Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Sheena Hutchinson for "The Complete Seraphina Series"

Seraphina’s Awakening (#1)
Seraphina’s Initiation (#2)
Seraphina’s Vengeance (#3)

                      - coming Sept 2017
Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis Book #1:

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.

What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

Synopsis Book #2:

Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons.

Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.

Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times.Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, Lucifer finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.

When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what's coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?

Synopsis Book #3:

One year ago, Seraphina’s entire world seemed to have dived into a mythical land over night. She’s somehow even gotten used to the madness of it all. But what happens when the craziness stops? Things become quiet… too quiet.

She should have known better, Sera should have known that things weren’t as quiet as they seemed. After one of the best nights of her life, Sera is forced into this treacherous journey to save one of her loved ones.

But following the path of evil begins to take its toll on Sera. As she struggles with her own internal dilemmas, Nate starts to take matters into his own hands. When this unseen world finally begins to affect Sera’s emotions and her relationship. Can she hold it together to save her loved ones? Will love conquer all? Or will it turn her evil… forever?
The complete series:
  

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Sheena Hutchinson~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

Much like Seraphina I have these insanely real dreams. The entire series was inspired by a dream I had about a girl in the middle of a darkened highway that uses this blindingly white power to stop a car from hitting her. It’s turned into a full blown series since then.

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

I like to think I have many themes. One of my main themes is the play on colors, the imagery of white and black is supposed to represent good vs. evil theme. Little things like that filter throughout all the books.

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

Amanda, Sera’s best friend is based off my own best friend Miranda. From their relationship to her personality and even her driving a little black coupe. No, it’s not a coincidence their names rhyme either!

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I don’t think mine is a who, it’s more of a what. Reading has influenced my writing tremendously. It has helped my grammar, my vocabulary, and even sometimes triggered ideas for me. Not just one book in particular, it was just sparking my imagination and getting the gears grinding has been the most beneficial to my writing career.  

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?  

Oh! I love these kind of questions! How does one pick just three? BUT, if I had to choose — Hermione from Harry Potter because I’d love to pick her brain, Celaena from Throne of Glass so I could learn some kick ass moves, and Rhysland from A Court of Thorns and Roses because a girl needs some eye candy. We would play cards against humanity because its hilarious and I’d have to order a pizza because I’m a horrible cook! 

Author Bio:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.

She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.

While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration. 
For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website at www.SheenaHutchinson.com. 

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BOOK BLITZ for "Hunted Fate (Threads of the Moirae, #3)" by Jennifer Derrick

Hunted Fate 
(Threads of the Moirae, #3)
by Jennifer Derrick
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Mythology, Romance,
Young Adult
Alex and Atropos have taken refuge at an abandoned mountain resort compound. Atropos is a wanted woman in hiding, and the downtime with her soul mate is a nice change of pace. But the peace will be short-lived. The authorities are after her for her role in the attack on the city of Charlotte. Zeus has put a bounty on her head. There’s also a war to prepare for—and if she wins, the gods will be deposed once and for all. But first she needs to track down Gaia, and even that won’t be simple. Gaia resides at the bottom of the ocean, and the humans and gods are already hot on Atropos’ trail… 
A heart-pounding romantic adventure where Greek mythology and modern-day life collide, Hunted Fate is the third book in the epic Threads of the Moirae series by Jennifer Derrick.

Previous books in the series:

Grab book 1 – Broken Fate – for FREE!
EXCERPT:

“We need whoever provides security around here. Or Hades. They’re bound to be the ones who can open this. If we can find them, we can drag them down here and slap their hand on this thing to get it open,” Alex says.
“We need another way,” Sara says, shaking her head. “We haven’t seen a single person since we got here. It’s too time consuming to track them down. And we’ll never get Hades.”
“Anyone know of any other ways to crack a palm plate?” I ask.
“Short of finding a valid fingerprint and going through an awful lot of steps to create a fake finger, the only other way is to break down the software controlling it,” Alex says.
“Are any of you hackers?”
Alex raises his hand.
“You can hack this?” I ask. “I didn’t know you were a hacker.”
“I’m not. But there isn’t a lot to do when you’re stuck at home with a terminal disease or trapped in a crappy boarding school. I taught myself a few things, made a few online friends who were a little shady. Depending on how sophisticated the software is, I might be able to crack it.”
“Would it be controlled from the computer out front?”
“It might be. Or it might be controlled from a central server that’s who knows where. No way to know without looking,” he says.
“That computer is password protected. If you try to force it, you may set off alarms.”
“Then I’ll have to be careful,” he says, heading back to the lobby.
We follow and gather around the desk while he works. The keys clack under his fingers as he mutters instructions to himself.
“Okay, I’m in the system,” he says. “While I’m here, I’m going to shut down those security cameras. No need for everyone to know where we are.”
The TV feed blinks and is gone.
He keeps typing and clicking and muttering. The rest of us sit down on the floor and wait. There’s nothing we can do.
“Huh. That could be tricky,” he says.
“What?” I ask, getting up and going around the desk so I can see his screen. Not that the gibberish there means squat to me.
“The system that controls the fingerprint scanners also controls the card locks. Worse, it’s not separated by floor. I’m not good enough to bring down only one piece of the system. It’s all or nothing.”
“What’s the problem?” I ask.
“It means that the only thing standing between us and whatever is behind those cell doors is the hope that none of them try the doors. If the inmates figure out the doors are open, then security will be the least of our problems. All of them could walk right out of here.”
“Do it,” I tell him. “It’s not like we’ll be broadcasting the locks are down. No one will notice. Hopefully.”
“Okay,” he says and goes back to pounding on the keys.
After a few minutes, the computer beeps and Alex pushes away from it.
“Done,” he says.
The words are barely out of his mouth when a series of small pops echoes around the room. They sound like they’re both surrounding us and simultaneously heading away from us.
“Aw, shit,” I say. “The locks. We forgot they make noise! We are idiots. Come on,” I say, racing for the doors on the right.
We slam through the doors and pull up in front of door number four. No one is coming into the hall yet. I’m hoping the inmates think it’s a trap and are too intimidated to try their doors. Either that or they didn’t hear the locks release. Please, just let me get out of here before hell literally opens, I think.



Author Bio:
Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents. 
Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com. 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)" by Edward Aubry

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

A year after the world was thrown into magical chaos, Harrison Cody takes part in an expedition to learn the cause. What his team finds is an unfathomable enemy, who intends to finish what was started and wipe out every remaining survivor. Harrison is the key to stopping it, but doing so will come with an unbelievable sacrifice, one he might not be willing to make.
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REVIEW:

Once again, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  After reading the first volume in the Mayhem Wave series (Prelude to Mayhem), and thoroughly enjoying it, I had serious doubts as to whether the sequel could live up to the benchmark that was set previously.  But it did so and then some!

Unlike the proceeding novel that dealt alternately with two main characters in separate locations and circumstances, this one pretty much just follows the exploits of Harrison and those in his immediate vicinity.  That this entourage did not include Dorothy and Mitchell for the majority of the book was somewhat disappointing.  But at least Glimmer was once again along for the ride, and in rare form.


Other main players in the story include many that we met, if only briefly, near the end of volume one; as well as several newly introduced characters, some of whom prove more important than others.  All have their own attitudes, moods and motivations, which come across abundantly clear in the narrative.  I certainly appreciate it when an author can adequately articulate varied personalities to the extent that each being appears as a real three-diminsional individual.

“You were right,” [Louise] said.  “About the girls.  Leaving them there would have been horribly wrong.  And without you to speak for them, we certainly would have.  Thank you for saving those children from our darker selves.”
“I… don’t know what to say.”
She touched his face and smiled.  “You know, in a lot of ways, I think you’ve become our conscience, Harrison.”  She straightened up.  “I won’t be admitting that again anytime soon, so you should run with it while you can.”

This tome provides an even more exacting look into the thoughts and feelings of Harrison.  He often gives the impression to others as being something of a jerk, but he truly does have the finest of intentions, and just wants the best for everyone.  As things progress, he gets more and more of a chance to prove himself, first as a worthy person in general, and later as a fine leader.

Harrison put his hand on Apryl's shoulder, and she spun around and beat him on the chest with her fists.
"Shh."  He held her wrists.  "Hey, stop."
She looked up at him.
"Please forgive me,," he said.  "You deserve a chance to live."
"So do you."
"I know.  Tough shit for me."  He kissed her.
She grabbed his head with both hands.  "I love you," she said through tears.
He laughed.  "I certainly hope so!"  He kissed her again.  "I love you too."

There is so much (good stuff) that I could say about this book, but also so much that is better if read and not just given away, so I’ll just leave it at that!  I’ve heard from the author that the third book in the series (Mayhem’s Children - due to be released in December), is supposed to be even better!  Seriously?  Honestly, I can hardly contain my excitement!
  
I received a free eBook copy of this novel from 
the author, Curiosity Quills Press, and NetGalley 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

"Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)" by Edward Aubry
is now available on Amazon Kindle!
~

"Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #1)" by Edward Aubry
is now just 99-cents on Amazon Kindle thru August 27, 2017!
It is also available in Audiobook, Audio CD & Paperback formats.

Read my 5-Star REVIEW of "Prelude" HERE!

COVER REVEAL for "Ouroboros (Circuit Fae, #2)" by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

Ouroboros 
(Circuit Fae, #2)
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.

Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.

Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.

Relationship status: It’s Complicated 
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness. 
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend. 
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year. 
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world.


Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds. 
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power. She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now. 
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Elemental Lies (The Essential Elements, #2)" by Elle Middaugh

Elemental Lies
(The Essential Elements, #2)
by Elle Middaugh
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best. 
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble. 
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up. 
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?

Sequel to:

EXCERPT:

“What are you thinking?” Dad asked, knocking me back to the present.
My head shook subconsciously. “Nothing, really. Just trying to figure out all this change, trying to make sense of it, somehow.”
“It’s not easy,” he agreed. “And it’s only gonna get harder.”
I stared at him with wide doe eyes, silently pleading for some sort of direction.
“What should I do?” I asked. “Should I live my life as best I can and try to ignore the evil going on all around me? Or should I make it my life’s work to try to change that evil into good? Is it even worth it to try?”
Dad blew out a deep breath and pushed the rest of his stromboli aside. His fingers laced atop the table.
“I can’t tell you what to do, sweetheart, but I’ll tell you what I think. Should you live your life to the fullest? Absolutely, no contest. Should you ignore the evil around you? No, I wouldn’t ignore it. Given what you are, there’s a good chance it’ll come looking for you regardless.”
He licked his lips and paused before continuing. I stayed silent.
“Striving to make the world a better place…it’s a noble endeavor, but a very difficult one. Is it worth it to try? I think if your heart’s in it, if it’s something you feel strongly about and it’s something honorable and good, then it’s always worth it to try. I can’t guarantee you’ll succeed, and many times it might feel like all you’re doing is trudging uphill through two feet of shit and a thunderstorm. It might even be like that for the rest of your life, but if you care, truly and passionately, then no matter what happens in the end, you’ll be glad you did it.”
The sound of a pin dropping would have seemed as loud as shattering glass. There were no words in my head or my mouth, just a vast emptiness as I tried to absorb and process what he’d just said.
Unfortunately, there was no time.


Author Bio:
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house. 
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "An Impossible World" by S.P. Cervantes

An Impossible World
by S.P. Cervantes
Publication date: July 25th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Romance
What would happen if terrorism spread and hate took over? What would the world become? 
Isabella (Belle) Grey trained her entire adult life to protect those around her––training that would prove invaluable in her quest to make a new life. Forced to live in an impossible world, terror was not only outside the walls of her protected community but also raged behind the walls of her very own home. 
No longer willing to put up with her husband’s drunken abuse, Belle made the desperate decision to run away from the safety of her community and escaped alone into the broken world beyond. 
Chased by death as bombs exploded in the distance, her next decision could not only save her life but could potentially bring light back into her darkened soul. 
When faced with the impossible, Belle found strength in an unsuspecting stranger who set her path in a new direction––one she never considered. 
Fear. Love. Revenge. Strength … all come together in this epic tale of fate and survival.

Author Bio:
S.P. Cervantes is the author of the acclaimed contemporary romance A BROKEN FAIRY TALE series. The series allows you to connect with a group of friends and their triumphs over tragedy. "Dust to Dust" is a suspenseful stand-alone romance that introduces readers to this close knit group of loyal friends. "Wished Away" is an emotional romance that should be read before the Bad-Boy romance, "His Jar of Hearts." S.P.'s highly acclaimed romance called "The Wife" is now available. S.P. is also the author of the highly rated Young Adult Romantic Fantasy trilogy Secrets of Shadow Hill. "Always and Forever," "The Prophecy," and "War of Wizards" that has been described as "Twilight Meets Harry Potter." It's not your typical romantic fantasy. 
S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel. 
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Monday, July 24, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Watertight (Ivy Granger, #7)" by E.J. Stevens

Watertight 
(Ivy Granger, #7)
by E.J. Stevens
Publication date: 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
When Torn is accused of murdering a local mermaid, Ivy Granger is plunged into the deep end of water fae politics. 
With her psychic gifts and newfound wisp powers, locating Torn’s alibi should be simple. Too bad a deadly enemy with a score to settle is lurking in Harborsmouth’s darkest waters. 
Ivy Granger might be in over her head. Even with the help of her kelpie king fiance, Ivy only has until the next high tide to prove Torn’s innocence. With the clock counting down and the bodies piling up, Ivy better hope she finds an alibi that’s watertight.

Author Bio:
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages. BTS Red Carpet Award winner for Best Novel, SYAE finalist for Best Paranormal Series, Best Novella, and Best Horror, winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Paranormal Series, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Young Adult Paranormal Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Series.
When E.J. isn't at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing. 
Connect with E.J. on Twitter @EJStevensAuthor. For more, including a list of her books, freebies, and upcoming events visit www.EJStevensAuthor.com. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats" by Carla Rehse

Pink Lock Picks and 
Sequined Witch Hats
by Carla Rehse
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason is homecoming queen, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and a member of the student council. She’s also a budding burglar. While attempting her inaugural break-in, Gracie blacks out and wakes up far away from the scene. It turns out she accidentally intruded on a male witch’s “circle of power,” and now she’s bonded to him for life. To break the bond, Gracie must delve deeper into a society of witches that involves a secret club, a shadowy council, and all sorts of magical mischief. 
Gracie quickly learns that dissolving the bond with Asher, admittedly a very handsome and charming witch, is more complicated than she initially thought. And right when it seems things can’t get any worse, witches start turning up dead. It’s clear that Gracie is out of her depth as her quest to sever the bond magically turns into a murder investigation.
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EXCERPT:

New Hobbies

Daddy told me years ago that to succeed in life I need a strong plan, the right tools, and the gumption to follow through. His words of wisdom helped me get elected homecoming queen, become co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and voted on the student council. Now I plan to use them to help me pull off my first burglary.
My plan is solid. I’ve also never backed down from a challenge, not even last year when Brittany Thomas became overly friendly with the entire football team in a sad attempt to deprive me of my crown. People say I started the rumor about the rash of STD cases spreading through the boys’ locker room faster than a brush fire. I didn’t, of course. Why start gossip when the squad of doctors from the local Health Department did it for me?
I take a deep breath as I enter the Trinity Building. At almost four o’clock on a Friday before a three-day weekend, the place is deader than a PTA meeting. It helps that today is the hottest July first on record for Central Texas and the air conditioning in this building is dismally subpar. The Trinity Corporation may claim to have the most upscale rental space in town, but one look at the gold leopard granite floor paired with peach-painted walls shows that’s a downright fib.
The only guard on duty leans back in his chair and sucks down a Sonic Route 44 Coke like his life depends on it. I wave as I pass the security desk, wearing a megawatt smile and fully confident in the strength of my lavender-scented Lavanila deodorant—vegan, of course. Deputy Dawg gives me his usual perv stare before returning to the comic book balanced on his knee.
Centex Therapy, LPC occupies most of the first floor office space. A small bell tinkles when I open the frosted glass door. What decorum the overall building lacks, the waiting room has in spades. Brown leather chairs sit on a bamboo rug and pastel paintings from local artists brighten the walls. A tall grandfather clock in the corner softly chimes four times. This late on a Friday means the room is empty of other patients. Perfect.
Jane, the receptionist, fans herself with a copy of Country Living. “Cutting it awfully close, Gracie. Go on in.”
Dr. McDozzle gives me a pained smile as I enter the room.
“Good afternoon, Miss Mason. Have a seat.” For a head shrinker, he’s incredibly formal. And a non-Texan, who hates football and sweet tea. I haven’t learned much more about him in the last month, but that’s enough to get him tarred and feathered if word got out.
The leather recliner squeaks when I sit down. “Thanks for seeing me on a Friday, Doc.” I twirl a strand of newly highlighted platinum hair around my finger. It goes wonderful with my bubblegum pink manicure. “Mr. Anderson, Daddy’s new lawyer, is now insisting I have two sessions a month with you. Of course, Mama’s lawyer says once a month is just fine, seeing how I’m such a well-adjusted high school senior and all. Almost a senior, I guess, since school’s not started.”
Dr. McDozzle straightens his glasses. “Yes, well, your parents do seem to have quite the barrage of attorneys involved in their divorce. Have you worked on the homework I gave you during our last session?”
This is such a waste of time. My parents have spent the last five years embroiled in a divorce dirtier than a greased pig-wrestling contest. Both sides of the family have more money than sense, much to the delight of every lawyer in the tri-county area. Not that I want my parents to get back together. Anytime they’re within spitting distance of each other, the tension between them gives me a migraine. Besides, if they hadn’t split up, I never would’ve met Ben.
Ben’s the son of Daddy’s ex-girlfriend. Until four months ago, they all lived together in Daddy’s condo. Ben is a sophomore at the local college and is truly hot, in a geeky, stud muffin, save-the-world, kinda way. Crushing on my almost stepbrother might seem a bit sketchy, but it’s legal—I Googled it twice.
Which means it’s time to start step one in my Get Ben Plan.
I toss my hair over my shoulder before pulling out a pink glitter notebook from my Eiffel Tower-shaped mini-purse.
“You wanted me to write down my feelings about my parents’ shared custody thing. Honestly, I don’t understand why the lawyers are so panty twisted about me spending a week with Mama and the next with Daddy. It means I get double the wardrobe. Hello? What girl would say no to that? It’s way better than Heather’s situation. I told you about her last time, I think. The girl with the hideous frizzed-out curls but drives a cute BMW Z4 roadster? Anyway, her parents are insane.” I continue a steady stream of babble until Dr. McDozzle’s eyes glaze over.
There’s no clocks in the room, but Dr. McDozzle keeps checking his watch. I’m sure the poor man created a nice therapy plan for me, but I’ve completely derailed it. Mama always says a girl has many tools to choose from in her arsenal—perfectly curled hair, well-placed boobs, and endless chatter are my faves. Besides, Daddy’s been paying therapists a fortune for years to show the divorce court how concerned he is about me. Dr. McDozzle’s earning his car payment today.



Author Bio: 
Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of “y’all” and “bless your heart.”
Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met. 
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COVER REVEAL for "The Rules of Persuasion" by Amity Hope


The Rules of Persuasion
by Amity Hope
Published by: Entangled Crush
Publication date: August 14th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands… 
When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back. 
But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Author Bio:
Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. 
She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish. 
Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK. Her latest book, The Rules of Persuasion, will be releasing this August from Entangled Publishing.
If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading. 
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "The Kiss (Shag Lake prequel)" by Susan McEachern

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

Geri McKenna has a not-so-secret crush on Sean Eastman, her older brother's best friend. And it's ripping her heart out that Sean has graduated high school and is about to move away from their little town forever.

Sean Eastman was given a gift: three years of high school living a normal life in the small town of Pembroke. Problem is he doesn't want to leave, especially since he finally noticed that his best friend's little sister, Geri, is really hot.

The Kiss (Shag Lake prequel), is a short story about the coming of age of two teenagers who finally discover each other, only to be torn apart by the different paths their futures take them.

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REVIEW:

This is a darling coming-of-age tale about a somewhat unrequited love.  The story takes you right into the lives and mindsets of the two main characters, who are a 16-year-old girl named Geri and an 18-year-old boy named Sean.  I'm generally not a fan of dual-perspective novels, but the author really made this one work.  And it was nice to see the different attitudes that each character had about the same events.

 The story is actually much more than it seems, as it sets the stage for the author's full-length novel ("Shag Lake") with these same characters playing an even more important role in those events.  The beginnings of a relationship are evident in the happenings related here, but are then thwarted by time and circumstance.  As a stand-alone book, it is sweet and charming, albeit with a less than satisfying ending.  As the beginning of a longer, more complicated narrative, it is all that it should be, introducing us to the main players, albeit at much earlier time in their lives.  And it gives just a hint at the very end of why things aren't different from how they are.

(One final note, about the cover, which is beautiful and I love it, but it was interesting to discover that the image doesn't really fit the story!)

This prequel FREE short story is available on all ebook retailers,
including Amazon and Barnes & Noble!