FAA 2018: More to discover and a few answers from M.W. Brown

It’s Day 5 of Foster an Author 2018! Yesterday we delved into M.W. Brown‘s Portraits in Flesh with many deliciously creepy teasers. For our last day of Foster an Author 2018, I thought we could have a look at more of her work. 

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Did you know that M.W. Brown also writes flash fiction?

Head over to her website and check out her Bite-sized Reads. These 100-word stories will give you a taste of her writing  style if you still haven’t taken the plunge and purchased Portraits in Flesh. 🙂

Did you know she’s multi-genre?

Not only does she write horror/psychological thrillers, she’s also written science fiction and romance-crime fiction.

The Collapsar Directive: A Science Fiction Anthology

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing Aug 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.00.55Twenty short stories from authors around the galaxy. A brutal dictator takes control of a broken and dying Earth. The last humans alive flee their dying galaxy travelling faster than the speed of light; their journey will last a thousand years. Humanity’s newest super drug is being created in the most unscrupulous way imaginable. Rich neonobles take their hunting  game deep into the slums in search of a more interesting prey: the poor. These are just some of the amazing stories in THE COLLAPSAR DIRECTIVE a science fiction anthology including stories from Mel Newmin, Ryan Benson, M W Brown, Perry McDaid, Alan Seeger, Isabella Fox, Steph Minns, Karin Hartmann, and many more.. 

Includes Run by M W Brown

He opens his eyes to a dark, silent world. No memories, no clothes, just a large scar on his chest and the number 15 glowing ominously at the edge of his vision, darting about like an irritating eye floater. Trapped in a glass cylinder, he must find a way to escape, find some light, and then someone to ask what the hell is going on. His name would be a good place to start. Then the number changes to 14. What does it mean? Is it a countdown? If so, a countdown to what? 

Relationship Add Vice: A Thrilling Mashup of Romance and Crime

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing Dec 2017

Genre: Romance/Thriller

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.06.54Relationships are at the very core of who we are as human beings. They can pull us together, or tear us apart. Love lifts us up, and just as quickly drives us to madness, despair, and even into the murky depths of the criminal underworld. RELATIONSHIP ADD VICE is a thrilling blend of Crime and Romance, featuring more than twenty authors from around the world, twisted tales of life, lust, and lawlessness.

 Includes The Good Guys by M W Brown

Since they were children, Charlie has loved Lucy. She is quirky, smart and possesses an uncanny knack for finding things buried in the ground. It makes her one hell of an archaeologist.

On a dig in England, Lucy makes a startling discovery and the bad guys come calling. Now Charlie has to protect Lucy, escape the bad guys and survive the evil lurking beneath their feet.

PHUKET TATTOO: Crazy Tales of Far Away Places

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing – Aug 2018

Genre: Multi Genre

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.18.47Are you ready for a wild ride around the world without ever leaving your home? Here is your ticket to all the fun and adventure you can handle, and more besides. Exotic locations and thrilling action combine in PHUKET TATTOO: Crazy Tales of Far Away Places. People smugglers in Vietnam, sinister plastic surgery resorts, drinking in Serbia with Uncle Vlado, and many more stories of travel, mayhem, and broken bedframes. Features 20 stories from authors all around the world.

 Includes Everlasting Marks by M W Brown

Sometimes the stories told to tourists are more than just clever marketing. Sometimes a dark truth is woven into their enticing lies
Sometimes a few drops of blood and an old woman with a tattoo gun can change a life forever.

And now a few reader questions answered…

From Felicia Steele: What got you inspired to become a writer?

I used to enjoy writing stories at school but never even considered writing as a career. About five years ago, I had a ‘what if?’ moment after my daughter had been playing with our sat nav and thought it would make a great story. The idea wouldn’t leave me and continued to grow in my head.  Then, after I read one of Stephen King’s fantastic books and followed it with a book that was selling in the millions but I thought was written terribly, I decided to give it a go  myself.

From Zoe O’Farrell: What is your Kryptonite?

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 08.52.58In terms of writing, researching on the internet is my Kryptonite. I can start off looking for jobs that kept men at home during the WW2 and find myself, two hours later, looking at videos of ghosts caught on camera or funny cats and I’ve not written a word!

From Terry: My question…would you like another cousin hehe

I don’t know if I could handle another cousin like her – she is wonderfully unique! But I’m always open to suggestions. 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know M.W. Brown as much as I have. Make sure you continue to follow her writing career.

Here’s where you’ll find her:

M.W. Brown on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0793MW5K8

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MWBrownWriter/

Her website: www.mwbrown.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @AuthorMWBrown

Join her Facebook Group/Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/allthemadmen/

M.W. Brown onInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_mwbrown/

On BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-w-brown

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17714719.M_W_Brown

On MeWe – https://mewe.com/profile/5adf8ae3569fc0167c47aaba

…and on Book link: https://www.books2read.com/u/bOAJZN

 

And don’t forget to come back later today to find out who is the winner of the giveaway! There’s still a little time to enter — just post a comment to this post! A winner will be chosen today at 6PM EST. 

Foster an Author – Day 4: K.A. Duggsy and Lexi C. Foss

It’s the penultimate day of Foster an Author 2017! Hope you’re enjoying getting familiar with K.A. Duggsy, Lexi C. Foss and their books. Ready to find out more? Read on! 🙂


advance trilogy

 

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Advancing (Book 2 in the Advance Industries series) by K.A. Duggsy

Reunited but at what cost?
Because when time is involved, everything can change in an instant.

After travelling away from Advance Industries Faith and Kye find themselves in an unfamiliar city.

Facing new enemies, old grievances and dealing with the impossible decisions awaiting them.
Faith has emerged as a new woman. Determined to control her own destiny, but Kye is just as determined to right the wrongs they caused.
Which will win?
Morals or love?
Sometimes, the one we want most is the one we’re best off without and love doesn’t always conquer all.
They need to decide whether to listen to their hearts or their heads and they need to do it fast before their enemies close in.

**Please note this is the second book in the series. Book 1 Advance does need to be read first for this to be understood.** 

Buy Links


3d bookCharmer’s Gambit (Book 2 in the Mershano Empire series) by Lexi C. Foss

Synopsis

Law school taught me a lot of things, but nothing could have prepared me for Will Mershano. He’s confident, hot as hell, and way too tempting. But I have a deadly secret, and he doesn’t play well with others. If he finds out what I’m doing with Will, I’ll be risking more than just my heart…

~*Pre-Order Available Now*~

Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075NLJY34

Amazon (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075NLJY34

Amazon (AU): https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B075NLJY34

Amazon (CA): https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075NLJY34

Amazon (DE):  https://www.amazon.de/dp/B075NLJY34

Amazon (FR): https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B075NLJY34

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36058998-the-prince-s-game 

Excerpt

**This sneak peek is unedited and subject to change prior to print**

“Air-conditioning is…” I trailed off as my eyes landed on the casually dressed man waiting by the hostess stand. “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me right now!” I spun around and glared at the grinning couple. “I hate both of you.”

The warm chuckle behind me made my stomach flip. It always did that in his presence, against my better judgment. Seduction seemed to ooze from Will Mershano, wrapping everyone in the room in his alluring web. Including me. And I despised it. I had my doctorate in turning down men, yet this one maneuvered around each of my denials with the skill of a professional athlete. And his sport of choice was flirting.

“Hello, Rachel,” he murmured.

I ignored the shiver traversing my spine and further narrowed my gaze at Sarah. “This was not what I had in mind for dinner.”

“He insisted,” was her excuse.

“Oh, I just bet he did,” I snapped.

The millionaire playboy redefined the meaning of the word persistent.

I turned to meet his dark eyes, so similar to Evan’s, but with a hint of deviousness. Their familial relation showed in their height and broad shoulders, but Will’s nose had a slight bend to it and his jaw was dusted with fine blond hairs as opposed to dark ones. Both men possessed an aristocratic air, screaming wealth and superiority, but there was a playfulness to Will that Evan seemed to lack. Carefree seemed to be Will’s persona of choice.

“No,” I said in greeting. A word I seemed to say a lot in his presence. Of course, he never listened, just took it as a challenge to change my mind. We’d been playing this game for months, ever since he first showed up in my office with that damn contract that Sarah requested I review on her behalf.

“No?” He cocked a dark blond brow. “But you haven’t even heard today’s proposal yet.”

“I don’t need to.” There was no way in hell I would work for him. First, it required leaving Chicago and living in North Carolina. Which right there was a deal breaker. Not because of my love for the city, but because of something, or rather someone, who would never let me leave. And second, it meant joining Will’s staff. Not necessarily a negative, except I would report directly to him. My hormones could not handle short bouts of time with the man, let alone a long tenure of employment.

“The answer will always be no.” He could try to entice me with food and charm all he wanted, I would never agree.

©2017 Lexi C. Foss, All Rights Reserved

 

Happy Reading!

 

Three More Books to Read This Summer

You all know how much of a book nerd I am. I proudly fly my book nerd flag. 🙂 So while everyone else around me has been going clubbing or sailing or disappearing to summer houses or the Greek islands (and all those other things Stockholmers do when it’s summer), I’ve been working and reading. You may remember I took two weeks off in June, went to Italy, wrote and lived la dolce vita. Since then, I’ve been working, working, working and taking the occasional weekend trip. And all the while I’ve been reading. 🙂

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Cover of Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty – Will McIntosh

It’s been a while since I read any sci-fi novels. None has really jumped out at me. So I was really pleased when I heard about Love Minus Eighty through a Twitter connection. The story is set in a future version of New York where one’s love life is as closely monitored like a reality TV show and death isn’t always the end–especially if you’re an attractive woman on the right side of thirty. This addictive novel follows the stories of several interconnected characters as they try to figure out romantic love in an age where technology has taken over. This is not your usual sci-fi novel. It reads more like speculative literary fiction and is a real page-turner. I loved sinking my teeth into it, and I think you will too. The world presented is like Facebook on crack…no, more like Facebook on the most psychedelic drug you could imagine. Hats off to Will McIntosh for such a brilliantly written novel! This was the first time I’d ever read his work and I am already a fan. 🙂

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Cover of French Kissing by Catherine Sanderson

French Kissing – Catherine Sanderson

French Kissing is not a new book. It was originally published in 2009, but I only just heard about it a few weeks ago. I was thinking about booking a weekend trip to Paris and stumbled upon a short interview with Catherine Sanderson and her experiences as an expat living in France. And as an expat living in Stockholm, I always find it fun to read books about others wading in the murky waters of another country’s culture and unwritten rules of society. And Sally, French Kissing‘s heroine, is doing just that while also trying to raise her four-year-old daughter Lila and maintain an amicable relationship with her ex, the faithless Nico. While Nico has moved on with two other women, Sally hasn’t dated and decides it’s time to take the plunge and rejoin the dating market. She does so via Rendez-Vous, the French version of match.com. We follow Sally through a few dreadful dates, a few not-qute-right-but-nice-enough dates and all the while get an idea of what it’s like to date in a foreign language. Sanderson does a great job of giving the reader insight into how the French (and especially Parisians) date and what it’s like raising a bilingual child while also trying to maneuver as a newly single mum. Sally is an extremely likable character. She is definitely not an all-too perfect Mary Sue. And her journey from coupledom to singledom while looking for love is an addictive read!

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Cover of S.G. Redling’s Damocles

I first heard about the plot of Damocles during a Matera brainstorming session. I thought the story–of a crew on a one-way expedition into deep space mission to search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence–was intriguing. I couldn’t wait for the book to finally come out, and it doesn’t disappoint. Linguist Meg Dupris and her crew have the daunting task of making first contact with the humanoid inhabitants of Didet, an earth-like planet with eternal sunlight. But first they must overcome the Didetos’ fear that the “earthers” are there as invaders…and they must find a way to communicate when there is no common language. The story moves quickly, with Meg and Loul, a Dideto who predicted that “aliens” would come, struggling to figure out how to interact and learn from one another–and realizing they have more in common than they think. What I really liked with Damocles is how the story is told from both Meg and Loul’s perspective. So we get a very interesting view of just how first contact might be. Two thumbs up!

OK! That’s it for now! Happy reading (and writing)!

My Spring 2013 reading list

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No blossoms yet in Stockholm, but soon!

Spring has finally arrived in Stockholm, Sweden–the air is getting warmer, the ice on Brunnsviken has finally melted, I could actually go out without a thick scarf and hat on. You know what that means–now I get to tell you what books I plan on reading (or am already reading).

So what’s on the list this time? One oldie and lots of new books. 🙂

  • The Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton. Now, I read this book a few years ago and loved it. I was feeling nostalgic and decided to read it again.
  • The Husband Diet by Nancy Barone. Nancy is one of my fellow Matera brainstormers and this is one of the books we brainstormed together. Can’t wait to finally read it. I’ve preordered it. 🙂
  • Damocles by S.G. Redling. Sheila is another Matera brainstormer and Damocles is another book we all brainstormed. I loved the plot when she told us about it. I think this is going to be another hit like her previous novel, Flowertown. Different genre, complete different story but I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
  • The Lost Daughter by Mary Williams. Williams is an African-American woman who was adopted by actress Jane Fonda. The Lost Daughter is her memoir about growing up in Oakland in the 1970s and what brought her to the camp Fonda and then-husband Tom Hayden ran. It’s also a story about self-discovery and knowing when you can go home again.
  • Leftovers by Stella Newman. I loved Newman’s Pear Shaped--even when her main character was driving me crazy with being submissive to an emotionally-unavailable man. According to the back cover blurb, Leftovers is about friendship, love and enjoying what’s left on the table. I’ve already got it on my Kindle…soon I’ll dive in. 🙂
  • Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy. Every now and then, I need a dose of paranormal, and it looks like this time it will be the werewolves of Hemlock Grove who give me my dose. 🙂
  • Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl. Set in Paris in 1989, this is a story about a woman rediscovering Paris and her past. It’s also about what happens when life begins to spiral out of control. I can’t wait to dig into this one! 😀
  • Banker’s Death: Temptation in Florence #3 by Beate Boeker. Beate’s a fellow Matera brainstormer and, as I posted earlier, I love her sense of humor and her quirky cast of characters.
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Anne Fowler. Having read so much by and inspired by  F.Scott, it’s great to finally find a novel about Zelda. This one is sure to be enthralling!
  • Woman on the Run by Lisa Marie Rice. Rice is the pseudonym for one my fellow Matera Brainstormers. She writes great romantic and erotic suspense and this is one of her books which I haven’t read yet. I think I will take this one with me to Copenhagen in a few weeks! 🙂

That’s it for now. I am anxious to get working on Maybe Baby again. I’m revising Chapter 7. Five more chapters to tighten and then I will feel ready to release it. 🙂

Happy reading (and writing)! 🙂