Sunday, January 26, 2020

Senses of Love Series by Kyle Shoop Genre: Contemporary Romance

My New Novel, The Sound of Love, Has A Soundtrack, by Author Kyle Shoop

In my several years of attending author signings and conventions, the most frequent kind of reader I’ve come across is one that will read anything … as long as it’s “good,” they often say. But what does that mean? I’ve received a wide array of answers when I ask what they mean by “good.” Some say characters, others say plot, while some list a specific genre. If only there was a universally agreed upon “goodness” that could result in a book be stamped with a “good” seal.

While I’ll leave it readers to decide if my books would receive that stamp, my new book, The Sound of Love, would definitely qualify for having something unique about it. My novel is accompanied with a free soundtrack – aptly titled The Soundtrack of Love. And in addition to writing the novel, I also wrote, performed, and recorded the soundtrack. Simply put, my novel has a soundtrack. Pretty unique I think, right?

This soundtrack came about like a light bulb illuminating in my mind. I never set out to specifically write a book with a soundtrack. Rather, fate manifested her intentions to make it this way. I began writing and recording music as a singer-songwriter about 15 years ago. It’s always been a hobby of mine since then and has resulted in me having a large catalog of songs which I’ve always kept private.

Flash forward 15 years and I’m in the middle of writing The Sound of Love. One of my main characters is a singer-songwriter. I realized I needed to write lyrics to help him say through song what he otherwise has a hard time saying. The lightbulb goes off. Use my own songs. It just made sense. What resulted was revisiting songs I’d written many years ago, re-recording some of them to have the lyrics fit the story better, and being blown away by how songs I’d written for me personally many years ago now unexpectedly fit a story so perfectly. Fate.


The soundtrack is free for readers – the links are in the books and it’s available on many platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. The musician/artist name is “Guy + Guitar” – it plays into the plot of the book. Again, the album name is The Soundtrack of Love. The audiobook actually has the songs put right into it as a chapter, so that the song is heard instead of me narrating the lyrics. Kind unique, right? At least, I think it is. And maybe, the uniqueness of my music, and the fate involved with it being brought into my storytelling, will help readers stamp The Sound of Love as “good.”



The Sound of Love 
Senses of Love Book 1 
by Kyle Shoop 
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Words than can't be spoken can still be sung. 

Sometimes the most beautiful relationships between two individuals blossom from moments of tragedy. 

Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler, by creating an imaginary kingdom together. However, their worlds, and the safety that came from their friendship, were suddenly ripped apart when they got caught. 

Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life. 

However, the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, she reignites John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying. But in doing so, the reunited couple discovers that John’s love for music may not have been the only fire waiting to be rekindled. 

Would what began as two children playing in the woods in the heart of tragedy blossom into long-awaited, and much desired, love? 



The Sight of Love 
Senses of Love Book 2 

Does love at first sight exist when love is blind? 

Ethan was born to paint. His pursuit of beauty and meaning through art was the only thing his heart desired above all else. Until he met Rose. 

It was love at first sight. A love which was as inspiring and captivating as the delicate life which radiated from a fresh rose. Her sight intoxicating. Her personality angelic. Her love instantaneous and unselfish. 

But was that love enough to last a lifetime? Art often requires sacrifice. But Ethan’s life wasn’t just full of sacrifice for his passion, it would become marked with significant loss. An unforeseeable loss beyond his control and undercutting all which he sought in life. 

Each moment of life is just a brush stroke in a larger painting. Would the love between Ethan and Rose be just the first brush stroke, or instead the reason to keep painting? 

Experience the second book in the compelling “Senses of Love” series.



Kyle Shoop is a multi-genre author of compelling stories. His new "Senses of Love" series is a romance series that provides rewarding and inspirational stories.
Kyle is also the author of the Acea Bishop Trilogy, which is an action-packed fantasy series. All books in that series are now available, with Acea and the Animal Kingdom being the first book.
At a young age, Kyle was recognized for his storytelling by being awarded the first-place Gold Key award for fiction writing in Washington State. After spending several years volunteering in his wife's elementary classrooms, he was inspired to write the Acea Bishop Trilogy. He is now motivated to finish his the new romance series. In addition to writing novels, Kyle is also a practicing attorney. Kyle and is wife and two children are currently living in Utah. 






A digital copy of the music soundtrack written specifically for The Sound of Love - all written, performed and recorded by the author Kyle Shoop 

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

REVIEW OF Suzanne White's Metal Rat 2020 ASTROLOGY BOOK ~ HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR


  ★★★★★   from Maria Catalina Egan on January 25, 2020

FUN, INTERESTING & INFORMATIVE

Welcome the year of the Metal Rat with tons of awareness and knowledge. This fun guide addresses Western and Chinese Astrology. It is such fun to blend the two. I am a PIG and a CRAB! If you know your ascendant that two is a great tool. I love Suzanne's take on...




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A Date With a Vampire Love Bites, Paranormal Dating Agency Book 1 by Abbey MacMunn Genre: Paranormal Romance






You are cordially invited to join Love Bites, Paranormal Dating Agency. Where fur, fangs, feathers, and the occasional human, meet their match. 


Witch Harper Clarke is pretty sure misfortune follows her around like a bad smell. Her spells end in disaster, her dating agency for supernaturals has an embarrassing lack of clients, and her love life is a washout. So when a vampire signs up to the agency and she can’t find him a match, she agrees to date the vamp herself. 

Charmer Damon Vertefeuille has it all; power, status, wealth, but becoming a vampire to get his errant brother out of trouble isn’t what he expected. Newbie vamps aren’t supposed to be dangerous, but one look at his witchy date and he has a sudden desire to sink his fangs into her neck. 

Thing is, she wants his bite. 

Chemistry sizzles, but when Damon’s brother threatens to tear them apart, the lines blur between loyalty, love and dark desires. 









Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children. 
When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies. 








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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Flying Woman Terrific Book 1 by Daniel Sherrier Genre: Superhero Fantasy

So Here’s Why I Write…
By Daniel Sherrier

I recently reread George Orwell’s famous essay, “Why I Write.” In it, he ascribes four primary motives to writers: egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. Different writers will feel a stronger pull from one or two than the others, and the precise balance might shift over a lifetime, but those four motives drive much of the prose that exists and will exist throughout the world. I’d be lying if I claimed immunity.
Looking at my superhero novel The Flying Woman, I can see those four motives playing roles of varying sizes.
Ego certainly factors into the equation. I would like to think otherwise, but that would be self-delusion. There’s a line in the musical Hamilton that goes, “God help and forgive me, I want to build something that’s gonna outlive me.” And yes, I’d like that, too. I won’t live forever, and I can’t take any books with me, but I can leave them behind and hope they endure.
Along those lines, I also wanted to write the best superhero novel ever. There are certainly many good and even great superhero prose novels out there, but which has the reputation as being the pinnacle of the genre in this medium? I’m not saying I succeeded—that’s ultimately up to the readers, not the writer. But after a lifetime of reading superhero comics, I wanted to put my own stamp on the genre.
Aesthetic enthusiasm is more a motivation for editing than writing, but I do certainly appreciate aesthetics and value their importance. I’m happy to take the time to ensure the correct word is always in the correct place, and unbroken walls of text often look plain ugly. Dialogue must always “sound” right and flow with a natural rhythm.
So there’s some aesthetic enthusiasm in the mix, but I wouldn’t call it my reason for writing in the first place.
When I was a newspaper reporter, the historical impulse was by far my strongest motive for that particular type of writing. My job was to present people and events as they were, and to provide readers with enough information to help them form their own conclusions. It was never my place to tell them what to think.
With fiction, and especially superhero fantasy fiction, I’m obviously not presenting factual accounts or even slice-of-life drama. But I do strive to present human nature as it is—the good, the bad, and the ugly. And stories of superheroes and supervillains can tell us quite a bit about ourselves. It’s no surprise that superhero origin stories are often great coming-of-age stories, too.
In The Flying Woman, a young woman acquires powers she never expected, and she has to figure out how to become this perfect superhero even though she knows she’s nowhere near perfect. Effectively, she has to figure out how to become the adult she needs to be. The development of a superhero, then, is another way to show how a person matures.
So maybe that’s not quite a “historical” impulse, but it’s adjacent.
And then there’s political purpose. I generally steer clear of this, as I believe partisan politics and fiction don’t mix (though perhaps that is a type of a political opinion).
Writing a female superhero lead might get me involved in current issues of representation in entertainment. Maybe I’m just looking through rose-colored glasses thanks to a youth of reading X-Men and watching Star Trek, but to me, a female superhero seems every bit as natural as a male superhero. As I type that, I worry that I sound like I’m pandering, when that’s the last thing I want to do.
In my mind, the way to reduce any disparities in representation is simply by writing (for example) a female lead in a matter-of-fact way, without any overt agenda. I wrote Miranda as a person first and foremost, not a “strong female superhero protagonist.” I focused less on issues that are unique to women today and more on issues that are common to both men and women—fear of failure, accepting responsibility, new responsibilities conflicting with previous ambitions, striving to live up to others’ expectations, and so on—the universal, timeless issues where we can find common ground, not the contemporary identity politics that can divide us … the broader human nature that I mentioned earlier.
So I wrote a non-political female superhero. The statement is that it shouldn’t be a statement. Is that political in a roundabout way? Anti-politics as a type of politics? I’ll let others decide.
That wraps up Orwell’s four motives, but I’ll add one of my own: the joy of creation, of building something new.
Sure, I’ve drawn on elements already present in the culture—established conventions of the superhero genre, themes others have previously tackled, tried-and-true plot structure, and so on. But I assembled those pieces in my own unique way, to create something that only I would have created.

There’s nothing like that thrill, though maybe this is just another form of egoism. Who am I to argue with Orwell?



The impossible has become reality! A masked man possesses extraordinary powers, and he’s using those fantastic abilities to fight crime and pursue justice. Meanwhile, Miranda Thomas expects to fail at the only thing she ever wanted to do: become a famous star of the stage and screen. One night, Miranda encounters a woman who’s more than human. But this powerful woman is dying, fatally wounded by an unknown assailant. Miranda’s next decision propels her life in a new direction—and nothing can prepare her for how she, and the world, will change. 




Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. He is the author of the novel "The Flying Woman." A College of William & Mary graduate, he has worked for community newspapers, written a few plays that have been performed, and earned his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable. 










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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Passarinho and the Highlander: Adventures in Love and War by Fran Connor Genre: Historical Romantic Adventure

Fran Connor – Author – Screenwriter - Playwright
Fran grew up in the North of England among those ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ surrounded by the brooding Pennine moors that forged the Brontë family of authors. While he would be the first to admit he doesn’t quite reach such literary heights he does claim this area created his love for the wild landscapes and romance of desolate places that sometimes find their way into his work.
After employment on the railways and in the dreaded Inland Revenue Tax Office in London he moved south to join the police force where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector before retiring after thirty-three years to move to South West France.
During his time in the police, he has seen people at their best and worst. He doesn’t write cop stories but draws on that experience to craft his characters and situations to give them authenticity.
Here in France among the ancient fortified villages once occupied by the English in the Middle-Ages before being thrown out, he has found an idyllic lifestyle with his wife, dog and chickens. The French seem to have forgiven the Brits for the marauding antics of the Black Prince and Henry V! He’s hoping Brexit will not upset the apple cart again.
Fran’s novels include Romance in ‘Sophia and the Fisherman’; Fantasy in ‘The Devil’s Bridge’; tongue in cheek Thriller in ‘Her Man in Havana’; Drama in ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’; Historical Romance in ‘Honourable Lies’; and the three series Political Thrillers in the Artemis series, ‘Operation Hydra’, The Genesis Project’ and ‘The Alcazar Code’. He also wrote the War Drama ‘Dunkirk’.
‘Passarinho and the Highlander’ is Fran’s latest novel set in 1730s Boston, Georgia and Jamaica. It’s an action-packed Romantic Thriller that will have you cheering for its flawed heroine, Susannah, as she overcomes her prejudice and grapples with a shock revelation about herself. 

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A privileged young woman in 1730s Boston sets out on an adventure to rescue her father from a debtor’s prison in Jamaica. A dashing Scottish soldier offers to help her in return for her help in exposing a traitor.
Shipwreck, spies, murder, war and a rival for the Highlander’s affections combine to thwart her mission.
She finds the darker side of life in the Caribbean is a far cry from her sheltered upbringing. To survive and succeed in her rescue she must adapt and, on the way, she discovers a secret about herself that could have disastrous consequences for her future.
Buy or download now through Kindle Unlimited and enjoy this gripping Romantic Adventure with a flawed heroine. 



I live in SW France for the lifestyle after a career in a UK Police Force. I have six published novels, three more in the pipeline and six plays that have been produced on stage. My screenplays portfolio contains seven feature length scripts with one about to go into production. 
I write mainly Historical Fiction but I do other genres too. I don't do cop stories, I had enough of the real thing. 








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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Black Heart Boys' Choir by Curtis M. Lawson Genre: Horror





Black Heart Boys' Choir 
by Curtis M. Lawson 
Genre: Horror


Great art demands sacrifice.
Lucien Beaumont is a teenage misfit and musical prodigy ostracized by his peers and haunted by familial tragedy. When he discovers an unfinished song composed by his dead father—a song that holds terrible power—Lucien becomes obsessed. As he chases after the secret nature of his father's music, the line between gruesome fantasy and real life violence begins to blur.
To complete his father's work Lucien believes that he and his group of outcast friends must appease a demonic force trapped within the music with increasingly sadistic offerings. As things spiral out of control he finds that the cost of his art will be the lives of everyone around him, and perhaps his very soul. 




Curtis M. Lawson is a writer of unapologetically weird, dark fiction and poetry. His work includes Black Heart Boys' Choir, It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, and The Devoured. 

Curtis is a member of the Horror Writer's Association, and the organizer of the Wyrd live horror reading series. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son. When he is not writing, Curtis enjoys tabletop RPGs, underground music, playing guitar, and the ocean 








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Monday, January 20, 2020

Chameleon by Zoe Kalo Genre: YA Paranormal Psychological Suspense





FIVE GIRLS. AN ISOLATED CONVENT. A SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE. A DARK SECRET.

SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction!

I can't believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father. Ask his forgiveness.
Seven months.
Seven months isn't that long, is it?
I'll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I’ll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.

Puerto Rico, 1973

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

At night, the waterfall’s dark music haunts her dreams of drowning…

When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. The body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions? 

If you love the vibes in "The Orphanage," "The Craft" and "Pretty Little Liars," you'll enjoy this mess-with-your-head, YA supernatural/psychological thriller! 




A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery… 

She’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. She lives in Belgium with her husband and two evil cats. 






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