Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carolyn Arnold - Vacation is Murder is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Carolyn Arnold's New Book: Vacation is Murder

Vacation is Murder

McKinley Mysteries

Author: Carolyn Arnold

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There's only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they're on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they've had just about enough lying around.

When the husband of a couple they've befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.

Excerpt from Chapter 8: Honeymoon Ransom

Sara pressed her body against his and kissed him, her passion quickly bursting into flame. She savored the taste of him, the touch of his tongue against hers, and rode the quiver of carnal hunger that needed satisfying. Now.

The phone rang.

“Don’t.” Her word carried on an exhale.

“What if—”

She went after him with more fervor, the need for him blooming within her.

He put a hand to her cheek and tapped a few quick kisses to her lips.

“I’m sorry, darling, but it could be important.”

She let out a sigh and rolled to her back.

Sean reached for the receiver. “Mr. McKinley.”

Sara could hear the caller was a woman and that she was excited. She sat up, tucking her legs beneath her. “Who is—”

Sean held up a finger and spoke into the phone. “We’ll be right there.”

“Sean?” Her heart was racing. She felt the energy in the room—something terrible had happened.

Sean took her hand. “That was Catherine. Earl’s missing.”

Her undying urge to make love to her husband muted to the background. “We better get going.”

***** Catherine paced the floor of her room. Her hand snapped to her mouth and then lowered. “He’s nowhere to be found. I’ve been all over the resort. I’ve called his cell phone.”

“Did you call the police?” Sara guided her back to the sofa.

“What are they going to do?”

“Sara,” Sean said.

“Yes, dear.”

“Why don’t you see if you can round up some tea for Mrs. Spencer?”

Sara patted Catherine’s knee and got on the phone. She cupped the mouthpiece. “They don’t typically do this, Sean.”

“Tell them I’ll pay whatever they like.”

She spoke to the resort employee. “Yes, I know it’s an all-inclusive resort. Please, just bring up some tea…we will pay cash. Yes, gracias.”

Sara sat beside Catherine again.

“You two are the sweetest people.” Catherine reached for Sara’s hand.

“Please, Catherine, tell us everything that happened. When did you last see him?”

“Last night. You two went on your way. We stayed in the lobby and had a few more drinks.”

“Then what?”

Catherine shared looks between them. “You were cops before, weren’t you? That was your day job? Earl said that’s what he thought.”

Sara glanced at Sean.

He nodded, his protective guard chipping away. “Yes, we were. We’d like to help, but you should call the police.”

Catherine cast a deadpan stare in his direction. “You are both telling me to do that, but until we know that something truly happened to him, aren’t we acting prematurely? It can’t be easy reporting things like that down here, and I don’t know the language very well.”

The phone rang and Sean answered, prepared to argue with the front desk over tea. Instead, the caller had a different message. Sean pointed to the receiver and both women went quiet.

He spoke to the caller, but his eyes were on Catherine. “She is, but you will speak to me…who I am doesn’t matter. What is your message?” Sean was certain his face was pale, mirroring that of the women.

“Sean?” Sara went over to him. “What is it?”

He replaced the receiver to the cradle. “They used a voice distorter, so I can’t tell if it’s a man or woman.” He heard defeat mark his words. “But you have your proof, Mrs. Spencer. Someone has Earl.”

“Oh my God.” Catherine let out a wail and bent over in sobbing convulsions.

“What do they want, Sean?” Sara asked.

“They requested fifty thousand dollars by Thursday. They’ll give more details then.”

“Thursday? That’s tomorrow.”

Catherine looked up. “Or? There’s always an or.”

Sean latched eyes with Sara.

Sara squeezed Catherine’s shoulder. “In situations like this it’s best we keep a level head.

They’ve made their demand and now we just have to meet it. We’ll help get your husband back.”

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance

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Author Description: Carolyn Arnold had a love for writing back in her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said, "tell me a story". Since then, Carolyn has written 9 novels, 2 short stories, 1 novella, and has plans for many more.

Her Madison Knight series has become an international Kindle best-seller, with all three hitting the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US. Set in the fictional city of Stiles, the series is designed as a standalone, which means you can read these books out of order and still pick up on the series' characters and the storyline. The series follows Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight who is fueled by determination to find justice for the victims. She is a strong, independent female amidst a career dominated by men. If you love a female protagonist lead, she invites you to meet Madison for yourself. Three novels in the series are currently available: Ties that Bind, Justified, and Sacrifice.

Carolyn has also written Eleven, an FBI thriller, which follows a team of four while they try to stop a serial killer from reaching his eleventh victim. Eleven was noted as a recommended read on The Examiner's "Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011". She is also pleased to announce that the characters of Eleven will be back! Silent Graves is slated for release 2013.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.

Author's Book List
Found Innocent - A Madison Knight Novel
There's one code when it comes to the wall of blue…and Madison Knight may have to cross it.

Any good cop knows you never report a brother for mishandling a case or accuse him of misconduct, but in order to find justice, Madison may not have a choice.

Lacy Rose had one goal for her twentieth birthday—to be found innocent of past sins—but her life is cut short.

When Lacy's remains are found in a garden and the investigation becomes connected to a closed case, Madison must face her past. The lead detective on that case was Madison's ex-fiancé. At the risk of jeopardizing departmental relationships, and churning up the attention of an old flame at the same time, Madison must push hard before the guilty are found innocent.

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Life Sentence - A Madison Knight Novel
PLEASE NOTE: Life Sentence is the prequel to the Madison Knight Series but is a romantic suspense. Madison Knight of the best-selling series has a cameo role, and while it was the inspiration for the series, it is not a police procedural.
"If I pay with my life, you will pay with yours."

Defense Attorney Bryan Lexan may have just taken on the case which will cost him his life. When his client, a Russian mafia boss, is convicted of first-degree murder, he vows to make Bryan pay.

Meanwhile, Jessica Pratt has always prided herself on being a modern woman–you know, the kind who doesn't need a man to make her feel complete. So when she finds herself torn between two, she realizes that not all decisions are based on facts. If they were, her boyfriend, Bryan, would be the logical choice. He has the family name, wealth, and a stake in a successful law firm. Only thing is, when she meets Mason Freeman, the chemistry between them is irrefutable and he won't take no for an answer.

With both of them caught up in a struggle for survival, and a powerful enemy on their heels, they'll need to decide where their loyalties lie.

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Sacrifice - A Madison Knight Novel
When the son of business tycoon Marcus Randall washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight must sacrifice everything--including her career--to find justice for the "perfect murder".

With Randall already on the radar of the Secret Service for fraud and counterfeiting, the investigation sheds new light and they require the full cooperation of the Stiles PD. But with power and money to back him, Marcus has a reach that extends right inside the police department.

If Madison's going to find out the truth, she'll have to sort through the lies and balance diplomacy with politics.

Book Trailer: Sacrifice
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Justified - A Madison Knight Novel
This Christmas, murder doesn't take a holiday.

Madison Knight should have ignored the call. Now she is spending Christmas Eve dealing with her least favorite thing...blood and lots of it.

When a female victim is found in her home it has Madison and her partner tapping into the vic's personal life. With a rash of former business partners and lovers, all of whom wanted her dead, there are not enough hours to question them all.

But trying to find the person who had the most motive isn't all that's on Madison's mind. As she struggles to establish balance in her own life, she knows she has to get her focus back. Justice requires it.

Praise for Madison Knight
"I feel like I know Madison well enough to call her Maddy... she could be a less klutzy sister to Evanovich's famous Stephanie Plum."
--Betty Dravis, Award-winning Author and Journalist

"Her sharp, insightful protagonist, Madison Knight, comes to life to kick some ass and take some names."
--Rosa St.Claire, Book Critic, The Examiner

Book Trailer: Justified
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Ties That Bind - A Madison Knight Novel
Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman's body is found in a park killed with the same line of neckties, she realizes they're dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the Sergeant and Chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if there's not going to be another victim.

Ties that Bind is the 1st in the best-selling police procedural Madison Knight Series.

Please note: Ties that Bind was professionally edited and re-uploaded the end of October 2012.

What reviewers are saying

"Arnold's writing style is very close to JD Robb's "In Death" series..."
--Karen DeLabar, Blogger and Book Reviewer

"Here's one new fan of Madison Knight who recommends you meet her in Ties That Bind...Fantastic Suspense!"
--GA Bixler Reviews

"A fast paced crime novel with surprising twists and turns....This detective series has a Law and Order feel to it and the suspense keeps the novel flying."
--The Kindle Book Review

Praise for Madison Knight

"I feel like I know Madison well enough to call her Maddy... she could be a less klutzy sister to Evanovich's famous Stephanie Plum."
--Betty Dravis, Award-winning Author and Journalist

"Her sharp, insightful protagonist, Madison Knight, comes to life -- to kick some ass and take some names."
--Rosa St.Claire, Book Critic, The Examiner

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Assassination of a Dignitary
The bad guy you root for.

Raymond Hunter's dark past has returned and demands one final favor. Now fifteen years later, settled as an accountant and family man, he assumed life would be calm. He thought wrong. The Italian Mafia wants him back.

The directions were simple: Kill Governor Behler and be out for good.

In order to protect his family and guard them from the truth, he has no choice but to accept the job. He picks the date and location--Niagara Falls, New York--two hundred and forty miles away. But by the time he returns home, he finds out the assassination attempt failed, his family has been kidnapped, and he has twenty-four hours to set things right if he wants to see them again.

With time running out, Raymond discovers the real reason they wanted Behler dead and finds out he's placed himself and his family right in the middle of a mafia power struggle. What he doesn't realize is that law enforcement is also closing in.

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Eleven - Brandon Fisher FBI Series
"Arnold's imagination and attention to detail do not leave any loose ends. Exciting."
--MIAMI BOOKS EXAMINER'S "Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011" list.

Book Overview:
Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he'll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he's become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Book Trailer: Eleven
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ashley Fontainne - The Lie is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases, their Promos and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Ashley Fontainne Award-winning Book: The Lie.

The Lie

Author: Ashley Fontainne

Book Trailer: The Lie


Karmen Moncrille's name has been known throughout the world since the age of sixteen when her first book shot to the top of the bestseller's list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release. The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic. Now just a week before her twenty-third birthday, Karmen’s world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind—forever. Is Karmen's ability to write a gift or a curse? She's about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it.

Chapter 1
Present Day – Tuesday

“Karmen, we’re ready for you now. If you will follow me to your dressing room, our stylist will get you prepped for the show.”

My heart was pounding already and it was still an hour before show time. The last ten minutes that my mother and I sat in the waiting area had been pure torture for me. For one, I hated sitting still longer than fifteen seconds and two, my anxiety levels were peaking. The reality settled in that I was about to be interviewed on national television for the very first time. I mentally kicked myself for allowing the pleadings of my mother and my Uncle Cy, who happened to be my editor as well, to sway my opinion and talk me into this living nightmare. Why did they think it was such a grand idea to throw the shy, introverted writer into the limelight?

My mother sensed my apprehension. She gently slid her cool hand into my clammy one, forcing me to follow her lead and stand or risk looking like a dolt glued to the chair. Once on my feet, I tried not to wobble, which was rather difficult considering my knees were literally knocking together.

Realizing that I wasn’t going to respond, my mother took control of the situation and answered for me.

“Thank you, Miss…?”

The six-foot Amazon lady in front of us smiled, her perfectly sized teeth gleaming under the fluorescent lights. Her shoulder length hair was too beautiful to be real and not one strand of the flaxen waves was out of place.

“Arianna. Arianna Scarsdale. I’m Renee Jackson’s assistant. And you are?” she replied. The phony smile on her lush, red lips never made it past her protruding cheekbones.

“Shasta Moncrille. I’m Karmen’s mother and her manager.” My mother added the last part with particular emphasis. I guess she wanted to ensure that Amazon Arianna acquiesced to her presence being allowed in my dressing room.

With a slight nod of her head, Arianna turned on her ten inch stilettos (okay, so they weren’t really ten inches, but they may as well have been because there was no way I could ever totter around in those toe killers) and sashayed down the hallway. My mother and I exchanged glances and followed, my rotund rump feeling abnormally huge compared to the boney protrusion that I assumed Arianna called her rear. I mentally cursed the heritage that imprinted itself in my DNA with so many curves. My palms were nearly dripping with nervous perspiration. Arianna was chattering about the sights as we passed each one, pointing out the editing room, the video vault and then the studio set. When I saw the multitude of cameras and an enormous picture of me behind the set, I almost fainted. Thankfully, we stopped in front of what I hoped was the dressing room door.

“Here we are. Have a seat in front of the mirror and Danielle will be right in to do your hair and makeup. Mrs. Moncrille, I’m sure you will find the accommodations suitable. The refrigerator is fully stocked with drinks, and the fruit and muffin basket on the table is our gift to Karmen. Please, help yourselves.”

“Thank you, Ms. Scarsdale. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated.” My mother guided me through the open door. Before she closed it, she turned back around and addressed the Stiletto Queen once more.

“Ms. Scarsdale, would you mind turning the air conditioner to full blast? I’m afraid Karmen is suffering from a major case of stage fright. Water just isn’t going to do the trick to soothe her nerves.”

I forced my eyes not to roll in embarrassment at my mother’s request and the irritated expression that crossed the face of our usherette. Thankfully, no response was given other than a curt nod of Arianna’s head and then she was gone. The tap, tap, tap of her dagger-heels faded as she strode down the hallway.

I stopped in front of the swivel chair that was perched before an enormous mirror. The last thing I wanted to do was sit under the hot, blaring fluorescent lights. Strike that, it was the second to last thing. The first was the freaking interview. It was too late to back out. Instead I did the next best thing and plopped down unladylike onto the cool leather and glared at my mother.

“Karmen, don’t look at me like that. You are acting like a pubescent, hormonal teenager. You agreed to this interview, and you know exactly what it will do for your career.” Her voice was steady and calm, just as I recalled from childhood. Not once in all of my twenty-two years could I ever recall her yelling at me.

My mother never raised her voice even during my tumultuous teenage years. Rather, it became a sweet, sticky nectar that oozed forth, cloaking her irritation in sugary words. A person could become an instant diabetic if they listened too long. No wonder I was such an oddity that hated chocolate.

I closed my eyes and took a long, cleansing breath, controlling the air as it left my lungs. Sometimes my deep breathing exercises worked to settle my nerves but not today. What I really needed was to talk to Uncle Cy. Something about him, some undefined aspect of his aura, calmed me in a profound way. He was the complete opposite of my mother, which made sense since they were ten years apart. She was blonde; he had auburn locks. He was tall and wiry, and mom was as curvy as one could be without being considered overweight. She had curves reminiscent of the 1940s that she generously passed along to me. Not that I had any choice in the matter.

I was a strange mixture of both. At only five foot four, I had my mother’s body and my Uncle’s auburn hair, but my face didn’t resemble either of them. I was the spitting image of my father, at least as far as I could tell from the old pictures my mother had shown me when I was a child.

The other main difference between my mother and Uncle Cy was that I could actually carry on deep conversations with him about any subject. When my inquisitive questions became too much for my mother she would simply smile and say, “That’s a topic for your Uncle Cy, not me.” Politics, forensic science, global warming, the economy, literature, religion—you name it and we could converse for hours, completely oblivious to the world around us.

When Uncle Cy spoke, his rhythmic baritone voice pulled me inside a bubble, encapsulating me inside a cocoon of tranquility. When he remained silent and listened to my musings, I sensed deep down in my core that he heard, and understood, what I was saying. It never mattered to me whether he agreed with my opinions or not; I adored the fact that he listened and at least feigned interest.

My pining for his calming presence was interrupted by the loud entrance of yet another scrawny, perfectly primped and preened plastic Barbie-humanoid crossover. The woman I assumed was my makeup artist, Danielle. She flounced through the door and quickly made a beeline for the makeup chair. Guess I really looked like I needed a makeover.

“Wow, Karmen Moncrille! I’m so excited to meet you. I’m a huge fan. I’ve read all your books, which of course were much better than the movies. You know, it’s true what they say, the book is always better. I almost fainted when I heard Renee was going to interview you and I would be doing your hair and makeup. What an honor!”

The words gushed out of her full, pink lips almost as fast as her hands dove into the mound of cosmetics on the table. Before I could even respond she began slathering tons of the smelly goo all over my nice, clean face. The woman's rapid fire pace at talking and grooming me was making me dizzy.

Author Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Ashley Fontainne
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Author Description: International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the EVISCERATING THE SNAKE series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley's love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her latest work, a short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating.

Look for Ashley to delve into Christian fiction in late 2013 with her exciting thriller The Lie.

Author's Book List
Number Seventy-Five
Dating can be deadly…

Three years after the demise of her seventeen year marriage, Mandy Russell decides to jump back into the choppy waters of the dating world. With very little options available in her small town of Bainsville, Tennessee, Mandy lets her best friend Shawna persuade her into joining an online dating site.

Feeling she has met someone she can really connect with, Mandy decides it’s time to meet face-to-face with her new suitor, unaware of his true plans for her. Dark, sinister plans that will test Mandy’s physical strength, mental fortitude, and will to survive.

Will Mandy prevail or will this first date be her last?

Book Trailer: Number Seventy-Five
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Zero Balance - Eviscerating the Snake

Nine months ago, Audra Tanner exposed the hidden secrets locked away at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. No one escaped her wrath. And once the smoke had cleared, everyone watched as the diabolical Olin Kemper was led away in handcuffs. Now Audra's meticulous revenge has thrust her into the role of managing partner.

But the firm is struggling to survive amidst the turmoil and media attention surrounding the shocking arrest and upcoming murder trial of Olin. And Audra must face the fallout left from her explosive revenge while trying to heal and recover from the trauma of her past.

Audra thought she had ended the evil lurking within and that her revenge would set her free. Unfortunately, it's only the beginning. Because evil never dies, it only assumes a new form. Soon everyone at the firm will discover that no one is safe when you are dealing with a psychopath that has zero balance.

Book Trailer: Zero Balance
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Adjusting Journal Entries - Book Three of Eviscerating the Snake
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But when it comes to human emotions, the reaction is never equal. No one understands this lesson better than the partners at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Greed, power, money and sex left six people dead and four in the hospital.

Audra Tanner never realized how far and deep the ripple she created in her revenge pool would extend. Now as the dust settles on the explosion that rocked not only her life, but the lives of countless others, Audra must fight to gain control over her life.

Because others are out to end it.

Book Trailer: Adjusting Journal Entries
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Accountable to None - Eviscerating the Snake
Amazon Bestselling Kindle, Fiction, Suspense

What if the unspeakable happened to you? Would you fantasize about seeking personal vengeance? How far would you go...and how much would you sacrifice to hold those responsible that believe they are accountable to none?

Welcome to the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates. Welcome to Audra Tanner's personal hell. She had heard the rumors about her employer. The whispered secrets. But she had thrown herself into work to escape the pain of her miscarriage and demise of her marriage. Idealistic, she thought if she worked hard she would be rewarded. She thought wrong.

Savagely initiated into the brutal underbelly of the firm, Audra learns too late that the rumors are true. Now after five years of careful plotting, Audra is ready to push the wheels of justice in motion. Her goal of retribution has turned into an obsession and she will stop at nothing until everyone responsible pays. Will revenge set her free or is Audra's quest for personal justice only beginning?

Book Trailer: Accountable to None
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Author Recommended by: HBSystems Publications
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