Saturday, September 10, 2016

EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Tompkin's School by Tabi Slick

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Today we are spotlighting Tabi Slick's 

Tompkin's School

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First book in the Tompkin's School Trilogy
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Tompkin's School

Tompkin's Trilogy begins as the twins discover their powers and unlock the secrets into Tompkin's Academy's most disturbing history.

Izara Torvik thought her life was over the moment that her father sent her and her twin brother to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. She soon discovers that the school is not as ordinary as she thought and finds herself thrown into a battle against her inner demons that only have one desire...the desire to kill.

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Q & A with Tabi Slick about Tompkin's School!

Tell us about Tompkin's School (For The Extraordinarily Talented).
Tompkin’s School: For The Extraordinarily Talented is a story about the twins, Izara and Kain Torvik, who are sent to Oklahoma to attend Tompkin’s Academy during their Sophomore year of high-school. At first everything is normal, they make friends, join groups, and sneak out to crazy parties like ordinary teenagers. Then the Full Moon comes and they discover their dark powers. Suddenly, something evil takes over them and transforms their desires to thirst for one thing, the blood of their victims’ hearts. Will they be able to control the darkness within them? Will they unlock the secrets into Tompkin’s Academy’s most disturbing history? Or will their inner demons win the battle?

What initially inspired you to write Tompkin's School (For The Extraordinarily Talented)?
In college I had a dream about these twins that were human, but seemed to have these powers on the Full Moon with huge black wings, claws, and red eyes. It was after that dream that I started writing in my journal and building these stories about the twins and how they came to have this power. It was a very different story than what it is today, but I guess that's just how the evolution of writing works.

I wasn't sure if I would write it as a book or if I would just keep it in my journal. I finally decided to make it into a book and used the title of an unfinished story that I had created as a teenager.

Tell us a little about the characters in this book.
The twins Izara and Kain Torvik are the two main characters. They were born in Scarsdale, New York which is a suburban area close to New York City. Izara (she goes by Izzy for short) enjoys hanging out with friends and, of course, being in the drama club. She is outgoing, loyal, and compassionate. Kain is, in some ways, very much like Izzy. However, he is definitely not extraverted like his sister is. He prefers to keep to himself and listen to music. He plays basketball, which, according to Izara, helps him focus his temperamental disposition. He has a strong sense of what is right and will stand up for those he believes to be wronged.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Although a necessary part of writing, rewriting was definitely difficult for me. It was like ripping off a bandaid. But once I did it made it so much easier to move forward in the story. Sometimes rewriting is the hardest thing a writer will ever have to do, but when it’s done it can make the rest of your writing adventure a breeze.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really enjoyed writing the final Chapter titled “Something’s Coming” because I think it showcases just how powerful Izara is. More so than I think we ever experience before. Throughout the book I have little bits of time travel, but nothing quite like this and I think readers are in for a real treat. I hope I haven’t said too much, but this chapter was the funnest one to write and it was definitely the most intense one for me.

What are your future project(s)?
I am working on the second Tompkin’s School book which I plan on releasing sometime next year. It is the second to last novel in the Tompkin’s School Trilogy and from there we shall see what happens. I do have a few ideas up my sleeve for novels beyond Tompkin’s School so stay tuned for that.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?
What is something unique about your book that they may not know?

Other than the school, the places in this novel really do exist. Everything from Collings Castle, Las Casadas Mexican Restaurant, to the Arbuckle Mountains are all real and you can go visit them today. The little town of Davis, Oklahoma is where I went to high school and holds a very special place in my heart. I couldn’t have written this story anywhere else.

Now an exciting excerpt from Tompkin's School!

Once my body stopped trembling, I picked myself up. It felt strange, my feet seemed to fall much lighter on the ground than normal. My head also felt a bit fuzzy. I turned and froze as I caught myself in the reflection of a full-length mirror. I glided forward to get a closer look. My eyelids had sunken into my skull and my eyes were red! I reached up to touch my pallid skin only to gawk at my hands. My fingernails had been replaced with dark, black claws.

“I’m a monster,” I hissed.My eyes flashed up to meet my reflection once again and soon my clawed hands were the least of my worries. Two black, very large things were moving ever so slightly, blocking the reflection of the rest of the room. I looked over my shoulder to find large, black feathered, wings…

Tabi Slick was born in Chanute, Kansas, and grew up in the country where she was home-schooled for the greater part of her childhood. In middle school, her family moved to Davis Oklahoma where she attended public school for several years. Here she began her writing adventure and soon the world of Tompkin's Academy came to life. After graduating from high school in 2008, she spent a few years in Puerto Rico and wound up in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was born with an immense appreciation for literature and continues to dedicate her time to her passion of writing.

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Release Tour w/Giveaway: The Alchemist's Son by Athena Daniels

A town with a dark secret. A detective digging for the truth. A discovery that leads to an unthinkable sacrifice.
Author:  Athena Daniels
Title:  The Alchemist's Son
Series:  Beyond the Grave, book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Romantic Thriller
Release Date: August 31, 2016
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The thrilling conclusion to Sage and Ethan’s journey that began in The Seer’s Daughter.
For one hundred years, a demon has been watching, waiting, plotting…

White witch Sage Matthews has inherited a gift that makes her both integral to an ancient prophecy and a target for a demon-possessed serial killer. Assigned to catch the killer, Detective Sergeant Ethan Blade falls wildly, and inconveniently, in love with the one woman he doesn’t know how to protect.

Together Sage and Ethan delve into the prophecy, and the more they learn, the more deadly their situation becomes. At midnight on the night of the blood moon, an ancient doorway will open, and a master demon and his horde will pour through and unleash hell on earth. Only Sage can stop their onslaught—but not if the demon kills her first. 

With the blood moon looming, Sage discovers she can join forces with “the alchemist’s son” to destroy the demon. But who is the alchemist’s son? And will he be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice required to end this struggle between light and dark forever?
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Release Blitz: SEAL's Baby by Naomi Niles


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 Garrett has spent most of his adulthood living the life of a billionaire playboy. Unfortunately for him, that lifestyle has been put on temporary hiatus while he is placed in the Witness Protection Program as he gears up to testify against a powerful drug smuggler. Trading his mansion for quarters on a ranch in Montana, life has been turned upside down.


Promo Tour: Rogue of the Moors by Cynthia Breeding

Rogue of the Moors by Cynthia Breeding

Date of Publication: August 30, 2016


This widow ignites a Highlander's passion…and a rival's jealousy.
Rogue, Book 6
Bridget MacLeod's arranged marriage was pleasant, but it lacked passion. And after her husband's death from a fever, she resolves to carry his painful secret to the grave.
When she seeks a change of scenery, she arrives to find her sister's home in Arisaig empty, her letter announcing her arrival gone astray. She has no choice but to accept Alasdair MacDonald's invitation to stay with his boisterous family. Alasdair is dangerous territory. Bridget remembers only too well her reaction to him when she stitched a wound in his muscular thigh last spring.
Alasdair recalls the way Bridget's cool fingers touched his skin and heated other parts of him. But Bridget's a grieving widow, so he must act the gentleman—a resolution that burns to cinders in the flames of their mutual attraction.
But a jealous pair of female eyes notices their lingering glances and furtive touches. A woman who will do whatever it takes to make Alasdair her own. Trickery, seduction, blackmail…and something she has done before and won't hesitate to do again. Murder.
Warning: Contains a woman who knows her place, and it's not trailing meekly after a man, and a braw Scotsman caught between honor and desire. A wee dram of Scotch would not be amiss! Please read responsibly.

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About Cynthia Breeding

An avid reader of anything medieval, Cynthia Breeding has taught the traditional Arthurian legends to high school sophomores for fifteen years. She owns more than three hundred books, fictional and non-fictional, on the subject. More information on Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot can be found on the Historical Account link.
In addition, she has won numerous awards including the Holt Medallion, Beacon Contest, Barclay Gold, More Than Magic and Ancient City Romance Authors.
Cynthia lives on the bay with her Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and riding on the beach. Readers can reach her snail-mail at: 3636 S. Alameda, B-116, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 or visit via her website.

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Book Blitz: Archer Secuities by Jove Belle

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Book Title: Archer Securities 
Author: Jove Belle 
Genre: Suspense (novella) 
Release Date: August 2016 
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Book two of The Law Game features a cyber Robin-Hood-esque antihero who must evade or convert the woman tracking her.

Archer Securities has a problem. Someone is stealing more than just stationary, and the losses are adding up.

Enter Laila Hollister, private investigator. As a favor to her uncle, an executive at Archer, she agrees to investigate. Laila tackles the case with hard-edged determination befitting the PIs she’s read about in novels.

Trinity Washington works as a systems support specialist for Archer. On the surface, Trinity lives a simple, orderly life. She’s single, cares for her mom who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, volunteers at a local homeless shelter, and makes it a point never to litter. She’s a letter-of-the-law kind of girl.

Except when she’s not.

With Laila closing in on the truth, will Trinity be caught with her hand in the corporate cookie jar? Or will Laila realize who the real criminal is?
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Jove was born and raised against a backdrop of orchards and potato fields. The youngest of four children, she was raised in a conservative, Christian home and began asking why at a very young age, much to the consternation of her mother and grandmother. At the customary age of eighteen, she fled southern Idaho in pursuit of broader minds and fewer traffic jams involving the local livestock. The road didn’t end in Portland, Oregon, but there were many confusing freeway interchanges that a girl from the sticks was ill-prepared to deal with. As a result, she has lived in the Portland metro area for over twenty years and still can’t figure out how she manages to spend so much time in traffic when there’s not a stray sheep or cow in sight.

She lives with her partner, a woman deserving of sainthood for withstanding life with Jove for so many years. Between them they share a collection of six children, one dog, one cat, nine chickens, a mortgage payment, one sedan, and a cushy SUV big enough to hold the Lesbian Brady Bunch on their family outings. One day she hopes to live in a house that doesn’t generate a never ending honey-do list.

Incidentally, she never stopped asking why, but did expand her arsenal of questions to include who, what, when, where and, most important of all, how. In those questions, a story is born.

Her books include Uncommon Romance, Love and Devotion, Indelible, Chaps, Split the Aces, and Edge of Darkness.
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