Saturday, February 28, 2015

It's Live!

By now, you're all hopefully aware of Through the Fire, book 1 in the Daughter of Fire series. Now, I'm proud to announce that the other side of the story is ready to be told! 

Besieged by Rain
(Book One – Son of Rain series)
Michelle Irwin

Release Day Blitz
February 28, 2015

Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to publish Besieged by Rain, book one in the New Adult Paranormal series, Son of Rain, by Michelle Irwin.

The Son of Rain series is a companion series (of sorts) to the Daughter of Fire series featuring Evie Meyers. We say of sorts because Clay’s story, albeit partly told in Evie’s books, is so much bigger. This is not simply a retelling of the story from Clay’s perspective. Clay lives a whole other life that Evie only gets a glimpse of when their story unfolds.

Book Details: Novel
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
206 pages - 89,000 words


Clay Jacobs is a soldier. His family—elite members of a secret organization—are tasked with washing the world clean of all supernatural threats. Each new day brings the opportunity to fight at their side for a cause that he’s never doubted is just.

But Clay harbors a dangerous secret. The object of his teenage obsession was not human, and he failed to detect the truth until it was too late to destroy her. Even after she fled, he couldn't bring himself to report her. Now, the memory of the one who got away not only haunts him, it holds him captive and assaults him nightly. Unable to escape her hold on his mind, he races across the country to locate her and restore his sanity. Only instead of the monster he expects, he finds a woman who ensnares him with her charms. In her embrace, Clay dares to imagine a different life.

When his family discovers his betrayal, and threaten to destroy his dreams in the worst way imaginable, Clay has no option but to return to their side and convince them he’s back on the right track. Will he be able to play his part convincingly when the cause he’s spent most of his life fighting for is the very thing that will end his lover’s life?


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Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect, and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight: J A Kenney

J.A. Kenney lives in Aurora, Colorado, with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. In the winter, when the sky is clear, and if she stands on her tiptoes in exactly the right spot.
Three cats, a Chihuahua mix who thinks she is a Mastiff, and her beloved husband share her humble abode.
She has been writing since she found out that playing alien witches was more fun than tag. Her stories are a blend of science fiction, fantasy, and romance with strong female protagonists.
When she is not writing she reads voraciously, sings, skis, rides her Harley, and grudgingly assists with home improvement projects.
Life . . . Death . . . Rebirth
Quicksilver is an ancient immortal warrior. One of a group of alien beings that were once pure energy, living in the void between galaxies, and who have taken mortal form to influence history.
The Purists, compelled by a zealot prophet, are immortal extremists who will use any means at their disposal to wipe out all mortal life. Qui and her Conservationist brethren have spent millions of years fighting for their survival.
In Silver Strife, Quicksilver has been reincarnated on an Earth devastated by centuries of planet-wide civil war. She awakens in the body of a human Elite named Lini: one of a race of superhumans, bred and trained by a Purist-led government to massacre the remnants of humanity. Quicksilver joins the rebel forces, despite their reluctance to trust a hated Elite, determined to take down the brutal dictatorship that has decimated the human race.
From their first meeting, she is drawn to Captain David Mitchell, the rebel officer who aided her escape from the Elite’s gilded cage. Even after swearing to never love again when her last mortal lover was killed saving her life, she finds herself falling for the honorable and driven soldier.
When Quicksilver crosses the path of an immortal ally on a top-secret mission behind enemy lines, a decision is forced upon her. She must choose between the fate of the human rebels, her mortal lover, and fulfilling her Conservationist oath to protect all mortal life.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight: Kate Bonham

This week's Indie Author Spotlight is Kate Bonham

Kate was born and raised in Sydney, Australia with her two parents and two brothers. She was always a dreamer even as a teen when she would dream of the moment, while in Maths class, her knight in shining armour would come and rescue her from the tedious learnings of algebra and Pythagoras’ theorem. It was at that moment, she realised that if she wanted her knight to come through the door, she’d need to dream him up.

She’s been doing it ever since.

In 2014, she migrated north to the Central Coast of NSW where she lives with her most treasured items: laptop, high heels and countless meerkat figurines.

Fate, is the first novel written by Kate and the first in the Fallen from Grace series.

You can contact Kate through any of the following links: Facebook: Twitter: Email:

Kate's first book Fate is due out next month.

Ace is a reaper for Purgatory; calming lost souls while they await their final judgment. His latest Death Report was a job like any other, until he interrupts the demons that have been unleashed to kill her. She was just meant to be a job, but she turned out to be so much more.

Faye was unprepared for Ace's entry into her life. Never before had she met anyone who could make her heart skip a beat even as he froze it with fear. Now, not only had he saved her from demons from Hell, he was trying to tell her she wasn't human.

A war has begun between the Fallen and Archangels. The winner gets power over all realms. Has the world's Fate been determined before Faye's true destiny can begin?

Link for pre-order of Fate:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fifty shades of . . . can't we all get along?

So . . . there's this book trilogy that has since spawned a movie (and more likely movie franchise). I'm sure you've probably heard of it. And if your Facebook timeline or twitter feed is anything like mine it's blown up with opinions on both sides of the fence. I have friends staunchly for the books, and friends staunchly against. So many opinions are circling, and I thought it only fitting to add my own. One thing I want more than anything else is for everyone to stop with the belittling. To stop with the hatred, I'm so exhausted of scrolling through my timeline and seeing friends hating on each other.

Now before I start, I just want to say I've seen fans of the books belittling those who aren't fans as prudes and idiots. I've seen people who aren't fans call fans mindless idiots. BOTH of these groups are wrong. It is fine and well and dandy to love Fifty Shades. It is also fine and well and dandy not to. Regardless of how big a cultural phenomenon 50 is (and love it or hate it, it is that), it should not be enough to bust apart friendships. How about we all agree to disagree. How about, love it or hate it, everyone is allowed to voice their opinions without being attacked by everyone else? How about it you love it, and you see a post talking about how it's abusive and they have some good points, you either ignore it or read, see if you find anything you can agree with, and then move on? How about if you hate it, and you see a post raving about how much they loved the movie, you could either ignore it or read, see if you find anything you can agree with, and then move on? See how it works? ;)

For my specific opinion on the movie and books . . . well maybe that's a post for another day when everyone is a bit calmer and I won't get abuse from the other side when I mention it, but it should be clear to anyone who knows me.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight: Lacey Roberts

So I know it's Sunday, not Friday, but I had one of those weeks (deadlines, deadlines everywhere) so this is late, but this I'm going to do this week's indie author spotlight in conjunction with a blog tour: This week's spotlight is on Lacey Roberts.


Lacey Roberts is the pen name I chose when I began writing Erotic Romance.

I grew up in Sydney but now live in sunny Queensland where I spend my days walking my dogs, reading and writing. Married for almost 41 years, my husband and I also enjoy a great deal of travel.

My plans for the immediate future include travel to the US to meet some of my author friends.

I hope you enjoy my latest release which is set in Canberra, Australia – the Nation's Capital. This story is purely fictional but there are numerous real places and facts covered. I could not have made it as realistic without the advice of the A.C.T. Police Media Centre and the Forensic Medical Centre at Sydney University. I am grateful to both.

Author Links: Website:


Amazon Author Page: 


Take one hot, sexy cop add a beautiful Forensic Pathologist and you have one heck of a steamy love affair.

BUT, who is threatening their lives?

Whose life is really at risk?

AND, why has a young man been murdered and what the hell do snakes have to do with it all?


Flynn pushed through the glass doors into the Forensics Centre. A young woman at the front desk glanced up. He grinned as she licked her lips and gave him the once over. He was used

to this from women but still hadn't figured out why they responded this way. Without vanity he knew his looks were better than average, but nothing special. Women obviously thought different.

"Can I help you?" she purred.

"I'm looking for where Doc Reid is performing an autopsy." He flashed his credentials.

"Room two, sir."

He nodded, thanked her and strode down the corridor. He stopped at a door where a plaque proclaimed it led to 'Examination Room 2'.

Flynn entered the airlock space and donned a pair of white coveralls, mask and white paper cap. He then stepped into the examination room. It smelled of antiseptic, unidentifiable chemicals and death. Not his favourite place to be.

Lily was bent over the corpse. She appeared deep in thought and he cleared his throat to make his presence known. She straightened and glanced up. "Detective, come in."

He moved closer. "Anything yet?"

"I'm really baffled and wondering whether your crack about vampires is very far from the mark."

Flynn raised his eyebrows.

"The two puncture marks in the neck had some sort of fluid in them that prevented the blood from clotting. Poison of some sort but my initial tests don't recognize it. I've sent it to the lab for urgent analysis."

"That would explain the huge amount of blood loss."

"Yes it would, especially as no major veins or arteries were severed in the area. The other puzzle is the puncture marks on his scrotum. The surrounding tissue is blistered, badly bruised and necrotic."

Lily lifted the sac and pointed out two large puncture marks under the balls. They were identical to the holes in his neck. The skin was swollen, wrinkled and black.

"Christ, what did that?" Flynn's balls reacted to the gruesome sight by trying to climb up inside him.

"I don't know for sure but my guess is a snake."

Flynn's puzzled look questioned her sanity.

"A snake? We don't have snakes that leave bloody great holes like those."

"I know, which is why I'm baffled. It doesn't add up. The aligned puncture holes, the poison which prevented the blood from clotting, and the tattoo on his chest."


"Yes. Look closely. It's a cobra tattooed on his chest."

Flynn dropped his head to study the ink on the victim's chest. "I'll be, it is a cobra. I assumed it was some sort of tribal thing when I first noticed it."

"You need to get close to see the snake head, but once you do it is very clear."

"Snake worship, doc?"

Lily held her hands up, palms out. "We don't have things like that here. Snake worship only happens in Africa as far as I know, and we certainly don't have cobras."

"Give me some answers. All you've done so far is tell me what it isn't. Tell me what it is."

"I don't know. I've never seen it before. I'm going to need more time to figure this out. I'm sorry but I have told you all I know at this point."


"Excuse me?"

"I asked if you would have dinner with me."

Lily glanced around the room as if expecting something.

"If you're too busy I understand."

"No, no. It's just I have a policy of not getting involved with colleagues."

"Jeez doc, I'm not asking you to marry me. I only want to have dinner with you."

Lily reconsidered. "Of course. Give me twenty minutes and I'll join you."

"Meet you out front?"

"Yes please."

"I have a couple of calls to make. I'll be waiting." With that, Flynn left the room.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Indie Spotlight: Lauren Dawes

"Swallowing her pained sounds, she forced the fear from her eyes. ‘You killed me,’ she breathed, swallowing down on the hard lump in her throat. It wasn’t often that someone got an opportunity to come face to face with their killer."

A battle for werewolf territory and rights has Rhett fighting for his life and for the survival of the pack. The last half blood—a half human, half vampire hybrid—has been found and Rhett has been chosen as her unlikely Guardian. The pack’s survival hangs on her completing her transformation, but a Sicarii—a vampire assassin—is hunting her to ensure that never happens …

Indigo’s hard exterior is nothing compared to the dark secret she carries within her. Her haunted eyes alone tell of her struggle and desire to live. But what she doesn’t know is that she is hard-wired for survival; the very blood in her veins and the legacy of her father demands it. But when her life takes a violent turn, her heritage and her fate may be the very thing to get her killed …

A little about Lauren: 

Born in South Africa and raise in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Series. In 2009, she quit her full-time Teaching English as a Second Language job to finally begin writing "that book", letting her over-active imagination pour out onto the digital pages. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city the army happens to post them to.