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The Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick

This is indeed a treat – being able to introduce you to a great author and be part of her Blog Tour – so meet Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick! All the info is provided here about her new release. I hope you find her writing as intriguing as I do. I was fascinated by the intro to the series, her short story Safe Haven, and am currently readint The Running Game, the first novel in the series. The Border Lines will definitely follow.

Synopsis

When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.

The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”

Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick’s Reachers series.

Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/ 

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/ 

Start with Book One, The Running Game

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher… one of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

MY REVIEW FOR THE RUNNING GAME: (by Anita Kovacevic)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GIGM1X8/ 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GIGM1X8/ 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GIGM1X8/ 

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01GIGM1X8/

Giveaway

Prizes: 1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x signed paperback, The Running Game, 3 x ebook copy, The Running Game

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d3e3d66a100/ 

About the author

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.

L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.

Interview

1. What’s your latest project?

I’ve been working on the Reacher series for a few years. The latest released instalment is Border Lines, which is book 2 in the series. I’ve got book 3 in draft and due to go off to editing soon. And all being well I’ll be working on book 4 in the forthcoming weeks. So basically my project is my Reacher series and it probably will be for a little while yet.

2. What is your favourite character among the ones you created?

I get asked this a lot and the answer is always the same: Roxy. Although he’s not the lead, he’s a great character to write, especially when things get dark. He adds a little bit of comedy relief, but there are many layers to his personality and each book uncovers something special about him. Whereas in The Running Game he was full of bravado and confidence, in Border Lines he’s much more vulnerable and repentant.

3. What has been the most difficult thing for you to write so far?

The most difficult thing to write is always blog posts. I have a blog and, as you will see from my last entry, I just don’t use it. I can sit and write for hours and hours when it’s a novel or a short story, but I am totally useless and creating anything snappy and interesting to read online.

4. How do you deal with criticism, promotional activities, editing/proofreading?

I would hope that, as I work as an editor and proofreader as well, I cope very well with the whole finishing process. In truth I quite enjoy it. Marketing is another story. I rely heavily on a great company called Eyes on Books, who I’ve worked with throughout the Reacher series. I’m just not marketing minded. And criticism, well I have a know it all 8 year old who is smarter than me, so I’m subjected to a lot of criticism on a daily basis. You learn to grow a thick skin. And my key is to consider all criticism, if I agree with points raised then I’ve learned something, if I don’t, then I can disregard the feedback and it doesn’t get to me.

5. What are your writing plans for the future?

The Reacher series is my main focus at the moment, but I’m also hoping to do more with my Dark Waters fantasy stories. Ideally one day I’d like to write a kids’ book for my son, but with my current schedule he probably won’t get it until his twenties.

6. What makes you happiest in the writing process?

Each stage of writing has its own merits. I think when I’m undertaken a stage, be it first draft, fourth draft, editorial, it’s all pretty awful and I want to throw in the towel. But when I look back there are two drafts I really love; the first is second draft when I’ve got most of the story together and I can work on imagery and content, the other is the editorial stage, just because I love going through the text line by line (as you have probably guessed I don’t get out much).

7. What do people usually say about your writing?

The one thing everyone feeds back to me is my characters. I’m a character writer and if the characters don’t work the book falls apart. Particular in the Reacher series readers have favourites of the main four characters, which always amuses me. I hear a lot of “I’m a John fan” or “I’m more of a Charlie girl.” I love getting feedback like this and hearing what readers want for the future. Unfortunately the series is almost entirely planned out, so in many cases I know the readers won’t get what they want – but they’ll be surprised and hopefully delighted anyway.

8. If you didn’t write, would you try any other arts or crafts?

There is a part of me that likes to think I’m incredibly arty. I’m not. I can’t sing, dance, play, draw. The only thing I can do is graphics on a computer, which I have cobbled together for book promotions. Probably if I wasn’t writing books I’d be decorating them instead.

9. What was your favourite book when you were younger or a child? Why?

My all time favourite book as a kid was Pride and Prejudice. I read it in school. Then read it. And read it. And re-read it. And have several copies in case one goes missing. And why do I love it? Well as a teenager I was really taken with Elizabeth Bennet, who despite being of the weaker sex, was strong and determined and very witty. The connection between her and Darcy was electric and clever. I always felt they were on an equal playing field, because if they weren’t they wouldn’t be interested in each other.

10. Do you have any special promos, charity releases, appearances or book releases you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve got a few appearances this year. I’ll be attending the author signing event in Manchester in mid August. There’s Darker Side of Fiction event in Peterborough in October. Then in 2018 I’ll be heading off to the Titanic centre in Belfast for an amazing book event. Hopefully I’ll manage some events in Wales and hey, if anyone wants to invite me further afield I’m always happy to oblige.

Social Links

Website: http://l-e-fitzpatrick.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lefitzpatrickbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/L_E_Fitzpatrick

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/L_E_Fitzpatrick 

Excerpt
However long it took the greeting was always the same. Border watch stopped each car, surveying it with suspicion before checking the passes of the passengers. Babies to pensioners were inspected, their ID’s scanned and, if the border patrol took offence, they’d even strip search travellers in the street.

Rachel rapped her knuckles on the passenger seat as the car ahead of them started to move forward. This was closer than she had ever dared go to the border. There were stories about guards having scanners that picked up Reachers, even if that was a lie it still left her fake ID and the boot full of weapons to worry about. The urge to use her powers was overwhelming, but Charlie insisted they get through legitimately – well as legitimately as fake ID’s and a car full of weapons would allow.

She glanced at John as he drove forward. He was focused, but unconcerned with the task at hand. The brothers were used to crossing the border. They’d seen what it was like on the other side. She hadn’t even seen through the gates. The world she was used to was the one they were parked in – dirty, decaying, depressing. What could be hiding behind that concrete wall? How good was it on the other side?

It was their turn. Rachel followed John and Charlie’s lead, placing their hands on the dashboard and the front seat. Three border police circled their car. One ducked down to see underneath and, satisfied, they gestured that John slowly open the window.

“Passes,” the man ordered, shuffling his rifle back onto his shoulder.

Rachel handed the three fake passes to John, her heart racing. John handed them to one watchman to process, while another began his interrogation.

“Is this your first visit to London?”

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Join the Wizarding Protection Programme?

Author J. B. Taylor has  completely new book coming out, part of a series no less, with a title and a cover which will no doubt intrigue the fantasy, SF, steampunk and magic fans around. Come and see for yourself!

SYNOPSIS for Wizarding Protection Program (Wizarding Protection Program Series Book 1)

Christine is an actress, a breakout star in truth. She never believed in wizards. She never knew of the darkest wizard ever to have existed … Mortem. But Mortem knows of her. Christine is the sole survivor of his assassination of two wizarding journalists that resulted in a destroyed café and many dead civilians. Fearful her rising celebrity will bring his great plan to take over the wizarding world into the consciousness of the public he seeks her out, and Christine is forced on the run.

You can get your copy of the book here🙂

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Awesome teasers – THE SECRET by Karen J. Mossman

Introducing a fellow author’s new, free during promo, romance book, with a free sneak peek for you. Karen J. Mossman is one of the very diligent Awethors. Please, welcome her new book with a share, purchase and review.

All the book materials are used here with the author’s permission.

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The Secret

**Free**

25th-26th-27th May

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Book blurb

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a stepfather like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.
Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

Sneak peek

‘This is where I work,” he said, as we entered a joiner’s workshop. I could see half built furniture with lots of wood shavings on the floor and various types of cutting equipment. We walked over to one half built piece of furniture.

“This is mine,” he said. “I’m working on it at the moment.” It was wardrobe and it hadn’t got any doors.

“How on earth do you make these?” I asked running my finger through a pattern in the wood.

“With this, it’s called a router.” He held up some kind of tool. “Just look inside here,” he said, indicating inside of the wardrobe.

I peered just behind where the door would be, and saw he’d scraped TS 74 in the wood. “Oh yeah.”

“We all like to mark them somewhere. So should you ever buy a wardrobe, take a look inside, it might be one of mine.”

I grinned. “You’ll be famous.”

He laughed. “Come on, we’ll go into the tea room.”

We went up some stairs and into a big kitchen. There was a table in the centre and on it were mugs and some still contained tea that had gone cold and congealed. I pulled a face.

“I know,” he said as if reading my mind. “We’re a mucky lot.” He began clearing it piling it into a dirty looking sink.

Kitchen cupboards snaked around the sides of the room, both on the wall and beneath the counter. Some of the doors didn’t appear to fit properly and some didn’t even have doors. There was a fridge, but there was also a bottle of milk standing on the top, it’s contents half empty and I just had the feeling I wouldn’t want to drink it. In fact, everything looked grubby.

“I would offer you a brew…”

I laughed, “Not a chance, some of those cups look like they’ve never been washed.”

“Come over here,” he said, standing by the table.

“Why?” I asked a little dubiously.

“I want you to lie on it.”

I frowned, “Why?”

He looked at me with mischievous eyes and my pulse quickened. “I want to draw you.”

Draw me? I didn’t expect that. Was I disappointed? Did I think he was going to make mad passionate love to me right there on that table top?

I managed to giggle and stood on the chair, then onto the table and lay down, feeling a bit silly. I let him manoeuvre me into position and felt even sillier.

“Relax, Kerry.”

“Do you know how hard this table is?”

He pulled out a chair and sat down a little way from the me. Producing a sketchpad from somewhere, he began to draw.

“Well, this is nice,” I said, feeling the back of my head on the edge of the table as I peered at the ceiling and my hair hung down towards the floor.

“You’ve no idea,” he said, glancing up at me and then down to the sketchpad as his pencil moving quickly.

“Hmm, I wonder what’s for tea tonight. Wood chips? Or wardrobe sausage?” I pondered.

“Keep still.”

“I am still; in fact I’m so still you can hardly tell I’m breathing.”

“Your mouth is moving.”

“Can you draw an open mouth?” I puckered it.

“Not in the way you mean, shut up a minute.”

I mentally counted to 60 and then said, “My back is aching.”

“Okay,” he said, standing up and snapping the pad closed. “Finished.”

“Can I see it?”

“No, you can’t, I need to finish it first.”

“I thought you just said you’d finished.”

“Hmm,” I loved the rumble sound his voice made. “These are just the bare bones,” he said with a grin. “I’ve to fill it in yet.”

“God!” I huffed, feigning annoyance. “I’ve been called many things, but bare bones!”

He swatted my bum with his hand. “You’ll see it, eventually.”

We were laughing as we made our way back outside to his bike. Is this too soon to fall it love? Because I was falling right over!’

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What the readers are saying:

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I whole heartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.
S Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.
Jenna Hodge

The way this author wrote about one family’s life in 1970 Manchester was authentic and enjoyable. I enjoyed being lost in nostalgia for a short time and wallowing in the memories of that era’s music and singers. The well-developed characters seemed realistic and the places were vividly described.
Amazon Customer

About the author

Karen J Mossman lives in Anglesey in Wales with her husband. She had written 4 books, three themed short story collections, The Missing, Behind The Music, Heroes and Joanna’s Journey, a novel set in the 1980s.

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The Secret on Amazon
Amazon author page

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Awesome Teasers – SHADOW STORM by Michael R. Stern

Time travelling rocks! From the initial idea of the time machine, through books and movies, the logic and paradox of time have fascinated people.
Think History teachers should time-travel? Well, join one in another Stern time journey through the book portal.

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Shadow Storm Release

Shadow Storm, a new book by Michael R. Stern, will release on Thursday, May 19. The third book of the Quantum Touch series, Shadow Storm continues the adventures of Fritz Russell, a New Jersey history teacher who has discovered that time travel is real.

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In book one, Storm Portal, Fritz discovered that his classroom door opened a portal in time and space, and he met Robert E. Lee in 1965 and the President of the United States in current times. In book two, Sand Storm, the president asks Fritz to help prevent a nuclear war in the Middle East, and to save an Israeli settlement attacked by the Eledorians. Except the Eledorians deny involvement.

In Shadow Storm, Fritz rescues the president from terrorists, visits with William Shakespeare, and becomes the target of a hidden enemy ready to use violence to destroy the portal and upend world affairs. 

Shadow Storm is available at Amazon and currently is on pre-order for Kindle.

Storm Portal and Sand Storm are on sale on Kindle for $0.99 until 5/19.
All books are also available in paperback at Amazon.com

To learn more about the author
Amazon author page
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Alphabio
And if you want, you can contact him at
sternmike52@gmail.com

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(All links provided by the author himself.)

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Awesome Teasers – Girlie & the War of the Wasps by Claire Plaisted

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A tireless lady, author, formatter and publisher, Claire Plaisted, has an admirable charity project going on with her educational children’s book Girlie & the War of the Wasps. I met Claire while working on the Awethology and December Awethology (adult stories by a world group of authors known as the #Awethors), and know her as a helpful multitasker who knows not how to give up. I do hope you check out her project and give her some help. All the way from New Zealand to my haven, here is Claire Plaisted!

Book blurb

Girlie sets off on an adventure to rescue one of her best friends.  In doing so she meets many different creatures along the way and ends up helping a Queen wasp work out what is wrong with her worker wasps.  40% of the proceeds from the sales will be going to ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.’

(Cover and links posted with Claire’s permission)

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Book links
Kindle
Amazon        Amazon UK           Amazon Canada       Amazon Australia
Barnes & Noble
      Inkstra
     Kobo
     Apple
PRINT

Author links
Claire Plaisted, Director at Plaisted Publishing House
Facebook
Website
LinkedIn

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Awesome Teasers – Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas

Proud to feature a critically acclaimed fantasy author Karina Kantas, also a member of the #Awethors. Learn more about her book and why she writes.
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All the materials used in this post have been provided by my guest author, Karina Kantas herself.

Illusional Reality is a new adult romantic fantasy bought to you by Karina Kantas author of the popular MC thriller series, Huntress.

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ILLUSIONAL REALITY
Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie.
Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

Pre-order Illusional Reality now.
myBook.to/IR

Facebook fan page

Twitter
@KarinaKantas
YouTube channel
Amazon page

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INTERVIEW

Q: Who are you when you’re not writing?

A: Well I’m a mother two beautiful girls, and after my writing, then my duties as a VA come next. VA stands for virtual assistant.  I take over promotional tasks so the writer can then continue on their next book, and not to have to spend hours online trying to get their previous books seen. My clients are usually new authors, that don’t know where to start when it comes to promotion and authors that have been published for some time, but never quite had enough confidence to put themselves out there. By the time our month is over the author will be confident and competent to continue promoting their books/s successfully. There is a lot more involved than just tweeting and posting on FB. I have had a 100% success rate, with glowing testimonials, that have actually made me blush. I also design book trailers and I’m a narrator, so you could say I keep myself rather busy.

Q: Why choose Indie?

A: I self-published my first book back in 2007 because of the amount of rejections I got from publishers and agents. I saw the potential my book had, I believed in it 100%. So began my relationship with Lulu.  You have to remember that back then e-books didn’t exist. It was all paperbacks. I tried a couple of other publishers and got badly burned. I had to get burnt twice though before I learned my lesson. I then got a publishing contract for my MC thriller, Huntress. I didn’t renew the contract as I was still doing just as much publicizing as I was with my Indie books. Yes, being an Indie author takes up a lot of time, effort with very little rewards. Are you doing it for the rewards? If the answer is yes, you should wait and get yourself an agent and a publishing contract. I’m proud to be Indie.

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Awesome Teasers – TIMESHAFT by Stewart Bint

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Stewart Bint, an amazing author and human being I met while collaborating with the Awethors on the Awethology and December Awethology, has a new book out! It’s called Timeshaft and it’s about one of my favourite topics – timetravel! Here is some info on the book and even a little sneak peek to make your days more interesting!

To find out more about the author, see this interview and read his books.

Timeshaft Blurb

The Booktrope edition of Stewart Bint’s time travelling saga, Timeshaft, is now available.
By the twenty-seventh century, mankind has finally mastered time travel—and is driving recklessly towards wiping itself out. The guerilla environmentalist group WorldSave, with its chief operative Ashday’s Child, uses the Timeshaft to correct mistakes of the past in an effort to extend the life of the planet.
But the enigmatic Ashday’s Child has his own destiny to accomplish, and will do whatever it takes within a complicated web of paradoxes to do so. While his destiny—and very existence—is challenged from the beginning to the end of time, he must collect the key players through the ages to create the very Timeshaft itself.

“Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?” he asks. Stewart Bint’s Timeshaft is an expertly synchronized saga of time travel, the irresistible force of destiny, and the responsibility of mankind as rulers of the world.
Following the fortunes of two sets of time travellers, Timeshaft extends Stewart Bint’s popular novellas, Malfunction and Ashday’s Child (both published by Smashwords in 2012), linking the two completely unrelated storylines into a full-length novel.

Set in Australia, London and Scotland, along with an unknown geographical location called Thiecon, Timeshaft combines Ashday’s Child’s activities and hidden agenda, with an accident befalling the very first time journey by the fledgling Time Research And Exploration Project, rocking along to the past and future with paradoxes and twists galore.

Book links
Timeshaft, on Amazon UK
Timeshaft on Amazon USA
Barnes and Noble

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Book Sneak Peek – Timeshaft

PROLOGUE

A CHRISTMAS BABY

25 DECEMBER 1627

Feeling faint. The pain…coming in waves now.
Want to cry out. Frightened.
Deep breaths. That’s what he told me, deep breaths. I’ll try.
Ooowwww. That spasm’s left me drained.

“Doctor, help me, please.”

That contraction came sooner than expected. Shivery now. Nauseous. Feel sick.
Contraction more intense. Strange feeling of finality now it’s fading. Perhaps it’s the last one.
Ooowwww. It wasn’t the last one. When’s this going to end?
Pain’s every minute now. That must mean something.

“Doctor. DOCTOR!”

Groaning again. Not with pain now. But with pushing.
What’s that voice telling me to do? To push. To push? What do you think I’ve been doing?
The door’s opening. Who’s this coming in? Susie. With more water. That’s the third bowl the doctor’s gotten through.
What’s that he’s saying now? “It begins.” That’s good. I think. Isn’t it?

The need to push again. The need to scream aloud.
Gritting teeth. Muscles tightening. Come on. Come on, get out here NOW!
Suddenly comfortable and reassured.
No…pushing again.
Pressure’s eased a bit now.
Coming again. Another wave.
Ooowwww.
That’s not me crying. Who’s crying?

What’s that in the doctor’s arms? Small, wrinkled, wet. Tiny form cradled in his arms. Tiny, bloody, crying.
Crying.
My baby’s crying.

Welcome to the world, Ashday’s Child.

Links for Stewart Bint MCIPR

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Amazon

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Awesome Teasers – THE RUNNING GAME by LE Fitzpatrick

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It is so exciting to announce one of the books I myself have been looking forward to, ever since having read Safe Haven (my review here), the short story which announces the latest novel by the awesome author, and #Awethor, LE FitzpatrickThe Running Game!

The author has generously provided a sneak peek into the book, so have a blast, read away and then run to get your own Running Game!

About the author

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L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.

Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.

The Running Game, her latest book and the first instalment of her dystopian Reacher series, is due for re-release under the Booktrope label.

The Running Game blurb

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Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.
On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.

James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.
Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

Sneak peek into Chapter 1

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FIVE PAST ELEVEN.

Rachel’s shift should have finished three hours ago. She slammed her time card into the machine. Nothing. She gave it a kick, then another until it released, punching her card and signing her out for the night. The hospital locker room was unusually quiet. There was a nurse signing out for the night, two doctors signing in. Nobody spoke to each other—it wasn’t that kind of place. Grabbing her threadbare coat from her locker, she drew it over her scrubs—the only barrier between her and the unforgiving October night. She walked through the ER waiting room, eyes fixed on the exit. You had to ignore the desperation. Three hours over a twelve hour shift, you had no choice but to pretend like you didn’t care. Push past the mothers offering up their sick children like you could just lay your hands on them and everything would be better. Push past the factory workers bleeding out on the floor. Push that door open and get out. Get home. You had to. In six hours the whole thing would start again.

The first blast of cold air slapped the life into her aching body. The second blast nearly pushed her back inside. She tightened the coat around herself, but the icy wind still managed to weave its fingers through the thin material and loose seams. November was coming, and coming fast. She quickened her pace, trying to outrun the winter.

She hurried past the skeletal remains of another fallen bank, a relic of the days before the economy crashed and the country went to hell. Now the abandoned building housed those left to the streets: the too old, the too young, the weak, the stupid. Cops would be coming soon, moving them on, pushing them from one shadow to another until dawn or death, whichever came first. But for now they sat huddled around burning canisters, silently soaking in the heat as though they could carry that one flame through winter. They didn’t notice Rachel. Even the most evil of men lurking in the doorways, waiting for helpless things to scurry past, overlooked the young doctor as she made her way home. Nobody ever saw her. At least they never used to.

Three—two—one.

Nine past eleven. Right on cue.

Thank you for sharing, LE, and best of luck with The Running Game!
Check out her books here!

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Awesome Teasers – THE PHOENIX PROJECT by author D.M. Cain

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The wonderful D. M. Cain has a spectacular new project out which fantasy fans will battle over, and here it is!!!
(All the materials in this post have been provided by D.M. Cain herself and are used with her permission.)

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

The brand new edition of dystopian, psychological thriller The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain will be re-released on December 11th. Originally published in May 2014, this new Booktrope edition has had a complete editing overhaul plus a stunning new cover design.

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The book will be available to buy from a wide range of digital and paperback distributors, including Amazon:
US
UK

Author: D.M. Cain
Title: The Phoenix Project
Genre: Psychological thriller/Dark thriller/Dystopian
Book Content: Occasional adult language, graphic violence, and mild sexual content.
Original Cover Design from the first edition: 

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Synopsis:

How can you fight to the death, when you’ve given up on life?

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting re-released novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

An interesting fact about The Phoenix Project: The horrifying ‘dark room’ in The Phoenix Project (a pitch-black sensory deprivation cell) was inspired by D.M. Cain’s visit to the Terror Haza in Budapest—a museum dedicated to the fascistic and communistic regimes that operated from the building. In the cellar of the Terror Haza are the old cells used to imprison and torture inmates. D.M. crawled inside a very low cell and shut the door, casting herself into total darkness. It was terrifying and claustrophobic, and she only lasted five minutes in there!

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D.M. Cain Biography

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

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Awesome Teasers – REMEMBER: PROTECTORS OF THE ELEMENTAL MAGIC by Marnie Cate

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Marnie Cate, a fellow author from the #Awethors group, and my Light Awethology ‘team mate’, is relaunching her novel. Young adult fantasy fans will want to keep an eye on this one! Feel free to check out these sneak peeks and info. And remember – both volumes of the Awethology (Light and Dark) are free in e-book format!

And here is Marnie, saying hi!

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Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic

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Author: Marnie Cate
Title: Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis
Hiding the truth from you is no longer protecting you. Sit and I will tell you what you need to know.

With those words, the secrets of my great grandmother, Genevieve Silver, were unburied and my role as a protector of the elemental magic was revealed.

My name is Marina Addisyn Stone but Mara is what my friends and family call me.  I had always felt that there was something missing and that nothing was permanent. Why would I feel that way?  I was being raised with my little sister by my grandmother that loved and doted on me. Then, there was Cole Sands. Who could forget the blue-eyed boy that had stolen my heart? What more could a girl need?  I always thought I was just being dramatic and that bad things do happen to people but that is part of life.  People die.  People go away. Little did I know that with one secret, my life would change forever and my new world would be surrounded by the world of elemental magic?
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Excerpt
As I felt my determination build, the mirror in front of me began to change and the reflection filled with rippling water. The image made me think of the choppy water of Sparrow Lake. At first, the small waves were calm but the speed and intensity of each movement of the water grew. I found myself being splashed as the waves grew harder and began to slap against the mirror. Standing up, I moved away just in time to watch the mirror before me shatter and the violent water burst out towards me.

The room began to fill with rushing water. Feeling around the room, I searched for an exit. Behind the shattered mirror, I only found solid rock. Looking to the ceiling, I could see the same hard stone. Feeling the emotions build inside me, I began search the floor and walls around me for any exit.
“Damn! Damn! Damn it!” I cried.

The water did not slow. Instead it continued to fill the room as I frantically searched for my escape. The water soon reached my knees and, what seemed like seconds later, I was wading through waist high water. As the water continued to rise, I was soon struggling to keep my head above water. It was not enough that the water was filling the room so rapidly but soon the water felt alive. The cold waves kept tossing me back and forth as the water rose and I began to feel like I was in a game of Ping-Pong where I was the ball. Soon, I found myself pulled under the icy water and surrounded by thousands of bubbles. Frantically kicking my feet to keep my head above water, I broke the surface.

Remembering the swimming lessons my grandfather insisted on, I thought about the times I spent with my grandfather learning to swim. I began to feel less scared as I recalled his calm voice and gentle words telling me that I would be safe. As I floated in the rising water, it seemed to respond to my emotions. The thrashing became calmer as I focused on my grandfather’s words. My brief moment of peace did not last. Before I knew it, I had almost reached the ceiling that had no exit and I began to panic. At this rate, I would be trapped and drowned in minutes. As if it was feeding off my fear, the water began to toss me around again.

As the water began to rise up my neck and almost over the top of my head, I tried to calm myself. You are the granddaughter of Mae Veracor and the great granddaughter of Genevieve Silver. You are the descendent of strong women. You have nothing to fear. With these words, the water once again calmed and I was able to tilt my head back above the water. How am I going to get out of this?

Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic is on sale $0.99 / £0.99 Kindle from Thursday, October 29th to Wednesday, November 4th!

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Marnie Cate – Biography

Marnie Cate was born and raised in Montana before adventuring to the warmer states of Arizona and California. Her love of Dame Judi Dench and dreams of caticorns and rainbows inspired her to chase her dreams. One great sentence came to mind and the world of elemental magic and the humans they lived amongst filled her mind. With Remember, the story has begun.

Other Works by Marnie Cate
Exigency: Protectors of the Elemental Magic – Coming Soon
The story of Mara Stone continues.  Her world was shaken but she is a fighter.  Facing new adversaries, Mara is learning what it truly means to protect the magic.

Awethology Light – Contribution Story 
Beginnings: Protectors of the Elemental Magic (Novellette)
The story of Genevieve Silver and the origins of the protectors of the magic. With the balance of the elemental world shaken, four elementals take on the task of protecting the magic.

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