Saturday, February 25, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: My Abigail by David Kummer

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Today we spotlighting David Kummer's
My Abigail!

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David Kummer's 
My Abigail

Abigail had a secret
She was different... but I loved her.
But after it ended, there were no words to describe her. No way to make sense of it all.
Something so sweet, so loving, so gentle... in the end, it was all terrible.

In this gripping, psychological thriller, Caleb meets the girl of his dreams. Abigail is pretty, funny, and she cares about him like nobody ever has. But underneath her appearance is a monster that nobody can control... and nobody knows about.

When he is confronted with the truth, Caleb must make a terrible decision. Will he love the person who's hurt him? Or will the secret tear them apart?

What even Abigail doesn't understand is that she's dangerous. More dangerous than either of them realize. But is it too late to turn back?

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Q & A with David Kummer about My Abigail!

Tell us about My Abigail: A Psychological Thriller

My Abigail is a book that I originally came up with by thinking of what would be a fantastic twist for a novel. The twist comes about ¾ of the way through the book, and it really is what the whole thing hinges on. Some have called it sad, some have called it terrifying. I prefer to think it’s somewhat both. Nobody has seen it coming yet, and that’s what makes me most proud! 

What initially inspired you to write My Abigail: A Psychological Thriller?

I was inspired to write the book because I wanted to create something utterly unique. I had never heard of a book like My Abigail, not quite in the sense that I wrote it. There have been books where a boy meets the girl of his dreams and she turns into a nightmare. There have been stories about a misfit boy growing up through terrible things that happen to him. And there have been tales about people with mysterious sides and hidden actions. But none of those stories were quite as frightening and quite as deep as My Abigail. 

Tell us little about the characters in My Abigail: A Psychological Thriller.

Caleb is a teenage boy who lives with his aunt and uncle, for reasons that he can only guess at. Abigail is the new girl in town, and though neither of them are popular they form a strong bond of friendship and romance. When Abigail starts to change, however, Caleb is horrified to find out the truth. What she was and what she really is are two very different things. Abigail doesn’t want to hurt him… but somebody will have to pay the price. 

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The hardest part is by far a certain chapter right before the big reveal. It’s an emotional, heartbreaking chapter, especially for me to write. It explains everything about Abigail, and makes it clear that this book might not have a happy ending. It is the climax of the book, and the lowest of lows. 

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

I really enjoyed writing about Caleb and Abigail interacting. I am probably going to go back and revisit the book later this year, filling in some blanks and writing some more chapters to make a sort of Extended Edition of it. It’ll be fun!

What are your future project(s)? 

I plan on writing a sequel to my book She: A Horror Novel, as well as a sequel to Enden: A Fantasy Novel. Both of those projects will come out in the next 12 months, so it’s an exciting time! 

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

My Abigail was a joy to write, a joy to promote, and I am sure it will be a joy for you to read! I am very thankful to this website for hosting my promotion, and I wish everybody luck with anything that might be going on in their lives. If you’re ever looking for a good book to settle down with and get your mind off reality, I’ve got you covered ;)

Now an exciting excerpt from My Abigail!

"I don't know you!" I stood up shakily. 
"I've never seen you before!" "Ah, but you do. You see me almost everyday. You just don't ​ ​see it. Quite ironic, don't you think?"
 "Leave me alone! I'm just going home." 
That smile spread, showing teeth. Surprisingly, his teeth were pearly and perfect. Most of his features were in good shape, actually. The pale moonlight and black, shoulder-length hair made him look a bit like Michael Jackson. With a Joker smile.
"Aren't sentences that begin with ​ ​Q just fascinating?" he asked. "Let's think of some together."
Ignoring me, he continued, "Quick deaths. Quiet pain. Quit smiling. Question nothing." He stepped closer to me so that our noses were touching again. "Don't you like this? My touch? It is -as the ​ ​Q would sayquite enticing." 
"Get away!" I screamed. "You freak!"
That smile turned to a frown on his face. It only looked more terrifying. Anger seemed to erupt in his eyes for a flash, but then it was gone. 
"Fine. I tried to play nice. I know something you don't. Something you want to know. About a girl."
 "A girl?" I asked. I knew he was serious. His expression had gone from playful to sober. 
"Her name is Abigail, I believe."
 He smiled again. "There's that recognition we deserve. Now, yes. About her. You are wondering why she acted like she did, are you not?" 
"How did you... Are you stalking me?" I took a step back.
He took a step forward and reached for my hand. "Of course not." 
"Get back," I said! "Or I'm leaving." 
"I'll follow." He winked. 
"Just tell me what you want to say. So I can leave." I looked at my wrist, pretending I had a watch. "I need to be getting home."
"I'm sure that watch you don't have can tell you lots about time. Just like I can tell you lots about Abigail." "Tell me, then." 
He shook his head. "I'd rather you find out yourself. When you see her next, ask her about her childhood. Really" -he made a clawing motion ​ with his hand- "​dig into her." He cackled again. "And do it to that nerd Xavier, too. Oh, boy, has he got secrets."
The monster began to walk off into the night, but I called after him, "Wait! What secrets? And what's your name?" 
He smiled at me from over his shoulder, giving me an image that would haunt my dreams for years. ​ ​
"Lots of secrets. Everyone has them. ​Dirty secrets. ​Rotten secrets. As for my name, you don't need to know it yet. You know my face." He winked at me one last time. "You know my touch."

Author Bio:

My name is David Duane Kummer. I'm a teenager, with a couple published novels and a collection of short stories.

I live in a small, river-town on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Along with taking care of younger siblings (I have eight total), I make time for writing in between school and sports.

I've been writing since I was young, with As Trees Turned Away being my first published work and She being my first published novel. Along with writing, I am an avid reader and watcher of all things horror, and enjoy writing reviews on them for others who might want to know my opinion on them.

When I'm not writing, I enjoy talking with my hilarious friends and amazing girlfriend, spending time with my loving family, watching movies, and working out to burn all of the calories I get from binge-eating Hawaiian Rolls. Those things are really addicting, am I right? I'd rather get payed in those than money.

Anyways, thank you for checking out my author page and my books (if you've done that.) Have a great day!

Blog Tour w/Giveaway: HIS Chance by Sheila Kell

Title: His Chance
Series: HIS Series #4 - Stand-alone
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Photographer: Eric Battershell
One night in Vegas will change everything

Devon Hamilton, the HIS eyes and ears, hasn’t taken off his headset since joining his brothers. But, when Rylee Hawkins may be in trouble, the radio waves fall silent as he steps away from the command center and into the field. He soon discovers she is on a dangerous quest to find two girls who disappeared on her final FBI op.

Making a bargain, Devon agrees to help Rylee to get what he wants—her. He’ll do anything necessary to keep her safe while using all the tactics he knows to win her over. When danger comes knocking and the threat against Rylee becomes real, Devon gears up for a fight, and like their one hot night in Vegas, all bets are off.

HIS CHANCE is the fourth book in the HIS romantic suspense series. If you like thrilling, edge of your seat reading with sizzling sex scenes, then you’ll love each installment of Sheila Kell’s best-selling series.

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Blog Tour w/giveaway: Promise of Virtue by Randi Perrin

Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Promises of Virtue
Series: Earthbound Angels, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: RMGraphX
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Love has never been Cheryl Brigham’s plan. She’s not cut out for second dates, relationships, or happily ever afters.

All that changes when she’s on vacation in Paris. First dates lead to second dates, which leads to a whole lot more than she ever bargained for—but she knows it's all over when she returns home. That’s okay with her.

Until it’s not.

When it’s no-strings-attached, what will Cheryl do when her heart gets tangled up?

“I met a cute guy,” Cheryl blurted out.

“Already? That was quick.”

“It’s a gift. What can I say?” Cheryl replied as she unzipped her backpack.

“You can start with the details.”

“Well, it’s kind of your fault.” Sera rolled her eyes, the disbelief at Cheryl’s words evident. “Had you not haphazardly shoved that evil book in my backpack, it never would have accosted him as I walked by, and then I never would have shared a cab with him to my apartment.”

As Cheryl spoke, she unpacked some of her stuff, placing clothes in the tiny chest of drawers near the bed.

“Aren’t you tired as all get out?”

“Yeah, I am. But it’s kind of hard to sleep right now. I’m buzzing with excitement.”

“I’d be worried that you were sick if you didn’t buzz with excitement while you were in Paris.”

“Yeah, but….”

“But what?”

“It’s kind of lonely.”

“You hate people.” Cheryl glared at her computer screen. “Well, except me.”

Cheryl shrugged. “I don’t know. I guess it’s kind of the reality of you and Destin getting engaged. Maybe it’s time for me to grow up.” Cheryl fiddled with the necklace she wore, three stones in varying shades of green, while on the computer Sera played with her own, though hers was blue.

“Stop it.” The edge in Sera’s tone caught Cheryl off guard. “You’re playing with your necklace.”

“See, that just proves how immature I am.”

“Shut up. I’m playing with mine too. I always do. But you wouldn’t have that necklace if you hadn’t done the most amazing, unselfish, mature thing anyone could ever do.”

“Aww, if my tear ducts worked, I’d cry.”
Sera laughed. “Your tear ducts work just fine. You just don’t let yourself feel anything. Which is fine, because that’s just you, and I love you for that. But don’t ever convince yourself that you’re not mature.”

“Okay, maybe mature wasn’t the right word.”

“Nope. Try again.”

Cheryl put her now-empty suitcase into the closet. “Maybe I hitched my wagon to the wrong star, and I’m chasing the wrong dreams. Maybe art isn’t what I’m supposed to do.”

“You are definitely jet-lagged because I’ve never heard you say such things. Please go to sleep and call me when my best friend has returned and kicked this insecure little brat to the curb.”

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Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.

A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.