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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Launch of Julie Flander's Turnagain Arm & Brinda Berry's Tempting Fate

Today, Idea City presents two new reads from talented authors, Julia Flander's The Turnagain Arm, a prequel to her novel Polar Night, and Brinda Berry's NA romance Tempting Fate. Coincidentally, both are in the suspense wheelhouse. Make sure to scroll down and enter both Rafflecopters for some amazing swag and books!

First up, Julia Flanders. Polar Night's Aleksei Nechayev leaves war-torn Russia in 1917 and makes his way to Alaska. Settling at a railroad camp, Aleksei comes up against an adversary who seems to know the truth about the newly-turned vampire's identity, and who gives Aleksei much more than he bargained for at The Turnagain Arm.

Cover design by Michael Di Gesu
Only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle
Book Blurb: 
Locomotive wheels screech to a halt. Potters Creek, Alaska is nothing more than a small camp set up alongside the tracks. A weathered sign dominates the scene. The Turnagain Arm Saloon, Est.1917

Only one passenger remains and exits.
The early afternoon full moon peaks through a shimmering snow fall as a shadow casts over each split rail. The wind howls, sweeping the cloak of a hooded figure. He follows   the tracks toward the distant saloon. A hulking man crunches through the snow, attracting his attention. Calling out to him in a foreign accent, the townsman stops in mid step. The stranger catches up and engages him. Until…

The man disappears under the stranger’s cloak.
Blood drips from his lips, and he wipes the remaining trickles from his mouth. After disposing of the body, the mysterious figure continues on his journey. He glides through the snow as if on a sleigh, leaving no footprints behind. Within a short period, he convinces Vasyl, the owner of the saloon, to hire him. Aleksei charms everyone he meets. But soon mistrust enters every tense line on Vasyl’s face as others disappear, and his wife falls under Aleksei’s spell.
The classic game of cat and mouse continues, but who will win? Is a mere mortal any match for Aleksei? A spark ignites within Alexei after yet another of Vasyl’s attempts to disgrace him. This man knows of me. He must be a witch. Aleksei laughs. You are no match for me or my plan.

Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer the rest of the time. She's also a television addict with a particular fondness for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, and a slightly obsessive sports fan who cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cincinnati Bengals. A life-long animal lover and animal rescue advocate, she shares her home with her rescued dog and cat.
Published novels include the paranormal thriller Polar Night and the historical ghost story The Ghosts of Aquinnah. Both are available from Ink Smith Publishing. Polar Day, the sequel to Polar Night, will be published by Ink Smith in January, 2015.

Julie is a proud member of the speculative fiction writing group Untethered Realms. Meet the rest of the group and explore their books at Please visit Julie at her website at or contact her at She can also be found on Twitter at @JulesFlanders.

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***Next up, Brinda Berry and Tempting Fate!

Tempting Fate (a Serendipity novel)
by Brinda Berry
New Adult Romantic Suspense
Available October 1

When two worlds collide, it can only be fate. 

Collin knows trouble when he sees it. A beautiful girl crashing into his car? She should be flashing a neon DANGER sign. He knows better than to get involved with a fresh-faced babe who could break his already-tattered heart. After graduating from college, he's on track to start over in a new place. He's discovering what he wants from life, away from the shadow of his overbearing father and the betrayal of his cheating ex-fiancé. 

Veronica's home life morphs from trailer park to homeless after a bloody fight between her brother and her ex. She's on the run from a situation that promises to be deadly. Without a home, money, or friends, she's at Collin's mercy. 

Fate brought them together. Will a secret from her past tear them apart?

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  1. Congratulations to both Julie and Brinda!

  2. Both of these look awesome! Congrats to Julia and Brinda!

    Also--I have a cover soon! Your comment on my blog reminded me I wanted to tell you :)

  3. How exciting - vampire tale! Good luck, Julie! And good luck to Brinda on her new release! :)

  4. Meradeth, can't wait to see it! And yes, both of these books sound like great reads! I love suspense.

  5. I love to see librarians writing books! Congrats to both Julie and Brinda.

  6. Good luck, you two. Hope you continue to make waves around the blogOsphere.

  7. Julie-- Cool new release and I had no idea Michael did covers. :)

  8. Congrats to Julie and Brinda! I've read Julie's book already and it's fantastic. :)

  9. Thanks so much again for sharing this, Catherine! And congrats to Brinda!

  10. Both books sound good! Good luck to both authors. I read Julie's first, and look forward to reading this one.

  11. The introductory text beginning with, 'If you like the Faust myths' is really well-executed, Catherine. It not only tells a bit about Dorianna but gives an idea of the voice that created it. Nice!

    1. Oh, my gosh. I just realized I posted a comment to the wrong post. I'm so sorry. I had trouble scrolling around and got a little lost. Sorry!