Archive | November 2012

Fallen from Grace by K Anne Raines Cover Reveal!!

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Synopsis:

Seventeen year-old  Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse  that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained  her rock and confidant. Her life irrevocably shatters the day her  grandfather dies.
The day of his funeral sets off a chain of  events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true,  and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part  of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.
Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t  fathom existed and does everything she can to thwart the destiny  suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what  cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch  those around her suffer the consequences.
Torn between the man  who’s come to protect her and the one sent to destroy her, she teeters  on the edge of decision, trying to come to grips with who she is, what  she wants and what all of that means for her, those she loves and the  rest of mankind.

 

Stalker Links

http://www.kanneraines.com (still under construction, but will be up soon)
This looks like it is going to be an AMAZING book!  I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Review of Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers

Let me start out by saying that I am not normally too keen on reading anthologies. There is just something I find frustrating about short stories, I always want more and there isn’t more… When I got a peek at this one though I was actually excited. This idea was so fabulous that I just could not pass it up. It is comprised of well known authors and book lovers much like myself. Here is the blurb and the story of how a Facebook contest turned into a totally awesomesauce anthology!

What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE…

I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.

11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea…welcome to the APOCALYPSE…

I think the main reason that this anthology grabbed my attention is because I was curious to see different people ran with the same basic idea. I was not disappointed as I read through each story, not being able to put the book down.

If I had to choose, I would say that my favorite was Lotion by Jason Brant. His story had me laughing out loud.

Of course, as usual, each story left me wanting more, but it was well worth it! If you have not read this one yet, I highly recommend it!

Stalker Links:

Cythia Shepp Book Reviews and Editing

https://www.facebook.com/#!/cynthiashepp?fref=ts

CreateSpace
https://www.createspace.com/4059946

Cynthia’s Blog

http://cynthiashepp.wordpress.com/

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/APOCALYPSE-Anthology-Authors-Readers-ebook/dp/B00A72GGF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353562318&sr=8-1&keywords=apocalypse+an+anthology+by+authors+and+readers

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for stopping by!

Memoirs of a Gigolo by Livia Ellis

 

Blurb

Oliver Adair enjoys a life of women (sometimes men), travel, and sex. Unfortunately these things cost money – something he doesn’t have a lot of. After a personal scandal lands him on the cover of just about every newsstand tabloid and celebrity magazine the proverbial party of his life comes to an end.

He’s lost most of his money, his family has pretty well disowned him, and the woman he loves has returned to her husband. He’s come to the conclusion that the most expeditious way to get his life back is to find a wealthy wife. To this end, he engages the service of a matchmaker. While she’s searching for a wife for him, he’s working for her as an escort. When he’s offered an opportunity to get paid for doing what he loves, he happily signs on to become a male escort. Oliver quickly discovers that in this world of high priced sex, not only is being a mans man still desirable, but expected. By embracing his masculine sexuality, he makes a name for himself in the world of escorts.

 

FAQ:

What sparked the idea for your novel?

I was on a flight and ended up stuck on the tarmac. As one does, I got to talking to the man sitting next to me. He was impossibly beautiful. Blond, but spoke with a Spanish accent. I guessed correctly that he was Argentinian, which kicked off a conversation. After a ten hour flight followed by two hours of sitting motionless, I learned that he was an escort. I thought about him for a long time. Then one day I was stuck in an airport (these ideas always come to me in airports or airplanes for some reason) and as I trolled through the magazines and read about scandals and downfalls, Oliver appeared to me. I had my story.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

Writing from the first person POV of a man. I’m not a man. I had to put myself into the mind of a man. Not easy to do.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Any part that has to do with subtly revealing Oliver’s character. I like the challenge of slowly showing rather than telling. I’m hoping this comes across in the scene with Elon and Oliver. I want the readers to see that they have a very deep connection, that they love each other, but that Elon is in love with Oliver in a way that Oliver can never reciprocate. Although Oliver engages in M/M sex as an escort, he is heterosexual.

How did you come up with the title?

I was playing around with a few ideas that had to do with autobiographies, biographies, journals, diaries, etc., etc… Then there it was Memoirs of a Gigolo.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Worst: You suck. Best: Style-wise it’s really excellent. Makes me smile. It’s well-written, good pace, good dialogue (which a lot of people cannot do), and I am very interested in it. (I just received that bit of feedback on my Irish Harry Potter – fingers crossed it gets picked up.)

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Writing is a hard job that requires an extraordinary amount of time, mental energy, effort, and dedication. There is a part of me that feels so deeply sorry for these people that just started writing and think they are somehow due success because their mother/aunt/sister/boyfriend think their writing is fantastic. I’ve been at this for years and I’ve devoted hours and hours to dedicated practice. Writing is a craft that has to be learned. That’s not to say there aren’t people that get lucky and fall into success, but for the rest of us it’s a lot of heartbreaking work. My advice: If you think you might rather do something else, then do it. If you know you can only be a writer, then that’s what you are.

What project are you working on now?

Memoirs of a Gigolo is going to take up the better part of the next year. I am also about to start releasing another serial: The Secret World of Juniper Grace. I started writing about Juniper when I was in college. My friends that have been reading Juniper all along have been prodding me to publish. Now that I’ve taken the plunge into self-publishing and found the water both warm and pleasant, I’m going to start putting more work that is lingering on my laptop out there. I am also working on a YA dystopian, a few other erotic stories, and a story I like to call my Irish Harry Potter (Can I call something an Irish

Harry Potter? Will J.K. Rowling’s cabal of lawyers come after me? I guess we’ll find out!).

 

Trailer

Available on youtube

http://youtu.be/bJkf7as6ueI

About Livia Ellis

Were I to write a personal ad about myself it would read as follows:

Blond. Blue. 5’6”. A lady never discloses her weight, but I’ve never had any complaints. I only run if I’m being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes – I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with ‘god bless’. Occasionally play the lottery – but generally only when I’m feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.

Stalker Links

Livia Ellis Facebook Author page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livia-Ellis-Author/182016235142989

Livia Ellis Amazon Author page

http://www.amazon.com/Livia-Ellis/e/B0093XV43M

Livia Ellis on WordPress

http://www.liviaellis.com/

Other Links

Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume One on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-Volume-Oneebook/dp/B0093TFAWC

Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume Two on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-Volume-Twoebook/dp/B009ZOZKO8

Memoirs of a Gigolo Happy Halloween Oliver on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Gigolo-Halloween-Oliver-ebook/dp/B009RSFU9M

Memoirs of a Gigolo Facebook Fan page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memoirs-of-aGigolo/443425355704707

I think this looks like a fabulously fun read!  Are you adding them to your TBR yet?

Cover Reveal of To Save Myself by Krystal Marlein

I am so honored to be participating in the cover reveal for this book!  I am so excited for this one, I know it is going to be a real page turner!!  The cover is absolutely stunning!

Blurb
For 15 year old Jade, everyday is a struggle
To pretend she’s happy.
To keep her secrets hidden
To live.
To die.
Anorexia. Depression. Abuse — her secrets, her demons. Can she hold on long enough to learn how to live? When the one person in the world who should be her greatest ally is her worst enemy and biggest tormentor, how long can she hold on? Can she save herself before it’s to late?
With one act of rage her world is ripped apart. Hearts will be broken, lives changed forever. Will it be to late to fix the damage?
**Cover Designed by Airicka Phoenix
I know that I will be reading this one as soon as I can get my hands on it!  How about you?
This entry was posted on November 15, 2012. 1 Comment

Revamped cover of Few are Angels by Inger Iversen

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After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale–a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past–reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emerge…
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Virtual Tour and Review of Wisteria by Bisi Leyton

BLURB:

Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish.  I am a big fan of zombie movies, but this is the first zombie book I have ever read, and it surely will not be my last.

I loved how Bisi Leyton gave a back story as to why the fleshers were roaming the earth.  She drew an awesome story for me to picture in my mind, complete with a strong female character who is faced with overcoming her past along with her future.  The character development was great and I cannot wait to read more about Wisteria and Bach’s future.

I would say that this is probably not your typical zombie story, there is so much more going on than just the biters and their need to eat brains.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants a good read with a fair amount of action, plot twists and a little bit of romance!

Excerpt:

Wrapping her arms around herself, she moved away from him. Once again, humiliated and feeling foolish. “Goodnight, Bach!” She strode angrily to the side of the roof in order to climb down.

He grabbed her and held her back.

The guy came here just to tease her, yet again! Didn’t he know he was hurting her? Didn’t he care? “I’m tired of all this nonsense. I’m actually tired and need some sleep. I’m done with this. All of this!” She should’ve left the roof when she saw him appear. “Let go, so I can go.”

“Wisteria, it is not that.” Exhaling heavily, he released her. “My people could kill you if they knew I wanted you.”

This wasn’t at all what she’d expected him to say. “What?”

“I am in love with you. I do not know why, but I am. And it is selfish, because I just want you for myself.” Sadness filled his eyes as he spoke.

“Why would they do that to me?”

“Because you are human and because we see humans as Terran, or dirt people.”

“And you believe that too? So why are you here, living among us, if we’re so disgusting?”

“You are not disgusting. You are beautiful.” Rubbing his temples, he seemed troubled and bewildered. “But I chose Earth, because I came here as a child. Your people treated me so badly in the past. When I learned about the Nero disease, I wanted to see your world die.” He paused. “You were right when you said there was something wrong with me.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.

https://www.facebook.com/Wisteriabooks http://bisileyton.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @bisileyton http://www.goodreads.com/Bisileyton· BookTrailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_TWuWK_bbY&feature=context-cha and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvC9iJckrs4&feature=context-cha

The fabulous Bisi Leyton will be awarding one randomly drawn commenter from the tour with a $15 Amazon giftcard!!  Please take a moment to thank her!  Will you be adding Wisteria to your TBR list?

This entry was posted on November 1, 2012. 5 Comments