Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Releases from Velvet Reed, Nancy Segovia, & Heidi Lis

Title: A Home for my Heart
Series: Matters of the Heart #3
Author: Velvet Reed
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: December 10, 2015


A home is where love resides.

It's a feeling, more than just a physical place.

It's an environment that offers security, truth and happiness. It's the heart of a family.

Sam Evans and Ashley Brookes both know what it's like to lose their homes... their families.

When a stranger from Sam's past makes an unwelcome and unexpected appearance shattering everything he's always believed about his life, the emotionally inept doctor can't deal with the knowledge.

Left confused and brokenhearted, Ashley struggles to cope, and ends up leaning on an old crush for support. When Sam finally gets his act together, he knows he has a lot of fixing and apologizing to do. Aware he's going to lose Ashley, the only woman he's ever loved is not something he’s willing to let happen.

The only way he can get her back is to man-up and show Ashley exactly what she means to him.

To show her that the only home for his heart is with her.

** This book is NOT a standalone. The series NEEDS be read in order to fully understand the story. **

** This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content. **

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Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover turned writer.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of the night and writing.

Velvet's love of reading was realized after the death of her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through her grief and post-natal depression, not releasing the great impact so many talented authors would have on her life.

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The Journey Home
by Nancy Segovia
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Faith and Reason Publishing
Cover Designer: Book Cover Machine
Release Date: December 10, 2015

Separated from their mother and lost in the woods, two runaway slave children travel the Underground Railroad in search of both freedom and a forever home.

Thomas and Cassie’s mother hadn’t included Old Red in her plans to meet the Underground Railroad conductor. At the planned meeting time, the master’s old hound dog ripped her plans to shreds as surely as he would her two children. Using herself as a decoy, the family separated. Her final words to Thomas and Cassie were to follow the river and stay in the water to hide their scent. They did as she instructed not knowing if this would be the last time they would see her, or that this night would be the beginning of a long, dangerous journey with an unknown future.

He gave her another shove and began to run. “Hurry up, go faster. They’re catching up on us.”

Cassie again faced her brother. “That sounded like Old Red. Didn’t it? Was that Old Red, Thomas?”

He couldn’t see the fear in her eyes, but he heard it in her voice.

Old Red was mean. Mean was the only word that could describe the old, red hound. Not only that, but he hated Negroes in particular. He had been trained that way. The dog had been tied to a stake and beaten, on the Master’s orders, by slaves. Taunted, teased, and beaten, day after day, the dog learned to hate people, and he hated people of color the most.

Thomas shuddered as he remembered the Master turning Old Red loose on a captured runaway slave. He could still hear the man’s screams and see the red blood against the dark Maryland soil. He shuddered again, and pushed his sister ahead of him. His fear making him angry and rough with the sister he cared so much about.

“Faster Cassie. We’ve gotta go faster.”

* * * * *

Thomas heard Cassie’s stomach rumble at the word supper. His own stomach felt like it was as empty as a dry well.

“I’m hungry,” Cassie said.

“Me too. But, we’ve got to keep on. Maybe when it’s daylight, and we get back to the river we can find some watercress or berries or something.”

Thomas knew he was giving her false hope. There would be no going back to the river. For the dogs and the Master were back there, and in the daylight he’d no longer have the North Star to guide him. Without its guiding light, they were lost.

Momma never intended them to go this way; never intended they be without help or food. Help and food had been at the bridge, last night, but wouldn’t be there tomorrow night. There was no going back. They could only go further, deeper into the south. Thomas knew he could never tell Cassie the truth. The awful truth – they were lost and alone.

Nancy Segovia has been a professional writer for over 25 years. She is the award winning author of the middle grade/YA fantasy Dragon Tears and the non-fiction work Shine. She has achieved publishing success in the fields of adult fiction, children’s literature, newspaper journalism, feature magazine articles, and poetry.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University.

Of herself she says, "When not writing or teaching, I like to take online classes in a variety of areas including history, education, religion and philosophy. I also read and watch TV. Much to my shame, I really enjoy reality TV shows like "The Bachelor" and "Survivor,"  and I have an unholy passion for all things vampire and love watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.” When not doing any of those things, I play with my four dogs and six cats as I love animals. In the past, I have raised and cared for horses - quarter horses and Thoroughbreds - geese, chickens, fish, birds, roosters, hamsters and once a pot-bellied pig." She also takes in strays whether they be four-legged or two, if they need help, she will provide it. I also volunteer for several horse rescue organizations which care for abandoned or mistreated  horses or rescuing those bound for sold for slaughter. She is also married with 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren, and they are her greatest joy in life.

She currently teaches college English, and continues to write and publish. She has several books published for  including The Journey Home, : Dragon Tears released  in12/2014 , Shine: How to Walk the Talk, When You Wish Upon A Star, and Benjamin's Bride. Next year she plans to release book one in Ellora’s Quest: Freedom’s Call and Dragon Song a sequel to Dragon Tears.

Title: Defying Fate
Author: Heidi Lis
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Re-release Date: November 16, 2015


Sometimes love can turn ugly.
Sometimes love can hurt.
Sometimes the best thing to do is escape!

Leaving everything behind Izzy Parker escaped the hell that had been her life. Driving as far west as she could, to get away from her evil past she ended up in Washington State.

Izzy’s new life is turned upside down when she meets her Harley-riding neighbor Braxton Ryles.

Larger than life Braxton is a biker with a mouth to go with it. Owning his own shop, he controls most things in his life. Living and loving hard, the only thing that means anything to him is his daughter Eve. Upon hearing they had a new neighbor move in, his curiosity gets the better of him when his daughter won’t stop talking about her.

The instant their eyes meet, chemistry takes over and ignites into an inferno of lust. His sense of humor and her blushing tendencies seem to sizzle whenever they are together. The only problem is they both have troubled pasts, evil ex's that want to rip their new found happiness apart.

One-ex wants revenge; the other seeks vengeance.

What happens when their new found love collides with the ones who threaten to take it all away?

Can love survive? Or will their pasts burn their dreams of a future to ashes?

Love will be tested, hearts will break, and the horrors of the past will reveal a secret Izzy is desperate to keep hidden.

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Heidi grew up in the Midwest, but currently resides with her husband and four children in the Pacific Northwest.

Heidi most enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Between raising her children and obsessing over her favorite reads, she has let the storyteller within herself come to life.

With the love and support from her family, she is following her dream. At the same time teaching her children how important it is to follow theirs. She prides herself in believing that anything is possible. The first step is believing in yourself.

Heidi’s passionate and loving nature in which she lives her life comes through in her writing. Her heart has led her down the genre path of a contemporary and suspense romance writer, but she has plans to extend her vision into other genres as well.

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