07 February 2015

Heart Search: Betrayal by Carlie Cullen launches!

After a well-deserved break for a not-so-well-deserved game of football, I return as ever-faithful to self-indulgence as I dare to be. Yes, indeed, I'm ready to dive back into the vast literary world! Look: I've got my trusty computer, my mug of coffee, my shy muses, and lots of time. All is well. 

No, wait! What is this? Rather than sitting on my laurels to absorb the praise for my dabble in vampire lore titled A DRY PATCH OF SKIN, I find competition once more! Paranormal Romance! Will the madness ever end? Shall vampires continue to whisk their capes through our haunted nightscapes? I thought not...until...now,

My friend and colleague at Myrddin Publishing, Carlie Cullen, has beaten me to the punch again with the launch of the third volume of her paranormal romance series Heart Search. Following Book I Heart Search: Lost and Book II Heart Search: Found, this next chapter of the series takes us into dangerous territory. (Want to know about the first two books? Click here for a video review of them!)

In fact, I have the entire kit and kaboodle right here! Take a look!

One bite started it all . . .

Joshua, Remy, and the twins are settled in their new life. However, life doesn’t always run smoothly. An argument between Becky and her twin causes unforeseen circumstances, an admission by Samir almost costs him his life, and the traitor provides critical information to Liam. But who is it?

As Jakki’s visions begin to focus on the turncoat’s activities, a member of the coven disappears, and others find themselves endangered.

And when Liam’s coven attacks, who will endure?

Fate continues to toy with mortals and immortals alike, and as more hearts descend into darkness, can they overcome the dangers they face and survive?

Being stuck on vampire time, I somehow miscalculated the Cover Reveal date for Heart Search: Betrayal but I can show the cover to you today! (Cover design is by Myrddin Publishing's own Nicole Antonia Carro.)

Here is an excerpt from Heart Search: Betrayal.

“Pavel and his group are in danger. I need you to leave immediately, take six of Joshua’s guards, get to the manor and then go southwest. You should meet up with Rick and his men. We dare not fight them this night, unless there is no alternative – we just need to get everyone back to the manor unscathed.”
“On my way!” She ended the call.
Samir pocketed his mobile. In the meantime, Joshua had rounded up the rest of their group and were ready to leave.
“Let’s go!” Samir said. Within mere seconds they were ploughing through the countryside, pushing themselves to ever greater speeds, faster than the wind. The trees rocked on their roots with the momentum of the hurtling vampires. Small creatures took cover in the undergrowth and birds flew screeching into the sky. They were more than a force of nature.
A few minutes later, Samir and his group reached the manor, vaulted the wall and made their way straight to the library. No one had returned. They immediately turned around and zoomed out and across the grounds. Just before they reached the wall, Emile, Iskra, and Sophia leapt over and landed right in front of them.
“Where are the others?” Samir asked, his voice full of concern.
“Right behind us,” Emile answered. Joshua jumped to the top of the wall, his feet nimbly landing either side of the sharp spikes. His eyes swept the land, his anxiety levels spiking through the stratosphere. Movement in the trees drew his attention.
“Someone’s coming!” he called down, his eyes never leaving the dense undergrowth. Relief flooded through him as he saw Pavel, Jakki, and some of the guards rocketing toward him. They hurdled the wall and landed safely beside Iskra. Jakki showed signs of having been in combat; there were tears in her clothes and her hair was dishevelled. Pavel looked less than his normal pristine self as did the guards.
Further rustling from the bushes and trees caused Joshua to whip his head around. Rick and several of the guards from both houses were charging away from a larger mob that was chasing them. They sprang over the wall to the safety of the grounds, leaving the snarling gang baying for their blood behind them.
Rick did a quick count up noticing only two men hadn’t returned, one of his and one of Joshua’s. He was pleased no one else had fallen prey to the gang. It appeared the mob had begun to disperse, but Joshua didn’t trust them. He remained on the wall scrutinising their every move. A scruffy-looking Rick joined him and together they surveyed the area until they were convinced the danger had passed.

Like prizes? Carlie is featuring a splendid giveaway to celebrate the launch of book three! 

Take a look at this "book trailer"! 

Isn't that cool? I mean, darkly ominously cool? 

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing.

She has always written in some form or another, but started to write novels in 2011. Her first book was published by Myrddin Publishing in 2012. She writes in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is also a principal editor for Eagle Eye Editors, as well as holding the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. They have published four anthologies so far, two for adults and two for children, all of which raise money for a local hospice.

Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

You can learn more about Carlie Cullen and her work by following these links.

Twitter: @carlie2011c

Heart Search, book one: Lost: http://smarturl.it/HeartSearch-Lost
Heart Search, book two: Found: http://smarturl.it/HeartSearch-Found
Heart Search: book three: Betrayal: http://hyperurl.co/HeartSearch-Betrayal

Trivia: One character in my vampire book A DRY PATCH OF SKIN actually mentions she is reading Heart Search: Lost. I'm sure by now she has finished Heart Search: Found and is waiting for Heart Search: Betrayal to launch. Now I'm inspired to write a sequel.

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  1. @Stephen--that is most definitely an ominously cool trailer. And welcome back to the blogging world ♥ we've missed your dry wit!

  2. That trivia piece was a revelation to me! Thank you so much for that and this great post.

    1. Oh, long time ago, I asked you via Facebook. It's just one line of dialog.

    2. I'd forgotten. It was lovely to be reminded :-)

  3. Nice trivia piece and surprise for Carlie. :-) I love this series and will be reviewing Heartsearch III shortly. For all you readers out there, be sure and grab the freebie, Heartsearch: Lost, and meet Remy and Joshua. If you love vamps, these books are a MUST READ.

    sherry @ fundinmental