New Release ~ Red by Reese Reed!

Reese Reed is here today to tell us a bit about Red. Welcome, Ms. Reed!


On the back cover: 

How do you make sense of a world in which right is wrong, evil is virtuous, and those you were taught were monsters are the ones truly worthy of saving?

Jennifer’s life was chaotic enough without having to leave home for college. Still reeling from her mother’s untimely death, Jen resists the overwhelming urge to cling to life as she remembers and continues to press onward as she knows her mother would want. But as she hugs her dad goodbye, she has no idea that she will soon be thrust into a world she once thought existed only deep within her childhood imagination. When an ill-timed Samaritan mission goes awry, Jen finds herself stumbling through an unfamiliar land of quaint, friendly dwarves, a monstrous wolf, and blood-thirsty deceit. Is everything here as black and white as it seems, or must she simply look deeper to find the hidden shades of red?

About the Author: 

Born and raised in southern Alabama, Reese Reed is a former elementary school teacher and current educational writer. She was first bitten by the writer’s bug at the tender age of ten, when a teacher read her short story aloud to the class. While Reese enjoyed writing throughout her childhood and teenage years, it wasn’t until a life-changing moment (some might call it mid-life crisis) that she finally became serious about chasing her passion.  On a wing and a prayer she quit her teaching job and uprooted her family to move to a new home and new job that would allow her the time and freedom to pursue her dream of becoming a published novelist.

Reese has published one fictional novella in addition to Red. Claustrophobic, Reese’s Reese Reed - Ginger HendersonChristmas themed novella, gives Mrs. Claus’s perspective on the story of Santa Claus.

In addition to her fiction writing, Reese taps her education background, writing curriculum and educational materials for major educational publishers such as Pearson and McGraw Hill. She is currently the Director of Education for WITS Games, an educational game developer.

Reese is a happily married mother of three rambunctious boys. When she does find herself with a moment to spare, she enjoys reading, journaling, and daydreaming.

You can learn more about Reese Reed on her author website –

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Jody Presents The #Fae20kGiveaway

Hey there! It’s Sarah Fae here from Today I’m

celebrating! I am celebrating not only reaching 20,000 followers, but now over 25,000 followers!

I’ve teamed up with a bunch of authors, crafters, bloggers and more and together we’re bringing you this awesome event! Squeeee!!!!

I just want to point out that this is another INTERNATIONAL giveaway of mine. So nobody gets

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Sacrificed – New Release from Courtney Farrell

A few weeks ago I shared Enhanced by Courtney Farrell and today I’m featuring the second novel in Ms. Farrell’s series, Sacrificed. Let’s find out more about this new release.

Courtney Farrell - Sacrificed

On the back cover

At the Institute, they breed the best and kill the rest. Sixteen-year-old Michelle is a survivor, but she’s a pawn in their game. A remote arctic military base mysteriously goes silent. The Institute’s founder needles his old enemy, the colonel, by sending teenagers to help. Michelle’s half-breed boyfriend Dillon makes the team, along with her hot ex, who won’t give her up. At the base, Norms attack. The rebels capture Michelle, but they’re not the brutal savages she imagined. Their cause is a just one. Will she take up arms against her own kind?

Meanwhile, Dillon faces his own temptations. As a half-breed, he’d never succeed at Headquarters, but military doctors think he’s special. The colonel offers him a sweet deal, with money, status, and beautiful girls. All Dillon has to do is wipe out the Norms who are harboring Michelle.

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Read an excerpt from the novel

Don’t screw this up, Michelle told herself. Get so much as a scratch, and they’ll never let you outside Institute walls again. Her backpack leaned on the wall, ready to go, if Dillon would ever show up. She checked the time and flopped back on her bed with a groan.

Heavy footsteps bounded up the stairs. Michelle sat up, her blue eyes narrowed. “About time, Dillon. You’re thirty minutes—”

Brian walked through the door instead, flashing a grin that rocked her world. “He’s late? Might as well get used to it. Norms are never on time.”

Brian hasn’t been here since . . . that night . . . before I met Dillon. He looks so different. Despite Institute regulations, he hadn’t cut his hair since his exile in the Warren. Loose blond locks brushed his broad shoulders. Between his scores and his mother’s rank, he got away with a lot.

Michelle tried to stop staring and say something coherent. “So, you came to say goodbye? I’ll only be gone a week.”

Brian smirked. “What, and waste these brand-new camping clothes?”

Michelle’s stomach did a flip. “Are you saying they’re sending you? With me…and Dillon? Isn’t that going to be…”

“Awkward?” Brian’s smirk grew into a huge grin. “Oh, yeah.”

Michelle felt like all the air had rushed out of the room. “How could they do that to us?”

“Apparently your mother isn’t comfortable sending you off alone with your Norm boyfriend.”

“Half Norm,” Michelle corrected, making a sour face at her disturbingly hot ex.

“I’m not judging you. It’s just kind of sudden, that’s all. And I thought…you know… you and me, we were just getting started.” Brian sat down on the bed, surprising Michelle with a kiss on the mouth that sent tingles through her lower belly.

“Mmm. Don’t do that.”

“Hey, relax.” Brian gently turned her chin toward him, cupping her cheek in his hand. His brown eyes held her gaze. “I’m not mad. Go have your fun. Come on back when it’s over.”

“That’s awfully Enhanced of you, Brian,” Michelle whispered. “And I mean that. Look, I…I’m sorry my mother dumped this job on you. This is going to be weird for us both.”

“Only if we let it.”

Brian’s fingers traced lightly over Michelle’s hair. Without really meaning to, she tilted her head into his hand and closed her eyes.

He doesn’t get it. The Enhanced swap partners all the time, but Norms bond for life. I can never break up with Dillon. It would kill him.

Brian leaned in close, letting his lips tickle her ear. “I know, you think you trapped yourself. But those backward rules don’t apply to us. I’d never try and own you like he does. It’s uncivilized.”

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Welcome Shawna Romkey – Author of Speak of the Devil

Welcome back, Ms. Romkey! Speak of the Devil has a new look and a new publisher! I had the great pleasure of reading this novel and if you would like to read my review you can click here.


Book one in the Speak of the Devil series

After dying with her two best friends in a tragic car accident, Lily comes back to life only to wind up in the middle of a war between good and evil at a time when God has disappeared.

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the crash and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and learns they are falling too.

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, figure out a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

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About Shawna Romkey

Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Shawna RomkeyKansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, one rescue dog and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.

She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

Links to the Author

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | Pinterest  |  Goodreads

I would like to wish Ms. Romkey the best of success with her new publishing adventures! Speak of the Devil is a fun read and I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the series.

Warmest regards, Jody A. Kessler

Unpredictable Worlds – by Jessica Knauss

Welcome! Today I am featuring something a little different on the blog, but this collection of stories sounds incredibly entertaining. So, let’s have a peek at Unpredictable Worlds by Jessica Knauss!

Unpredictable Worlds -Jessica Knauss

A teacher controls her students with an edible microchip. A reporter turns into a rhinoceros. A couple’s efforts to eat local go frighteningly awry. If you’re looking to be surprised, puzzled, or just plain entertained, pick up this omnibus. There’s something for everyone! 

More than twenty years in the making, Unpredictable Worlds contains all of Jessica Knauss’s published and prize-winning short fiction as of March 2015 and a few of her best stories never before seen in print or ebook. Zany plots and outrageous characters will stretch your belief and tug at your heart. 

WARNING: These stories contain exaggeration, elision, and disregard for “the real world.” Some even exhibit a tone of blatant optimism. However, they respect human speech patterns, admire good grammar, and hold proper punctuation in the highest regard. 

Unpredictable Worlds releases for Kindle on May 15, but you can reserve your copy for the bargain price of 99 cents now here ( Save 66% on the post-release price and have this unique book delivered to your device the minute it becomes available. 
Would you like more?
Read an excerpt from the prize-winning story “Stairs to the Beach”
The moment I came back from taking Josie to the airport, I hunched through the tunnel and made an announcement with the water lapping at my toes. “Children, listen to me. You don’t have to come into the house any more. You can eat out here. You can sleep out here. If you need anything, just ask.”

The cheering went on all day, and at night they danced around a bonfire.

Roxanne and I drank chardonnay and ate, slice by translucent slice, the Ibérico ham Josie had brought back from her last layover. We brought three meals a day out to the children on a large serving platter. It always came back through the tunnel full of sand, but we dumped it at the door. We went out for groceries or to the cinema. Roxanne only had to clean once a week.

Once in a while, we looked out the picture window to see the children swimming or playing volleyball. When I witnessed one of them crack open a crab and suck out the entrails, Roxanne suggested we stop providing the food. “The feeding schedule is taking over our lives,” I agreed.

The day of Josie’s return came and went unremarked as the children built sand forts and played doctor. After four more months with no word, it became clear that Josie might not come back at all.

“I think one of the kids is missing,” said Roxanne, turning from the picture window, where instead of Josie’s desk, we had a couch and side tables.

“Just one?” I said. “How can you tell?”

“Didn’t there used to be ten? I can only count nine.”

“That’s odd,” I remarked. “I wonder if Josie would notice.”

About The Author

Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss is a New Englander by design. Unpredictable worlds_Jessica KnaussShe has worked as a librarian and a Spanish teacher and earned a PhD in Medieval Spanish Literature before entering the publishing world as an editor. She has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in numerous venues. Her acclaimed novella about a woman’s awakening through sleeping in trees, Tree/House, is also currently available, and her contemporary paranormal Awash in Talent is coming soon.

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Ghosts of Modern Magics – A Box Set by Maer Wilson

Today we have another great new release! This collection of stories is from Maer Wilson. If you enjoy a good paranormal detective series, you will want to check these out.

Maer Wilson-Ghosts box set

Before magic returned to Earth in the Modern Magics novels, Thulu and La Fi’s clients were usually the dead. The Ghost novelettes detail a few of their more memorable cases.

“Ghost Memory” – An amnesiac ghost hires Thulu and La Fi to find missing money from his home for his aging husband.

“Unwanted Ghost” – The couple inherits a furnished Victorian, complete with its own noisy ghost.

“Ghost Dancer” – Young Danika asks Thulu and La Fi to save her dog from the killer who murdered her.

“Wedding Ghost” – Just before their own wedding, the detectives are hired to find out what happened to another bride ninety years before.


“Lost Ghost” tells the story of eleven-year-old Thulu and Fiona’s first case.

This collection also includes samples from the Modern Magics novels – Relics, Portals and the upcoming Magics.

This collection is currently on sale at Amazon.

Ghosts of Modern Magics will be available soon from other online retailers. For updates or information about the rest of the Modern Magics series, please check Maer’s website.

About the Author

After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of Maer Authorthat trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. Maer is a partner in Ellysian Press, a small publishing house. She also co-hosts the literary podcast MythBehaving. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her three dogs, a chihuahua and two poodles.

You can also visit with the author here:

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I hope you enjoy this set of novellettes! Cheers and happy reading.