Offbeat & Queen of My Heart by Nikki Lynn Barrett


Double release tour for Nikki Lynn Barrett



Love and Music In Texas Book 5

Name of cover designer: Robert Barrett

Official genre of book: Contemporary romantic




Life is full of choices… 


Right before she turned sixteen, Taryn McAllister made several rebellious choices, one which led her to become the drummer for a major teen sensation country star. After a deadly accident, she made another choice – to get back on the wagon and play drums again, no matter that it took adapting because she’s confined to a wheelchair.

Now another set of choices is thrust upon her. After reconnecting with her estranged best friend, Taryn is offered a chance to play drums for a local Texas band ready for the Nashville move. Her once strong confidence is shaken, and she’s torn between her love of music and the reality that it might not work out.

Chris Roland made a string of bad choices, and it’s left him feeling numb. Now he’s playing the drums temporarily for his sister’s band, but he knows this isn’t the life for him. Problem is, he doesn’t know what direction to go. He knows what he doesn’t want, but can’t decide on what he does want.

And then he meets Taryn, the feisty drummer who could be his replacement. He’s relieved for a chance to break away….that is until he gets to know her. And while he’s getting to know her, she’s helping to open up a part of his soul that was long dead and buried.

It’s high time to make the right choices. It’s just a matter of deciding what choice is right.


“Okay, I’ve got the book.” Chris wrangled himself away from the woman’s arm. “Alice, have you met Taryn? She’s playing drums for Baby Stetson. We managed to steal her away from Kyra Sanders.” His eyes met hers, and Taryn knew right off the bat this made him uncomfortable.

Ah. This must be one of his casual sex partners. Fan-friggin-tastic. Taryn gave Alice a long glance. She could see why Chris was attracted to her. Alice had long, dark hair, big breasts, and plenty to offer. So what the hell did he continue to see her for if he could get things from women like Alice?

“Really? You play drums?” Alice didn’t hide her shock.

“She’s one of the best drummers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.” Moving around Alice as she continued to gawk, Chris settled in the chair again, then slid the book over to Taryn. “Pick your poison.”

“Don’t let Kyra hear you say that,” she giggled as she searched the book for Kyra’s song listings. Then she realized Alice still lingered. “It’s nice to meet you, Alice.” She stifled a laugh at the woman’s look. She must not get rejected often. The feeling lasted for less than a minute before Taryn’s insecurities crept in.

Not that she’d ever had a lot of success rates with men, but now she had a lot more stacked against her.

“Yeah, nice to meet you, too.” Alice faked it. She made it obvious. “You played drums for Kyra Sanders? Like seriously?”

“For three years.”

“Nice.” Alice brushed it off, then faced Chris. “Call me sometime. Soon. We need another good time.” She practically purred before sauntering off, swaying her ass as she moved.

“Taryn-” Chris started.

“Let me guess. She’s one of your casuals,” she said at the same time, flipping the pages of the book back and forth in her hands.

“Was,” he corrected.


“Yes. Was. I don’t want to be that person any longer.” He reached across and covered one of her hands. Taryn froze. The way she reacted to his touch scared her.

“What kind of person do you want to be?” Her voice cracked. Damn, she needed water.

“The person who gets and keeps your attention,” Chris said softly.

“But-” She darted a glance towards the way Alice went.

“Don’t, Taryn. Don’t look back at her and compare. I know you are. I didn’t even remember her name until Melody said something about it being the girl who works at the inn. I know, it sounds bad as I say it.”

Yeah, yeah she was. Damn him for figuring it out.



Life Won’t Wait, Book #1

Name of cover designer: Robert Barrett

Official genre of book: Contemporary romantic

When the next King of country music offers to take you under his wing, what’s a girl to do?

Pinch herself, of course. Repeatedly. Then take the offer!

Quinn Winters is tired of being the actress known for most killed off characters. After discovering her love of music when her last role portrayed a country singer on a daytime soap opera, she’s making a much needed change in life. Quinn is unprepared for the demands and expectations needed to succeed in Music City. One pleading call from her sister puts her in an all too familiar, but unwanted position.

Five years ago, Tucker McGinnis auditioned for a reality singing show, never expecting to win. His sudden fame and popularity comes as a major surprise. After a multi platinum debut, his second album is suffering the dreaded sophomore jinx. His musical muse becomes elusive when guilt plagues him over an accident which affects his family. He is blown away by Quinn when he overhears her audition at his record label, singing his most personal song.

An attraction builds, and a connection through music is formed. But when life gets in the way, Tucker makes another offer – A temporary marriage which will benefit both of them, until things become too real.

Two souls destined for the stage, two hearts blending together to create beautiful music as individuals, but even better as country music’s next power couple- if they can shed the images of who they used to be.


“No. I can’t let that happen. She’s my niece. I want to take her. Tell me what I have to do to become her guardian,” Quinn pleaded. “Winnie said she’d sign over custody if need be, so what do I do?”

“Quinn, how can you do that? Aren’t you in Nashville trying to get a record deal? That’s not the life Piper needs. She needs stability.” The woman’s tone was sympathetic. Her gaze landed on Tucker. Something flickered in her eyes. Probably recognition.

“I’ll sell the property Grams left me. It’ll give me the money to take care of Piper and hopefully get something going for Winnie when she gets clean.” Desperation laced her voice. Tucker could tell by the stricken tone that she didn’t want to go that route.

He had no idea what made him do it, especially since Quinn never agreed, but Tucker spoke without thinking on it too much. “She has stability. She’s kinda living with me already. She’s also started a job with me for the past few months, and we’ve become close. I- I know it’s a short time, but I’ve been thinking about asking her to marry me. Is that stable enough?”

When Quinn gasped, Tucker stepped closer and closed his fingers over her cold, clammy ones. Forgive me, darlin’. I couldn’t help myself. Again he’d made a ballsy, unlike him move. “I’m sorry to ruin the surprise, but you know I’ll do whatever I can for you, and especially Piper.” His voice wavered. No taking the words back now. “I don’t want to you give up that property. We’ve talked about this, darlin’” Did he pull off the act?

What. The. Fuck. Possessed him to do that?

“I knew you looked familiar. Tucker McGinnis.” The woman’s jaw dropped.

“Yes, ma’am. I heard Quinn’s voice one day, and I couldn’t stay away. We kept our relationship quiet for personal reasons, of course. Whatever we need to do in order to get Piper in Quinn’s custody, please let us know. We’ll make it all official right away if we have to. Quinn and Piper will be well cared for. The two of them won’t have a thing to worry about.”

Dig a hole, why don’tcha?

The case worker attempted to keep her composure. Tucker noted the relief in her eyes. “I’ll go get Piper so you can see her. We’ll need to get official documentation and permission from your sister. If she’ll sign over guardianship to you, we’ll have this taken care of within a few days. If she refuses…” She started to walk away. “Oh, and Quinn? Congratulations. I’m so happy you’re happy. Good for you.”

“You and me. Outside. Now,” Quinn muttered through clenched teeth. He followed her to the front porch. “What the hell were you thinking? Do you know how much worse you made this? Seriously, Tucker!”


I’m an avid lover of books. I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first “book” by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I’ll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.


Michael Thal


The Legend of Koolura

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Koolura isn’t an ordinary girl. She has what every child dreams. She has the COOL.

Koolura has doubts about herself. She and her father have relocated so often she has few community ties. Here, at her new school, for the first time in her life she feels right at home.

Koolura is a sixth grade Armenian girl and this story tells how she obtained the cool powers and gradually learns to use them. She has the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear where she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and she can even defy gravity!

But will these powers be of any use in stopping a stalker intent on the destruction of Koolura and her friends? He’s determined to retrieve Koolura’s unrealized cool powers with the mysterious decoolerizer.

The hour approaches for her final confrontation with her nemesis, the stalker believed to be responsible for her mother’s death.

Author Bio

Smaller SearsMichael Thal is the author of five published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series—The Legend of Koolura, Koolura and The Mystery at Camp Saddleback, and Koolura and the Mayans. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner writing articles about parenting and education.

Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school aged students.

You can learn more about Michael Thal on his website and blog at His books can be purchased on and Barnes & Noble in print and as e-books.



Book Genre: Spirituality
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014

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Book Description:

Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to  herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.


Defining Ways interview

  1. Your path through spirituality is unique and diverse, were you raised in a particular philosophy/religion or with an open forum to all?

I was brought up Jewish, but with little understanding of the religion itself. My mother came from an English-Jewish background and mixed various holiday traditions, so she first celebrated Christmas by putting presents under the bed instead of a tree. However, my brother became so overexcited about all the presents that we changed to a more traditional Hanukkah. But aside from that holiday, religion wasn’t part of our daily lives. My father came from an Eastern-European Jewish family who kept kosher, but he was a rebel of sorts, so I didn’t get any clear religious understanding from him either.

What I did get from my mother was that there was something more to this world, something bigger than we could understand with our mind alone. She always had an unspoken sense of spirituality about her.

When I was young I asked her what religion we were, and she said, with much conviction, “The only real religion, is to be a decent human being.” And that’s what I’ve always tried to be. I think because I was raised in more of an open forum I didn’t have to rebel against anything and was more open to what called me.

  1. Spiritually can unite us to those with common beliefs as well as pull us away from people who are not open to our philosophies. Can you give personal examples of each?

The example that pops to mind is actually in relation to my book and happens in both directions. Drawn closer and pushed away. The example I’m talking about relates to my book title – Interviewed by God. When people are more religious, they’re draw to the word ‘God’ in the title. They’re very excited and assume we have much in common – which we actually do at a spiritual essence level. But when I explain that the book really isn’t “religious” at all and that it leans more towards spirituality in the New Age sense they seem quite disappointed and turned off.


Like I said, this happens in the opposite direction as well. Because of the word ‘God’ in the title more “spiritual” New Age individuals seem to be turned off from the get-go. Then when they get to know me and what the book is about – if they are willing to – they get very excited and those kinds of common beliefs bring us closer together.


It’s quite an interesting phenomenon to experience in real time and in both directions about the same title. Because of this and other experiences I’ve had in my life I pay very close attention to what personally draws me and pulls me away from people. My intention now is to always go a little deeper and make sure my preferences aren’t just unconscious beliefs keeping me separate from others.

  1. What is the greatest tool to Spirituality in your experience?


This is one of my favorite subjects. In my experience the greatest spiritual “tool” is our Inner Guidance. From a very young age we’re taught that all our answers, our reassurance and our acknowledgment comes from other people. We cannot be loved unless someone loves us, we do not feel successful or truly happy unless we are being acknowledged by others. We are taught to go for the gold star, for the good job, the big house, the perfect relationship, etc. If we can achieve all these things, then we’ll be happy. And look where it gets most of us. The level of stress and dissatisfaction in most cultures is appalling.


When we learn to reconnect fully to the guidance of grace and wisdom within us, our experience of life transforms. We are no longer confused, lonely, or fearful in the same way ever again. We learn that we are never alone, we are completely capable, and always cared for. What could be better than that!

Author Bio:

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn’t understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.

As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.

After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.

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Twitter: @BethBanning



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Solstice Publishing


Genre:  A Paranormal Romance


9th June 2016


Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek
comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future
events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take
more than her gift to prove his innocence.


smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious
complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there
is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction
between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma
in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected
events together?


and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and
perhaps themselves.





resides in Romania, the native country of
the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist
dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal
phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if
not to prison. 


Teacher of English and German in her
native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim
years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.


She has dreamed all her life to become a
writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just
drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of
the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing.
Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of
Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by
Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.


first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child
Publishing, USA.


                   Carmen joined the volunteer
staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of
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Guest blog by Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks) on PUNK ROCKER

I’m very happy to announce an upcoming release, which will include two stories from author and friend, Christoph Fischer. PUNK ROCKER, a new book dropping May 15th is the brainchild of author, Bren…

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