Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cruelty's Daughter by Anna Willett - Book Tour + Giveaway

Cruelty's Daughter
by Anna Willett

Thriller, Suspense

When a young girl is abducted by a notorious serial killer, a woman risks
her own life trying to save her. 

Mina is struggling to come to terms with her past. Having led a reclusive
life, shunning human contact, she decides to take on a local college course to help get her life
back on track.

However, when a young girl who tries to befriend her is abducted
by a serial killer, Mina feels responsible. She refused to wait with the girl for her
mother to pick her up. And she shrugged off the youngster’s fears.

Now Mina cannot rest until she finds out what happened. But as she probes
into the events of that evening, her own nightmares start to return.

She has put herself in danger, one that leads to an increasingly
tense standoff with a cruel and vicious man who will stop at nothing.

Can she find the strength to stand up to her demons, past and present?
And will she do so, even if it means risking everything?

CRUELTY’S DAUGHTER is the fifth novel by best-selling Australian author, Anna
Willett. She writes in the thriller genre, with a touch of horror.
Her books explore how women react to difficult situations. The books
are full of tension, physical and psychological, and they are
difficult to put down.

The flap on the back of the mailbox clanked open. The box was not as overflowing as she’d expected. Reclusive behaviour has its advantages, she thought, flicking her tongue over her suddenly dry mouth. Glancing around, she was struck by how silent the street seemed. In the windows, lights flickering behind closed curtains and blinds were the only sign of life. With the stack clutched to her chest, Mina turned and hurried up the path.
A glass-rattling clang echoed and the front door slammed behind her. Another envelope, identical to the last. The same rich texture and an odour. She tried to identify it but all that came to mind was polish of some sort, maybe wax. Had the smell been on the first note? Mina dropped the packet on the table and sat.
It wasn’t over.
How had she ever convinced herself it was?
She let out a long breath, surprised at how laboured it sounded. I could throw it away. If I don’t look, I won’t have to know. Her mind raced through possible scenarios. Maybe this time the Magician would give details. A location. Mina pulled her hair over her right shoulder and twisted it around her hand.
She picked up the envelope and tore it open. Once more, a single sheet of paper, thick and grainy. Before unfolding it, she shook the envelope and a second penguin clip tumbled out. A soft noise somewhere between a sigh and a gasp escaped her lips. The clip bounced on the table and then lay still. Mina had the urge to sweep the little plastic clip to the floor and crush it under her foot. Instead, she unfolded the paper.
This time the message was longer, but no less disturbing.
The gift that keeps on giving.
The large sloping letters were unmistakably written by the same person. Mina stared at the words trying to see more than what appeared on the page. What does he mean? And more importantly, where is this going?
Six words. Enough to send a trail of sweat running down her spine.
She put the page on the table alongside the clip and focused on one word, keeps. Did that mean Andrea was still alive? Maybe he was trying to tell her something? But why her? In movies, the killer often sent taunting notes to the police or the hero. But this was no movie and she was as far from a hero as a woman could be.
The light drained out of the day, reflecting darkness into the kitchen. She had the eerie sensation of being watched: someone hiding outside the house, peering in the windows. She had the urge to turn and look out of the kitchen window, but the fear that she might actually see a face pressed against the glass kept her from looking over her shoulder. She needed light to chase the shadows away.
Half out of her chair, the shrieking of her phone erupted. The noise was so shocking in the darkening room that Mina slapped her palm on the table in surprise. The phone was on the counter where she’d left it after Lee had called. She stood on numb legs and reached for it, keeping her eyes off the window.

Anna Willett is the author of Backwoods Ripper, Retribution Ridge as well
as the bestselling, Unwelcome Guests and the tense new psychological
thriller, Forgotten Crimes. Raised in Western Australia, Anna
developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short
stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna enjoys writing
thrillers with strong female characters. When she's not writing, Anna
loves reading, travelling and spending time with her husband,
children and dogs.

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Once Upon a Summer by Various Authors - Book Tour + Giveaway

Once Upon A Summer
A Contemporary Romance Anthology

With Stories By:
Brooke Moss, Liz Ashlee, Clara Winter, Tammy Mannersly, Sarah Vance
Tompkins, Kitsy Clare, Mark Love, Melissa Kay Clarke

Beaches, boyfriends and danger…summer is certainly hot! Grab a hold tight as
these eight authors wow you with stories from sweet to sizzling!
After all, every day can have some summer fun!

Breaking Girl Code by Brooke Moss
Aubrey is having the perfect evening out, with the perfect guy, on a perfect
summer night. The problem is… Preston’s not her date. His real
date is her B.F.F., and she’s passed out in the backseat.

Wishing on Water by Liz Ashlee
After watching everyone’s else’s lives hit huge milestones, all Hope
wants is to escape to her boring, unchanging, single life. So,
where’s the one logical place to escape to? A retirement home.

Art with a Pulse by Clara Winter
Artist Alice finds herself rescuing a seal on the sands of Laguna Beach with
screenwriter Elijah. Can Alice put her past behind her and give
Elijah the chance he deserves? 

A Natural Passion by Tammy Mannersly
How will marine biologist, Dylan O'Day, solve the illegal poaching
problem threatening the ecosystem he loves and protects when the
gorgeous, new intern, Kyra Shine, is occupying his every thought?

You Had Me at Aloha by Sarah Vance Tompkins
Social media guru Vivienne Parker's dream trip to Hawaii turns into a
nightmare when her roommate in the luxurious surf shack is the hot
Olympic athlete who just got her fired.

More Than Puppy Love by Kitsy Clare
Fireworks spark when Arianna, a city girl with an elite pet portrait business
is in a wreck and asks Dave a country auto mechanic for help, but can
these two beagle owners from different worlds see eye to eye?

Stealing Haven by Mark Love
Sand, sun, romance and a mystery to solve. Sounds like a perfect vacation for Jamie.

Harmony in the Key of Murder by Melissa Kay Clarke
Summer in the South can mean a different type of heat when a newly appointed
investigator and a mechanical genius cross paths leading to murder and love.

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Stealing Haven Excerpt

“You like my smile? I always thought it was kind of lopsided.”
I took his face in both hands and turned it toward me. “Maybe a little crooked. But that’s part of the appeal.” Now I initiated a kiss. His hands slid through my hair, then softly ran his fingers down my neck. Shivers of excitement coursed through me. A horn sounded nearby. He broke the kiss and turned to check the water. Another boat passed in the opposite direction. A man and woman were at the helm, mirroring our positions caught in the moment and sensuality of being on the water. I bit down on my bottom lip in frustration. I longed for more than kisses but safety came first.
“We don’t want to run into some sailboat out here,” Randy said with a grin.
I scooted back onto the bench. Maybe a little distance was in order? It might help my racing hormones. “How fast are we going?”
“About thirty. Want to go faster?”
Was he talking about the boat, or the two of us? Randy shifted. His right hand had dropped to the controls, his left lightly holding the steering 

wheel. He watched me, his lopsided grin worked its magic.

Art with a Pulse Excerpt

Stepping out of the jeep at the rescue, my flip-flop snagged on the gas pedal and I lost my grip on my scorching hot tea latte. The plastic top came loose, and the tea spilled down the front of my top. Leaping out of the car, I managed to knock most of the liquid off before it scalded my stomach. My flesh was saved, but my vintage tee was likely ruined. I stared, sadly, down at the four-dollar puddle on the floorboard. After grabbing some napkins out of the side pocket of the driver’s side door, I bent over to wipe up my mess. The London Fog was easily soaked up, thanks to the plastic floor mats.
“Having problems?” asked a familiar voice, behind me.
My stomach did a somersault, but I wasn’t ready to turn around. That is, until I realized my rear end was on prominent display. I stood bolt upright, adjusting my tee the best I could. Nothing was going to help this disaster, so I may as well own it.
“Actually, several. Flip flops, jeeps, and hot beverages do not make good bedfellows.” I met Elijah’s sparkling, emerald-green eyes.
He chuckled, producing a half grin. I hated to admit how good he looked. Elijah was probably the only person on the planet who could look pulled together in athletic gear. I wasn’t a fan of the trend, but he looked great in long running shorts and a close fitting, breathable shirt. Although these were the only types of clothes I had seen him in, I was sure he looked amazing in anything.
“Let me take that. I assume we’re here for the same thing.” He reached for my empty coffee cup and wet napkins. Was he the last gentleman on earth? Or was Jude right and I was just bitter?
I thanked him, and he jogged over to a trashcan, then back to where I stood. Now I felt more of a heel. I wasn’t willing to claim any miracles, but I did at least owe him an apology.
“I’m sorry for snapping at you, yesterday. You were trying to be nice, and I was…”
“I know what you were feeling, don’t worry about it,” he interrupted. “The morning was stressful, enough. Then to find out your stuff was stolen. I got it.”
Suspicious, my eyes narrowed, a little. I couldn’t help it; this guy was too good to be true.
“Are you from California?” I asked, thinking I had found the answer. Elijah must have hailed from a mid-western state; a place which produced corn, cows, and people who looked out for one another. Somewhere like the place my grandparents hailed from. This would also explain the milk-ad appeal of his handsome, good looks.


"I write because if I don' head will explode, and ruin the drapes." ♥

Brooke Moss writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited
lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have
the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor
just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the
pages, and begging for more!

When Brooke isn't spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning,
reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of
course, wrangling five kids, mugging on her hubby she lovingly refers
to as her "nerd", and attempting to conquer the Mount
Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.

Liz Ashlee is a romance novelist who recently graduated from Northern Kentucky
University her B.A. in English and B.S. in Library Informatics. She has been published in 
Norse Magazine 
and The Pentangle, and has won the Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. She currently lives in Independence, Kentucky, with her family and dog-daughter, Hero

Clara Winter is the writing name of Amy Rugg.
Amy Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and
Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and
Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife,
mother, and former school counselor, with a Master’s Degree in
Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in
Mission Viejo, Ca.

Tammy Mannersly is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland.
She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about
movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. Her passion for writing
started from a very young age and led her to complete a Bachelor
Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at
Queensland University of Technology.

Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She
spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping
Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los
Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received
an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film
development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly
entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries,
press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles,
and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry
store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic
at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and
particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her
paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new
adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a
Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about
art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a
promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series,
Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.

Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach
writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her
futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next
Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was
a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book
Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna,
launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI.

  Mark Love
I am a Michigan native, who up until recently lived in the Metro
Detroit area, where crime and corruption always seem to be at the top
of everyone's news. So there's always the chance to find something
that can trigger a story idea and enough interesting characters to
jump start your imagination.

While I have worked in many industries and career paths over the years, one
of my passions has always been writing. I was even able to parlay
that passion for a while, working as a freelance reporter for a
couple of newspapers in the Detroit area. Writing features and hard
news helped me hone my talents. But while newspaper work was
interesting and paid a few bills, it was a far cry from the fiction
writing that I enjoy the most.

I've always been drawn to mysteries and thrillers, the kind of stories
that have a fast pace, that keep you moving and keep you guessing as
to what's going to take place next. Mix those in with some elements
of crime, perhaps a glimpse of the seedier side and you've got me. So
it's always been one of my goals to write stories like that. 

Melissa Kay Clarke was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural
town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She
found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything
she could. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she
turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in
college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of
a close friend who aspired to become an author reawakened her own
desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams, published in 2013.

Melissa now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family –
husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and two dogs. When
she isn't writing, she spends way too much time with her online
friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!