Original Title: A Mathematical State of Grace
Series: Book #1
Author: Cathy McGough
Publisher: Stratford Living
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction

The laws of the Universe are ordered and finite. Every mathematical equation has one perfect solution. Jocks lead the high school pack, and nerdy girls go unnoticed. 
But what would happen if one day, everything changed? 
In one fateful moment, sixteen-year old mathematical prodigy Grace Greenway and Vincente Marino, all-around high school athlete, are unexpectedly thrown together. From that moment on, Grace and Vincente are forced to navigate a strange and wonderful new world together, quickly learning that they must depend on each other if they want to survive. 
Now, imagine a world where the rules of the ordered Universe no longer apply, and the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred beyond all reason. 
Imagine living in A Mathematical State of Grace.

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EXCERPT

Grace was in love with Vincente Marino, but she only loved him from afar. She knew that she was totally out of his league, but at the same time, she had hope. She believed that love was a mathematical equation. She believed that true love was predetermined. It was like any other mathematical formula—you just had to search, seeking it out until you found the perfect golden mean. Then, and with all of the numbers from the correct sequence in place, the universe would help conspire for two people, any two people, to fall in love. Grace Greenway was waiting for her golden mean to click into sequence so that she and Vincente Marino would find that perfect state of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cathy McGough lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada with her husband, son and two cats Rosie and Layla. Cathy is the published author of three novels Three Friends, Interviews With Legendary Writers From Beyond and A Mathematical State of Grace, plus a book of poetry Painting With Words and several short stories including Death Wish. Cathy is the Publisher of a quarterly magazine which is distributed in print and digital form called Stratford Living. For information on Cathy’s writing people visit her website http://www.cathymcgough.com. For information on Stratford Living http://www.stratfordliving.ca.

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At the Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates-my review and guest post

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At The Sharp End of Lightning by NR Bates:

My Review of “At the Sharp End of Lightning” by N.R. Bates.

I received a copy of At the Sharp End of Lightning for my honest review. After reading it, I gave it five stars. This book takes the reader into three different worlds you readily feel a part of in your mind. The catch is, these worlds occupy the same planet, Earth. Only they are parallel worlds. The characters are believable and draw you into the story where the wall between the parallel worlds is thinning, allowing creatures from different worlds to enter each other’s worlds. The Sprites are flying intelligent creatures. The Daiman occupies another world and are they are shape shifters. Then there are the Humana whom occupy the third dimension. The story is set in Wales for the Humana with a young man named  Einion Morgan Alban. He suffers from hemophilia. Unbeknownst to him he is recruited by one of the Sprites, Helia to go through the Interface as it is called to stop the thinning of the parallel worlds. A Kaembian, Fimafeng, wants to kill the Humana to take the crystals from Einon, to go through the portal, (Interface) back to his home world after being held captive on the Human earth. For thousands of years the kaembian ( Kaembian. A mix of Sprite and Daiman, often taking human form) awaits his chance to return to his home world, through the Interface that Einon opened.

I found myself drawn into the story even though it kept shifting back forth between the three parallel worlds and slowly came together. N.R.Bates writes believable descriptions of each world and how the characters lived and survived, especially the Sprite world.

I highly recommend this book to all readers of fantasy books by A.G. Moye.

Listed below is all the info and other data for you to purchase the book and about the author.

Publisher:  NR Bates (January 30, 2015) Category: Epic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Literary Fiction, Celtic Mythology,  History Tour Date: May/June, 2015 Available in: Print & ebook, 239 Pages AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING is the  tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. The intertwined worlds of Oceanlight and Earth are no longer hidden from view of each other. In one realm, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her family and she encounters a deadly blue haze at sea. Escaping the poison makes her realize that her world, Oceanlight, is experiencing sudden and catastrophic environmental change. Meanwhile, in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth with haemophilia, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit who intentionally shoves him off a cliff. If Yalara and Einion don’t uncover the connections between their worlds and near-deaths, it will have dire consequences for the worlds they live in. Book one of the OCEANLIGHT series.

Praise for ‘At The Sharp End of Lightning’ by NR Bates:

“What a fantastic book, the author takes you into another realm. I couldn’t put the book down, a real page turner. Seeing as this is book 1 I can’t wait for the next one to be written.”-Scotialassie, Amazon.UK Reviewer “British author NR Bates makes his novel writing debut with AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING, Book 1 of the OCEANLIGHT series. He has indeed written extensively which explains why his command of the medium is so secure: he has published more than one hundred and twenty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification as a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. Bates’ passion for the ocean and environmental sciences has proven a successful driving force in both his scientific mind and his fantasy creative mind. The result, as we read it here, is `true’ Science Fiction fantasy! Bates opens his book with a map/diagram called The Interfaces – the meaning of which will be explained throughout the novel, but whose information offers hints and suggestions of codes to be solved. And at the end of his book he discusses Welsh history that informed this story as well as the biology and biogeochemistry of the Sargasso Sea, further influences. The author provides an outline of the story that assists the reader immensely: `The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. Bates’ writing style can only be called `elegant’ – he is unafraid to challenge the reader with a rich vocabulary that somehow enhances the characters we encounter. This is obvious form the opening paragraph: `As the streamer of lightning harmlessly discharged through her body into the palm of her hand, Yalara Narika noticed many things at once. There was fright and surprise as adrenaline raced through her body. The words “I’m alive” came to mind, accompanied by an overwhelming relief when the forked sharpness passed out of her. Then came the reflex response– her call to Calymene, Mother Earth– that she had despite her doubt. A hurried glance brought the reassuring thought “I’m still in the sky.” Simultaneously, she returned to her search– for the “lost”– which was set against the immensity of the seas. And interwoven amongst these reactions were thoughts of that moment in the distant future, at the end of her life, when she’d fly up into the tumult, clad in a cuprous woven fabric, and upon the flash of electrica, her constituent parts would disassemble in an instantaneous coruscation of energy.’ This is our first encounter with being struck by lightning. As with most fantasy/sci-fi books it takes a while to adjust to the strange names and the references to places of origin, but Bates’ language makes that journey of discovery a rewarding one. He does offer a helpful Sprite Glossary and Human Glossary at books end. This is a strong debut, well worth the investment of mental energy.”- Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame & top 100 reviewer. Ambitious and enchanting, At The Sharp End Of Lightning by author N R Bates proves a rich and original foray into the realms of fantasy fiction. Compelled by a commanding narrative that readily enthrals the imagination, the magical intrigue simmers throughout as Bates renders his fantasy world in rich hues. A world parallel to our own yet retaining a time worn familiarity that makes it feel immediately authentic. It’s an intricate, intrigue-laden telling, which plays to the best in this popular genre and it’s clear from the start that Bates is in his element. “There’s certainly much to enjoy here. From cleverly contrived and vibrant scenes to a captivating blend of magical mysticism, he ably manages to avoid prescriptive tropes whilst a certain descriptive economy and a tight word count brings a penetrating levity to his dialogue. Both timely and well observed, he notably avoids the trite mutterings of mediocre characterisation to create genuine depth and emotive resonance, which in turn ensures the reader becomes fully invested in the trials and tribulations of his characters. Beautifully written and undoubtedly the start of an exciting new series, At The Sharp End Of Lightning proves a fine example of fantasy fiction. Definitely deserving of a place on your bookshelf, it is recommended without reservation!”-Book Viral

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About NR Bates:

NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife,seven cats, one dog and the tropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and twenty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. Website: nrbates.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NR-Bates/1536689869946441 Twitter:https://twitter.com/NRBatesAuthor

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Interview Vera Jane Cook author of Pleasant Day

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Vera Jane on her current blog tour. Here is some of the questions I asked her so everyone could get to know her better.

  1. Do you have a certain place to write and need solitude?

I definitely need solitude and yes, I have a desk in my bedroom in the city (New York) but a wonderful writing room in the country – that’s the favorite, it’s quiet and beautiful and very inspiring.

  1. When an idea of a book germinates in your mind, how long before you start writing.

It could be years. I have a sequel churning in my head, a sequel to my novel Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem and I’ve been thinking about it for years. I should start it soon

Do you consider your writing style the like other writers, if so name a few of them.

I like to think that I write like some of the very popular authors today, authors like Anita Shreve but I’m pretty unique with my prose. I’ve been told it’s very poetic so maybe I’ve been reincarnated from the Victorian era

Your latest book, how would you consider it different than your previous books?

It is written from the perspective of a young girl who doesn’t age much like the girl in The Story of Sassy Sweetwater. It’s definitely different from my latest novel, Pharaoh’s Star, which was told from a male POV and involved aliens to some degree. I write in different genres so I guess all my books are a bit different.

Is there a basic underlining story you place in the background of your books?

Usually, yes. I think there’s always the element of hope in my novels. I think there’s also the fact that my characters overcome harsh obstacles.

Why do you love to write and what is your favorite genre?

I love to create and I love language so I like finding the right words for description and the right emotions for characters. My favorite genre is actually women’s fiction.

What are you working on, now that your latest book is released?

The next book I will probably release is based on five friends who have a reunion and heal the past when secrets are revealed. But I am revising one of my books, Marybeth, Hollister & Jane, about an interesting group of art and jewel thieves. I hope to put it on tour soon with Virtual Tours. So I hope you get to read it.

I hope you enjoyed our little chat and found out some interesting facts about Vera Jane Cook. Now I will present her book along with her bio for your enjoyment. Follow along with various stops on this blog tour.

<Publisher: Moonshine Cove Press  (February 1, 2015) Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Southern Fiction Tour Date: February-March, 2015 Available in: Print & ebook,  285 Pages With murder in common friendship is inevitable: As fifteen year old Pleasant Day struggles with her mother’s distance, her father’s infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her. But Clarissa has struggles of her own as she faces betrayal and seeks to come to terms with old wounds. With her unpredictable but psychic ability to ‘read people’ Clarissa uncovers the answers to a deadly crime and to Pleasant’s true identity. In the end, both Pleasant and Clarissa’s worlds are transformed by the truths they’re forced to accept.

Praise for ‘Pleasant Day’ By Vera Jane Cook:

“Absolutely unputdownable, a real page turner. Be prepared to clear your schedule for the day. You’re going to read this one straight through! This is Vera Jane Cook’s best one yet!” –Wall to Wall Books “A beautiful blend of past and present with loveable, memorable characters and a page turning pace, I was sorry I couldn’t read it in one sitting.” –Jenn Doyle, Books & Life.  “A beautiful piece of southern fiction…a great page turner…this book is filled with delightful characters, charm, warmth, love and last but certainly not least, wonderful humor.”-Arlene Uslander, Editor and writer.

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About Vera Jane Cook:

Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction! 5 Star Clarion ForeWord Review! Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women’s Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem. Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan. An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Calib Carr, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights, Look at Me, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She’s Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc., Vera Jane Cook’s Website: http://www.verajanecook.com/ Vera Jane Cook on Twitter: https://twitter.com/verajanecook Vera Jane Cook on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vera.j.cook

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Tricks of the Trade by Spencer Dryden Tour and conversation

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How I Came to Write Male-Centric Erotic Romance

Hi my name is Spencer Dryden. I am the author of Tricks of the Trade, a new story from Fireborn Publishing. It is one of a series of works I have published with tradesmen as my male leads. I call my brand of fiction ‘male centric’. It’s not a recognized a a sub genre but I am trying to distinguish my fiction from other erotic romance. The principal difference is my point of view is strictly from the male character. Anything we learn about the women in my stories comes from dialogue and action. My typical trope is demonstrated in Tricks of the Trade, a slightly clueless guy is drawn into the orbit of a sexually assertive woman. it’s a big twist on the typical tale of the billionaire bad boy, ego maniac or self destructive alpha male who must be rescued from his destructive life style.

One of the most common author prompts suggest by blog hosts is to recount how you came to writing fiction. Here’s my story.

I turned sixty-five on Jan 8th, 2015. Three years ago, I started a new career  in a field I never imagined I would be in back in my twenties—writing fiction—erotic romance to be precise.

I have been enchanted by female allure since the first time I started feeling that urge from down below at the sight of a naked woman—over a half century ago.  I never imagined I’d be writing about it though. I come from a very sexually repressed background. I grew up believing that erotica was dirty, sinful, mind and soul destroying trash. Fifty years and Fifty Shades later I became aware of how many women, including my mother, were going straight to hell for reading it. Or were they?  I don’t believe that any more.

Erotic Romance is monstrously popular as measured by sales, but reasonably well hidden, especially since the advent of electronic readers like Kindle. However, one gift of reaching your sixties is you start throwing off taboos like so much dead skin.

Unlike many of my fellow authors, I didn’t grow up with a life long love of words. In fact, I was terrible at reading and writing. Growing up, I rarely read fiction for entertainment. I started writing fiction at age sixty-two. The only fiction I wrote before then was the marketing reports I prepared for my bosses during my tenuous white collar career.

I came into writing by accident, during my white-collar years, learning the craft on the fly through composing business letters, proposals and reports. A mentor told me one way to stand out in a professional career is to speak and write. I am a natural at public speaking. I guess it’s like the gift many writers have for writing. From a young age I could stand up in front of a group and carry off  clear and entertaining presentations. Thanks to the now nearly obsolete tool of the dictation machine, I found a writing voice. Having a secretary to transcribe for me hid my complete inability to spell and punctuate correctly. (Suzie, where are you now?)  I wrote many articles for business and professional magazines.

As time passed, the visibility I earned from speaking and writing fostered aspirations of writing longer non-fiction works. After I became an at-home dad, I set out to be a male version of Erma Bombeck. That dream died under a pile of dirty laundry. I didn’t have Erma’s constitution. She rose early and wrote while her children slept. Mine never slept at the same time. I did most of my parenting under advance stages of sleep deprivation—not a condition conductive to creativity.

My forties turned to fifties and then sixties. I passed from a man at the threshold of middle age to a man on the threshold of oblivion. In the wake of my mothers passing in April of 2012, I spent a long time alone at her beach house. While walking the beach every day, my head started filling with ideas for stories. Eventually, I had one of those epiphanies, realizing that if I didn’t act on some of my dreams, there wasn’t going to be anything for anyone to remember at my wake.

I started scribbling little stories of erotic romance. A lot of it was therapy I guess, with plenty of fantasy thrown in. Fiction is a great vehicle for seeking revenge without the threat of jail time. Even better, in erotic romance, I can sleep with any woman I want and my wife could care less.

I broke through my taboos about writing erotica, but assumed a pen name knowing that family, friends and associates would drop dead in horror if they knew of my interests. I’m not ashamed of my new profession. I simply don’t have the energy to argue with them, but I don’t want to blatantly offend them either. I’m still in the closet and intend to stay here. My intention is to have poster sized reproductions of the tawdry covers from my books on display at my wake. That’ll give them something to talk about.

I’m as messed up as any man by the prevailing image of manhood and what women seek in men. My knowledge about pleasing a woman sexually was confined to guy talk and XXX movies. It has caused me serious harm.

I came into fiction with the advice to write the story I wanted to hear, the way I wanted to hear it. That’s what I’m trying to do. I am targeting a male audience, who like me, have grown up with  distorted notions of manhood and what it takes to win and please a woman. I am trying to show, through stories, that you don’t have to be rich, famous, distant, abusive or even sexually polished to make it with women. My male characters are typically ordinary guys who are genuine, but often a bit clueless about sex. I have a lot of fun writing about them because I’m really writing about my own foibles. (Oh there’s a surprise!)

I dislike the terms we use to describe ourselves as writers of erotica, primarily the terms, ‘smut’, ‘porn’ and ‘stroke’ . I like to say I write stories about human sexuality from a male perspective, where an ordinary guy struggles with the conflict between love and lust, where lust is stronger. Through my stories, I want men to know that an ordinary guy can find true love. You just have to be genuine, and if you’ll open your heart, you’ll find a woman who will teach you what you need to know to please her sexually. That’s my story, but I had it wrong for most of my life. My stories are deliberately short. Like many men, I have the attention span of a fly.

I led men’s spiritual development groups for years and I can tell you men’s hearts ache for the blessing of their fathers and the appreciation of their wives. Often, they don’t get either, and they don’t know how to deal with it. Stories is how we learn about what we can’t articulate. What is the bible if not stories about how to navigate the journey though life?

I believe our brains are hard wired to acquire, retain and transmit knowledge through the power of story. I am hoping though stories, I might lead other men on to the path of sexual healing I have found. My story like all of ours is a works in progress.

Thanks for taking some time with me today. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to post them here.

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PUBLISHER:  Fireborn Publishing

RELEASE DATE:  April 17, 2015

GENRE:  Contemporary, Erotica

TAGS: Happy Ending, May/December

HEAT LEVEL– 3 Flames

PAIRING: Male/Female

CATEGORY: Short Story/Flash Fiction/Novelette

LENGTH: 69 pages

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Twenty-something, sexually frustrated plumber, Will Last, is fascinated by an attractive age 40+ woman he sees in the plumbing fixtures isle of a big box store. When he casually strolls her way she strikes up a conversation and begs him to do some emergency plumbing repairs for her.

Mitzi Callahan soon has Will wrapped around her little finger. After showing her a plumbers trick for a quick repair, Mitzi reveals herself as a sex trainer and returns the favor by showing Will a trick or two in the bedroom.

Mitzi opens his world to the enchantment of older women and introduces him to one of her students, Lucy Park. Sparks fly between Will and Lucy while dancing at the club where they meet, but they must reach out across age and cultural barriers to find the romantic connection they both seek.

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Spencer Dryden is a new writer, but an old guy on the threshold of draining any reserves left in Medicare and Social Security.

In real life he is a handyman, an at-home dad, inventor and web videographer living a quiet life in the frozen tundra of Minnesota (USA).

Like all writers he has a cat but they don’t get along well. He can be found at the usual writer hangouts:

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#Authors – Especially #Indies – Please Note…

I guess I should fill out his form and so should you! Chris does a great job for Indie authors. A.G.

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YOU are invited to take advantage of the following:

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An Open Letter to #Indie #Authors regards Marketing Yourselves…

He always has something worthwhile to say. Take note, I guess I am one of them.

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You KNOW I love you ALL to PIECES and I try to help you any way I can – BUT…I’m not an ape who beats around the bush (except to find food of course) so I’ll say it straight…

You’re driving me spare with frustration…

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By your apparent lack of imagination!

I DO NOT mean when it comes to your storytelling talents.

I mean, when it comes to Promoting / Marketing yourself and your book(s).

Take the following common methods for example:

BOOK BLOG TOURS

The same promotional wording, layout and general pitch on several host blogs, sometimes interlinked with schedules of where and when (often up to a three week period) the beleaguered follower of many of these blogs is forced to either, click on the Like Button to show the blog host that they support them, or, stay away rather than to read the same promo post…

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