Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt From Netherworld!! On Sale For 99 Cents!! Fantasy & Adventure Await!

What would you do if a demon threatened your mother's life? If you're like Koa, you'd sharpen your enchanted sword and go after him...
Our world is threatened by the creatures of an alternate land called the Netherworld. Koa and the Netherworld division are there to keep the vampire population in check. Koa is a powerful half-blood vampire. Her best friend is her boss, she has a cursed mother, an enchanted sword, and an attractive human pet.

Koa also has a problem. A Netherworld serial killer, with a taste for little girls, threatens everything Koa has worked hard to protect. Not even Koa's boss, Halston can stop him. But he knows one prisoner that can. Too bad that prison is in the Netherworld.

Is Koa ready to journey to the Netherworld to release the one creature that can break her mother's curse and protect all that she holds dear? 
**Bonus Material**
Someone has stolen classified documents from the Netherworld division's vaults. Read the secret interviews that were leaked to the press, and discover the hidden clues of Dark Prophet and Lyrinian Blade (The Chronicles of Koa #2 & #3)

Editorial Reviews:
“The Chronicles of Koa is a wonderful story full of likeable characters, a clear world, and a fun mission.” Kirstin L. Pulioff, author of The Escape of Princess Madeline
“It has a fantastic story, twists and turns throughout, and some mysteries you won't see coming. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books as she writes them. The Chronicles of Koa #2 will certainly be a day one purchase for me!”
Thomas Ray Manning, author of Energize (From the Logs of Daniel Quinn)
“The ending had me on edge. I have to say I have not read a vampire novel like this one before.”
Glenna Maynard, author of Beautiful Strangers
“The author has created an engrossing world with vampires, angels and other mythical creatures. And not just any mythical creatures, her creations were... awesome!”
Morgan Jane, author of the Sanguis City series 

Netherworld is on sale THIS WEEK ONLY, in celebration of K.N. Lee's book signing in Charlotte, North Carolina August 2nd from 1-3pm at The Last Word book store.


Exclusive Excerpt 

Koa heard a faint whistling sound. Her ears perked up to better hear. She narrowed her eyes as she saw a light approaching them. Halston stopped on the craggy path and held a hand out for Koa to do the same. “Wait.”
A swoosh of air made Koa’s hair blow furiously past her face. Whatever flew past them cast a dim light onto their surroundings. Koa drew her Lyrinian sword.
Halston stood his guard and they watched as a woman landed before them. She had blood red hair, shaved on one side revealing a set of cryptic tattoos. The other side was long and wavy, reaching her elbow.
Koa stared at the woman and positioned her feet in a battle stance. Her Lyrinian sword was held ready. The power started to pulse within her veins. The feeling was intoxicating.
The woman smiled. It wasn’t a friendly smile. Her eyes were large and a dark blue. Koa held her breath when the woman drew her own sword, massive and curved like a hook. The mists curled around it as she held it towards Koa’s face.
“Don’t draw that sword little girl. Unless… you plan on using it.” Her lips curled into a grin that made Koa uneasy. The woman reached out towards Koa with her other hand.
Koa swung her sword up with lightning speed. It rested at the tip of the woman’s throat.
“Oh, don’t worry. I intend on using it.”
The woman’s smile widened, revealing perfect white teeth. She withdrew her hand. "Fiesty. We might get along." Her eyes turned down to look at Koa’s blade. She didn’t move as Koa had expected. Instead, she held her position before Koa’s sword, and turned her gaze up to Halston’s.
“What took you so long?”
Koa’s eyes went from Halston to the woman. Her heart raced. She stared at the tip of her own sharp blade. Halston didn’t draw his infinity gun as she had expected. He stood completely still, and let his shield fade.
Koa felt her fury intensify. Why wasn’t he protecting her? He just stood there.
Before Koa could react, the red-haired woman grabbed Koa’s blade with her hands and yanked it from her. She held both swords and ignored Koa’s frustrated gasp. She was quick… quicker than Koa.
Koa frowned. No, the bitch just caught me off guard, she reassured herself.
“Stop playing around Evina,” Halston said as he glanced at Koa’s angry face.
Evina stepped closer to Halston with a lascivious grin. “Oh, golden boy,” she purred, pressing her large bosom into his chest. She played with a lock of his hair and he pulled his face away. “Who said that I was playing?”
Koa was furious. The woman had disarmed her as if she were a child with a plastic toy sword. Her cheeks reddened. She wanted to smack that smug look off Evina’s face.
Koa noticed that Evina wore very little clothing. Her black and red corset pushed her bosom nearly up to her chin, and her tiny waist was wrapped with a belt loaded with weapons. She wore leather gaiters that reached to her thigh and a thin cloth that draped her front and back. She looked like something out of one of those fantasy books Koa had read as a child.
Koa didn’t like how Evina was leering at Halston. Her brows furrowed and she balled up her fists. Koa’s nails cut into her palms. She felt her ears grow hot.
“I didn’t think you’d actually bring her back.” Evina looked Koa up and down. She tilted her head with a curious look. “She still looks like a child.”
Halston cleared his throat. He seemed uncomfortable. “Koa, meet Evina… princess of the Central Dominace of the Netherworld. Prince Jax’s sister.”
“Better known as Lyrinia,” Evina said with a smile. She watched Koa expectantly.
Koa didn’t return the smile, but she couldn’t help catching the connection between Lyrinia and her Lyrinian sword.
Koa’s perplexed look made Evina laugh. It was a seductive laugh that made Koa cringe. Evina tossed Koa’s sword onto the rocky path as if it were rubbish. She stroked Halston’s cheek, giving him a lingering look. She stepped out on the path.
"A lot has changed since you left, Halston. I have changed. Jax has changed. But one thing remains the same. Father.” Evina’s eyes darkened when she mentioned King Greggan.
Halston nodded. “I knew Jax would be punished for what he did. We all did.”

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shout Now! **Guest Post by, Shirley Hubbard** The Microwave Girl

Shout Now!

     I bounce back every time the devil knocks me down.  Oh what a powerful statement.  But how many times have you been knocked down and felt like you would never get back up?  The Lord has given me the awesome task of writing about being broken.  As I embarked upon this assignment I immediately ran to the dictionary to define the word broken; as I began to dissect the word I came across a phrase I thought was rather intriguing; to destroy the completeness of.  When I read the phrase I was immediately taken back to a scene from the movie, Jerry McGuire, when Rene Zellweger and Tom Cruise were in the elevator with the hearing impaired couple; before the couple gets out of the elevator the man says to the woman (in sign language), "you complete me".  As I pictured that scene in my mind I began to question what life would have been like if he woke up one morning and she no longer there.  Would he still be complete?  

     I was then quickly reminded of a time when I allowed circumstances to destroy my completeness.  I saw vivid images of me lying on the floor of my bedroom closet in fetal position crying and search for someone (other than God) to shed some light on this horrible thing that had turned my life upside down.  I wanted nothing to do with this God that would allow such a thing to happen to ME and the last thing I wanted to hear was, "all things work together for the good..."  Life had thrown me a curve ball and I found myself searching for something or someone to complete; something to make me whole again; something to fix what had been broken.

     If you've ever experienced anything traumatic in your life you know what it's like to be broken and confused and you know it's you know it's not always easy to stand firm on you faith in Christ.  In most cases your fleshly nature begins to ask every why question imaginable and the last thing you want to hear is "God has a purpose and a plan".  You want answers and you want them yesterday and before you know it, you find yourself slowly pulling away from God.  But, before you give into defeat I encourage you to do as Paul and Silas did when they were thrown in prison -- begin to rejoice in the midst of the trial.  Don't wait until the trial has ended to shout -- SHOUT NOW!

     Acts 16:25 & 26 reads, "Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God...Suddenly there was great earthquake, and the prison was shaken and all the doors flew open and the chains of every prisoner fell off."  Purpose in your heart that today is the day that you will totally surrender your circumstances to God and begin to shout through the trial---start praising God for what you know He's going to do and watch Him loose the chains and set you free.  Your heart may be breaking -- SHOUT anyway knowing that God can fix what's broken in your life---your finances may be a little shaky but SHOUT anyway and God will pour out blessings so GREAT you won't have room to receive.

Meet Shirley Hubbard A.K.A The Microwave Girl:
Hello all and welcome to my world!!!

Perhaps some of you are wondering why I’ve chosen to call myself the microwave girl.   The answer is simple….  THAT’S WHO I AM!!  I am she!  She is me!  I’m impatient, intolerant and somewhat uncompromising!  I want what I want when I want it – quick, fast and in a hurry!!   The problem with that is the product is usually mediocre; thus my reason for ending up in so many garbage relationships…… but we’ll talk about that later.  After some much needed reflection and resolve, I’ve discovered that my microwave mindset is hindering me from becoming the person God has destined me to be.
Now, I know you’re expecting me to say that I’ve changed my ways.   You’re waiting for me to say that my patience has grown by leaps and bounds  and I’m more tolerant today than I’ve ever been in my life! That is farthest from the truth. Like you, I’m a work in progress and the struggle to trust the process is a very real one. However, what I’ve learned on my journey to break free of the microwave mindset is that when God says He can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think, He means it! We may not always understand why He has us in waiting, but we can rest in the assurance that He always has our best interest at heart. We can relax knowing that God is in control of every situation. Things will start to happen when He knows the time is right. My blog will take you on a journey of self-awareness and I’ll serve as your personal tour guide while sharing my personal I want it now struggles. My prayer is that I can help you rid yourself of  that microwave mindset in exchange for one of irrefutable trust in God’s timing.
Thanks for taking this journey with me!!  There’s lots of fun to be had!!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet Paranormal Romance Author, Tish Thawer! **An Interview & Exclusive Excerpt*

Meet our lovely guest author, Tish Thawer

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Missouri, currently live in Arizona, but my heart resides in the mountains of Colorado, where I lived for 15 years.

Why do you write? To share all the stories that have churned in my head and heart for so long, that I can't possibly keep them contained for another single moment. LOL
What inspired you to write your first book? After a dream, I woke up with the title of the first book in my head and literally, moments later, I knew it was going to be a unique story about a human girl named Rose with secrets, and Christian, the vampire who loved her. Within minutes, I had the other two titles as well.
 What genre do you typically write? Paranormal Romance
Do you feel like you have a specific writing style? I'm not sure, really. I know I'm a pantster, but write in a linear fashion; from point A to Z, straight through from beginning to end. Then I go back and push, pull, cut, twist, dissect, destroy, and then re-create.
How long does it usually take you to write a book? About four to five months if I put my nose to the grindstone. Which usually doesn't happen since I have a husband, five kids (three of my own, plus my niece and nephew that I take care of), and seven animals. O.o So.... with that being said, let's say a solid year-and-a-half.
What do you do to conquer writer’s block? Walk away. Read. Watch movies. Anything but worry myself into a tizzy. I know my muse will spark when it's the right time. I just try not to stress about it.
What can you tell us about your favorite character from your book? Oh man... this is hard. I love all my main characters, but quite a few of the secondary ones have my heart as well. Rose and Christian (The Rose Trilogy) are by far the most romantic and "meant for each other" of the couples, while Aryiah and Damarius (The Ovialell Series) are definitely the hottest!! Raven and Michael (The Women of Purgatory) are just settling into each other at the end of Raven's Breath, and I think they are the most dynamic to me at the moment.
What actor or actress would you like to see play your character in the movie adaptation? Oh gosh, that's a hard one. Off the top of my head, for Raven, I guess I'd say Megan Fox.
Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that inspires you? Gena Showalter! I love that she can cross categories so seamlessly, young adult to adult, and still stay true to her genre. That's what inspires me to write YA, NA, and adult, because each of those is truly a part of who I am as a person and a writer.
 What book are you reading now? None. I simply don't have time, but next on my list is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, when I can catch a break.
What are your current projects? Dark Abigail (The Women of Purgatory Book #2) and Queen of The Witches (Ovialell Book #2).
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Um...I don't think so. Only because it ended up twisting in on itself and becoming something I could have never imagined. That to me it pretty damn wicked.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Don't stop. If writing is your passion, keep working hard. Do your research, hire reliable professionals, and tell your story.
 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you! As generic of an answer as it is... it's truly how I feel. A humble thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on my books. Your support means the world to me.


Will she be your Grim Reaper or your Saving Grace?
Raven can breathe life into you, or siphon the life from you...the choice is yours. 

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your grim reaper or your saving grace.

Death has a sinister plan, but his favorite female reaper has been given a new power that will combat his secret mission. The only issue...she hasn't discovered it yet.

Will Raven put the pieces together in time, or will Purgatory be destroyed forever?

Exclusive Excerpt From Tish Thawer's 

Raven's Breath


"Raven, when was the last time you were sent to Heaven during a retrieval?" His voice was strained and taut.

I pulled from his grasp and took a quick step back, contemplating the odd question. It wasn't unusual for me to visit Heaven, or Hell for that matter; it was part of my job.

"Earlier today, why?"

His jaw clenched, then he and Holli disappeared. Wow. Guess I won't be getting an answer.

I shook my head and took to the sky, finally heading home for the night. As I neared my apartment, I saw Garrett rushing up to the main door of my building. I adjusted my trajectory and touched down gently behind him.

"Hey! Fancy meeting you here."

"Actually, it's not fancy at all.” His intensity shook me. “I need to talk to you."

"What's wrong?"

"Let's get inside." He ushered me into the building and up the stairs to my apartment with the urgency of an undercover spy on a mission.

I flipped the lock. He unceremoniously pushed me inside, slammed the door, spun me around, and pressed my back against it.

"What are you doing?" I demanded.

“I need to check for something." He brushed the hair away from my ears then turned my head from side to side. This is awkward. "Garrett, seriously, what the hell is this about?"

"Not Hell."


"Hold still." The edge of panic in his voice had my heart racing. He continued to run his thumb over the smooth skin behind my ears and down each side of my neck. "Oh my God, he was right," Garrett breathed.

I'd had enough. I shoved him off with enough force to push him away from me. "What are you talking about?"

"You've been marked, Raven."

I stared at Garrett like he was an idiot, but it was I who was completely clueless. "Marked? By what? What do you mean?"

"I mean..." He grabbed my arm and pulled me to the mirror hanging next to the front door.

"...Heaven has marked you.”