This week’s selection to the final five!



This past week’s selection of the best book covers ended in a tie, so both book covers advance to the finals to face three other books judged to be the best, of those submitted. It was tough selecting the best from all the entries. Get in this week’s running by joining our group and posting your cover along with links where your book can be found. To post your cover use this link
There on “what is new” post your book and links on the same page, making it easier for me to post them on this blog and for everyone to vote on their favorite selection. Votes are only part of the process, all entries are rated by three catagories.
On a scale one to five then tallied up, including the likes to determine the winner. Like one of our co-selections listed below.

 Blurb for Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom
For the past three years, young prostitutes and destitute women have been vanishing without trace. Their fates unknown, the only common links to their disappearances are their good looks and prison records.
Never before has a cop been taken.
Detective Billie McCoy, a member of an elite undercover squad, is on assignment when she stumbles onto a slavery racket that goes deeper than she could ever have imagined. Plunged into a web of corruption and evil, not only does she have to contend with the slave traders, but her fellow prisoners – all who hate cops.
Stretching from the streets of Sydney to the rainforests in far north Queensland, it’s a race against time. Filled with determination, disappointment and twists, the story follows Billie’s fight for freedom and her greatest ever challenge. She will need all her cunning and skill to get out alive and see justice done.
Blood will be spilt, hopes will be destroyed – all to uncover a plot so unpredictable that only fate can decide . . . .


      “Vision – Space Between the Universes is a book of poetry, short stories and prose written from the unique perspective of this poet’s reflective point of view. She asks you to come and see the world through a poet’s eye. The poems, short stories and prose in this book take the reader on a journey that leads to the question – what is vision and how can we use it to see our place in the world more clearly?”

 These two books have earned a spot in the finals of the book cover contest. Drop by our site and vote for your favorite this week, to go into the finals. Three more covers will be selected, one each week unless we have another tie. Then it will only take a couple of weeks to narrow the field down to five.  Add yours at   or just to vote on those you think are the best. Remember to scroll down to page two to see all of them.
On another front, Lightning Rages is still being edited! may make it into publishing in late November or early December just in time for Christmas. If you haven’t read the rest of the Lightning in the Tunnel series you still can enjoy the final when it comes out at  Talk back, I’m listening! Have a great day!

Doing a favor

I am reaching out to you with the request to participate in the release happening this Monday October 28th.  The release is for An Ice Princess Heart (A Shard of Ice Novella) by Alivia Anders. 
I know it is a little last minute (seeing as the post happens tomorrow) but I wanted to see if you would be interested helping out with the blitz?  Below is the gorgeous book cover and blurb.  It does not have to be your top post of the day and I format everything for you so all you have to do is copy and paste.  
In order to streamline the process I have already included the post HTML (one for blogger and one for wordpress) to the email.  If you decide that you are able to post, please do so and just email me back to let me know that you posted along with the link.  
If you do not have a blog I would still love for you to participate with the release on Facebook or twitter.  Email me back and I can send you over the purchase links for a post.    
When a string of men vanish without a trace along the coast of France, Lilix Morgan seeks to uncover the source of the mysterious deaths. Aided by four other immortal Originals, they comb the coast, only to find out the horrible dark truth; one of them is the culprit.
Ice Princess Heart BLOGGER HTML.rtf Ice Princess Heart BLOGGER HTML.rtf
7K   View as HTML   Download  

A few more entries in Cover contest

Some newer entries in our cover contest to enter your book cover go to 

or to vote for your favorite by hitting like. A.G.

Kindle Edition:

Just dropped by these are just a few of the samples, how does your cover compare? Click on covers to see in full size. Enjoy, A.G. and Talk back to me, I’m Listening!

Book cover contest

I am hosting a book cover contest for five weeks on Http://  Feel free to join in with your favorite book cover or to just vote on the one you think is the best.

Taking a deep breath

Placing one of the chapters in one of my books into competion has proven to be very time consuming affair in order to get it at least in the running. There is no way I can catch the leader of the pack but I gave it that good old college try. I even blogged on this site about it. You might recall “Jody’s Dilemma” that I posted for everyone to read. If you haven’t seen it on twitter or on her, you must be living in a rock, LOL! Today is the last day for it to be tweeted, pasted on facebook, LinkedIn or Google plus for it to count so I think twitter is getting tired of me posting it but that is life. I know my followers are getting tired of seeing the same tweet just different headings with #RT on it hoping it would go viral but never did. Got a lot of retweet and shares on facebook. Nothing I know of out of Google plus. I didn’t dare put it on LinkedIn, I am on probation there as it is for accidentally putting an announcement on my first Chronicles of the Marauder so I avoid that site mentioning anything about my books. Others can do it but not me! LOL. That is how life goes. 

I even offered that book on goodreads on the R2R but got no takers even free. I guess I used the wrong thread to make my offer of R2R. I will try another site in a month to make people aware. Image

Jody’s dilemma

From my final book of the Lightning in the Tunnel series Called “Lightning Rages”Image

Chapter Twenty-Six

          When battle stations sounded, Jody grabbed the children taking them to what was considered the safest place on the ship down one deck below sickbay. BJ dashed away with the others going into the flight control room so the Zippers could be launched. Jody by the time she reached the elevator with the children, she found she had to wait along with other non-defenders letting them go ahead. She saw Brad and Toni make their way onto the elevator, she felt safe knowing they would be in charge. BJ along with others were already in the control room launching the first two wings. Jody was nervous but made herself stay calm for the children’s sake.

          Jody spotted Austin waiting as well. Austin used to be one of the defenders but when the Marines were accepted into the crew, she found herself as den mother of the children along with three others. Austin was happy to do that with Carol Jean.

          “I’m sorry about your loss!” Jody said referring to the deaths of Ron and Carol Jean.

          “I feel it was my fault, I went through rejuvenation with another wife, she is now a Zipper pilot. So I convinced Ron and Carol Jean to go through it. They died doing what I wanted.” Austin said sadly choking back a sob.

          “It wasn’t really your fault, accidents happen.” Jody said as Austin looked down at the children gathered around Jody.

          “Let me take them off your hands, I’m sure you have a station to report to!” Austin said trying to smile. Children would take her mind off her sorrow.

          “Would you please, I need to check if I’m needed in flight control!” Jody said putting on a big smile. She knew the children would be safe with Austin. They had practiced this in drills many times but never where she had to come from here down to the safe area and then back up to her station.

          “NO problem,” Austin said taking the youngest one that was barely walking out of Jody’s arms. Even though she had no biological children to call her own, Jody thought all of BJ’s children as her own. She hoped they would have one together soon.

          When the elevator returned to pick them up, Jody made sure they were all safely inside the elevator while giving each a kiss. She stood watching the doors close before turning to run to the flight control room.

          Arriving in the flight control room, she found there was no room for her, because of the services everyone was awake and there. She didn’t want to stand there and do nothing. The stress was too much if things went bad for the pilots. She felt the ship shudder and knew it had been hit but she had no idea if they penetrated the fields or not? She had great trust in the fields holding after observing them in action.

          Jody saw Patty over ordering that the eleven remaining Zippers be placed into the catapults for launching. Trained on a Zipper and qualified as a pilot, Jody rushed into the flight readiness room finding a flight jumpsuit that would fit along with a helmet with no name on it. Since she was not assigned to a wing, she wasn’t expected have her own.

          Coming out dressed in her flight suit, Jody observed Patty climbing into the first unassigned Zipper. She dashed over to the next one climbing up the ladder to get inside. Not really drilled at this, Jody had some problems getting up into the cockpit but when she did. She recalled her training and went through the standard checklist. Finding Patty was waiting on her so they could launch together so she wouldn’t be alone, Jody gave her the thumbs up when she was ready then heard Patty say into the microphone, “Two birds ready for launch in tubes 48 and 47!”

          “Launching!” was all Jody heard recognizing BJ’s voice but before she could tell him that one of the birds was her, she found herself out in space.

          Jody’s stomach did a flip-flop when it discovered there was no gravity but Jody calmed her stomach down when Patty told her to stay right with me kid!

          “Yes, Mom,” was all Jody could think to say.

          “Is that you Jody out there?” BJ asked in a sour tone like he didn’t like the idea of her being out there.

          “Yes, I’ll be alright, I’m with Mommy Patty!” Jody said then switched to the battle frequency just like she had been taught.

          “We are joining Scorpio and Vic trying to protect the Lightning.” Patty said calmly then changed her direction of travel heading toward where Jody saw constant flashes going on. Jody was glad she didn’t go light, she wasn’t sure if she could follow her at light speed.

          Within minutes Jody found herself in the dogfights. At first it seemed too easy as she got three quick kills that Patty set up for her being the bait. While the enemy fighter’s attention was on fighting Patty, Jody would slip up behind and destroy them. Then it got tougher as larger enemy ships showed up and ones that could fire in all directions making it tough to take them out.

          Jody managed to get one of the larger craft with Patty getting another until she got brave and placed herself as the bait for Patty and others that joined them. Jody knew she was hit and crippled but Patty took out the craft that hit her.

          “I will just limp back to the Lightning.” Jody said into the radio after making sure the Zipper didn’t lose power.

          “Okay, kid!” Patty said then Zipped away to help others that were struggling in their fights.

          Jody turned her attention back to getting home but found as she tried to increase speed, the ship would go suddenly away from Lightning pulling hard to the left towards Oceania. Having no experience at really controlling the Zipper, she tried once again to head back to the Lightning only to find she was headed directly into Oceania’s atmosphere. Figuring she could force her way of the Atmosphere with another blast from her drive as it plunged downward farther into the atmosphere. She tried to give it full throttle again but this time nothing happened so she knew she was going down and hoped to hit the Ocean part of the planet. She tried to recall her swimming lessons and remember she wasn’t a very good swimmer, so switched her thoughts to a land landing. Using the front bottom thrusters. She took it out of a nosedive making it a flat plane so the thicker air would slow her down at least that was her hope.

          Seeing the land, she let the Zipper drift towards it wondering how she would survive if she did make it down safely? Thoughts about not wanting to live her life alone flashed through her head, so she gave a mayday call hoping Lightning would send someone to rescue her. Adding to it that she loved BJ and for him to give the children her love.

          The Zipped kept trying to dive like a dive-bomber so her attention was focused on keeping it flat. Pieces came flying off from the heat but so far so good, Jody thought. Seeing the manual eject lever gave her an idea, she would eject herself just before the Zipper plowed into the ground. The ejection was not just her seat and she, but the whole cockpit part of the craft because everyone expected it to be used in outer space where she needed protection from the vacuum. She hoped the release would make her slow down and land safely. At least that was all she could come up with and why she had to keep the craft flat.

          Checking once again to make sure she was going to hit land and not water, she breathed a sigh seeing she would defiantly hit land. Now, she hoped her plan worked.

          The craft was falling fast and the ground seemed upon her. She waited until she judged she was thirty feet off the ground when she pulled the ejection lever by the time it hurled her out; it was ten feet away from hitting solid ground. She couldn’t see it but it burst into several pieces but most of it was buried into the ground from the impact.

          She didn’t realize she was on some sort of plateau when she hit and it gave way sending her rolling down the side of a mountain into the green lands below. She didn’t know it but she had just missed landing inside the volcano. Even though the volcano was not active, she would have had a hard time climbing out of the crater and down off the rim.

          Bouncing off big boulders and other rocks on her way down, she found the enclosure started to shatter and break apart. When the cockpit came to rest at the bottom of the mountain, she was happily right side up and looked around. She was in a lot of pain and guessed she might have something broken in her leg area when one big boulder crushed the side of the cockpit snapping her leg, she believed it was the right leg. Cuts adorned her face from the flying debris when the cockpit shattered. Especially from the glass covering not being designed for high impact even though it was suppose to be bulletproof.

          Realizing the air must be breathable or she would be dying or dead now. Then she recalled a remark by Andrew that it had slightly higher oxygen content than back on Earth but slightly lower Nitrogen content. Jody slowly felt her fingers to make sure they were okay the checked her arms. She was glad the sun was overhead telling her it was noontime on the planet, plenty of time to get herself into safe cover, she thought.