Book Promo Feature – Shadow’s Awakening by Molle McGregor

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Molle McGregor to the blog. She’s the author of Shadow’s Awakening and is here today to share about her book. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a a copy!

MolleMcGregor_ShadowsAwakening_800pxShadow’s Awakening Blurb:

To protect her, he let her go. Now he’ll risk everything he believes in to get her back.

Hannah Green wants her life back. In three years she’s gone from promising graduate student to patient in a mental hospital. Now she’s being held prisoner by a terrifying group of men who believe she has a mysterious power. She wants to think they’re wrong, but something inside her has changed. If only she could use her power to set herself free.

Conner’s entire life he’s played by the rules. He’s a soldier. A leader. He knows better than anyone that contact with the Shadows is forbidden. So when a midnight phone call demands he rescue one from a nest of demons, he has no intention of following through. Until he sets eyes on Hannah. Brave, beautiful and determined to survive. Conner can’t walk away.

When you’ve worked so hard to make the right choices, temptation can be a kind of torture. Conner knows he should turn Hannah over to the Shadows. Hannah wants to be grateful for her rescue and let Conner go. But when love and desire bind two strangers together, they have to choose between what they think is right and what they know they need.

Shadow’s Awakening can be purchased:

Amazon  |  All Romance Ebooks  |  B&N   |  iTunes

Author Bio:

About Molle McGregor

Molle’s writing career started when she was seven and suffered terrible insomnia. Night after night she couldn’t sleep until long after mid-night, only to wake a few hours later. Frustrated with her inability to just go to bed, (and her penchant for sneaking a book and a flashlight under the covers) her grandmother said, “You like to read so much, why don’t you tell yourself a story until you fall asleep.” With this brilliant advice, Molle’s overactive brain was off and running. Now, years later, she’s finally taught herself to sleep, but she’s never stopped telling stories.

When she’s not reading, writing, or staring into space making things up, Molle is getting into trouble with her husband, two sons, two dogs and vicious attack cat in the mountains of North Carolina. She likes to hike, cook, listen to music way too loud, and hang out with her boys. She does not like dusting or emptying the dishwasher.

 Molle can be found:

Blog  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |   Facebook  |  Twitter

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Shadow’s Awakening: Excerpt

The Shadow Warder Series: Book One

“We have to stop this,” he said, taking a step back. “Tell me to walk away.”

“Why?” Hannah asked, moving closer. “I won’t tell anyone, if that’s what you’re worried about.”

“I don’t care about that. We just can’t do this. I’m supposed to be helping you.”

Hannah tilted her head to the side and looked up at Conner through thick lashes. Her mental touch ghosted over his cheekbones and brushed his lashes, smoothing over his lips in a breath of a kiss.

This was more than just the movement of air over him. It was Hannah’s soul moving against his. Conner didn’t know a lot about Shadows or Tk, but he knew this was different. More than it should have been. He held his ground as she took another step closer. Less than a foot away, she looked up into his eyes.

“Are you saying no for you? Or for me?” she asked, anticipation twinkling in her eyes, betraying that Hannah already knew what his answer would be.

“For you,” he whispered.

“Stop saying no,” Hannah said, her words quiet yet strangely like an order.

As she spoke, Conner felt a distinct push in his mind, compelling him to do as Hannah said. He didn’t have time to think about it as she lifted her hand and brushed her fingers across his cheekbone. The electric touch of her skin to his after her mental touches broke Conner’s control.

There’s a preview of the first chapter on all retailers, other than ARe, and also on my website: http://www.mollemcgregor.com/books/shadows-awakening-2/

Book Promo Feature – Sound Advice by LB Dunbar

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome L.B. Dunbar. She’s here to share about her book, Sound Advice. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two.

IBP – How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?

L.B.- Sound Advice is the sweet, enchanting and sexy story of family love, self-discovery and romance set in a small Midwestern town during summertime.  It’s described as a surprising read, a ‘feel good’ story, and a Kleenex-required book.

 

IBP – Tell me a little about yourself

L.B. – Described as having a Jack Russell terrier attitude, full of excitement with a dig in and get it done philosophy, my personality is actually rather mild mannered. I consider myself reserved and I didn’t tell anyone I was even writing a book until three weeks before it was published.  Publishing was a personal goal, one on my bucket list, and I didn’t want to wait twenty more years to achieve major item three of that list. Major items one and two included being a mother, which happened four times, and becoming a teacher, which took twenty years from the graduation date of college. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but I thought if I didn’t write the next Great Gatsby what would be the point. One day a friend said why does it have to be a great classic? Why can’t it be good story? The flame was lit to follow my dream.

 

IBP – What do you love about writing?

L.B. – What I love about writing is the ability to mold a story.  I had been in a reading slump, too much of the same thing, and I wanted a story that was different, sweet, but still romantic.  It was exciting to create a story I wanted to read, and I’m fortunate that others have enjoyed it as well.  I’m a fast writer, too afraid to lose the story in my head, so it doesn’t take me long to write a book, maybe a month or two tops, which is why all five books in this collection were finished in less than six months.

 

IBP – How did you come up with your premise for your books?

L.B. – Writing this book began when I saw a man, physical in description to Jess Carter, and his daughter at a small town festival.  He was watching her, but not really looking at her, as he clenched his jaw in deep concentration.  It was obvious they loved each other as he picked her up and hugged her, but she seemed sad and he was brooding.  I saw him the next day with his daughter advertising for a sound system company and I thought how strange it would be to work at repairing radios when your own daughter made no sound. A story developed in my head and I thought if I wrote it down, it would go away, but it only led to another and another and another. Interestingly, I’ve never met this man, only saw him from afar, and when I saw him again the following year at the same festival, I took it as a sign to publish the stories.

 

IBP – Your favorite books and author?

L.B. – My all-time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and the nicest compliment I got about Sound Advice was the comparison of Jess Carter as a modern day Mr. Darcy.  This story has angst, sexual tension and romance at its core, and it’s just yummy goodness in classical romance. However, there are many modern authors who write contemporary romance that’s just as exhilarating, and some of my modern favorites are Jay Crownover, Samantha Young, and Kylie Scott.

 

IBP – Where can your fans find you ?

L.B. - While I have an email and a website, I prefer Facebook where you can either friend me (LB Dunbar) or like my author page (L.B. Dunbar Author). I’m absolutely rubbish at Twitter.  I just don’t understand it.

 

IBP – If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?

LB - If I had a time machine, I would definitely go to the 1950s. I would be the best teenie-bopper with the poodle skirts and sweater sets, not to mention all the great music from that time period.  I’d probably be a bit rebellious for the social norms of that time, though.

 

IBP – What is in the works for you next?

L.B. – Sound Advice is the first in the Sensations Collection. Each book is titled for one of the five senses: sound, taste, smell, touch, and sight. All books can stand alone which is why this isn’t a series; however, characters spill over into the next consecutive story.  For example, the second book is Taste Test, and the main characters are Ethan Scott and Ella Vincentia, but Emily Post and Jess Carter definitely make a cameo appearance in the book as the Carter and Scott families are related to one another.

 

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amazon-cover“Nana’s Rules to Live By”

Gentlemen should always open the door for a lady.

I was busy and I didn’t have time for a vacation, let alone a weekend away. When a frantic phone call from an old neighbor brought me to my grandmother’s summer home, I wasn’t prepared for an extended stay. And I especially wasn’t prepared for the man holding the door open to the radio repair shop who made a lasting first impression.

In attempts at a relationship, a gentleman should always make the first move.

Calling Jess Carter’s clenched jaw and denim-colored eyes part of his standoffish manner was an understatement. His brooding exterior bordered on being downright rude. From the moment I bumped into him, quite literally, our lives began to intertwine in a way that made me question what I wanted.

Children should be seen and not heard.

Jess had secrets and I was determined to get to the bottom of them. Even he didn’t know the solutions to all his problems, but I wanted to help. In doing so, I might have drawn too close to the truth, forcing Jess to risk something he wasn’t sure he could chance again. I had decisions to make for myself and it’s hard to know whose advice to take when so many questions remain unanswered.

Sound Advice can be purchased:

Amazon   |     Barnes & Noble   |    itunes   |   Kobo 

 

 Bio:

L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction.  The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances.  A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing.  When not reading, she’s usually driving one of her four growing children somewhere.  She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and children.

L.B. can be found:

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Website   

Instagram: lbdunbarwrites

 

 

Excerpt:

I lay on my bed in Nana’s house with my dress and shoes still on. I was curled up with my hands under the pillow and my knees pulled up under my chest. I had taken off Nana’s sweater due to the heat of the luncheon next door, and I stared out the window at a lone morning dove cooing on the phone line.

I never heard the back door click open or someone walk up the stairs. I had just closed my eyes when I felt someone sit down on the edge of the bed behind me. As I turned in surprise, I saw Jess sitting opposite me. He wasn’t looking at me and I resumed my original position.

“How are you doing?” he asked me.

“What do you want?” I responded, harsher than I intended.

“I want to know how you’re doing.” I knew without looking at him that he was clenching his jaw in that way he had and was probably pinching the bridge of his nose.

“I’m fine. Thank you,” I said formally.

“Katie misses you.”

“I miss her too.”

There was silence after this comment and I waited a moment before I spoke.

“I don’t need your sympathy, Jess. I told you it wasn’t your fault.”

“I’m not here out of guilt.”

“Then why are you here?”

He didn’t answer.

“I can’t do this right now, Jess. You’ve made yourself clear. Please go away.”

I heard the side of the bed rise as Jess stood up. I waited again and heard him cross the short space to the bedroom door. Silently, tears slipped down my face and I briskly wiped them away. The room was silent before I felt the bed creak behind me again. Arms suddenly came up around me and I felt Jess’ body pressed into my back.

“I’m not leaving,” he whispered into my ear.

More tears rolled down my face as his hand moved along my arm and I cradled my hand in his. I closed my eyes again and wiped my face with my other hand. With his free hand, Jess began stroking my hair. He had removed it from the twist I had it in, and he was combing it out with his fingers. When he was done with that, he let go of my hand and began to rub my back. Gentle fingers massaged my neck and shoulders down the center of my back, moving lower to its base. It took a while, but I finally relaxed. I knew under better circumstances I would have been on fire under his intimate touch, but now I was so tired and drained that I gave into the comfort, not the temptation, of his touch. I felt him tracing something on my back. Letters possibly, spelling something maybe. It felt like an I…but I was drifting off to sleep.

Hours passed and it was pitch black when I woke. Jess was still on the bed with me, but there had been a shift. I no longer had on my shoes, which was the first thing I consciously noticed. I also noticed that I was no longer cradled into Jess, but more like sprawled on top of him. I raised my head slightly to take in our new position, and leaned on him to see how we had twisted in the night. Jess was flat on his back with my hand up inside of his t-shirt, touching hot, rippled abdominal skin. His oxford shirt was unbuttoned, lying open. I had one leg hiked over Jess’ leg, so my dress was raised up to below my hip, exposing my thigh, which Jess had his hand on. I looked down at his sleeping face and realized I was practically on top of him. Hurriedly, I disentangled myself and leapt to one side of the bed. In embarrassment, I pulled down the skirt of my dress and realized one of the spaghetti straps had broken.

Jess propped up on his elbows and looked around the room, sleepily.

“What time is it?”

“I have no idea. Late.” I was kneeling awkwardly on one side of the bed. I could hear the sounds of the night outside the window. Crickets chirped softly and creatures squeaked through the yard. It took me a moment to process that, no, I had not been drinking, and no, nothing happened between Jess and I. He lay back down and smoothed his uncontained hair before he spoke.

“You okay?”

“I think I was draped all over you.”

“Um… I noticed.” Without seeing his face, I knew he was smiling a lopsided smile and when I covered my own face with my hands in embarrassment, in my mind’s eye I could see his hidden dimple. Jess rolled off the opposite side of the bed and reached down for his shoes.

“Don’t sweat it,” he said with his half-crooked smile. The heat of his voice was seductive and it sent a shiver down me. I shook a little.

“Are you cold?”

“No.”

“I should go. You know, before the neighbors talk.” He smiled again.

“Oh, I bet it’s too late for that.” I giggled. “But you have Katie to think about.”

He didn’t answer and my comment added a tension that wasn’t in the air a moment ago.

“Leave before I do something I’ll regret,” I whispered, trying to make light of the situation.

“Oh, that might tempt me more to stay,” he said, low and dangerous.

“Just go.” I laughed.

“Alright, alright. You don’t have to be so pushy.”

I lay down on my back and laughed. “I always am.”

Jess stood looking down at me. “Good night, Emily.” I rolled onto my side to see him walk out the door for real this time.

“Good night, Jess.” I felt that new growing desire move through my body as he went down the stairs.

 

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