Ancient Enemies Series Book Tour & Giveaway

Ancient Enemy
Ancient Enemy Series Book 1
by Mark Lukens
Genre: Horror

Ancient Enemy – it wants things . . . you have to give it what it wants.

Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is now the southwestern United States . . . and then they vanished.

Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals escaping a botched bank robbery. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It’s at this cabin where they will face horrors beyond their imagination.

Ancient Enemy Series Book 2

After a rancher finds ten mutilated bodies at a dig site on the Navajo Reservation, both Captain Begay of the Navajo Tribal Police and Special Agent Palmer of the FBI become involved … but the case leads Palmer back up to Colorado where five more mutilated bodies and Stella’s vehicle have been discovered at a burning cabin.

Cole, Stella, and David escape the cabin on a snowmobile, heading south to get David back down to the Navajo lands. Now that Stella believes that David is a natural-born shaman, she knows that their only hope of David ever defeating the Ancient Enemy is to find a reclusive shaman named Joe Blackhorn who can help train David.

But with Agent Palmer and Captain Begay hot on their trail, Cole and Stella must find Joe Blackhorn and the secrets he possesses before the Ancient Enemy destroys them all.

Hope’s End
Ancient Enemy Series Book 3

In 1891, in the badlands of northern Arizona, Jed Cartwright, a bounty hunter and U.S. Marshal, transports a dangerous prisoner back to the town of Smith Junction. As they travel through the woods, they are attacked by what they believe are skinwalkers.

As Jed flees the woods, he finds a house where a family has been slaughtered – the only survivor is an eight-year-old Navajo boy, a boy traumatized by the horrors he has seen.

As Jed and the Navajo boy make their way north to Smith Junction, a sudden sandstorm diverts them to the small town of Hope’s End. They take refuge from the storm in the saloon with some of the townspeople. But hours later, when the storm is over, they discover what has happened to the rest of the people in Hope’s End . . . and the terror is only beginning, everything leading up to a shocking twist at the end.

Evil Spirits
Ancient Enemy Series Book 4

It has been seven years since David sent the Ancient Enemy back to its world in the ghost town that was once the town of Hope’s End.

Cole and Stella have lived in Costa Rica for the last seven years. They wanted to believe that it was really over . . . but there were always doubts. And when Stella sees a horrifying vision in the jungle, she’s certain that the Ancient Enemy has returned.

David, living at his aunt’s house in New Mexico, knows the Ancient Enemy is back; he can feel it. And now nightmares about a serial killer possessed by the Ancient Enemy plague him, a killer who will stop at nothing, a killer who is coming for David. With Joe Blackhorn dead now, the only person David can turn to is Begay, the former captain of the Navajo Tribal Police.

Former FBI agent Palmer’s nightmares have returned, and when he’s called in as a consultant on the recent copycat murders – re-creations of the massacre at the archaeological dig site seven years ago – he knows that the ancient evil is back.

Together, they are drawn into one last stand against the Ancient Enemy . . . but this time the battle will be fought in the Ancient Enemy’s world.

Mark Lukens has been writing since the second grade when his teacher called his parents in for a conference because the ghost story he’d written had her a little concerned.

Since then he’s had several stories published and four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood. One script is in development to be produced. He is the author of many bestselling books including: Ancient Enemy, Darkwind: Ancient Enemy 2, Descendants of Magic, The Summoning, Night Terrors, Sightings, The Exorcist’s Apprentice, What Lies Below, Devil’s Island, The Darwin Effect, Ghost Town: a novella, and A Dark Collection: 12 Scary Stories. He is a member of The Horror Writers Association.

He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. But after many travels and adventures, he settled down near Tampa, Florida with his wonderful wife and son … and a stray cat they adopted.

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Hometown Girl After All Book Tour & Giveaway

Hometown Girl After All
Hometown Series Book 2
by Kirsten Fullmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Julia lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she’s moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian house. Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small town, including her interest in the deliveryman. 

Resolved to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery business and supporting his adopted family. So why can’t he get that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind?

Will the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into seclusion?

Hometown Girl at Heart
Hometown Series Book 1

Hometown Girl Forever
Hometown Series Book 3

Christmas in Smithville
The Hometown Series Book 4

Hometown Girl Again
Hometown Series Book 5

Kirsten grew up in the Western US and graduated from high school in 1984. She married soon there after and quickly built a family. With three young children and number four on the way, she returned to college in 1992. Her career as a draftsman included many settings ranging from a steel fabrication shops to prestigious engineering firms. Balancing family life with the workplace forced her to become the queen of multitasking. In 2001, bored with the cubical life, she moved on to teach drafting in technical college, then to opening her own consulting firm teaching 3D engineering software. Due to health problems, Kirsten retired in 2012 to travel with her husband for his job. She now works writing romance novels and enjoys spoiling her three grandchildren. Since 2017 Kirsten has lived and worked full time in a 40′ travel trailer with her husband and her little dog Bingo.

Ordering Bobby to move toward the wall, Chad set his end of the heavy hutch
down and eased it into standing position. “This thing weighs a ton,” he groaned, rubbing
his back.
Bobby flopped back against the wall, his chest heaving and eyes bugging.
Glancing back and forth between the kitchen and the hutch, Julia frowned. “Do
you think this will work?”
Chad brushed his hands together. “Will what work?”
Reluctant but with no one to ask, Julia waved for him to follow and wandered into
the kitchen, Ringo at her feet. “I bought those two hutches to put on either side of the
sink,” she said over her shoulder, “but the sink needs to be moved under the window.”
Trailing behind her, Chad stopped in the center of the kitchen. She continued
toward the old sink and ratty broken cabinets. He glanced from the sink to the window.
“You’re not going to put in new cabinets and counter tops?”
“I don’t think so…” Julia answered, deep in thought, purposely keeping her gaze
from Chad as much as possible.
He walked in a circle, critically surveying the sink, then stared at the wall with a
window. “I’m not sure the sink and both those hutches will fit along this wall.”
Julia winced, her eyes finally settling on his face. “Yeah, I should have measured
before I bought them.”
“Don’t panic yet,” Chad muttered as he unclipped the tape measure off his belt.
With an efficient whir and a click, the tape spread along the floor from wall to wall.

“Let’s see, looks like twelve-foot, one and a half clearance from base board to base
board,” he mumbled, rewinding half the tape.
He moved to the sink and Julia scuttled out of his way, as if to avoid the
masculine force field he emanated into the room. He stretched the tape across the length
of the ancient piece of porcelain and bent to get a closer look. “Almost thirty-six inches.”
The tape retracted with a snap. He crossed his arms across his chest and stared at
the stained grooves of the drain board. One calloused hand reached out to test the old
fashioned hot and cold taps with X-shaped handles. “You really want to keep this dirty
old thing? I’m sure you could get a good deal on a nice new one…”
Julia wandered back to the sink, her eyes riveted on Chad’s hand, but she ran her
fingers along the curved front edge.“ Well, not the broken cupboards but I’m keeping the
sink. Becky says it will clean up and I like it; it fits the house.”
His brows rose. “Okay then,” he said with a shrug, “let’s see how wide that hutch
is.” He turned and strode back to the living room, Ringo following at his heels.
Her steps dragging, enjoying the help far more than she should and lost in
confusing notions about Chad, Julia followed behind him. Giving herself a mental shake,
she told herself to pull it together because she required his strength, knowledge, and no-
nonsense approach to the project. After all, she certainly had no idea where to start the
kitchen reno.
Pulling out the tape, Chad measured across the width then the height of the hutch,
then walked past Julia toward the kitchen. She followed, forcing herself to focus only on
the furniture.
When she got back to the kitchen, Chad held the tape propped in front of him at

hip level with one hand, the yellow steel kinked out and extended to measure along the
His stance was purely male, bringing a completely different visual to Julia’s mind,
and it didn’t involve a tape measure.
He glanced up at her then did a double take at her expression. His eyebrows rose a
fraction of an inch in question, as if he could hear her hormones screaming.
Embarrassed to be caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar, Julia
straightened her spine and met his gaze, her chin high, her eyes cool.
As if slapped, the tape measure crinkled to the floor with a clatter and Chad tore
his bewildered gaze away from Julia. Shifting his feet to get back on track, he gave the
tape a few expert flips and kinks and measured from floor to ceiling and then from the
corner of the room to the center of the window.
Feeling surprisingly wretched over dousing the warmth in his eyes when he was
just trying to help, Julia retreated a step, rubbing her forehead with her fingertips.
Holding the tape in place again with his hip cocked, trying to explain further, Chad
turned to Julia. “As you can see, it’s five-foot six to the center of the window and the sink
is thirty-six inches wide. If you divide the sink by half, then the hutch can’t be wider than
forty-eight inches or your sink won’t be centered under the window. Problem is, that
hutch is just over four foot four.” He gazed at her expectantly, waiting, the tape extending
from his hip to the wall, twitching slightly, his expression one of concentration.
Silence filled the room as Julia struggled to focus on Chad’s words, not the stiff
steel tape extending across the room from his crotch.
Embarrassed and flustered, Julia licked her lips, then shook her head, once again

reining herself in.
His brow lifted, as if he knew she was sexually addled, but had no idea what her
problem was.
Awkwardly, she glanced toward the window, then back to Chad. Withdrawing
mentally and scolding herself, she attempting to break the spell, but failed miserably. A
spark of surprised interest glittered in his eye when their gaze clashed, and that catalyst
pushed Julia over the edge. She raised her chin, shuttering her expression once again.
Chad’s presence darkened at her blatant dismissal and the tape measure whirred
and clattered back up into the roll in his hand; the connection between them abruptly

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10 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent the Flu

This post is sponsored by Diamond Links.

I work in a hospital and they take flu season very seriously. They’ve drilled certain things into our heads to help prevent the flu and daily to help the spread of all germs. Here are 10 things you can do to help prevent the flu.

  1. Hand Washing – This is the most important. If you don’t even read the rest of the list you can do a lot just by washing your hands. Our hospital tells us we should wash our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That’s long enough to sing the birthday song.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose – When sneezing or coughing cover with your hand or a tissue. You can even wear a scarf or take a handkercheif with you when you have to leave the house for a doctor’s appointment or to go the pharmacy.
  3. Regularly wipe down frequently touched surfaces – Things like doorknobs, toilet flush lever, sink knobs, etc can be wiped down with an all purpose spray or wipes. Think about it, not everyone washes their hands like they should.
  4. Clean electronics – This is something not everyone thinks about. Things like keyboards, TV remotes, touch screen devices, and headsets come in contact with a lot of fingers. We actually had a rash of pink eye go around our house one year and I realized it was being spread by a touchscreen tablet that everyone was using!
  5. Eat Healthy – You body can better fight off the flu when it has the nutrients it needs.
  6. Antibacterial gels/sprays – Keeping an antibacterial gel on you when you travel or in the car can help when hand washing isn’t possible. There are plenty of antibacterial options out there from products like Purell, to alcohol-free options, and natural options like Doterra OnGuard sanitizing spray.
  7. Consider the flu vaccine – I know not everyone is interested in vaccines but for those that are there are plenty of places to get the flu vaccine even if you don’t have insurance. Rite Aid stores offer flu vaccines for $25 and if you have insurance, often it’s free. Of course your doctor’s office or your child’s pediatrician is another source to obtain flu vaccines. Some employers also off the flu vaccines to it’s employees.
  8. Drink plenty of water – this is a good idea anyway. There is some research that says drinking plenty of water can help strengthen you immune system thus helping your body fight the flu.
  9. Immune boosting supplements – there are some that swear by products like Emergen-C or Airborne. A friend recommended air born to me and I stock up during flu season.
  10. Get Plenty of Sleep – According to the Sleep Foundation, when we don’t get enough sleep our bodies can get out of wack. Lower our immune systems and more.

With the spring not too far off in the distance Dr Summit Shah can help with your allergy needs too!

Mafia Boss Book Tour & Giveaway

Mafia Boss
The Accidental Mafia Queen Book 1
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance
Better to be at the right hand of the devil than in his path…
When you come from a crime family, you have a name to live up to. My enemies know I’m a bastard who shows no mercy—exactly the cold-hearted don my father would want me to be. Except we’re not the one’s in charge. Yet…
The Boss wants me to take over his billion dollar business, and the only way that’s happening is if I can win the heart of his cop daughter. I planned to treat her just like all the other women who meant nothing to me, but everything about her is tempting. Her beauty, her body, her soul. Money and Power. That’s all this was supposed to be about…
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was finding out that her father has a hidden agenda, and I’m just a pawn in his game.
MAFIA BOSS is The Godfather and The Sopranos with the sexy edge of a drool-worthy Alpha male. Fans of R.R. Banks and Vi Keeland are gonna love this…
**Only .99 cents!!**
Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband, two kids, and three crazy ferrets.
She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating.
When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends.
No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine’s books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.
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Restaurants and other Businesses Offering Help and freebies for Furloughed Federal Workers

I just want to say that I’m thinking about all you federal employees that aren’t getting paid during the federal government shutdown. My husband works for the state of Pennsylvania and is our main income earner in our home. On two different occasions we’ve gone without his pay due to state government shutdown. The one time it was for nearly two months and I was on maternity leave from my job not getting paid either. So I have an idea what you’re going through. I’ve been seeing different restaurants offering help to furloughed federal employees.

  1. Paypal Credit customers are offering a 0% apr cash advance up to your available credit line up to $500 (min $250) for furlough federal employees you can read more info HERE
  2. Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a free mom’s ricotta meatballs & spaghetti to all furloughed federal employees just show your federal ID.
  3. SweetWater Brewery is offering free beer to federal employees just show your government ID to get 2 free beers.
  4. The Met Museum will offer free admission to furloughed federal employees and one guest for the duration of the government shut down
  5. World Central Kitchen started #ChefsforFeds and will offer free hot meals for at the 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW near the Navy Memorial win Washington DC
  6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is offering free tickets to select games for federal employees
  7. Fresno Bulldogs are offering free tickets to their games just show your federal ID
  8. National Civil Rights Museum is offering free admission to federal employees with ID
  9. All Farm Burger stores are offering free chicken burgers, fries, and an iced tea all day every Friday until the government shut down ends
  10. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is offering free admission to furloughed federal employees for the duration of the government shutdown.
  11. Ohio State Buckeyes is offering free tickets to athletic events for furloughed federal employee throughout the government shutdown.
  12. GoodRX is offering free membership to it’s premium savings program GoodRX Gold to save up to 90% off prescriptions
  13. Trying to find more confirmation but it looks like at least some Whole Foods stores are offering free spaghetti and meatball dinners to furloughed federal employees
  14. New England Aquarium if offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their family during the shutdown.
  15. Capital Area Food Bank is offering free groceries at pop-up markets Saturday Jan 19. Click here for more details
  16. Many schools are now offering free and reduced priced lunches for students of furloughed federal employees talk to your school to see if they are offering this.
  17. Many aspca locations are offering free dog and cat food to furloughed federal employees. See if your location is participating.

Guys I was almost overwhelmed with places that are offering some kind of assistance on Twitter alone. If you search what your looking for specifically you can find places in your area. Just search things like “free meals for furloughed federal employees” and you can add your state or town to the ends or “free for furloughed federal employees” lots of museums, sports tickets, and more. I’ll add to this list when I find more restaurants and things that are national.