Book Blitz & Giveaway: A Route Obscure and Lonely, by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

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Congratulations to author LindaAnn LoSchiavo for winning the prestigious Elgin award for her speculative poetry collection, A Route Obscure and Lonely

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A Route Obscure and Lonely: Poetrylandia 2

by LindaAnn LoSchiavo
Publication Date: December 30th, 2019
Genre: Speculative Poetry

Haunting and harrowing in its portrayal of supernatural creatures, “A Route Obscure and Lonely” explores the road less traveled by restless ghosts, sexually curious aliens, cunning vampires, transgressive angels, regretful mermaids, defiant witches, surly goddesses, mysterious phantoms, fearless fortune tellers, and “goth’s Mr. Goodbar” himself — — Edgar Allan Poe. The boroughs of the dead invite you to approach the gate guarding their abyss.

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House Guest

With measured strokes, I brushed defiant hair,
Cascading waves that cancer left untouched.
You’d had enough of hospitals, that lack
Of privacy, imagining your home
Serene, secure, free from intrusive pests.

It would shock you to learn we’re not alone.

At dawn, the presence by the sills crispens,
Emerges as the drapes inhale into
A phantom shape. Infernal company,
Omniscient brakeman, timer in cold hands,
Poised, waiting, exhalations nearly through.

Lost in the territory of morphine,
Deciding to eject your breathing tubes,
You tossed away the life-saving device.

Asleep, I’m unaware — — till ghost commands
Arouse me full awake. There’s no choice but
To go rescue you, reconnect the air.

Long shadows darken the stairs, that peek-a-boo
Behind the hooded cloak. I startle you,
Attaching oxygen’s feed properly,
Removing you tonight from danger’s ledge.

A grimace rises from the bedding’s edge
As if to say, “Not now! I’ll tell you when.”


About the Author

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Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo, recently Poetry SuperHighway’s Poet of the Week, is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild.  Elgin Award winner “A Route Obscure and Lonely” and “Concupiscent Consumption” are her latest poetry titles.

Forthcoming is “Dark and Airy Spirits” (a paranormal collection of ghost poems), “Messengers of the Macabre” (a collaborative chapbook), and an Italian-centric book, “Flirting with the Fire Gods,” inspired by her Aeolian Island heritage.

She has been leading an SFPA poetry critique group for two years.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Shadows of Atlantis, by Mara Powers

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Shadows of Atlantis: Fulcrum

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by Mara Powers

Genre: Fantasy Romance

 

The dark, seductive legacy of Atlantis is revealed in this exciting prequel to the Shadows of Atlantis saga…

In a previous age on Earth, the empire of Atlantis is a series of island kingdoms that span the Atlantic Ocean. It is a civilization powered by crystals that allow its citizens the basic comforts of technology. But the Crystal Grid is hardwired into the many subtle realms of the planet. Atlanteans are bound by an ancient treaty to appease the elementals, and if they separate from this treaty, they will spell the doom of all life on Earth.

D’Vinid has come to accept his place in the hierarchy of Atlantis. His fame is on the rise as Queen Dafni’s favorite musician. The two princes have been his lifelong friends. But everything changes when the younger prince accidentally activates the ancient Fulcrum of Atlantis, a relic of its golden age said to indicate the proper succession of Atlantean kings.

A chain of events is set in motion raising into question who will ascend the high throne of Atlantis… the older, wiser, more compassionate Prince Bavendrick? Or the emotional, irrational Prince Kyliron whose touch activated the Fulcrum? D’Vinid finds himself wrapped up in the decision, whether he knows it or not, his actions may give rise to the Shadows of Atlantis.


Enter the dark legacy of Atlantis where shadows dwell in the darkest corners of the soul. Prepare to be seduced by the romance, passion and mystery of this stunning prequel to the critically acclaimed Shadows of Atlantis series…

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Shadows of Atlantis: Enigma

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The dark legacy of Atlantis continues in part two of the Shadows of Atlantis prequel series…
If Fulcrum seduced you with the men of Atlantis, you will be utterly bewitched by the women in Enigma…

Tragedy has struck the royal family of Atlantis, leaving the citizens in mourning, and its governance in question. The king has sent his league of investigators to hunt down those he feels to be responsible. While the Children of One have gone into hiding, slipping into the cracks of the city they know best, they have begun their own investigations. They will not take the blame for the actions of those who are truly responsible… their own kindred who have learned to wield the Shadows of Atlantis.

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Awakening

Shadows of Atlantis Book 1

 

Prepare to be seduced by the dark legacy of Atlantis.

Check out the runaway classic that’s taking the world by storm! A mystical masterpiece filled with romance, passion, darkness and deceit. If you are an acolyte of the magical teachings, this is a MUST READ.

Critically acclaimed series Shadows of Atlantis is a rising star in the world of fantasy romance.

“Mindblowing!”
“A masterwork!”
“Pure genius.”
“This book is a work of art!”

Brigitte is an emissary of nature chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. Her sacred betrothal would renew the elemental function of the Crystal Grid that powers the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But her people are attacked by a storm of shadows, and now she is running for her life.

Upon her arrival in the ruling city, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a holy festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy – the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.

Brigitte discovers the Grid is corrupted by psychic parasites that feed off human suffering, an epidemic called “the madness”. The rituals required to charge the Grid with psychic emanations have been poorly attended, and this has caused the Grid to malfunction. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why is it impossible for them to be together?

A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask – will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?

“Had me turning the pages obsessively from the very beginning.” -Readers Favorite 5-Star Review.

“I have a real interest in mythology after studying it in college. I had high hopes for the first in Mara Powers’s fantasy saga and I was not disappointed.” Bookish Picks 5-Star Review

“Mysterious, alluring and so engaging, it draws you in from the very first chapter and takes you on a fast-paced journey of discovery and danger, right up to its unpredictable conclusion.” Kickass Reads 5-Star Review

“Mara does a beautiful job of tying fact and fiction together in such a way as to convince the reader she has solved the mystery of Atlantis.” Amazon Review

“Fantasy, mythology, philosophy, romance, tragedy, humor, horror, adventure, thrill… this book lacks nothing.” -Goodreads Review

“The sublime beauty and mystery make this book so incredibly engrossing that the reader will be captivated and impressed by the author’s intuitive and solid understanding of ancient Atlantis.” Amazon Review

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Symbiosis

Shadows of Atlantis Book 2

 

The spellbinding saga of Atlantis continues in Mara Powers’ 2nd book.

The memory of Brigitte’s upbringing in the Dreamclans slowly fades away as she succumbs to the lavish lifestyle of her new home. Caught in the grip of The Madness epidemic, she descends into an elixir-fueled haze. It’s the only way to silence the judgmental voices in her head. Outside the gilded walls, a looming storm encircles the city, trapping its inhabitants as they remain blind to the treachery within.

Meanwhile, D’Vinid is reluctantly caught up in the unstoppable currents of fate. A harrowing encounter with the murderous Shadowmancers launches him on a perilous journey, while Symbiosis with his new soul-crystal reveals clues to the corruption of the Crystal Grid. All paths lead back into the forbidden arms of Brigitte. Is their union a beacon of hope? Or will it unleash the Shadows of Atlantis?

In this eagerly anticipated sequel to Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening, Symbiosis follows the horrifying psychological descent of a falling civilization. Utopia is dying – but how can they stop what they can’t even see?

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Mara Powers is a rebel of the written word who has tackled the monumental task of recreating Atlantis. When she was 16 in Fort Collins, Colorado, she began visiting the library in search of things she couldn’t learn in school. Her goal was to re-define her religion. She studied theology voraciously until she discovered the concept of reincarnation though Hinduism. It was the answer to a lifelong existential crisis that had plagued her for many sleepless nights. The study of reincarnation led her to the channel Edgar Cayce. In his many books, she found his past life readings of lifetimes spent in Atlantis. This was the beginning of a lifelong quest to unravel the secrets of this mystery. She has spent upwards of 30 years exploring the labyrinth of ancient civilizations. Her decision to turn it all into a high concept, visionary fantasy series stems from her study of the esoteric depiction of Atlantis. With the other half of her research rooted in the secular, it was the best way to illustrate both aspects of this fascinating legend. Her work is the legacy of the legend.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Wolf Tempted + Giveaway

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Wolf Tempted
by Eliza Gayle
(The Enigma Shifters)
Publication date: November 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Savannah is on the run and spiraling out of control. Not because of the power she yields, because she’ll do anything to maintain her freedom.

What began as nightmares has morphed into much more as her gift of clairvoyance is far stronger than what her sisters possess. She isn’t sure what that means for her future, but one thing is clear. She needs to RUN.

But if this is the beginning of the end, she will not go quietly into the night.

She follows no one’s rules but her own.

Until the wolf hunting her shows her the meaning of tempted…

Kingston needs this job. They are offering the largest bounty he’s ever been offered and because he now has to take care of his nephew, he has to take it.

Only when he catches up to the missing woman, he discovers there’s a lot more to her story than what they gave him.

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She moved over to the door, pulled out her tools, and looked over her shoulder one last time to ensure no one was watching. She might be decently skilled at breaking and entering, but that didn’t mean she wanted to get caught. This was her first visit to New Orleans, and she had no desire to see it from the inside of a jail cell.

Satisfied that no one saw her, she quickly inserted the picks into the lock and went to work. While she’d probably done this a hundred times or more, it never failed to kick up her heartbeat and get the adrenaline coursing through her body. Getting in and out of somewhere she had no business being had become quite an art form, and one she was damned proud of. Never mind that it made her a criminal. That was neither here nor there.

For her, the end justified the means, and in this case, it could mean the difference between life and death.

Again.

Right now, all that mattered was getting this job done and done fast. On that note, and with one final twist of the metal picks, the lock clicked free, and the door popped open. She shoved her tools back into her pocket and disappeared inside, making sure to close and lock the door behind her. Having to unlock the door to escape might slow her down for a second, but that was a hell of a lot better than someone waltzing in from the outside and catching her off guard.

The hairs at the back of her neck prickled, letting her know that her spidey sense had been activated. She didn’t have much time. She needed to find the supplies the witch required and get the hell out.

“If you wanted in that badly, sugah, you could have just knocked. For a knockout like you, I would have opened the door whether the shop was closed or not.”

She jerked at the voice that came out of nowhere as she whirled around to find a man standing in front of the door she’d just walked away from. But was he? A man, that was. These days, it was getting harder and harder to tell who was human and who was something else. Once she’d learned to look, she couldn’t seem to walk down a street without tripping over a supernatural or two.

Not to make assumptions, but this one certainly seemed out of this world. He was extraordinarily tall, more than six-four if she had to guess, with dark skin that seemed to mesmerize her. And good God but was he beautiful. It was hard not to stare. Not even his annoyed stance, arms crossed aggressively over his chest detracted from his appearance. No way was he an ordinary human. Right?

Shit. She couldn’t tell for sure without getting closer, and she had a feeling getting too close would not do her any favors.

No one was supposed to be here. The shop had been closed for quite some time. She’d watched the lone female employee lock up and leave the premises more than thirty minutes ago. So who the hell was this guy?

“Cat got your tongue?”

“I need some ingredients for a spell, and it couldn’t wait.” For all she knew, it was likely the truth. The witch hadn’t bothered to inform her why she needed these items, only that they were required before she would lift a finger to help her.

The man eyed her curiously, and she got the immediate impression that he knew she wasn’t telling the truth. That was the thing about these people. They possessed all kinds of unusual abilities, and you never knew for sure which one you would encounter next. Not that she had any business talking about these people.

She’d become one of these people way before Jami, without anyone else realizing.

At the moment, he stood eerily still, simply watching her with eyes that seemed to glow with silver threads that looked her over from head to toe. That stare unnerved her. It was as if he saw something no one else did.

By the time he finished looking her over he had his hands on his hips and one leg cocked her way. “I call bullshit on that answer, sweetheart. Try again.”

His saucy retort caught her off guard. From the Crocs on his feet all the way to the beanie over his head, he gave off the vibe that despite his wild appearance, he wasn’t going to take any shit from her or anyone else for that matter.

“It’s not for me personally, not exactly. But it is for a spell.” At least she believed that to be true.

“What kind of spell? You clearly aren’t a witch, so I highly doubt you can work anything more than a basic love potion, and for that you don’t need anything worth breaking in for. Your local grocer carries that shit.”

She nearly choked on his insult. “I am not looking to work a love spell. A man in my life is about the last thing I need.”

His right eyebrow raised well into his hairline. “You sure about that? A lot of situations can easily be resolved with a nice roll between the sheets.”

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Eliza Gayle is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 25 paranormal romance books. (She also writes contemporary romance under E.M. Gayle) She lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest and spends her days writing romance, wandering the beach, kayaking or trying to remodel something. (She blames the latter on Pinterest.)

Before her writing career began, she served in the Marine Corps and lived a crazy life of adventure. Then she read her first erotic romance novel and everything changed. So after years of thinking about writing she finally grabbed her laptop and wrote.

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