Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A tragedy of classical proportions

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Aurora Dawn


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 A Father's Sorrow 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed: 12-05-18

This volume chronicles the clash between David's sons Amnon and Abselon with a poignancy that captures the pain and despair of a father as he watches his family fall apart. Poznansky weaves bits of biblical text with her own words as she spins this sad tale of one of the low points of the great biblical king's life. It's a tragedy of classical proportions full of pride, hubris and the inevitability of the fall.
Bob Sterry, in my mind one of the best narrators working today, brings the story to life with all the warmth, nobility and eloquence it deserves.
A story you won't want to miss. 
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Monday, December 10, 2018

My new series: Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance

I'm so excited to share the news with you! My new series, Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, will hit the shelves come January, with two books. Both of them will be available to you sooner, in preorder mode, so please stay tuned...

Coma Confidential

Ashley finds herself in the ER diagnosed with coma. She has no memory of what has happened to her. Despite what everyone around her may think, Ash can listen to the conversations of her visitors. One of them in particular strikes her as a possible suspect in her recent rape. 
For Ash, there is little time to gather clues: blackouts are happening not only in the hospital but in Irvine and other places in California, and the Russian hackers who are intent on sabotaging the power grid are trying to blackmail her boyfriend, Michael, into helping their cause. And what better way for them to do it but by kidnapping her?

Virtually Lace

Haunted by discovering the body of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ash?
Suffering some memory loss due to a violent incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear,  she puts her life in danger to draw out the man she suspects of killing Lace, so as to avenge her murder. 
Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect. The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent rescue mission, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames. Will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart before it’s too late? Will he catch the murderer?



Coma Confidential
(Volume I of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)
Preorder $0.99
Kindle ★ Nook ★ Apple ★ Kobo 
 Google Play ★ Smashwords 

Virtually Lace
(Volume II of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)
Preorder $0.99
Kindle ★ Nook ★ Apple ★ Kobo 
 Google Play ★ Smashwords

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A dangerous question to ask when you’re standing there in a towel

When she turned around, Luke was standing in the doorway. “Oh!” she gasped, her pulse jumping. She’d forgotten to close the door. One of the hazards of living alone for so long.
“Sorry, Callie. I didn’t mean to sneak up on you.”
“It’s okay. I guess I didn’t hear you, with the AC on.” She gestured toward the window with her head, suddenly acutely aware she was clad in only a towel.
He nodded, pushing his hands into his pockets. “How was your bath?”
“Good, thanks. I was hoping it would help me relax.” She shrugged, and the twist in her towel loosened. Clutching it to her chest, she managed a weak smile as she fumbled to secure it. She could feel the weight of his stare even as she bent her head to check the new knot, and warmth pooled in her belly. 
“And did it?” he asked, his voice low.
“What?” She glanced up, and their gazes locked. The air crackled as the moment stretched out, and she recognized something in the depths of his eyes. Hunger. Could he see the same thing reflected back in hers?
His chest expanded as he pulled in a slow breath. “Did it help relax you?”
“Oh. Um, a little.” Desire burned through her, deep and insistent, and she suddenly wanted nothing more than to lose herself in his arms. To forget everything else in the world except for Luke. To forget fear and loss; to leave no room for anything but pleasure. 
“Well, I just wanted to check in on you. To see if you…need anything.” 
Yes. I need you. The bold words caught in her throat, and she licked her lips and tried a different response. “Do you?”
He cocked his head, his brows pulling together. “What?” 
“Um. Need anything?”
He dragged a hand over his mouth, the muscles in his arm bunching with the movement. “That’s a dangerous question to ask when you’re standing there in a towel.”
A loaded silence hung between them, heavy with possibilities. Her voice trembled slightly when she finally broke it. “And yet I’m asking it.”
He entered the room slowly, shutting the door behind him with a soft click. “Are you sure about this?”
She swallowed. Was she? Her body certainly was. Every inch of her skin tingled, craving his touch. “Yes. I’m sure.”
He closed the distance between them in three quick strides, grasping the sides of her face with his hands. Tilting her head back, he anchored her in place as his lips crushed hers in a demanding kiss. The rough pads of his thumbs slid over her cheeks, and a groan rumbled in his chest. 
She strained up to him, lifting to her toes, grabbing onto his shoulders. The hard muscles tightened beneath her touch. Heat flooded her veins, her heartbeat thundered in her ears. Luke.
The scruff of his stubble scraped against her cheek as his mouth moved across her jaw. He caught the tender lobe of her ear in his teeth, and she moaned.

Excerpt from The Haunting of Hillwood Farm 
Included in Love Under Fire


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Cover reveal for Coma Confidential

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Music of Us  comes a thrilling and poignant new suspense novel: 

Ashley finds herself in the ER diagnosed with coma. She has no memory of what has happened to her. Despite what everyone around her may think, Ash can listen to the conversations of her visitors. One of them in particular strikes her as a possible suspect in her recent rape. 
For Ash, there is little time to gather clues: blackouts are happening not only in the hospital but in Irvine and other places in California, and the Russian hackers who are intent on sabotaging the power grid are trying to blackmail her boyfriend, Michael, into helping their cause. And what better way for them to do it but by kidnapping her?

Cover design:

In designing the cover for Coma Confidential, I wanted Ash to direct her gaze at you, so that her story can be told in the most intimate way, even if no one else but you can hear it. I imagined her floating in a neural network, half submerged. Here she is, describing it in her own words: 

I feel like a fish in a fishbowl, hovering just behind the glass, watching them watching me. Correction: Since I can’t see, my fishbowl is opaque. All I can do is listen to them watching me.
Dr. Patel explains to his audience that in my state, I can’t open my eyes. He adds that in the second stage of comma, also known as vegetative state—which unfortunately, I have yet to reach—patients may open their eyes, but they can’t interact with others. They can’t talk.
Too bad. I have a long way to go before I can be called normal.
How does he classify patients who can, somehow, lift their pinky toe? That’s the one thing I’d like to know. Can someone raise this question with him? 
No. Nobody does. Dr. Patel goes on lecturing his students about the brain, about improving the efficiency of neurotransmitters in it, which allows signals to pass from one neuron to the next across contact points called synapses. At first I find myself bored.
I would yawn, if only I could. 
Then, his presentation conjures up an image in my mind. I picture myself half submerged in the neural network of the brain. It looks like a fishnet, where a million squiggling limbs have been swept up, limbs that are visible not only at the upper surface but also down there, at layers beneath layers of its depth.
Nerve signals are shooting around me every which way, traveling across the contact points between one limb and another. Limbs and synapses, synapses and limbs, with no limit but imagination.
I know that what I’ve created in my mind is not real—but even so, it overwhelms me. Caught in the fishnet, I struggle for air. An unexpected tide rises around my face, my nose. It’s touch and go. I may drown, or I may float over this constantly wriggling neural network and manage, somehow, to live on.



New!!!
Coma Confidential
(Volume I of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)
Preorder $0.99
Kindle ★ Nook ★ Apple ★ Kobo 
 Google Play ★ Smashwords 

Cover reveal for Virtually Lace

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Music of Us comes a thrilling and poignant new suspense novel: 

Haunted by discovering the body of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ash?
Suffering some memory loss due to a violent incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear,  she puts her life in danger to draw out the man she suspects of killing Lace, so as to avenge her murder. 
Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect. The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent rescue mission, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames. Will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart before it’s too late? Will he catch the murderer? 

Cover design:

In designing the cover, I wanted to bring together the virtual universe, as signified by the 0's and 1's in the top half of the cover, and the natural world, as signified by the ebbing of water in the bottom half. This way, the cover reflects the thoughts of my protagonist:

Even before Michael spotted the body, the idea of creating a simulation of the scene occurred to him. At sunset, the panoramic view of Laguna Beach was awe-inspiring. He wondered if he could render it convincingly in his model, the virtual reality model which he had been developing in the back of his garage for months, until the recent acquisition of his software by a military ops company. 
Could beauty be taken apart without loss of emotional impact? Could its data be synthesized, somehow, into a lifelike experience? In short, could he apply his analytical skills to fool his own senses?


New!!!
Virtually Lace
(Volume II of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)
Preorder $0.99
Kindle ★ Nook ★ Apple ★ Kobo 
 Google Play ★ Smashwords

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Father's Pain

Love this review for my Historical Fiction novel, The Edge of Revolt:



Aurora Dawn

December 4, 2018
This volume chronicles the clash between David's sons Amnon and Abselon with a poignancy that captures the pain and despair of a father as he watches his family fall apart. Poznansky weaves bits of biblical text with her own words as she spins this sad tale of one of the low points of the great biblical king's life. It's a tragedy of classical proportions full of pride, hubris and the inevitability of the fall.
A story you won't want to miss.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

She was afraid of him. Afraid of falling for him.

He just watched her, waiting.
She swallowed hard and narrowed the gap between them, stopping just a step away from him. The heat of his body warmed hers. That sandalwood scent hit her again, and those almost black eyes of his darkened even more.
Shame caused her to pull away from that dark gaze of his. She stared at the floor. "I don't know why I do it. I'm sorry." 
An outright lie. She knew darn well why she did it. She was afraid of him. Afraid of falling for him. No matter how hard she tried to tell herself he was made from the same mold as her cheating ex-fiancĂ©, she knew the truth. He wasn't. But telling herself that kept her from putting herself out there—risking another heartbreak. 
When there was still not a word from him, she drew in a deep breath, looked up, and met his gaze.
His taut facial muscles loosened. His gaze softened with each passing moment. 
"Please, Bryce, just…"
His lips silenced her words and his large hands cupped her cheeks, heating her skin. His flavor seeped into her. The kiss that started as urgent slowed, calmed, teased her to the brink of uncontrolled desire. He paused, lingered, and then returned to a soft, slow seducing pace. This guy knew how to kiss.

Excerpt from The Code Enforcer
By Valerie J. Clarizio
Included in Love Under Fire


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