Sunday, 7 December 2014

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Synopsis:
Thirteen year old Erin loves horses and riding. After dreaming of the Bronze Age horses, she is starting to like history. Now curious about Ancient Greek horses, Erin again drifts into an opal dream.
Agis, a teenage boy, travels alone from Sparta to Athens where Diodorus gives him work at the stables. Agis earns the trust of a vicious black stallion, but is targeted by the jealous, Tellus. When the stallion escapes, Agis is suspected and threatened with punishment of death or slavery. Will Agis keep his freedom and survive to fulfil his dream of riding a horse?
When Erin wakes from her dream, she realises she can use what she has learnt about horses from the Ancient Greeks.
The Marble Horses, the second book in the Opal Dreaming series, describes horse riding and care in the Ancient Greek period. Each book in the series highlights the significant changes in horse riding throughout history and provides practical riding and handling techniques. Aimed at upper primary age children.      
Opal Dreaming The Marble Horses is the second book in the Opal Dreaming series information at http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com/opal-dreaming-the-marble-horses.html
Opal Dreaming The Bronze Horses is the first book in the Opal Dreaming series available at http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com/opal-dreaming-the-bronze-horses.html
Excerpt
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Unfamiliar sounds and smells filled his mind and Agis shook his head to clear it. ‘What is that stink?’ he muttered. He huddled on the ground amongst coarse coils of hemp rope and cane baskets of warm fish guts.
He closed his eyes to the glare of the morning sun and thought about the long journey he had undertaken to get this far. A shiver ran up his spine. Even as a perioikos – a free man or boy – he didn’t know what to
expect beyond his home in Sparta, or of the dangers of travelling alone.
All he could think about was horses. Even when he sat and turned the potter’s wheel as his father or grandfather moulded the clay into the everyday pots like hydrias, for collecting water from the fountain, or the small
amphoras for storing oil or wine, his mind was on horses. They didn’t make the large, elegant, patterned red and black glazed pottery he saw in the markets. Theirs was a small family workshop, and while his father
expected him and his brothers to carry on the craft, he had other ideas.
Agis didn’t understand his obsession for horses, and was unable to fight it. He came to accept it as a message from the Gods. He had seen very few horses, mainly the small, tough, sure-footed native ponies used
throughout the hills and on the farms in the lowlands. Only rarely had he seen the larger Thessalian cavalry horses, or those owned by the wealthy, and he had only heard of the magnificence of the Iberian stallions. He
read what he could find but burned to learn more, even to own one – although a humble apprentice like himself could never afford a horse.


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The Bronze Horses
Thirteen year old Erin loves everything about horses, but thinks history is boring until her mystical opal helps her drift into a dream to follow the misadventures of Fayina, a girl of similar age from a fierce, nomadic, horse riding tribe from the Bronze Age in 3000BC. Fayina is found lost on the Eurasian Steppe by Arima and his sister Mia and when they take her to their secret village, the tribe is wary of her. She finds life in the village very different, especially when she understands they don’t know how to ride the small, but strong Steppe horses. Accused of stealing one of the tribe’s best horses, Fayina is threatened with banishment unless she can teach the village people some of her horse and riding knowledge. Can Fayina save herself and ever return to her own people?
When Erin wakes from her dream, she realises history is not so bad, as long as there are horses involved, and many of the things she knows and does are not new and modern at all.
The Bronze Horses shows the early relationships people have with horses and that the history of horses and riding is also our history. The Opal Dreaming series will highlight some of the significant changes in horse riding over thousands of years and pass on horse riding and handling techniques.

Bio
Jennifer Crane lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Queensland and has two daughters. From an administrative background she leapt, with relief, into creative writing to dabble in poetry, short stories and novels for children and adults. While inspired by life events, she finds those random ideas that pop into her head are the most fun to write. In 2008 she self-published ‘Spillover: A Memoir’ about the death of her horse from Hendra virus. She has had horses all her life  which inspired The Bronze Horses, the first book in the Opal Dreaming series, published in 2012 with The Marble Horses in 2014. She also helps local war widows record their life stories. She has had a number of short stories published online and in anthologies and achieved some minor awards for her writing although she is still aiming for that win.
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Spillover: A Memoir
On 14 June 2006, Clive, a thoroughbred gelding, died an agonizing death. 
It was a death that would mark the beginning of an emotional nightmare for his owner, Jennifer Crane and her family. A death that would receive national media coverage as only the sixth recorded case in Australia and would result in an independent Queensland Parliamentary Review.
Unknown to Jennifer, the large colony of flying foxes, camped in the neighbouring forest and spilling over onto her property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, had brought with it the deadly Hendra virus that infected her horse and put her own life at risk.
Jennifer’s account of the death of her horse due to the Hendra virus portrays the pain of losing a beloved member of the family, her encounter with Queensland’s biosecurity procedures and a decision to try to increase the awareness of the fatal consequences when the balance of nature is tipped.
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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Katalina Winter has been living for eighteen years, with a secret hidden inside of her, a secret not even she knew.
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Join Katalina as she navigates her way through this world at war, where the alpha is law, and only the strong survive. You will see the power of true love, and the length's people will go to destroy it.
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At first I just wrote fan fiction until one morning I woke up with a story of my own. Lincoln and Lexia were born! I spent 6 solid months writing and re-writing and now their story is out in the world and I am currently working on the final book Holocaust due 2015.
After the birth of my 3rd child I wrote Winter Wolf a YA Paranormal Novel which is due for Release in November.
I have lived in England, New Zealand and currently live in QLD Australia but to me England will always be home.
I've been a dish washer, Admin assistant, horse groom and now spend my days looking after my 3 children and writing as often as I can.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

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Promises After Dark is LIVE!
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Blurb
In and out of the bedroom, Alex and Angel's passion is an all-consuming, every-second-of-every-day, can't-stop-thinking-about-you, obsession!
They have it all; fiery hot sexual chemistry, an undeniable mental connection, a profound emotional bond, and a newfound trust as they promise each other, 'no more secrets'. Theirs is a sensual, magical love affair of epic proportions.
When their perfect world is shaken by a dangerous criminal out to extract painful revenge on them, the fierce protectiveness that rules Alex becomes a single purposed objective that will drive him beyond his limits and make him do things even he didn't know he was capable of.
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Excerpt # 1   
Alex closed his eyes, his heart swelling inside his chest and more blood pushing into his cock.  His breath hitched.  Fuck, she excited him more than anyone ever had, but that wasn't even it.  He wanted to make sure she understood.  He ran the tip of his nose down hers, and his lower lip nudged hers.  "I intend to, but I mean, I don't want us to end.  I want you in my bed, my body inside yours, to give you so much pleasure you can't form a coherent thought.  But more, I just want you with me.  Next to me.  I want to take care of you, to protect you.  Always."  His eyes opened and locked with hers as he stilled.  "I need you to believe you are the only thing that matters to me now.  The only fucking thing."

Excerpt #2
    "Do you think I'm any less addicted?  I can't wait to see you; I think about you all the time, obsessed with protecting you and possessing you.  I have this insane need to pleasure you until you beg me to stop and my name falls from lips that are swollen from my kisses.  I want you to forget everything but me ... to make you forget anyone else you've ever been with.  I need to mark you, to own you body and soul-" he paused when Angel's brow shot up in mock reprimand, but still, he could see her defiance battling with how she felt.  He smiled softly, letting out a small huff, then continued to bare his soul.  "-until you'll never want another man to touch you.  Never again.  Because if you let that happen, I'll be destroyed; it will literally kill me.  If anything happened to you, I don't know what I'd do.  I can tell you I love you, but it's not enough to explain it."  His chest pushed into hers as he took a deep breath, and she could feel his heart pounding above hers.  "I'm- fucking consumed."

Excerpt #3
He looked up into her eyes.  "I didn't believe in love until you.  You are surprising, and brilliant, beautiful, and just everything to me.  To say I love you is not enough.  Seriously, I can't breathe, I love you so much.  My life was good before you, but now it's brilliant.  I don't ever want to be without you."  His heart was thundering in his chest, and he took her left hand and placed it over it, leaning his forehead against hers.  "Feel that?  That's what you do to me."


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I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.

I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture. The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Through the Fire Michelle Irwin Review

Through the Fire
Michelle Irwin






Bottom Drawer Publications is excited to be taking Through the Fire, a new adult, paranormal romance by Michelle Irwin, on tour.




Book Details: Novel
Genre: NA, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2014

Blurb


Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.


When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.

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My question seemed to put him off-guard. “Because they would have killed you if I did.”
The casual way he spoke of my death made it easy to set my jaw and will away all emotions besides the healthy dose of fear that was a constant undercurrent running through my body. “Don’t I deserve to die just because of what I am?” I jeered.
His brow knitted together, and his mouth mashed into a hard line that turned down at the corners. “No . . . I . . .” He sighed. “I don’t want that.”
“Who cares what you want? What gives you the right to pick and choose who gets to live? Why do I get that honor but my mother didn’t?” I asked, my voice rising by almost an octave as I was filled to the brim with thoughts of my mother, of my father’s grief, of everything that the Rain had cost my family. So much had been lost because of Clay’s beliefs and the organization he was raised in. How was I supposed to be okay with any of that? My body quivered even as it heated as the thoughts rushed through me. “She didn’t get to live even though she never hurt anyone!”
As if he’d been barely suppressing his emotions for our whole conversation so far, my ire sparked its counterpart in him, and he exploded. “I don’t think that I have any right! I was raised to believe that everything other deserves to die. There is part of me that still thinks that I made the biggest mistake of my life in not killing you on sight!”

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“Stay here,” he mouthed back as he made overly emphasized hand movements and pointed at the ground.
I nodded as he silently dropped the backpack off his shoulder and left it on the floor, before dragging something out of it, but I couldn’t make out what because of the angle his body was in. Whatever he grabbed, he tucked into the back of his pants.
He reached out for me, pulling me to him for a moment. My skin blazed with fear, but it didn’t seem to faze him. I glanced down to where his hand clasped my wrist. His finger traced a small circle against my pulse point.
“I’m sorry,” he whispered. “I never meant for it to be like this.”
“What do you mean?” I rested my hand on his chest and stared at the spot where the thrumming vibrated beneath my hand.
“When the moment comes, take it. Don’t look back.”
“I don’t understand.”
He stepped closer to me, drawing me to him with his steady grip on my arm. His other hand caressed my cheek again, and a moment later his soft lips were on mine. His lips dragged over mine in gentle, sad movements. His fingers twined into my hair, and he drew my face closer to his. He placed his forehead on mine for a fraction of a second. “I love you.”
A second later, he pulled away without giving me a chance to respond. He ran his fingers through his hair to tidy it and then shoved both hands in his pockets, turned away, and casually strolled out toward his family, leaving me feeling confused and scared.

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About the Author


Michelle Irwin


Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.


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