Friday, 30 November 2012

Underneath by Michael Cargill - Blog Tour

 
 
Underneath
A thriller by Michael Cargill
 
Look at the person sitting just across from you. It doesn't matter whether they’re a loved one, a friend, or a complete stranger.
 
Now look at their face. Are they happy? Are they sad? Or are they angry? Can you even tell?
How well do you actually know the people closest to you?
 
Have you ever seen the real person that lies just underneath what you see...?
 
Excerpt
 
For most of the night he was friendly, charming and flirty. A couple of times, however, she thought she saw something unsettling and sinister about him. It was something shewould never be able to actually explain, but it was as if she had seen another person somewhere underneath his pleasant exterior. Someone who was snarling at her. Ready to pounce. To smash her face, again and again, against the table if she didn’t give him what he wanted. Or worse.

However, it was nothing more than a glimpse that she saw out the corner of her eye, and when she looked back it was gone. It was just Hugh sitting there, smiling and laughing as he always did. She put it down to nerves, and the fact that she was in an unfamiliar place with a man she had only met the other day; the wine was also clouding her judgement. After a while, she felt completely at ease in his company.

Later on, they went to another venue that had a dance floor. He whispered in her ear that he also found the absence of her brassiere very liberating. She laughed, and playfully slapped his hands away.

They walked back to his apartment, sliding across one or two car bonnets on the way. It as late and dark when they got to the complex, so there was no-one hanging around outside, but Hugh didn’t even notice. He was too busy giving Abigail a piggy back to care about anything else. As they took the lift up to his floor, in the mirror’s reflection Abigail thought she saw that sinister look on Hugh’s face once more. Yet when she looked back, it was gone.

The lift doors opened and when they stepped out, Abigail saw some straws lying on the floor of the corridor. She yelped in delight, and kicked at two that were lying right next to each other. One of them shot off across the floor, whilst the other one looped up into the air and hit her on the forehead. She screamed with laughter. Hugh couldn’t help, but smile. “Where the bloody hell did they come from?” she asked.
 
About the author:
 
Michael works in IT by day, and has heard the words “Yuck, I hate computers” more times than he cares to count.

Although generally a fan of thriller-suspense stories, he is also something a WWII enthusiast.  By this, he means that he likes reading about WWII; he has no desire to travel back in time, and actually be a WWII soldier.  Everything was black and white back in those days, so telling the difference between a blood stain, and a coffee stain is almost impossible.

Michael is a new author, and he published his first story in mid-2011.  Underneath is his debut novel, and he cites Stephen King, John Grisham, and James Herbert as influences.

Michael is as much a humorist as he is a novelist, and his website is chock full of hilariously irreverent and sarcastic articles.

Anyone looking to sample his work, should check out Shelter from Thunder.  It is short, and available for free on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.

Interestingly, he thinks that authors should be more willing to embrace piracy.  He uploaded his own work to numerous torrent sites, and links to them are available on his website.
 
 
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Cover Reveal - The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


About the Author:

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.



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Thursday, 29 November 2012

More Than Bonbons by Judith Post



Emerald Hills is a tourist town, with a secret. It has magic tucked here and there in its nooks and crannies. Tana has put all of her time and energy into making her Emerald Hills' candy shoppe a success. Nate has traveled the world, building his career as a photographer. When he visits Emerald Hills to see his aunt, he stops at Tana's shop to buy candy and shows her a photo he took of the woman who runs a vegetable stand near town. But Midu's image has faded from the photo until only her farm stand remains—Emerald Hills' magic at work. Tana and Nate are forced to work together to save Midu, so that she doesn't fade for real.

My Review:

More Than Bonbons by Judith Post
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More Than Bonbons is a cute, well written novel; Judith Post has written a short novella about a magical town with fantastic characters.

So because I have to be honest in all my reviews I do have to admit the main character is fantastic, she owns a candy shop and with a touch of magic she brings happiness to her customers.

There is a touch of mystery, some romance and all in all it’s a cute, fun read.

Oh did I mention the characters in this book names are Tana, Midu and Sheri...oh it was so wonderful reading this novel.

Thank you Judith I thoroughly enjoyed it, and how did you know I am wishing to meet a handsome man lol...

About the Author

All of Judith Post's works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, smashwords, Scrib'd, Kobo, and more.

Judith Post is a member of Goodreads and her author page can be found at:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5023544.Judith_Post


Judith Post's blog can be found at http://writingmusings.wordpress.com/





Saturday, 24 November 2012

Blood and Moonlight ( Moonlight Trilogy, Book One) by Moira Keith

Blood and Moonlight
Moonlight Trilogy, Book One
Moira Keith
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9781476298825
ASIN: B008XKUS9C
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 92812
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee at For the Muse Designs
 
 
Book Description:
 
Though she shares the bloodlines of both Fae and Wolf, Kiara Morrigan O’Conaill refuses to claim her place in the Fae courts or submit to the animal within. Witnessing the murder of her Fae mother two years ago drives her back into those worlds, to search for answers and revenge.
 
Devlin McClure lives for one thing—the Pack. When their leader, the Cadeyrn, disappears, desperation sends Devlin to the last person he should be asking for help—the Cadeyrn’s estranged daughter, Kiara.
 
Kiara and Devlin are drawn to each other by fate and destined to embrace the very thing that threatens to rip their worlds apart. Now, Kiara will have to decide which is stronger, blood or moonlight?
 
My Review:
 
Blood and Moonlight by Moira Keith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The main character in Blood and Moonlight is Kiara, she is half Fae and half wolf, and she has grown up hiding/ignoring the wolf side of her and keeping a lot of what she feels deep inside hidden away. Being ashamed of part of your self is not easy feat. Kiara’s is plagued by the death of her mother who was killed by wolves and Kiara cannot forget that, all Kiara wants is to find answers to who killed her mother. When Kiara meets Devlin McClure from the local pack he has come to ask her for her help. Of course Kiara cannot stand wolfs and it doesn’t matter that one of the missing pack members happens to be her father. At first Kiara does not offer to help and why should she help find her father as far as she knows he died long time ago. 

Changing her mind Kiara and Devlin head out to solve the mystery of missing pack members and her father. Besides the mystery that unfolds so does the romance and tension between Devlin and Kiara. Kiara at first has every excuse why they should not allow anything to happen between herself and Devlin but he is irresistible and hot and smells so good. Kiara and Devlin do not have an easy road ahead of them and both being such strong independent people they can’t even see what is right before their eyes …..that they are fated to be with each other.

Blood and Moonlight is a well written novel, I really liked that Kiara is part Fae and Wolf this is something you don’t read too much, I liked that it was different from other PNR reads. The novel was easy to read, has a lot of interesting character’s and the romance between Kiara and Devlin is exciting and you feel the tension building between them. There is so much more to this story the history of Kiara’s family, her tattoos and even Devlin comes from a strong and power background. This is a must read. Moira Keith has done an excellent job and her writing is good, I cannot wait to read more of Moira writings.

I would recommend Blood and Moonlight to anyone who enjoys Paranormal Romance/Mystery and a touch of Fantasy to pick up this novel. I have rated Blood and Moonlight a 4 star rating and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
 
Interview with Moira Keith
 
1. Did you always want to be a writer? And what inspired you to write?
 
 Actually, I didn't always know I wanted to be an author. I knew I always wanted to do  something creative. It was the one thing I kept gravitating back to. Writing and  sketching. Those were kind of my things and when I was in highschool, they each  demanded a bit of my time. My love of reading really pushed writing to the forefront for  me. I grew up in a family full of people who always reaped great enjoyment from  reading. I wanted to be able to do that for others.
 
2. How would you describe Blood and Moonlight?
 
I would describe it as a book of self-discovery, filled with mystery, intrigue, and one hot celtic wolf. Kiara, the heroine in the book, has suffered quite a bit throughout her life. She's never truly felt accepted and in turn, has issues accepting herself. This is her journey and it is a doozy. (Do people still use that word?) Devlin really balances her I think, and he tests her resolve in many ways. Plus he's hot, but I'm biased.
 
3.  Which character you had most fun writing?
 
Kiara and Reese were a lot of fun. Kiara because she has so much that she has to  overcome. A lot of hurts that run deep and left their scars, have really forced her to have  this mistrust in just about everyone and everything. It made her both challenging and  rewarding to write her. Reese was fun for a whole other reason. She came very easily to  me. She's fun-loving, a smart-ass, and always quick with her insights into her best friend.  She grounded Kiara in a lot of ways. Reese was a total culmination of some of my  dearest and closest friends.
 
4.  What was your main source of inspiration for the story?
 
My main source of inspiration for this story had to come from a book called Wars of the  Irish Kings. It covers over a thousand years of struggle from myth through the rein of  Elizabeth I. There was one particular mythological battle in there that really set my mind  running. That was probably the biggest inspiration for this book.
 
5.   How did you come up with the title of your book?
 
It actually took a few tries. This book was originally going to be titled Chosen, that didn't  stick. Then it was going to be called Blood Moon because the blood moon plays a part in  the mythology in the story, and eventually I settled on Blood and Moonlight and I loved  it. The title took some time coming to me. But it was worth the wait.
 
6.   Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely. If I had my way, it would be my only career. You have to approach it as a job.  It takes time and dedication to learn your craft and hone your skills. If you want to be  good at something, you have to look at the whole picture. It's more than just passion for   the story you've written, there is a business aspect to it as well. Marketing, strategizing,  plotting, planning, execution—these are all things that one would likely do in a regular  nine to five career.

7.  As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I think for a time, I wanted to be a fairy princess like most other girls out there. Then I  wanted to be a mermaid and study fish and ocean life. In fact when I'd reached  highschool, I was looking into schools that had a marine biology program. So I almost  was a mermaid. Looking back though, writing was always there in the background,  waiting for the time to stake its claim.

8.  Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

As far as I possibly can. This has been such a fun journey for me and the ideas just won't  cease. So I'm hoping that I never run out of ideas or people who enjoy my work. While  my ideas tend to lean very heavily on the paranormal romance and urban fantasy front, I  have the occasional contemporary story that comes to mind. I love being able to indulge  in my passion and share it with so many readers.

9.  What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted?
 
I had to seriously pinch myself. To be completely honest, when the email came in, I thought for sure that the story was going to be rejected. After all, it was my first book. No one ever publishes their first book, right? And when I finished reading the email, I had to read it a few more times before I called my parents to tell them.
 
10.  Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
 
Of course! Why not share with you a little about book two in the Moonlight Trilogy, it  will be coming out in 2013 (I know, don't slap me). I'm very excited about where the  series is going. Here is a little look at what is in store:

 Kiara Morrigan O’Conaill finds herself away from the man she loves, in a world that cast her  out, and protecting a queen who’s hatred for her runs deep. Mysterious letters surface,  warning the queen of danger and signed by a man rumored to be as old as the Fae. Is this an  elaborate prank to get Kiara back into the Fae courts or are the shadows in the moonlight  hiding a key to the past?

 Devlin has an uneasy feeling about Kiara’s return to Faerie. The bond between them makes it  harder to sense what is true danger and what is merely anxiety over the trials they both must  endure. As he tries to stay focused on the pack and finding the missing Caedryn, he discovers  that the moonlight holds secrets that might be better left shrouded in shadow.

 Will their individual tasks pull Kiara and Devlin closer together or test the bonds of their  union?

11.  Who designed the covers?

 Elaina Lee at For The Muse Designs did both my covers for Blood and Moonlight and  Shadows in Moonlight. Aren't they lovely? Sorry. It's hard for an author not to be proud  of the work that goes into the perfect cover, especially when the artist nails it. Elaina has  been a pleasure to work with and I recommend her highly.
 
12.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was just getting it down, making sure I put enough in the story to get  my mythology out there and to not give everything away. This was always too big to be  just one story, and there are three very distinct things that need to happen for it to come  full circle. So finding the balance for each book...that has been the challenge.
 
Any last thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share with the readers?

 Never stop reading. Authors everywhere get to do what they love because of your love  of reading. Without your support, we couldn't do that. You challenge us to be better, to  push our stories further, and to strive for perfection and greatness with each and every  word. So while they aren't words of wisdom, they are my open thank you to readers of  books everywhere.


About the Author:
 
Moira Keith has a penchant for men in kilts, is a lover of shoes, Celtic mythology, connoisseur of Guinness, baker of cupcakes and overall complete mess! As an author of paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary romance, Moira writes stories that are often filled with the magic of love and the mayhem that ensues, threatening to keep her couples apart.

Currently, Moira resides in Las Vegas with her twin zombie sons, their beta fish, and a turtle.
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

OPAL Book Trailer Reveal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
No one is like Daemon Black.
 
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
 
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
 
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
 
Together we’re stronger... and they know it.
 

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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Five (Elemental Emnity Book 1) by Christie L. Rich - Blog Tour




Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.

However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.

Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


My Review:

Five (Elemental Enmity #1) by Christie Rich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Five by Christie Rich is the first book in the Elemental Enmity series, Christie is one of my favorite authors, her writing is fantastic and Five is a great read. She has written a story with a strong female lead character and some very hot co-characters. The plot was unique and I really enjoyed reading this novel. But there is only one downfall to this story at that is as soon as your finish with it you have the need to go purchase the next book in this series (Dark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)).

Rayla, who has been raised by her aunt Grace on a pig farm, has spent most of her time helping her aunt around the house and taking care of her cousins. She can’t wait to escape this life and head to college for some freedom. On her way to college a few things happen and she actually thinks she may be going a little crazy as she sees things that are out of this world. At college Rayla feels like she is being stalked by a man on a motorcycle that changes into a Pegasus and four other men are introduced to her eventually. And let me say these men are amazing looking, hot, sexy and they want Rayla. Rayla learns a lot about herself and finds out things that she never knew existed. Rayla realizes that the freedom and escaping her life back home may not have been the smartest decision she has made. Maybe there was a reason her aunt wanted her to stay close to home. We are introduced to the Fae world and how special Rayla is to this world.

This book is full of adventure, love triangles, sexy men and one strong young woman. There are some surprises; some betrayal has everything in it that makes for one amazing read. Christie Rich has written a series that you cannot put down. I have rated Five a 4 star rating and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great paranormal novel.


Interview with Christie L. Rich

1. Did you always want to be a writer? And what inspired you to write? 

I grew up thinking writing was what other people did.  It wasn’t until I’d read enough and had a story that I considered writing.  I’m so glad I took the plunge.  It was scary because I didn’t have much background, but it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

2. How would you describe Five?  

Five combines my love for fairytales with my love for suspense and mystery.  It’s a story about the importance of freedom and choice and consequence.  Rayla is a down to earth girl who gets caught up in an age old battle for world dominance between the fae and the Order.  She quickly has to learn that not all truth is the same and not all love comes naturally.

3.  Which character you had most fun writing? 

I’ve had fun with all of them, but Styx, the fire breathing Pegasus has been such a blast to write.  He is just so snarky, it cracks me up.

4.  What was your main source of inspiration for the story? 

I’d read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.  Something about the way the fae were portrayed bothered me.  Elemental Enmity emerged from one question:  What if the fae were misunderstood.

5.   What should readers expect from Five? 

Five at its heart is an adventure.  It combines the real world with the fae realms and has tons of magic, treachery, and manipulation.  Rayla has to uncover the truth, and that’s not as easy as it sounds.

6.   How did you come up with the title of your book? 

When I wrote the first draft of this story, I called it Fae-rly Bound.  The editor I sent it to told me I’d have to rename it because that would look horrible on the cover.  After I thought about it for a while, I decided to call the first Elemental Enmity book Five because it represents of course the five elements, earth, air, water, fire, and space.  It also represents the Five lords that want to claim Rayla and her power.

7.   What books have most influenced your life most? 

I’d have to say, the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

8.   What are your current projects? 

I’m finishing up the Elemental Enmity series with book four, Horizon.  I’m also working on a new series called Dreamscape.  I’m really excited about it.  It combines mythology of Morpheus and Hades.  It’s been really fun to write, especially because there is a male point of view.

9.   Do you see writing as a career? 

I do.  I have to write part time right now, but I’m hoping to one day make it a full time employment.

10.   When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

About three years ago.

11.   As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a princess ;P

12.   When and why did you begin writing? 

I had been reading so much that my mind finally gave me a story.  I tried to give it to a friend that told me she wanted to be a writer, and she told me that if I had a story, I needed to write it.  I didn’t know the first thing about writing a novel, but I researched and began typing words.  My first words were awful, but soon I figured out how to string sentences together, and I haven’t looked back.  Writing has become a need of mine.

13.   Do you hear from your readers much?

What kinds of things do they say?  Lately, I have been getting many thanks and some questions.  It’s wonderful to discuss my books with readers.  I love it.

14.   Where do you hope to take your writing in the future? 

I want to be the best writer I can.  I’m always looking for reasons why I connect to a story and trying to emulate that in my own writing.

15.   What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book?

I thought writing was a linear process, but it isn’t always.  Sometimes scenes come so strongly I have to stop what I’m doing and write them.  The funny thing is I always find out where they fit into the story later.

16.   Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers? 

Thank you so much for your support and kind words!  You don’t know how much it means to me.  I hope to always entertain you and leave you with a good feeling in your heart when you are done with my books.

17.   Who designed the covers? 

Amber McNemar at http://www.ethinkgraphics.com/.  She is amazing to work with.  And I love her art.

18.   What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

The first words of the day are always difficult, but once the words start to flow, it’s all good.

Any last thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share with the readers?

Thank you so much for having me here today, Tana!  Writing is an amazing experience, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my interview.  The truth is, if you have a story to write, you will likely have more.  I used to worry about not having enough ideas, but now, I can’t keep up with the ideas that come to me.  Once you open that part of your mind, it will not stop.  I’m grateful for the experience, and my whole goal is to entertain, for that is why I read.

Author's Bio 
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.

 
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Monday, 19 November 2012

Ocean Kills (Ocean Breeze Series Book One) by Jade Hart - Cover Reveal - Vote For The Cover You Like

 
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Ocean Kills
Ocean Breeze Series Book One
Jade Hart
Genre: new adult sexy urban fantasy
Number of pages: 344
Word Count: 97,000
 
 
Book Description:
 
Around the world, murderers and rapists pick off the innocent. Killing loved ones, separating families, and ruining lives.
 
As an eight-year-old girl, Ocean witnessed her family’s massacre and something altered inside her. Twisting her genetic code… unlocking an ability to teleport.
 
Ocean Breeze was never destined to be normal, especially being named after air-freshener. She’s a shadow, a ghost—a dark savior of the innocent. Armed with a switchblade in her bra, and a box-cutter in her pocket, she hunts the filth of the world. 
 
Callan Bliss is a Sydney Police Officer whose skill set is far above a normal cop. All his fellow officers see is a hard-worker who loves to catch perpetrators and surf, but that’s because they don’t know his past. When Callan arrests a suspicious looking prostitute, coming face to face with a self-confessed vigilante, his secrets aren’t that easy to keep silent anymore.
 
Ocean hates the police with a passion, and has no intention of being held captive by a cop, even if he is sexy as hell. Teleporting from under his nose, Ocean hunts her next target—a man responsible for the largest sex ring in South Africa—and he’s about to die. But she doesn’t count on Callan giving chase, nor the body-quaking lust which consumes them. However, Ocean's dark hobbies take precedence over what her heart wants—her thirst for murdering is killing her too, and not even Callan can save her.
 
Author Bio:
Jade Hart is a self-confessed book worm who is happiest glued to a lap-top with an eternal battery life, and typing up stories running rampant in her head.  
Her three favorite things are: 
 
1. Unlimited books on an Ebook Reader
2. Cracking the sugar on a creme brulee
3. Travelling
 
Jade currently resides in Middle-Earth, but has lived in Australia, England, and Hong Kong.
She writes New Adult 'smexy' fiction.
 
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Undertow by Callie Kingston - Blog Tour





Marissa is nearly eighteen and can't wait to leave behind her traumatic past. With long time boyfriend Drake, she thinks she has her future all figured out--until she discovers his betrayal. She flees to a desolate beach on the wild Oregon coast hoping to escape her pain, where, overcome with emotional and physical exhaustion, she dozes off beside a log. When the first icy waves strike her, it is too late: a rogue wave drags her out to sea.

Somehow she survives, and now each night she dreams of a creature who rescues her. Determined to discover the truth, her obsession deepens until she once again risks her life in the frigid ocean. Will the creature Marissa seeks save her? Will she be lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or will Jim, her new boyfriend, keep her from drowning in the abyss?
UNDERTOW is a contemporary Young Adult novel in which a young woman finds a terrible choice thrust upon her: overcome the pain in her past and the dangers which lurk in her mind, or succumb to these and be lost forever inside a beautiful dream.  Sometimes, the deadliest dangers lie within.

READERS SAY:

“A brilliant, realistic story about the power of obsession . . . starts out subtle then hits you full on like a rogue wave”
“. . . anyone who loves contemporary fiction will adore this one.”
“. . . an impressive first novel, with many elements of interest and value woven into a story of a young woman's coming of age in Portland, Oregon.”
“a breathtakingly emotional story . . .”

About the Author:

Callie Kingston lives in the Pacific Northwest with an assortment of furry creatures (husband included). She holds a master’s degree in psychology. When not writing, she likes to explore the outdoors, the forests and beaches along the Oregon coast. She also enjoys a great cup of cappuccino, which happily is easily found in her part of the world.
 


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Friday, 16 November 2012

A Kiss for Emily by J.P. Galuska - Blog Tour

 
A Kiss for Emily
Series: The Emily Stokes Series, Book One
Author: J. P. Galuska
Paranormal, Suspense, Young-Adult,
Publisher: Self
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 356
 
 
Book Description:
 
YA suspense driven paranormal romance
 
Emily Stokes never thought that falling in love would put her smack dab in the middle of chaos, or have her questioning her sanity! But when strange occurrences turn unbelievable, it becomes a race to save Emily from none other than the good-guys.
 
From the Author:
 
The first book in The Emily Stokes Series is entitled A Kiss for Emily. It's about a 17-year-old gal who lives in the heart of Kansas who's life is about to come unglued. It's YA, totally suspense-driven, and takes paranormal to a new level! If I tell you any more about the book, I'll have to include a spoiler alert because I can honestly say the less you know going into the story, the more you'll enjoy it! With that being said, here is the most I dare say:
 
Emily Stokes never thought that falling in love would put her in the middle of chaos, or have her questioning her own sanity! But when strange occurrences turn unbelievable, it becomes a race against time to save Emily from none other...than the good-guys.

My Review:
 
A Kiss for Emily (Emily Stokes Series) by J.P. Galuska
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Kiss for Emily is a fantastic YA Paranormal Romance novel, J.P. Galuska has written a novel that is full of twists, mystery and of course romance. I loved all the different points of view from the other characters and it is very well written. I liked that A Kiss for Emily was a bit different and loved J.P. Galuska writing I of course went to look to see what else she has written as I thing J.P is one great author.

We meet Emily who’s biggest worry right now is Alex and how she can get her first kiss from him and how she can get him to ask her to prom. Her and Alex have been friends for a very long time, but Alex is dealing with his father suicide and is coping with this through drugs. Emily thinks that Alex is just not interested in her.

When Emily and her family move to the country, she has to move schools and leave everything she knows behind. To say Emily is not happy about this is an understatement. Alone, Emily spends time playing her guitar and wondering through the woods. One day Emily meets a young man named Sam. Her and Sam start spending a lot of time together and the more she gets to know him she feels there is something amiss as some of his stories don’t make sense.

Emily parents have to step in and she ends up in the hospital not quite sure if she is losing her mind, trying to figure out what is real. The doctors of course end up medicating Emily which is terrible and she is in really bad shape. Thank god her parents step in and take her home. I could go on and on but I don’t want to write to much more and give too much away. The ending of A Kiss for Emily is a fantastic and really makes you want the next book in this series.

I loved this story; A kiss for Emily is a great YA Paranormal Romance novel, I’ve rated it a 4 stars and definitely cannot wait for book 2, J.P. Galuska is now one of my favorite authors.
I recommend anyone who loves YA Paranormal Romance novels to go grab a copy for yourself, you will not be disappointed. 


About the Author:
 
J P began writing her first novel back in 2009 after a work related injury took her out of the job market. Foreign to writing literature, her rough draft read more like torture than paranormal. Although the plot had been solid, not until she joined a local writer's group did the book really begin to blossom.
She currently enjoys a successful writing career and was recently featured as the April 2012 Author of the Month in the Paranormal Romance Guild.
 
 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Whispers In The Shadows by Heather Beck

 
Fall in love, if you dare…

Inside these pages are jilted ghosts who seek revenge, a sexy tour guide with deadly secrets, cunning mermen who emerge from the ocean, a magical forest where love truly can last for eternity, and a new breed of men who are too good to be true.

Filled with chills, twists and boundless passion, Whispers In The Shadows explores the beauty of love along with its darker side.

*Whispers In The Shadows includes volumes 5-9 of the Legends Unleashed series.
 
Interview Wth Heather Beck:
 
Tell us about Whispers In The Shadows.
 
From the Legends Unleashed series comes Whispers In The Shadows – a paranormal romance anthology that contains five otherworldly stories. Below is a snippet from each story.
 


Where Feelings Go To Die
 
While on a working vacation at Black Heart Lake, journalist Ashleigh uncovers a century-old story about a love triangle that turned deadly. Upon coming face-to-face with the vengeful ghosts, she learns the hard way that some feelings just won’t rest in peace. Adding to the danger is the return of Ashleigh’s recently deceased, cheating ex-boyfriend who wants more than just her love. Trapped in a haven for ghosts, her only defence is to find their weakness.
 
Hot Egyptian Nights
 
While on vacation, Hailey falls in love with Egypt’s awe-inspiring beauty, fascinating history and Zade, her sexy tour guide. Hailey’s new relationship is magical until Zade tries to sacrifice her in a hidden pyramid that’s filled with bubbling oil. Hailey’s intense encounter with him the next day reveals that her kidnapper is actually Said, Zade’s twin brother. Since entering an ancient tomb, Said has been cursed by a king who won’t rest until Zade, and everyone Zade loves, is dead. Hailey will do anything to destroy the curse, even if it means betraying Zade.
 
Rival To Survival
 
There’s something special about the Dark Forest, and its secret can be found in the magical mushrooms which forever sustain life. Two hundred-year-old Harv will do anything to ensure that his mushroom supply is abundant, even if it means betraying an old friend. Harv’s passion to live forever is intensified when he meets Scarlet – a woman whose passion matches her great beauty. All he has to do now is convince the skeptical Scarlet to embrace his mysterious, dangerous world and, of course, survive in it.
 
The Truth About Fairy Tales
 
Lila would do anything to find her prince charming, even if it means using a cheesy internet dating service. Matched with the handsome and courteous Phillip, Lila thinks she’s found a man who is the epitome of perfection. When Phillip is ambushed and taken away by a secret government agency, Lila fights back. What she uncovers is an advanced technological prototype that proves Phillip really is too good to be true.
 
Lure Of The Merman
 
A sudden storm strands Bree on the beach, forcing her to take shelter in an old cave. When she falls into a watery hole, she is rescued by the mysterious Sandy who appears from the ocean. Through romantic letters and unusual gifts, Sandy slowly wins Bree’s heart from afar. When she finally sees him at the beach, she boldly kisses him. That’s a big mistake because Sandy is a manipulative merman and Bree’s kiss transferred her legs for his fishtail. As a mermaid, she must navigate a new and dangerous world while preparing for the ultimate showdown with Sandy.
 
 
Which character did you have the most fun writing?
 
It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose, I’d say Zade from Hot Egyptian Nights. He’s fun and sexy, and his backstory is intertwined with fantastical Egyptian lore. I love using Egypt as a setting because it seems so timeless, exotic and romantic. Yet, with its vast deserts and awe-inspiring pyramids, the setting also provides great opportunities for adventures and paranormal mysteries. It’s easy to create such a great character amid this atmosphere. 
 
What was your main source of inspiration and purpose for Whispers In The Shadows?
 
Whispers In The Shadows is the second book in the Legends Unleashed series. It was preceded by What Legends Are Made Of. Like all the titles in this series, Whispers In The Shadows was created from my love of paranormal romances and fantasy worlds where anything can happen. I have strived to write fast-paced and well-developed plots with unexpected twists and multifaceted characters. Another purpose of writing Legends Unleashed was to create strong female protagonists who transcend the ordinary to find a beautiful life. It’s definitely an escapist series inspired by imagination and boundless possibilities. 
 
Who designed the cover?
 
I was responsible for conceptualizing and making the cover. I actually create all the covers for my titles published by Diamond Dust Books, Syren Books and Treasure Cove Books. I love art which is dark, mysterious and, for my older readers, sexy. Paranormal themed covers featuring whimsical forests, stars, mist, gothic flowers, the moon, women in flowing dresses and shirtless sexy men top my favorites list. Since paranormal romance is such a popular genre right now, I love all the beautiful covers that are being designed; I can literally spend hours in a bookstore just looking at them!

How do you come up with the titles of your books?
 
I write a lot of anthologies so choosing a title that represents all of the stories is critical. Since my anthologies always have a collective theme, it isn’t too difficult to come up with a title. For example, Haunted is about ghosts, Journeys Through The Unknown involves supernatural adventures, and Creatures Of The Night features dark, paranormal entities. When choosing a title, I think of words or phrases which relate to the book and then I work with them until I have a title I love. For Whispers In The Shadows, the title was derived from the theme of dark secrets – something that, in fiction, is seductive but also dangerous. Essentially, it’s a beckoning of the paranormal, enticing you into hidden worlds.  
 
Do you see writing as a career?
 
I definitely see writing as a career. It’s not uncommon for me to spend up to fourteen hours a day working on a project, especially if I have a deadline to meet. The amount of time and work I put into writing is on par with or exceeds that of a full-time job. That being said, writing can’t always be a substitute for a “day” job, so it does becomes difficult to balance both. I have a lot of respect for writers who have found success because of their hard work and integrity. It’s a terribly difficult industry, so an insatiable desire for creating characters, plots and new worlds is essential. 
 
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
 
I knew I wanted to be an author at a very young age. I loved books and always dreamt about creating my own worlds and characters. My biggest fascination was with book series because it allowed for extended character development. Writing is extremely natural for me and I don’t believe I chose to be a writer. On the contrary, I feel as if writing is something I have to do. Being analytical and seeing inspiration in everything around me promotes my innate need to weave tales. 
 
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
 
I get a lot of e-mails from readers as well as the occasional letter. The comments have all been very positive. Then again, if they didn’t like my work they probably wouldn’t be writing to me! Readers usually tell me what their favorite books are and often ask a variety of questions. I’ve been asked for an autograph quite a bit and that’s extremely flattering. I always make it a priority to write back to readers as quickly as possible. 
 
Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
 
I am currently working on edits for the remaining 20 volumes in The Horror Diaries series as well as writing Assorted Candies, an anthology of literary romance for teens. I have also started writing Siren and Fairy Dust, two young adult novels in the paranormal romance genre. Additionally, I will shortly begin work on What Fairy Tales Are Made Of, which will include the last four volumes in the Legends Unleashed series. On the screenwriting side, I have written several short scripts that are scheduled to go into production in 2012. Unfortunately, the entertainment industry is very unstable so I try not to get excited about a project until it is completed. If all goes well, I especially look forward to watching my award-winning short story, The Gap, come to life. The screen adaptation, entitled Too Sensible For Love, tells the story of Alexa – a hardworking waitress with big dreams who is slowly becoming jaded because of her poor living and work conditions. When she meets a rich man who can seemingly give her everything, she loses sight of her original dream and becomes obsessed with wealthy living. However, wealth has a dark side and Alexa has to learn this the hard way. I always have trouble describing Too Sensible For Love because it’s a really multifaceted story. It’s a dark romantic comedy with social commentary running throughout it.


 

About the Author: 
Heather Beck is a Canadian author and screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Her first book was published when she was only nineteen years old. Since then she has written several well-reviewed books.

Heather recently received an Honors Bachelor of Arts from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on two young adult novels and has six anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include Young Eyes, The Rarity and Too Sensible For Love.

Besides writing, Heather's greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.


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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Created (Book 1 of the Created Series) by Shannon Shaw - Blog Tour


Seventeen year old Ethan awakes to find himself strapped to a medical gurney after being rescued from an attack from creatures that should not exist. Exhausted, and in disbelief, he soon learns that he has unwillingly been selected to take part in a government program that will transform him into a creature from his nightmares.

Guided by another of the Created, Ethan must deal with the rules of his new world, a burgeoning romance with a girl no longer of his kind and fight to stay alive.


Excerpt from Chapter 26

The interior of the back room of the Tortured Rabbit was filled with two rows of empty metal hospital operating tables which bisected the room. Along the outer walls were doors, five each side. Across the back wall were plush chairs and couches upon which sat the rest of the members of my team. Each of which were looking very relaxed. In the shadows to the right stood an armed guard dressed in black and toting a Robinson XCR assault rifle, to the left the same. Both were on edge as evidenced from their profuse sweating and rapid heartbeats. A lesser concerned pair of gentlemen sat at a table a few feet in front of Veronica and me.

Veronica led me to the table. She presented her right forearm. "Veronica Stace and Ethan Castel are here to check in."

The eldest of the two soldiers at the table removed a needle containing a vividly yellow substance from a small metal case. The needle was inserted into Veronica's arm injecting her with the liquid.
Discarding the needle to his partner, who placed it into a heavy looking yellow box at his feet; he reached into the case and presented another as he motioned for my arm.
Instinctively, I withdrew my arm. The room got tense as the two soldiers on guard both charged their rifles alerting me to my mistake.

Delivering my arm to the soldier, the man hurriedly finished his duty. He passed off the empty syringe to his colleague then produced a small silver box covered with three buttons: red, yellow, and green.

The shot was painless, but the concern was overwhelming. "What the hell did you just do to me?"

There was no response as he continued about his duties. We were dismissed with a wave of his hand. He pressed the green, button on the metal panel as we walked away. The button triggered the unlocking of the doors to either side of us with a chorus of clicks.

I joined hands with Veronica as we walked to the back of the room. "What just happened?"

She spoke softly, "There is now a tracking node inside of you that allows them to detonate the nanites in your blood if things were to get out of hand. It is a precaution. Consider it the final and ultimate failsafe."

I looked at my forearm as a tiny light blinked momentarily then dissolved beneath the skin.

"Shit."

About the Author:

www.amazon.com/author/shannonshaw

My nonwriting career has been filled with the joy of teaching and coaching, but I have wanted to be a writer since I was a little boy.

Dealing with people of different socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom, the court, the track and on the field have allowed me to develop an understanding of personalities and interspection under a variety of postive and negative conditions. These conditions are evident within my writing and have been hugely beneficial.

I do not want to be limited to a particular genre. I tend to write about topics or concepts that I find engaging. Ideas take over my thoughts and I have to get them out.

I lean more to horror and paranormal.

My current projects are part of a series, hopefully finished soon, involving werewolves, vampires, zombies and some surprises.

I am way too adicted to the television shows The Walking Dead and Being Human.



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Damaged (Book 2 of the Created Series)
 
 
 

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