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Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy

Join Champagne/Burst authors Rita Bay, Graeme Brown, L.T, Getty, and R.J. Hore in our Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy Book Tour from March 31st through April 25th. Through our tour host, Juniper Grove Book Solutions, we’ll blog, interview, and visit with book lovers across the internet. The schedule for the week is listed below. Our tour central page contains the full schedule and blurbs, excerpts, and buy links for the tour books HERE. teaser Our tour sponsor, Champagne Book Group (Champagne Books and Burst Imprints), is offering up five ebooks at the end of the tour. Enter to win at the bottom of the tour central page HERE . Check out where we’ll be this week.

Mon, April 7

Laura’s Review of Rita Bay’s Finding Eve at Trip Down Imagination Road
Tuesday, April 8 R.J. Hore’s Guest Post at The Cheshire Cat’s Looking GlassGraeme Brown’s Ten’s List at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
Wed, April 9 Jaidis’s Interview of Rita Bay at Juniper Grove
Thur, April 10 CCAM’s Interview of L.T. Getty at Mythical BooksS.M.’s Review of L.T. Getty’s Tower of Obsidian at S.M. Bysh Author
Friday, April 11

Laura’s Review of Graeme Brown’s The Pact at Trip Down Imagination Road

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WELCOME AUTHOR DIANA GREENE – Space Western…What’s That?

Welcome author, Diana Greene. Diana is the author of the romantic space western, New Sion, that was released this month by Champagne Book Group. I’m looking forward to reading it because it’s in the same, seldom-seen genre of Firefly, a personal favorite.

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Space Western…What’s That?

If I get a dollar for every time this question is asked, eventually I might be able to replace my fourteen year old station wagon. Unfortunately, space western is not a common genre. People usually picture little green aliens in cowboy hats…or worse.

To me, the blending of western and sci-fi genres seems like a natural. Both share expansive frontier settings, a sense of possibility, exploration, and the opportunity for characters to test themselves against extreme environments.

The television show Firefly is a great example of what this genre can accomplish. It feels futuristic and rustic at the same time, striking a marvelous balance between the two. Interestingly, I’d never heard of it, back when I wrote my romantic space western, New Sion.  It was a comment from an agent, noting the Firefly “vibe” to my manuscript, which first piqued my curiosity. After watching a single episode of Firefly I was hooked, and it became one of my favorite shows.

My goal, with New Sion, was to create a unique alien world, which was also reminiscent of the American west. I wanted it be familiar enough to ground readers into a tangible setting, yet intriguing and original at the same time. I suppose you’ll just have to read it for yourself, to see if I was successful. Hopefully, you’ll decide that space westerns deserve a spot on your bookshelf…or e-reader, as the case may be. Happy Trails.

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New Sion

new sion cover trimmedPretending to be a man isn’t easy. Finn Colville has pulled it off for years, but things get complicated when she falls for her new bounty hunting partner, Eamon Sullivan. On the planet New Sion, it’s against the law for a woman to wear pants and carry a gun, much less shoot people for a living. What will happen if Eamon discovers her secret?

On a backwater planet, at the edge of a galactic war, one man, one woman, and one desperate alien cross paths. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, bound for revelation and redemption.

Available at Champagne Books, Amazon, and most other online retailers.

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Diana at Bay cropped 1Author Bio  Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.

Diana’s favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical, and romance. She currently lives in beautiful Washington State where she writes for Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press.

Visit her website at DIANAGREENBOOKS.COM

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Thank You to Shared Whispers Authors

CLICK TO BUYThank you for visiting Worlds of the Imagination to all of the Champagne authors who contributed to  SHARED WHISPERS, an anthology of fifteen  short stories about romance, mystery, adventure, and the paranormal.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Beyond Forever by M. W. Davis – Two ill-fated lovers from the past show a modern day couple the real meaning of love.
Special Delivery by Linda Rettstatt – During a blizzard, a road sign promised sanctuary from the storm until a woman running from her past learns the doctor is a veterinarian.
The Setup by Victoria Roder – Blowing off a blind date might mean avoiding an unpleasant evening with a stranger—or being saved by one.
Life at Full Speed by Ute Carbone – Sparks fly when a prosecutor and a man she almost sent to prison meet under unusual circumstances—a speed dating event.
Frozen Section by Jane Toombs – An acknowledgement of a past loss does more than thaw a woman’s heart. It opens the path to an unplanned future—and a family she never expected to have.
After the Tears by Angelica Hart and Zi – Grief darkened the future, until love took a hand.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE/WESTERN
Colours by Chris Fenge – One woman seeks to escape the grey coloring her world and return to the bright colors of yesteryear and her true love.
Wailing Down the Wall by Julie Eberhart Painter – A Chinese legend comes to life amidst the creation of one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels.
Journey Home by Linda LaRoque – Life is hard and dangerous on the Texas plain for a couple separated by time, distance, and duty. Love brings them together—forever.

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION WITH A ROMANTIC CORE
Solitude by Ronald Hore – All Keith Sommerville wanted was a little time alone aboard his sailboat. What he found was a future beyond belief.
Cymru Am Byth (Wales Forever) by Jude Johnson – The freedom of Wales came at a price—love. Centuries later, fate intervened
Heart of a Rebel by Dani Collins – Plans can be undermined when love and destiny take charge.
Heaven by Elizabeth Fountain – Angels are not always found in heaven.
Nimue’s Daughter by Rita Bay – The past and the future collide when the Merlin of King Arthur’s court seeks his true love in a world on the precipice.
Gods and Zombies by January Bain – Do humans dance at the whim of the gods or do we write our own destiny.

Click HERE or the Cover to BUY.

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Welcome Shared Whispers Author Michael Davis

BeyondForever HighResWOTI’s first Shared Whispers guest author is Michael Davis. Mike coordinated the Shared Whispers project and contract. He’s the author of “Beyond Forever,” a contemporary romance with a twist—though he’s also at home with thrillers, suspense, and science fiction.  Each author submitted a pic for their story. I think Mike’s is one of the best. Check out the blurb, excerpt, and awesome reviews.

BLURB

“Everyone deserves resolution.” Hanna’s organized life has been fractured by one mistake, one incredible night of unparalleled pleasure, and now her world has descended into unbearable solitude. Days burning sunlight in a mind numbing haze, nights staring into the black void enveloping her empty bed, until a stranger, a peculiar man lost within his own shadows, offers a path to resolution. He suggests a course from her self-induced darkness, if only she can see the truth behind his words. To purge the memories that hound her thoughts, block her return to a normal existence, she must allow herself to circle back where it all began.

EXCERPT

She licked both lips, savoring the residual flavor. The hint of almond captured from the depths of his mouth teased her senses. She pushed further against the furnace of his taut abdomen with her bare rump. Low moans escaped her throat while his muscular hands explored…

Hanna Griffin shot erect in the solitary bed. She blindly groped the emptiness, the frigid void` to her left, then covered both eyes with barreled fists. The pain of separation, the abyss between what she and Aaron were and the loneliness she now felt consumed her.

I can’t take it, this ache in my chest. Help me out of the darkness.

“Please, no more.” Her brain registered the words, yet her heart ignored the plea, remained locked in the memories, the night of unparalleled pleasures when they were connected in body and mind.

Subtle reminders prevented her escape. The sensory shock when some stranger sauntered by, his masculine cologne invading her nose, or the man at work that walked with pride, just like Aaron, churned knots in her gut. What course could end this journey to nowhere, ricocheting from one numbing task to another just to burn twelve hours of daylight. Hanna studied the blackened ceiling for an answer, a way out of this pit. A one word response across her sleep starved mind blared out.

Resolution.

She must purge everything he was, that they were, but how?

Of course. I must stand in the dragon’s breath.

Internship with the yellow jackets of Larimer County had convinced Hanna fighting wildfires was not the dream of her childhood fantasies. Yet the back-wrenching hours, scoured by sun and marred by ash, conveyed one lesson: only fire can conquer fire. She must return to the spark that ignited this consuming flame of yearning that would not be quenched.

The lodge at Peaks Valley.

Hanna pawed the lamp by her bed, tapped the switch and bolted toward the shower. Half way across the room, she stopped.

A day trip’s not enough. It has to be a sleep over. Get through one night, endure the shadows alone, and I’ll be free.

Redirecting her route from the bathroom, Hanna scurried around the hollow apartment cum prison, and stuffed two days’ worth of clothes in a worn overnight bag. She darted for the door, caught the flash of a determined woman, thirtyish, peering back from the mirror, paused to examine her thin nude profile and giggled to no one.

Forgot something, didn’t ya.

She diverted to the dresser, then the closet, rifled through a dozen options and declared, “Yes, this should work.” Hanna grabbed her purse and luggage. She juggled an apple and surveyed the room for any forgotten booty, then raced out the door.~ * ~

Sixty miles north of Roanoke, Virginia, Hanna pulled into a closed visitor center, exited the sub compact, propped both arms across the roof, and ogled the horizon.

Timing is everything.

REVIEWS

“Beautifully written, Beyond Forever is passionate and romantic. I found the story within the story captivating as I was teleported to The Lodge at Peaks Valle. Readers will pull up a chair as Mrs. Johnson explains the particulars surrounding the heartwarming legend of Peaks Valley while encouraging two young lovers to explore the possibilities discovered by embracing and understanding the past. The story is award-winning material.”  Romance Reviews

“What I liked: Sweet, well written, and satisfying are the three words I’d use to describe this short story. The plot flows, you’re pulled along, and you don’t want it to end.. What I didn’t like: Can’t think of a thing! In sum: Here’s a good one for us romance junkies. Pick it up.” 5 stars, Critique De Book

Thank you to Michael Davis for visiting.  Learn more about Michael and his books at his WEBPAGE.

Click HERE to buy Shared Whispers.

Tomorrow, Shared Whispers author, Julie Snorkel.

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Introducing Shared Whispers

CLICK TO BUYThis week Champagne Book Group released SHARED WHISPERS, an anthology of fifteen  short stories about romance, mystery, adventure, and the paranormal contributed by authors of the Champagne Book Group.  The WOTI group, Champagne authors all, have invited the Shared Whispers Anthology Authors to visit WOTI and share their stories, their journeys through their personal Worlds of the Imagination.

Michael Davis was the project coordinator and will be our first guest tomorrow. Last year, Mike brought up the idea of the anthology to introduce readers to Champagne authors. He developed the idea into a cohesive plan with a timeline, recruited the authors, kept us on track throughout, then coordinate the publication of Shared Whispers with Champagne. For now, check out these short blurbs from Shared Whispers:

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Beyond Forever by M. W. Davis – Two ill-fated lovers from the past show a modern day couple the real meaning of love.
Special Delivery by Linda Rettstatt – During a blizzard, a road sign promised sanctuary from the storm until a woman running from her past learns the doctor is a veterinarian.
The Setup by Victoria Roder – Blowing off a blind date might mean avoiding an unpleasant evening with a stranger—or being saved by one.
Life at Full Speed by Ute Carbone – Sparks fly when a prosecutor and a man she almost sent to prison meet under unusual circumstances—a speed dating event.
Frozen Section by Jane Toombs – An acknowledgement of a past loss does more than thaw a woman’s heart. It opens the path to an unplanned future—and a family she never expected to have.
After the Tears by Angelica Hart and Zi – Grief darkened the future, until love took a hand.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE/WESTERN
Colours by Chris Fenge – One woman seeks to escape the grey coloring her world and return to the bright colors of yesteryear and her true love.
Wailing Down the Wall by Julie Eberhart Painter – A Chinese legend comes to life amidst the creation of one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels.
Journey Home by Linda LaRoque – Life is hard and dangerous on the Texas plain for a couple separated by time, distance, and duty. Love brings them together—forever.

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION WITH A ROMANTIC CORE
Solitude by Ronald Hore – All Keith Sommerville wanted was a little time alone aboard his sailboat. What he found was a future beyond belief.
Cymru Am Byth (Wales Forever) by Jude Johnson – The freedom of Wales came at a price—love. Centuries later, fate intervened
Heart of a Rebel by Dani Collins – Plans can be undermined when love and destiny take charge.
Heaven by Elizabeth Fountain – Angels are not always found in heaven.
Nimue’s Daughter by Rita Bay – The past and the future collide when the Merlin of King Arthur’s court seeks his true love in a world on the precipice.
Gods and Zombies by January Bain – Do humans dance at the whim of the gods or do we write our own destiny.

Click HERE or the Cover to BUY.

Tomorrow, Worlds of the Imagination welcomes Michael Davis

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WOTI Authors Celebrate New Releases

Release day is always a pleasure, even if it’s not your own.. When it is your own AND two other WOTI authors it’s even better. Congrats to Graeme and LT. Check out our books that will be released tomorrow. Click covers to read excerpts/buy.

are_the_pact_ecoverWill Lesterall has grown up in the safety of his father’s castle, where tales of the outside world ruled by warring kings and creatures of nightmare have never seemed a threat.  Yet on the night celebrating the two hundredth year of the sacred Pact that has kept Fort Lesterall safe, a secret intrigue ripens, and in the course of a few hours Will is confronted with a choice greater than he can comprehend.

Join an unlikely hero as destiny pulls him into the middle of an ancient conflict between fallen gods and ambitious women, one that demands blood, both holy and wicked, and the power of an ancient fire bound in steel.  As swords clash below a watching wood, hope and betrayal war as fiercely as fear and valor, and whether he lives of dies, Will Lesterall will never be the same.

are_12_dancing_ecoverFor almost a year, every month surrounding a full moon, young girls have vanished without a trace from their homes in their small town and its surrounding farms. Just before the next child is set to disappear, a young stranger arrives. Only, she too is a young girl, a strange traveling musician who holds a bond closer to her fiddle than to any human being, and those who hear her say she wields an otherworldly power when she plays.

 
 
FINALHerTeddyBare_200x300After breaking up with her unfaithful fiancé, Diana Harper accepts an invitation “to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience your most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.”  Miss A gives “Teddy” to Diana as an “attendant.” Despite his best efforts, Teddy isn’t a submissive and the skimpy gold thong is ridiculous on a man his size. Although she’s not a domme, Diana plays his game to see where it leads. When Teddy offers her profound passion, the best sex ever, and the prospect of love, will she take a chance on another broken heart?

Theodore Bareston will do whatever it takes to win Diana’s love, even though “whatever” includes wearing a thong and posing nude in chains when Diana’s interest in her art revives. As the sexual tension builds and passions explode, Teddy is determined to convince Diana that he is the only man for her.

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