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Book Publicity Services Welcomes New Client Tori L. Ridgewood

wind & shadow bookWind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, by Tori L. Ridgewood, was published by Melange Books on June 20, 2013.
Synopsis:
After a series of misadventures including being accused of attempted murder in high school, Rayvin Woods, a photographer and natural witch, left her hometown of Talbot in Northeastern Ontario, hoping to start her life over and never return. Ten years later, circumstances force her back to face her past and her former crush Grant Michaels.
Malcolm de Sade, a cunning vampire, escapes from an underground prison looking for vengeance. His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town. Rayvin’s power is all that stands between de Sade and his domination of Talbot, and beyond.
Grant Michaels, a police officer, thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger… but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it’s too late?
Rayvin didn’t count on rekindling a lost love or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life when she came home to Talbot. Facing the past can be a nightmare… It’s worse when a vampire is stalking you. 
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Excerpt from Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, by Tori L. Ridgewood:
The pain in her eyes was tearing him apart. “You want to make amends?” She laughed, and looked away.
“You could put it that way . . . Rayvin. Look at me. We connected once, remember? When we were kids? I’ve missed that in my life. I didn’t realize, before you were gone, how much I needed you in my world.” He leaned forward and reached for her. “How can I make you believe me?”
“Why?” She jumped up, staring down at him. “What’s changed since yesterday that could possibly have reversed an opinion you’ve had of me for years? I don’t understand! You’re not making any sense.”
Grant’s face burned. “You don’t know what I think of you. You’re not a mind-reader, Rayvin.”
“I don’t have to be. I’ve seen how you look at me. Yesterday, you wanted to run me out of town, and now look around you.” She gestured wildly. “Candles, blankets. You don’t want to ‘start fresh’, you just want to get laid.”
Grant got to his feet. “Really? Is that what you think?”
“What else have men ever wanted from me?” she responded, wearily. “You know what, it was a noble gesture for you to drive me home, and help me with Andrea. But now I’d really like you to leave.”
“No. We need to talk; we have to figure this out.” Grant moved closer to her. Rayvin’s teeth were bared, but she held her ground as he approached. She infuriated him, she insulted him, but she didn’t back down, and by God he admired her for it. “I know you’ve been hurt, but I’m not him. Not all men are like that. I’m not like that.”
“I’ve felt your desire, Michaels. I know that you want me. Maybe we should just get it out of the way, so we can move on with our lives.” Her eyes glittering, she closed the distance between them and ran one finger down his chest. Behind her, in the fireplace, the flames on the candles flared and elongated. Grant’s body responded immediately to her touch; his breath quickened as his manhood swelled. Her laugh sounded like a sob. “But I have better things, more important things to do with my time. I’d rather not fulfill your adolescent fantasies tonight. I’m telling you again to please leave.”
Looking into her eyes, a breath apart, dozens of possibilities flashed through his mind, most of them involving the shedding of clothing and the quilt on the floor. Maybe they should fulfill their physical needs, and move on. But that wouldn’t leave him satisfied. Grant needed more from her, and he strongly suspected that she needed him, no matter how much she denied it. He saw the plea in her gaze, the sorrow and the anger. Taking a deep breath, he raised his chin and stepped back.
“Point taken. But there are a few things you should know.” He picked up his jacket from the edge of the couch. “Yes, I want you. I’ve fantasized about you for years, ever since we were in the tenth grade and you walked past me in your parka. It wasn’t your body that really caught me, though, Rayvin. It was the way you smiled when you pulled the furry hood up around your face. God, I wanted you to smile at me like that. I wanted to give you pleasure like that. So I guess the past does matter, in a way. I can’t let go of how I felt about you, and how I still feel. I don’t want to, because I have never felt for anyone the way I do for you.”
Grant put on his jacket. “That was the first thing. The second is this: I believe there is a reason for everything. You chose to come back here, no matter what you decide to tell people. You weren’t driven here, you could have gone anywhere. I think you might be punishing yourself for some reason. You want people to hate you, because that will justify rejecting them. So don’t blame the citizens of this town for making your life miserable. That’s all on you.”
He walked to the front door.
“Is that it, Michaels?” Rayvin called out. He turned around, his hand on the doorknob. She hadn’t moved, but the candles in the fireplace had almost completely burned to their stands. Her face was cast into shadow by their brilliance.
“No, there’s one more.”
Grant strode forward, crossing the room in three long steps to take her in his arms. Rayvin’s eyes burned into his for a moment, before he leaned down and tucked her into his chest. He held her close, feeling the beats of their hearts together, inhaling the scent of her hair, just breathing. Slowly, her hands moved to his back. They pressed gently. He sighed, moving a ticklish lock away from his face.
Behind them, the flames dwindled into tiny points of light, before they extinguished themselves.
“Whatever else you tell yourself, Rayvin Woods,” he whispered, kissing just above her ear. “You have to believe that everything will be okay.”
“I tell myself that all the time.” Her voice was muffled by his shoulder. “I’m just so tired of being alone. And now . . . there’s no other way. There just isn’t.”
He released her, letting his hands move down to clasp her fingers. “You’re wrong, Ray. There’s always a choice.”
Grant pressed his lips to her forehead, and went back to the front door.
He opened it, not expecting to step into madness.
Hands with sharp claws grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, hauling him forward and up; it was so sudden he couldn’t react. By chance, his right hand caught the doorframe as he was being pulled out. Impossibly, his assailant was on the roof. He gagged on a stench that invaded his nose and mouth, taking his breath away. Whoever had grabbed him had impressive gymnastic skill: he jumped down, flipping in the air, double-jointed arms maintaining their hold on him, and dug his heels into the lawn to gain purchase. Grant tried to call out, but his shirt collar was tightening around his throat, cutting off his air supply.
Rayvin’s mouth had opened in warning, too late. She watched, horrified, as filthy claw-like hands reached down and yanked Michaels nearly off his feet. A rage she did not know she possessed boiled up in her blood. She flew across the room in a heartbeat, grabbing Grant and holding on with all of her strength. She pressed the hand he’d wrapped around the jamb so hard that her nails scraped against the painted wall, and winced against the pain of ragged paint chips digging into the quick.
From her vantage point at the doorframe, the vampire’s bared fangs seemed only a few inches from Michaels’ face. He grunted, straining his neck to keep away from the snapping jaws. The creature had both arms around the policeman’s upper body in a tight grip. Rayvin reached out with her other hand and hauled back on Michaels’ shoulder, heaving with as much power as she could muster. The thing hissed at her, digging in with his heels. Michaels’ hand slipped under hers.
“Hold on!” she cried, bracing herself against the wall.
Time seemed to stop in her desperate tug of war. Sweat broke out on her body with the effort it took, helping Michaels resist the unnatural strength of the bloodsucker. Anger fuelled her reserves as it occurred to her that he was toying with them. Amid the grunts, Rayvin heard the distinctive rip of clothing being torn. Michaels’ hand slipped a little more; now, she was only anchoring his fingers. She’d lost hold of his shoulder when his jacket gave way under the vampire’s claws. She lunged forward to get another grip and felt her own sweater tear under an elongated canine as she found a handful of shirt. Michaels’ feet were leaving marks on the concrete step as he was dragged forward. The monster laughed at them, sneering, his black eyes narrowed and dirty, demonic face twisted in a maniacal grin.
Rayvin felt the fabric of Michaels’ shirt starting to give. In another moment, his fingers would slip out, lubricated by their combined sweat. Her heart broke as he ground out a command to her, between his teeth. “Let go, Rayvin! It’s okay, just get inside!”
“Yes, let go, Rayvin,” the creature mocked, using Michaels’ body to creep closer to her. He leaned over the big man’s back like a sinister gargoyle. She smelled his disgusting breath, the odours of dead things and rotting flesh making her gag. Michaels fell to one knee under the weight, which the vampire used to his advantage, moving towards Rayvin until only inches separated her panting lips from his malevolent grin. She couldn’t look away from the fathomless black eyes. In the back of her mind, she heard Michaels crying out for her again, ordering her to save herself, but she was losing herself in the chasm of the vampire’s gaze. She blinked, and the reality of the present disappeared . . .

 

 

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3 Ways To Get Your Book Noticed

authorsSelf-publishing has become a phenomenon, with thousands of first-time authors producing books in the digital age. But what do these authors need to do to get their work noticed?
The world of publishing has changed radically over the last few years. Self-publishing is now widely accepted, and the number of first-time authors has increased significantly. This means that authors, both traditionally and self-published, have to work strategically to make their book stand out from the competition. There’s a lot that an author can do to promote their book themselves to reach more potential readers. This article outlines a few public relations tips for self-published authors aiming to maximize their exposure.
#1 – Create an effective social media presence
Social media is not just a passing fad; if it were, advertising companies would not be spending millions of dollars on it. But being “present” on social media does not mean merely creating a web page as soon as your book is published, or tweeting the same information every day. Self-published authors should make themselves seen and heard on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook well before their book’s publication date so that they are noticed and respected within the online community. This will involve regularly updating content, engaging in discussions with other aspiring writers and responding directly to potential readers. It is a time consuming PR effort, but if done correctly the results can be significant.
#2 – Use your local community to generate word-of-mouth buzz
While the digital age requires self-published authors to be creative and innovative, we should not forget the benefits of real-world publicity. Once your book is published, you should encourage family and friends to spread the word. This can be through an email forwarding campaign, or, if your book is in print format, leaving sample copies in places likely to attract your target audience, such as bookstores and museums. Contacting the local newspaper, library or radio station and asking if they would like to interview you is an effective public relations strategy, as is volunteering for speaking engagements within your community. If your book has a clear theme, it might also be an idea to contact a charity or organization that promotes awareness of a similar cause. Actively selling your book at one of their events might not be an option, but you could offer to help out in exchange for a little publicity.
#3 – “Think outside the box”
There are many creative ways self-published authors can generate publicity for their work. You can do contests or book giveaways. You could offer a special discount for people who like your Facebook Fan Page or mention your book in a post on their social networking account. You could get t-shirts or mugs made that feature the cover of your book, or one of the best quotes from it. Handing these out for free at busy places will arouse the curiosity of passers-by, and could lead to increased sales. You could mail review copies to book reviewers. The list goes on.. Think outside the box.
Self-published authors have the power to ensure their book gets the recognition it deserves, but the public relations process takes skill, time and energy. If you promote your book too aggressively, potential readers may recoil from what they see as “spam;” if your approach is understated, then your book is unlikely to generate much attention. As a self-published author, you should explore every publicity option and choose the means that work best for you and your book.
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Christopher F. Edwards Jr. and Carlos O. Hardy Release New Book Volonians

Volonians book coverLOS ANGELES, CA (June 24, 2013) – Christopher F. Edwards and Carlos O. Hardy recently released their new book Volonians: Mysteries of the Vondercrat.
“Volonians is a must-read if you love fantasy books like Twilight or Harry Potter,” said Kelsey McBride, Publicist at Book Publicity Services.
Volonia, a magical planet, is home to millions of beautiful Witches and Warlocks. Their magic is mighty, their spells are rich in tradition and their rituals stand the test of time. Varah Cutter, a rebellious, crafty Witch, has single handily conjured a book only The House of Lords can summon. The Vondercrat is the most powerful book in all of Volonia. Varah soon realizes The Lords aren’t the only entity after her, but an evil brigade lead by the mighty Menace. Varah’s fate stands in ruins as she fights to protect her children, her honor, and her truth.
“Volonians has a strong family element that we hope readers will relate to emotionally,” said Carlos. “The Cutters are tight-knit. When an intense battles ensues between Varah and The House Of Lords, her family stays strong and sticks together to protect each other.”
“I think readers, especially minorities, will appreciate the ethnic diversity in Volonians,” said Christopher. “The Volonians aren’t actually black, white, Latino, or Asian. They don’t recognize race. Characters in the book are described as having vanilla, mahogany, and almond skin tones. ”
Volonians is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook.
Christopher F. Edwards Jr. and Carlos O. Hardy are from two of the roughest inner cities in America, Flint, MI and East St. Louis, IL. They recently started the Let’s Read program, which is geared at guiding youth across America to read more. Christopher and Carlos plan to travel the United States and perform Volonians as a play at middle schools and high schools this fall. Volonians will be the first of many books in the Let’s Read Program to incorporate theatre and reading.
Christopher and Carlos currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.  To schedule an interview or request a review copy of Volonians, please contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com. For more information on Volonians, visit http://volonians.com/
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Summer Series Celebrates True Stories Of American Dogs

America Comes AliveLOS ANGELES, CA (June 17, 2013) – Author and historian Kate Kelly runs a website, America Comes Alive, dedicated to telling little-known stories from America’s past. Each summer, throughout July and August, America Comes Alive celebrates the “Dog Days of Summer” with three new dog stories each week for eight weeks, from service dogs and military dogs to President’s dogs and dogs in show business.
“Owney, the post office dog that became a mascot for the U.S. postal service in the 1880s, was the first dog I wrote about,” says Kate Kelly. “After Owney, I came upon all sorts of stories—Sergeant Stubby, a pit bull who accompanied a military unit throughout World War I and came home safely. There are also stories of dogs with all sorts of jobs, and of course, the series has to include some Hollywood dogs like Toto and Lassie.”
A few of the dogs that are schedule for 2013 are a dog trained to help scientists track and find endangered species, comfort dogs who are used to calm crime victims or those testifying in court, and Abraham Lincoln’s dog, Fido. There will also be several stories about dogs during the Civil War.
“This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in my research, I have been finding that though there was no official canine corps in the 1860s that dogs were a vital part of many regiments during this time,” says Kelly. “Readers will be amazed and amused by these stories.”
“The series has been a great way to open a window on America’s past,” says Kelly. “The first seeing-eye dog was not introduced to the U.S. until 1929. The story about how Morris Frank devoted his entire life to make certain his dog was accepted in public places—from buses to restaurants and on airplanes—brings a whole new understanding to Americans when they see a guide or therapy dog with someone on the street.”
Readers may read the stories on the website www.AmericaComesAlive.com, or sign up to receive the stories by email.
In addition, Kate has just released a new book, You Lucky Dog! From Homeless to Famous… True Stories of Amazing American Dogs. The collection is an uplifting compilation of true stories about homeless dogs that survived and thrived against the odds. Kate captures their very souls in moving descriptions of the devotion, loyalty and trust that changed both the fortune of these very special dogs and the lives of their human caregivers. There are also heart-warming stories about dogs like Toto and Benji as well as a few presidential dogs.
You Lucky Dog! is available in both print ($8.99) and as an ebook ($2.99) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords and can be ordered through independent bookstores.
Kate Kelly is the successful author of more than 35 nonfiction books. She is a contributing blog writer to The Huffington Post. Her website AmericaComesAlive.com and monthly e-letters celebrate Kate’s love of American history and America’s dogs. She is an engaging speaker and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The View, CBS Early Show, CNN and MSNBC.
For media inquiries, contact Kelsey McBride at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com
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