Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Ann Girdharry: Blog Tour & Spotlight

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Title: Good Girl, Bad Girl

Author: Ann Girdharry

Social Media: Twitter @GirdharryAnn

Author Website: www.girdharry.com

Series: Kal Medi, #1

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publication date: 23rd August

Publisher: Create Space and Kindle Direct

 Pages: 344

Format: Available in ebook and paperback

About Good Girl, Bad Girl

Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.

Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.

A Character Profile From Good Girl, Bad Girl

Marty  

Marty went to school with Kal (which makes them the same age), she trained in kung fu alongside Kal, she works at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association on security, or as she describes it, ‘detection of bugs and bombs’

Background

I’d say that Marty is the second most important person in the story because without Marty’s support, Kal wouldn’t have the strength to continue. I think that without Marty, Kal would collapse part way through the investigation. Marty is stronger in many ways than Kal – she’s less brittle, she can take the knocks and doesn’t take it personally, she keeps a wider perspective and she’s a team player.

Her Temperament

One thing to know about Marty is that she isn’t as open-eyed as Kal is to the dark side of life. Although Marty’s father was a criminal, Marty has long since rejected her father and she lives by her own values. Marty’s moral and ethical values are important to her. She wants to stick by them. She also wants to stick by her friend and make sure that Kal doesn’t keep going off on her own into danger. This will be a difficult task for Marty to accomplish. She knows what Kal is like and how volatile she can be.

LeeMing remarks that Marty is protective of Kal and he’s right. Marty can handle herself but she will underestimate what they are up against. It will get her into serious trouble. If she’d have known this at the beginning, I think Marty would still have joined with Kal to investigate. She wouldn’t have hesitated because part of her likes adventure and because Kal is her best friend, and because she’s known fear in her own childhood (from her father’s violence towards her mother) and she’ll do all she can to save children at risk.

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I like writing strong female characters and Marty is definitely one of those. I can picture her so well in my mind – I like how she laughs, I like her sense of humour, I like how she keeps Kal in line and I like that she’s got the guts to confront Kal about the truth of the past.

Actually, the character of Marty kind of wrote itself. In the past, I’ve met plenty of young women who are like Marty and who are interacting with their friends in exactly the way I imagine Marty would do. I enjoyed it too that Marty is making a success in her profession. Though she’s young, she’s not a student anymore. She’s a working woman making her way and she’s got a team which includes men and women older than she is. It’s a tiny detail, not key to the story at all, but, for Marty, that’s a personal challenge, that’s something she’s set her mind to.

Final Comments

In the story, is Marty jealous of LeeMing and the fact that Kal is attracted to him? Though she says she isn’t jealous, I think she definitely is. She’s only saved from expressing it by the fact that Kal won’t let LeeMing get close.

About Ann Girdharry

Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years for agencies working with: carers, vulnerable older people and those with dementia, survivors of abuse, and victims of racism and racial attacks. Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

As well as her passion for writing, Ann enjoys gardening and is a member of her local roller-blading club. Ann has previously published a series of short stories called Tales of the Unexpected (2015-2016). Her debut novel, and the first in the Kal Medi series, Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry (published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing 23rd August 2016 RRP £8.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores.

Introducing the Society Novels, by Mason Sabre – A Paranormal Romance – Suspense Series

 

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The Rise of the Phoenix (a novella)

Release Date:  May 7, 2015

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Cast out by his own family after a wolf’s bite infects him, a young thirteen-year-old boy is forced to roam the streets and fend for himself. In a world of Humans and Others, he belongs to neither. No longer considered Human, but nor a purebred Other, a race of powerful supernatural beings, he will be unwanted and hunted by both.

Danger lurks at every turn. Young, vulnerable and afraid, he tries to come to terms with the physical changes taking place in him while at the same time trying to find a way to survive.
In a menacing world filled with threats and hate, is there any hope of salvation for this orphaned fledgling?

Phoenix is available on Amazon for Kindle, in Paperback and free on Kindle Unlimited.

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The boy didn’t think. They were one now – boy and wolf. He was in a partially shifted form, hands deformed paws with claws. One snatched out, fast. It connected with cloth and flesh. Guttural screams pierced the air. The boy didn’t let go. He dug deeper, thrusting his hand up and out. He wrapped his clawed fingers around something soft, warm and wet, and then he pulled with everything he had in him. He let out a feral scream of his own. Blood spurted all over him, covering his face, going into his mouth and igniting the hunger that he had denied for so long.

The boy was beyond it now. The wolf had emerged fully. His nostrils flared as he rolled onto his side. Hunger so deep drove his mind to the brink of madness, and he brought his hand to his mouth and bit down onto what he was holding. Desperation made him force flesh and tissue into his mouth. Pushing each part in until he was almost choking. He pushed in more than he could ever dare to chew, but his mouth changed shape, the large teeth now forcing his mouth open. His bones pushed out, forming a wolf’s snout. He could hear screams and cries, but he could no longer feel the blows against him. He rose up – half boy, half wolf. His bag was on the ground and next to him lay Fat boy…his stomach torn open, his arms and legs twitching.

Almost retching, the boy snatched up his bag and ran.

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“You can do it?”

“Yes. You want to? Give me your arm and I’ll show you.” Robert grinned then and the boy watched as teeth elongated from the top of his gums, until they were like that of a small dog. His eyes had shifted, too. It made the boy excited, but a little afraid as well. “It won’t hurt, probably won’t even work,” Robert said, but with difficulty now, his teeth making it hard to talk. “Your arm?”

The boy chewed on the inside of his lip for a moment and stared at Robert’s eyes and then his teeth. Wouldn’t it be great to do it? “Okay, but I don’t want my mum to know,” he breathed. He slipped off his wet coat and then unbuttoned his shirt to allow it to slip from his shoulder. He offered his bare upper arm to Robert, his stomach twisting in excitement.

Robert stepped forward, opened his mouth and sunk his teeth into the boy’s young flesh.

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As he walked, he used games to pass time and keep his mind occupied. He counted steps as he walked, making himself walk one hundred steps and then one hundred more. He wondered how long it would take to get to a thousand. When he finally did, he aimed for another, and then another, until he reached ten thousand steps, then fifteen. He became so engrossed in his game that he stopped to get out a notebook and mark off every new hundred, challenging himself to just do one more set.

The notebook had been a gift from his mother. A reward, she had said, for doing well in his test at school. On the cover was a Phoenix. “It’s a bird,” she had told him with a smile. “They never die. Not properly. They rise from the ashes of their old lives and start a new one. Like a new chapter.” He had loved the idea of that. He had used the book to write his stories, lying on his bed, his pencil in hand and his imagination running faster than his hand could write.

The Society series continues this month…with Cade

Release Date:  October 23, 2015

Synopsis

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Cade MacDonald is a man who has always had a sense of right and wrong. He fights for justice and does not back down in the face of danger. As a member of Others, a supernatural race of powerful, fierce shifters, who do not accept or sympathise with any Humans, or any race other than their own, he now finds himself in a battle with the Other Society’s leaders as they oppose his attempt to save the life of a young half-breed.

Fighting to do the right thing, Cade is simultaneously faced with the unexpected attraction he feels for his best friend’s sister. Having grown up with Gemma, he is confused and torn at the strong pull of his wolf towards this beautiful tiger.

Willing to accept any repercussions of his rebellious actions, will he go as far as to lose the love of his life in the process?

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About Mason Sabre

My name is Mason Sabre. I have been writing since I was a small child and discovered I could have a million adventures at the stroke of my pencil (I wasn’t allowed to use pen back then). I have written more stories than I could even publish, some of them I wouldn’t ever put out, but I have had a blast writing them. I love writing, I love reading. I love to have a fictional adventure. When I am not doing that I am with my children or studying. I have a lifelong love of learning too.

I live in the North of England. It’s a little chilly here and a little wet, but it is what I call home and where pretty much all of my stories are based.

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Watch Over You

Release Date: September 19, 2014

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Three years after her husband’s death, Tara Saunders is still unable to move on. Guilt holds her hostage, and she knows that she can never forgive herself for causing Eric’s death. When Tara meets Devan, a homeless man who seems to have been linked to Eric in some way, she decides to follow him. Desperate to find some connection with her late husband, Tara seeks it through Devan, but the truth that he holds is not one that Tara is willing to accept. As Tara inches closer to the truth, an invisible clock begins ticking …

Watch Over You is available from Amazon for Kindle, in Paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited

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But then there are other stories that go back even more. To the Romans and the Greeks. The swallow is one of the birds of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. It is said that the swallow carries the souls of lost loved ones and takes them to the other side. Some even believe the swallow leads the soul to rebirth too.”

“Which one do you believe?” Devan slid his fingers under her chin and lifted her face to his. Her eyes were closed and much too heavy for her to care to open them. She was almost asleep standing there in his arms. “All of them,” he breathed, and then he kissed her again. Softly this time. Not exploring, just his mouth against hers. She could feel his eyes on her as his lips slid over hers.

“Why is it on your hand?” she asked against his mouth.

“It’s there so that I can carry a soul,” he said. Just as it is on your hand now too.”

******

In a move so sudden it left her gasping for breath, he grabbed her and spun her around, bringing her back against a hard wall of muscle. One arm encircled her chest while the other slid around her waist, immobilising her. Shock kept her frozen and she didn’t think to fight him.

“Tell me what you see,” he whispered against her ear.

She looked out into the hall; it was no longer empty. Her eyes widened and tears welled up, threatening to spill once more. “He’s right there,” she breathed, reaching out her hand. She tried to walk forwards, but Devan’s grip on her tightened.

“I need to go to him.”

“Stay here,” he whispered. “What do you see?”

“He’s right there. He’s painting. He looks happy.” She watched as Eric sat in front of a canvas, unaware of her presence. He tilted his head to the side to get a better view of what he was painting. Stretching out his arm with his paint brush, he used it as a gage for size, closing one eye so that he could get a better idea. She shoved and yanked at Devan’s arms until he let go. She ran across the room and came to an abrupt halt when she reached Eric. He seemed to look right through her. Unable to stop herself, she reached out, desperate to touch him once more. But Eric’s face was no longer his own. It was Devan’s. She gasped and snatched her hand back.

******

She shook her head and tried to pull free. With a sudden oath, he captured her face, holding it firm between his hands, and planted his mouth hard against hers. He kissed her the way he wanted to – hungry and needing. Like a man who had been starving for three years…and he had. He kissed away every fear she had. Every thought that made her more scared than the last. He kissed her so hard that all she would be able to think about was him and only him. He kissed her the way he had wanted to that day at the cemetery. He growled in satisfaction when he felt her melt against him. “Do you feel that Tara?” he asked gruffly when he released her mouth. “Do you feel me inside your mind?”

She nodded.

“I’m not like them. I promise. I can’t explain it to you right now, but I need for you to trust me. Can you do that?”

She didn’t answer.

“I won’t let them hurt you. Whatever happens, okay?” He caught her hand in his again and then pressed their joined hands over her heart. “Do you feel your heartbeat? You feel me in there? You have to trust me. Your heart trusts me.” Taking hold of her other hand, he pressed it over his heart. “Do you feel my heart beating?”

She nodded again and whispered. “Yes.”

“Close your eyes Tara. Feel our heartbeats. Do you feel them?”

They drummed together. Two hearts beating as one.

She opened her eyes slowly, calmer. “How is that possible?”

“I promise to you that I will explain. I can’t right now. We have to leave. Trust me?”

She gave a weak nod and he let go of her hands, certain this time that she would not run away.

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Book Review: Bound For Nirvana – Book 3 of the Bound Trilogy by Kendra Leigh

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Title: Bound For Nirvana

Series: The Bound Trilogy, Book 3

Author: Kendra Leigh

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance, Erotic Romance, Suspense

Release Date: September 29th

For readers 18 and over due to explicit sexual content

Relentlessly sexy. Emotionally deep. Tangled, twisted, intricately woven love story with romance and suspense.

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The bonds of their love saw them through the ravaging storm to the promise of peace and the chance to breathe …

Photo of the cover of Bound For Nirvana, an upcoming contemporary adult romantic suspense novel by indie author Kendra LeighAngel once believed her soul belonged to the Devil. Now she willingly gives every part of her—mind, body and soul—to the man whose love mends her a little more each day.

Ethan knows Hell is no place for an angel, especially not his Angel. He would sacrifice his soul every day of his life in order to save hers.

Fuelled by an almost obsessive desire, their need for each other ignites a passion that most couples could find destructive, but instead the flames of their possessive vigilance only seem to feed the fire of their insatiable hunger. The slaying of Ethan’s demons has made their fortress of love stronger than ever.

But Angel continues to paper over the cracks of her troubled past, running from the demons that chase her and the nightmares that plague her. When a twist of fate forces her to confront them, she finally begins to accept that her repressed memories need to be explored in order to attain the peace she craves.

But in her search for Nirvana, Angel discovers far more than buried memories.

What happens when the worst nightmare you’ve ever encountered is the one you wake up in?

When the past comes face to face with the present to reveal a web of diseased secrets and lies?

And the only road you can take leads to one destination … Hell.

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Bound For Nirvana is the culmination of one of the most romantic, most seductive, most suspenseful and riveting trilogies I’ve ever read. From the first page of the first book, Kendra Leigh sets the stage for an explosive series, and delivers a powerful punch to the heart at every turn. The pace is relentless, with twists you can never predict and outcomes you would never expect, taking the reader on an emotional rollercoaster of passion, lust, fear, anger, suspense, even terror. The characters are extraordinarily well developed, with the perfect balance between strength and vulnerability. Ethan Wilde and Angelica Lawson draw you into their world so quickly and so completely that you literally feel yourself rising to fight beside them for the happy ending they deserve.

One reviewer recently compared the relationship of Ethan Wilde and Angelica Lawson to an inferno, and I couldn’t agree more. Like a wildfire, it’s ferocious, all-consuming, and utterly unpredictable. But it is so much more than an intense sexual connection, a lust that won’t be denied. Beneath Ethan’s obsessive possessiveness and beyond Angel’s pervasive, crippling fear burns a connection so fierce, so hell-bent on survival, you know that, somehow, they are destined to be together, whatever it takes. And it takes nothing less than a fight to the death to bring their tumultuous relationship to its heart-wrenchingly beautiful conclusion.

The Bound Trilogy is, above all else, a story of uncompromising love, a love that has literally been to hell and back. It is a wild ride, well worth taking. I will miss Ethan and Angel. They are unlike any other couple in contemporary erotic romance, and one of a handful of fictional characters to have left a permanent mark on my heart. I’m looking forward to whatever comes next from this phenomenal new author, and am happy to declare myself a devoted fan for life.

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“Angel?” Ethan’s low, husky tones startled me.

He stood in the doorway wearing nothing but a pair of low-slung, faded jeans, the sight of him inciting my taste buds to drool desirously, like chocolate melting on my tongue.

“Come here,” he instructed.

Obeying instantly, I unfurled my legs and moved across the room toward him. He gazed at me, his expression still inscrutable, and then slowly he moved around to my back.

“Close your eyes.”

Again, I complied without hesitation. I felt something soft brush gently against my eyelids, a smooth, silky fabric blocking out all remaining light as it tightened against my skin. He was blindfolding me.

My heart struck my chest wall with a sudden instinctive foretaste of what was to come. The blindfold, his insistence that I wear my red shoes, his near-naked form in the doorway, suggested only one thing. But his talk of my needing to learn a lesson, his tone, and impenetrable mood hinted at something different. Nonetheless, my skin prickled with eager expectation as I waited for my next instruction in the darkness behind my eyelids.

Suddenly, his voice startled me. He was closer than I’d imagined, his breath warm against my ear, his smell … exquisite. “How does that make you feel?”

Misreading the question, I nodded to let him know I was okay.

“No, Angel. Tell me how it makes you feel.” His voice was slightly harsher than before, more demanding.

I thought about what he wanted me to say, trying to tune in to the sensations I was feeling, but struggling. “Restricted,” I said finally.

“Anything else?” He’d shifted, his lips grazing the lobe of my other ear now.

“Dependent.”

“Think beyond the blindfold.”

My mind searched for the answer, and then after a beat I whispered, “Aware. I feel more aware.”

“Of what?”

“You.”

“What is it about me you’re more aware of?”

“How close you are … Your scent.”

“My scent? And what does it smell like?”

Hesitating, I scrambled for words to try and describe it, eventually arriving at, “You.”

I felt him smile briefly against my cheek and then he was gone.

 

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Kendra Leigh fell in love with books and the wonderful world of reading from a very young age. She was at her happiest when Enid Blyton whisked her away up into the magical lands at the top of the Faraway Tree with Moon-face and the rest of the gang. Books have been her constant source of escapism ever since. Currently residing in the UK, Kendra devotes her life to her devilishly handsome partner, scandalously beautiful daughter and cute as hell Shih-Tzu. As well as writing and reading, Kendra loves great TV, especially Dexter, Homeland and Breaking Bad.

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Ethan Wilde. Billionaire. Business Man. Passionate. Powerful. Persistent.

One of New York’s most eligible bachelors.

Angel Lawson. Photographer. Gallery Owner. Burdened. Beautiful. Broken.

A woman bound by the ropes of her sins and forgotten past, fearful of her future.

A chance encounter…

Consumed by guilt and tormented by the bonds of a tragic past, Angel Lawson’s life has been a solitary journey, condemned to live without love. In order to preserve her damaged soul from further rejection, sex is as close to a man as she ever plans to get. She was already hell-bound for her sins. One more wasn’t going to hurt … … or so she thought.

When a passionate encounter throws her into the world of Ethan Wilde, Angel is helpless to resist the irrefutable desire and depth of raw emotion he ignites in her. Ethan is as intense as he is sinfully sexy. Irretrievably captivated by Angel, he seems just as intent on understanding her naked soul as he is desperate to possess every inch of her naked body. Angel craves his touch like a drug and yearns for the love he promises, but surrendering to the feelings he’s unearthed will mean exposing her fears and releasing the demons buried for a lifetime. Exposing her heart will leave it at risk of being broken. Will Angel choose to leave her life of solitude behind, or is the choice no longer hers?

Ethan Wilde is used to getting what he wants … and what he wants is Angel.

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Hell was hot, but the flames of deliverance might be the ones to burn …

For the first time in living memory, Angel Lawson feels cherished.

Ethan Wilde has taught her that love is possible for all, even the sinners among us. The bonds of his love free her from the shackles of her guilt. Inch by inch, he’s slid under her skin, folding himself around her soul like a soothing blanket. His love nourishes her starving heart, and his passion fuels the scorching flames of her deepest desires, driving her to the blissful edge of sweet insanity.

Brick by brick, she tears down the protective wall she’s built around her heart, and the ice inside begins to thaw.

To Ethan, Angel is the sole reason he exists, the blood in his veins, the drug to his addiction. He vows to mend her, to help her confront her demons and come to terms with a buried past that continues to haunt her.

But what lies beneath the surface of Ethan’s past?

Pasts left hidden to rot become dirty secrets. Secrets that can tear even the strongest love apart.

And secrets have a habit of revealing themselves when least expected ...

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