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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Release of 'Eye of the Diamond-T' by Bill LaBrie




   Eye of the Diamond-T
by
Bill LaBrie
bill.labrie@gmail.com

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

ISBN: 0615948782
ISBN 13: 9780615948782

Pages: 241
Word Count: 55,000





Book Description:

The eyes are only one way of seeing. The power of myth lies in ways of seeing that don’t always use the power of sight.

Starting with its explosive first chapter, Eye of the Diamond-T  takes you along on one man’s quest to see with more than his eyes. Nick Pente is the Chicago-born son of a Greek optician and a beautiful, Irish alcoholic. Though he doesn’t remember, a part of his soul was stolen at summer camp in Winnetka in 1937. The “little blackouts” he’s suffered in the years since have shaped his life.  After a hero’s welcome upon his return from Europe after World War Two, his life was turned upside-down. Nick still believes the mysterious Dr. Kultra set him straight. But did he, really? When Nick awakens after a horrendous roadway truck accident in Northern Arizona, he’s in the care of an Indian shaman and his beautiful daughter -- and he’s blind. It’s only through being struck blind that Nick can finally begin to see.

Eye of the Diamond-T has something to delight, disturb, anger, and overjoy almost every reader. It combines the mythologies of old and new Europe and old and new America. It’s a retelling of the Orpheus legend combined with Native American folklore, set against the mythic backdrop of Route 66 in 1957; A starkly honest farewell letter to “The Greatest Generation”; A realistic look at real life in 1950s America, and an indictment of CIA mind-control programs. It’s a love story, a survival saga, a tragedy, a pulp-like crime novel and a comedy all at once. And chances are, the ending will not only make hearts swell, but tears fall.

Start seeing with more than your eyes.

Early Praise for Diamond-T:

“Bill LaBrie has crafted a lyrical hero’s journey, with rich characters and vivid descriptions worthy of Stephen King at his best. Eye of the Diamond T is a magical and thrilling adventure that spans the years and ventures into the depths of human consciousness.”Sean Ellis, author of Fortune Favors
“The plot is excellent as are the sub-plots. The dialogue is engaging, intriguing, and well written.”
“This is one of those novels that is intense, thrilling, beautiful, sad, and gives the reader a great sense of escape into another world. Not all books can pull this off so well, and I really felt a part of the world you’ve created.”
“There are a lot of great turns of phrase that made the excerpts — of them — delightful to read.”











 December 13, 2014
Nick Pente’s life has just crashed.

It’s early dawn in the winter of 1957. He’s hanging from the edge of legendary Route 66 in Arizona. He's suspended over the snow-covered rails below. He shudders behind the steering wheel of his Diamond-T semi-truck -- its enormous engine still humming. The truck dangles by no more than a splinter from an icy railroad bridge. As the Santa Fe Super Chief approaches below, he hears its horn blast. The bridge shakes. Nick breathes, watches, and waits.

He is aware.

Somewhere behind him are those two men in the black Mercury. They had tailed him for his last thousand miles down the main street of America. For what? Why? Nick only knows is that he must not let his self-awareness fade. He must not let his psychological “dead spot” take him down. Not now.

“I am aware. I am Nick Pente. I am aware” he softly repeats, to no one.

The train nears, the truck tips downward, and the timeline explodes. It's only then that the adventure begins. Nick will learn more about the world that betrayed him and his own identity than he ever before imagined. 







This story is zany, humorous, and quite tense at times. It's an homage to all the great road novels and has just the right sort of cliches to set up the unexpected twists. LaBrie's narration flows smoothly and he paints this adventure story like a major motion picture. If you're looking for a madcap tale of adventure that feels like an old school American road novel, pick this one up.

The book begins with a seemingly straightforward, harrowing action scene. A tractor trailer dangles precariously over an icy bridge overlooking railroad tracks. A train approaches, and the disoriented, injured driver wonders if his violent demise approaches with it. But to give a simple plot synopsis does this book a disservice. A much broader story is being told than is contained within the events on the page.

The book flows easily and yet it's also rich with layers of meaning. It's suspenseful, action-filled, witty, and deeply psychological, so I think anyone would really enjoy reading it and get a lot out if it. Plus, the protagonist is really relatable, even for me as a female. Even after finishing, I still find myself thinking about him and his journey.

The greatest strength of the book, in my mind, is the clarity and power of the scenery. The story is unpredictable and I suggest you read it slowly and let the imagery soak into you while you go along for the ride.

Bill is a very strong storyteller and the book stands on its merits.

This book is awesome! It strikes up a very spiritual question that sent me into some seriously introspective moments.

This is a wonderful breakout first novel for Mr. Labrie. The characters are thought out and jump off the page at you. Taking place in the late 1950's you can smell the grease from the french fry vat, and from the guy's hair in the next booth.

I came to regard this story as a recapitulation of a saga, with many more events and characters to be explored. I hope we get more stories from this author!







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From the very start this story and the style of writing that Bill LaBrie presented to me had me hooked. The tale that he has written is one that takes Nick Pente on a journey of self-discovery.  It starts out with Nick wrecking his truck on an icey road, while he is dangling over a bridge, he is injured and trying to figure out how to get out of his dangerous predicament, when he finds himself being pulled along the ground, what Nick experiences next is going to change his life forever.  We are taken on this adventure that is Nick’s life, as he experiences his present life, healing from his injuries.  He is reflecting on his past and his mistakes and experiences on the road, life on Route 66, living the life of a trucker.  But there is more…  oh so much more…  I was definitely hooked to keep reading because this was a mystery beyond what I am willing to say, I hate spoilers!  But I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Bill has quite the talent for writing I have to say. Wow!!!  That was Great!!!  I loved the ending!!   I am giving this book a 5 of 5 stars.   Way to go Bill!  
Loved it.  

~ Kim ~








Author Bio:

I’m Bill LaBrie.

Every day I wake up and silently thank my mother for wacking me on the back of my head with a broom. She did it to get me to start writing that one day when I was in 4th grade. I hadn’t been able to think of anything to say about the Magna Carta. About ten pages later, I had said whatever I could. I guess that whack still stings a bit. I feel it every time I sit down to write.

Since then I’ve had articles, short stories, poems, interviews, and press releases published, even during my otherwise-largely uncreative career working in technology for enormous corporations. The writing bug became an all-out full-body infection last year, and I committed myself to finishing and publishing Diamond-T.

I’m nearly as flawed as the protagonist in Diamond-T. In my 45 brief years on the planet I’ve worked too much, hated too much, sworn too much, spent too much, moved too much, married too much, despaired too much,  and ridden far too many miles on motorcycles at far too high a speed.  I blame a childhood spent travelling the West with my lounge-musican parents, standing in the backseats of cars as I watched the world zip by. I’ve often let it overwhelm me.

But just like Nick Pente, I’ve recently had an awakening. I’ve come to realize just how essential unconditional love really is. It’s a practical necessity to human life. A certain lack of love early in life has shaped my life just as Nick’s trauma shaped his. My decision to finally write and publish Diamond-T is my tribute to a love once forsaken: My love for storytelling and entertaining an audience, and for risking it all.

I’m a graduate of Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire. I’m certified in various flavors of UNIX and database systems.  When I’m not putting words on a page I’m raising my son, writing and recording songs, or going on impromptu photo safaris around my neighborhood in central Phoenix, Arizona.

I also serve on the board of Release the Fear, a Phoenix non-profit dedicated to reclaiming troubled young lives through creativity and expression (releasethefear.org). 







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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Life of Anna, Part 2: Entwined by Marissa Honeycutt


Title: Entwined (The Life of Anna, Part 2)
Author: Marissa Honeycutt
Genre: Very Dark Paranormal Erotica
Publication Date: October 29, 2014


Anna has two masters, one she hardly knows, but who makes her feel safe, the other she's known all her life and says he needs her.

Alex wants her to be free.

Devin demands her obedience.

As Anna takes her first steps into the world, into love, into friendship, she wonders if she will ever understand either of them.





There is a subculture within our own world that you’ve only heard whispers of. The conspiracy theorists wish they knew Anna’s story. What the conspiracy theorists think they know is only put out there to keep them from the real story.





***NOTE***

This is not a stand-alone novel. This is the second of five novels that tell Anna’s story.





***WARNING***

This book is for grown-ups. This book is not for people who are easily offended, get nightmares easily, or have difficulty reading books about tough subjects. I do not glorify bad things, but bad things do happen to my poor characters. This is not your typical love story. My heroine does not fall in love and live happily ever after...at least not like the typical heroine. There is a happily ever after, but it is a long, painful journey to that end.

Anna’s story is told in five, novel-length books.

This book will likely offend you. This book might make you cry; it might make you throw up. It is a dark book. As my friend, Heidi, said, “It’s dark. It gets darker. It gets even darker, and then it gets even more darker. And then, just when you think it can’t get any darker, it does.”

But, don’t worry. I take you to the deep end gradually. ;)

There are many sexual situations in this series of books. People die. People get hurt. Things aren’t always truly the way they appear to be. The antagonist isn’t just a bad guy; he’s EVIL. My heroine’s worldview is skewed; things that may appall you are perfectly normal to her.

Any violence in this book is non-gratuitous and crucial to the plot and character development.

Do not read this if you are under the age of consent in your country. Do not get angry if the subject or actual book upsets you. If you're reading this, you've been warned.



***Disclaimer***

This book series is about a sex slave. Therefore, there is sex in it. Lots of sex (though I took a bunch out. lol). Other disclaimers: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, physical torture, sexual torture, rape, death, violence, violent rape, gang rape, anal sex, regular sex, violent sex, violent anal sex, sex with non-sexual objects, sex with sexual objects, m/f, m/m, f/f, m/f/m, orgies, bloody scenes, disturbing scenes, scenes that might make you throw up or cry, scenes that make my characters throw up and cry, mindfucks, cursing, drug use, multiple snuff scenes, disturbing rituals, manipulation, brain-washing, people in disturbing situations (duh!), imperfect heroes and evil antagonists doing evil things.








Enslaved: The Life of Anna, Part 1











Marissa's story of Anna began with a dream about being kidnapped with Adam Savage from Mythbusters (Yes, really). Over the next year and a half, it morphed into the story you will be reading soon. She has several other stories in progress, one of which is based on her kidnapped dream.



When she's not writing or editing, Marissa is taking care of two young boys, training to be an astronaut, running her household, wrestling with gorillas, playing around on Facebook, promoting whirled peas, and busting her tush for her accounting degree. She enjoys chocolate, air conditioning in the desert's summer heat, really good strawberry margaritas, sleeping, and shopping.


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Author Website: http://marissahoneycutt.wordpress.com/



Author GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8306428.Marissa_Honeycutt



Reader’s discussion & support group for Part 1:http://on.fb.me/1qlo0Iq



Reader’s discussion & support group for Part 2:http://on.fb.me/1szorn9



Deleted scenes coming soon to Marissa’s blog:http://marissahoneycutt.wordpress.com/





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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Carnage 2 by Lesley Jones

Finally it is here....

When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on?
Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it's also the most painful kind of life and I don't know if I'm strong enough to live it.
I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me?
I'm Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.I'm no longer a part of an us, it's just me. Alone. By myself.















Lesley Jones Biography

I was born and raised in a small working class town in Essex, just outside of East London. I am married with three sons and in 2006 we all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about 50K outside of Melbourne Australia. It's a whole new way of life for us down here, we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
I am currently a stay at home mum but in the past I have worked at Marks & Spencer, as a classroom assistant/teachers aid and have run my business.
As well as writing, I love to read and have been known to get through four or five books a week. My other interests are watching my boys play football...The round ball version.  I am happy to admit to being an addict of social media and I owe a lot to my Facebook and Twitter family in promoting my work. I am also rather partial to a glass... or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favorite. Being a born and raised Essex girl, I will happily admit to be being a big fan of spray tans, Shellac and am regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although I am more likely to be found in thongs/flipflops than a pair of white stilettos these days.












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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Corrupted - Book Review



Synopsis

I am going to marry a monster. 
He is my everything. 
He manipulates people for fun. He takes over their lives, consuming them. He dominates and crushes, ruling them, claiming their souls. No one can survive the games of Damon Hunt. 

Before now. Before me.

I am Ella Knight. I am corrupted. My sister was a victim of Damon's games.  It’s my turn to play now. 
Damon Hunt has been my sole focus, my everything for three years, since my sister’s death. I'll manipulate him. I'll take over his life, consuming and crushing him. I am going to take away his soul. Damon Hunt will not survive my games. I will win.

I hope.

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PROLOGUE

February 12th 2014

I look down at Cory and feel nothing; no joy at breaking him, no happiness at succeeding, and certainly no sadness over lost love. I don’t really remember feelings nowadays. Love isn’t real. It hurts people. It’s a word used too often without meaning. I have no time for love. I am empty. A single vessel floating around a universe of nothing. I have no reason to feel anymore. No real reason.
The weeping man before me brings no emotions out in me. They never do, they’re just collateral damage. They’re all the same - easy to please, easy to hurt, full of broken promises. The world would be better off without men in it.
I didn’t need to ruin Cory. I was ready when I left Scott. Cory just happened to catch my eye at the right time. Or wrong time, depending on how you look at it. I want to laugh at his pathetic display of weakness. Crying over a break up? Disgusting. Love sucks, get over it already!
“You’re weak. Nothing but a pathetic piece of shit.” I snarl.
“I don’t understand. Why? What’s changed since this morning?” his eyes plead with me. This is the part I like. Seeing how far I can push them. “Baby, I love you.”
“You think you love me after three months?” I laugh and shake my head. “You were easy.”
“I do. You know I do. You feel the same, you said you loved me. Why did you fuck him?” I can see the doubt set in as he looks up at me. I smile. Stupid man.
“I’ve never loved you. It was all a game. You were a game.” He sucks in a shocked gasp. “I saw you the night before in the bar. You’d cheated on your girlfriend, but you were still trying to make her feel bad for your actions. After you got caught. Like it was her fault your dick slipped into the redhead. I had to have you then.”
I walk to him and crouch down so we’re eye level. “It took one flash of leg to get your attention. One smile to get a drink. Three days for you to say you were sorry for the first time. By day eight you told me you loved me.” I tilt my head to the side to look at the poor excuse of a man I’ve been shacked up with for the past three months.
“Why are you doing this?” he cries as his head drops forward, shoulders hutched over in defeat.
“Because I can.” I snap. “You tried to manipulate a vulnerable woman. You used love to hurt her. I couldn’t let you get away with that, you needed to feel the pain you caused your ex.”
“So this has all been revenge for Carol?” Cory asks in an incredulous voice.
“No. I’ve never spoken to Carol before. This was about more than just your ex, Cory. It was about the man you are. What you represent. I knew on day five that you would be the easiest. A few words in your ear and you believed my words over a fourteen year friendship. Never put hoes before bros, it’s a known fact. That friendship took twelve days to break. Twelve days as opposed to fourteen years?” I laugh at his stupidity, shaking my head. “Pathetic.”
“Tony didn’t?”
“Tony certainly did. Just not the way I told you.” I’m ready to leave. I stand and move to collect my bag from the kitchen table. “I never needed anything from you. I don’t need anything from anyone.  All that money you’ve given me, I didn’t need any of it. I just needed to see how hard you would try to keep me.”
“Why?” realisation is finally sinking in. He sounds broken. 
“Why? Why? Because I lost everything. All because of a man like you.” I shout at him before calming my voice. “Your dad never touched me, you know?” a sob tears from his throat, raw pain. “Sure, he grabbed my arm and made those marks but only after I told him I was using you. Good thing mummy dearest believed him.”
“You bitch.” he cries, looking torn up. Yes, he’s too broken to even stand up to me. I walk to stand in front of him.
“I am a bitch. I don’t feel. I don’t love. I hate. I only hate. I hate you.” I grab a hand full of his brown hair, squeezing it into a fist then pulling his head back so he’s looking at me. “I would say it’s been fun but you’re the same as the rest of them. A lying, cheating, lousy lay. Have fun trying to build bridges.” I push away from him, stride to the door, and exit, leaving it to slam behind me.
I smile as the cold, February air stings my face. The winter sun is shining bright. It’s deceiving. Like me, beauty surrounded by nothing but bitterness. It takes nothing but a smile to lure men in.
I use them.
I manipulate them.
I break them.
That’s the best part, leaving them broken with nothing and no one left. I had everything taken away from me because of one man. The Demon.
Damon Hunt.
Damon is a hunter. He preys on innocent women. He breaks them, tears them apart until they have nothing more left to give.
It’s time for the hunter to be hunted.  



 Excerpt 


“Ella,” he rasps. “You’re gonna fuckin’ kill me. Sweet Jesus, baby.” He closes the distance between us in two strides. When he’s close enough, his hands grip on my hips and pull me into him. Our bodies clash, my blood ignites. Need washes through me. Damon’s scent envelopes me, he smells pure male. My chest heaves as I look up into his eyes, my breasts brushing against his chest with every inhale. “I can see everything, beauty. Every fucking thing. The rounded globes of your perfect arse, the mound of your pussy, the dimples at the back of your knees.” His hands move down to grip my arse cheeks. He squeezes roughly before pulling me into his hard cock. I moan as the move hits the perfect spot. “God, I need to keep you.”







Sweeter Excerpt 
“Morning,” he whispers into my neck as he nuzzles. I gasp at the soft stroke of his tongue on my neck. “I can smell you. I’ll have your scent stuck in my head all day. I need a taste.” He sucks my earlobe into his mouth as he nibbles me. “Just one taste. I have to have one taste.” The huskiness of his desire filled voice makes my knees weak. I melt into his body, letting the feelings he’s evoking within me take over.











I was gifted Corrupted and in return I am writing an honest review.  This books starts out with Ella Knight seeking revenge on her sister’s life that was lost 3 years ago.  Ella’s sister Lydia took her own life after she was devastated by Damon Hunt, a master manipulator of all women.  Lydia fell in love, fast and hard in fact.  Lydia kept a diary on her life with Damon and once Ella finds and reads this diary she realizes the extent of Damon’s betrayal, how badly he treated her and so Ella has decided to seek revenge on Damon for causing Lydia’s death.  Ella researches Damon’s life and watches him waiting to put herself in his path, and once she does Damon becomes completely taken by her.  Falling for every one of her tricks.  Wanting to keep her, but yet Damon still has another woman that wants him and for some unknown reason he can’t leave her behind and move forward with Ella.  Now while I enjoyed this book and will probably be reading the next one in the series because I have to know how things went and what Ella has in store for Damon next.  I also found the plot a little one sided though, unless this is the Author’s intent to keep the reader interested so they will want the next book.  But I found one part of the book to be too unbelievable.  I won’t put anymore spoilers out there than I already have, but I will say this book was well written for the most part, and I really did like it.  I look forward to seeing the growth of the writing skills of these 2 authors in future books.  The plot was certainly a good one, I just wished there would have been more mystery to this story, more than just the revenge plot.  I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.   




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Author Bio's


Alicia Taylor is 28, lives in Derbyshire in the UK with her husband and two step-daughters.
Corrupted is her debut novel which she cowrites with Natalie Townson. This is book one in the Manipulation Trilogy.
Her love of reading led to blogging which led to this - dipping her toes in the indie author pool.

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Natalie Townson is 31, a mother of one beautiful little boy and lives in Gloucester in the UK with her Husband.
Corrupted is her debut novel that is a book one of the manipulation trilogy, that she co writes with Alicia Taylor. She is currently working on book two of the series which is nearly complete.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Shhh..." by Jettie Woodruff


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Brought to you by Beauties and The Book

Synopsis

My name is McKenzie Perry. I’ve lived a life filled with secrets. Secrets that took me years to 

understand.

Secrets that my bestie, Gia, and I kept from the world. Secrets that only I knew. I wasn’t afraid 

of the lies, the secrets, or the hidden skeletons. That’s not what frightened me. I was afraid 

that one day they would come out, somebody would find out the truth. If I am the only one that 

knew the secrets, the lies, then they were safe, right?

It took several years for me to understand the impact of lies. Lies I told, secrets I kept, and the 

lives they controlled. One of the things I know to be true is I did the things I did for a reason, 

even if I didn’t know it at the time.

They all had a reason.

My name is Mack and this is my side of the story.

Author Bio

As most of you know I am Jettie Woodruff, author of the Amazon bestselling Underestimated 

series. I also hate bios...

I am a lifelong writer, published for a couple years now. I write romance, erotica, and some 

dark erotica. The main thing people need to know about my writing is, I don't really write your 

normal, cliché, romance. I like to write on the edge where I like to keep my readers.

My main goal when I write is to pull every emotion possible from my readers. I want you to, 

laugh, feel sad, get pissed off, and be happy. I also like to make you question your morals. 

That is probably my aim more so than anything, make you fall in love with the bad guy. 

Sometimes I can pull it off and sometimes not so much. I guess it depends on your forte. I like 

to write about the bad boy, and have you fall in love with him.

I have always read, for as long as I can remember. My first taste of a dark read was VC 

Andrew's, Casteel series. I need to read that one again. 

I am overwhelmed with the support and friends that I have made throughout my endeavor, 

and thank each and every one of you personally for all you do to help, for promoting me, for 

recommending my books, and most of all for those little IM's that I get throughout the day 

from people who love my work. Thanks guys, you're all my rocks, and live in my heart.








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