Monday, June 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014


 Today we're really excited to bring a MG/YA paranormal
fantasy adventure set in a bit of a Ninja fashion.
From Goddess Fish Promotions,
The Fox's Mask, The Kitsune Trilogy Book One
by Anna Frost.
Not only is there a special Giveaway of a generous
$30 Amazon/B&N/Kobo Giftcard to one lucky
commenter, but she's offering a special rate of
$0.99 for the book for a limited all
sounds good to me.  I believe you'll find the blurb
and the excerpt very engaging..looks like a
really interesting and special story…something
different.  So please leave your comment and
let us know you were here, as well as saying
hello to our Author today.  As always, thx
for your support, PLP.


Demon hunter Akakiba keeps many secrets from his human companion. The fact he's a werefox isn't the worst one.

In feudal Japan, magic is dying. As a demon hunter, Akakiba finds this problematic. The evil he's been trained to destroy is disappearing and, along with it, the shape-shifting abilities of the clan he left behind. With his only companion, a determined young human named Yuki, Akakiba traverses the country slaying demons and performing odd jobs.

But when an army of demon-possessed humans masses to exterminate his clan, Akakiba must put aside old feuds and protect his family–-all while hiding an important secret from Yuki. Will they find a way to defeat the demon possessed before it's too late? With magic dwindling, will it matter either way?


Excerpt One:

Rumor said that shinobi carried out their work in the dead of night, wearing black to disappear in the shadows, entering castles unseen and committing murder unheard. 

Rumor, Sanae found out, was wrong.

When she noticed the intruder, it was merely late evening and the colors of sunset hadn’t yet drained from the sky. A gentle wind was tugging strands of hair out of the red ribbon at the nape of her neck, and the air was thick with the scent of spring and renewed life. It was a sudden noise, a thud that did not belong, that first alerted her.

She knelt outside the clan head’s suite on the porch that opened on the gardens. She wasn’t wearing practical clothing like a real guard, but rather a bright-blue furisode with ample sleeves and a beautiful flower pattern. She wore no sword, but a knife was camouflaged in the colorful sash about her waist. Her function was to raise the alarm in case of danger. Fighting was for the adults, those who had undergone the coming-of-age ceremony and thus earned the right to bear a sword. She would soon be one of them, but not yet.

Sanae watched from the corner of her eyes as the intruder became visible among the flowering plum trees. The sound that had alerted her must have been his landing after he’d jumped the wall, an impressive feat indeed. Twice as impressive considering this wall was the second of the clan house, created specifically to protect the clan head and his entourage. The first wall was taller and better guarded. How had this intruder gained access?

Attacks on the Fox clan were so rare that it was considered an honor to witness one. For one to happen while she was standing guard for the first time was amazing luck, and her excitement was far stronger than her fear.

The intruder was dressed in a plain manner that would not attract attention in the clan house, but he could not disguise that which betrayed him: his human aura. The only humans who lived in the clan house were women who did not bear swords. None but a shinobi, an assassin, would be so bold as to try this.

Under normal circumstances, Sanae’s duty would have been to raise the alarm and watch as the intruder fled, discovered too soon to act. But there was no need to let the shinobi know he had been discovered; there was a fox in the garden.

Sanae stared at the fox until she had its attention, then deliberately flicked her gaze toward the intruder. The fox slunk away to enter through a door out of the shinobi’s sight. She forced herself to remain calm, to pretend she hadn’t noticed a thing. After all, she was but a young girl watching the flowers in bloom.

Her heartbeat quickened as the intruder approached, discreetly sizing her up. Would he attack, or would he seek another entrance to the rooms she guarded? There was no doubt he was after the clan head: assassins always were.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Anna Frost is a Canadian girl who spends winters writing and dreaming of summer. An overdose of Japanese culture and media has led her to write fantasy inspired by Japanese mythology. In a shocking break with literary tradition, Anna does not live with cats. Instead she lives with chinchillas, which can be just as demanding and evil as cats.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Finally after months of delays it's been approved!  It should be up and running on Amazon in the next two days…yay!  So I'll be getting book orders together and sending out to all the people who won this book via a giveaway on Goodreads, or from our Blog Event back in March..I know…way off schedule.  As soon as I have the direct link I'll post for easy navigations…so enjoy!  Let's get book two out there!  Thx for all your support, June @ PLP.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Today we are bringing back Author Cathi Shaw.
Her publisher has changed up the cover for her 
YA fantasy,  Five Corners: Book One
The Marked Ones.
 We are excited to present it to you. I
know I for one find this cover much more
intriguing, it makes me want to know more
about the three characters in the center.  Well 
done Cathi. Please take a look and enjoy the 
Q&A. Please be sure and leave a comment to
let us know you were here…enjoy todays post,
thx for showing up, PLP.

Book Blurb (from Goodreads)
Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls. Kiara's suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do. After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers. With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn't trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.


Kiara felt her face heat with anger. "You judge me too quickly, Outlander," she said coldly.
Kiara felt Thia's fingers grasping her arm. "Kiara, stop, this is not helpful."
Caedmon nodded. "Listen to your little sister, girl. She at least speaks sense."
Kiara shook Thia off. "What do you know of it?" she demanded as she took three steps closer until she was within arm's length of Caedmon. She forced herself to ignore the fact that her head barely reached his shoulders. Showing Caedmon how his physical size affected her would not help matters.
"Hey, I was thinking of going into the Village to see what we could find. How about it?" Teague broke in with a grin and a nod toward the street. "C'mon Caedmon, you know a pint of ale and a pretty new face might lighten your mood."
Caedmon ignored his brother and took a step closer to Kiara, erasing the little space that had remained between them. Kiara fought the sudden urge to step away again. Instead she smiled dismissively.
"Yes, why don't you listen to your brother, Caedmon, and go find a sweet Village lass to dally with. Stars knows, our serving maids have had their fill of you."
Caedmon's dark eyes were devoid of emotion. "How many men have you killed, Kiara?" he asked, his deep voice taking on a menacing tone as it radiated through her.
She tossed her head. "I've had plenty of kills." 
He shook his head. "Animals, perhaps." He leaned closer using his size and physical proximity in an attempt to intimidate her.
Realizing what he was doing, Kiara forced her lips to tilt up in a shadow of a smile. Then she leaned even closer and whispered, "Same thing."
His eyes hardened. "That statement shows how naïve and unprepared you are." He turned away in disgust and said to Teague, "They really thought she would help? Are we to babysit?"
Teague's teasing manner disappeared swiftly. "Caedmon, you know why we're here."
"Why are you here?" Thia asked suddenly. "I, for one, would like an answer to that question."

Her sister had a point. What was the reason for their sudden appearance at the Inn?


What is unique about Five Corners?
Without doubt the characters along with the fact that there are three main characters in the book.  Mina, Thia and Kiara each play a significant role in the story of The Marked Ones. I’ve heard from readers that they really like the fact that there are three unique characters to follow in the book.

How did you come up with the setting for the story? Is Five Corners a real place?
This is a good question. I’m not sure where Five Corners came from – it just evolved as I wrote the book. Sometimes I wonder if it is a real place in some kind of alternate reality. 

What is your favorite character from Five Corners and why?
I actually don’t have a favorite – I honestly don’t. It’s like trying to choose which one of your children you like best – it’s just not possible because they are all so unique and so wonderful. I love all of the characters in the book but my favorites are, of course, the sisters: Thia, Kiara and Mina.  I just love how they are each strong, determined young women but also so different from one another in their approach to life and conflict. It’s their differences that I love so much!

Do you have a specific song or playlist that you listen to when you’re writing?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific song or playlist. But when I am writing, I like to have music playing in the background. It can’t be too loud or distracting so I go for music that can blend into the room and not jar me out of my writing zone. The kind of music that might be changes with the weather! My son is a musician so I have a rather large iTunes library and a very eclectic mix of music. One day I might be listening to classical, the next jazz and the next some kind of indie or folk music.

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day, no matter what. Make your writing time sacred and don't go to bed without doing some kind of writing. 

What is the hardest part about getting published?
Not getting discouraged by rejection. I had 56 agents pass on my manuscript for Five Corners but two publishers were interested as a soon as I approached them. This tends to be the norm rather than the exception. Just keep trying even if you’re getting a lot of rejection (but if the rejections include advice for improving your story, definitely listen to it! Any feedback you can get is always helpful).

How can readers help to make Five Corners successful?
Tweet about it, blog about it, write reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Chaptersindigo and other review sites. Share the book with your friends! The more people who hear about the book, the more successful it will be!

When can we expect to see Book 2?
Book 2: Finding Refuge is almost complete. I’m hoping it will come out in early 2015.

Author Bio

Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children.  She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she teaches rhetoric and professional writing in the Department of Communications at Okanagan College and is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Today we're bringing an Urban Fantasy from
K.D. Van Brunt,  Win The Rings, 
a  book tour from Goddess Fish Promotions.
This has an interesting story line from the little
I've read, which is why I'm sharing it with
you today.  The author is also hosting a generous
giveaway of 2 Amazon/B&N gift cards.  One 
for 50 and the other 25, to two lucky
commenters.  So get your name in the hat
and follow along with the tour for more 
chances to win. We also have an Interview 
with the two lead characters, Gray and Nia, 
so make sure you read through for this
insightful peek at the world inside
Win The Rings.
And as always we love comments here,
just to show us you stopped by if for
nothing else, thx, enjoy the tour, PLP.  



Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.

Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is sent out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too. What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.

I’m sitting in a Starbucks near Fenway Park in Boston with one hand wrapped around a warm caramel macchiato and the other scrolling through websites on the iPad Nia bought me with some of our loot.  We’ve relocated to a HoJos near Fenway Park, where we plan to stay for a week before relocating to another place.
On a whim, I Google my name, something I haven’t done in a long time.  In the past I’ve never really dredged up anything remotely interesting.  This time, though, I’m surprised at the number of hits—the full spelling of my first name is Grayson, and Jesus, there can’t be many people with that oddball name.  As I’ve complained to Nia before—my God, what were Mom and Dad thinking?  I’ve spent my life wishing I had a bland name like Jack or John, anything but Grayson.  What does it even mean?  The son of Gray, like the color? 
Sighing, I skim down the list of hits and there it is.  I see me—Grayson Edward Price.  I tap the entry and I’m redirected to the website for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.  I gasp.  I’ve never seen this before.  On the screen appears a picture of me when I was five.  The page has my date of birth, a physical description, and couple of sentences on my story.  It says I was kidnapped by my sister.  I read the next sentence and freeze, unable to breathe—I was reportedly seen last year in Dallas.  Yes, we were in Dallas for a month before moving onto Houston, but who would recognize me in Dallas?  Nia is going to freak over this.
Nia let me go out by myself today, mainly because she’s feeling under the weather, and she knows there’s few things more boring and depressing than being confined to a hotel room with a sick person.  But if I show her this reported sighting, I can kiss good-bye to ever going out alone again until I’m like thirty-seven.  As I’m grappling with this dilemma I overhear two boys talking at the table next to me.
“Come on Parker, we’ve got ten minutes to get back to school before lunch ends,” one boy says.
“Nah, I’m skipping,” the kid named Parker says.  “Let’s hang out at my place.”
“Can’t, I got too many UAs,” the other boy says, before screeching back his chair to leave.  Parker pulls out his phone to make a call, but fumbles it and the phone clatters to the ground by my foot.  I pick it up and hand it to Parker.
“Thanks man,” he says to me. 
“You’re welcome.”  On a whim, I hold out my hand.  “I’m Gray.”
“Parker.”  He takes my hand, and I give him a firm shake just long enough to acquire him and pull through everything in his pockets.
I have an idea; something fun I can do to salvage this day.  After Parker leaves the store, I head for the bathroom to check out what I got.  Parker Birch, I discover, is a seventeen-year-old junior at Fenway High School down the street.   He doesn’t have a girlfriend—bummer, but he seems to be relatively well liked at school, at least that’s what he thinks.  He’ll do.   That seals it.  I’m going to spend the afternoon going to high school.

Interview with Gray and Nia

1. You’ve been everywhere.  What’s your favorite city?  

Nia:   I think I’d say LA is my favorite.  I love the weather, the beaches, and the sprawl.  And Gray and I have a good track record there too—nothing really bad ever happened to us.

Gray:  Nothing bad?  What about the time when that drug dealer sicced his Rottweilers on us?  No, give me New York every time.  It’s got it all, and so much crazy stuff happens there that nobody ever notices us.

2. And your least favorite?

Nia:   That’s tough.  Gray has messed up so many times in so many places.  But I think I’d go with Bakersfield.  That one really hurt.  I’ll never go back.  

Gray:  Yeah, yeah.  It’s always my fault.  Bakersfield was tough, and I could never bring myself to go back there either, but I’m going with Spokane.  I’ve only been there once, but more disasters happened there in one twenty-four hour period than any other day in my life.

3. What’s your best memory of your time together?

Nia:  That’s easy.  Christmas week in Minneapolis when I was nineteen and Gray was eight—or were you nine?  Anyway, we stumbled onto a bank robber and managed to relieve him of….what was it, $25,000?

Gray:  I was nine, and it was more like $35,000.

Nia:   Okay, $35,000.  Anyway, Gray and I spent all day every day right up to  Christmas running around playing Santa Claus.  We gave money and all kinds of presents to dozens of charities around town.  It was pretty cool.  One of the families that our donations helped invited Gray and me to Christmas dinner with them.  It was the first real Christmas dinner we had had in years.

Gray:  Yeah, that was pretty cool, except I had to sit next to Grandma at dinner.  She spent the whole time ranting against Wal-Mart for not honoring some coupon she had.  No, for me, the best memory would be a summer we spent in Pittsburgh.  We were flush with cash and we stayed in a hotel near PNC Park, intent on lying low for a few months.  It was a great summer.  Every day the Pirates were in town, we’d go over to the Park and take in the game.  We must have gone to fifty games at least.  Man, I can still taste those Primanti Brothers sandwiches.

4. What happened after you two separated?

Nia:    It’s been tough, really, really tough.  For the first month, Rachel and I stayed on the move.  We first went to Alberta, Canada, got a car, and spend a week driving to Toronto, before crossing back into the U.S. and heading to D.C.  Now, Rachel and I live together in Alexandria, Virginia, where I work in a florist shop.  Most of our free time is spent working on getting Gray out of Cracked.  It’s not going to be easy, but we’ve got an ace or two up our sleeve.

Gray:  Well, hurry it up, Sis.  It’s not exactly a picnic in here.  Yeah, so after Nia and I separated, they brought me straight to Cracked and here I’ve been ever since.  They think they can train me, like I could actually be a soldier or something.  It’s rough, but Jace is helping.

Nia:      Jace?  What do you mean?

Gray:    Forget I said anything.  Look, it’s classified, Nia.  Okay?

Nia:         Oh God, please tell me—

Gray: Nia.  Just, leave it alone.  Okay?

5. Well, we definitely need  a follow up question.  Is there someone special in your life right now—romantically special?  


Come on, guys.  Honest answer time.

Nia:       Okay.  Yes.

Gray:      What?  Who?

Nia:        None of your beeswax.  That’s who.

What about your Gray?

Gray: [unintelligible]

Come again?

Gray: Possibly…maybe.  Okay, fine.  Yes.

Nia:         You’ve got to be kidding me?  They kidnapped you.  Is it—

Gray:  It’s none of your damned beeswax.

Okay, that’s clearly a story for another day.  Thank you two for taking the time talk with me.  We definitely have to do this again.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bio:    K.D. Van Brunt has been writing professionally his entire career and has published an extensive list of nonfiction works. Win the Rings is his first fiction book. When not writing, he reads and listens to audiobooks during his daily drive through the sea of gridlock that is commuting in and out of Washington, DC. A long time resident of Maryland, he can often be found tromping around the many civil war battle sites in the area. To find out more about K.D. Van Brunt, including bonus content relating to Win the Rings, check out his follow him on twitter--

Twitter:  @kdvanbrunt

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


 We're back with the full book tour for Death Toll
by Robert Poulin, from Bewitching Book Tours.
There's a giveaway, so get to the end and put your
name in the hat.  And as always, please leave your
comments so we know you were here, thx PLP,
Enjoy the tour!

Death Toll
Ghost Wars Saga 
Book 2
Robert Poulin
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Ghost Watch Publishing
Cover Artist:  Hannah Carr
Book Description: 
What started out as a routine call led to so much more…
My name is Veronika Kane, and I’m the Captain of the Ghost Watch in the reborn city of Shadow Philadelphia. After we disposed of the city’s previous master and his minions, things were looking up, but in war things are never that easy. A routine call with Detective Frank Cooper blew the cover off of an elaborate scheme to plunge the city of brotherly love into chaos. When Necromancers, Were creatures, and the horrors of Chaos come together it can’t mean anything good. 
With new and old enemies joining forces against us, I’m going to need all the help I can get. Lucky for me, my old friend Frank Cooper will be there to lend a hand, along with Brianna, a strong willed were-ferret, and the stormy eyed wizard Nathaniel Carter. I just hope it will be enough to save everyone.
This time, our enemies aren’t just attacking us in Limbo; this time, they are taking the battle to the streets of the living world and its unknowing citizens. If the Old Ones rise, I don’t think there will be anything anyone can do to stop them. 
My name is Veronika Kane, and this war is far from over.

About the Author:  
Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. After earning a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years. 
After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations. Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director. Wail of the Banshees is Robert's first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit. 
Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert's favored genre in the past decade. Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience. 
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This is a different kind of book we are promoting here 
today at PLP.  This is a collection of SciFi /fantasy stories 
based around the weather.  The few descriptions totally 
grabbed my attention, I can't wait to read this. 
This stop is part of a virtual book tour organized 
Jackie will be awarding a paperback edition of 
“Wind River Refuge” 
penned as J.M. Anton (US only) to a randomly 
drawn commenter during the tour. If the winner is 
international, the author will send a digital copy of 
Fateful Waters. 
Click the banner to see the other stops on the tour.
And as always, please leave us a comment
so we know you were here..thx, PLP.

Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.

What if you were caught up in Uncharted Storms?

What if? Erica’s world didn’t come to an end in 2012 while she was in middle school? She manages to make it through college before an apocalyptic event changes her life forever. The science fiction story Terra Beyond 2012 shares Erica’s voyage.

What if? You and your best friend were traveling down the highway on the way home from an extended trip when you are caught in a blinding thunderstorm, and then are hit by lightning? To make matters worse you are injured, and wake in a strange world. Find out what happens to Chris in the tale Riding Lightning.

What if? You were on your way to meet a friend for dinner and caught in a flash flood? That is exactly what happens to Alexandra in the story Flashflood Texas Style.

What if? A boy you haven’t seen in two decades winds up sitting on your front porch? Find out what Casey comes up with on A Rainy Night.

What if? You were caught out in a winter storm on icy, drifted, walks and streets when a skidding car comes directly at you? Find out what happened to eighteen-year-old Annie when she is hit from behind in the short story A Tumble in the Snow.

About the Author:
Jackie Anton is the mother of two grown children, and grandmother of two. She and her husband, of forty-three years, continue to ride daily. They live on a mini-farm in rural Ohio, and share their little slice of horse heaven with two Quarter Horses, a Haflinger, a rescued dog, and a calico barn cat.

Jackie is an accomplished equestrian, with a life time of experience: as trainer, exhibitor, 4-H and youth club coach, as well as a horse show judge; the author brings many years of experience working with horses and young riders to her award winning Backyard Horse Tales Series.

Uncharted Storms: Short stories are aimed at the Young Adult and older reader. Look for more short tales in the future.

Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition Brings to light the mutual love between a handicapped colt and a lonely child with a learning disability. Find out how this pair team up to triumph over life’s roadblocks, and why their story won the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence for Family Friendly Media. (Reading level age 8 thru Adult)

BYHT 2 “Frosty and the Nightstalker” was one of four finalists in the E-Book Fiction category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, then the paperback went on to earn the Mom’s Choice Award for Juvenile Historical Fiction.

Jackie is hard at work on BYHT 3 Don’t Call Me Love. You can catch a peek at her beautiful cover on the Backyard Horse Tales Face Book Fan Page: :
Author Website:
FB Adult Novel Fan Page: page:
Online Autographed Book Covers:
Blog: Writing for readers in a .com world

Buy Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk at Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Autographed Paperback Copies are available at Jackie’s Author’s Den. U.S. Readers click on the cover of your choice and follow the Signed Book link to order.

J. M. Anton (adult novels) can be purchased at Amazon.

Monday, June 2, 2014


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We're bringing a different kind of novel to PLP…hope 
you enjoy. This is a dystopian/scifi/zombie that really looks
like a good  read…sorry the print is so small…technology! 
 In the meantime, please visit and leave a comment
and check out this fantasy/dystopian from R.M Ridley.

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