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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Enigma Gamers Book Interview & Book Tour Giveaway

The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7)Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportu cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands.






Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims, while avoiding detection from anywhere in the world? How does anyone find the culprits holding international cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands

Julie and Juan’s cyber assassin technology services team are immersed in these outrageous cyber-crime events occurring at multiple locations around the world. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the find and fix contest of cyber warfare, unlike any seen to date. How will they prove that the of 21st century video game playing has evolved beyond the that simple after-school distraction for children? With Supercomputers, the adage ‘bigger toys for bigger boys’ takes on a whole new definition. These Gamers may be after far more than just points.
George, Ty, Ernesto, Mercedes, EZ, and even Juan—travel to and investigate their respective assignments where they find they are undermined by organization’s leadership unwilling to listen to reason, playing the part of victim. Tampering with automated processes, driven by today’s explosion of technology use, is only the beginning of the competitive nature of these players. Cyber bad guys always think they can’t be caught or stopped.
Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma Series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. Book 7 of the series, The Enigma Gamers, A CATS Tale, is focused on misguided technology using Julie and Juan’s talented and tenacious team of professionals committed to finding and punishing evil achievers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.
You may find yourself trying to rewrite the ending to match how you see the world, or how it should be.

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Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. In book 7 of the series, *The Enigma Gamers*,
The CATS Team, led by Julie and Juan, is committed to avenging and administering justice to evil doers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.
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Interview - 



1.      What was your hardest scene to write?

Throughout the series, Breakfield and Burkey have several complex scenes which can take longer to come together. When a complex scene doesn’t fit it may take several back and forth exchanges between us to get it right.
We outline our stories in advance and have the overall direction we wish to take the story. All of the characters which contribute to the story, or all the locations, or even all the barriers to the goals are not in place before we write. These elements of the story unfold as the chapters are written and characters decide what they want to do.  This is why for us a key element of putting a story together involves literary ping pong where we share the story back and forth until it has the right balance.
In The Enigma Always we had a chapter which was created really early in the story’s writing but had no place in the outline of where we thought it might go. It was moved, as we recall, at least 20 times before it was placed in the right area of the story. Yet it provides a lesson learned element for one of our favorite returning characters, Petra. Your followers can certainly let us know when they listen or read that portion and provide feedback on the placement of that chapter.

2.      Do you Google yourself?

Sometimes following a marketing campaign or a book tour, we will Google our names or the book targeted in the effort to see if we are visible sooner. Not often though as we are so busy trying to complete our tasks or write the next chapter.
Google and other elements of the Internet are a unending sea of Big Data. The various algorithms Bots used by all the vendor tools are updated and refined continually. We believe that Big Data and machine learning to allow better automation may be directing more than just our buying choices as we move forward. Toward that end Breakfield and Burkey are exploring some of the technology landmines we may be creating for ourselves with technology adaptation in the next story of the series with our working title, The Enigma A.I. Wars.
Technology is moving so fast and adopted by people across industries in differing ways. The results can vary as much as the people using it. It is an exciting time with endless possibilities but also a terrifying time with unwanted consequences. The question becomes how much control in choice will each of us have in the near future.

3.      What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

This part of the problem of balancing a professional technology career with storytelling. Each of these activities actually feed the other to one degree or another. At this point Breakfield and Burkey just want it all!
Okay, one exception if the series was pick up for a serious movie deal and we were required to be a part of the production, traveling all over the world, and meeting people, Breakfield and Burkey agree to give up their regular professional careers.

4.      What are your favorite literary journals?

We tend to like Fortune magazine for the financial and economics of the planet and Dark Reading for the newest technical exploit being used by the cyber bad guys.  Webinars are also big and important sources of new technology being served up.  This helps build the literary soup we draw from when building our stories.
We have been following digital magazines that highlight books and reviews in the various media. Kirkus Reviews (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/) are available on all our stories and The Enigma Source was recently featured in the yearend magazine distributed to libraries, agents, publishers, and others interested in recent books.  Audiobook Reviewers (https://audiobookreviewer.com/) has reviewed our audio books and we have been awarded multiple 5-star reviews and the ABR Choice Award. InD’tale Magazine (https://www.indtale.com/) another source we look at for capturing new book reviews has review several of our audiobooks and eBooks awarding us Crowned Heart status and even a RONE Finalist for The Enigma Factor audio book.  These are great sources to check out current releases or see what books have historically rate high with established reviewers.



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Friday, January 25, 2019

Wicked Origins by Paula Black


I have no idea what’s happening to me.
When a tornado dropped my car in a land of short, wild people, I was shocked. With no way to get home, no idea where I was and no clue how to communicate with the muchkins, I was completely out of luck. Then I found out that my car had landed on someone and killed them. Supposedly she was the Wicked Witch of the East.
If that wasn’t bad enough, now her ruby slippers magically appear on my feet, and slowly, I’m becoming her.
Now I need to get to Emerald City and see the Wizard if I want to stop the transformation and return home. But the yellow brick road is no cake-walk, and I don’t know what I’ll find at the end of this journey. Luckily, I have three brothers I meet along the way to help me on my journey. Each of them is vying for my affection, as if it doesn’t matter that my skin is turning green.
Wicked Origins is a modern YA Reverse-Harem Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.
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Available in Kindle Unlimited

Paula Black is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wears many hats – and none of them is a night cap. Running on tea, Kpop, and sheer adrenaline, she battles monsters and witches with little to no sleep. She is the sleepy panda who loves to cuddle with boys, dogs, cats, and other pets. If you want to know her other identities or when she will release the next book in series, subscribe to her mailing list: http://subscribepage.com/paulablack

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#excerpt It's A Curse to Remember - Storm & Contest



The first in a series, Storm is a twists-and-turns thriller driven by compelling characters challenged by dangerous forces, both external, internal, and eternal. Evan Storm had been confronted by his past (an unpleasant one at that) in his dreams, and now in his waking life. He is struggling to reconcile the evil that lurks in his soul. Shadow Hex is his new neighbor, who also fears a dangerous past – her former fiancĂ© who works for the Secret Eye Agency (which is as shadowy and sinister as it sounds). Does Shadow hold the key to Evan’s redemption? Is redemption even possible?  

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Later that evening, Evan sat in his office to grade the final
exams and projects of the semester. He told himself the day
they were released for winter vacation that he would finish
grading everything by the weekend and then enjoy time off.
Yet, the exams were still ungraded and all he could manage
to think about was Shadow. He fiddled with his pen as he
contemplated the questions that arose. He had questions that
were beyond his comprehension, only because there were
some things in the world that weren’t meant to be understood.

Why did the universe bring Shadow to Lake View? What
purpose did she serve him? What purpose did he serve her?

Evan shook away the thoughts and forced himself to focus.
He went back on grading the essay he’d read over ten times
on Antisocial Personality Disorder. Each student was free to
choose a topic of their choice. This topic in particular was
interesting because had Derek seen a psychologist, Evan was
pretty sure Derek would’ve been diagnosed with ASPD. He
showed all the signs for ASPD except for one: irresponsible
work behavior. He didn’t obey the law but worked above and
beyond for his clients. It brought the question of why. ASPD
as Evan knew was caused by a combination of genetics and
environmental influences. Unfortunately for Evan, he didn’t
remember that far back in order to get the slightest bit of
understanding as to why Derek was the way he was.

After staring at the essay, Evan pushed it aside having only
read the first page. He leaned back in his chair and closed his
eyes for a moment. His mind once again jumped to the one
thing that kept it occupied at all times now: Shadow.

He wanted to know what her story was. With the knowledge
of being her husband in a previous life, meeting Shadow
made him believe they were put on each other’s paths for a
reason. To Evan, the timing of everything felt more than just
a coincidence.

Grandma Venice’s voice echoed in his mind as he tried to
make sense of the situation. “How are you going to make things right?
You don’t know this woman. Are you going to tell her you were married to
her? How would this work?” Venice had some valid points indeed,
but still, Evan believed everything happened for a reason. Everything and everyone served a purpose. However, it was up to the person to figure out what that purpose was, and that
irked Evan.

Out of frustration, Evan put the essay back on top of the
stack with the rest. When he rose from his chair, he caught
a glimpse of a silhouette from his computer screen. He froze.
Evan didn’t want to turn around, knowing who it’d be. The hair
on his neck and arms rose with each passing second. Finally,
Evan brought himself to face the demon that haunted him.



      Born and raised in California, Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu always had an insatiable appetite for reading and writing. She would often be reprimanded for working on literary ventures when she should have been paying attention to teachers. In addition to being a highly accomplished writer, Sidhu is a passionate businesswoman, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and running a women’s clothing company with her younger sister.       For more information about Storm and Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu, please visit and follow: Official author website: gurpreetkaursidhu.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsacursetoremember/ Twitter: @gurpreetksidhu IG: gurpreetksidhu316 Enter to win 1 of 5 paperbacks.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review and Contest - The Heartbreak Cowboy



*Old flames burn hotter the second time around...*

It’s been four long years since McCrea Coldiron watched Eleanor Mackenna
walk out of his life. He wasn’t ready for the marriage noose then and never
thought he would be. Single, free to do as he pleases, and running the
Promise Point Horse Rescue Ranch are the things that make him sure he was
right to let Eleanor go… This is until she comes back to town with a
daughter he never knew about in tow.

Eleanor knows just how badly McCrea can burn a woman and how persuasive
he can be when he wants something, so she’s more than cautious about
his charming words and cocky grin when she comes home to arrange the
sale of her grandparents’ ranch. But when a flat tire in a thunderstorm
introduces four-year-old Sophie to her daddy, Eleanor knows McCrea’s love
for his daughter is genuine. Can she trust it will be the same for her? As
the icy walls around her heart begin to melt, Eleanor must find the courage
to trust her heart or run away from the man who has always owned it.
Being shown what he lost is a wake-up call for McCrea and he isn’t about to
let Eleanor or Sophie walk away. It’s time to prove he’s a man who believes
in love and happy-ever-after.

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Are you looking for a book that you can't put down? Pick up The Heartbreak Cowboy. The author dives into Eleanor and McCrea's backstory and their relationship. It is heartfelt and even had me laughing. I could see this book made into a movie on the Hallmark channel. I loved it so much.

About Mina Beckett

Mina and her husband live on a small farm in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southern Kentucky. She's an artist, an avid reader, a dog lover, and a miniature horses enthusiast. Life in her corner of the world consists of long winter nights curled up by the fire, cheering on her favorite football teams in the fall, enduring March Madness in the spring and walking barefoot through her garden with a cold jar of tea in the summer fireflies at sunset accompanied by a serenade of crickets and frogs, and lazy nights in the porch swing.
Pick up the prequel novella The Cowboy's Goodnight Kiss for FREE on Mina's website!
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Friday, November 2, 2018

August by Amarie Avant

August Reiss Seven years ago, the love of my life and my parents died a robbery gone wrong. Do you know what that can do to a professionally trained hitman? Now, I work for a government organization, my next assignment is to infiltrate the Marchand’s crew. The information is vague. But what takes the cake, is that the family “business” of crooks I’m to investigate, includes a Bajan little sister whose lips are the definition of sex and trouble. And yet Natalia’s soft curves are off limits—not because her brothers will bash my head in.     No, she is capable of offing me herself. Natalia Marchand  Anything a man can do, I can do it better. I’ve lived by that credo my entire life, and with my dangerous ‘job’ it’s always been true. I’m a rich man’s kryptonite, I can pretend to desire you, and then execute a plan to take all you own. My brother’s and I live a dangerous lifestyle. Then in walks muscles, murky green eyes, and a cocky smile. August needs a place to stay, and he’s saved my kid brother’s life. Now, he’s a god to my brothers. Can he really be trusted? But I'll put a bullet to his head if he proves my intuition is right.  
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Heartbreak Cowboy by Mina Beckett

*Old flames burn hotter the second time around…*
It’s been four long years since McCrea Coldiron watched Eleanor Mackenna
walk out of his life. He wasn’t ready for the marriage noose then and never
thought he would be. Single, free to do as he pleases, and running the
Promise Point Horse Rescue Ranch are the things that make him sure he was
right to let Eleanor go… This is until she comes back to town with a
daughter he never knew about in tow.
Eleanor knows just how badly McCrea can burn a woman and how persuasive
he can be when he wants something, so she’s more than cautious about
his charming words and cocky grin when she comes home to arrange the
sale of her grandparents’ ranch. But when a flat tire in a thunderstorm
introduces four-year-old Sophie to her daddy, Eleanor knows McCrea’s love
for his daughter is genuine. Can she trust it will be the same for her? As
the icy walls around her heart begin to melt, Eleanor must find the courage
to trust her heart or run away from the man who has always owned it.
Being shown what he lost is a wake-up call for McCrea and he isn’t about to
let Eleanor or Sophie walk away. It’s time to prove he’s a man who believes
in love and happy-ever-after.

About Mina Beckett

Mina and her husband live on a small farm in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southern Kentucky. She’s an artist, an avid reader, a dog lover, and a miniature horses enthusiast.
Life in her corner of the world consists of long winter nights curled up by the fire, cheering on her favorite football teams in the fall, enduring March Madness in the spring and walking barefoot through her garden with a cold jar of tea in the summer ? fireflies at sunset accompanied by a serenade of crickets and frogs, and lazy nights in the porch swing. 
Pick up the prequel novella The Cowboy’s Goodnight Kiss

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cover Reveal - August by Amarie Avant

August Reiss
Seven years ago, the love of my life and my parents died a robbery gone wrong.
Do you know what that can do to a professionally trained hitman?
Now, I work for a government organization, my next assignment is to infiltrate the Marchand’s crew.
The information is vague.
But what takes the cake, is that the family “business” of crooks I’m to investigate, includes a Bajan little sister whose lips are the definition of sex and trouble.
And yet Natalia’s soft curves are off limits—not because her brothers will bash my head in.
No, she is capable of offing me herself.
Natalia Marchand 
Anything a man can do, I can do it better.
I’ve lived by that credo my entire life, and with my dangerous ‘job’ it’s always been true.
I’m a rich man’s kryptonite, I can pretend to desire you, and then execute a plan to take all you own.
My brother’s and I live a dangerous lifestyle.
Then in walks muscles, murky green eyes, and a cocky smile. August needs a place to stay, and he’s saved my kid brother’s life.
Now, he’s a god to my brothers. Can he really be trusted?
But I’ll put a bullet to his head if he proves my intuition is right.

Releases October 29 Pre-order on Amazon