Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover and Synopsis Reveal: The Final Omen: Second Sight Book Four!


Summary:

Psychic Kate Edwards had seen her death in a premonition. She was given the opportunity to stop her murder from happening and finally reconnect with her love Detective Jared Corbett. However, fate had different ideas…

Kate finds herself trapped between life and death. Her only companion is Rose Corbett, Jared’s long dead mother. Rose offers answers to many of Kate’s long-awaited questions and alludes to what the future could hold. However, before Kate can finally be happy, she must complete a seemingly impossible task: save Jared from his own tragic fate.

The Final Omen concludes the thrilling Second Sight series.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17537805-the-final-omen

Giveaway for advanced copy begins on Friday through Goodreads!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You Are Mine by Janeal Falor Book Blitz and Giveaway


You Are Mine (Mine #1)
Release Date: 05/06/13
273 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.


Currently on sale for $.99!




Advanced Praise:
“I was blown away by the beautiful writing, haunting themes, and chilling visuals.” ~Becca at Nawanda Files

“There were times when I had to fight back my tears and the emotion that this book drew from me made me feel so connected to what was going on as if I was actually there. You Are Mine should be on everyones to-read list and I cannot wait to see what Janeal Falor comes up with next.” ~Danielle at Coffee and Characters

Excerpt:
My insides hurt. I fold my arms across my stomach as they head out, but it doesn't help with the pain. I move to follow.

Mother touches my elbow. The touch startles me to a stop and she lets go. “I remember when I was chosen by your Father. It was a troublesome time, but you can do it. You're strong and your sisters need your example.”

I close my eyes and shake my head before opening them again. “I don't think I'm that type of strong.”

Mother sighs. “Maybe not, but you still have to go through it, society expects it. You'll have a new owner soon.”

She's right. A warlock could ask to buy me at any time. There's nothing I can do about it. I follow mother from the room, bowing my head with the hope that it will keep further attention from me. But it's too late to hope. I will always be owned.

About the Author

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

http://janealfalor.com/

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Sterile and Rejected by Isabella Jones


Sterile Summary:

‘I am his wife, he no longer respects, touches or loves me.’

Lisa cries to herself at night. After 15 years of marriage, she cannot accept their fate: a life with no children. She wallows in paranoia as Mark works late and continues his career as a travelling salesman. Her accusations of him cheating on her result in their first major fight which leads to a trail of events that spiral out of Lisa's control.

Will Lisa manage to keep her tenuous grip on her marriage, her life and ultimately reality?

A novel about one woman’s struggle to carry on when her worst nightmare turns into reality.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sterile-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B00C25A1NM/

Rejected Summary:

“How did this all happen? Why am I sick? All those prayers failed me. What will happen to my son, Tommy if I pass?” Jay cries each night as her treatments fail each and every time. Her last hope is to have the stem cell transplant. The problem is will her mother, Annette, who rejected her as a baby for fame and fortune in Hollywood agree to be tested. If Annette is tested, will she have the operation?

These are the questions inside Jay´s head, as she struggles to fight leukemia and hopes that her mother stops rejecting her. Annette is older will she leave her fantasies and become a loving mother and grandmother and do the right thing by Jay?

A heart-warming story about one woman´s fight against leukemia and hopes of being reunited with her mother.


Giveaway:
2 eBooks of Rejected and Sterile by Isabella Jones

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #50

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual.

Today is my 50th STS! Can you believe it? I can't =) I received some awesome books this week (major ARC score from Harper Teen)!

For Review:
Panic by Lauren Oliver

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Friday, July 26, 2013

Spotlight Post: Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver


Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.

Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle—forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans.

Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers.

Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?


New Adult Romantic Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.



Colour Wielders
Chapter One: Virgin Territory

Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His vitrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.
“You’re okay, yeah?” Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.
Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside stirred to life, wanting to escape.
“You know I love you. I’m sorry if it hurt.” He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers as if he could take the ache away. “Say something, Quinn. Please.”
“I love you, Thaene.” She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.
“I want us together always. Do you want that, Quinn?” Thaene’s eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn’t name.
“We can have forever. You want that, don’t you?” Thaene asked.
“Yes,” Quinn answered breathlessly before realizing what she’d agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting. “Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you.”
Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he’d just won a major prize—he looked triumphant.
“Being with you on your birthday was very special to me. You’ve given me such a precious gift.”
“I love you. I can’t imagine my first time with anyone else.”
Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?
Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn’t understand it, Quinn ignored it. She’d followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother’s dislike—or in spite of it— changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.
Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.
“There’s something else I’d like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?”
The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she’d give him anything.
“It’s the most precious gift of all. One I’ll cherish forever.”
Oh my God. He wants to marry me.
“Yes,” Quinn said, drawing in a breath. “I’ll give you anything.”
“Good.” Thaene nuzzled her neck. “I want you to show me your Magyk.”



Bio
Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Love of Truth by CT Oliver Promotional Event and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Title: Love of Truth
Author: CT Oliver
Release date:  July 13th, 2013
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult /Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Links to the book:

Book Description:
For the next eleven days all Amelia Adler wants is a nice relaxing vacation on the beach. All she’ll do is drink pineapple margaritas and read sexy steamy romance novels. She doesn’t want to think about the stress of her daily life nor the fact that she doesn’t know what to do with her life.
Craig Patrice just wants to spend his last spring break catching wave after waves during the day in the Pacific Ocean, and relax as much as he can at night. This is his last break before finishing law school and starting at a firm this upcoming summer. He has no desire for a fling or a girlfriend. All he wants is to buckle down and finish this year off right. That is until he gets a glimpse of his vacationing neighbor, and for the life of him, he can’t look away.
Though Craig and Amelia are somewhat reluctant for a relationship, they seem to find comfort in one another and can’t let go of each other. Finding romance on vacation is one thing, but can their relationship withstand the demand of real life and once their past catches up with them will believing in each other’s truth save their future.

About the Author
Author did not provide information for an author bio.
Author social media links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CTOliver503 ; @ctoliver503

EXCERPT
Sitting back, I try to relax again, but I’m hyped and overly aware of all the sounds around me. Cory comes through the glass sliding doors, and offers me a three finger Macallan then settles down into the lounge chair next to me with a drink of his own. There are some things in this world that you cannot skimp on, and a good scotch is one of them.
“Whoa, whose big ride? Wasn’t there five minutes ago,” Cory states.
“Yeah, seems like we’ll be having a neighbor for a couple of days,” I say nonchalantly.
“Neighbor? As in one?” Cory asks.
“Yeah, she’s a cute lil’ thang,” I drawl, laughing to myself. You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the boy.
“Hmmm, maybe she’ll want to come over later for our get together with the girls from this morning,” Cory grins to himself.
I let out a laugh, dividing my focus between Cory and the house across the drive path. “You trying to woo them with your cooking?”
“Hey! A lady has to appreciate a man who can grill, right?” Cory asks, taking of a sip of his scotch.
“Yes, a lady would, but those girls…” I raise a questioning eyebrow at my brother.
Cory laughs. “Yeah, okay, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate what they have to offer me.”
“Okay, just don’t appreciate them so much that you can’t catch some waves tomorrow.” My brother and I have two different ideas of this vacation. Cory wants to meet as many girls as he can, I just want to catch as many waves and adrenaline rushes as I can.
“I won’t,” Cory chuckles and leans back in his chair facing the ocean. “Hey! You okay man? You’ve been quiet, and let me tap into what mom would say, umm, ‘reflective’, lately. What’s going on in that head of ours?”
I laugh at my brother’s concern. Cory and our mom have always been close. Cory is a year younger and is a bigger mama’s boy than I am. Whenever we’re looking out for each other, we always worry through our mom’s eyes, so to speak.
“Yeah, I’m fine, just finishing up school is stressful and then next year, you know.”

“Man, you just need a girl!” Cory states. This is not uncommon for him to say. It’s his answer for everything. Bored? Get with a girl. Going to get food? Get it with a girl. Going to buy toilet paper? Get it with a girl. Some part of Cory just doesn’t want to grow up, it seems.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guest Post by G.S. Wright: Birth of the Novel

The Birth of the Novel

I once spoke with a very wise woman (my wife) about writing a novel. She compared the process to pregnancy. While (un)fortunately I’ve never been able to experience childbirth firsthand, I’ve been a part of the journey several times. From my dangerously male point of view, I will now share with you all of the joys and tribulations of the novel-birthing process.
(Note: time may vary – your novel may have the gestation of a guppy or that of an elephant).

The First Trimester
It seemed like a good idea at the time, right? You decided that you have what it takes to write a novel. Look where that’s got you. It started off great. You told your friends and family, “Look! I’m writing a book!” Maybe you began with an idea of what your child (novel) should look like, with an outline chasing a three act structure. But then the aches and pains begin. It’s suddenly scary. Your great idea sometimes makes you sick, and you wonder how you’re ever going to survive the process. Perhaps you wonder if your idea was even worth conceiving. It just felt so right when you started. Hang in there. Your muse won’t let you down.

The Second Trimester
Sometimes it feels like your novel is never going to be realized. Will it be fully developed? You want your novel to be perfect, but what are the chances of that? When you look back at what you’ve created, you want to pick at the flaws. This stage may end when your first draft is complete, but your novel still needs time to develop. All of its internal organs are there, all the things that make up a novel. But it’s not the wonderful, precious gift to the world that you imagined yet. You’re excited to show the world your baby, but there are risks to releasing your book prematurely. 

The Third Trimester
 Rewrites and editing... Sometimes it feels like you’re done, but your support group comes back with another list of things needing fixed. You’re spending your time fixing up the baby room by showing the world your beautiful book cover, and preparing your author platform for your novel’s arrival. Yet even as the time draws near, you are filled with uncertainty. Will the world like your book? Will it fit in with its peers? Will it have your voice?

The End
After all of your hard work, your book will hit the ground like a baby giraffe and have to run on its own, right out of your creative womb. It will make friends and enemies, and go places you’ve only dreamed of. If you’ve given your book the proper nurturing, it will have a better chance than many of its peers. Don’t be ashamed of it. You are no longer just a writer. Hold your book high (like a monkey holding up a lion cub for the entire savannah to see) and call yourself an author.

It wasn’t that bad, was it? There’s already a sparkle in your eye and you’re ready to try again.

G.S. Wright lives in Southern Idaho, with his wife, Aimee, and their three boys. He writes Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. His books are BROKEN THINGS and DEATH STORM.

Connect with G.S. Wright Online:
Bloggswright.com





Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guest Post by A.K. Morgen: Wolves, Myth and the Legend of Wolf Boy

Wolves, Myth, and the Legend of Wolf Boy
Blogger Book Fair Guest Post

For as long as I can remember, I've loved mythology. The various ways society has interpreted life, religion, and the mysteries of the Universe over the years fascinate me. As a writer of paranormal and fantasy romance, I often find myself searching out obscure myths with the hope of someday incorporating them into the worlds I build.

One of my favorite subjects is the wolf. Every culture views wolves a little differently, so there are an abundance of myths and legends out there dealing with this majestic, fierce animal.

In Finland, for instance, wolves have long been hated. They've also had a bad rap with the Christian faith, where they're often viewed as an enemy of man, or as a representation of various sins and evils. And in the Hindu faith, Krishna created wolves at one point specifically to frighten the Vraja into doing as he required.

Other faiths and people have a much more positive view of the wolf. In Chechnya, Mongolian, and Japanese myths and folklore, wolves are revered. And in Roman mythology, a wolf was responsible for the founding of Rome after having saved Romulus and Remus.

In other areas of the world, wolves fall somewhere in the middle. They play many roles and are viewed in many different ways. This is nowhere as true as in the myths and lore that sit at the center of Norse culture.

In Norse mythology, Odin's most beloved pets were wolves named Geri and Freki. Odin fed the pair from his table and took them everywhere with him. When Odin and the Æsir created man, they sent Geri and Freki to teach them how to care for and love one another.

The warriors of the Norse people were also said to be able to transform into wolves during battle, and were better able to defend their people as a result. And, on the other end of the spectrum, of course, sits Loki's son, Fenrir. According to Norse belief, Fenrir is destined to kill Odin at Ragnarök after the twin wolves Sköll and Hati devour Mani and Sol, the moon and sun gods.

The wolf myths of the Norse people take center stage in my upper young adult series, The Ragnarök Prophesies, but oddly enough, my favorite wolf legend doesn't come from the Northern people. It comes from the Kiowa in a story called the Legend of Wolf Boy.

The story tells of a young boy who refuses to betray his brother by sleeping with his wife. This angers the boy’s sister-in-law, so she traps him in a hole in the ground and tells him that she will only release him if he agrees to do as she requires. He refuses, so she leaves him there, tells his brother he died, and then returns with her husband to their home.

Eventually, a pack of wolves hear the boy crying in the hole and ask him why he’s down there. When he explains what happened, the wolves rescue him. They raise him as one of their own.
Many years later, the boy’s people find him, and he tells them what happened so long ago. The wolves then tell his people to bring the woman to them, and they kill her for the wrong she committed against the boy and her mate. 

You can read a version of the entire legend here.

I love how accurately this legend portrays the real-world behavior of wolves. Obviously, wolves aren't running around chatting with people, but they are pretty amazing animals. When wolves mate, they mate for life. A wolf is faithful to his or her mate, and they're very much a "family first" species. In most instances, the pack itself is a nuclear family unit, and they are very nurturing of one another.

When a pack adopts a new member, the new member is accepted into the family without reservation. While adopted members tend to be young wolves, there are numerous accounts out there of wolves adopting abandoned human children into their packs and raising them as one of their own, too.

The Kiowa legend captures this reality perfectly, I think. Not only do the wolves rescue the young boy, but they reward his loyalty to his brother by adopting him. And years later, when they come across the boy's deceitful sister-in-law again, they punish her for her sins against their pack-mate as much as for her disloyalty to her mate.

The wolves in my stories are a lot like those in the Kiowa legend. They're honorable, noble, and incredibly loyal. They're also pretty scary when the occasion demands it, because, let's face it, nothing is more frightening than an angry wild animal!

About the Author:

A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three dogs, and demonic cat. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and plans to save the world some day. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews how to cause mischief. You can also find her dancing in the grocery store, building a spork army, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart.

You can learn more about Ayden at http://akmorgen.com or by following her on Twitter, GoodReads, or Facebook.

FADE – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One –



Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Summary:

What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

FADE is available from Curiosity Quills Press at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.





Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer of Love Giveaway Hop: Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card


Welcome to the Summer of Love Giveaway Hop hosted by YA Romantics! As part of the event, I'll be giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon. Stop by the other blogs below for more great giveaways!

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Guest Review: The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

Annie is a fellow blogger and lover of books from Just One More Chapter. Today she's sharing her thoughts on The Wrong Girl by CJ Archer. You can find Annie here:

Writing Blog: http://www.zapkodemarie.net/

Book Blog: http://www.justonemorechapter.net

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/zapkode.maries.creations :}

Goodreads Summary:

It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

Publication Date: May 25, 2013

Annie's Review:

This book was rather enjoyable. It is about a girl named Hannah Smith that is kidnapped. She is assumed to be the daughter of an Earl until she informs her captors that they have the wrong girl. She goes through weeks of self discovery. She learns what it is like to trust in others and to have freedom. Things she otherwise hadn’t had the ability to enjoy in the past. This book centers around paranormal abilities and many different emotions. This book is a rather fast read, it captures the reader and drags them into the book. I enjoyed learning new details as they were reveled, but what I enjoyed most was actually feeling like I was Hannah, like I was in the book and the book was about me. It is incredibly well written and pulls you in from page one.

5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #49

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual.

I'm very excited about the books I received this week! Manic and The Edge of Never are very high up on my TBR pile!

For Review:
The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Archetype by M.D. Waters

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Manic by JA Huss

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

Facade by Nyrae Dawn

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski