Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway – Skip Trace by Kelly Jensen & Jenn Burke

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I’m not sure Jenn and I appreciated how messed up Felix would be by the time we got to Skip Trace, the third book in our Chaos Station series. Oh, how naïve of us.

In the first book, Chaos Station, we bring together two scarred and bruised souls. Childhood friends and former lovers, Zander and Felix have not seen each other in nearly nine years. Zed thinks Felix died in the war, and Felix thinks Zed has been swallowed by Black Ops, where he might as well be dead. To say seeing each other again is a shock would be an understatement. Messed up by his experimental training, Zed thinks Felix is a ghost. Felix…well, he’s lost so much to the war, the reality of Zed feels too good to be true.

Together, they work to save another of Zed’s teammates, and if you’ve read the book, you know how well that turns out. Their first fumblings toward restoring their relationship fare a little better. The physical side of things proves much easier than the mental side—maybe because they were friends first, lovers second. The order of priority changed just before the war, however, when they acknowledged feelings that had always been there and vowed to make it work—only to be torn apart by brutal events.

In the second book, Lonely Shore, we do terrible things to both of them. Really, writers are awful people. Sometimes I look at Felix’s character sheet and ask myself, “What were you thinking?” And then I go on to plot… Um, you’ll just have to wait for book four for that one. Anyway, if you’ve read Lonely Shore, you know we, er, let the “fatal effects” of Zed’s experimental training catch up with him. This isn’t as much a spoiler as you think, because the cover copy for Skip Trace begins:

“Zander Anatolius has been revived from the fatal effects of the super-soldier program…”

The important word there is revived. The important fact, however, is that he did die, and Felix suffered yet another loss, and this one… Oh, man.

See, Felix has loved Zed since he was eight years old. In addition to being his best friend, Zed is his hero. He is the man Felix first looked to for salvation. He is the man Felix will always look to for help. Add in the lovely backstory I cooked up for Felix—capture, torture, nearly four years as a prisoner of war, the loss of his home and family, some slightly serious (is that an oxymoron?) substance abuse issues and a slew of emotional problems—and you have a man who is not going to cope well with the death of his…everything. Because Zed is just that, his everything. So while we plotted the first two books as a recovery arc for Zed, we failed to take into account the downward spiral this would mean for Felix.

By the end of Lonely Shore the damage is evident. Felix functions, but only just. His armor—his defensive nature and snark—is brittle, and one tap is going to break him into a million pieces.

Because we’re (evil) writers, we deliver the blow with a hammer.

Skip Trace is the middle of a five chapter story. Necessarily, it’s dark. It’s the turning point, for both Zed and Felix. Zed is cured, but what does that mean? And our super soldier has his own issues—war is not kind, and being a denied asset can’t be fun. Felix is broken, and must struggle to pull the pieces of himself together in order to save Zed, again, so that Zed can turn around and save him.

Both our guys have battles to fight in this book and, for the most part, they go at it alone—and that’s another sad comment on their mental state. Zed and Felix both have been rejected by the institution that f’cked them up, the Allied Earth Forces. War has all but shredded their trust. The point of the story, though, is that they can only do it together, and when they realise that…well, it’s painful and beautiful at the same time.

Where will we go from here? When you’re at the bottom of a well, there really is only one place to go, and that’s up and out. I could rattle off some lovely clichés, but the important thing is that there are two books left in this series, and these guys have got places to go and people to see. We need them on deck and functional. The galaxy needs them, even if they’re not quite convinced of that fact yet.

That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to torture them just a little bit, though. 😉

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Skip Trace

Book three of Chaos Station

Zander Anatolius has been revived from the fatal effects of the super-soldier program, but now he has to face his estranged family and tell a story few would believe. With his lover and the crew of the Chaos at his side, Zander returns home to a media frenzy, threats from the military and pressure to join the family business.

Felix Ingesson still struggles with the horror of believing Zander dead. And no matter how strong their emotional connection is, Felix feels out of place in the glittery world of Zander’s rich family. His lover would be better off without a broken, low-class ship’s engineer holding him back.

When the crew receives word that another of Zander’s former teammates needs rescue, Felix travels with the Chaos…setting Zander free. But when Zander is arrested for treason, the men realize they need each other as much as ever—not only to survive, but to make their lives worth living.

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2015NewAbout the author

Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.

The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.

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Release Day Tour – I Am Hope by Evelyn Shepherd

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Evelyn Shepherd’s next book in her THE METEORA TRILOGY series titled I AM HOPE is OUT today.

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ES_IAmHope450Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Length: 70,000 words

Blurb: The undead were only the beginning.

Topher, Jesse, and Sawyer thought their greatest threat were the Infected and Mutated that roam the world. As they struggle to reach the camp in Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina, they soon discover that the monstrous mutations of the undead are the least of their problems. Something else, something far more intelligent and lethal, is hunting them.

Topher knows that the only way humanity will survive is to find a cure for the strange infection that’s ravaged the world. He’s on the brink of discovering it; but the further his research goes, the more he realizes that curing the world of the infection may mean losing Sawyer.

The three will fight to stay together, and Topher will have to make the ultimate choice: cure the world or save his lover?

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I knuckled the sleep from my eyes and hurriedly dressed. Jesse was out the door by the time I pulled my shirt on. I followed him into the main compartment, Sawyer behind me. Rio sat on the couch next to Jaden, who was curled up with his blanket. On the table was a camping lamp, which filled the RV with yellow light.

“What’s going on?” I asked, straightening my shirt.

“Something is going down with Jane,” Rio said. “I heard it out in the truck.”

Nash pulled Chloe into his arms and drew her away from the window. Jesse walked over to the dinette table and looked outside, then let out a string of curses. I nudged him over and looked out myself.

“Sweet Jesus,” I whispered. The blood chilled in my veins, turning into ice fractals that splintered through my mind. I gripped the table as I watched the genocide going on outside.

People were being dragged from their tents and herded together like sheep for slaughter. It was hard to see how many people had been gathered. Clouds shrouded the moon, and the fires had smoldered out, leaving the camp a battlefield of shadows.

And you will burn in a lake of fire, unless you repent and purge the sinners from your life. We must show God that we are believers and his servants. It’s the only way to find the path to salvation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Evelyn Shepherd lives in Columbus, Ohio with two fat cats. Her time is split between writing and running a book/writing blog. She’s the author of the Theo Bourne Series, the best-selling Last Canticle, and the award-winning Meteora Trilogy.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Off World by Jonah Bergan

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Off-World-Full-Front-CoverTitle: Off World

Author: Jonah Bergan

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

Cover Artist: Michelle Fairbanks

Length: 240 Pages

Release Date: August 22, 2015

Blurb: What really brought Taine to that backwater little world? Taine’s a hunter. He’s a red-skinned, black-eyed Lowman by nature, and a hunter by trade. Some hunters work in flesh, others in secrets, and some few work to set right what’s been set wrong. It’s a big galaxy and there’s always plenty of work for a hunter like Taine, so you got to wonder, what with all that at his feet, what really brought Taine to that backwater little world?

Off-World is a M/M science fiction action/adventure set in F/M dominated space. The story takes place in an arm of the galaxy where slavery (sexual and otherwise) is legal and commonplace. Strictly speaking, it is not a BDSM novel in that consent is not a matter of concern for the characters, but those with an interest in BDSM should enjoy the story. Due to explicit content, Off-World is not recommended to readers under eighteen years of age.

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From Chapter Three: A Transaction Fair and Square

Set-up: Simone, the woman who sold her twin sons into slavery, has explained that she wants Taine to take her eldest son Tanner as an apprentice. It’s clear that the world is not safe for males under Sisterhood rule and she’ll do what she must to get them off-world. They haggle over Tanner’s future while he is outside tending to Taine’s slave.

“I ain’t never had an apprentice,” Simone said. “But I heard of it, and studied up the ways of it some. I ain’t got much, but I got that twenty-five I just brought in, and a few more squirreled away. So as dowry, I’ll grant you thirty for your efforts, and you take from Tanner as pledge, his earnings or his service for the rest. That meet with your expectations?”

Taine looked her in the eye. Between the stars, thirty credits wasn’t really all that much—not in the scheme of things, but by his estimation, here on this world, a full thirty credits might last her three years. Longer, maybe four or even five, if she were frugal. He glanced around the cabin, his eyes settling on the bedrolls tucked up in the eaves. “I don’t need your money,” Taine said.

“This ain’t charity I’m askin’ for, Mister Devil,” she snapped. She pointed toward her daughter. “That one told me all I need to know about apprenticing and mastering a trade. I sent her three days to the library and three days back again to learn it too. I was going to apprentice the boy over to Bishop, but then you came along, and I figure you’re a better prospect for him. So you take what’s fair, and you take what you need from the boy against the balance, but don’t you look down on me, and don’t you shame me here in my own home.”

“Of course not,” Taine said. “I meant no disrespect. These are not easy times, and I can take the dowry in full as pledge, leaving the coin to you and yours here. Along with your invitation to return, and a promise of a fair price on the redhead and tow this autumn, that should balance the scales.”

She sat for a moment, just staring hard at Taine. He wasn’t sure if she was about to laugh or holler. Based on her look, it might have gone either way, but then that mix of emotions tipped over toward laughter, and she did, she had herself one good hard laugh, leaving Taine to wonder what he’d said that was so funny.

“Now that’s some smart bargaining right there, Mister Devil,” she said, once she’d settled down. “You teach my boy that kind of thinking, you train him up in that real good, and you teach him to use all them slick words you use to coo and cuddle and coax just that little bit more from the likes o’ me.”

Taine looked surprised at that, smiling slightly but she waved him off.

“Don’t be acting like you don’t know what I mean,” she said. “You teach him all that, so he can come on back, and sweep up his dear old mother, and whisk her off to some sunny paradise world where her old bones won’t ache none no more. You do that, and you got yourself a deal, Mister Devil.”

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Jonah Bergan is a freelance writer living in New England. His publishing credits include a ten part serial, multiple short stories, and a collection of anecdotal humor. He has also published MMORPG game reviews and content, hypnosis scripts, online user manuals, and advertising texts. Please visit jonahbergan.com to learn more about him.

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