Monday, 31 December 2012

Making Connections A-Z One Year Anniversary Blog Hop

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Please join Making Connections in this unusual Blog Tour Celebration of our one year anniversary!

Making Connections has been around for a year now and we thought this was an occasion that calls for a celebration. So the idea was to assign a letter from A to Z to you bloggers (and us). We'd each use that letter to post why we love being a part of Making Connections

Like if I were given "A":
 
Amazing company: I love being a part of Making Connections  because of the amazing company I find there....

Each blog will post ONE reason, it'll be like a weird blog tour.

I know its a lot of self praise but we've been afloat for 1 whole year and we're damn proud of ourselves hehehe

Of course, you only take part if you want to and even if you don't, we'd still love you forever and ever!

So let us know if you want to be a part of the craziness by January 30th.  
 
Please see In-Linkz widget below for sign-ups.

We are looking for 26 blogs, each to host one letter of the alphabet (one per day).

Exact details, dates, and other specifics to be determined. 

Sign-ups widget will close at 11:59pm on Feb. 1st, 2013. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Pulse by Kailin Gow - Blog Tour


YA  Fantasy
Title: Pulse
 Author: Kailin Gow
 Date Published: 8/2010

Book Description:

17 year-old Kalina didn t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.

Author Bio

Kailin Gow has appeared on top national syndicated talk shows such as ABC Radio, Barbara Dooley show, Chat with Women on KKNW Seattle, Broadminded on Sirius Radio XM, and more as a leading authority on YA and women's issues including self-esteem, body image, dating and sexual relationships, abuse, and bullying. Kailin has been a published author for over 10 years with over 100 titles published under her name and under pen names.
She is the founder of the community social site, The Saving You Saving Me Project,http://www.savingyousavingme.com which helps teens, young adults, and women deal with social issues like sexual abuse, self-esteem, body image, bullying, cutting, relationships, and more in a positive community environment. The Saving You Saving Me Project is an extention of her YA-mature fiction Saving You Saving Me.

Kailin Gow began writing books for tween girls to help them with self-confidence and self-esteem. Her book, Gifted Girls Activities Guide to 365 Days of the Week, became a reference book used in girls organizations across the U.S. As her tween fans grew to become teens and young adults, Kailin began writing engaging and entertaining young adult book series for them. The results are book series like the Frost Series, PULSE Series, Wicked Woods Series, Stoker Sisters, Phantom Diaries, The Fire Wars, FADE, DESIRE, and more.

All her books are inspired by personal experiences. Saving You Saving Me was inspired by her experience as a peer counselor for young women during college and from her psychology major college roommate's experience being in a relationship similar to the one portrayed by Sam and Collins in the book. Loving Summer was inspired by Kailin's experience growing up with a family consisting of a mother, two sons, and a daughter who went through a similar experience of tragedy in the book. Aunt Sookie is based on herself and some actor friends she knows. The Frost Series, Circus of Curiosities Series, and FADE Series came about through vivid dreams. Never Say Never was inspired by Kailin's experience as a radio host and working with and interviewing bands, as well as having college friends who were in bands. Kailin also played the drums and keyboard for a band she once started. A classically-trained musician, she was once led her school orchestra, playing first chair violin. Her experience in the music world and her love of Phantom of the Opera, inspired the Phantom Diaries. PULSE was inspired when Kailin was in the hospital suffering from heavy blood loss post surgery and needed several bags of blood to survive (like a vampire). Beautiful Beings was inspired by her college encounter with a young demon exorcist. A pastor once told her she had the gift of sight and that she was destined to become a prolific author, many times over.

She began taking her writing seriously when her daughter was diagnosed as being on the spectrum and her mother was fighting three types of cancer. Four years later, her daughter was no longer on the spectrum, and her mother became cancer free. Kailin believes in hope and miracles, after having been through several struggles and experiences herself. This is why she writes.

When not busy inhaling chocolate and drinking coffee by the gallon, Kailin makes time for writing fantasy books, blogging as an expert blogger for Fast Company, volunteering as an Emergency Responder and volunteering for battered women's shelters. For fun, she plays the electric violin, and puts together a music playlist for her radio and web shows.

Her Frost Series consisting of the Bitter Frost Series, The Wolf Fey Series, and the Fairy Rose Chronicles along with her other book series are being developed into worldwide MMORPG Games by SEE GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT, which is the world's leading game developer known for developing the top blockbuster films into games.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour #3) by Olivia Cunning

 
Book Description:

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds

To Be Released February 2013

My Review:

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour #3) by Olivia Cunning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 3rd book in the series Sinners on Tour, by Olivia Cunning, so first I will say you should go check out Backstage Pass and Rock Hard the other book in this series. Olivia Cunning has written a steamy, sexy, adult romance series about a heavy metal band. Olivia Cunnings has written some really good novels as I have read a few of them and her writing is great, her stories flow well and you love all her characters, the best thing about her writing is how she carries through with all of them in each book. It’s like catching up with old friends when you pick up the next book. Fantastic!

In Hot Ticket (book 3) this story revolves around Jace Seymour, the bass guitar player of the band Sinners. Jace is the newest member of the band and even though it’s been three years he still feels like they could ask him to leave at anytime. He stays in the background of the band and never really puts himself out there even on stage he prefers to stand back by the drummer. Jace really sells himself short a lot of times, being quiet, he is content and just playing his bass guitar.

In Rock Hard Jace meets Aggie who besides dancing for a living is a Dominatrix and they call her Madame V. Jace has some deep dark secrets and enjoys the BDSM scene, well some of it, he doesn’t want to submit to anyone but he does want to feel pain this is the only emotion he can deal with most of the time. So meeting Aggie and seeing her with a whip he figures this is the woman for him.

The romance between Aggie and Jace is fantastic, she gets him to open up and start dealing with his past. Jace past is heart breaking but through his music he has managed to keep some control over his life, but he never real lets anyone to close. With the help of Aggie and her need to make men to submit to her this is a great romance. The thing is Jace isn’t going to submit and Aggie doesn’t really want to inflict pain towards Jace. As him and Aggie begin to build a relationship they both seem to grow, and secrets of their pasts are told. It’s a really great romance that unfolds between these two.

Olivia Cunning has created a great series, in each book you learn more about the other characters and you get to catch up with everyone, her writing is fantastic. I cannot wait to read more in this series. I have rated Hot Ticket a 4 star rating.

About The Author:
Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She's been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction -- first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she's lived all over the country and overseas. She recently moved to Galveston, Texas.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dark Waltz by A.M Hargrove - Making Connections Blog Tour

 
 
DARK WALTZ, A Praestani Novel
by A.M. Hargrove
Series: The Praestani Series
Genre: Adult Romance (a blend of paranormal and sci-fi)
Heat: HotDark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.


It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.

In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.

My Review:
 
Dark Waltz, a Praestani Novel (#1) by A.M. Hargrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Waltz is an adult science fiction novel and is the spinoff of the authors Guardians of Vesturon Series (YA Genre). Since I am a huge fan of A.M. Hargrove I was really excited about reading this book to see how she crossed over to the adult genre. I have to say her writing of course is fantastic, character are developed well that you immediately have an interested in what is going on and I have to say I sort of have a crush on Jurek, plus in my head I can picture him tall, dark, long hair, muscles and very sexy. I wonder if aliens would have tattoo’s …yummy!

So this novel is about Liasare who is searching for her brother and she meets up with Jurek and the chemistry between these two is off the chart hot. Their story is full of mystery; adventure a tad bit of suspense and of course a sizzling romance. But of course Liasare is here to find her brother and has an uphill battle to conquer. She has to dig deep to find the strength to overcome her new abilities and to continue on in her search for her brother.

A.M Hargrove has written a fantastic story and I for one will recommend this book to all of my friends and followers. I have given Dark Waltz a 5 star rating as the writing is great, the story flows well and I’m in love with all the characters she has introduced us readers too. I cannot wait for the next novel in this series to see what will happen next.

My Interview A.M Hargrove:
 
1. What inspired you to write about the theme?
 
When I wrote Determinant, I introduced a new character, Jurek. He sort of stole the show. He kept bugging me…literally, he wanted to take the whole book over. I had issues with this because Determinant is a YA/NA book, so that wouldn't do because Jurek definitely does NOT fit that mold. So he eventually won the battle and ended up getting his own story.
 
2. What’s did you find to be the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
 
Honestly, the most difficult is the time. I have so many ideas brewing in my head I want to get them all out, but I don't have enough hours in the day.  The most rewarding is having the book go live.
 
3. While creating your book, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
 
For me it's when I start a project, I think I have it all figured out it my mind…where it's going from start to finish. But then, I start writing and the characters come alive and take over. They have their own ideas on what they want to happen and things turn out much differently than what I originally intended.
 
4. How do you develop your characters?
 
When I start to form the plot in my head, I can see the characters in my mind. Sometimes I base them on pictures of models I've seen in magazines or on the internet, and sometimes they are just images conjured up by my mind. If you've read any of my books, you'll know I have this thing about guys with long hair. So it's often difficult to find pictures of men that fit my characters. When I have the idea in my mind, I go from there. Their personalities fall in line with the story…are they alpha males…dominant and strong or are they the type of guy that wants his girl on more of an equal footing? Is he overbearing or just protective?  I start with the basics and then as the story becomes more complex, the character begins to develop.
 
5. Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
 
That would definitely be Jurek. First of all, I would want to look into his eyes. Then I would want to feel the way the room charges up with his power. And then…well, I think I'll just stop right here. *Wink*
 
6. Do you have any other published works?
 
Yes, I have the The Guardians of Vesturon series which includes, Survival, Resurrection and Determinant (where we first meet Jurek) and the novella Beginnings. I'm also getting ready to release my first contemporary romance this month.
 
7. Please tell us about your latest book.
 
Well, there are three that I'm working on right now. I'm getting ready to release a contemporary romance this month, I'm writing reEmergent, book 4 of The Guardians of Vesturon series and then I'm writing Death Waltz, the sequel to Dark Waltz.
 
8. What does your husband/wife think of your writing? Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
 
My hubs thinks its great. But I will share this with you. When I was writing Dark Waltz, it was my first foray into the adult genre so I was a bit nervous when I wrote my first sex scene. I'm a pretty quick writer but that day, I spent most of it working on that one scene. I'd finally gotten it finished and polished up and I emailed it off to one of my beta readers, just to make sure I was on the right track. About that time, my hubs came home from work. So I handed him my computer and I asked him to read it and give me his opinion. He read it and about the time he was finishing, my email pinged with a response from my beta reader. She was flipping out with excitement over how great it was. So I asked my hubs and he tells me I need to add a lot more detail because he felt like I was missing too much on the descriptive side. I think he thought I was writing pornography or something. I quit asking for his opinion on sex scenes after that. LOL.
 
9.  After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
 
Nope…because by the time it hits the market, I have read the damn thing fifty times. At least. I must admit though, I could go and read Dark Waltz again and again and not get tired of Jurek. I think it's because he has such depth to him...not to mention heat!
 
10. Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?
 
They control me…I have no control. They own me. I am putty in their hands.
 
11. What is your favorite genre?
 
I'm a total romance freak…all the way. I also love suspense and thrillers.

12. Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
 
That's a funny question Tana! I've tried to share them with you but you won't read them!…You don't have to use this ---HAHA!
 
13. Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?

100% computer…no printing, no paper.
 
Thank You A.M!
 
About the Author:
 
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

"Hello."
"Boss, is that you?"
"Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?"
"Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate."
"Why ever would I want to do that?"
"Because I quit you idiot!"

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

"Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?"
"Sure... Having some car trouble?"
"Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job."
"WHAT?!"
"It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist."

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection will be released in January.


If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but....


Book Links

The Guardians of Vesturon is available from the following retailers:
 
Amazon Ebook:
Amazon UK:
Barnes and Noble
iTunes:
Smashwords

Where You Can Find Me

A.M. Hargrove's Blog
Website
Facebook
Guardians of Vesturon Facebook Page
Twitter
Goodreads - A.M. Hargrove
Goodreads Fan Club
 
 
 
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Power Play by Emily Cale - Blog Tour

Title: Power Play
Series: Hat Trick Trilogy
Author: Emily Cale
Genre: Erotic, Ménage, Contemporary, Romance,
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Ebook
Pages: 37
 
Book Description:
 
Natalie Fritz didn't need a night of sexual adventure as payment for setting her friend up, but she wouldn't turn it down either. Determined to make sure she gets exactly what she wants, she contacts Madame Eve and requests not one, but two dates for the evening. What she doesn't expect is for those men to be players on her friend's hockey team.
 
Ian and Todd find that sharing women provides all parties with more pleasure. Finding someone who buys into their theory is a little harder. So they turn to Madame Eve's 1 Night Stand service to locate a partner. When they meet Natalie, they discover a gorgeous woman who turns them on physically and intellectually.
 
Most relationships are meant to be between two people, but what happens when it takes three to make the night worthwhile? Can they take a leap of faith or will their time be limited to one night?

My Review:

Power Play by Emily Cade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Power Play is a short Novella, Emily Cade’s writing is good the story develops quite fast and if full of hot passion and desire. I enjoyed Emily’s writing style and even though this was a short novel it really did make you want to read more.

Natalie is a busy career woman and knows she wants to get married and have children one day, but she has fantasies she would love to be fulfilled first. She ends up calling 1Nightstand Agency to help her dreams come true. She meets Ian and Todd who are best friends and love to have a ménage.

So too keep some of this review from too many spoilers all I can say is if you’re looking for a fast, enjoyable read check out Power Play by Emily Cade.

I have rated it a 3.5 star rating, the writing is good and come on who doesn’t want to read about two strong, handsome hockey players.


Excerpt:
 
"I've spent enough time around hockey players to know that they aren't the kind of guys that I want to waste my time with." She stared the two of them down, her eyes fixed and unyielding.

"And how is it that you've spent so much time around us that you know how all of us behave?" He knew some of his teammates could be real assholes, but he hated to think that their reputation could ruin this night for Todd and him. Especially after he'd spent most of practice sporting a hard on from fantasizing about the evening. They weren't allowed to ruin this for him.

"Scott's your friend that you set up with this service, right?" She started pacing.

Todd and Ian both nodded.

"Well, TJ is my best friend that I set up." She stopped and turned toward them.

For once, he actually felt speechless. That explained why she looked familiar to him. Now that he could place her, he remembered seeing her hanging around the rink after practice and before games. His brain sifted through the new information while Todd picked up the conversation.

"Look, I get it. You've met a few players who were complete jerks." She snorted and covered her mouth. Tempted to respond to her display, he bit the inside of his cheek and let his friend continue talking. "You asked for a certain experience tonight though. If we leave, you aren't going to get that.
 
Who knows when you'll be able to find a couple of other guys willing to provide it."
 
 
About the Author:
 
Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.

Friday, 14 December 2012

In Bed With the Opposition by Stephanie Draven - Blog Tour & Giveaway

 
Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life's exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn't forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can't resist his bad boy charm.
 
When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can't be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won't throw the election—not even to win Grace's heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?
 
Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win! 
 
My Review:
 
In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First I have to say this book really surprised me, I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Draven’s writing, it flows well, the character descriptions were great and you felt like you got to meet everyone and understood their personalities good or bad. This novel is filled with romance and politics. And yet it’s a great story and I really got into it. I had a hard time putting it down and stayed up a bit late so I could finish it.

We meet Grace, she was attending school to become a lawyer but ended up dropping out, now she is back home working on a political campaign with the one man she thinks she is madly in love with. Grace is funny, loves her lists and pretty much is waiting around for Ethan. Ethan and Grace’s relationship is more like a friend with benefits situation but she really believes eventually he will step up and pick her.

Then Grace runs into a man she met in school name Ethan who she had a lot of fun with but the relationship ended badly. As her and Ethan reconnect you see why she had so much fun with him, he really made her let go. Ethan decides to stay in town and work on the opposition’s campaign so he can be close to Grace. Of course nothing is easy for Grace and Ethan some secrets are revealed and Grace has to figure out what she wants for herself.

In Bed with the Opposition is a great read, I would recommend anyone who loves a good romance story to pick this one up. I definitely will be reading anything Stephanie Draven writes as I said before I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.

About The Author:
 
 Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.
 
Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.
 
She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!
 
A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.
 
Stephanie also writes historical fiction as Stephanie Dray and has a series of forthcoming novels from Berkley Books featuring Cleopatra’s daughter.

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Just For Fun by Rosalind James - PROMO Blitz

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Contemporary Romance
 Title: Just For Fun (Escape to New Zealand #4)
 Author - Rosalind James
 Date Published: 12/8/12
 
Synopsis:

What if the person who broke your heart turned out to be the only one who could mend it?

 Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic’s concerned.

 They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all.

 Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.
 
Author Bio:

Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle bestseller Just This Once and the three subsequent books in the Escape to New Zealand series. She is a former marketing executive who has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries.

Visit www.rosalindjames.com to listen to the songs from the books, follow the characters on their travels, watch funny and fascinating New Zealand and rugby videos, and learn about what's new!
 
Contact Links
 
 
 
 

Cover Reveal - Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

Title: Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
Author: J.K. Rock
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-939392-50-3
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Formats: Paper, e-book
 
 Book Description

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done,  but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
About The Author:
 J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners - and sisters-in-law - Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. On their own, they’ve each sold solo projects outside the JK Rock name. Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author with over sixty titles to her credit. Karen Rock recently sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. Together, they look forward to their first Young Adult book in Summer 2013 when CAMP BOYFRIEND is released,the first in a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be a Spring 2014 release, and
CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Summer 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net


 

 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Cover Reveal - REDEMPTION (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #4) by H.D. Gordon

Title: Redemption (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #4)
Author: H.D. Gordon
Publisher: ShareAread
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Formats:  E-book
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
 
 
Book Description:
 
The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain. The only question is... for who?

About the Author:   H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa's tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.



Monday, 10 December 2012

Dark by Teageen Syree - Blog Tour




Book Description:

Love meets kinky sex. Audree has her eyes set on Rylan from the first time they met and little do they know, it’s lust on sight on either end. Both are scared of making the first move but soon, the passionate sparks are too much to resist. Dark desires comes to light –who will be left standing?

My Review:

Dark by Teageen Syree
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dark is a short novel about a woman named Andree who has some strong fantasy’s about a tall, dark handsome man named Rylan. She hopes one day her fantasies will become real. Andree enjoys sex and the kinkier the better. So you can only imagine what happens when Andree and Rylan get together.

This novel is short novella filled with hot and explicit sexual content so if you like this kind of novel this is one to read.

Teageen Syree has written a short erotica novel so if you want a fast hot read Dark by Teageen Syree may be what you’re looking for.

About the Author:

Teageen Syree, born and raised in Florida. She's a mom to two beautiful little girls and wife to a career military man. She loves reading, writing, long walks on the beach *sarcasm* -- seriously, she loves cooking/baking and oddly, researching. Yes, she is atypical - in both personality and writing. You will definitely enjoy her voice and tone of writing.


Link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-ebook/dp/B009DAG4ZI
Link to FB page: www.facebook.com/teageen.syree

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Cover Reveal - Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton

 
 
 
 
Blood Rush

(Demimonde #2)

Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.

Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.

Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.

About the Author:

Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings… Why not? One billion black holes can’t be wrong. Her first novel BLEEDING HEARTS: Book One of the Demimonde was published in March 2012. The manuscript earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has been awarded several other awards. In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned big ups by CNW/FFWA in 2008 and 2011 as well as the Abilene Writers Guild in 2010.

Ms. Krafton made her publishing debut in Spring 2009 when her poetry appeared in Poe Little Thing; her work has since appeared in several other journals including Niteblade, Ghostlight Magazine, The Skyline Review, and Silver Blade. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She’s a Published Member of Pennwriters and is co-editor of her area’s WordPress blog. She also contributes to Query Tracker’s blog. Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region. She’ll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It’s kinda fitting.) And because, like a black hole, once you’re in… you can never get out..

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Flight of the Griffin by C.M. Gray - Blog Tour



Book Description:


Living in their old boat ‘The Griffin’ four young characters and their guide become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the ‘Last great Spell’ - a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos...

They become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men.

Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!
 
Excerpt:
 
It all starts with a little burglary, one uncommon evening...
 
The floorboard creaked under the sole of his felt boot - a calculated risk whenever entering a sleeping man's room uninvited.

A breeze fluttered the loose linen curtain, and the sleeper stirred at the welcome respite from the hot sticky night. The prowler slowly exhaled the breath that was starting to burn in his lungs, every sense tingling, receptive to any change in the room or a sound from the street below.

The sleeper, thankfully, continued to sleep.

The street under the second-storey window was silent, the night given up to the occasional rounds of the city watch and those set on a darker business, the never-ending cat and mouse game that went mostly unappreciated by the law-abiding citizens of the sleeping city.

The summer had been one of the hottest people could ever remember, taxing the energy of the city’s inhabitants to the limit. Several of the more elderly citizens down at the port could be heard explaining that, ‘in their day’, the summers were often this hot, and indeed often hotter. Of course, these were the same group who would entertain the regulars at the portside taverns with tales of goblin hordes, ferocious sea serpents or the time the winters were so cold that the seas had frozen solid.

‘A man could have walked from here to Minster Island without ever seeing a boat or even getting his feet wet,’ was a much-repeated reminiscence. Whatever history really concealed, it was a hot summer, and this, a particularly humid night.

Pardigan watched the now softly snoring form and, moving his foot from the traitorous board, crept towards the cabinet that he knew held his prize. It was an elegant cabinet - its construction given over to more than mere function. Gracefully curved legs supported drawers and shelves that were fronted by a scrollwork of intricate designs. He inserted the blade of his knife between the edges of the middle left-hand drawer and felt for the hidden catch. If the information Quint had given him was correct, the false front should spring open. A prickle of sweat tickled his brow and he wiped it absently away. Glancing over to the still-sleeping form, he applied a little more pressure on what he hoped was the catch.

Nothing.

The merchant stirred, smacked his chops, exhaled wetly and then returned to snoring. Pardigan tried again...
 
About the Author - C.M.Gray
Born in Essex, England C.M.Gray has since been lucky enough to live and travel in many countries around the world. In fact he has lived more time outside of England than living there! Home now is just outside of Barcelona, Spain in a house in the middle of the forest with his Dutch born wife and two children.
C.M.Gray’s writing is mostly fantasy and many of the experiences he has had in Asia, Africa and the Middle East come to life in his writing. The Flight of the Griffin follows the adventures of a group of young orphans as they battle demons and bandits on a magical quest to stop the world tipping into Chaos, while his second book, Shadowland blends fantasy with history as an old story teller takes his audience back to Britain's dark ages in a pre Arthurian legend.
 
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Monday, 3 December 2012

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee - Blog Tour

Not Quite Dating
By Catherine Bybee
Not Quite Series Book One
Publisher Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.

As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…

My Review:

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not Quite Dating is a contempory romance novel, Catherine Bybee’s writing is easy to read and the story flows seamlessly, it is some wonderful writing. I really liked all the characters involved in this story and felt like you really got to know everyone and of course want the best for them. I always think highly of authors who can make you laugh out loud and get so involved in the story that you cannot put this book down till you reach the end.

Jessie is a single mom that works hard to make sure she can give her son and younger sister everything they need. Life has been a struggle to make ends meet and Jessie works very hard to supply her family with the basic needs of life.

Jack who is a very rich man is tired of woman only wanting him for his money. Out celebrating with his friends they end up stopping by Jessie’s workplace and he makes it appears that he may just be some cowboy. He befriends Jessie and doesn’t tell her anything about his life and tries to get Jessie out on a date. Of course Jessie informs him she is looking for more in a man and doesn’t think he is her type.
His whole plan backfires, now he finds himself helping Jessie find a stable, well off man, the friendship and feelings that develop between these two is actually sweet and makes you laugh at the situation Jack has put himself in.

Lies, betrayal and romance, Not Quite Dating is a great read, I enjoyed Jessie and Jack’s story, I really enjoyed Catherine Bybee writing and cannot wait to read more from her and hopefully all the other characters in this novel will get their own stories.

I have rated Not Quite Dating a 4 star rating, and recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance novels this one is worth it.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.



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Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Sun Dwellers by David Estes - Book Blast


With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.

Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?

At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of President Nailin's elite fighting force?

There's only one truth in their world: someone must die.

 
Early praise for The Sun Dwellers

"This finale exceeded all of my expectations. The action, the intrigue, and the relationships were taken to a new level. Fantastic finish to the series, and definitely the best of the three."
Kerri Hughes ~Goodreads
 
"There are some very surprising twists and turns. And the ending is awesome! I can’t wait to read what David writes next! "Lolita ~ Goodreads
 
This was a great ending to the series! So much action and emotions packed into this story. The pacing was great and we get a lot of big secrets to come out and finally tie everything together.
Alexandria Nicole ~Goodreads
 
“This series is nothing short of amazing. It's given us more than the moon and the stars, now we the brilliance of the sun.”
Terri ~ My Book Boyfriend

Early praise for the author
“David created a world I was excited to learn about and characters I cared about. I'll remember this story for a very long time!”

Alexandria Nicole ~Goodreads
“Estes delivers a winner with confident writing that truly draws you into the story. “
Think ~ Goodreads
 
“The author, David Estes, has forged his name into writers to be watched and read.”
Marni ~Goodreads
 
“David is such a fantastic author and he really knows how to pull at the heartstrings.”
Kay ~K-Books
 
Excerpt taken from The Sun Dwellers Prologue.
 
Prologue
Subchapter 14 of the Moon Realm

Two years ago
 
Despite her nondescript gray tunic, the woman sticks out like a sparkling diamond in a coal mine, her shiny blond hair peeking out from beneath her dark hood. But it’s not her hair, or her face—which is remarkably beautiful beneath the dark shadows—that identifies her as a foreigner in the Moon Realm. Instead, it’s her gait, the way she carries herself: straight-backed and graceful and regal. Next to her the passing moon dwellers look hunched, their backs question marks and their faces turned to the dust.

She knows it’s the middle of the day—thus ensuring the girl will be at school—but the amount of light afforded by the overhead cavern lights is appallingly minimal, the near-equivalent of a Sun Realm dawn, or perhaps twilight.

Although she clearly doesn’t belong amongst the rundown and crumbling gray stone shacks, she doesn’t hesitate as she strides down the street, ignoring the stares she attracts. Unable to hold back her nerves any longer, she pauses—just a barely noticeable stutter step—as she nears her target: a tiny stone box, no larger than a medium-sized shed. She wonders how the two most powerful Resistance leaders could possibly be tucked in such an unremarkable corner of the Moon Realm. The front yard is barren rock, full of crisscrossing cracks and stone chips that roll and slide underfoot as she approaches the thin doorframe.

Before she knocks, her eyes are drawn to her feet, where she stands on the only unmarred stone square. Within the block is a single word—friend—elegantly cut with the skill of a professional stone worker. A hint of a smile crosses the woman’s face before she looks up. Despite all her doubts and fears and indecisiveness while making the decision that’s led her to this place, that one word chiseled at the entrance gives her hope that there’s a better life out there for her eldest son—that maybe things can improve for him and for the Tri-Realms as a whole.

Her life is forfeit—stomped out by a loveless sham of a marriage, to the President no less—but her son’s…well, her son’s life could change everything.

After a single deep breath, she gathers her courage in a raised fist. When her knuckles collide with the door, the sound is final and hollow in her ears, but in reality is only a thud. Tilting an ear, she listens for footsteps, but is rewarded with only cluttered silence. The clutter: her mind, which trips and stumbles over a thousand questions. Is anyone home? Will the door be slammed in my face? Have I made a grievous mistake? Have I failed him? Have I failed my son? Have I failed myself?
Unexpectedly and without fanfare, the door swings open; a dark-haired woman wearing a plain brown, knee-length tunic fills the gap, her eyebrows raised in surprise. If not for the foreigner’s information, which she received from a very reliable source, she wouldn’t believe this woman to be a revolutionary. Except for her eyes, that is. There’s a fire in her pupils that she’s only seen once or twice in her life. It’s the same fire she sees in her eldest son.

When the woman with the jet-black hair doesn’t speak, the intruder realizes her eyebrows are an unspoken question: Yes? Why have you wandered onto my doorstep?

Before answering the silent question, she pulls back her hood, releasing her golden locks and forcing away the identity-protecting shadows on her face. A spark of recognition flashes on the woman’s face, but fades just as quickly. Finally she speaks. “First Lady Nailin—why are you here?”

“Mrs. Rose—I have a proposition for you. May I come in?”
 
About the Author
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table
 
You can follow David at:
 
The Dwellers Saga

The Moon Dwellers Synopsis:

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.
 
After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.
 
Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.
 
At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.
 
When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.
 

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The Star Dwellers Synopsis:

After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.


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The Sun Dwellers Synopsis:

With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.

Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and
risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?

At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of  President Nailin's elite fighting force?

There's only one truth in their world: someone must die.

Bonus Material

Includes a bonus Dwellers Short Story (Anna's Story) and a sneak peek at David Estes's follow up YA Dystopian Series, Fire Country!

 The Dwellers Saga books are now available everywhere ebooks are sold or in print via Amazon.com. Also, David pledged when he started writing to always respond to his readers, and he loves getting comments and questions, so please contact him using one of his favorite social networking sites below.  As always, happy reading!!

Where you can find David Estes hanging out:

Other YA Books by David Estes!

The Dwellers Saga:
Book One—The Moon Dwellers
Book Two—The Star Dwellers
Book Three—The Sun Dwellers

The Country Saga (A Dwellers sister series):
Book One—Fire Country (Coming March 1, 2013!)

The Evolution Trilogy

Book 1- Angel Evolution
Book 2- Demon Evolution
Book 3- Archangel Evolution

Children’s Books by David Estes

The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers
Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming in 2013!)



 
 
 

 
 
 

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