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Guest Post: Author Megan S. Johnston

I’d like to welcome Megan S. Johnston today.  She is the author of the new book, Transition.  This is the first in her Chimera Hunters series.  You can find my book review on Transition here.  So, I hand the reigns over to Megan.  Take it away…

First, I would like to thank “The Book Maven”, for hosting me here today.

You would think my favorite type of heroes would be super heroes, because that’s what I write about, but it’s not. My favorite hero is the unsung one, the one who resides next to you, your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. It is the everyday heroes I admire most.

Firefighters and police officer are the ones who keep us safe. Each of their jobs is demanding in its own way. They both risk their lives on a daily bases to keep everyone as safe as they can.

As a law enforcement officer, it’s a daily unpredictability. Who will they have to chase down? Will the perpetrator carry a gun? Police Officers are in constant danger daily. Who should they trust? They can only rely on themselves to keep others and themselves safe. They are hated by many.

As a firefighter, the thought of running into a burning building to save lives is a scary thought. Who would do such a thing? Not many. Your brain would go into protect mode. But, a firefighter would. They are trained to keep themselves and other firefighters safe, while saving lives and homes. They are loved by many.

Some days I am sure they wish they could communicate telepathically, or instantly change into a different species. To have bullets bounce off their chest, and fire that would never burn their skin.  But these people are real and the bullets and fire not only kill, but a person could be marred for life.

So, here are two of my favorite heroes. Their jobs are demanding. They both put themselves in danger every day to save lives and homes.  One is loved and the other hated. But both are heroes in my eyes.

Author Bio:

Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.

Title: Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Number of Pages:  259

Publisher: Self Published

Formats available for review: Ebook

The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people were desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon had just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal was to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Author links:

http://megansjohnston.com

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6003257.Megan_S_Johnston

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/megansjohnston1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston

Tour Stops:

August 3  For The Love of Film And Novels Guest Post

August 4  Bookmaven   Review

August 5 Bookmaven  Guest post or interview

August 6  The Peasants Revolt- Review

August 7  A Buckeye Girl Reads- Review

August 8 The Peasants Revolt-  Author Interview

August 9   Hanging With Bells Guest Post

August 10  A Buckeye Girl Reads Guest Post

Review: Transition by Megan S. Johnston

Today’s review is about Megan S. Johnston’s new book, Transition.  This is a paranormal romance book.  This is the first book in the Chimera Hunters series.

Transition begins as Develon has found his sodalis, Shelby.  He realizes this because they have been sharing dreams together for months.  He knows this is what the Chimera do when they find their one true mate.  Now, he only has to meet her.  Shelby has been dreaming about this incredibly good-looking guy for months.  When she attempts to tell her friend about him she tells her she must find a “real” guy.  So, the two of them go on a little skiing vacation right before Shelby goes home for Christmas.  Here Shelby and her friend meet two very good-looking guys.  Those two good-looking guys end up being Chimera and not only that but one of them is Develon.  Shelby and Develon finally get to meet and the chemistry is electric.  But, some unfortunate accidents and a discovery threaten to shake up the bond that is so strong between these two.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was a new take on the shape shifter idea.  Also, I loved the idea of the sodalis.  That they could find the one half of their soul and feel complete is something most people want.  All of the Chimera characters are unbelievably hot and will send many women to Antarctica looking for these men.  Shelby and Develon a two very well-developed characters.  I enjoyed how their bond did grow and you could actually see and feel it through the story.  I know this is the first book in the series, but I am so ready for the next.  I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

For more information about Transition by Megan S. Johnston you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

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Guest Post and Giveaway for Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson

I want to welcome Jack Heath to my blog today.  This is part two today of my Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising blog tour stop.  I am so glad Jack could stop by today to share of background with the book.  Also, we are having a give away today.  So check out the bottom of the post  for details.  I will now hand the reigns over to Jack.

Salem Witch Bloodline

by Jack Heath

It’s no secret I feel fortunate to be aware of the fact that my ancestral bloodline is pretty rare, historically speaking in America.  I wouldn’t have been so passionate about writing my first novel Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising, along with author John Thompson if I wasn’t so passionate about my heritage.  As a boy, I was told by my grandparents and later my father that I was a direct descendant to Rebecca Nurse and her family as well as to the Putnam’s.  Even along the bloodline path to the Nurse family (who were known at the Towne family when they lived in England) and the Putnam clan, there are some fascinating ancestors I am aware of such as Judge Thomas Bancroft Newhall.  Newhall was a major force in early Lynn, Massachusetts and quite famous for his legal and judicial career.  A painted portrait of the good Judge Newhall hangs in my living room to this day.  Israel Putnam was a famous revolutionary war General.  His photo is also in our living room.  But the bloodline going directly back to the both the Putnam line and Rebecca Nurse line is most fascinating to me.

I was born John Andrew Heath III, and was told I was the 9th direct John Andrew Heath.  My great-grandfather, John Andrew Heath was born October 27, 1850 in NY and married Caroline Putnam Newhall.  There is the first direct cross of the bloodline with the Newhall’s and Putnam’s.  Thomas Bancroft Newhall, Caroline’s father, married the well-known Susanna Silver Putnam.  Judge Newhall died in 1893 and Susanna Putnam died in 1895.

As I go back another generation, my bloodline crosses the Tarbell family line when Sarah Tarbell (born

Jack Heath

February 15, 1744) married Asa Newhall (born 1732 and died in 1814.)  The Tarbell bloodline is significant in that it runs directly back to the Nurse family, when John Tarbell (born 1652 and died March 3, 1715 in Salem) married Mary Nurse of Salem (born 1659 and died June 28, 1749) in Salem.  Mary Nurse was the daughter of Francis and Rebecca Nurse.  Rebecca was named Rebecca Towne when she was born in Norfolk, England in 1621, while Francis (Nourse) later Nurse, was also born in Norfolk, England on January 16, 1618 and died on November 22, 1695 in Salem.  It was on July 19, 1692, when Rebecca was hanged as a witch in Salem Town.

It really hits me today, almost 320 years to the day when old Rebecca was tried, found innocent of witchcraft but then convicted and hanged at Gallows Hill.  I wonder what she really thought; being arrested in her farm house in nearby Danvers, dragged from her home and locked up in what must have been a dreadful, dark and smelly jail cell.  I am sure she probably thought just surviving the voyage from England to Salem was enough hell to live through.  Raising a family and surviving on a farm in those harsh days of the Salem area must have been challenging enough.  But to be arrested in her 70’s of witchcraft and then hanged, surely is something no one could ever imagine happening then or today.  But Rebecca along with her sister Mary Eastey and 17 others were hanged at a place that today shows not one sign, memorial or monument for the men and women who were executed at that godforsaken place.  What makes matters worse, at the site of the real Gallows Hill, stands a Salem water tower with a big, black pained witch flying on a broomstick.  More shame on Rebecca and the others.

So, I live with a bloodline that crosses the accused witches and the accusers, which is a strange but a real force I respect and bear.

Giveaway: Ebook of Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising.  It will run until August 2nd at 11:59pm

Just leave a comment below about whether you think witches are real or not and why.  Please be sure to leave your email for contacting the winner.  Good Luck to all who enter.  Be sure to check the post before this one to read my review of Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising.

Review: Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson

This is part one of my Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising blog stop.  It was such an incredible book I didn’t want it to be mashed together with the post by Jack Heath.  This is a very suspenseful fiction with a historical twist.  This is the first book in a trilogy and I can not wait for the next one.

Salem VI:  Rebecca’s Rising begins outside a college dorm in the late 1970’s.  The dorm is about to catch fire and inside is John Andrews.  Having been drugged after drinking a keg he wakes to a woman yelling at him to get up.  When he groggily opens his eyes he doesn’t seen anyone, but this woman keeps yelling at him to get up.  When he finally does he sees his room is on fire and must help get his roommates and others out of the building.  This is the first in many attempts on John’s life.  We jump to present day where John is now an Editor of the Salem newspaper and retired from a prominent television reporting career.  It is the fourth anniversary of his wife’s death and he begins to see his ancestor Rebecca Nurse.  Rebecca Nurse was one of the women hung in Salem in the early 1690’s for witchcraft.  John also happens to be a descendent of Ann Putnam who was Rebecca Nurse’s accuser.  Strange things continue to happen to John.  He is told by a voice in his head to save a baby carriage right before it is even in danger.  He is continually seeing Rebecca Nurse also.  John keeps all this to himself until he confides in his young Assistant Editor Amy.  Amy believes him right away and they are on the hunt to find out the real reason for the Salem Witch hunts and the connections to many missing persons today.

This was a phenomenal book.  I loved the incorporation of history with the suspense.  John Thompson and Jack Heath’s writing is very fluid.  It can be a difficult undertaking with a story such as this.  There is already a lot of myths and information out there about the Salem witch trials.  Taking the direction that they did was an excellent choice and very believable.  Like I said earlier this is book one in a trilogy.  I know I will be coming back to read the rest of the trilogy too.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next and what new secrets we find out.

For more information about Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For more information about Jack Heath and John Thompson you can click on the links below.  Please be sure to stop by and check out the giveaway with Jack Heath’s guest post right after this post.  🙂

http://www.salemwitchtrilogy.com

http://twitter.com/salemvibook

http://www.facebook.com/SalemWitchTrilogy

http://www.jackheathradio.com

http://www.booksbyjohnthompson.com/

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