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How Christopher Pike Saved Me from Drowning (Seriously)

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

This post is in honor of the second release of my short romantic ghost story, BREATHLESS, which came out earlier this month. And yes, you read that title correctly. Christopher Pike saved me from drowning. I’m not sure if I would have died that day when I ran out of air during a scuba dive, but I suspect I there would have been medical-injury-related fallout. Probably in the form of major ear problems and a couple lungs full of water. It would not have been pretty. 
I am not an avid scuba diver. I’ve been on two excursions for a total of four dives. Once in Florida in 2000 (I think) and THE DAY in 2013. If bets had been made on THE DAY, in light of my relative lack of experience, I’m thinking you would NOT have put your hard-earned money in the she’ll come out completely unscathed jar. But that’s what happened, and I owe it all to Christopher Pike.
Let me back up a little bit.
I was a huge reader of Pike’s work as a young adult. His, R.L. Stine’s,…

Cover Reveal: Little Gray Dress | Aimee Brown

Title: Little Gray Dress Author: Aimee Brown Genre:Romantic Comedy Publisher:Crooked Cat Books Release Date:August 2nd, 2017 Pre-Orders Available:Early July

Blurb:
Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.
From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.
When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!
Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

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Hey! Look at me! Over here . . . Guys?

This is a guest post by Michael Bernhart. 
POV: First person
That’s me on the right. Some kind folks at a new age festival captured my aura on their aura-cam. They gushed that it was an exceedingly auspicious aura, and they sounded sincere when they said it. They didn’t seem to be looking for money. In truth, I was having a good day. Young women returned my smiles; small children did not retreat behind their nannies at my approach; I’d scored two free massages; and my significant other had found – to that point – comparatively little to criticize. Maybe it was an auspicious aura. Not every day is a good day for authors; most days our auras can be printed in monochrome, gradations of grey. Look at the odds: One million new novels are published annually in the US alone – 2,700/day. Half of these are self-published, and the average number of copies sold doesn’t reach 250. Writing a book is a losing proposition, financially and psychically. Why do we do it? Easy. We’re narcissists, shouting, “…

The Perfect Stranger | Megan Miranda

"The bad guy, the one we could only imagine in the mask, in the shadows - it was always closer than we liked to imagine.”
Genre: Thriller. Number of Pages: 337. Perspective: Third. Location: Rural Pennsylvania. 
The Perfect Stranger is about an ex-journalist who runs away from a controversy by moving to a rural town with an old friend that recently reappeared. Something is not right when that friend goes missing and there’s no evidence of her ever existing. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I love a good thriller with a twist. I was  certain that I figured out the twist early on, so I was annoyed by how obvious it seemed. But, fortunately, I was wrong and didn’t guess exactly how the mystery ended. 
This was a quick read because it caught my attention and I wanted to keep reading. The characters were all flawed, and maybe even a little creepy. You don’t usually meet that many creepy people, so that aspect was a little unbelievable for me. I would say that this book was enjoyable,…

What Makes a Good Travel Writer?

This is a guest post by Dave Tomlinson.
For me, the most obvious requirement of a good travel writer is that they write about real-life, true experiences. If people are reading fictional accounts of something that never happened written by someone who’s never been there it suddenly all becomes rather meaningless. My travel stories are completely true and related exactly as they happened; nothing has been contrived or exaggerated.
As the reader of a travel book, you want to feel that you’re taking the journey with the writer. In your mind’s eye, you want to see the sights and people being described, hear the sounds and even sense the smells. Words need to bring scenes and experiences vibrantly to life to leave the reader amused and amazed. Dull travel writing does nothing to inspire anyone!  
Writing about travel destinations or experiences is different to a fictional novel. A good travel writer will keep the story moving instead of losing the reader in superfluous detail. All the tales i…

Hacked by Book Characters

This is a guest post by Nicholas Bridgman.

Detective Robert Gladstone looked around his new environment, bleary eyed from both his transition between literary worlds and from the tie-dyed background of the webpage. The tie-dye looked familiar, coming as he did from San Francisco. But other than that, the page did not look at all recognizable. So, Robert sought the narrator’s help, as he often did when he needed information and had nowhere else to turn.  He addressed him directly, asking, “Where am I now, you control freak?” The narrator responded with a laugh, “You’re in a webpage, or more accurately, a literary blog.” “Why do I want to be there?” “I’m just testing you, seeing how you react to new stimuli.  I need to know you’re going to be responsible if I take you from fiction into the real world.” “So this isn’t the real world?” “No, it’s a website created by a woman named Amber Gregg, for people to come to who like to read and talk about books.” “Well that’s a good thing, at least. I like…

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