Friday, October 20, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with R.S. Broadhead for "Chosen (Urban Legends, #1)"

Chosen 
(Urban Legends, #1)
by R.S. Broadhead
Publication date:
October 24th, 2017
Genres:
New Adult, Supernatural, Thriller

Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness. 
Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing... things. 
Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense of. 
As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening. 
After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason. 
A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier. 
Can she escape what is coming for her?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with R.S. Broadhead~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

I wanted to do something a little more on the freaky side to release in October because Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love a good scare, and the concept of black-eyed children is beyond creepy to me. I thought it would be a good Urban Legend to start out with since that one terrifies me the most.  

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

Not that I can think of …

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

Not in this book, but my first series … Yeah there are loads of characters based loosely off people I know. Some of the events that take place in Unveiled actually happened to me. Obviously not the monsters attacking, but some of the stuff that happens at the parties.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer? 

Probably Stephen King. He has the ability to terrify the hell out of people!

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?

Hmmmm I would have to pick Steele from my book Unveiled. In my mind he looks exactly like Alex Pettyfer. Jentry from I See You by Molly McAdams. And maybe … Trey from Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol. We would play Twister, obviously. And our food would be stuff like chocolate and strawberries. Ba chicka wa wa. Sounds like the beginning of a good time. LOL! Oh and, of course, all of them would have to be shirtless. 

Author Bio:
R.S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, she and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series. 
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for the "Other Worlds" Anthology

Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance
Publication date: 
October 17th, 2017
Genres: 

Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction


Journey into a multiverse beyond the boundaries of your imagination… 
21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this enticing boxed set of exclusive epic adventures. 
Rogue spaceship captains, dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, and MORE await in this highly sought-after collection including BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales! 
Step into OTHER WORLDS as these fresh voices of SFR and PNR take you on a journey to immortal realms and extraterrestrial territories where your imagination takes flight and fantasies come to life. 
PreOrder now to secure YOUR copy of this limited edition Sci-Fi Romance and Paranormal Romance collection! 
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Shawnee Small

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Shawna Romkey

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BOOK BLITZ for "The Canary Club" by Sherry D. Ficklin

The Canary Club 
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 16th, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance,
Young Adult
“Bad Luck” Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from. 
Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both. 
Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York. 
Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A CERTAIN AGE or Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS, THE CANARY CLUB by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
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EXCERPT:

Lepke.
I roll the name around in my head like a curse.
Glancing back over my shoulder toward my room, toward June, I know what I have to do.
For the most part, it suits me just fine to let people think I’m just some silly girl, some empty-headed dame. Because what it means is that they never see me coming, never suspect me of being capable of doing terrible things.
But I am my father’s daughter.
I was born to violence like a fish is born to water. It’s part of me, part of who I am. All my life I’ve watched the people around me suffer—the women most of all. It’s a fact of this life that more often than not, shots are fired, grievances aired, and warnings sent through the women around the powerful men. They are soft targets. Disposable, but cared for enough to make a point.
In this business, women are nothing more than weaknesses to be guarded and fodder to be thrown when needed. Pawns in a game we aren’t even allowed to play. It’s one of the reasons I was so glad when Mother had sent me off to private school upstate. For a few months, I’d felt normal. Safe.
Being called back to the life after losing her was like suddenly having an axe hanging over my head again. For one dark, dark moment I’d considered running away—and I might have too. But soon enough I realized that this is where I belong, even if I might wish otherwise. I have to do what I can to protect my family, what family I have left. I know my part and I can play it as well as any Hollywood starlet. I know I should be appalled, bereaved that things like this come so easily to me now. But I let that grief, and the dreams of being anything other than what I am, go a long time ago. And so I stay. Cursed to walk the fine line between hero and villain, between vengeance and redemption.
But Lepke isn’t going to get away with this. Not this time.
I drag my hand through the water, mixing in the salts, cementing my plan in my head.
As soon as I deposit June in the tub I steal away to the den to make a call.
“Hello?” Vincent Coll’s groggy answer reverberates through the receiver.
My heart stutters at the sound of his voice. “It’s Masie. I need a favor.”
“What’s up, doll?”
I hesitate, biting my bottom lip. It’s then that I notice the smear of blood on my dress.
“I have blood on me, Vinny,” I say, more to myself than him, but his tone heightens.
“Are you alright?” He’s awake now, alert and sharp.
“It’s not my blood,” I clarify. “It’s the blood of someone I care about, though.”
He calms again, “What do you need?”
“Lepke Brewer,” I spit the name, unable to quite put into words how I want him to suffer. How much I want him to hurt.
On the other end of the line there’s a deep sigh, followed by the sound of a lighter flicking and Vinny taking a long drag. Despite being someone I once cared about greatly, Vinny is a dangerously unstable man on a good day. I know he’ll do what I’m about to ask without breathing a word of it to anyone—not out of loyalty to me or sympathy for June and what had happened to her, but for the sheer opportunity to level some brutality on a rival. Most people call him Mad Dog, thanks to his reputation for being about as well tempered as a rabid animal. But to me, he’s just Vinny, the young boy who’d come to stay with us after being expelled from the Catholic Reform School his mother had abandoned him to. We’d spent our formative years together, thick as thieves and practically family, until he took up the roll as Daddy’s enforcer and hit man. He’d changed after that.
Hell, we’d both changed. And neither of us for the better.
I roll the memory of him around in my head, biting the inside of my cheek as I decide what to say next. We haven’t been close in a very long time, and that’s the way it has to be. It might have been something more once, or maybe I just wanted there to be something there that never was. He’d kissed me exactly once, and it had been enough to sear itself into my memory, only to be buried beneath piles of disappointment and choices neither of us can take back. He has to be hard to do what he does, with no weaknesses for our enemies to exploit. And if I’m being honest, it’s the darkness in him that terrifies me. Not because I don’t understand it, but because I do. I know exactly how easy it would be to allow myself to be consumed by the violence of this life—and how good I would be at it.
But that’s not the person I want to be.
Even so, here I am, about to ask him to do the dirty work for me, just so I can keep my hands just a little bit clean.
“You want him taken care of?” he asks finally.
I suck in a breath before answering. Yes, I want him dead. I want him wiped from the face of the earth so he can’t ever hurt anyone ever again. I imagine myself saying yes. I imagine myself throwing a fistful of dirt onto Lepke’s coffin as it’s lowered into the ground. And then I imagine trying to look myself in the mirror every day after that.
“I want him to hurt,” I say after a moment. “I want him to be broken to the core of him. But leave him breathing.”
Leave it to Vinny to echo my own fears back to me. “You sure about this, Mas?” he asks, taking another drag and exhaling it slowly. “It’s not going to keep you up at night?”
It’s a barb from an accusation I’d leveled at him the last time we spoke, when I’d asked how he slept at night, after all he’d done. His answer had been crude and aimed to hurt me. Mine would be much kinder.
“I suppose I will have to find a way to live with myself,” I answer, keeping my tone indifferent.
He hangs up without even saying goodbye.
I hold the receiver in my hand for a few heartbeats before returning it to its cradle. JD is being groomed to take over the family business and –despite daddy’s constant berating that he’s too soft-hearted or slow-witted or whatever insult he feels like hurling in the moment for the job—I’ve never stepped in and asked for a place in the business. I’m just the girl, after all, to be coddled and protected and mollified. I’d been surprised that he let me worm my way into the club as it’s headline singer rather than being shipped off to wherever. Now, I can’t help but wonder, if Daddy had seen me tonight, if he might rethink the line of ascension.
And I can’t help but wonder what life would be like for me if he did.



Author Bio:
Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, www.sherryficklin.com, or stalk her on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin. 
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Alexandrea Weis for "Damned (Magnus Blackwell, #1)" with Lucas Astor

Damned (Magnus Blackwell, #1)
by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned. 
Lexie Arden and her fianc√©, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans. 
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit. 
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane. 
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future… for everyone.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Alexandrea Weis~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

The story began as a collaboration with Lucas Astor and has grown into a series. The third book Bound will be released in 2018, with more books planned after.

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

Magic is everywhere and what we believe may not always be true. I think the character of Lexie Arden learn that as she evolves throughout the story. 

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

All characters are based in part on people you know. It’s what helps to make them real. Magnus Blackwell in this book is unique. I’m not sure I’ve ever known someone so diabolical.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer? 

Several people growing up fostered my imagination, and then there are the writers whose books have fanned my love of reading and inspired me to write my stories.  


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 would spend time with James Bond from the James Bond novels, by Ian Fleming, Count Dracula from Dracula, by Bram Stoker, And Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. All three men have very dark sides and to understand their thinking and drive Monopoly would be best game to play. Vodka martinis, bloody Mary’s, and champagne would cater to each character’s tastes.          

Author Bios:
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
 Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight. He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face. Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music. One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them" by Debra Goelz

Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them
by Debra Goelz
Published by:
Hachette Audiobooks
Publication date: October 17th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Waverly Fishwater believes that people who act suspicious are asking for her to spy on them. When she eavesdrops on one of her dad’s clandestine meetings, she learns that mermaids are being abducted. Fearing no one else will save them, Waverly swaps her tail for legs and heads to the site of the disappearances, but it doesn’t go as planned. After exposing mermaidkind to humanity, Waverly has to come to terms with leaving the home, friends, and school she loves. For her safety, she must go to a remote boarding school on the California coast. 
Waverly discovers her new classmates are from a multitude of supernatural species, including werewolves, fairies, and minor Greek gods. But the bigger problem might be all the mermaid-blood loving vampires, and the fact that the most infuriating one has taken an interest in her already. 
She must navigate this weird new world where her class schedule includes time-traveling history, fairy dance, interspecies biology, and sand-sculpting vain gods with rock-hard abs. The biggest letdown is that she still has to take algebra, even though polynomials are not her friends. 
Just when she’s starting to fit in, she begins to unravel a dark plot that could destroy the bayside school and the oceans beyond. As she gets close to solving the mystery, the mernapper takes hold of her mind and hides the clues that will piece it together. Waverly is left with the knowledge of one thing: she’s next. 
If Waverly is to expose the scheme and take out the mastermind, she’s going to have to rely on the most dubious kind of help - reckless gods, single-minded werewolves, and virtuous fairies. To avoid a supernatural catastrophe, Waverly must rally this eccentric band of heroes, learning to rely on the help of others in order to stay afloat.
Listen to an audio sample here!

Author Bio:
Debra Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in "Muppet Treasure Island." After garnering over 9 million on-line reads, her award-winning YA fantasy, "Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them," will be published by Hachette audio on October 17, 2017. She lives in a redwood forest in rural Marin County with her husband. Her two children have abandoned her to seek a college education in New York. 
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Friday, October 13, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Risking It (Stolen Moments, #2)" by Angela Quarles


Risking It (Stolen Moments, #2)
by Angela Quarles
Cover Design: Sara Eirew
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven Dehler
Release Date: November 2, 2017

Synopsis:

500-mile road trip! Mission? Get over the guy you kinda-sorta hooked up with. Problem? He's your new road-trip companion.

To Play…

So, yeah. Here’s me heading out on this stupid soul-searching road trip to get over The Turd, and here he is leaning against my car, all easy charm, batting his ridiculously long eyelashes, and asking for a ride. Explaining why he can't come along would be admitting my struggle to purge him from my thoughts. The universe is laughing at me. I can't fall for a short-term playboy. But tell that to my body, which up and goes hey there as soon as his pheromones get within sniffing distance.

Or Not to Play…

My reputation as a player isn’t just smoke and mirrors. I play the field. Constantly. No strings sex? Perfect. But ever since a certain shy book nerd slipped under my skin, I haven't wanted anyone but her. The kicker? She blew me off the next morning. Now that I'm stranded and she's my only ride, maybe I can find out why our awesome night together turned into her ghosting me.

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About the Author:

Angela is a USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel MUST LOVE BREECHES swept many unpublished romance contests, including the Grand Prize winner of Windy City's Four Seasons contest in 2012. Angela loves history, folklore, and family history, and has been a hobby historian for twenty+ years. She decided to take her love of history and her active imagination and write stories of love and adventure for others to enjoy. When writing, she's either at her desk in the finished attic of an historic home in beautiful and quirky Mobile, AL, or at her fave spot at the local Starbucks. When she isn't writing, she's either working at the local indie bookstore or enjoying the usual stuff like gardening, reading, hanging out, eating, drinking, chasing squirrels out of the walls, and creating the occasional knitted scarf.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "New World (Iamos trilogy, #2)" by Lyssa Chiavari

Today I'm helping reveal the cover for New World
Book Two of the Iamos Trilogy by Lyssa Chiavari! 
The cover was designed by Najla Qamber Designs
and features custom photos by Mosaic Stock Photography
The book releases in early 2018 from Snowy Wings Publishing. 
Check out the cover and learn more about the book below!


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Title: New World (the Iamos trilogy, #3)
Author: Lyssa Chiavari
Release date: Early 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
MARS, 2075 C.E.
Isaak has returned from Iamos, but life hasn't exactly gone back to normal. In what felt like a month to him, two years passed in the world he left behind — and now that he's home, he's not sure if he knows what home is anymore. Mars has become a world of riots and police states, with GSAF doing everything in their power to clamp down on the burgeoning rebellion started by Isaak's once-best friend, Henry Sandhu. It doesn't take long before he realizes that maybe coming back to Mars wasn't such a good idea. But unless they can find a way to get to the time postern — currently guarded by heavily-armed GSAF agents — Isaak is stuck in the future... and so is Nadin.

Nadin thought that the future would hold her answers, but everything changed the moment they passed through the door. All she wants now is to return to Iamos and make sure that her partner, Ceilos, is safe. But once her identity as a native Martian gets out, she finds herself caught in a political struggle she doesn't understand, with both factions trying to win her over to their side. And when GSAF learns that Nadin holds the key to deciphering the mysterious System, they'll stop at nothing to keep her on Mars — permanently.

Monday, October 9, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "The Nameless Land" by Lazlo Rappaport

The Nameless Land
by Lazlo Rappaport
Genres: Adult, Mythology

Desperate to free herself of the dream fox residing in her womb, Anastasia travels off to the shores of the Red Sea and strikes a deal with Lilith: If Anastasia will fashion three mirrors for the primordial witch, so the sorceress will exorcise the evil spirit. 
A poetic parable of the modern woman, the riddle of love, and the question of meaning in a seemingly-godless world.


Nominate Lazlo Rappaport’s 
 and you may win a free copy!


EXCERPT:
Anastasia turned upon her side, and soon she lost herself in a dream—a memory of the night journey to Arkhangelsk, a memory of that very moment the engineer applied the brake.
Once the train had stopped altogether, the young Anastasia suddenly felt the absence of any soothing vibrations. In addition, she intuited a most ineffable presence standing outside the cabin door. When she opened it just a crack, she found herself face to face with a bald-headed girl dressed in a snug fur coat boasting a silvery diadem-spider brooch pinned to the lapel. “Are you a daughter of Lilith?”
“A daughter of Lilith? No, I’m a ghost. My name’s Svetlana.” As the bald-headed girl spoke, the silvery brooch turned the color of corroded high-tin bronze.
Anastasia glanced over at Mother where she lay snoring very softly in her bed and then turned back. “What do you want?”
The ghost girl did not answer. Her delicate bare feet perfectly silent against the floorboards, she walked off down the passageway.
“Come back here!”
“No, you follow me!” Swiftly the ghost girl continued to the end of the sleeping car, vanishing through the door.
With trembling heart, Anastasia continued down one car after another until she reached the caboose where she joined the ghost girl outside upon the landing.
What a fine Arctic summer. The midnight sun bathed the tundra in a soft-orange haze, and the wildflowers emitted a sweet scent not unlike that of freshly-baked Belorussian honey cake.
The ghost girl reached into her coat pocket, removed a little wooden flute, and performed the tune to Mussorgsky’s “Hebrew Song.” Afterward she turned to Anastasia and poked her right arm with the foot end. “Do you know why the train stops here? If you were to ask the conductor, he’d tell you that we stop here so that we don’t collide with one of the trains out of Finland. But that’s not so. In truth the train stops here only because the Arctic fox compels the train to stop here, for this would be the place where the Arctic fox prefers to climb aboard and prey upon some hapless little girl. Just like he preyed upon me last summer.”
Anastasia pointed at the railway tracks. “Look around!” she blurted out. “There’s no Arctic fox anywhere! You’re a daughter of Lilith, that’s what you are! You’ve come to deceive me and—”
“No, he’s here. It’s just that he’s rendered himself invisible.” The train lurched forward, and the ghost girl smiled. “You’re lucky. But I doubt that you should be lucky a second time, so whatever you do, you should not come back this way.”
“But we must come back this way. Back at the House of Faberg√©, the bookkeeper and everyone else, they’re waiting for Mama to bring them a box of volcanic glass.”
The train’s steam trumpet bellowed out its deafening wail, and back in Sinai, Anastasia awoke to find that the fire had almost died out.
She sat up some and thought of the dream, the heretofore repressed memory. How could I forget all that? She thought of her childhood in Russia and sought to recall the precise moment when the invisible fox spirit would have slipped inside her womb.



Author Bio: 
Lazlo Rappaport is the pseudonym of a very reclusive author from Ohio. He wrote the original draft of The Nameless Land while night-clerking at a series of Palestinian youth hostels in the Old City of Jerusalem, 1996-1999. Under his proper birth name, he holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "Tell Me" by Abigail Strom

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

SYNOPSIS:


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REVIEW:

This is the first book by Abigail Strom that I have read, but it will not be the last!  I have been luck to read a number of good books of late, and I have to count this story among them. 

I was enthralled by the two complex and nuanced main players, Jane and Caleb, especially the way that their relationship evolved over time, both in the narrative and prior to those events.  Most of the peripheral characters were also fairly three-dimensional, particularly in consideration of the small parts they played.  My favorite of them was probably Hunter, Caleb’s older brother, who in his one scene dispensed some very important advice:

“Caleb.  You’re not Dad, and in spite of the dick move you pulled today, you’re not Mom, either.  Your life worked find when you weren’t in love, but now you are.  So you’re going to have to make some adjustments.”

There were a few instances that you could just see coming as the narrative played out, but the tale took several turns that I was not expecting.  It definitely kept my attention throughout and wanting to find out what happened next.

There were a few things about the tale that were just hard to come to terms with.  Jane’s entire reaction to the tragedy they face seems rather stilted, and just not quite in line with her other activities.  I also found her expectations of Caleb a bit excessive, given how well she knew him; and also his eventual about-face to be a bit sudden.  Otherwise, though, it was a darling tale of love and acceptance. 

Although the main defining event of the book is definitely sad and depressing, the book was nonetheless well worth the read, with a very satisfying ending on many fronts.  There were a lot of quick-witted verbal interactions between the characters, enough plot to actually make it interesting, some hurdles to overcome but not enough to make it hopeless, a lovely romance, and the couple of love scenes included were definitely hot.  Certainly a fun and enjoyable book that I highly recommend.
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I received a free eBook copy of this novel from NetGalley,
 and have willingly provided an honest review.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Ruin of the Gods (The Elysium Legacies, #3)" by Erin Hayes

Ruin of the Gods
(The Elysium Legacies, #3)
by Erin Hayes
Publication date: October 8th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Hell hath no Fury.

Because she’s taking a vacation. 
Officer Tessa Forney is a brilliant cop with a fiery temper and a predilection for toeing the line of the law. She’s good at her job too, much to the chagrin of her by-the-book partner Raph. She just always seems to be at the right place at the right time. 
What Raph doesn’t know is that Tessa is actually Tisiphone, one of the Furies of ancient Greek mythology. After breaking up with her boyfriend of five-thousand-years because he cheated on her—bastard—Tisiphone is determined to take her anger out on the bad guys during her extended mortal vacation. 
But when too many gods and goddesses suddenly decide to take time off, the balance of nature is thrown into disarray. And the consequences are far bigger than Tisiphone could have ever anticipated. 
These gods aren’t going on vacation—they’re being kidnapped. And she will have to find them before it’s too late.

EXCERPT:
I manage to make my way over to Vidal’s still form as his chest rises and falls with labored breaths. Blood soaks through his shirt, coating him from the wound, and a puddle of blood grows beneath him.
As I pull up to him, I realize that he’s still conscious. His eyes roam over me, taking in my green reptilian skin, before he blinks painfully.
“F…orney?” he grunts. “What…the fuck…was that?”
And he blissfully passes out. I have the presence of mind to camouflage myself enough to appear human again as I hold him to me and teleport directly to the hospital. I whirl on the first bewildered person I see as I shout, “Someone help me! Officer down!”

Author Bio:
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars. 
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