Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Marked (Apocalypse Assassins trilogy, #1)" by D. Laine

Marked
(Apocalypse Assassins trilogy, #1)
 by D. Laine
Publication date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic
For trained assassin Dylan Romero, business is good. As the agency’s top warriors, he and partner Jake Walker are the last two people evil wants to see on the other side of a gun. 
When a mission takes them to the college town of Bozeman, Montana, they discover that there is more than just another mark in another town to keep them there. With a heavy concentration of vessels doing their demon masters’ dirty work and flesh-craving monsters lurking around every corner, the secluded Midwest town is set to become the first battleground of the apocalypse. 
The last thing Dylan needs is a distraction. With the fate of the world at stake, the life of one girl shouldn’t matter – until the day she changes everything.

EXCERPT:

Seconds later, the bartender set two matching drinks on the counter in front of the guy from the parking lot.
He wordlessly slid one of the glasses toward me. My eyes darted to his in surprise, and he shrugged. “You look thirsty.”
I picked up the glass with a grateful smile, and helped myself to a sip of the cool liquid. Jack and Coke—exactly what I wanted. He was observant. “Thank you.”
As he nodded, his eyes moved over my shoulder, in the general vicinity of Vivian. A small grin tugged at the corner of his lips. He glanced up at me briefly before giving undivided attention to his drink. “How’s your boyfriend?”
“Who? You mean the guy from earlier?”
“Well, I’m not talking about him.” His head nodded across the bar, where David was doing his best to catch the waitress’s attention. “That poor fucker doesn’t stand a chance, does he?”
“David is my friend,” I responded defensively. “And Kyle isn’t my boyfriend. You’re wrong on both counts.”
His eyes snapped to mine, then slowly lowered. Heat followed his gaze as it swept across my lips before settling on my neck. I was forced to sweep the hair off my shoulders in an attempt to cool off. It didn’t help.
He squinted at my neck like he considered devouring me right then and there. With the hot ball of lava tumbling through me, and ultimately settling in my core, I considered letting him. One look. That was all it took.
No guy had ever . . .
Oh, God. Vivian was totally right.
His mouth curved like he had read my thoughts. Then his hand shot out to mine as he stated, “Dylan.”
I accepted his hand with a smile. “Thea.”
His head angled closer to mine. “Thea?” When I nodded, he leaned back with a smirk. “Are you a librarian, or something?”
“What?” I demanded, suddenly on edge.
“Hot librarian,” he corrected with a lazy shrug, as if that somehow made his comment less insulting. At my unamused glare, he used his hand to cover the smile spreading across his face, and muttered, “I’m sorry. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Thea before. It’s, uh . . .”
“A librarian’s name, apparently,” I finished for him sourly.
He chuckled. “I like it, alright? I do. In fact, you’ve given me a new standard to associate with the name Thea. Next time I hear it, I won’t imagine a ninety-year-old librarian. I’ll picture you instead.”
He somehow made me like the sound of him thinking about me, despite the example he used. Some small, gullible part of me liked it. The rest of me reared back with revulsion.
“Need to picture me to get you through the night, huh?” I quipped.
His lips pursed as he considered my question. Then a broad grin turned his lips up. “Never really gone for a good girl before. Unless it’s an act . . .” His eyes swept down the length of me with obvious interest, and I folded my arms over my chest to interrupt his uncensored gaze. When he finally made it back to my eyes, he hooked an inquisitive brow.
“It’s not an act,” I stated firmly, “and I don’t play games.”
He shook his head at the counter, and muttered, “I didn’t think so.”
“Not like it would matter anyway.” My eyes lowered to his lap in mock consideration, then to the drink in front of him. “You’ve had so many of those, I doubt you could even play your part at this point.”
Dylan’s head rolled back as a deep laugh rumbled through him. I refused to acknowledge how sexy it sounded.
“First of all . . .” He lifted a finger in the air. “I’m always up to playing my part. Got it?” I kept my arms folded, my face unreadable, as he lifted another finger. “Secondly . . . I find it interesting that you know how much I’ve had to drink tonight.”
My arms slowly uncrossed under his amused and knowing gaze. His eyebrows shot up in silent inquiry, and when I offered no explanation, his grin broadened.
“I thought so.” With a flirty wink, he turned in his seat to face the bar.



Author Bio:
I write relationships. Whether contemporary or fantasy, they are always real and never easy. 
When I'm not writing, you can usually find me with my nose in my Kindle - reading romance of course - or running around after my three little boys, or catching up on an episode of Supernatural or This Is Us. 
 GIVEAWAY!
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RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION for "Summoner Rising (Laws of Summoning, #1)" by Melanie McFarlane


Happy #BookBirthday to SUMMONER RISING by Melanie McFarlane!


Stop by next Tuesday, April 4th, to learn more and
to read my exclusive interview with the author!


Title: SUMMONER RISING
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from
the netherworld.

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her
before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local
arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in
with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be
followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a
strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about
all Dacie can handle in her new life.

As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new
responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death,
finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

Get a free preview of Chapter 1 HERE!

Monday, March 27, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Christina Bauer for "Angelbound" Audiobook

 TITLE: Angelbound Audiobook
(Angelbound Origins series, #1)
AUTHOR: Christina Bauer 
GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
AVAILABILITY: Audible and iTunes
LENGTH: 14 hours and 48 minutes
LIST PRICE: $24.95

About The Book

Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Christina Bauer~

What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

I was raised a Roman Catholic, and ANGELBOUND all started with a spiritual question: “What if in the after-life, everyone was pretty much as confused as we are here and now?” In other words, what if angels were only more likely to be good, but they could still have their not-so-great moments? The reverse would be true of demons.

At the same time, I became really interested in the ideas of lust and wrath as sins, especially for women. I realized that there are times when both emotions are completely appropriate, but we don’t really talk about that too much, especially for teenage girls… And that got me wanting to have a teenage heroine who didn’t only have wrathful feelings against evil souls and demons, but one who actually liked “getting her wrath on” and fighting the bad guys. In this scenario, she’s not really evil, so long as she has it under control.

With those questions under my belt, the world building got super-interesting. In the end, I decided to highlight the whole idea of “what’s good and evil” by pairing my heroine with a part-angel Prince who thought that anyone with a touch of demonic DNA must be wicked, through and through. And so, ANGELBOUND was born!

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

To answer this question, I need to share a little about my day job in high-tech marketing. When I first got into the workplace, there were no real templates for women who wanted to kick ass — you were seen as either a dragon lady or a den mother. And as hard as that was, I soon discovered that the situation was even worse for men. My guy friends told me they felt pressured to show their killer instinct or be seen as weak. If you weren’t a sadist or a sociopath, it wasn’t a great situation. Long story short, there weren’t any templates out there for how to team, be aggressive, and have fun while you’re doing it.

One day I realized that part of the problem was that we had few (maybe no) stories along those lines. How did we expect anyone to be prepared for anything else than the status quo? So if folks find a hidden meaning from my books, I’d love for them to vicariously experience two people who act as a team, share information openly, fight side by side, and love every minute of it.

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

Oh, yeah! The character of Cissy (Myla’s best friend) is PARTLY based on my own best friend. To be honest, I've been somewhat dreading ANGELBOUND coming out on audiobook because now my BFF would finally be able to read it. In particular, I'd been sweating 1) if she'd figure out that she's Cissy and 2) if she’d hate me for it forever. Why? People don't generally like to be characters in books, especially if that character is part demon. Long story short, my bestie recently called me about precisely these two topics. Here’s a recap of what happened:
BEST FRIEND CALLS, WE SAY OUR HELLOS AND THEN:
BEST FRIEND: I've been listening to Angelbound.
ME: Oh? (Thinking: please don't ask me if you're Cissy)
BEST FRIEND: I have a question for you.
ME: Shoot.
BEST FRIEND: Am I Cissy?
ME: Um. (Thinking: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck)
BEST FRIEND: Well, am I? Because she really sounds like me sometimes.
ME: Well, partly. I mean you look like her and maybe talk like her, but you don't have envy issues. 
BEST FRIEND: Oh. 
ME: (Thinking: that response could mean a lot of things) Are you mad?
BEST FRIEND: No, why would I be? You got me the hot boyfriend with the huge house.
ME: Oh, good. (Thinking: that's my Cissy 🙂)

Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Without question, the writer that influenced me the most was JRR Tolkien. Reading LORD OF THE RINGS as a teenager was a life-changer for me. I adored the combination of character, plot and world building. I also liked how it wasn’t corporate and there were tons of pages of characters walking through the woods and chatting about elves, dwarves and stuff. It felt real to me.

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?  

Ooooh, this is a good one! Since it’s a hypothetical, let’s start this off by saying that I don’t care if my house is destroyed. In that case, the game would be an epic battle of wits and magic. For that purpose, I’d invite over Smaug (dragon from THE HOBBIT), Grendel’s mother (badass monster from BEOWULF) and Hermione Granger (wizard from HARRY POTTER). So you know, I’d invite Harry Potter, but honestly? Hermione knows all the good spells.

After the battle was over, I’d serve everyone a big meal of their choice so they can recover from the fight (it’s not “to the death” in my hypothetical). And I’d definitely get video.


 About the Author

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Stalk Christina on Social Media – She Loves It!

·         Blog: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/category/christina
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer/
·         Twitter: @CB_Bauer
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·         LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-bauer-481b12139/
·         Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer 

GIVEAWAYS and GOODIES!

Audiobook sample: https://youtu.be/yADVDpUK8I8


Video of author doing the voices: https://youtu.be/6mfmw1VT1IU


Discounts on the entire series: http://wp.me/p7Tzb3-2L5


Rafflecopter Giveaway: http://gvwy.io/filhpau






BOOK BLITZ for "Digging in the Stars" by Katherine Blakeney

Digging in the Stars
by Katherine Blakeney
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror. 
Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, Carter and her friends follow Conrad’s footsteps deep into the mountains of Thror’s forbidden Black Zone and launch an illicit excavation. 
Coded messages, stunning ancient ruins, and clues left by Conrad himself begin to surface as the young archaeologists fall victim to an alarming series of accidents staged by the increasingly hostile Furry Giants. Piecing together a history of dictatorship, terrorism and disguise, Carter glimpses the horrors beyond Thror’s flamboyant façade and startling revelations about the friend she thought she knew. The masks of Thror hide devastating secrets, and the golden tomb buried deep in the frozen core may claim the lives of everyone she loves.
TEASERS:
“Please remain seated as we begin our descent into Thror. Welcome, and enjoy your stay.”

The time for action was at hand, and she still didn’t feel ready. The flight felt much shorter than she’d expected.

The girls exchanged bewildered looks across the aisles. Stunned silence. They couldn’t have missed that final announcement. Avoiding Professor P’s gaze, Carter still felt the look of shock the professor shot across the cabin. Once, Carter had seen herself arriving on Thror as a great explorer. Instead, she would be remembered as a half-baked deceiver and kidnapper. The Throrians would have called her a scent-changer.
* * *
Carter had been so close to her goal. She saw that crack with her own eyes, a portal into a lost ancient world, chambers filed with carvings, images that had never been recorded or reproduced. The greatest discovery of this or any other century, waiting less than twenty feet away. Waiting for her. And Conrad had been there first. The moment she thought it, she felt guilty. She was allowing herself to get carried away by archaeological fervor, mentally competing with Conrad, when he might have paid a terrible price for his discovery.
Author Bio:
I am an author and independent filmmaker/stop motion animator with a BFA in Stop Motion Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). My thesis focuses on silent film adaptations of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Gothic novels, with a special emphasis on psychological and aesthetic representations of the Monster figure. My debut novel, a YA Sci-Fi adventure called Digging in the Stars, is forthcoming with Blaze Publishing on March 28, 2017. 
Raised by an Egyptologist mother, I grew up among museums and excavation sites, where I developed an unhealthy fascination with ancient art and mythology. I divide my time between bringing 12”-tall people to life in my studio in Edinburgh, excavating ancient tombs in the Egyptian desert, and researching Gothic literary monsters in silent film. I have worked for more than 10 years as photographer and videographer for the South Asasif Conservation Project, an archaeological expedition in Egypt and I have published numerous articles on film and archaeology. 
I write, direct, design, and animate short films and commissioned projects in my studio in Edinburgh, Scotland and have been employed as an animator, screenwriter, modelmaker and art director for studios in Edinburgh, South Korea and Qatar. I have produced commissioned projects for IdeasTap in London, the Arts Trust Scotland and the British Library. My shorts have won competitions and screened at various international festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2015, my short film The Burglar With the Yellow Hand was nominated for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Research in Film Award. 
You can find out more about all aspects of my work on my website, http://yorwickcastle.com.
My new blog at http://KatherineBlakeneyStardigger.blogspot.com is all about Digging in the Stars and my references and inspirations as a writer. 
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MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY book suggestion: "Scenes From The Epic Life of a Total Genius (Arthur Bean, #2)" by Stacey Matson


Lights. Camera. Action! Arthur Bean’s life has taken a turn for the adventurous — two girlfriends to deal with, and a blockbuster film to co-write, produce and direct. How crazy can one school year get?

Arthur and Robbie have called a truce now that the writing contest and school play are over…but plans go astray when Arthur’s new girlfriend Anila gets jealous of his friendship with Kennedy. And then there’s that little problem of the movie camera Arthur and Robbie borrowed to film their upcoming blockbuster movie.

As Arthur’s life goes off the rails all over again, laughs for the reader are right on track. Emails, doodles, texts, newspaper articles, AV Club rules (which Arthur and Robbie usually break) give the story the same engaging look as A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Claimed by Power (Empire of Angels)" by Zoey Ellis


Claimed By Power
by Zoey Ellis
Publication date: April 3rd, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Not all angels are angelic… 
Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core? 
Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his. 
 
Claimed by Power is the first book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and falling in love, Ellis’ riveting, sexy tale is perfect for you.
Sexual scenes & strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18.  About the end: Although this book can be read as a standalone, Cam and Thea’s story does continue over the next two books.

EXCERPT:

“What exactly are my powers?” Thea asked.

The angel stood up. “Not now. It’s time to go. You have your answers.”

Frustrated, she exhaled loudly. She went to her wardrobe and grabbed a bra, top, and another pair of jeans. The angel turned away, allowing her to dress. She eyed him from behind. So angels were real. And they were handsome and powerful and stern. Nothing like she would have ever imagined them to be. He couldn’t even crack a smile and yet mocked her like a child. Were all angels like that? Maybe he didn’t like humans.

“At least tell me why they sent you,” she said, smoothing down her top. “Why you?”

“Why not me?” he said, almost in a growl. “Who would you prefer?”

“I don’t know,” Thea said, lifting her shoulders. “Someone able to smile once in a while?”

He turned to face her, his plain expression flavored with annoyance. “I’m not here to entertain you. You need someone to train you and help you learn how to control your abilities. I’m the best there is. You should be honored.”

Thea shook her head, annoyed. Trained? Like a puppy? Not happening. Especially not by this man, who’d been abrupt with her from the start, despite his careful treatment of her wounds. “I should be honored? Honored that I was attacked by those creatures? Honored that I almost got ripped apart? Honored that you had to come and save me, a poor damsel in distress?”

His face hardened with each word she said, but she couldn’t give a fuck.

“I don’t need to be saved by a warrior who can’t stop the horrors happening in this city every day. Or by a God that keeps himself hidden from those he’s supposed to inspire? People are raped and drugged and killed every day; where are you then? Where is He then? I’ve gotten this far without the help of you or God, and I’ll be fine to continue without you.”

The angel’s stance didn’t change. The only indication of his agitation was in the grounding of his jaw. “You’re being irrational. If I was able to find you here, the demons will find you here. You cannot escape them. Pack. Now.”

“No.” She grabbed her phone. “You go. Thanks very much, but I’ll be fine.”

With a low grunt of frustration, the angel grabbed her around the waist quicker than she would have thought possible. He flew up to the ceiling, his rock-like arm digging into her stomach, pressing her against his chest. He swept his free hand over the length of the room. The room began to glow and then burst into flames, smoke eating up the remaining air.

“No!” She struggled to get out of his arms while her home and everything she owned burned.

He leapt out of the window, holding onto her as he flew over the city.



Author Bio:
Zoey Ellis spends her most of her time thinking up stories that explore how love and romance can be tested by the darker side of our personalities and the heart-wrenching challenges that must be overcome for love to win, even if two people belong together. 
A lover of the fantastical, Zoey enjoys how intense and vast the challenges can be for couples in the paranormal romance genre. Her goal is to build a body of work depicting thrilling, fantastical romances between demanding alpha heroes and fiery heroines hoping the love they make will scorch ereaders and melt hearts. With a soft spot for angels, dragons and alpha shifters, Zoey blends her love of a Happy Ever After with strangely unique worlds and complex plots. 
If you're interested in hearing about Zoey's new releases first, as well as her bonuses and giveaways, sign up to her newsletter. 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "The Supernatural Pet Sitter (The Magic Thief, #1)" by Diane Moat


The Supernatural Pet Sitter
(The Magic Thief, #1)
by Diane Moat
Publication date: March 5th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade
Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen. 
Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others. 
Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared. 
In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.
EXCERPT:
Familiars don’t do well when they are separated from their witches. That was how Pepper got into the business of pet sitting. Gnomes have a low-level connection with all supernatural animals. Gnomes are kind of like the Dog Whisperer, except that they communicate well with Familiars, basilisks (a magical lizard), unicorns and so on, rather than the more usual “pets”.

Pepper’s business of helping witches by taking care of their Familiars had boomed over the past year. Thank goodness she wasn’t sitting for the McCrorys last month when “it” happened.

Mr. McCrory was an accountant and Mrs. McCrory worked part-time at the downtown Dewitt Mall. Their two kids lived away at college. Mrs. M’s Familiar was a huge, bright-green-and-blue parrot named Frank. Pepper had only checked on the parrot once when the McCrorys drove their kids to their out-of-state campus several months earlier. Frank didn’t cause any trouble, so the job was easy money.

Supposedly, Mrs. M was at work one day last month when she had a “bad feeling” that prompted her to go home to check on Frank. The house seemed undisturbed, and everything looked fine at first. But when Mrs. M went to Frank’s cage, she found him looking away from her. He wouldn’t even turn around when she called his name. When she walked around the cage to greet Frank face-to-face, he had only ducked and bobbed his head the way a normal parrot would. But Frank wasn’t normal.
Next, Mrs. M had reached out to the Familiar with her magic, but got no response from him. Not only that, but she said she had trouble focusing, and even her own magic had felt weak. With hands trembling, she had picked up Frank to try again. Nothing. Since that day, Frank’s magic was gone, and Mrs. M’s magic was broken.

Author Bio:
Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person...” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs. 
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COVER REVEAL for "Mustaches for Maddie" by authors Chad Morris & Shelly Brown


This is a contemporary novel, coming out in October, 
based on the true story of Chad Morris and Shelly Brown's daughter, 
her brain tumor, and the hundreds of people who rallied around her - with mustaches! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Caroline Healy for "The Wolf Mirror"


The Wolf Mirror
by Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently. 
Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment, her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period. 
With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket, the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London. 
Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her. 
Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared. 
Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses. 
Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Liz Gavin~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

Every time I visit my sister, who lives in England, we have this daft unspoken ritual that we watch Pride and Prejudice, the BBC version with Colin Firth in it. The tradition has extended now to my nieces, who enjoying watching all thing Austen. I watch teenagers growing up, (I have several nieces and nephews in the throws of teenage years) and I marvel at how they navigate society today. It is definitely more complicated with technology and social media than when I was growing up. And I began to wonder at the skills that modern teenagers have and the skills that teenagers, say in the 1700’s would have had and I began to think about the similarities and differences and there in sprang the idea for two characters swopping places.

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

Well, I don’t know how hidden they are but I wanted to highlight the inner strength of people, particularly young women and also how lucky we are today, some of us, not all young women the world over have this privilege but to be living in a period of time where there is opportunity to be equals in terms of men and women. (I am reading a very interesting book called The Power at the minute by Naomi Alderman and it is a story about an alternative earth where women discover they have the power of electicity at their fingertips and the responsibility that brings with it.) I am a equalist (not necessarily a feminist) so I wanted to introduce this topic to Y.A. readers.    

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

No, I tend to let my imagination range in all my books and try to build characters from scratch. There might be the odd characteristic borrowed from situations or people I have vague associations with. I try not to model characters I write about on people who are close to me because I hope they will read the book and it might be a bit weird if you find yourself in one of my books. Almost like I am stealing snippets of your personality every time we meet up for my next writing project. No, that would be way too weird and a sure way for me to lose friends fast J.  

4)    Who has influenced you most as a writer?

The answer to that question changes with time and also when you think about the areas of influence. So for example when I was a teenager we had a great substitute English teacher who loved books and introduced me to Austen. So when I was first discovering Austen and all the characters at that stage of my life she was a major influence. Then when I went to university and began to study American writers and European and Irish writers, they had major influence on me.

Now I struggle to find books that are impactful. I loved Eimear McBride’s work and Edna O’Brien as classic Irish novelists. For Y.A. I am in the middle of reading Sarah J. Maas Queen of Shadows and it is brilliant because I can see the progress of the writer through each of her novels, so that is a major influence on me to keep going, and hope that with each project I learn something and get better.

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?  

Gosh, that is a difficult question. I would have Margaret Atwood (because the Handmaid’s Tale is amazing), J.K Rowling (to pick her brains about story planning) and John Boyne (His characters are always to well developed). I would play a card game called 25 (45 in some places), you have to be good at reading the game and other players so it would be interesting to see how competitive the other authors are. I would serve nibble and vino (trying to look posh for the guests and because I love vino!) 


Author Bio:
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art. 
In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice. 
Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water
She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies. (More details can be found on her website www.carolinehealy.com) 
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