Lucky 7 #3

What to do: go to your current WIP. Go to page 7, line 7 and copy the next seven lines.

WIP: Survivor, Book 11 of The Devereaux CaseFiles

 

11. Survivor

Blurb:

The series ends on a knife edge. After a terrible collision with his brother, Reed has suffered the worst fate imaginable. Can the Devereaux family make it through the disaster? Will their world fall apart around them? With impossible odds, the Devereaux must face their worst fear – losing Reed. Can Ayah remain strong enough to hold her family together? Can Reed come through a terrible ordeal and be the same man he’s always been?

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“He might not remember Olivia, or remember what she meant to him, but he still didn’t want her fraternizing with Murray’s son. That gave him hope, as he sat there and watched Reed stare at the ceiling.
“I never told him, but I always liked Murray.” He muttered casually. He almost sounded like his old self again, so Reyes allowed himself to smile at the words and reveal yet another truth.
“Then you’ll be happy that he knows that. He’s been over at your house for dinner a few times over the years. He’s practically like family.” He confessed, surprising Reed once again.”

Book Review: Four Pieces for Power

Book – Four Pieces for Power (The Vendicatori #1)
Author – Marc Estes
Star rating -★★★★★
Plot – nicely planned, well paced and intriguing
Characters – lots of variety, good exploration
Movie Potential -★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read
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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

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First off, let me say that I LOVE the cover, the idea, the plot and the title. If it wasn’t for the author finding me first, I would definitely have picked up this book at any time, any place, all from the blurb, title and cover. First impressions mean a lot and this one ticks all the boxes for me. All prove to be extremely relevant and appropriate for the story.

I enjoyed the start of the story. It was interesting, with good mood and atmosphere and a nice blend of description and story. We were instantly introduced to the story with intrigue and a history that instantly sucked me into the story. I was able to connect with Andrew, our MC really quickly. He’s such a likable character, but in no way perfect. He has his flaws and a history that we gradually find out about, but there’s also a lot that is hinted at that we may find out about in future books.

I’m a major archaeological/mystery fan and for me, this book had it all. A mysterious letter, good characters, lots of suspenseful moments and cliffhangers, romance, crime, murder, and of course a good archaeological search, complete with riddles that were solvable for the reader, as well as the characters. I think that is VERY important. If the reader can make sense of the riddle, it makes it more believable that a random Joe off the street, with no prior knowledge of the ‘secret society’ can solve it too.

I must admit that I found chapter 2 extremely emotional, but it wasn’t until later that I had the complete emotional breakdown that had me in tears. It was sad, sweet and hit me where it hurt.

I find the characters were interesting; Monica and John are intriguing and I can’t wait to see where their story will go. I also really like that Monica is a romance mystery writer and that we get to see parts of her life, which seems separate to the story with Andrew. I hope, and think, the two will interlink later in the series. That would be great. I love Brad and Andrew. They are by far the best characters in the book, in my opinion. They have depth, character, a dark history and lots of potential for growth.

Robert is really interesting, as well. For being a bad guy, I’m really intrigued by his story and how it will develop in the next book. He’s been through a lot and he’s done a lot, but I’m not sure this is the last we’ve seen of him yet. With this series, anything is possible. He’s incredibly cocky, self-assured and convinced of his own invincibility and that’s probably going to keep him coming back again and again. At least, I hope so.

I really, really don’t like Jenna. I’m not sure it’s the character, I think it’s just me. I don’t like girls who insist that someone will be theirs without even talking to, consulting or appreciating the wishes and feelings of that person. Jenna is so singularly focused on Andrew being her future husband that she sees nothing and acts very selfishly, more like she’s infatuated than in love. Maybe it’s because she’s had to wait for him to see her, but maybe it’s just because she’s needy, desperate and obsessed. Unfortunately, it only gets worse as the book goes on. However, the very fact that I have this intense dislike towards Jenna just means that I really connected with the book and the characters. So this is a big thumbs up.

Ramos and Dominic are such interesting people. I know, I use that word a lot, but it’s true. And Brad completely breaks my heart, many, many times. Brad + Virgo (the cat) = tears. End of.

I think the fact that we get little snippets of the story at a time, and sometimes have to wait for the next revelation, is brilliant. It keeps the story interesting and builds suspense throughout the whole book, right to the last page.

There are a lot of shocking twists and turns in this book. I read it, able to see many ways for Andrew to win the contest at the end of the book, possibly with Robert getting away to fight another day. I could also see Robert winning, since it’s book one and there are more in the series, with Andrew coming back to beat him later. There were so many possibilities for how the book would end and who would triumph. That, to me, is a great writer, because it was neither predictable nor too complex. The story had a good flow, a great ending and so many possibilities for the next book. Personally, I would love to see Jenna become a bad guy, since I don’t want her getting together with Andrew, but hey, that’s me.

My suggestion – buy this book! You won’t regret it.

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Where to Buy Four Pieces for Power:

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How to Get in Touch with Marc:

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Cover Reveal: Fruit of Misfortune

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COMING MAY 1ST
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T H E   C R E A T U R A   S E R I E S
B O O K   2


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TITLE: Fruit of Misfortune

RELEASE: May 1, 2014

AUTHOR: Nely Cab

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal 

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Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.
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FRUIT OF MISFORTUNE IS THE SEQUEL TO
 
Creatura is available in audio, print, and ebook formats on 
AudibleAmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes

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Check out Prelude, a Creatura prequel novella, on Amazon.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nely Cab has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. She worked in banking for several years, before she relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2001, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

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Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely can be found lost in other fantasy worlds in front of her computer, sipping coffee.
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CONNECT WITH NELY CAB
 

Excerpt: Four Pieces for Power

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Four Pieces For Power

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Blurb:

When mysterious strangers arrive at the home of Andrew Correo, they provide him with life changing news. He learns of the Vedicatori, a secret organization established by his ancestors, an organization he now has the chance to inherit control over. In order to gain this control, he needs to compete with Robert Stavero in a global scavenger hunt. They must search for four illusive crystals that, when brought together, will tell them their final destination.

Also in Edson, Monica Correo is planning a wedding to her love, John Weaver. With the wedding so close to Halloween, the pair decide to have a masquerade ball for the wedding reception. It will be an event no one in Edson will ever forget.

With just a clue and limited guidance, both Andrew and Robert set out on their secretive journey. For both, the path leads to mystery, suspense, and self-discovery. As Andrew looks forward to his future, while putting parts of his past behind him, Robert grows greedy and develops a love for deception and hate. The hunt brings them through the ruins of Teotihuacan to the Eternal City and its history, but who will have the cunning to come out on top?

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Excerpt:

The two walked through the ruins and structures. They came upon one, a bit different from the rest. It was a tall temple in the midst of crumbling. It had serpent heads around its circumference. Some had fallen off in pieces on the ground while others had fallen and remained intact. Next to one of the heads on the eastern cryptic stone wall, another face stared out toward the rising sun. It represented a mighty god that protected the temples from spirits and disasters.

A wooden door hid in the shadow of the great god mask. The door protected the inner caverns from the elements of the modern world. Dominic went to the door and pulled it open with some effort. The increasing winds seemed to sense this invasion. They grew stronger as if summoned by the gods themselves. Dominic looked back to Andrew and went in.

Andrew was too curious not to follow. The only light within the cavern came from the open doorway. Sand rushed in as the wind continued to build stronger. The door made a light slapping noise as a gust pushed it against the stone wall outside.

“Is Esteban one of us?” Andrew inquired.

Dominic made his way to the back corner of the chamber. Dominic felt along the wall for an opening, “Not really. He’s a powerful man in Mexico but outside of its borders, not so much. He’ll do anything for us if the price is right. I personally don’t trust him, but he’s never failed us yet. Was anyone following us when we came in here?”

“No, just a bunch of tourists wandering around with neck strain from looking up at everything.”

“Good, but we still have to hurry. Huh. Here it is. Come give me a hand.”

When he reached Dominic’s side, he noticed the secret panel in the wall. The panel was small, but Andrew knew its big importance. Together, he and Dominic removed the stone block and placed it on the earthen floor. Andrew looked inside and saw a small box.

 

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Robert covertly crept around the stone monuments. Sweat dripped from his scalp and down over his mask. Looking at the structure, he saw the serpents that guarded it. He also saw the open door in the corner.

 

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Esteban walked the length of the path. He knew where his friends were going, and their separation was part of the plan. Now it was safe to return to his friends and collect his pay. He sauntered by the Pyramid of the Sun, in complete awe of its beauty. As he came to the temple where Dominic and Andrew were working, he saw the figure of an old man getting ready to enter the chamber. Esteban stared in uncertainty. The old man wasn’t his friend, Dominic.

 

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“Here it is Andrew. The contents of this box should be what you are looking for.”

“The piece and the next clue?” Andrew gasped.

“No, only the piece is here. You and Robert will receive the next clue a few days after you return home.” Opening the box, Dominic continued, “Now, let’s just hope Robert didn’t beat us.”

“How many masks do you think he has? It’s going to be hard to beat him if I never know who he is.”

“When it comes to disguises, Robert is a pro. Many years ago, he worked on Broadway and learned a great deal of mask and makeup skills. The plane was only your first glimpse.”

“Well, it was either him in a disguise or one of his helpers.”

“I’m sure it was him.” Dominic struggled with pulling the piece from the box. Without warning, a voice came from behind the explorers.

“It looks like I get to take credit for my makeup skills, and getting the first piece of the puzzle,” Robert smiled reaching for his own face. He peeled the latex back and off. His other hand held a gun, “I have to thank you both for a job well done. I’m sorry our first formal introduction is like this, but sometimes people aren’t meant to be polite to one another. Now hand it over.”

Robert walked toward them to claim his prize. Andrew stalled trying to think of a quick way to salvage his own victory. He looked for a weak spot in Robert’s plan and came up with nothing. Defeated, he took the piece from Dominic and held it out for Robert. Dominic’s attention was drawn to the doorway as a figure, hidden in shadow, stood in the entrance. He stood in silence. The figure grabbed the inside handle of the door.

“Andrew!” Esteban shouted as he slammed the door shut. The entire room fell into darkness.

Using the diversion to his advantage, Andrew lunged at Robert with all his strength in an effort to get the piece and the gun. The two struggled with each other and fell to the ground. The sand kicked up in their faces and as they rolled. Each rock in the gravel floor sent a sting of pain into their scalps. Neither of them had any sense of direction in the dark. A shot from the gun interrupted the struggle. There was a howl of pain as the skirmish stopped. In the darkness, all fell silent.

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Where to Buy Four Pieces for Power:

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Author Interview: Marc Estes

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Four Pieces For Power

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Interview:

  1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Good question. I actually tried to write the novel so that it would appeal to a variety of audiences. There is action and adventure along with some romance. There are a lot of deep moments with the characters that will be expanded as the series moves forward. It is my hope that everyone that reads it will be able to connect with at least one of the characters on a more personal level and follow their specific story as it integrates with all the others. If there is one thing I can tell the readers, it is that everything that happens in the story happens for a reason. Sometimes the most minute details end up being crucial in figuring out a plot twist in the future. That is why I think people will enjoy reading and should read the book. With so many twists and turns, it is hard not to get involved with the characters and relate to them on a very personal level.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I actually found the basic cover image on Thinkstock.com but I was able to add some of my own photography to it and the designers at the publishing company were able to meld it all together to create the scene I had envisioned. The story is really about a man alone against the world. He is unsure of the path ahead of him, afraid of the path behind him, and stuck somewhere in the middle. I tried to integrate the game locations into the background to show the path his life was about to take. The back cover encompasses all of my own photography of some of the destinations in the story.

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  1. What are you writing at the moment?

I am currently in the middle of two projects. I am writing the second Vendicatori novel, Rekindle the Flame, which readers get a sneak peak of at the end of Four Pieces For Power. I am also working with a gentleman in New Jersey on a non-fictional work about his life as a business man. On top of that, I am working on promoting my plays and coming up with ideas for new ones.

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4. Who would you want to meet that you haven’t met? You get three choices: Alive. Dead. Fictional.

For alive, I would have to say Tina Turner. I just find her fascinating in every aspect. For dead, I would have to say Charles Dickens. If for no other reason than to find out who really killed Edwin Drood! For a fictional character I would, without question, love to meet Yoda so he could teach me how to do Jedi mind tricks.

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  1. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Absolutely. Especially with my plays. With my novels, I get the advantage of getting to go back and revisit characters regularly in the follow up novels. In my plays, you kind of have to say good-bye when the story ends. Some of my favorite stage characters are Pearly Gates, from What Would Dickens Do?, Walter Wilson, from Going Home, and Esther Caswell, from Glass Closets. These are the kinds of characters you feel sad to leave behind when the curtain falls.

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Where to Buy Four Pieces for Power:

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How to Get in Touch with Marc:

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Release Party – Love Bites Anthology

Release Party - Love Bites Anthology

 

“Milo barely got halfway to his destination when the grief began to overwhelm him. The connection had disappeared again. He fell to his knees, not breathing hard, not panting or out of breath, but from the sheer struggle to keep his emotions in check. An Alpha should never be rejected by his mate. He felt worthless, useless, and stupid, unworthy of his title and the respect that it gave him in the pack.

Now, he needed his extra senses more than ever. He allowed himself to walk the remainder of the way toward his chosen spot. Milo stepped through the trees and into the clearing, returning to the place where he felt most connected to his mate, and began undressing. He would need his clothes intact for returning home in the morning, but for now, he needed his wolf. He needed to feel everything, to sense everything, to see everything just in case she was near. He laid his clothes on a nearby boulder and allowed his body to shift and contort into a large wolf. He was the biggest of his pack as Alpha, and it felt good to feel his strong muscles forming, to have firm, sure footed paws leading him into the middle of the meadow.

It was the most beautiful place that he had ever seen. Milo walked his wolf body into the very center of the meadow and lay down, then placed his head on his front paws. The grief overwhelmed him now, as always. She wasn’t here. She had never
been here.”

~ Excerpt of ‘Broken Dreams’ the prequel to The Belesone Pack Trilogy, by Elaine White, featured in the Write More Publications New Adult Paranormal Romance Anthology, “Love Bites”! Join us 1-3 p.m. EST, this Sun., April 13, 2014, for the ONLINE release! See you then! ~

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