Saturday, January 28, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories by Barnaby Hazen

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Saturday Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting Barnaby Hazen's
Seven Eleven Forgotten and 
Other Stories!

Enter below for a chance to win (winner's choice) a signed paperback copy of "Seven Eleven Forgotten and OTher Stories," or eBook copies (one each) of the three titles: Volumes 1 and 2, plus "Seven Eleven Forgotten from Barnaby Hazen! (3 winners)

Barnaby Hazen's
Seven Eleven Forgotten and
Other Stories!

The innovative use of convenience store phenomena weaves these nine strange tales together. The book follows a recurring character throughout the collection, Alex Aronovich, whose knack for romantic folly plagues him from L.A. to Moscow.

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Q & A with Barnaby Hazen about Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories!

Tell us about Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories.

This is a collection of short stories, and one novella. Here’s the thing that’s thrown some reviewers off--I could have sworn I prompted them the same way but no disrespect--there is a through story, about a guy named Alex, and leading to the novella and the title story--”Seven Eleven Forgotten.” The key is, if the name of the story actually has “Seven Eleven” in it (“Seven Eleven Ceremony,” “Seven Eleven on a Boat”) it’s about Alex. The others are just convenience store themed tales. 

Is there another common thread, besides the convenience store relationship? I say yes, some reviewers say either yes or it doesn’t matter, and some say no and that’s damning. Think what you will--the collection stands and I’m very happy with it as it stands. 

What initially inspired you to write Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories?

It was an idea I came up with a couple years ago, just a way of framing short stories. It was an inside joke because of how often I visited these places, these late night places--often while I was writing. Also, because especially late at night, but also generally, these little stores attract strange stories themselves, and so lately there have been some submissions to the periodical that are actually based on real stories that happened at a 7-Eleven store, or a similar place. I’m excited to see people out in the world attracted to this same idea. 

If your readers know of a story like this, whether they are writers or not, they can use this link to submit it to us:

Tell us little about the characters Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories.
So as I mentioned, there are quite a few if you read through the 12 or 13 stories--but I’ll stick with the “Forgotten” theme. Alex is very isolated, and we don’t actually learn a lot about the people he is close to, because we are looking mostly through his lens. He is depressed--and he is a drunk. He has taken a decent stab at film-making but when he hit a certain number of disappointments something shut down in him, and he’s just sort of been roaming, and drinking ever since. 

He’s got a great friend named Jake. He talks Alex into going into rehab for a bit--he’s very non-judgemental and maybe that’s why Alex has let him get close. 

He has an ex named Ana--a sharp spitfire who is maybe let’s say reckless. It’s hard to know what’s going on between her and Alex because both are very guarded by the time they meet, and then have another run in--and another. 

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Deciding it was done. It went on a very long time--I had no separation of roles in place so I would edit, and that would turn into an added part or two or a rewrite of another section. It was really very dizzying and exhausting. I don’t have any regrets though because I seem better now at compartmentalizing my roles as author and editor. It was a wild ride, it’s funny now but it was very difficult finally letting go of the thing and calling it “Soup.” 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Everything after about half way through the novella, “Seven Eleven Forgotten,” was unplanned. I had no idea where it was coming from I just kept going and I had a huge bunch of fun with it because I was letting go and along for a ride myself, almost as a reader. 

What are your future project(s)?

I have a series coming out called “Misfortunes of T-Funk.” It’s three parts, and it’s about two musicians, childhood friends, writing songs together and knocking on the door of the music industry. It will be out in April and if those anyone signing up for the newsletter to win a copy of Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories will get word about it as it comes out. The first one is free, the eBook anyway--not sure whether I’ll go to print until the whole series is out. 

One other thing about this--there will be REAL MUSIC to accompany the book. So as these poor bastards trudge along trying to make a go of it throughout the series, some of their music will be accessible to the reader. 

Now an exciting excerpt from Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories!

“To fluent readers, the Cyrillic alphabet is said to differ from the Latin-Roman alphabets in how they are each decoded. While the native Spanish speaker, for example, may look at words and recognize their shapes at a glance, those who read in Russian are reading in blocks, particularly the non-cursive writing most often used for signs and billboards in the cities. Walking around and looking up at all the messages, some lit, some painted, some faded and others inescapably gosh in color and brightness—it can feel as if one is surrounded, especially in one’s first few days off the plane.

Though the same sky is above those words as it is above New York, Los Angeles, or Paris, the colors within the atmosphere of Moscow mingle and taint the eyes. The toxic fumes and endlessly bright lights cities have in common seem to differ from one to the next, yet infinitely more so in Moscow, as the sky reflects back on the messages the signs sent up to that open space at an incomprehensibly fast rate; only to be sent back down making even less sense at the leisure of the atmosphere. The clouds, neither entirely natural nor manmade are therefore illusions of unfamiliar shades of purple, red, pink and black, depending on the mood of the city. One’s own moods and emotions are tiny yet intertwined with the scenery; one’s own thoughts, dictated by the atmosphere and emotions in response, seem more insignificant the longer one gazes; yet those thoughts are the only tool available in the seductive struggle to comprehend where one stands, and what one is doing there.

All the while the smells, the industry, the pastries, the meats; the sewage, the cars, the perfumes and the sweat; the taste in one’s mouth mingles with every molecule the nostrils endure and produces something at the back of the throat—a mixture of manic wonder and desperation as such has been tasted maybe twice in one’s life, yet it is so familiar, so familiar to the tongue it has to indicate something regarding one’s destiny—a great change or even death—it has to be just around the corner. But maybe not this corner; maybe the next.”
Author Bio:

Barnaby Hazen is an author, editor and musician, with two music degrees and many recordings under his belt. He founded the Seven Eleven Stories periodical in 2014. He also writes and edits for an education based journal, The Bud Hawthorne Revue, along with Mr. Hawthorne himself. His first full-length book is out on Amazon: Seven Eleven Forgotten and Other Stories. This book was the founding concept of convenience store fiction.

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Romance Between The Pages Podcast: Ali Parker

Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through January. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!


Ali Parker is a full-time contemporary romance writer who left a life in Corporate America to try living a dream. She loves coffee, watching a great movie and hanging out with her hubs. By hanging out, she means making out. Hanging out is for those little creepy elves at Christmas. No tight green stockings for her. She's in Texas, but they're pulling up their roots soon and going nomad across the country for 14 months. She might be coming to a city near you... be on the lookout!

Blitz w/Giveaway: Flawed by Sara Hubbard


by Sara Hubbard Publication Date: January 12, 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Romance
When I fell in love with Ivy Carter, I fell hard. She had a grip on my heart, and she refused to let go. After I committed a brutal assault, I pushed her away so she could have a life without me, but I’ve ached for her ever since. I assumed in a few months she’d move on, go off to school, and find some guy that actually deserves her. But that’s not what she did. She pushed back. And the more she pushed, the more I wanted to give in. I didn’t, though. I can be a mean SOB when I want to be. It’s six years later now, and I’m out. I just want to see her so I know she’s okay, but one look at her angelic face through the window of where she works and I’m seventeen again, ready to do what it takes to put a smile on her face. I want to go straight and be the man she deserves, but when her brother steals from my criminal uncle, I have no choice but to make a deal with him. I might as well sell my soul; the devil is kinder.

About Sara Hubbard

Sara Hubbard is a romantic fiction author. She loves alpha males and the sweet, sassy women who make them believe in change. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as registered nurse.
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Blog Tour: Titan World featuring Target of Mine by M.L. Buchman


We're hosting the fourth day of the blog tour for TITAN WORLD, featuring Cristin Harber and ten authors writing in Cristin Harber's Titan world. The next book being featured is TARGET OF MINE by M.L. Buchman! Check out an excerpt below.

Did you miss what Titan World is all about? Read the announcement here!


About TARGET OF MINE by M.L. Buchman

From New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber and Award winning author M.L. Buchman comes an exciting collaboration… -a Night Stalkers 5E / Titan World romance- The Night Stalkers 5E (5th Battalion, E Company) flies again, going where no one else dares to venture. NAME: Nikita Hayward TEAM: DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6) MISSION: To prove her worth NAME: Drake Roman TEAM: Night Stalkers 5E MISSION: To enjoy the ride Nikita Hayward earned her place on DEVGRU and she proves it every day. Being female? Not a factor. Fighting alongside the very best? Absolutely where she belongs. Drake Roman flies with the most elite helicopter company, the 5E, because they fly out to the limit. And when the time comes to fly past it? His helo and his minigun lead the way. When the two of them join on a mission into the unknown, then they discover who lies precisely at the center of that Target of Mine!
Get your hands on TARGET OF MINE and all of the Titan World books now!

Read an Excerpt

“You’ve got a nice ass, Roman.” He managed to guide her through the door between the common room and the residence without breaking their connection. Unlike the poster-plastered d├ęcor behind them, the hall was standard, unremitting, military-base beige with gray carpet, best practices posters that no one had ever read, and a couple too few lights. The place would pass well as a cheap motel anywhere in the country. It wouldn’t normally be wide enough to walk side by side, except for their current sideways clench. “Look who’s talking about having a nice ass. I assume that’s the main qualification to become a DEVGRU SEAL.” He’d certainly noticed hers, he just never thought he’d get a chance to be talking about it. “Helps if you can swim. You know, SEAL and all. Sea, air, and land is what we are. Can you swim, Duck-man?” “Only when I’m trying not to drown.” “You’re a sad case, Duck-man.” “How’s that?” They reached her door, but she didn’t seem to be reaching for her keys. Taking a deep breath, he began checking her pockets because if he didn’t get away from her soon he didn’t know what was going to happen. A few hand brushes, which he did his best not to enjoy (but failed miserably at), located them in her back left pocket. “You shoot like a heli-weenie. You’ve got the hots for busty babes in leather. And you barely swim.” She appeared to be talking to a poster on how to recognize athlete’s foot. He slipped his hand into her back left pocket and earned no complaints. By the time he had her keys extracted, he knew for a fact that DEVGRU women absolutely did have the best asses in the military—even if Nikita was the only one. “So damn much I gotta teach you if you’re going to be a decent man.” “Like what?” he unlocked the door and guided her into her room. Just like his: double bed, small desk, a hand sink, and a dresser. The difference was that she had five rifle cases stacked in a corner and three field packs that he knew from past experience were armor, ammo, and tons of the tech gizmos that SEALs always seemed to have. Her clothes wouldn’t fill a daypack. “Like,” she grabbed him by the belt, spun him around, and shoved him back against the door—slamming it shut, hard. “Like I’m tired, not drunk. You want to cop a feel, you better do it right.” She reached around his hips and double-grabbed his butt, then she leaned in and kissed him hard when his mouth opened in surprise. He certainly wasn’t going to argue and leaned in to the kiss. Her mouth was spicy with her breakfast and sweet with a taste that must be her own. Drake went to slide his hand down her spine. A dip of back muscle made her belt span the gap and his hand slid inside her pants instead of outside. He was rewarded with a handful of delightful, cotton-clad muscle. She hummed with pleasure for a moment. Long before he was ready to stop, she tipped her head sideways onto his shoulder. “You’re a good kisser, Duck-man. At least I won’t have to teach you that.”  

About M.L. Buchman

M. L. Buchman has over 40 novels in print (and an ever-expanding flock of short fiction that seems to be breeding on its own). His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the Year,” nominated for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of 2014” by RT Book Reviews, and twice Booklist “Top 10 of the Year” placing two of his titles on their “The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.
In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.
He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing by subscribing to his newsletter.

Release Tour w/Giveaway: Jax: Resurrection by Victoria Danann

JAX: Resurrection 
Knights of Black Swan Next Generation, Book 2
by Victoria Danann

Release Blitz w/Giveaway: Going South by Various Authors

Love, Adventure, and Possibility in Australia
Elena Eames ~ Kolleen Fraser ~ S. Hartley
Megan Lowe ~ Aria Peyton ~ Gen Ryan
Title: Going South
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 26, 2017
Cover Designer: RMGraphx
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Love, adventure, and possibility. It’s all attainable when going south. Join six incredible authors in their fun and hot romantic comedies as they celebrate the wonders of all things Australian.

When Leesa Olsen is rescued by handsome firefighter Dare McCarthy, she knows she didn't exactly make a good impression. Will accepting a date with him help her cause?

The only thing Kat Winston fears more than Australia is love. She's about to get a crash course in both.

Aspiring author Dylan Phillips travels all the way to Australia to start the next chapter of her life. Neither she nor sexy Aussie pub owner Ian King are searching for love, but that is exactly what they find.

To Vermont native Georgia, Australia is a little back to front. Then she meets Sam and he turns her already back-to-front world upside down.

On the first real holiday she's ever had with her teenage twin girls, all Belle expects is sun, sea, and to see all Australia's “big” things. The last thing she anticipates is finding love in a giant pineapple.

Pro rugby player Mason James St. Patrick is known not only for his skills on the field but in the bedroom. When PR rep Delaney Matthews is hired to clean up his image, will she be able to resist his charms or will she fall for the type of man she swore she never would?


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