Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Afterimage & Encender by J. Kowallis

Titles: Afterimage & Encender
Author: J Kowallis
Series: Enertia Trials #1 & 2
Genre: New Adult, Dystopian
Release Dates: Afterimage: May 7, 2015
Encender: February 29, 2016

Afterimage #1
Reggie’s dreams . . .
aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:


How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

Encender #2
They say you feel cold when you die.

The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.

For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.

When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:

A man like her.

Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.

Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley  isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.

1. What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
My interests in literary genre is wide spread. I've dabbled in crime writing, chick lit, paranormal, and finally settled on dystopian for a fairly simple reason: it was the only story I could find that fully formed in my mind. I kept trying to write other stories and I'd get maybe ten chapters in and realize I had no idea how to end it, or where it was going. At that point, I also found that one of the main reasons behind that is because I, as the writer, had no emotional connection to what was going on. I think one of the things I find intriguing about dystopian settings is the fact that, when done right, dystopian has a terrifying edge to it. It's a warning and commentary on our current state. I've always been interested in real people, real life, and if I can take that "reality" and spin it in just the right angle, it becomes escapism without being completely unbelievable. So, in short, my biggest influence was me.

2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process?
I LOVE picking character names. From my standpoint, the names I pick absolutely define who that character is. All of a sudden, they're not just this unidentifiable blob of an idea, they're a person. In fact, it was Dale Carnegie that said, "Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language." Though names may not define a character, they are a part of them, and with one word, you've created a soul.

3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I find that I don't really have one genre that tops my favorites. If you'd asked me that in 6th grade, I would have said historical fiction. If you'd asked me that in High School, I would have said perhaps classics or fantasy. Through college I leaned toward chick lit and anti "threadbare dresses and heaving bosom" romances in the YA category. And of course, I love my dystopian. I guess I'd have to say that I just love anything that's emotionally driven.

4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Charlotte Bronte. Like, for real. I consider her the queen of dark romances. While her sister, Emily's Wuthering Heights may have been darker and more draining, Charlotte hit that sweet spot--dark enough to create intrigue and suspense, but not so depressing that you lose empathy for the characters.

5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you later in life?
I consider 3rd Grade to be my kick off. After that, I went into hibernation until I was about 22. In between those years, I wrote a lot of fantasy fiction. I say "fantasy fiction" because all it really was, was short blurbs where I'd write this sweeping romance scenario between myself and my celebrity crush (these usually centered around Elijah Wood through my high school years . . . don't judge me . . . I think think he has gorgeous eyes). But, when I found myself writing again in college to relieve stress, I realized I wanted to become serious about it.

Author Bio:
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable รผber-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).


Afterimage #1

Encender #2

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One More Time is Not Enough by Belle Ami

Title: One More Time is Not Enough
Author: Belle Ami
Series: The Only One #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Adelia Lindstrom Bremen seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, perfect twin children, two men in love with her, and a career she loves. But, beneath the veneer of success and prosperity lies disappointment, tragedy, and unending lies. Her parents were murdered, her marriage ended in a custody battle, and she is swept up in a love triangle. Now she has discovered the existence of a half-sister who wants nothing to do with her.

Someone is killing scientists that deny man-made climate change, and Adelia is about to find out that putting her life back together and opening herself to love may be the least of her worries. Can she find her true love and survive being the prey of a serial killer? Can the two men who love her rescue her in time? The clock is ticking.

When they returned to the cliff house, it was late. Adelia suggested they take a Jacuzzi and have a nightcap. While David changed into his swimsuit, she ordered a bottle of champagne and fresh strawberries. By the time he finished in the bathroom, she was in the hot tub, immersed in a cloud of steam, sipping champagne and nibbling on fruit.

“Come on, slowpoke, the water feels like heaven.” She eyed David’s muscled body. “The FBI Academy seems to have agreed with you. You’re a treat for the eyes, Agent Weiss.”

David sighed. “What am I going to do with you?” He slipped into the water.

“I don’t know. What are you going to do with me?” she goaded, handing him a glass of champagne.

Enjoying their playful repartee, she placed her feet in his lap. “This is bliss.” The intimacy of the hot tub was having its desired effect, she could feel the sexual tension mounting.

“You know I’m not going to make love to you.”

“Really." She furrowed her brows annoyed. “Why not?”

“Because, Adelia, even all of this”—he spread his arms wide—“can’t make the reality of our lives go away. You have an ex-husband who wants you back, children who’d be better off with both their parents. I can’t compete with that.”

She could sense his goading her into a confrontation. “You’re not going to spoil this perfect evening. I won’t let you.”

“Do you know what it’s going to be like for me, when this is over? Poor David, too bad his girlfriend went back to her husband.”

“It’s not true, you could stop it if you wanted to.”

“We’re fighting destiny, Adelia.”

Doubt plagued her, but it wasn’t within her power to stop what she was feeling. She stood and placed her glass on the side table. With determination, she reached out and took the champagne glass from him. Then, grabbing a strawberry, she sat on his lap, facing him.

He started to protest. “Adelia, stop . . .”

Without a thought, she placed the strawberry seductively between her teeth and brought her lips close to his.

He stared into her eyes. “Please, don’t do this.”

“Why? Don’t you like strawberries?” She could feel his erection beneath her bikini bottom. “Or, is it just me you don’t care for?”

He growled, then bit half of the strawberry off, his lips brushing hers. He tried to pull away, but her arms encircled his neck, and she deepened the kiss.

“If you keep this up . . . you might get more than you bargained for.”

“Is that a threat or a promise?” she whispered, her lips inches from his.

“You’re killing me.”

“Funny, am I the only one here who knows what they want?”

“What I want isn’t in question.”

“Oh, but I think it is. If you were honest with yourself, you wouldn’t pull away. It’s been such a perfect evening. What’s wrong with two people who care for each other, exploring their feelings? I dare you to tell me you don’t want this. That you don’t want me.”

“I’m trying to protect you . . . me . . . both of us . . . from making a mistake.” He smiled. “But you’re not cooperating. I don’t know how much more I can take.”

“Then surrender and let me win. I’m a big girl. If this is a mistake, it’s my mistake.” She pressed her lips on his, her tongue darting against his.

He rose with her in his arms. “I won’t blame you for what’s about to happen. You know how much I want you. I just hope we don’t live to regret it.”

He kissed her with a lust that turned her blood to fire.

“No regrets. I want this. Let’s take a shower,” she teased, kicking her legs playfully in the air.

Author Bio:
Tema Merback, writing as Belle Ami, couldn’t be more excited to be given the opportunity to be published by Soul Mate Publishing: “Dreams do come true”. As a mother and wife, she dedicated herself to her family and loved every minute of it. One day, like Sleeping Beauty, she awoke to find gourmet cooking and being a classical pianist wasn’t enough, she needed to reinvent herself. So, she brushed away the cobwebs and locked herself in a room and spent a year writing a historical novel which, low and behold, was a Finalist for a national book award. Her first author incarnation was born.

When she read Fifty Shades of Grey, her world tilted. Like a laser beam focusing on a target, she had found her passion: Sexy, steamy, romantic suspense. Hence came a second incarnation and a fitting nom de plume, Belle Ami. A quote that Belle considers her mantra is by Wilferd Peterson, “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”

She is a Kathryn McBride scholar of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She lives in California with her husband, two children, three dogs, and horse.

She is the author of The Only One series, The One (#1), and The One & More (#2). Her third in the series titled One More Time is Not Enough release date July 13, 2016.


One More Time is Not Enough #3

The One #1

The One & More #2

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