Malky and Donnie taking from the centre to the right. In such a tight area aiming wasn’t needed. The combined fire-power swept the area in seconds. Bodies slumped where they sat or fell to the floor where they’d been standing. Paul and Malky waited at the door of the room in case they’d missed anybody. Jack and Donnie covered the two paces back to the stairwell. The clatter of boots thudded toward the top of the wooden banister. Jack lobbed a stun grenade up as he and his partner stepped to the side wall to avoid the blast.

    Screams of panic mixed with the sound of further movement. Three men lay across the upper landing and top stairs, disoriented by the stunning. A short burst from the AK 47 ended their confusion. Further noise indicated a hasty retreat of three or four others. Donnie passed Jack on the stairwell and threw another grenade up and along the upper hallway. Moments later the blast rocked the place again. The attacking pair mounted the stair in double steps, firing non-stop on the way. Only two men lay on the carpet, already felled by the deluge of bullets. Near the end of the corridor, a door slammed tight. All the other room doors were open. The prey was trapped in one chamber.

  Jack aimed at the door handle and let loose several bursts. The locking mechanism and the wood surrounding it disintegrated. The door swung inward a couple feet. Rapid fire from inside the room splintered more of the door as bullets ripped outward, causing it to slam shut and open again as it bounced against the lintel rim. The range of shooting from inside was confined to the borders of the door. Jack eased along the wall and threw in another grenade. Silence followed the explosion. Donnie crouched and peered into the room. One man was dead already, another dying beside him. Two shots to the head hastened his departure.

   Jack and Donnie covered each other in rote as they cleared each of the remaining three upstairs bedrooms, even checking wardrobes. Satisfied to find no further occupants, they joined their partners downstairs.

   “Anybody still breathing?” Jack asked Malky.

   “One guy over here, but he’s not gonna last more than a few minutes. He’s the only one,” said Malky, pointing to a badly injured man, sprawled across a blood-stained sofa. Jack knelt beside him.

   “Which of you is Ahmed Fadi?” he said.

   The man stared back at him and tried to shake his head.

   “Tell me, which one is he?” Jack repeated.

   The man moved his head again and tried to speak.

   “Viktor? Viktor? Viktor left yesterday. Fuck you,” he managed to whisper.

   A grotesque half-smile twisted at the man’s lips. His head lolled to the side as blood trickled from his mouth and the stare of death fixed across his eyes.

   Malky walked across to where the man lay and tugged at his sleeve.

   “You missed something, Jack. Look at his hand.” The right hand stuck out from the sleeve, the bare skin showing all the way to the wrist.

   “Well I’ll be damned,” said Jack. On the skin was a defined birthmark they’d seen before, resembling a large spilled coffee stain. The killer of Martha Compton and ISP’s accountant in Berlin would kill no more.


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.

·        Check out my website: www.kjwaters.com

·        Follow me on twitter at @kamajowa

·        I'm on facebook at 

·        http://www.facebook.com/pages/KJ-Waters/206720056103502 for my author site, or my 'jury-rigged work around so I can like you back' facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/kj.waters.39

·        I have some photographs up on Fine Arts America at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kj-waters.html for sale, check it out!

·        Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kamajowa/

·        Audioboo voice messages:  http://audioboo.fm/KJWaters 

·        All About Me page: http://about.me/kjwaters

·        Brand Yourself Profile: http://brandyourself.com/


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.

·        Facebook link here.



Monday, February 9, 2015

Bradford Scripps Author Spotlight -- Blondie's Books From Friends

Blondie's Books From Friends -- Bradford Scripps, Author Spotlight

Bradford Scripps, Author, Entrepreneur
My new author spotlight feature offers my lovely readers a water splash each Monday with booky goodness from some of my favorite author friends. When you see my blog with the BFF title it means you're in for a treat. If you would like to be featured on my blog contact me at any of my social media sights below.

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How? Simply leave a comment below and I will pick one random winner this month. It's that easy.


Bradford Scripps

This week on my Author Spotlight, I bring you something completely different than the horror of Wendy Potocki, or the thrill from Rachel Amphlett. Today I am featuring Bradford Scripps's and his new children's book called Who are the Fear Fighters?! A non-watery book, but I've made the exception for this talented young fella. 

Brad's travel site: www.tripizy.com
I met Brad on twitter a few years ago and I'm quite impressed with his entrepre-neurial spirit. Since we met he has created several diverse projects including a travel website, an app, and a childrens' book. How is that for talent?

The travel site is called Tripizy and you can find it here:  www.tripizy.com
It is a site where you can book everything from hotels, flights, cruises and rental cars. Book your next hotel stay for up to 80% off with over two hundred and fifty thousand properties 
worldwide. 


Brad's App ToGather
Coming Soon!

ToGather App



Brad's app, ToGather, will be available in three weeks. 

With ToGather you can organize a public or private event, find friends nearby to hang out with, find out what is trending for events in your area, follow friends, family, colleagues and much more. 

It is the fastest and easiest way to create an event. Stay tuned I'll be tweeting his links when that is out. 

 Who Are THE FEAR FIGHTERS?

Brad has created an entire brand around this book and the characters. Please take a minute to checkout the Website where you can find a lot of character details, a Fear Fighting Certificate, and other fun things. 





Synopsis:

Devin has normal fears of anyone his age. He is afraid of the dark and animals really scare him. Like a lot of kids, he has trouble facing his fears. 

After a class field trip to the zoo where he is made fun of by the class bullies, Devin is dared to return to the zoo that night to prove he isn't scared. After bluffing, and saying that he didn't have fears, Devin and, his best friend, Aiden go on a wild, heart-pumping adventure and along the way faces his fears, makes new friends, and experiences an adrenaline surging night that ultimately changes their lives forever. 

From author Bradford W. Scripps comes an exciting and feel-good story introducing a new children's brand that helps your kids face their fears. Kids learn that family and friends are always there for support.


What People are Saying

"An engaging and well-written story that gives children power over fear and the necessary coping skills to feel better, stronger, and safer. This book is a great teaching tool to explore childhood fears and to help children understand that they are not alone and that there are many people they can reach out. A must in classroom libraries!"

Ana Lorena Fabrega, Bachelor Degree in Childhood Education and Special Education at New York University
1st grade Teacher (Boston Private School) The Learning Project Elementary School


"Who Are The Fear Fighters?! is a charismatic story that addresses the normality of having childhood fears. This exciting storyline depicts the positive impact of having support and encouragement from friends to help in the process of overcoming the feelings of doubt and uncertainty. Courage, trust, and friendship all played their parts to triumph fear."

Annick Dagot, Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Grades K-3)


"As a teacher I read daily to my class during read aloud time.  What I like about The Fear Fighters, it will capture the full attention of children all ages and spark their imagination.   The writer addresses the problem right away and takes the children on an action packed adventure that will have the reader rooting for Devin to overcome his fear of animals. 
The writer’s sensitivity and ability to address problems that young children fear but are not able to express is amazing. An excellent book! A must read for all young children."

Minnie DeVico, Master's Degree from Point Loma University.  
"Very endearing story that my boys (5 & 7) related very well to. They are both really into learning about wild animals. Knowing the Fear Fighter's were wild animals kept them enthralled with the story.   As a mom, I appreciate the fact that the author addresses common fears most children have. The story reinforced to my boys that their fears can be overcome through confidence in themselves and friendship!" 

Cristina Spillane, Mother of two boys


Links




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.