Forsaken by Kristen Day

 Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.
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About Kristen Day
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

New Release: Wicked Spell by Michelle Escamilla

Wicked Spell is LIVE!
Book 2 in the Dark Spell Series has finally arrived!
Be sure to grab book 1 that is only $0.99 and also get Wicked Spell.
About Book 1 – Dark Secret –
Emma Blackwood was the epitome of ordinary. She lived in a small town, where she excelled in school and loved to hang out with her friends. Wanting to escape from her ordinary life, she headed to college in the city. But as soon as college life was over, she found herself back to the same old routine. Normal.

After a night on the town with her best friend, Kyle, Emma meets a mysterious man. One small touch of his hand made her feel things that she’s never experienced before. That moment changed everything for Emma. ‘Normal’ was never going to be a word to describe her ever again.

Micah Oliver didn’t grow up in a normal world. His mother, a witch, had passed on her powers to him. He had a gift, one that could sense when others, like him, were near. Finding Emma was supposed to be a blessing for him, someone that would understand his way of life. Or was it?

Emma doesn’t know her past, or her future and Micah has the answers, but there is one problem.

He has a Dark Secret….

About Book 2 – Wicked Spell
Emma Blackwood thought normal life was anything but exciting, but that was until she learned about her past. Now, with all of her powers and knowledge about being a witch, life would be so much simpler being normal.

Once Emma learned that her Father was after her for her powers, Emma began to learn more about protecting herself. She had the help of people she didn’t even think she’d ever ask for help. But will that be enough?

Sebastian Blackwood was a very powerful man, but the day that his wife gave birth to his daughter, he realized that he had nothing. He was determined to take the powers he felt he was owed. He tried to take the powers from Emma when she was young, but failed.

Now he has found her and he will stop at nothing to win. Can Emma beat him once and for all or will hope be lost and Sebastian Blackwood take her powers away using his wicked spell?


Advice for Writers by Kristen Lippert-Martin, author of TABULA RASA

Writers: Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Boredom

By Kristen Lippert-Martin

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You know, in the old days, the only things writers had to worry about was maybe starving to death or the slow decline of alcoholism. Maybe a nasty case of consumption or syphilis.

OK, and possibly being committed for demonic possession. I mean, we’re always hearing voices in our heads, right?

These days, however, the great enemy of creativity is a near-total lack of boredom in our lives.

Neil Gaiman, who I think we can all agree is a pretty creative guy, recently took a social media vacation precisely to let himself be BORED. Because boredom leads to daydreaming, to wondering.

Until I heard him talk about this, I hadn’t realized how fortunate I’d been as far as coping with distraction. This might sound strange coming from a woman with four children—believe me, I know all about near-constant distraction—but you know what I didn’t have when they were little?

A smart phone.

And do you know what I STILL don’t have?

A smart phone.

I mean, I have a cell phone, but that’s all I have. So when I take my three-year-old to the park or push him in the stroller while taking my other kids to school, I don’t surf or text or check my emails. I let my mind wander. I get some of my best ideas while I’m at the playground.

I went to Disney World last year for five days, and when it was time to come home, I realized that even in the short time I was there, I’d acclimated to being constantly entertained. It seriously took me a few days to readjust to a world where there was not something to see and do every single second.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being entertained! Entertainment is the best!

But I also recognize that I can’t really write at all when I’m surrounded by fun, enthralling stuff to do. I need my boredom. I purposely build it into my life when I’m trying to get something done, especially a first draft. I need those hollows in my life, when I have nothing to think about because after a while, it’s those hours and days of null that cause my brain to get itchy to create.

Often when I’m walking down the street or on the subway, I realize I’m just about the only person not talking on the phone or looking at a phone. Instead I look around at … whatever. I people watch. I zone out. Folks used to do that all the time because they had no other choice. Now we have to force ourselves to not get sucked into distractions.

If you want to write, I encourage you to treasure your boredom. Protect it. You need it to work for you. Boredom is the fertile earth necessary for ideas to grow and it’s an ever-diminishing natural resource.

Of course, you should totally watch out for demonic possession, too. I hear that can be a real bummer.


About Tabula Rasa

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she’ll need the help of the teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that’s blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

“This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal.”—Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer

 “A very entertaining game for thriller fans . . . . Both Sarah and Pierce are layered and appealing characters who don’t get too caught up in their own drama—the mayhem around them is excitement enough.”—Publishers Weekly

About Kristen Lippert-Martin

Kristen Lippert-Martin has an MFA from Columbia University. She’s worked at Time, the world-renowned Brookings Institution, and even had a stint as a stand-up comic before turning to writing full-time. She was awarded the SCBWI’s Work-in-Progress grant in 2010. She can be found online at



Don’t Miss the Rest of the TABULA RASA Blog Tour!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Dream within A Dream

Review and Giveaway

Jump Into Books

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Read Now, Sleep Later

Q&A and giveaway

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rockin Book Reviews

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Adventures in YA Publishing

One question round-up and giveaway

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Children’s Book Review

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Live to Read

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Pamela Thompson’s Blog

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Bookish Escape

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Bookaholics Anonymous Online

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Not Yet Read

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Adventures in YA Publishing

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Larkin’s Book Bloggers

Q&A and giveaway

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Best Books Ever

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Pinky’s Favorite Reads

Q&A and giveaway

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Book Cellar

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Addicted Readers

Guest post and giveaway


Firebolt by Adrienne Woods – Excerpt & Giveaway

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Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena is in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh and the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe in…herself.

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For the love of blueberries, Elena Watkins was destined for greatness, even though she didn’t know it. Forced to travel from home to home every three months Elena’s life was a never ending blur of new towns and new faces, that is, until the night her father was killed by a creature she thought only existed in fairy tales – a dragon. With her father’s death leaving her orphaned, Elena is whisked away to her true birthplace, Paegeia.

Arriving at Dragonia Academy, the premier school for young Dragonians, she begins to feel a sense of belonging in this strange world; a school she was never meant to attend because her father was a dragon. Elena is soon swept up in the rigor of her new life and the new set of skills she now needs to survive: Latin, Art of War, and Enchantments.

Entranced by her new reality Elena learns about the dragons and humans who inhabit her new home. There are two classes of dragons that soar through Paegeia distinguished by their instinctual pretense for either good or darkness. The distinction between these two very different species is vital to Elena’s success in her new world because she has been marked as a Dragonian, a human preordained to ride and tame a dragon of her very own. Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Holy cow, y’all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!




WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Interview with Sieni A.M., author of Scar of the Bamboo Leaf

scar of the bamboo leaf bannerThe Book Beacon is proud to have author Sieni A.M. stop by today for a little Q&A!  But first – here are the details about her new release, Scar of the Bamboo Leaf:

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“Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her.”

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art.
After a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.

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Both of your books, Illumine Her and Scar of the Bamboo Leaf take place in Samoa, an island in the South Pacific. Of all the places you have traveled, what is it about the Samoan nation and culture that inspired you to make it the setting for your stories?

SieniI was born and raised in Samoa–left it when I turned 18 for university and haven’t returned to live there since. Despite that, it’s what I know most intimately about–the landscape, the culture, the people. There aren’t a lot of books out there set in the South Pacific and I wanted to help change that, in my very small, humble way. However, I wrote them in a way that the messages are universal and relatable to readers everywhere.

What would you like the reader to take away from the Samoan culture?

That it has both beauty and its own challenges and setbacks, too. Samoa is not just a paradise island in the middle of the exotic South Pacific. While physically small, the people have big egos and big hearts to match, and they want what everyone else in life does–to have fulfilled lives, to educate their children, and to seek out those opportunities to do just that.

What were some of the difficulties you had writing characters with physical challenges and disfiguring scars?

That I would somehow do it wrong or offend someone. I did a lot of research as a result. The character of Kiva is inspired by a girl with a leg length deficiency from my home community, which helped a lot. She was thrilled when I approached her with the concept of the book.

What was your favorite chapter to write in Scar of the Bamboo Leaf?

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact chapter, but the final 10% of the book was definitely the most memorable to write. I cried for a week, much to the bafflement and amusement of my husband. He kept asking, “You know, you have the power to change all that, right?”

Was there a scene or character you chose NOT to include in the book?  If so, why?

Yes, I deleted the first scene I ever wrote…one in which Ry gets bitten by a centipede while he’s trekking in the bush with Kiva. It hurts like a mother and there’s talk of peeing on it, etc. It was comical and light hearted and did not fit and flow with the rest of the story, so it went. (And P.S. the best remedy for centipede bites is the sap from the papaya tree, which Kiva would have suggested instead.)

Thank you for your questions! :)

authorSieni A.M. is a coffee addict, Instagram enthusiast, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She graduated as an English and History high school teacher from the University of Canterbury and is currently living in Israel with her husband and two daughters. “Scarof the Bamboo Leaf” is her second novel.


Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday


At Amazon: Of Monsters and Madness

OfMonsters_jacket_des4.inddA romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author. The first in a new series.

Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820’s Philadelphia shortly after her mother’s death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father. Annabel becomes infatuated with her father’s assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he’s not helping with medical advancements. But in darker hours, when she’s not to be roaming the house, she encounters the devilish assistant Edgar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Allan, and who others insist doesn’t exist.

A rash of murders across Philadelphia, coupled with her father’s strange behavior, leads Annabel to satisfy her curiosity and uncover a terrible truth: Edgar and Allan are two halves of the same person – and they are about to make the crimes detailed in Allan’s stories come to life. Unless Annabel stops them.


Written for younger readers (Grade 7 and Up), Of Monsters and Madness was a nice break from my usual YA/NA Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. It is a dark and gritty Historical novel about Edgar Allen Poe and the young woman who inspired his famous poem, Annabel Lee.

In 1826, Annabel leaves her missionary work in Siam (Thailand) and overcomes serious culture shock when she Philadelphia in 1826.  Its not just the change in scenery from the South Pacific island to Pennsylvania that made the transition difficult: she must stop being a hard working missionary and become a proper lady.  Her new servants become her friends, and I liked how Annabel was conflicted about her sudden elevated status.  On one hand she wanted to please her father and grandfather, and on the other: she could only be herself around her maid… and the handsome Allan Poe.  It is fun watching Allan  court Annabel while working for her father and writing words to a poem that later became world famous.

Like one of Poe’s stories, the plot includes murder most foul.  There is a serial killer on the loose, and learning ‘whodunnit’ (and why) is exciting.   There is also a medical mystery to solve… Along the way, we learn a lot about Annabel, her desire to be a physician (which was off-limits to females in the 1820’s), her loyalty to her new friends, her insatiable curiosity and her determination to connect with the father she never knew.

Of Men and Monsters is a well written, nicely paced historical novel – it is a  great tale of “what if” staring a great American writer. The ending makes it clear that Allan and Annabel’s story will continue in Book 2!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Curling Up with a Good Book
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The Children’s Book Review
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Backwards Story
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway

authorjess picJessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  You can visit her online at



Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Rebel Souls by Sarah Ashley Jones

CRFlag Rebel Souls by Sarah Ashley Jones

Releases on November 13th

New Adult Romance Suspense

CRElias Anderson believes he can right the wrongs of the world.

As a member of the Rebel Souls, a self-appointed vigilante group whose only goal is to take down those who prey on the innocent, he is trained to kill or be killed.

Claire Olsen wants revenge.

After being attacked and left for dead, she is forced to watch her sister’s kidnapping. When the police refuse to pursue the case, she decides the only thing left to do is to take matters into her own hands, even if that means becoming a Rebel herself.

Elias knows how to deal with the new Rebels.

To ensure her loyalty, he must train her. And to train her, he must break her. But Claire refuses to give in and let a man strip her of who she is. Her stubborn ways and feisty mouth only deepens Elias’ desperation for control while she revels in knowing she is the reason behind his slow undoing.

It’s not until they discover the truth about her sister’s disappearance that everything inside their already dysfunctional world changes and they soon learn that their survival depends solely on one another.

The line between right and wrong will be blurred.

Blood will be shed.

And the guilty will pay.

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“You want answers, Blondie.” Claire turns her head and I snatch her chin in my free hand. “You truly want to know what it feels like to kill somebody – to watch the life drain from a stranger’s eyes because of your actions?” Her heart beats against my chest and I drop my hands to her shoulders, spinning her around and forcing her down into the chair next to us. Her knife pings as it hits the concrete floor. “It feels like nothing else in this world.” I lean forward, pushing all my weight into my palms as they rest on the arms of the chair. “It’s every feeling a person could possibly experience all at once. It’s blissful, calming, terrifying, satisfying, excruciating, but most of all – it’s powerful,” I whisper the last part. “Once you finally do it, murder someone, you can’t go back. You carry them with you anywhere you go. You see their faces when you sleep. You see their eyes when you at your own in the mirror. It doesn’t matter if they were a saint or a sinner. You become the reason they no longer exist. Do you really think you can do that, Claire?” I’m stuck staring at her, watching the way her lips parts as she nods, her sharp breaths cascading over my cheek. Her intense eyes seek solace in mine as if she’s listening to a bedtime story – not a horror story like how it plays in my mind. “Then why do you continue to do it?” It’s a simple question. Eight words I ask myself day in and day out and depending on when you ask me, I will answer differently each time. “Because if I don’t – no one else will.”

authorsarah ashley jonesSarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her three dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she’s not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes, chapstick, and all things Alice in Wonderland. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It’s rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.

The books of the Promise Me Series is the first novels Sarah Ashley Jones ever sat down to write. The story weaseled into her heart and wouldn’t leave her alone until she typed it all out. Now, stories won’t stop making themselves heard as she continues to write whichever character’s story is the loudest!

She is a lover of all things adventure and romance and is constantly working hard on future releases. Her overactive imagination probably has something to do with being a theatre geek as a child and teenager and now she puts it to good use as an adult, creating and sharing stories that many already love.







New Release: Melt for Him by Lauren Blakely

MFH RDL BannerWe are so excited to bring the Release Day Launch for Lauren Blakely’s MELT FOR HIM! MELT FOR HIM is the first full length novel Lauren’s written in the Fighting Fire Series published by Entangled Brazen. Snap up this saucy read today! MELT FOR HIM releases on Sept. 8, and is $2.99 for pre-order and release week, and will then go to $3.99. Hernovella BURN FOR ME is free for a limited time!!

giveawayEnter to win a signed copy of BURN FOR ME, A $25 Victoria Secret Gift Card,

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 Melt for Him Cover50% of all preorders and release week sales will be donated by the author to the National Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.

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He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

excerpt“Why didn’t you tell me you were from here?” he asked, holding his hands out in question.

She furrowed her brow. “What?”

“I had no idea you were Travis’s sister,” he said, and he sounded pissed.

“And I had no idea you were a fireman,” she said, parking her hands on her hips.

He shoved a hand roughly through his hair, shook his head. “And I had no idea you were the photographer. You said you were an artist.” Continue reading

Guest Post: David Zelter, author of Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age

lug_webThe Book Beacon loves ALL genres, and we were excited to be contacted about Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age, a new release for Middle Grade readers (ages 8-12).  Please keep reading for more about this great new book! Be sure to pick up this new title for your Middle Grade readers!!

But first: we are thrilled to have author David Zeltser is our guest today!

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Kristina asked me what three books I’d bring to a desert island. That’s just plain cruel, so I’m going to go ahead and pick series or complete works.

1) James Herriott’s All Creatures Great and Small series – so charming, full of humor, and these have always helped me fall asleep when feeling anxious.

2)Harry Potter — some of the most imaginative and just plain fun books ever written. And the last few volumes are nice and hefty for breaking island coconuts.

3) The Complete Works of Dr. Seuss – It’s important for me to have brilliant illustrations to look at. Also, great read-alouds for when I’m not talking to my dressed-up coconut ala Cast Away. Worth it alone for all the memories of reading these to my daughter. Especially the brilliant and lesser-known “What Was I Scared Of?” about the pale green pants with nobody inside them.

Bonus volume: The Complete Works of David Zeltser — Yeah, I know, I know, but give me a little time, people



P.S. Thanks for your interest! For more about me, LUG, and other upcoming books, visit my website. Here’s the page with the LUG book trailer:

Lug_jkt_finalAbout Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age – How One Small Boy Saved Our Big, Dumb Species:

A hilarious middle-grade novel about a misunderstood caveboy perfect for fans of Ice AgeHappy FeetThe Time Warp Trio, and Platypus Police Squad.

Lug is a caveboy who would rather paint than club other caveboys. The clan even mocks him, calling him “Little Slug.” Like all the other caveboys, Lug must enter the contest to become the clan’s next Big Man and attempt to catch the Biggest Beast–even though he would much rather spend his days painting in his secret art cave. When Lug is banished for failing to catch a jungle llama, he thinks he is alone in the world but finds others who believe in him: his clanmate Stony and a new friend, Echo, a girl from a rival clan who can talk to animals and just may be prehistory’s first vegetarian/animal rights activist. Together they face even bigger challenges–Lug discovers the Ice Age is coming and he has to bring the warring clans together to save them not only from the freeze but also from a particularly unpleasant migrating pride of saber-toothed tigers. It’s no help that the elders are cavemen who can’t seem to get the concept of climate change through their thick skulls. With both funny, anachronistic humor, charming characters, and strong themes, Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age is sure to be a hit with many readers.

Illustrated with black and white line art throughout.

“Readers will cheer for prehistory’s earliest underdog in this rollicking adventure of cave kids, wild boars, and woolly mammoths. Lug makes the Ice Age sizzle.”—Gordon Korman, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 39 Clues and Swindle

“A merry prehistoric romp filled with unexpected laughs and sly humor! Following Lug as he tries to negotiate the mysteries of art, girls, changing climate, and the rowdy game of Headstone is sheer delight. Fast-paced and funny, with a heart of gold, this is one that kids will love.”—Bruce Coville, author of My Teacher Is an Alien and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher


DAVID ZELTSER emigrated from the Soviet Union as a child, graduated from Harvard, and has worked with all kinds of wild animals, including rhinos, owls, sharks, and ad executives. He is the author of Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age, the first book in a satirical series about the world’s inaction on climate change, for ages 8-12. He also has a forthcoming picture book, Ninja Baby, with Caldecott Honor illustrator Diane Goode (Chronicle Books). David lives with his wife and daughter in Santa Cruz, California. He performs improv comedy and loves meeting readers of all ages. His second book about Lug is scheduled to publish in Fall 2015. Visit David’s website at He’s also on Twitter: @davidzeltser

Don’t miss the remaining stops on the Lug Blog Tour!

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Review and giveaway

My Brain on Books

Guest post and giveaway

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Live to Read

Guest post and giveaway

A Backwards Story

Guest post and giveaway

Future Dates



New Voices Interview

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rockin Book Reviews

Q&A and giveaway

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Elizabeth O. Dulemba

Guest post and giveaway

Monday, November 10, 2014

This Kid Reviews Books

Review only