Book Tour~ Elemental Series by Shauna Granger (Giveaway)

18 October 2012
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Excerpt from Water (Elemental #3)


I came to myself standing on the beach and, without looking around, I knew I was standing on the shore in front of the Rivermouth. Something primal in me could taste the difference between the fresh water behind me and the salty tang of the ocean in front of me, giving me my bearings instantly. It was dusk or dawn, which I wasn’t sure since I couldn’t seem to feel the sun, but by the weak light and cool temperatures, I knew there wouldn’t be anyone on the beach now.

Looking out to sea, I saw the head and shoulders of a figure drifting on the water. My heart leapt into my throat thinking it was that same damn creature until I realized with a shock whoever was out there was waving frantically for help. With a clarity that only a pair of binoculars should have given me, I knew it was Toby floating out there, swallowing water each time the build of a wave picked him up and dipped him low again. Without a thought, I was in the water, swimming as fast as my arms and the current would let me. Luckily the tide was on my side and the waves weren’t charging to the beach, keeping me from my quarry. But in spite of this, no matter how fast or far I swam, I never seemed to get closer to Toby.

Finally I stopped swimming, letting my feet kick lightly under me and keeping my arms out to my sides to tread water. I looked around and saw that I was a few hundred yards out to sea already. When I looked back out to the horizon, Toby was gone. But before I could give into any emotions, something grabbed my leg, piercing the calf muscle and wrenching me under the water, plummeting down until it was too dark to see.

I fought with myself not to struggle and waste the one life-giving breath I was holding in my lungs until I stopped and was looking into the glassy black depths of the creature’s eyes. I almost forgot myself and gasped in fright.

Its mouth split open in a terrifying smile of razor teeth that glinted green in the water and reached out a black clawed hand for me. My scream was lost in a trail of bubbles that raced to the surface as I lifted my feet and kicked out at the creature, striking it hard in the chest and putting a little distance between us. I clawed my way through the water, desperate for the surface, feeling my lungs burning with the need to breathe, fighting the instinct to inhale and drown myself.

My fingers stung as they broke the surface of the water and I surged up like a cork bobbing to the surface. I was kicking and paddling so fast that when I burst into the air, gasping loud and desperately, I came up all the way to my hips. But as I took in that beautiful, painful breath, I felt the nails rake down my left calf, bony fingers circling my ankle and pulling. I was sinking back into the water, and I knew this time I wouldn’t get away; this time it was going to kill me…

Book Tour~ Intimate Strangers by Anne M. Strick

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Romance / Social Issues
Title: Intimate Strangers
Author - Anne M. Strick

Date to be Published: June 5, 2011

Synopsis:



THE RICH, COMPLEX  AND PASSIONATE STORY OF A CONTESTED ADOPTION AND THE TWO WOMEN  LAWYERS WHO JOIN TO SAVE A SMALL  BOY'S LIFE.    THIS BOOK EXAMINES THE VARIOUS FACES OF LOVE: EROTIC LOVE AND ROMANTIC LOVE THE LOVE  OF PARENT FOR CHILD AND CHILD FOR  PARENT; AND  WHAT "REALLY" MAKES A  PARENT.






Anne M. Strick


Author Bio:



Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director,  and  with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.  She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

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