Saturday, January 12, 2013

First blurbfest of 2013!

Any and all genres welcome!

How can you participate? Thanks for asking. :)

In the comments section, simply post:

- the book title
- your author byline
- the book blurb
- the ever-important buy link

One blurb per author, please.

And while all genres are welcome, remember TBR has no content warning, so please be sure your blurb is suitable for consumption by readers of all ages. Thanks much.

Post away!


  1. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Lyon's Legacy (Catalyst Chronicles, Book One), by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, SF novella

    Sometimes being a geneticist isn’t enough to understand your family....

    Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon. She may have inherited her ancestor's musical talent, but her parents' bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack's attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music. Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school. Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him: travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive. Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him. She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go. Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him. But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan's genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she'll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face-to-face with her hated ancestor. Their encounter will leave her changed forever. Will she still be able to thwart her uncle's plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so?

    Available in multiple formats (ebook, paper, audio) from Amazon. Ebook link:

  2. Thanks again, Cate!

    TOPAZ EYES by Nancy Jardine an ancestral mystery laced with danger.
    A peculiar invitation to Heidelberg embroils Keira Drummond in the search for a mysterious collection of extraordinary jewels once owned by a Mughal Emperor; a hoard that was last known to be in the possession of Amsterdam resident, Geertje Hoogeveen, in 1910.

    Who among the progeny of Geertje – hitherto unfamiliar third cousins brought together for the quest – can Keira rely on? Distrust and suspicion among them is rife.

    Which one is greedy, and determined enough, to hire thugs to tail her… and worse… as she travels to Vienna and Minnesota? Can Keira even trust Teun Zeger - a Californian she is becoming very drawn to – as they pair up to unearth the jewellery?

    As they follow a trail of clues, will they uncover the full collection before the hired gun kills them? Details remain furtive and undisclosed until danger and death forces their exposure. And who harbours the ultimate mystery item that is even more precious than the Mughal jewels?

    Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust, and love.

    Available in print and ebook formats: Smashwords, Amazon etc

  3. Thanks, Cate!

    Keir by Pippa Jay

    Scifi with a romantic soul

    Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption?

    For Keirlan de Corizi--the legendary 'Blue Demon' of Adalucien--death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand.

    But Quin has secrets of her own. She's spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends' counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.

    When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin's home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

  4. Thanks for this!

    ELEANOR'S HEART by Misa Buckley

    Dying of a rare blood disease, Eleanor Franklin needs laudanum to ease the pain, often driven to steal in order to buy more. But when she steals a ruby she has no idea that the gem will tip her into the midst of a deadly species war.

    Saved by Jefferson Park, she discovers a man with an even darker past than her own: he is one of the last true Vampires fighting to stop the eradication of his kind.

    But the Sanguine aren’t the only problem as Eleanor finds herself falling in love with Jefferson. It is a relationship she cannot commit to, as she knows her time is limited, and she will not risk breaking his heart.

  5. The Damned by L.B.Shire
    A Western romance set in the old west!

    Blurb: Sometimes, what a man needs is a little hope...

    Travel worn, and weary, Shane Gregor rides into Hell's Hollow for a drink and answers. On the run for a crime he didn't commit his days are numbered unless he can find proof. What he discovers instead is a green eyed enchantress and a sheriff who's out for blood. When the law catches up to him, can he put his hopes in a woman he's only just met?

    A widow who has fallen on hard times, Josie Talbert became a soiled dove for the sake of survival. Her life changes in the course of a night, when a dark and dangerous cowboy steps through the doors of the Dead Horse Saloon, a death sentence looming over his head. Can his words of innocence be trusted? Can a lone woman change the course of fate?


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    Did you ever wish you had an easy to follow checklist when readying your book for self-publishing? Well, here it is.

    Self-Publisher's Punch List is a guide listing all the data you'll need to upload your book in one try. No more doubling back because you forgot to include something in your back matter or pulling your hair out trying to figure out what tags are best suited for your book. This is the list I use to publish my books.

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  7. A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream
    Historical Western with a Shakespearean twist
    by Cate Masters

    Open sky, Shakespeare, solitude. All Jebediah Greene needs. Alone since his teens, he’s never known loneliness, until he leaves Winona Young in California. Worse, he fears she’ll trap herself in a loveless marriage of convenience. After acting as her guide to San Francisco, how far will Jeb go to win her heart?
    Reading provides escape for Winona Young. Usually. Fleeing Philadelphia, she learns her distant suitor isn’t who he seemed. Neither is her mountain man guide, in a good way. Intelligent, but mule-headed, Jeb’s impossible to speak to, in any language. Winona falls in love with the stunning beauty of the wilderness, with the simple ways of the Osage people, and with Jeb. But books can’t teach her how to tame a mountain man.

    A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream is available from Book Strand:

  8. Thanks Cate! Posting for the first book in my series:

    CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh – Amazon Best Seller!
    Science fiction - space opera/adventure
    Print ISBN 978-0-9816210-6-7 $15.95
    EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-3-8 $2.99
    Book trailer -

    To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…

    Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.

    Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

    As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

    “…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

    Links to purchase:
    Amazon -
    Barnes and Noble -

  9. Thanks Cate:

    Practice To Deceive, a Sticks Hetrick mystery
    by J. R. Lindermuth

    Trouble follows Sticks Hetrick when he and Anita Bailey, the new woman in his life, go on a Caribbean cruise. Though he has no jurisdiction, Hetrick assists a Jamaican police inspector investigate two murders which have roots back home in Pennsylvania.
    Meanwhile, Officer Flora Vastine, Hetrick’s protégé and the team in Swatara Creek, are probing mysterious assaults on young women which will put Flora’s life in jeopardy.
    Both Hetrick and Flora will learn the past has consequences which can’t be denied.

  10. Thanks for this opportunity.

    Book title: Hammer Come Down: Memoirs of a Freedman
    by Kae Cheatham

    The 1836 Creek Indian war changes the lives of two young men when an Alabama plantation is destroyed. Devastated by the loss of family and friends, the slave, Jason heads West with his master, Tolin Cobb.

    In the west, Jason survives various adventures at Fort Laramie, in Independence, Missouri, and in Indian Territory; each shows him different levels of freedom. Through a generous dollop of fate, Jason even finds his true love who had been missing since the Alabama war, making the freedom he attains much more complete than anything he imagined.

    Tense, dramatic and historically accurate, Hammer Comes Down records Jason's persistent desire for freedom, and his unique friendship with his one-time master, Tolin Cobb.

    Available for



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