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BuMP -#1: Monsters & Angels & Revelations

So, I’m trying something new.

[Immediately, the gathered crowd gasps.

Embeecee: “What the hell? Why does he keep trying these new things that he never follows up with and it becomes a sinkhole of nothing? He should stick with what we love, the Past Imperfects, the Present Tenses, and the Sundays in the Park where he becomes briefly human for two hours on the weekend.”

Claudette: “Now, let’s not be so quick to judge. Yes, we have suffered through some train wrecks in the past, but that doesn’t mean the same fate awaits this venture. Although the tracks do look very familiar.”

Embeecee: “You’re right. I don’t know what got into me. Wait, yes, I do. It was 117 degrees today in Utah and I’m over everything. I’m so tired of being moist in places that I don’t care to be moist.”]

I have a number of brewing blog posts that don’t quite fit my norm, in that they are promotional bits for other bloggers. Yes, I have the Blogger Spotlight series, a link which you can click on and expand your horizons if you haven’t already done so, but this is a somewhat different animal. So, in order to accommodate these one-off posts, I’ve cooked up a new concept.

[Christi: “Cooking? I’m all about the cooking. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t have a smear of flour on my forehead.”

Osyth: “Oh? So, does this mean you’re Catholic? Did I miss Ash Wednesday again?”

Christi: “No, it means that my motor skills aren’t what they used to be. That flour sifter can turn on you in a heartbeat. Next thing you know, it looks like a Columbian drug bust in my kitchen.”]

Speaking of skill and the inappropriate use of something that may not have existed in the first place, I decided to start a new series. We’re going to pretend that I have a promotional team here at Bonnywood, one that I have randomly deemed Bonnywood Manor Productions. (Otherwise known as “BuMP”, for short. The “u” is completely extraneous and only inserted to make things appear more clever than they really are, which is why that useless “u” is in lower case, to remind the character of its lesser ranking so it will not get all uppity.

[Phil: “That acronym reeks of inanity. Would it be a stretch to guess that somebody behind this endeavor was born in Oklahoma?”

Margo: “Those are fightin’ words, mister. I can take you down without even breaking a sweat.”

Phil: “Believe me, I know of which I speak.”]

In any case, and despite the tumultuous uproar from the peanut gallery (no offense intended, love you all, swear), we now embark on the maiden voyage of BuMP, wherein I do my part to celebrate the Book Cover Reveal of my friend Anne Marie’s upcoming novel, “Monsters & Angels”. (Apparently, Book Cover Reveals are something one should do if they have any degree of professionalism. Clearly, I don’t have that degree, which is why I’ve only sold roughly 3 copies of my books in the last 200 years.) If you feel so moved, please get busy with the link-clicking. After all, you might be the subject of a future BuMP, and wouldn’t it be swell if somebody reached out and touched you? In a purely chaste manner, of course.



Monsters & Angels
by Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.

Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.

Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.

Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.

In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables–which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.

The inspiration for Anne Marie’s debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.

Author Links:
Note: Some of you who have been with me for a while may find the plot of Anne Marie’s story vaguely familiar. Back in the day, Anne Marie was featured in one of my Blogger Spotlights, wherein she shared a certain modified snippet from a certain book. And now that book is a soon-to-be-published novel.

Coincidence? Or destiny? Discuss amongst yourselves…  😉


Here’s a photo of Anne Marie looking demure. How could you not buy a book from this person?


33 replies »

  1. I have the luxury of only recently following you, (and I’m obviously far nicer than your other judgemental readers, tut, tut, tut!) so it’s all good stuff to me!

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  2. But DID I miss Ash Wednesday? I’m loving the concept and once I got over the fact that I had misread the link and spent a hapless 15 minutes trying to work out what a Snangel is, I am delighted to be introduced to Ms Andrus and to be part of the sharabang helping her book on it’s way. So there.

    And by the way …. I am trying to buy copies of your book but my Absynthe soaked brain (ok …. it’s tea and my mother in England but the effect is roughly the same on my tiny brain) is having tremedonous difficulities understanding how the Kindle App works ….

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    • The app seems to keep your purchases in the cloud, showing you thumbnails and allowing you access. The real Kindle device, and a computer, will often let you download and manage the files. Not that I’m some expert, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn once. It was a long time ago, though.

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    • Phil speaks of great wisdom. Most of the “apps” for phones and tablets just give you access to the book, not the actual book. The best bet is to fire up a Kindle; the second best is to get one of the Kindle-Converters available for (free) download from Amazon, and then you can actually store your purchases on your desktop or laptop.

      Now, this dusty Kindle that you claim to have… I should probably warn you that if it’s older than the hills, you might have trouble getting it to work. If you don’t keep up with the regular software updates, the device can get confused. I’d advise that you have spirits on hand if/when you begin this Quest of Resurrection…

      Finally, and most importantly, thank you very much for taking the time to track down my books. It truly warms the cockles! (Wait, that might be my own spirits…)

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      • I shall try to do the kindle-conversion on my Mac. Failing that I need little excuse to crack a bottle and I won’t winge if it ends messily as so much of my life does. My fall-back, and probably inevitable final route is to invest in a Kindle in France.

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  3. Kindle….hmmmmmm. Now this book is fledgling, right? Just being released and all? Well…wow. I’ll have to peruse, providing there is air conditioning, something icy cold to drink, and a soft chair to recline upon/in. Because you were right, it IS 117 degrees (give or take a degree or so) and moistness is so overrated….. (and I like BuMP. I’m looking forward to your next one…) 🙂

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    • I’m just trying to keep it entertaining for the folks who may not be quite as interested in this type of thing. It was fun, so I’m sure there will be more. And yes, the cover is quite striking. Which makes me lose a little love for my own hand-crafted covers. Sometimes one really should ask for help instead of trying to do it all alone. Live, learn, right? 😉

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  4. Well, the BuMP is a wonderful idea. There is nothing more I could say that wouldn’t net me enemies or hate mail. Well, okay. Why New Orleans? Aren’t there vampires in Nebraska? Or Taos? No. Spooks have been done in corn fields. And New Mexico. I forget the guy’s name, but I read a couple of them and they were Highlander goes to Albuquerque with witches and warlocks thrown in. So, Ardmore, maybe? Tuttle? No? Okay. I’m writing a collaborative horror love story. But judging from lack of hits, no one knows that yet. I could get a cover done, though. I mean if it would help. No? Keep my big nose out of it? It can’t be about me? Okay. Well…

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    • You’re really sharing a lot of issues with this one, Phil. I think I’ll have a beer and come back to this one. Said with utmost respect and professional admiration of course. Wait. You do covers? (The non-musical kind?) Do a new one for “Paris”, right now! Ahem. Would you mind terribly if I asked you to consider a re-envisioning of the “Paris” cover? When you have time, of course. There’s no money in it (which should be obvious based on the original cover), but I’m a little tired of my ugly mug on the Tower. (I’m still in a good relationship with the second cover; we can let that one be for now.) If I misunderstood you and you are not the least bit interested in doing a cover, please proceed to ignore most of this paragraph…

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    • I was trying to hold off on the announcement until a proper time, but now that I’m showing, I guess the word is out. Now, as for your own book, you already have a wealth of workable material that would make a great story collection. (As an aside, you may or may not want to include some of the recipes, but such story/recipe collections are still quite the rage right now. It just depends on how you want to frame the book.) In any case, get in there and bang on the keyboard. No, don’t argue. Just do it! Much love, Nike Lageose.

      P.S. to Phil: Shhh. We’re not supposed to talk about that here…

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  5. I’m liking the BuMP concept, and as I have just installed new shockers in my chassis (DO NOT even think it!!!!!!), future BuMPs are not going to be a problem at all.
    Also, perhaps you need to “bump” Alpha – though the wording of their appeal was kinda entertaining 🙂

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  6. I may have over stated my abilities. After all, I’m from Oklahoma which means over statements are expected, believed, and revered. And we do have vampires appearing out of the humid mist. They have been known to break a sweat as they hunt for someone,anyone, whose blood is less than 90 proof. Love the BuMP.

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    • Thank you! It’s been a hoot so far, but we’ll have to see how long I stay focused. I have a tendency to get gung-ho about something, and then two days later I’m on a completely different project…. 😉


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