Wednesday, April 26, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Jaded" by K.M. Robinson

Jaded (Jaded, #1)
by K.M. Robinson
Published by: Snowy Wings Publishing
Expected Publication:  June 27, 2017 

Synposis:

Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.

Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.

One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.


And now on to the Cover Reveal...

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Author Bio:

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.


Monday, April 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter for "The Sky Throne"


Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

"Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Chris Ledbetter~

1)      What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

The storyline is loosely based on Hesiod’s Theogony, the creation myth and collection of origin stories that fuel Greek mythology.

2)      Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

      Duality is a running theme, that there are two sides to everything. Also, people sometimes do bad things for good reasons.

3)      Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Not really. Some of the characters are more what I’d call composites of people I know. They end up being like a stew where you throw in a little of this and a little of that while staying as true as possible to canonical characteristics.

4)      Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I have had the great pleasure to be in a critique group with lovely writers from the Nevada chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Some of these writers are the greatest I’ve ever known and they influence me greatly. Outside of them, James Dashner, Dan Brown, and Laini Taylor are probably my top influences.

5)      If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Ohmigod! This is an awesome question! *taps temples* Hmmm, okay let’s go with… Ryan Sharpe (Tracy Clark’s Mirage), Karou (Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and Cassie Colesworth (Martina Boone’s Compulsion). I propose that we should play CLUE: Star Wars Edition. I would order in some pizza from a local favorite, Pizzetta’s. I’d choose these people because they are among my favorite characters for many reasons. (All hail the respective authors for creating such fine characters) The game Clue is great for groups and I’m a Star Wars geek. And the pizza from Pizzetta’s is simply awesome. 

About Chris:


Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
4/17/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsGuest Post
4/17/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

4/18/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
4/18/2017- Sophie RiggsbyReview

4/19/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview
4/19/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

4/20/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
4/20/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview

4/21/2017- YA and WineInterview
4/21/2017- Kim Harnes, AuthorReview

Week 2:
4/24/2017- Jennifer EatonGuest Post
4/25/2018- So Few BooksInterview
4/26/2018- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post

4/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
4/27/2018- I am not a bookworm!Review

4/28/2018- Mundie MomsReview


BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Holly Kowitt for "The Principal's Underwear is Missing"


Author: Holly Kowitt
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 224
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

When you're a sixth-grade nobody, the last person you wan to accidentally zonk with a volleyball is Sloan "Selfie" St. Clair--the eighth-grade glamour queen of the school. But that's what happens to Becca Birnbaum, and it only gets worse when she tries to do Selfie a favor. She grabs the wrong shopping bag from the principal's office -- one containing a very personal item. and even that might not be so bad, if only Selfie didn't immediately lose it.

If they don't get it back ASAP, they're toast. They try not to panic--until they hear that the Biggest Prank Ever is about to happen. Can the school's oddest couple stop the disaster of a lifetime?


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Holly Kowitt~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

My inspiration was the British fiction series, Jeeves and Wooster, about an aristocratic party boy and his very smart butler. I transferred the relationship to middle school, where a rich, super-popular eighth grader accidentally pairs up with a bookish sixth grade nobody. As the “brains” of the operation, the sixth grader always has to get the Queen Bee out of trouble. When the principal’s undergarment goes missing, it’s up to the younger girl to prevent a once-in-a-lifetime disaster.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

In the book, friendship springs up between two very different people --  a partnership that makes no sense to anyone, and defies the school’s social hierarchy. The possibilities of such a friendship are interesting, and very, very funny.

The importance of kindness is another theme. The Queen Bee turns out to be — against type — extremely nice. Each girl, in her own way, challenges the other to be a better person.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Becca, the bookish sixth-grader fascinated by the older girl, is based on my younger self. I was a late bloomer who’d have loved a peek into the glamorous eighth grade world.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

In children’s books, I was most influenced by Louise Fitzhugh, who wrote Harriet the Spy. The characters were quirky, real, and flawed. Like Harriet, I wanted to be a writer. It was a story — and world — I could really climb inside and enter, because the setting and characters were so alive to me. And it gave me a crush on New York City.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

I’d invite Rob Fleming from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, Neil Klugman from Goodbye, Columbus, and Joyce Johnson from her Beat-era memoir, Minor Characters. We’d play “Celebrity”, my favorite party game, and I’d serve lemonade and pizza. Each character is a great observer, and I think we’d have a lot of fun together.


About Holly: 

Holly Kowitt has written more than fifty books for younger readers, including the Loser List series. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys cycling, flea markets, and West Coast swing dancing.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of 
THE PRINCIPAL'S UNDERWEAR IS MISSING, US Only.


Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/24/2017- So Few BooksInterview
4/25/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
4/26/2017- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt
4/27/2017- BookHounds YAReview
4/28/2017-Page TurnersExcerpt
Week Two:
5/1/2017- BookloveReview
5/2/2017-Novel NoviceExcerpt
5/3/2017- Book Review BeccaReview
5/4/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
5/5/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsReview

Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW of "Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1" by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis, with illustration by Howard Porter

****(4) out of 5 stars!

SYNOPSIS:

Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. 
Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, 
they've solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans.

But what if the horror was real?

Something terrible has transformed our world, 
turning millions of people into mindless zombie hordes. 
And only five people -- well, four people and one mangy mutt -- 
have the smarts, the skills and the sheer crazy courage to stare down doomsday.

Can these pesky kids and their canine companion 
-- using every incredible contraption in their arsenal -- 
defeat the evil that has overwhelmed planet Earth? 
We've got only one thing to say about that: ZOINKS!

From comics mastermind Jim Lee,
 and the superstar creative team of 
Keith Giffen (JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001), J.M. DeMatteis (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK) 
and Howard Porter (JLA) comes SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, 
a whole new spin on the most beloved paranormal investigators in history. 
Get ready to give Scooby Snacks a whole new meaning! 

(SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, VOLUME 1 collects issues #1-6.)

REVIEW:

I must admit that I wasn't prepared to like this latest version of the mystery-solving group of young people.  It just seemed like too big of a stretch from what I was used to seeing.  But it turned out to be a fun and interesting new take on the traditional Scooby-doo story. 

The graphics were bright, clear and easy to absorp.  There weren't many scenes that were hard to decipher.  And all of the characters were distinct enough as to be discernable.

The characters were unique and original enough that they created their own personas.  And yet they were similar enough to prior incarnations that they were still recognizable. 

The premise of the series - that something terrible has transformed the world and turned everyone but them into mindless zombies - is definitely a twist on the usual scenario where the gang unmasks the monster as a fake. 

While this reading didn't get far enough into the actual story for them to make any definitive discoveries about what is going on, it did provide enough nuance and innuendo to hint at an actual purpose and plot. Hopefully, future editions will shed more light on everything.  

I received a free eGalley copy of this title from NetGalley 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW for the "Dances with Werewolves" series by Nora Snowdon


*****(5) out of 5 stars!

"Just One Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #1)"

Rosie has met the man of her dreams... Or could it really be her nightmares? After fabulous sex, he suddenly disappears. He re-enters her life in time for her to discover he's being forced into a shotgun wedding.

Lucas finds in Rosie everything he's ever wanted in a mate. Only problem is, she's human. His werewolf parents want him to marry a nice girl with a fur coat, but the woman they've chosen is a bitch in more ways than one. When his fiancée Annabelle accidently bites Rosie, she is thrown into a whole new fuzzy lifestyle.

If Lucas can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf - fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold - maybe he can convince Rosie that Annabelle's bite is actually a good thing. Now that she too is a werewolf, they can be together.

Can Lucas win back the love of his life? Can Rosie love a man who moonlights as a wolf? A sexy comedy that will have you howling...
 


Rosie and Lucas

This is a fun romantic romp with a paranormal twist.  The characters in the story are well enough developed that you want to continue reading their tale.  The dialogue is witty and funny, the storyline sufficiently intriguing to keep your interest and yet light enough to be a fun read.

Rosie is the quindecinnial every-day girl that many women see themselves as, and Lucas is the gorgeous (and also quite rich) man of her dreams, who just so happens to be crazy about her.  There are plenty of love scenes which are plenty steamy!  (Definitely intended for adult readers only.)  The relationship that Rosie develops with the dog alter ego of Lucas is absolutely precious, and all the more interesting when she chooses the wayward mutt to confide in about her romantic issues.  The actual werewolf scenes were a bit tamer than you might expect, but still they present an entertaining supernatural turn. 

Rosie and Lucas are obviously destined for one another (as is evident from the very first scene), despite a slew of obstacles getting in their way.  I did think there should have been more explanation for Rosie’s benefit about what actually occurred with Annabelle and such, in order to clear up more of the misunderstandings that occurred.  But otherwise it was a very pleasing and fun frolic, that receives the happy ending it deserves.

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.
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***(3) out of 5 stars

"First Bite is the Deepest (Dances with Werewolves, #2)"

Can a woman bitten by a werewolf choose not to become one herself? Ella is not persuaded by rich, handsome, and (unfortunately) neutered werewolf, Robert Colbert that his bite need change her life. Despite her annoyance with his arrogance, she agrees to let him take her to dinner if he’ll let her interview him for her gossip magazine LoveLifeStyle about his previous job as a designer/host for a reality TV show.

Trying to convince her to accept her werewolf fate before the rapidly approaching full moon, Robert finds himself falling in love with the stubborn bitch-to-be. But with some dark secrets of her own and a scarier suitor on her horizon, Ella may prove to be the one woman able to resist Robert’s wolfish charm.

Ella and Robert

While I didn’t find this story quite as good as the first edition in the series, it was still a fun tale.  The meet-cute story of Ella and Robert is definitely unique, and the reason they start spending time together even more so.  And it is fun to see more of this unique family as the story unfolds.  But since you can see the sparks fly between Ella and Robert right from the get-go, it is no surprise that they end up together.  There are some rather spicy scenes between them; but, again, it doesn't quite measure up to the first novel.  Of course, we have to traipse through the ubiquitous trials and travails before they can have their happily ever after.  Although the biggest supposed shock of the story was something you could totally see coming, if you were paying enough attention.  But Robert, of course, is blindsided by Ella’s revelation, and – mostly just due to his stubborn nature – has trouble accepting it.  He also tends to jump to conclusions a bit, which causes some related problems that could have been more easily solved.  But it does all prove worth it in the end.  
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****(4) out of 5 stars

"Big Girls Don't Bite (Dances with Werewolves, #3)"

After a lifetime of rebelling against her controlling mother and over-protective werewolf family in general, Anna is shocked to find herself falling for a man her mother might actually approve of. Well, if only he wasn’t a human. And the fact that he has a weird genetic problem that could kill him if she “accidentally” bites him doesn’t help matters.

Ericson knows with his shady past, he should lay low. After his brother was murdered, he’d vowed not to put anyone else he loved in danger. Despite his best intentions, Anna Colbert somehow gets under his skin. Apparently with a woman like Anna, resistance is futile.


Anna and Ericson

This story about the youngest sibling in the Colbert clan is as fun and playful as it predecessor volumes.  This one had a little different feel to it because the primary character was a young woman.  Her brothers and parents were a bit over-protective, and her sisters-in-law accordingly acted more like aunts.  But it was enjoyable to again see other members of the family interacting together.  Getting to know the infamous were-doodle Janette was also quite entertaining.  This episode had more in the way of actual outside drama and intrigue, rather than just the usual romantic angst.  There were a bunch of twists and turns, that were fairly obvious to anyone who was paying attention, but that helped make it an interesting tale nonetheless.  The biggest shock of this book was one that nobody except the family matriarch saw coming.  But it did help lead to an eventual happy ending.    

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and have willingly provided an honest review.
 ~

*These books do contain rather graphic sex scenes 
and not considered suitable for readers under 18 years of age. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ for "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" Anthology

I'm excited to be taking part in the release blitz for the "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" Anthology, which is out now!


"Where Words Fail, Music Speaks" is a collection of short stories and poetry by writers from all walks of life.

Each story is based on the titles of 90s Britpop songs, including Come Back To What You Know, Bittersweet Symphony, Animal Nitrate, Disco 2000, and more.

Our list of authors is: Kyra Lennon, Clare Dugmore, Annalisa Crawford, Ker Dukey, Wesley Copeland, Robb Turburville, D H Sidebottom, Audrina Lane, M.B. Feeney, Karen Frances, S.J Warner, Scout Dawson, Kimberly Morgan, Maddie Wade, Rebeccalou Heronpontin, and Andrea Coventry.

All proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to Clusterbusters.
Clusterbusters® is an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to researching treatments that show promise for reliable, effective and long term relief from cluster and related headaches.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Seduction in Scarlet" by Christina Quinn

Seduction in Scarlet
by Christina Quinn
Publication date: April 15th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Sadie graduates in a handful of days, and when most of the people around her in class are worrying about finals, she’s more focused on if she’ll survive to walk across the stage. Byron, her vampire lover, brings Sadie to a medieval style tournament thrown by the region’s Master. His hope is to take her mind off the stresses of the tests and essays – not to mention the vampire who wants them both dead. However, while taking in the festivities, Byron discovers that Sadie has some dark secrets of her own.



Excerpt:

      “Would you like to play a game?” He cooed to me, nipping at the tender flesh around his bite from that morning.
      “W-what kind of game?”
      “I call it no touching.”
      “Will I be able to get my dress back on before dinner?”
      “Depends on how carried away we get.”
      I swallowed. “Okay. How do we play?”
      He took a step back from me and started stripping. “You just stand there.”
      “That doesn't seem like much of a game.”
      “It will,” his voice was heavy and thick with the darkness that his devious smirk boasted as he dropped his doublet to the ground. Something ruffled my gown, and I spun around finding nothing.
      The ribbon holding the lace collar on tugged itself free, and the soft froth of delicate fabric fell to the floor behind me. The sudden cool air on my neck made me shiver as the ribbons at the sleeves of my dress started to do the same.
      “This really isn't much of a ga—” I turned to face him and the sight of his naked body—as always—rendered me a deaf mute.
      “Trust me,” he whispered pulling the comforter and pillows from the bed.
      I couldn't find my voice as both sleeves slipped off. I was only in the bodice, corset, petticoat, and skirt now. Byron was already completely nude and lounging on the blanket on the polished wooden floor. He left the cushions for me.
      “How can I win?” I was eventually able to ask as he stared up at me and I felt the bodice slowly start to gape open revealing the cream-colored corset beneath.
      “You don't touch yourself, or me.”
      “Honestly, that sounds like everyone loses to me.” I giggled nervously.
      “You'll see.”
      I licked my lips as at once my skirt drifted to my feet. Something about standing before him with just his eyes on me heightened my senses. The familiar heat started building, and he hadn't laid a fingertip on me since agreeing to play the game. He was affected too, as I gazed down at his nudity I was greeted by the sight of him, seemingly growing harder and larger under my gaze.
      “Remember,” he practically growled. “No touching.”




Author Bio:
An avid reader and lover of literature, Christina Quinn, has always wanted to be an author for as long as she can remember. She spends most of her days with a coffee cup or wine glass within arm’s reach as she labors at her laptop weaving incredible stories. 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Forgotten (The Deception Game, #2)" by Kristin Smith

Forgotten
(The Deception Game, #2)
by Kristin Smith
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 25th, 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series. 
Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it’s different; someone ― or something ― has tampered with a loved one’s memories, and she’s determined to get answers. 
The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government’s Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more. 
When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she’s framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna’s heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore ― because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.

Grab book #1 in the series for only 99¢!


EXCERPT:


Zane parks his Aria on the lake side of the dam, and we both climb out.

Bring back memories? Zane asks with a wry grin.

How you thought I was trying to kill myself? Again? I laugh. I dont know why you thought I was so suicidal.

Zane shrugs. Maybe I didnt. Maybe I just wanted an excuse to rescue you.

My heart trips over itself. Zane, I say softly, you cant keep saying things like that.

He moves around the side of the car. Why not? When he takes my hand in his, the warmth of his fingers heats up my whole body.

This isnt a good idea, I mutter, but I make no move to extract my hand from his.

He looks down at me, then at our entwined fingers. But what if it is? What if its the best idea in the whole damn world?

Becausebecause youre engaged. To someone else.

But I dont want to be, he says, his voice low. He takes a step closer until hes so close that I could wrap my arm around his back if I wanted to.

Zane, I warn, but the warning gets caught in my throat. Hes giving me that look. The same one he gave me before he kissed me that first time on the couch in his house.

What? he whispers.

Please, dont—” But hes already leaning down, his eyes focused on my mouth. My breath comes out shaky as his fingers slip from mine and his hands touch my waist, gently bringing me closer. Before I can stop myself, our lips meet, and a thousand nerve endings converge to a single spot. His lips are fire and warmth and need. And that single spark ignites an already-smoldering flame.
  


Author Bio:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com. 

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