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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blog Tour - "The Exemeus" & "The Azemeon" by Folami & Abeni Morris





About The Exemeus:
Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she's been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.



About the authors:
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their facial similarities, tendency to finish each other’s thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.
 Folami Morris:
 Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad. 
Abeni Morris:
 As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Book Blast - "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. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.









Chapter One
Virgin Territory


Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine 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 had 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 twenty-second 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.”

“What?” Quinn blinked at him, wondering if she’d heard him right.

“If you want us to have forever, you must show me your Magyk.”




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Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, Book One, 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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Review - "Linked" by Judy Serrano


If you would like to see an interview with Judy, click here



Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing. In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she's able to get free? When you become "linked," the choice may not be your own. 

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Daphne is working as a substitute teach when she meets Charlie Cross at a parent teacher conference.  Before they know it they are involved in a relationship.  Given that their relationship shouldn’t be happening and of course no one is for it (he is a married man), Daphne is head over heels for him even though he is a vampire. 

Things are good in their relationship or as good as they can be if you are the other woman but then things change when Heathcliff arrives, stirring feelings for him even though she loves Charlie…oh did I mention that Charlie and Heathcliff are friends :D 

All in all this was a good action packed book.  The story moved along great with twists at every turn (vampires, love triangles, cheating, etc. etc.) keeping you enthralled in the book wanting to find out more.  I enjoyed the characters each with their own uniqueness to the story however at times I felt like some information may have been left out about them but it wasn’t enough to ruin the story or make it hard to picture what they may look like. 

I would recommend this book to be added to your to be read list!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review - "Candy and the Cankersaur" by Jason Sandberg




This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and a Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined to train him to be a good pet. 

My review:


I read this along with my daughter and thought that it was a very cute story.  Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and wants to make sure that he is well trained.  Along the way her neighbor who always seems to try and better her, Dino-naps the dinosaur.  Candy, her neighbor and dad go and look for him so that they can return home with him. 

There were some good lessons written into the story about wanting everything and hurting other’s feelings.  All in all a good story to share with your little ones .  The pictures in the book are well drawn and have a lot of color to keep the child entertained while being read too.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cover Reveal - "Through Glass" by Rebecca Ethington






Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.

Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.

Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.

At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.

I hoped that I wasn’t alone.

I remembered that day.

Review - "A Tale of Red Riding : Rise of the Alpha Huntress" by Neo Edmund




In this action packed twist on the beloved Grimm Fairytale, Red Riding will not only face dangerous wolves; she will have to face the wolf within herself. Gifted with the power to transform into a werewolf, she will rise to become a legendary warrior known as the Alpha Huntress. Accompanied by bad-boy heartthrob Wolfgang Helheim, Red will lead a tribe of loyal followers armed with mystical powers of their own against a vile lunar deity, who plans to thrust Wayward Woods into eternal night. 

About the Author



NEO EDMUND has worked in the entertainment industry as a writer, story development exec, and a film producer. As an author, he has written for film, television, feature animation, and comics. He recently published his first novel titled A Tale of Red Riding, Rise of the Werewolf Huntress. He is currently writing and co-producing two films titled Clan of the Vein and of Light and Darkness. Neo has also written on projects for companies including Zenescope, Silver Dragon Books, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Spike TV, JumpStart Interactive, Branded Films, Platinum Studios, and Genetic Entertainment.

My Review:



Red Riding is found in the woods by a guy she names “Wolf Boy”, he is intolerable but yet he knows where her grandmother lives and since her bike won’t work she accepts his invitation for a ride.  After being in an orphanage since she can remember, Red is reacquainted with long lost friends, Dote and Ash.   

Red is then thrown into a world of magic and mystery when she learns she is the next Alpha Huntress and it is up to her to save Wayward from evil.  Along the way Red has to learn to accept help from her friends, Wolfgang (aka Wolf Boy) and Prince (yup that is his name) all of whom will do anything to help her even if it means losing their lives. 



This is was such a great story.  I loved the twisted take of Red Riding Hood and all the action that took place in the story, you never knew what was going to happen next or how Red & her friends would handle themselves when faced with danger.  Neo Edmund was able to take a classic tale and had a new spin to it which was well written and paced perfectly.

Definitely a must add to your to be read list! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blog tour - "Linked" by Judy Serrano






Linked
Linked Series Book One
Judy Serrano


Genre: Paranormal Romance


Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Date of Publication: July 18th, 2013


Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 81,403

Cover Artist: Danielle Barnard

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Book Description:

Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.

In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.





Excerpt:
“Mr. Cross,” I started, leaning into him so that no one else could hear me. “What are you doing here?”
“It’s nice to see you too, Miss Foster.”
“I think we’re passed the formalities now, don’t you?” I asked.
“Daphne, then.” My name played so softly on his lips that I shuddered, and embarrassingly so. He smiled. “Then you must call me Charlie.” He kissed the backs of my hands. “I see I already have a positive effect on you.”
“Don’t read too much into it,” I told him. “It’s just a chill.”
“Or maybe a warm sensation,” he whispered, putting his finger on my face and tracing it down to my lips. I swallowed hard and I know my face was yet again bright red.
I looked over at Janice who was having a pleasant conversation with his brother. Then I looked back at him. “Does your wife know you frequent schools to pick up teachers?” I asked.
“You mean substitute teachers,” he answered. I stuck my tongue out at him. “I like when you do that.”
“Stop it,” I whispered harshly. “Look. I’m sure I’m not the type of woman that you’re used to. Especially since I know first hand that you’re married, and I think I already mentioned that I don’t date married men.”
The waitress showed up with four shots of tequila. I looked at him in amazement. “Really?” I asked.
“Come on, Daphne, let go a little,” Janice added, shining like a brand new diamond.
We downed the shots and Charlie got a little too close. “I find you irresistible, Daphne.” He leaned in so that he was almost whispering in my ear. “I don’t know what it is about you, but I must have you.” He took my hand and brought it to his cheek.
“What is it that you do, Mr. Cross?” I asked.
“I thought we were past formalities.”
“Charlie,” I corrected. “Sorry. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a businessman,” he answered. “Acquisitions are my specialty.”
“And what exactly do you acquire?” I asked. “And please do not say women.”
“I do not buy and sell women,” he answered, his voice getting suddenly harsh. “But when I see something I want, I go after it until it yields to me.”
I pulled my hand away from his face and looked at him. He was most unsettling. “You think I’m just going to fall right into your arms, don’t you, Charlie.”
“Not into my arms, necessarily,” he answered. “but certainly into my bed.”

About the Author:

Judy Serrano graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce with a BA in English. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors.

She is a substitute teacher at the local school district and writes for various on-line publications. She is the author of Easter's Lilly, Brother Number Three, Relatively Close and Memoirs of a Mobster, which are romantic thrillers and part of The Easter’s Lilly Series.

Judy currently resides in Texas with her husband, four children (all boys) and five dogs. She is also a singer/songwriter in her spare time.






LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/judy-serrano/2b/b07/474/



now for a little one on one before my review



  1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
When I was young(er) I was both a writer and a singer. I loved them both but was gently persuaded to find a “back-up plan,” since my points of interest were unlikely to succeed. I see now how easily your back-up plan can become the plan. I never imagined that I would be the author of two separate series and still writing more. It is truly the most rewarding career I could have ever expected.

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
If I am not distracted it will take me three months to write a novel. Now, I also teach and sub, so I am often distracted. But when I have time, I can write 5 to 6 thousand words in one sitting. The voices in my head, beg to be heard, so to speak.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I often dream my storylines. I will wake up with a great idea, run to my MacBook and jot it down. When I finally sit down to write it, the characters then take on a life of their own and take me in their own direction.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
No, scheduling is not my strong point. I have a husband, four children, five dogs, a few freelance writing jobs and my teaching jobs to consider. So, when I find I have some spare time, out comes the flash drive. I carry it everywhere I go. 
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
It is certainly not easy. I make sure that children and family come first and then all the other things get done in priority order. Somehow, it all manages to get done.6. What elements do you think make a great story line? 
I personally need a little romance somewhere in the story. I love a good alpha male, suspense, action, and some unpredictability. I try to throw some twists and turns into mine. It certainly makes it a wilder ride.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
I think the hardest thing about writing a book is the editing. I love writing the story, I love dreaming about my storylines, stealing away a moment here and there to visit with my characters, and leaving the reader in suspense. But when I have to go back over it and re-read and re-edit… it can be grueling.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
 
I have a series out called “The Easter’s Lilly Series,” and there are four books out so far. That one is a romantic suspense/thriller. Book 5 is coming out in September and book six will be out in 2014. “Linked” is my recent release. It is a paranormal romance and book two will be out sometime next year. I also have a book called, “Ivy Vines, Visions.” This one is a paranormal romance/thriller, and has not yet been released. So, 5 published and four on their way out the door. They are all so different that I can’t say that I really have a favorite. If I have to pick one I think I would pick “Memoirs of a Mobster.” It is book 4 of the Lilly series. It is Lilly’s oldest son as an adult. It is thrilling, fun, and sexy all at the same time. But don’t just read that one. You need to start from book one to get the meaning of the series.

9. Do you have a favorite character?
I have a few. In “The Easter’s Lilly Series,” my favorite character is Hector Montiago. He is one of Lilly’s lovers. He is a good guy gone bad who is redeemed. You can’t help but love sexy Hector the protector. In “The Linked Series,” my favorite character is Dante Franco. He is Charlie’s brother. (Charlie is the heroine’s love interest). Dante came out of nowhere and I feel like he stole the show. He will be featured in book two of the series. He needs his day in the sun.
10. Where do you write?
My laptop is on a table in my living room by my couch. But… I can write anywhere. I can write in a McDonald’s, a school cafeteria, or even a park. I block out surrounding noise pretty easily.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 

I just feel blessed to have my work out there and read.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?I have found that family can be most critical. I am not sure why, really. My immediate family, such as my husband and my boys are incredibly supportive. I do have some wonderful friends who are avid readers of all my craziness. But I was surprised that family wasn’t more supportive.

13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I sing and play guitar. I am also a great dancer. Just kidding. Thought I’d give any friends or family reading this a good laugh. I do sing and play guitar though and sometimes I play for my church with my family. I have a son who plays drums and the rest of them sing. It is crazy fun.

14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
 Don’t let others discourage you. I have discovered that with quite a few writers, people who are close to them, tend to think it is a pipedream and don’t take them seriously. It can be disappointing when the people you expect to stand behind you just don’t. Also, don’t write for the market. Write from the heart. The market will change but when you write from the heart, you will satisfy your inner most desires.

16. What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? 
Hmmm… I mostly have favorite books, as opposed to favorite authors. “Hunger Games,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Something Borrowed,” are some of my favorites. Stephanie Tyler, author of “The Shadow Force Series,” and Nora Roberts, author of “The MacKade Brothers,” certainly inspired me. Stephanie is romantic suspense and Nora is alpha male romance. I took the two styles and combined them.

17. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
 
My husband. He will help me with storylines when I am at a crossroads. He also helps me with the first edit. If there’s anyone I can count on for the truth it is my husband. I used to ask my mom for editing help but she was just a little
too hard on me. My hubby will tell it like it is with a gentle touch.
18. Are you working on anything now?
Right now I have two books in the works. The sixth book of “The Easter’s Lilly Series,” and the second book of “The Linked Series.” Charlie’s brother Dante is about to get the exposure he’s been dying for.
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Note:  I was supposed to do a review today however I didn't receive the book until late last week so my review will be up at a later time

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blog Tour - "Blood and Sacrifice" by Jessica Gibson





Title: Blood and Sacrifice
Author: Jessica Gibson
Series: Blood Ties Novella Series (#2)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook
Blurb/Synopsis:
Bronwyn left everything behind when she left with Ronan. She became what he needed her to be and forgot the rest. Too bad the past won't stay in the past.
Rider bursts back into her life uninvited, and is not the man she remembers. There is an edge to him that was not there before. Bronwyn is torn by guilt over what he has become and anger at being blamed for it.
When Ronan ended his maker’s life, he inherited a line of vampires and a whole set of problems to go along with it. Bronwyn must decide if their love is worth it, worth the killing, and the constant disruption of their lives.
Is love enough? Can Bronwyn find herself again and strike a balance between who she wants to be and who Ronan needs her to be? Or will she lose herself all over again?

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Author Information





Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.Author Links


Other Books by Jessica

Blood Ties Novella Series


Boston Witches


Excerpts


Bronwyn stopped in her tracks when she saw someone very familiar leaning against the building across the street, dressed head to toe in leather. “I’m guessing you all decided on a field trip at the same time?” She said sarcastically, as she zipped across the street.
“Well, someone has to clean up after his mess,” Carly scoffed.
Bronwyn’s lips thinned out, “I saw him, earlier. He seems to be out of control.”
“Hmmm, I wonder why that is?” Carly pressed a finger to her lips in mock concentration.
“Look, I don’t need a lecture from you, too. I got enough from Seraph.”
Carly smiled. “You know, I want so bad to stay mad at you. It would be a heck of a lot easier if I did. But, it’s too damn good to see you.”
Bronwyn’s tough exterior melted, “I know. I’ve missed you so much. Is Tuck here, too?”
“He’s looking for Rider; we followed him here. I didn’t even know you were back in the States. Seraph told us, yesterday.” There was a hint of something in Carly’s voice.
“Look, I know this is an f-ed up situation. I had to make a clean break, though. I couldn't live half in and half out with Ronan.”
“You ruined him.” Carly’s voice was harsh.
Bronwyn laughed. “Really? Rider is a big boy; far older than I am. His choices are his own. Did you really come here to make me feel guilty? If so, you may as well leave now.” Bronwyn’s tone was cool.
“Who are you?” Carly took a step back.
“I’m the same person I’ve always been, Carly, I’m just not fighting it anymore.” Bronwyn leaned in and kissed Carly’s cheek before heading off into the night.


My review

Bronwyn is back with Ronan after being on the run from him for years. She's happy with her decision and is living life like a queen, all with one problem...Rider. he is on a tare and is pretty much gone rogue after Bronwyn left him, can she make him realize that she is happy where she is or will she give up and go back to him?

I absolutely loved this story!! The characters are all great and the chemistry between all of them is awesome! I love how Bronwyn loves both guys each differently and wants to make sure that both of them are happy...what a love triangle LOL Seriously though you have to read this book to get the full grasp of it and you will find yourself pulled into the story and not wanting to put it down!!!

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