Thursday, September 20, 2018

New Release: Mosquito Song: Dreams in Old San Juan by J.J. Brown

On the last day of summer, a molecular biologist living in New York City faces two mysteries in my new novella, Mosquito Song: Dreams in Old San Juan. The first mystery, she attempts to solve with the tools of science: Which disease killed an unborn baby in Puerto Rico? But the answer to the second proves elusive, and is blocked from her memory: Who took her home after drunken reveling the night before?
The scientist, Antonia, gets a five AM call beckoning her to Old San Juan, where a frozen fetal sample awaits analysis. She responds at once, excited by the opportunity. Antonia is a risk taker. The most likely suspects are diseases carried by mosquitoes: Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika virus. The DNA for each disease is distinct, and she takes on the challenge of identifying which caused the fetal death.
She scrambles to prepare for her flight while getting over a massive hangover. At the same time, she looks for clues to trigger her memory of the prior evening. Once in Puerto Rico, she finds a mystical and confusing world and a singing mosquito haunts her dreams.                                                             
Her journey is one of courage as she searches for the disease-causing pathogen responsible for this new case. When the next day unfolds, the facts she discovers about the medical case and about herself astonish her.

The story for my new novella began when I was working as an editor, researching news stories about Zika virus two years ago. I was also writing about pandemics of the past, like malaria. During that time I was reading about mosquitoes as vectors of disease, and became fascinated with their life story and how it has been linked to ours throughout history.
I completed the story just after I read an August 2018 report on Zika from the National Association of County and City Health Officials. It covered a new Vital Signs publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, that found babies born to women with Zika virus developed health problems not apparent at birth. About one in seven of these babies were having birth defects. But they also were having vision and hearing problems, seizures, or developmental delay. The news brought this mosquito-borne disease into focus again, as an ongoing public health concern for pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies in the U.S. territories including Puerto Rico.
A scientist myself, I bring my experience with DNA studies into this new story. I hope you will agree after reading Mosquito Song, the job of virus hunting can be exciting!
Mosquito Song: Dreams in Old San Juan is available for Kindle readers and at Goodreads.
About J.J. Brown
Author J.J.Brown was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York and lives in New York City. She completed a PhD in genetics and worked as a research scientist for 20 years before turning to writing.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Coming Soon! Eye of the Eagle!

Release date: November 12, 2018

One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But for both hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.

Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.

Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough. 

When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help—and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.

Short Excerpt:
His heart stuttered and heat flushed his face. “You sure you’re ready to see me—in the daylight?”

She frowned and pursed her lips. “Do I look like someone afraid of taking on a challenge?”

“No. You look like a kick ass heroine named Thunder Heart, and I would be honored and privileged to share your bed.”

“You promised me flying lessons.”

“And you shall have them. Now, where did we leave off?”

She stood, placed her hands on the sides of his chair and leaned in for a long passionate kiss. He closed his eyes and gave her a preview, taking her with him in his memories, soaring over the hotel, and then swirling and swooping down to the river to grab a fat flopping trout in his talons.

She pulled back, breaking the connection, blue eyes wide, her full red lips agape. “Amazing. I want more.”

“Advanced flying lessons require both of us to be naked—and in bed, as close as two people can get.”

Phoebe stood back. “What are you waiting for? Let’s get going.”

He chuckled. “Well, you are my boss. I don’t want anyone to say you coerced me or I forced you. Do we need to put this in writing?” She tilted her head and gave him a puzzled look. “A legal document perhaps? I, Phoebe Wagner, hereby enter into consensual sex freely and without coercion with one Bert Blackfeather…”

She stomped her foot. “Give me your phone.” He handed her his cell.

“Sharon Buchbinder plunges readers into a high-paced tale with intriguing paranormal elements that fit perfectly into the landscape of Taken. Be prepared to read into the night because Buchbinder grabs you with characters you can’t help but love, or hate, and pulls every heartstring to the last page.” ~~Nancy C. Weeks, author of the Shadows and Light series and The D’Azzo Family series 

“Sharon Buchbinder seamlessly blends intriguing, sexy characters, and fast-paced suspense in a page-turner you won't be able to put down until the end.” ~Sharon Saracino, Author, The Earthbound Series 

“Ms. Buchbinder weaves ancient secrets and modern mysteries into a beautifully written story that will keep you turning the pages.” ~USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee 

BUYLINKS: Coming Soon!

Friday, September 7, 2018

$200 September Meet & Greet Giveaway!

Hey, Peeps. Here's a chance to win a 10" Kindle Fire, a bottle of wine, and Amazon eGift Cards from The Kindle Book Review. Just click the link and enter (everyday if you want). It's easy & fun. If you love #reading, enter now; giveaway starts September 7th and ends Sept. 24th, 2018. Click here for details ~>

Be on the lookout for my book, An Indecent Proposal!

Can a hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grande dame in a neglected old inn?

Recovering gambler Jim Rawlings works as a mid-level manager at one of the largest casino resorts in the country, La Bonne Chance Resort and Casino. Despite employee rules about gambling on site, temptation calls his name daily. After finding himself standing in front of poker table once too often, Jim decides he can’t stay in the casino, no matter how good the money is. He takes a drive around town and finds a down on its luck hotel for sale. It’s as if his prayers are answered. He must have it.

Sous Chef Genie King is living her dream, working in one of the finest restaurants in the casino, if not the country. The only problem is the executive chef is a madman and she longs to have a place to call her own. When a frying pan nearly hits her head, Genie runs out of the kitchen and jumps into her car. She has no idea where she is going, but she can’t go back to that job. When she sees the aging mansion with the for sale sign, she knows she must have it.

Jim takes the biggest chance of his life—bidding at auction for a once-grand inn. Genie never expects another LBC employee to bid at the sale—much less the guy she had a major crush on in high school. Working together means Jim must share long-hidden secrets. Will Genie reject the man with a past? Or will she love the man he's become?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Release: Just for You by Kay Harris

Sharon, thank you so much for having me here on the release day for Just for You! This is book 3 in the I Want Morrison series. However, all three books can be read as stand alones. Just for You is a full length contemporary romance novel. It is a fun, emotional, and sexy opposites-attract story.

Starving artist Meg Kahele needs cash and fast, thanks to poor life choices involving an unscrupulous man. She convinces her best friend’s brother-in-law to hire her as his secretary. When she realizes his love life is as much of a disaster as his desktop, she offers to serve as his matchmaker as well.

Irresponsible playboy Hayden Morrison grows up fast when he is forced to carry his family’s future on his shoulders as the CEO of Morrison and Sons. He doesn't mind his new secretary finding him a suitable match. But he’s not interested in any of the women Meg finds. He wants Meg herself.

Despite having virtually nothing in common, heat rises between Meg and Hayden. But while Hayden chases, Meg runs. He has to convince her she’s the woman meant just for him.

He laughed. “I am not the player you think I am. I really do relationships. You’re wrong about the seduction scene. I’m just not that smooth.”

“Yes, you are,” I blurted out. Because even though I hated rich boys and their games, I could totally see myself getting caught in this spider’s trap.

He chuckled and leaned toward me. “You’re right about the condoms, though. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I do keep them in the bedside table.”

His voice was low and his breath fanned over my ear as he confessed. It made me shiver. And I knew I had to make my escape.

“I’m glad the date went well. I need to head out.” I slunk back to the door, which Hayden had left open, and made my way over the threshold.

It was strange walking back into the well-lit room after being on the dark balcony. My feet were heavy as I made my way over to the bar. When I got there, I set down my half-empty glass of wine. I could feel Hayden right behind me. He placed his own glass down and leaned toward me.

“Don’t go. Please,” he said softly.

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Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun! 

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.