Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cover Reveal: Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford

Inside the Book:

Title: Death in Advertising
Author: Laura Bradford
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ecopy 

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

Meet the Author

As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the upcoming Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

For More Information Visit Laura’s website.    

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cover Reveal: Game of Lies by Amanda K. Byrne

Inside the Book:

Title: Game of Lies
Author: Amanda K. Byrne
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ecopy 

The ties that bind, the vengeance that severs…

 Cass Turner, promising UCLA student, is gone. All that remains now is Cass the rogue assassin. Her target: all those who’ve sworn their loyalty to Isaiah, a man so ruthless Cass won’t find peace until he’s destroyed. Yet Cass’s brazen killing spree has driven a wedge between her and the man she loves. As a lieutenant in LA’s largest crime family, Nick Kosta has his own reasons for wanting Isaiah dead. But if Cass continues to play by her own rules, she'll have to choose between Nick and getting even.

When her one chance at the ultimate revenge is snatched away, Cass's world begins to fall apart. Now they’re going to play by Nick’s rules—even if it means betraying her trust. Because the danger to their lives, and their future, is far from over. But with the body count rising, and a target on Nick’s back, Cass will have to find a way to unearth the lies that surround the Kostas and find the killer in their midst...before it’s too late.

Meet the Author

Amanda K. Byrne
When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.

For More Information Visit Amanda’s website.    

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Story Behind The Stranger’s Cover, by Anna del Mar

If you ask me, the cover of The Stranger is a combination of different types of gorgeous. There’s nature’s beauty, of course, nicely displayed in the background as the legendary Alaskan Range rises over the tundra and reflects on a glassy lake. Very appropriate, since Alaska is the third protagonist of this epic romance.

And then there’s the human gorgeousness, the hunk who graces the cover and still to this day makes me swoon every time I set my eyes on him. Yes, just in case you were wondering, we romance authors are particularly appreciative of the visual assets that cover designers bestow upon the heroes that rule our imaginations.

The Stranger is my newest romantic suspense and the second book of my Wounded Warrior Series, following on the heels of my Amazon bestseller, The Asset. The cover began as Art Fact Sheet, the input mechanism that my publisher, Carina Press, uses to ensure that an author’s perspective is represented in the cover’s creation stages.

I like to be prolific with my descriptions in my AFS, giving the cover designers as much information as I can about my main characters and my settings. I add lots of pictures that come straight out of my notes and storyboards and babble away with all kinds of crazy ideas. Inevitably, my amazing editor, Kerri Buckley and the incredible team at Carina make some sort of sense out of my jumbled AFS. And here’s the funny thing: They always come up with something better, MUCH better than I could imagine in the first place.

In the Case of The Stranger I was blown away when I got my cover concept from Heather Goldberg, Carina Press’s truly impressive Digital Marketing Coordinator. Heather manages to keep a complex process that involves many people, opinions and departments running like a fine oiled machine. The kicker is that she also manages to keep finicky authors like me deliriously happy.

The Stranger on the cover is Seth Erickson. Seth is a powerful Alaskan tycoon dealing with a quarreling family and a hostile takeover attempt. As the cover also implies, he’s a wounded warrior, a helicopter pilot struggling to recover from injuries he sustained while serving in Afghanistan, a man haunted by his past and fighting his own demons. Seth is your classic alpha, blunt, systematic and precise, always cool and in command, a man who despises emotion and sticks to his icy logic… until he meets my heroine, Summer Silva.

The adventure that ensues is beyond the cover, along with the details of Seth and Summer’s hot and sexy romance. For more on that, click here. But I’ll share this. The cover designers chose just the right physical type. The details, according to the story, are right on. The Seth on the cover matches the Seth in my mind. The cover is a perfect merger of storytelling and marketing savvy. Now ask any author out there. That’s hard to do and a total credit to the talented team at Carina Press.


Here’s a first review of The Stranger. And it’s an awesome one!

When her sister runs away with a guy she met on the internet, a warmth-loving Miami architect chases her reckless sibling to Alaska and finds her life in danger from more than the elements. Only a stranger, a wounded warrior who is also Alaskan tycoon with a quarreling family as complicated as her own and no time for a lady in distress—let alone one who walks on her sleep—can save her from disaster. Together, two strangers from different worlds and opposite spectrums of the thermometer must unravel the intrigues that threaten their lives to chase after a new dream, together, in majestic Alaska. 


Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.


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