Dragon Twins Release Day!

Hello, lovely people! 😀 Today we’ve got Dragon Twins over here at Note On A Page, the newest Stan Brookshire novel out from Allison Cosgrove! Enjoy!

The Blurb:

Separated at birth…reunited by murder.

Behind the gates of an exclusive Lake City neighborhood, prominent businessman Don Chu’s housekeeper has been brutally murdered and his teenage daughter taken. The high-profile case has the Mayor himself sending the case across Detective Stan Brookshire’s desk. He barely has time to digest the details of the two sinister crimes before he’s called to yet another disturbing scene.

This time, at the other end of the city, another murder and attempted kidnapping ring out with a similarity too convenient for coincidence. As the clues fall into place and the evidence mounts, Stan starts to see a pattern emerge. A DNA match, and the two cases now become one. With the help of an unexpected young ally, Stan begins his search for a victim that may still be alive. It’s a race against the clock and across the globe that will test his skills to the absolute limit. Two murders. Two kidnappings. Twice the danger.

The Excerpt:

A loud noise startled Jade from her slight doze. As she straightened up in her chair, she glanced at the clock on her bedside table across the room that held her textbooks. Eleven thirty-five.

 

Leaning back at her desk, she reached over and felt the bowl of soup Wei-Lee, the family housekeeper, had brought. It had been piping hot but now it was tepid. She estimated she was out less than half an hour. 

 

Another crash came from the direction of the kitchen. What on earth was Wei-Lee doing at this time of night to make that much noise?

 

Jade started to get up when the door to her room flew open and two almost identical Asian men burst into her room. Grabbing her before she could make a sound, her feet lashed out and knocked the books to the floor as they dragged her toward the door.

 

“You’re coming with us,” one of the men said in a thick, Chinese accent. “You can either come quietly or we’ll drag you out.”

 

“There’s no way I’m letting you take me anywhere!” she yelled, struggling against them. Their grip loosened and this time she racked her nails across one man’s cheek. Crying out in pain, he released her arm to protect his face.

 

She ran out of the bedroom and down the stairs hoping to find Wei-Lee or something to defend herself. Jade heard them running after her. Chancing a glance over her shoulder, she saw they were right behind her as she raced through the house trying to get to the kitchen.

 

She was almost there when a man stepped out of the doorway, into her path. He was Asian but what caught her attention was the knife in his hand. Red liquid dripped from it onto the tile floor. She managed to duck around him and into the kitchen where she was halted at the sight of Wei-Lee. She lay dead in a slowly spreading pool of blood.

 

A hand grabbed her shoulder and tried to spin her around. Her reflexes drove her forward, jumping over the housekeeper’s body she dove for the cordless phone to dial 911. She managed to dial two digits before the phone was knocked out of her hand and it went flying across the floor.

 

Rough hands grabbed her and tore her clothing as she tried to get away. It was useless. They were too strong. It was too much for her. The sight of the dead housekeeper, the men in her house…the blood. There was so much blood.

 

A hand reached up and put a cloth over her mouth, she fought against it but it was no use. She had no strength left. As her world faded to darkness the last thing she heard was, “Do not hurt her. Ling will not be happy if she is harmed.”

 

The Buy link:

 http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Twins-Brookshire-Novel-ebook/dp/B00DPEWFO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372515354&sr=1-1&keywords=dragon+twins

The Cover:

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Cover Reveal For The Uncanny Life Of Polly!

Squeeeee! I’m very happy to present the new cover for The Uncanny Life Of Polly, the newest book out this summer, 28th June, from the lovely Karen Aminadra. I had a lot of fun making the cover with her, and you wonderful people better pick it up once it’s out! It’s a contemporary comedy, and one writers especially might be interested in. What would happen…if your life started imitating your latest book?

Lookit. Lookit. You  know you want a copy.

Lookit. Lookit. You know you want a copy.

Polly writes chick lit and her debut novel is a worldwide bestseller.  However, something strange starts to happen when she gets back from an international book tour.  Polly finds that instead of art imitating life, her life starts to imitate art – or rather, her novel.

She arrives home to find her husband in the arms of the maid.  Wasn’t that in Chapter Three of her book, Happily Ever After?
Her best friend is having an affair with her husband, too, and is pregnant!  Isn’t that in Chapter Four?
Then she meets a bronzed Greek and embarks on a passionate love affair.  Wasn’t that in Chapter Seven?
Will anyone believe her life is mirroring her novel?
Can she prevent the ultimate tragedy or must the book play out, precisely as she wrote it, to the bitter end?
Her agent recommends that Polly go and live Happily Ever After on the proceeds of her book, and keep away from drama!
About The Author
Karen Aminadra
Karen Aminadra is an English author who can usually be found with her head in the clouds and muttering inanely to herself. She mostly resides in her writing cave, and is occasionally allowed to come out to eat. Her love of reading, writing short stories and her childhood imaginary world led quite naturally to writing novels. Encouraged to read by her bookworm father and grandmother and by winning a writing competition in just her first year of secondary school, she was spurred on, and she has been writing stories ever since. Her love of mystery and plot twists that she put into that first story continues today. She has travelled to and lived in many countries, not just in her imagination, and has gained an insight into people’s characters that shines through in her work. Today, with her feet firmly back in England, she travels the world, the universe and in time through her imagination and her novels.

Twisted Bloodlines Blog Tour Is Here!

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Welcome to the blog tour of Twisted Bloodlines! This amazing debut novel is being republished through Moon Rose Publishing  on the 5th June 2013, and is one worth picking up. Were-creatures, horror, romance, suspense, this book has it all! Why not scroll down and find out why you may have a new series obsession…

Twisted Bloodlines

Megan has never had what most would call a normal life.

Her childhood and teen years were spent on the run with her family, hiding from a horror so great it defines their world. Friends and homes are traded at a moment’s notice to escape from their worst nightmares.

Years pass, and her mother settles down with her new step-father, a kind man who does his best to protect them. Life lulls into a safe pace, and Megan finally feels as though she has control of her future for the first time in her life. But that peace is shattered with the arrival of a new family member, one that bears a striking resemblance to a savior of her past…

Confused by her deep emotional connection to him, things unravel fast. She learns that the people she lives with, even her own family, are not what they seem. Her only friend who helped her piece her life back together changes overnight, and she is left dealing with the fallout on her own…

As events unfold, Megan finds herself face to face with the horror that has haunted her since childhood. But will she be able to escape from her twisted bloodline?

And now for the interview! Welcome Megan, the heroine of Twisted Bloodlines!

Welcome to Notes On A Page, Megan.  Come on in, take a pew. Can I get you a drink? What’s your tipple of choice?

Hi, thanks for having me. Coffee would be great if you have some, or maybe a red bull. It’s always better to stay alert, well in my situation anyway.

I bet! Coffee it is, I always have some handy for late-night writing anyway. Now, down to the nitty-gritty. We know from your story that you have a…dysfunctional family. What happened to it?

Dysfunctional is one word for it. I’m not really clued in on all the details, apparently it will all be revealed, but they are slowly unfolding. Let’s just say…my mother’s choice in men is less than desirable.

You seem really close to your brother and your mum. It must have been a shock when Peter turned up. What was it like adjusting to having a step-father?

I didn’t exactly take it too well at first, I mean I wasn’t having the best of days. It didn’t help that he seemed to know a whole lot more about me than I did. He also has this frustrating habit of remaining silent when questioned even though at the time I thought I was losing my mind. He’s pretty cool now though, I think Jase had more of a problem with no longer being the man of the house.

Must have been quite a shock to adjust to. Now, we know there’s a certain character who you have very close feelings for when he arrives on his motorbike. Without giving away too much for our readers, did you realise your attraction to him straight away?

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t be attracted to him? But yes, I did feel a very strong attraction to him, even though I had just met him. It was extremely unnerving at the time.

But it’s not all nice stuff, right? I mean, we know there’s another person on the horizon—the ‘someone’ your family has run from all these years. How do you deal with that?

Yes, him. There really isn’t a way to deal with it. I’m basically a prisoner in my own home and have to put total faith, and well, my life, in the hands of my family to keep me safe. I take things a day at a time and hold onto the hope that one day this will all be over and he will finally be gone from our lives.

Wow…I sure hope that happens for you one day soon. I don’t know how I;d cope with that hanging over my head all the time. But we also get to find out that you’re not entirely human, right, Megan? How did you cope with that, with finding out you were something else entirely?

That was most definitely a shock to the system but although I was scared at first of what I was to become, it was also a huge relief to know that I wasn’t going crazy and that my family were not a threat to me since I was in fact exactly the same as they were.

Again, without giving away too much to our readers, can you see yourself being a mother in the future?

To be honest I hadn’t really thought about motherhood, I’d never even had a boyfriend before. The only male figure in my life up till now was Jase and considering our sheltered life I didn’t think of it as a possibility. I’m not sure bringing a child into this situation would be a very good idea, I have no idea what the future will bring but my main priority at the moment is survival.

So, what’s the next move for you and your family?

We hope to find someplace secure to live. I know there has been talk of retaliation but I’m not sure that is such a good idea although on the other hand if it ended all of this uncertainty and fear that we have had to live with, then it’s one option to explore.

Well, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today, Megan–we know it’s not easy for you to drop in anywhere! Make sure to pick up Twisted Bloodlines to find out more about the courageous Megan. 

More About The Author

Linda Jackson

I was born and raised in London, which is where I still live now with my husband and children. As a child I always had my nose stuck in a book. I started out reading mysteries such as Nancy Drew and then soon moving onto Agatha Christie. I then found a love of the horror genre, Richard Laymon being my favourite author among a few others. When a friend introduced me to the paranormal romance/fantasy genre I soon became hooked, building myself a very impressive to read pile and a long list of favourite authors. I would say both of these genres have influenced in the way I write and combining them is where I came up with the idea for my book.

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