Tuesday, January 1, 2013

JD's January Book News

Hello there!  And welcome to a brand new feature that is making it's debut today.  Hope you enjoy it.

And please note - this will be a monthly post now, appearing about the 1st - 5th of each month.

To submit news - Just send me a message via my author's page on facebook.  Here's the link:

And now, here's your January Book News:

A brand new page, and a brand new book award
Check it out, the page link:

And here's a sneak preview at what the award certificate will look like:

The Driggers teddy bears will be handing out their first book award soon, so follow their page for more info on this.

Science fiction author Angus H. Day
has a new book coming out called ‘Utopian Estates’.  To find this and more of his books, visit his Amazon author page:

Blue Plague series
Well the sequel for the book ‘Blue Plague, the fall’ is out!  And it is called ‘Blue Plague, survival’.  Here’s the links for both so you can go get yours. 

Author Devona Serenity
has a new book out called ‘Finding Limits’.  It’s an excellent book, and I think it may be the beginning of a series.  Here’s the link for that:

Author Patricia Macias
continues her fine work in the ‘De La Cruz saga’.  Fans of this saga will be delighted to know of more books in this series coming out.  The books in the series are:

Hot & Spicy: De La Cruz Saga - is the first book

Hot & Forbidden - is the second book

The third book is - Hot & Enchanting

And . . . the FOURTH book will soon be out!  It will be called ‘Hot & Wild’.

Author Jt Sather
is delighted to announced that he has signed with Inkbeams Press.  The author himself said:

“Inknbeans press read my book, and they loved it!! They sent me a contract and signed me up. If all goes well, it'll be on the shelves in Feb!! I'm losing my mind!”

Best of luck Jt! 
And if you haven’t yet read his book, well what are you waiting for?
‘How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out’

Coma Dream's Facebook release Party
Author Denny Paul is holding a release party on facebook for his book.  It will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 12:00 am until 11:30 pm

It is public, and here’s the link if you want to go:

Author Virginia Jennings
got a neat Christmas surprise when her book ‘The Alien Mind’ made it onto the Amazon top 100 free list.  Check it out:

And if you haven’t gotten her book yet, here’s the link:

New book out by L.E. Perez
Author L.E. Perez has her first book out, ‘Beauty of Fear’.  Check it out here:

Third book in the Precog in Peril series
will be out the first week in January, announces author Theo Fenraven.

The first book in this series is - Three of Swords -

The second book is - Knight of Wands -

And the third book is titled - The Lightning Struck Tower -

Popular Life Series by
author S.B. Robinson has a new book out.  The book, called ‘The Popular Life’ is a bundle book that contains all three stories from the Popular Life series including My Popular Life, My Formerly Popular Life and My Not So Popular Life. 

Here’s a link to the author’s Amazon page:

And here’s a link to the book

Free Book Alert
from author Anne R. Allen.  Her book, ‘No Place Like Home - A Camilla Randall Mystery’ will be free on January 1-3.  So amble on over and snap yours up.

Here’s the link for that:

New romance novel
titled ‘A Viennese Christmas’ by author Lynn Crain is now up and available for your reading pleasure.  Going by the description, it sounds like a really yummy novel to get. 

Here’s the link so you can go get yours:

Free book by Jerold Last
Jerold Last’s book, ‘The Body in the Parking Structure’, will be available for free on Amazon - January 1-3, 2013.  So be sure to get yours!

Author Rebecca Brown announces
that the third book in her ‘Fever’ novella series is now out and available.  The books in the series are as follows:

Fever in the Blood

Blood Lust

Cold Blood

Author Walt Lamberg is pleased to announce
that he has completed the 13th and final Kindle book in his Army stories series.  The name of this newest book is ‘First Sergeant's Had It!’ and here’s the link for it:

The sequence of all the stories, in chronological order are:

The Souvenir Shop,
You Hear the News,
Got The Imjin River Blues,
You Didn't See Nothing,
One Christmas Eve,
The G.I. Party,
Drinking Beer Telling Stories,
The Formation,
War Forever After,
Not in This Life Time,
Good to be Back Home,
A Shot of Whiskey A Beer Chaser,
First Sergeant's Had It!

Here is the link to Walt’s facebook page, where you can find more info about his books:

And here is the link to his Amazon author page, where you can find all the buy links for his books:

Author Venessa Kimball now has
a street team.  Want to be a part of her street team?  Check out the following link for more info:

Author L. Allen Stovey announces
the early January launch of his new book, E-Z Money.  Razor O'Banick returns in this mystery/suspense story, set in the LA area. Razor attempts to balance the scales of justice.  Here’s the link to his Amazon author page:

Author Kelly Stuart has released
her book ‘Love's Awakening’, on Amazon kindle.  It’s a love story of a different kind.  Here’s the book description:

Thirty-year-old Celia Hall is falling in love with a man she dares not pursue, and at exactly the wrong time. Celia knew that life after having her baby would be different, especially since her husband did not love her anymore. But Celia never expected post-baby life to be this difficult. David, her husband of three years, is in a coma that turns into a vegetative state. Oliver, David’s twenty-nine-year-old son, is forced into the awkward position of revealing David’s secrets to Celia. Celia and Oliver share a perfect, passionate kiss that they cannot stop thinking about. Plus, they can help each other in ways no one else can. They try to build a friendship, but their growing attraction gets in the way. Can Celia and Oliver move past the taboo of their attraction and find their path together?

Dragonthology is coming!!!
and should be out January 3rd, from Untold Press.  The book is anthology, with seven stories written by seven different authors.  Check out the cover:

Does that scream ‘read me’ or what!  Here’s some more info on it, shared with me by one of the authors, Troy Lambert:

Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson
A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last $100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through his door weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a little known human and dragon history, played out on the streets of New York City.

Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew
Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare.  Can he convince an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during their darkest hour?

The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen
A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish descent. This won’t end well for the dragon.

Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn
A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of dragon eggs. When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship. Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?

The Clan by Troy Lambert
Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is fading. Will the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare war, or will a peaceful solution be found? It all rests in the hands of an ancient dragon, and a lowly shepherd and his clan.

Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves
What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon can do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he begins his quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American twist.

Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell
In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon partner, Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to the Darklands. Can Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the young unicorn?

Author Valerie J. Long is pleased to announce
that her book, ‘Lioness’ Legacy I—Loser’ will be out January 1st, 2013.  Here is more info on both the book and the author:

Title: Lioness’ Legacy I—Loser
Author: Valerie J. Long
Publisher: eXtasybooks
Release date: January 1st, 2013

About the book:
Life is hard and unfair—the most adaptable can survive anywhere, even a born loser. Who said a loser has to be fair?

A remote villa at the sea is an interesting challenge for a skilled thief in the first place. But if the landlord belongs to a worldwide-operating crime syndicate, it’s not advisable to get caught. Sadly, Jo learns about this too late—such just happens to a loser.

So she finds herself in a cell with a lot of time to contemplate her own life and how she arrived in her current situation. Will that give her a clue on how to escape?

This is the first book of "Lioness Legacy", a near-future Science Fiction dystopia. Eight more sequels will follow. Lioness Legacy continues where Zoe Lionheart (the namesake of the previous series) has left Earth, and old readers will soon recognize Johanna, the new protagonist, as a known face. New readers need not know the old books though, as the past events are only briefly touched.
Johanna is a rather cheeky person. She knows how to make other people blush, and won't leave it at that. Unabashed, she tells about her experience with men and women. Warning! This book contains lesbian erotica scenes.

About the author:
I am Valerie J. Long, born in 1963. I live and work in Germany as an IT project manager. I like role playing games, and I like putting my ideas on paper. I like all kinds of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I like music, and I like making you bite your nails off.

Author Robb Grindstaff is pleased to announce
that he has signed with Evolved Publishing, and his novel, ‘Hannah’s Voice’, launches January 15th.  It is contemporary/literary fiction.  Two more novels are in the works for later in 2013 and early 2014.  For more info, check out this link:

Author Allison Bruning has published
a book of poems and essays, titled ‘Reflections - Poems & Essays’.  Check out this description of the book, followed by the Amazon link:

The waters of time never lie. Wisdom drifts down through the ages for all who dare to listen. History teaches us through honesty. Are we bold enough to hear the truth?
Reflections: Essay and Poems wraps you in the untold stories of the past. Sit next to the waters of time and listen to the wisdom of the past. What if John Wilkes Booth hadn’t been killed at Garret’s barn? Who are the Shawnee? Why did the Cherokee accuse Sequoyah of witchcraft? How did Father’s Day begin? Who did Daniel Boone fall in love with? These stories and more await you within Reflections: Essays and Poems.

Allison Bruning originally hails from Marion, Ohio. Her father, Roland Irving Bruning, was the son of German immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her grandfather owned a confectionary in Guttenburg, New Jersey in the early 20th century and it later became an ice cream parlor in the 50's. Her mother's family had been in the United States since the 17th century. Allison is a member of the Daughter of American Revolution, tracing her linage to Rueben Messenger of Connecticut. Her mother's side of the family was one of the first families to settle Ohio.

Allison enjoys family stories, history and genealogy. Her educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Both acquired at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. Allison was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007 she was named Who's Who Among America's Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards.

Allison lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and their Australian Cattle Dog. She is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University. Allison's interest includes Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, and genealogy. Her genres include historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and suspense.

Author J.E. Fishman is proud to announce
that his latest book, ‘The Dark Pool’, will be available in ebook late January and paperback late February.  Here’s some info about the book:

Three men’s lives on a knife’s edge…

Shoog Clay: The nation’s winningest inner-city high school football coach resists pressure to move up to the college level because his kids in the Bronx mean everything to him. But more powerful people won’t take no for an answer.

Antwon Meeps: One day Harriet Tubman High School’s star running back is a shoe-in for a college scholarship. The next day he’s accused of a rape he didn’t commit, his life begins unraveling, and he doesn’t know how to stop it.

The Mean: This incognito Greenwich hedge fund manager is so rich he keeps a giant sea creature as his pet. But a risky investment threatens to ruin him, and a stubborn high school football coach holds the key to his redemption.

Soon a tragic hanging in the school gymnasium will lay bare a secret force that none of these men understands. In a “dark pool” marketplace, insatiable Wall Street players have wagered everything on certain real-world outcomes. When fortunes hang in the balance, financiers cloaked in anonymity won’t hesitate to pay off their claims with the blood of others.

Visit his website for more info on the book, and instructions on how to get a sample chapter of the book:

What is a fable?
Author Margaret Arvanitis provides us with an answer:
A fable is a fictionalized story that often encompasses a supernatural element. A legend or myth. A fable sometimes teaches a practical lesson -- the so-called moral of the story. My fables consist of characters such as elves, fairies, pixies, imps, mermaids and other mythical characters.

She is working on Nadeea's Magic, the tale of a Pixie girl residing near Mount Hood, Oregon, and she is planning on an early launch in 2013.  Her My latest published fable, FORBIDDEN WINGS, A Mermaid's Story, is on Smashwords and

Author Dellani Oakes is proud to announce
that she has a story in "Nightfalls: Notes from the End of the World", a sci-fi anthology.

Sharing news . . . from Karen Rigley
Soul Mate is a small publisher & Renagade Moon (CupidKey 4) should've been released sooner, but there's a delay, so I'm guessing Feb.

As for my interviews: I've offered my blog to help celebrate Mystery Most Cozy (FB & Yahoo group), by doing interviews of cozy mystery authors. Through Nov & Dec. I did a Monday & Thursday one every week, but in Jan. I'm only doing the Thursday interviews. Go to my blog & glance through the ones up. A new one posts tomorrow. It's been a fun, but exhausting project & I'm glad it ends at the end of January.

My January interviews:
Jan. 3rd--mystery author Betty Webb,
Jan. 10 -- cozy author: Lorianne Bartlett/Lorna Barrett/LL Bartlett,
Jan. 17th--mystery writer Esri Allbritten,
Jan. 31 -- cozy mystery author Leann Sweeney.
They'll all be available on . . .


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Jacqueline. No Place Like Home made it into the top 200 in freebies on Amazon and top 10 in women sleuths. It's back to regular price now, but the others in the series are bargain priced in the boxed set for 2.99:

  2. Just found this on a google search! Thanks for the shout out Jacqueline!