Sunday, August 28, 2016

EskieMama Reads Sunday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Be First or Be Dead by Nik Krasno

Welcome to EskieMama Reads Sunday Spotlight!
Today we are spotlighting Nik Krasno's 
Be First or Be Dead

Enter to win 1 of 2  .mobi copies of Be First or Be Dead from Nik Krasno.

Michael, a successful businessman with a turbulent past, is probably having the best time of his life, when everything around him starts to crumble - first his country, second - his business.
Involuntary, he finds himself entangled in the most dangerous predicament, where stakes are too high and there is no way to survive unless you prevail.
Not for weak hearts or gentle souls!

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Q & A with Nik Krasno about Be First or Be Dead!

Tell us about BE FIRST OR BE DEAD.

The recent book is the 3-d installment. It’s pretty much a standalone, but I’d rather offer an overview of the entire series.

When Misha's father is prosecuted everything changes. Wealth becomes poverty. Luxury becomes survival. But Misha (Mikhail) vows it's not for long.

He climbs the ladder by any means. They are not important, the purpose is: to become rich. Very rich. The richest... Is he a mobster, a businessman or a swindler? Even he himself isn't sure.

Power, wealth and status aren't the only things Misha has accumulated - he has made just as many deadly enemies as his riches along the way.

Find out how far up he goes and what plot he's dragged into.

I think historical fiction, thriller, noir and drama are all applicable.

It’s about the big bang of the USSR, big biz, and certainly - big balls.

What initially inspired you to write this book?
The book is a natural follow-up to the previous two. However with Be First or Be Dead I’m going over the top with everything: the concept, the scenes, the delivery and I hope the readers will connect with it.

Initially, I thought that rapid enrichment of Eastern European billionaires and the way it was done, should form an interesting and exotic ambience and plot-line for a high-voltage thriller, which we (together with a co-author on the first book) devised.

Tell us little about the characters in this book.
Misha, a billionaire and oligarch, remains in the capacity of the protagonist is left no choice but to confront a formidable cabal, which enjoys much of world’s economic resources and political power. His usual gang of associates is by his side in the beginning, but hardly all can survive the showdown.

I must mention that I’m proud to have an insuperable Aidan Snow as a guest-star character in the book thanks to a British author - Alex Shaw.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I believe there is a fine line between ‘cool’ and ‘grotesque’ on the one and something ‘unbelievable’ or even ‘silly’ on the other side of the scale. Coming close to the extreme, I found it especially delicate to stay on the right side of the line and to offer readers decent (although hard-core) entertainment combined with some perspective on ultrahigh biz.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Maybe Ibiza and Cancun parts, because they offer pure mischief without the violence. I disapprove of the lifestyle, but I’ve enjoyed imagining and describing the debauchery -:)

What are your future project(s)?
I’m working on a short story, not connected with the oligarchs, to maybe make it perma free, so the readers would have a free fair glimpse on the writing style. There are some thoughts about more distant things, but it’s too early to call them ‘projects’.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series

?I’d actually appreciate the readers tell me their thoughts about the book and the series after reading them -:)

Now an exciting excerpt from Be First or Be Dead!

It was a fat line. Third for this evening. Damn, what a good feeling! I enjoyed the instant numbness spreading through my face as a pleasant side-effect.

Am I getting close to an overdose? I thought, wiping my nose with the back of my hand.

I hadn't done coke for years. It would be a pity to die or fall into another coma just when I started to enjoy reaching the top of the economic heap. They say coke makes you a god. That's true, I’m an alpha male, I’m a god! And I'm also too fucked up to be coming up with such ideas. I smiled. If I wasn't high I would probably worry about my current state, but now I just enjoyed the evening. How could anyone not enjoy it? I was at Pacha—Ibiza's best nightclub—on coke, with good friends, and endless opportunities to lay a goddess or two as the night unfolded

Nik Krasno left crumbling Soviet Empire in 1991 and immigrated to Israel, where he became a lawyer.
Returning to now independent Ukraine in the late nineties as an Israeli citizen, Nik established with partners an international law firm and managed it during its first years.  
During a long period Nik had been sharing his time between family in Israel and work and business mostly in former USSR countries.
Settled in one place for some years now, Nik currently works as an independent legal practitioner under his real name. As 'Nik Krasno' he writes books of debatable content -:).

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Book Tour Grand Finale w/Giveaway: Carousel Nights by Amie Denman

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Carousel Nights
By Amie Denman

We hope you enjoyed some amusement park magic and learning more about June and Mel's story. 

Don't forget to grab a copy of the first book in the series while it's on sale!

If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - The Starlight Point Stories

When I was a college student, I escaped textbooks and spent my summer days working at an amusement park. My experience four summers in a row became the inspiration for Starlight Point Stories published by Harlequin Heartwarming.

I Am A Reader - Summer Love

Have you ever fallen in love in the summer? I fall in love with summer every year, but I actually fell in love during summer when I worked at a seasonal resort and amusement park much like the fictional Starlight Point in my Harlequin Heartwarming series. In case you’re one of those people who likes to skip to the happy ending, I’ll let you off the hook right now. I’m still in love with the same man more than twenty years later.

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

Mel felt the air change the moment her gaze swung to him. He wasn’t foolish enough to think she brightened because of any reason except one: he was key to getting things done around Starlight Point. And she had a project in mind.

Hardcover Feedback - Review

"All in all, this was a great read. Perfect for a day at the beach, relaxing by the pool, or anytime really. I definitely recommend the book to any fan of contemporary romantic fiction."

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Sisters

If you have siblings, you know how much they contribute to shaping you as a person. I have three sisters with whom I’ve always been close, and I know that they have influenced me—almost always in a good way! The four of us even have a vague pact to end up in a bungalow in Key West together someday to raise a margarita glass to our gray hairs. My Starlight Point series focuses on romance, of course, but the relationship between the three siblings who inherit an amusement park is also close to my heart.

underneath the covers - Excerpt

"Mel’s familiar scent—Dial soap mixed with a little bit of sweat and motor oil—tingled her senses even with a hundred other distractions. Of course he was hard to ignore. He was standing so close their clothing touched."

Book Lover in Florida - Excerpt

Having a good partner made a difference the size of the peninsula Starlight Point sat on. June was light and graceful, her love for the movement clear in every step and sway. Leading her as a dance partner was like being behind the wheel of a Ferrari. The only way he could go wrong was if he lost control.

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Harlie's Books - Review

"All that makes for a great story. June and Mel were getting a second chance at love but some really big decisions needed to be made? Did I have my doubts? Nope, I knew that Ms. Denman wouldn’t do that to me. 😉 She wrote a heartwarming book that had the characters, emotional depth, and an amusement park. And dancing. 🙂"

Reading Is My SuperPower - Review

"Carousel Nights is fun and sweet and swoonworthy with some really great kisses and a really great setting. The chemistry between Mel and June is one that comes from years of knowing each other, from years of being in love, and yet it feels new and electric. The tension of running an amusement park – the crackle of the radio signaling another breakdown or emergency – keeps the action high and the pace steady."

Christy's Cozy Corners - Review

"I love this story and these characters! There is so much life in this book. The romance develops quickly but not in an unrealistic way since June and Mel have known each other forever. You will love reading this story! It is so sweet and heartwarming. I highly recommend it!"

With Love for Books - Review

"Amie Denman has chosen a fantastic setting for her series. She brings Starlight Point to life with vivid descriptions of the park itself and the plans to make it successful again. I fell in love with the place straight away. Amie Denman's writing flows easily and it was fun to read about the rides and everyone's response to them. It feels like the main characters really belong in the amusement park, which is something I loved about Carousel Nights. I also liked the sweet romance very much and highly recommend this lovely book."

Bookworm Lisa - Starlight Point Amusement Park

In Carousel Nights, you’ll meet June Hamilton. She shares ownership of the family amusement park Starlight Point with her brother and her sister. Only twenty-five, she does not plan to settle in and devote her life to roller coasters, cotton candy, and the beach resort. She wants to keep dancing on Broadway, but she comes home for the summer to lend her talent to the live shows at Starlight Point.

Thoughts of a Blonde - Review

"5 STARS! Feels like a homecoming when you read a book that portrays such a sweet reunion!"

And don't forget to nominate Amie's book on KindleScout!

Carousel Nights (Starlight Point Stories)Carousel Nights
(Starlight Point Stories #2)
by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Every first love deserves a second chance

June Hamilton left home to pursue her dream of dancing on Broadway. Seven years later, she has one regret: Mel Preston, her teenage crush and onetime summer love. Now a single dad and the head of maintenance at Starlight Point, her family's amusement park, Mel's easy smile still makes her heart beat in triple time. But June came home with a plan. She would spend the summer revitalizing the park's aging theaters, then make a graceful exit back to the big city. Until Mel and his young son start making a powerful claim on her emotions, and June faces an impossible decision…

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Other Books in the Series

Under the BoardwalkUnder the Boardwalk
(Starlight Point Stories #2)
by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Everyone's counting on him

With the sudden death of his father, Jack Hamilton finds himself running the family amusement park, Starlight Point. His first job? Balance the books, and that means raising the rent for vendors like baker Augusta Murphy.

Gus won't accept the new contract…not without a fight. She rallies the other vendors and sets out to negotiate with Jack. At least, she tries. How do you play hardball with a man who's charming and kind and still grieving? Gus needs to figure it out fast, because the closer she gets to Jack, the more she risks losing everything.

Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.

Tour Giveaway

10 copies of the first book in the series, Under the Boardwalk (print if US, ebook if outside the US)
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Ends September 2nd
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Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mafia boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov—a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a bit of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father's back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?
Vladimir Ivanov reigns as godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.
He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
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