Monday, October 31, 2016

COVER REVEAL for "Give Me Chaos" by Jillian Ashe, designed by Jesh Designs


Give Me Chaos (Wolfegang, #5) 
by Jillian Ashe 
Publication date: March 16th, 2017
Genres: Adventure, New Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

The fifth book in the Wolfegang series follows Katerina back to the top secret military base, Enzo, where she is Lt. Donnelly’s prisoner. The lieutenant puts her through tests and experiments to find out what makes her so special, and why the genetic enhancements aren’t degrading her brain. He wants answers for his own cure. Katerina might not survive his search for answers until General Ryojin shows up and changes the game completely.

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AUTHOR BIO:

My readers are what's important to me. Yes, I write for myself and the enjoyment of it, but I adore when a reader actually has a great time reading a story I slaved over. I don't write any particular genre, but I do stick to kick-ass female characters. I love writing about all types of differently strong women. My debut series is Young Adult Science Fiction. The first novella is free to see if you enjoy what I write.

I'm very involved with my fandoms, and love all things geeky and nerdy. I love connecting with my readers, so if you'd like to contact me just head over to my website.  :)

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: "Wear White to Your Funeral" by Lisa Acerbo


Wear White to Your Funeral 
by Lisa Acerbo 
Publication date: October 28th, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Rory is your average high school senior. Or she was, until her mother banishes her to hell, also known as Trumbull, Connecticut. The small suburb with only a mall and movie theater, sure feels like the netherworld until Rory’s first day at her new school. That’s the day she meets Bowen, who begs her to join him on a class project. But when Bowen drags her to a graveyard after dark for research purposes, Rory wants to fly back home to Atlanta, or at least return to her aunt’s house unharmed and unmolested.

Nothing could go wrong, right? They talk, they laugh, and they wander among the tombstones looking for information on the local ghostly legend known as the White Lady. Then they have to run, but they cannot outrun a ghost. In addition to the ghostly woman, a half buried dead body leads Rory and Bowen into a deadly game of cat and mouse, but who is the killer? Is it human or something long dead and otherworldly?

The police are of little help, Rory’s aunt just wants her to remain safe, and Bowen, who she can’t stay away from, keeps finding ways to get her into more trouble than she has ever known. Whether breaking into a suspected killer’s house, being followed by a menacing ghost, or being stalked at school, Rory hopes finding the killer will put an end to the supernatural haunting. Before Rory can discover the identity of the killer, she is drawn into the mystery of the White Lady, which opens the door for some very real danger.

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2 x $10 Amazon gift cards
(Contest ends Nov 10th, 2016.)

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AUTHOR BIO:

Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

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Excerpt from "Wear White to Your Funeral":

Bowen sent her a text early the next morning as she sat at the kitchen table drinking her first cup of coffee. Nora was nowhere to be seen at this hour. She couldn’t imagine that Bowen had anything to do with seeing a ghost, but one tiny little part of her continued to wonder. She had no other rational explanation. Still, he would have to be an amazing actor if he had set everything up and pretended to be scared of the White Lady. Rory doubted it, but she didn’t know him that well. Although after their time together, Rory felt she could trust him.
“That was a great first date,” he sent the text.
“Yes it was,” Rory replied, not sure if Bowen was serious or not. The fact that Bowen considered it a date made Rory happy, and she had enjoyed their time together after the ghost and the graveyard. She wanted another date. “When’s the next one?” She typed.
“I can’t wait to see your pretty pimple.”
Rory looked at the screen. What did he mean by that? Had she broken out with all the stress lately? She didn’t think she had any blemishes when she had prepared for the date.
“Dimple.” The words appeared quickly on Rory’s phone screen.
“What?” She texted back.
“I meant that I can’t wait to see your cute dimple. Stupid auto correct.”
“Smooth.”
“I don’t want to write anything else and risk more embarrassment. I’ll see you in journalism.”

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: "Dekkir (Galaxy Alien Warriors, #1)" by Lara LaRue


Dekkir 
(Galaxy Alien Warriors, #1) 
by Lara Larue 
Publication date: October 26th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction


Synopsis:

This Alien Warrior will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take his female.

Dekkir, war chief and military leader has found his mate…a human. She is tiny contrasted to his hulking size, but her luscious curves and delectable scent call out to his heart like no other.
Anthropologist Grace was sent by Earth Military Command to act as emissary to Dekkir’s planet. Her mission was clear: make contact and live among the aliens recording details on their culture and world. The job should’ve been simple but like the story of her life sh*t got complicated fast. Now she has a hot alpha alien warrior trying to claim her like some caveman. WTH?

Adding to the chaos of her life, she’s attacked by her own military command. Dekkir is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Can they survive the coming battles? Or will they die before he can claim his mate?

Dekkir is the first book in the Galaxy Alien Warriors series, it features steamy sex, thrilling battles, and plenty of romance. All books in this rock-hard science fiction series can be read as standalones, there are no cliffhangers, and happily ever afters are guaranteed!


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$50 Amazon Gift Card

(Contest ends Nov 8th, 2016.)

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AUTHOR BIO:

Lara LaRue is a romance author who lives in New York City. She loves writing sizzling, sexy stories.
To learn more about Lara LaRue and her collection of romance novels, visit her at www.laralarue.com.

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Shakespeare's First Folio!

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to see
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.

Marking the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death,
this is a nationwide, touring exhibition
that will visit all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico in 2016.

After Shakespeare's death in 1616, 
two of his friends and partners in the King's Men - John Heminge and Henry Condell -
assembled 36 of his 38 plays, creating the First Folio.


Currently on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library,
this 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare, probably had a print run of 750 copies, 
of which, fewer than a third - only 233 copies - are known to be in existence today.

Of the 36 plays included in the First Folio, 18 had never been printed before.
Without it, these works could very well have been lost to history.


Below is the First Folio, open to one of Shakespeare's most famous passages,
the "to be or not to be" speech from Hamlet.


Although not on display in this exhibit, 
the image below is from the title page of the First Folio.
It is one of only two images of William Shakespeare approved by those who knew him.
(The other one is a memorial bust in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.)


All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
-- As You Like It (2.7.146-149) 

FREE eBook alert for Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 ONLY! -- "Darla the Elephant has Bipolar Disorder"

Blue Fox Press, was planning to offer FREE today on their website (BlueFoxPress.com) an eBook of "Darla the Elephant has Bipolar Disorder," the latest book in their "What Mental Disorder" series.  However, they seem to be having trouble with their website.  So instead, if you sign up for their Newsletter, they will email you a free downloadable copy of the book as soon as it is available.  

Often when people are given a mental health disorder diagnosis the weaknesses are clear and overwhelmingly emphasized, while the strengths are ignored or forgotten. The mental health children's book series 'What Mental Disorder?' challenges the stigma against therapy and diagnosis. It enlists the reader to view the character as a whole being and not as a mental issue. Although there are aspects that the character will have to learn to cope with in order to function successfully in their life, there are also amazing traits that make them unique and remarkably accomplished.

Friday, October 28, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: "The Broken One" by Christine H. Bailey


The Broken One 
by Christine H. Bailey 
Publication date: April 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

What becomes of the girl left behind after the tragic death of her best friend?

Sixteen-year-old Farris Sloan is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend Kelsey. But even one year later, Farris can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he offers her the chance to find out the truth about Kelsey’s death, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward? The Broken One explores a teen’s struggle to overcome loss and her hope to rediscover what it truly means to live and love.


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  • Signed copy of The Broken One
  • 2 x $5 Amazon gift cards
Contest ends November 3rd, 2016.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at www.cibailey.com.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

CONGRATS to the 1st American to win Man Booker Prize!

Paul Beatty for his satirical novel “The Sellout.” 


Read the full story in this Washington Post article.

THROWBACK THURSDAY - "Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles, #1)" by Nicole Conway

The Dragon has chosen it's rider!  It's time to fly! 

FLEDGLING by Nicole Conway


Available on Amazon and at other fine book retailers.

#M9BThrowbackThursday

FREE eBook alert for Oct 27-28, 2016 ONLY! -- "Real Vampires Don't Sparkle"


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COVER REVEAL for "The Bulletproof Boy (Sophie Shields, #2)" by Loretta Lost, designed by Damonza.com


The Bulletproof Boy (Sophie Shields, #2) 
by Loretta Lost 
Publication date: November 1st, 2016 
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

At twenty-seven, Sophie Shields is given the opportunity to meet her biological family for the first time. But with one ex-foster father murdered, and Benjamin Powell stalking her, she is hesitant to build more family connections. Sophie considers hiding out in a remote desert location with the person she loves most, just until the danger passes; but an innocent woman has been killed in L.A. by the same monster who shot her brother. She feels compelled to help Detective Rodriguez and bring justice to Cole.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., Sophie’s job at the CIA waits for her, and her ex-boyfriend Zack is begging her to return home. For the first time, Sophie is feeling torn between her separate lives and identities. But when Benjamin starts becoming more aggressive in his attempts to find her, no identity or location might be safe any longer…
——
All Cole ever wanted was to be a successful architect, with Sophie at his side. But life always seems to get in the way of their happiness, and he has been patient for over a decade. Now, after a recent brush with death, Cole is done waiting. He will go to great lengths to show Sophie that nothing else matters but their future, and he will not allow her to run away again…

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Purchase The Fireproof Girl (Book #1 of the Sophie Shields series) on Kindle.

AUTHOR BIO:

Loretta Lost is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories where very bad things happen to good people. Mystery, tragedy, and danger complicate her unique romances between characters who will do anything to protect each other.

In the two days of summer that she gets in Canada, she grows a garden of the hottest peppers in the world. She loves using these peppers to torture her guests and challenge their manhood. This could be why she isn't married.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: "The Decision (Everlasting Trilogy, #2)" by L.K. Kuhl


The Decision 
(Everlasting Trilogy, #2) 
by L.K. Kuhl 
Publication date: October 20th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

The guests are invited. The cake is all set. In just a few short hours Sophia Bandell will be saying “I do” to a guy she isn’t sure she loves. But where does she go from here? She feels her life is headed in a downhill spiral. Her first and real true love, Tate Forester, is a ghost. But he’s the man she wants to be with…the one she can’t live without. Sophia is faced with the toughest decision of her life. Does she forget about Tate and marry the egotistical lawyer, Aaron Stuart? Or does she take the plunge and join Tate to be with him for eternity?


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Enter The Decision Giveaway to win:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
(This giveaway is set up and managed by the Author.)

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AUTHOR BIO:

L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.

Author links:
Website: https://kuhlreads.wordpress.com/
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynettehoff1
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lynettehofferbe/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28674602-everlasting
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/l.k.kuhl/
Blogger: http://kuhlreads.blogspot.com/ 



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TEASER TUESDAY book quote from "A Very Personal Hell" by Michaelbrent Collings, featured in "The Windows Into Hell" (anthology)


BOOK BLITZ: "Concealed (Beholder, #2)" by Christina Bauer


Concealed
(Beholder, #2)
by Christina Bauer 
Publication date: October 25th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

As a Grand Mistress Necromancer, Elea’s a witch who commands the ultimate power over spirit and bone. It’s magic that she’ll need in order to stop the Vicomte Gaspard from killing her Sisters by draining their magic along with their life force.

To find and free her fellow witches, Elea must venture into some of the most dangerous places in the realm. What starts off as a rescue quest could easily turn into a suicide mission. And with the handsome warlock Rowan along to help, Elea may be risking more than her life. Her growing feelings for Rowan might put her heart on the line, too.

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Enter the grand prize Giveaway to win:
-A signed copy of Concealed
-Elea’s Scarab Ring & Mating Band
-Elea’s Skull Necklace (personalized with E)
Contest ends November 3rd, 2016.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.



Monday, October 24, 2016

COVER REVEAL for "City of Wind (Steel and Fire, #4)" by Jordan Rivet, designed by Deranged Doctor Design

City of Wind (Steel and Fire, #4) 
by Jordan Rivet 
Publication date: December 20th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Dara Ruminor is a serious young duelist in the mountaintop kingdom of Vertigon, a land of dramatic cliffs and misty peaks where mysterious Fire magic runs through the stones like blood. The secluded kingdom has been peaceful for a hundred years. Swords are used for sport, and successful athletes live like kings as long as the crowds love them.

Eighteen-year-old Dara needs to find a wealthy patron in order to duel professionally and avoid a lifetime working in her parents’ Fire Lantern shop. Her efforts are disrupted when her coach asks her to train with Prince Siv, an infuriating—if handsome—young man who refuses to take the sport as seriously as she does. But the prince’s life may be in danger, and soon Dara will discover that Vertigon isn’t as peaceful as she thought.

As threats emerge from the shadows, Dara will have to raise her sword to protect Siv—if he doesn’t irritate her so much that she decides to run him through herself.

From the author of the Seabound Chronicles comes a new fantasy series about sword fighting, cur-dragons, molten Fire magic, and one young woman’s effort to prove herself.

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Purchase Steel and Fire #1-3 on Kindle.


AUTHOR BIO:

Jordan Rivet is an American author of swashbuckling fantasy and post-apocalyptic adventures set at sea. Originally from Arizona, she lives in Hong Kong with her husband. She was a fencer for many years and hasn't made up her mind about whether the pen is mightier than the sword.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

COVER REVEAL for "Playing Pretend" by Juliana Haygert, designed by Najla Qamber Designs


Playing Pretend 
by Juliana Haygert 
Publication date: October 24th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

**New extended (13,000 more words) and re-edited version!**

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love who man that made her proud of her true self?


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AUTHOR BIO:

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting--but equally gratifying--life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

REVIEW: "Dawn of the Vie (Immortal Aliens, #1)" by Laura Diamond

***(3) out of 5 stars

This was a very strange book, and I can’t say that I cared for it much.  As happens so often in sci-fi books, or at least ones that I seem to have read lately, the premise was very intriguing, but things just didn’t pan out all that well. 

The story begins with an Anemie (someone with anemia) named Justin and his little sister Sammie.  We’re quickly introduced to their dangerous, dystopian world where Anemies are hunted down and killed for being considered useless to a breed of immortal, alien vampire overlords called the Vie.  Constantly on the run, often unable to secure the barest necessities of food, water and shelter, or the basics of sufficient clothing and shoes. 

Then one day they meet Alex, an Elite among the Vie, who is part scientist, part Raid Specialist, and part drug addict.  He knows how valuable Anemie blood can be as a mind-altering recreational drug.  Something about Justin’s blood is especially addicting.  So once he has sampled it, Alex goes to great lengths to secure more of it for himself, pretty much to the detriment of everything else in his life, not to mention Justin’s life. 

I especially disliked the brutal and excessive violence that replayed itself in a myriad of different ways and scenes in the book.  And particularly the way that Justin seemed so detached and indifferent to the carnage that plays itself out around him, even when it involves him. 

Apparently, this is just the first book in a series, so hopefully the sequel(s) will bode better for mankind.  But this story just left me feeling down and depressed about the chances. 


I received an eBook copy of this title free from Curiosity Quills Press,
and have willingly provided an honest review.