Archive | December 2012

Blog Tour of Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej Review and Interview

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I am truly honored to be taking part in this blog tour.  As part of the tour I was lucky enough to be able to read Vampyre Kisses.  This is not your typical vampire book!  One big difference is that there are a few different paranormal creatures that must work together in order to fight evil.  And let me tell you, they are not normally the types that you would see together!

In Vampyre Kisses we meet Faith, who is getting tired of the monotony of her life.  Every day she gets up and goes to work and that is the extent of her existence.  One night she agrees to go to a club with a friend and meets a green eyed Irish hottie named Trent.  They have much to learn about eachother.  It turns out that Trent needs Faith to play a pretty important role… Will she be able to handle it?

This book was absolutely fantabulous!  From the first page to the very last word I was hooked!  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA or Paranormal books, or to anyone wanting to try them out!  I will definitely be following along with this series!

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Elizabeth was sweet enough to answer some questions for me.  Check out her answers!

What inspired you for this story?

My love for the supernatural. I have been reading books like paranormal romances since I was very young. The theory always states to write what you know and witches, vampires and werewolves are what I know best.

What kind if environment is ideal for when you are writing?

I like to be sitting on my couch with my dog and cat, TV or music for background noise. AND an internet connection because I’m always having to look something up. lol

Are any if your characters based on real life people?

Actually, Mandy from Salvaged Pieces of a Werewolf Lost was based on a fan who won a contest to be in the book. At first, Faith was loosely based on myself and in the fourth book, Demonic Charms, my uncle Larry will be playing the role of the mad scientist type.

What has been the most memorable experience that has come from writing this story?

The most memorable was when I finished college I went to Ireland for 3 weeks. Going on day trips and witnessing so much inspiration I was able to write the final scene outside on the patio of the hostel I was staying at in Dublin. I will never forget that moment.

What advice would you give to an up and coming author?

Learn your business. I don’t mean just the writing, I am talking about the business end of the publishing world as well. If you don’t understand that and marketing you are going to get lost.

What has been the best compliment you have received?

When a fan told me I inspired her. The whole reason I started this endeavor was to inspire others in any way I could. It was my father, David, who taught me this and I want to follow his foot steps.

Do you have any other books in the works?

I am working on a new series that is Steampunk. The first book is Gravely Inanimated. The best part about this release is I have already made all the mistakes and am finally releasing a book the best way possible. Tons of pre-release marketing. Along with that I have Demonic Charms I’m working on and several novellas and short stories.

Who is your favorite author?

I would have to say Tamora Pierce because she inspired me to write my first book. However, the last chapter was never finished yet, she really opened my imagination.

Favorite book?

Ooooo. That’s tough. Either The Last Unicorn or The Lioness Series.

What’s your favorite color?

Purple and Green. Yes it is the Joker’s colors.

Favorite candy bar?

Snickers!!

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. I can’t function without it.

Favorite holiday?

My birthday. Lol! Yes I do celebrate it all month long. And on my birthday it is always some major event.

Stalker Links

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8538305-vampyre-kisses

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vampyre-Kisses-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B0049B2FSQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356844644&sr=8-2&keywords=vampyre+kisses

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-J.-Kolodziej/e/B0049O61SI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vampyre-kisses-a-paranormal-romance-elizabeth-kolodziej/1105807148?ean=2940012565648

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27943

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Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom has been Released!!!

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Genre: Young Adult Romance

Published by Amber Glow Books

Release date: December 23, 2012

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Allusive Aftershock is a story about a major earthquake and contains situations involving death and destruction. It is highly emotional and there is some mild sexual content because, it is after all, a romance.

Blurb:

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?   Allusive Aftershock is a story about a major earthquake and contains situations involving death and destruction. It is highly emotional and there is some mild sexual content because, it is after all, a romance.

 

A note from Susan:

My friends and family know me as Susan Griscom, but I write the Whisper Cape series under the name of Regan Walsh. Visit my blog: http://swblog.susangriscom.com

I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.

Buy Links: Kindle http://www.amazon.com/ALLUSIVE-AFTERSHOCK-ebook/ dp/B00AQ9LF72/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1356055532&sr=1- 1&keywords=allusive+aftershock

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Allusive-Aftershock-Susan-Griscom/dp/0615737897/ ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356055655&sr=1-3&keywords=susan+griscom

Website: http://susangriscom.com

Blog: http://swblog.susangriscom.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanGriscom

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/SMGriscom

Facebook personal: https://www.facebook.com/SusanGriscom1

Goodread: http://www.goodreads.com/SusanGriscom

This entry was posted on December 24, 2012. 1 Comment

Release Day for Dying to Remember (Book 2 in The Station Series) by Trish M. Dawson

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The next installment in The Station series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

My Thoughts

To say I was excited for this one would be an absolute and total understatement.  From the second I finished reading Dying to Forget, I was DYING to read this next installment.  I was very curious to find out what happened with Sloan and read about the next chapter in Piper’s journey.

I was not disappointed.  Trish M. Dawson has outdone herself again with another awesomely amazing book.  We get to read about Piper and Sloan.  We find out something really special about Piper, and there are definitely some twists in Piper’s new cases.

As you finish the book, you will be left wanting for more, I know I am! Well done Trish M. Dawson!

 

 

• EXCERPT

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne. “Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile. “I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure. “Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.

“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles. I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?” I don’t trust my voice so I only nod. “I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.” I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building. Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?” “I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?” We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

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• AUTHOR BIO/STALKER LINKS

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Trish’s Author page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson

Trish’s Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008CQGASU

Trish’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson

Trish’s Blog: http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/

 

This entry was posted on December 12, 2012. 3 Comments

The Chronicles of Fire and Ice: Book One in The Legend of the Archangel by L.L. Hunter Promo and Interview

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Synopsis:

Is love stronger than race?
The world is changeing as we know it, the human race is dwindling, but so are the angels. In order to preserve their bloodlines they have bred with humans, creating a new race called Nephilim. But there is one race that is more endangered than humans or Seraphim, Archangels. As most people believe the Archangels have become extinct, rumours surface of a Legend; that a baby was born out of flame, the offspring of an archangel.
Dyston Blackbell is tasked to find and protect this child. He sends her strange dreams in hope that she will find him. When he discovers that she has enrolled at his family’s angel academy in Melbourne, he will do anything to protect Scarlett. But when he finds himself falling for her the Heavenly realm rejects him.
But 21-year-old Scarlett Porter realises that being half Archangel has some advantages. She has developed a unique trait, one that marks her as an Archangel. Will she keep it to herself or use it to fight back?
When an old enemy resurfaces, The Lucifites, Scarlett discovers that Dyston’s older brother Lakyn is at the helm of their sinister plans; to destroy the Nephilim race or use Scarlett for their own selfish purposes when they find out who she really is.
And when Lakyn discovers that Scarlett had only seduced him to rescue Dyston from his prison in the Realm of Light, it sends him on a journey of self-discovery and destruction. One that sees him venturing farther off course than his father would like. Will he choose a new life of love or his old life of darkness?

 

Author Bio:

I am an Australian author who began writing when I was fifteen or sixteen, originally song lyrics, but then moved onto fanfiction when I was nineteen. Having published over 20 stories online. One of which was nominated for an award. I have also written, directed and starred in two original plays entitled, “No Frills Airlines: Flight 123,” and the sequel, “No frills Airlines: Come Fly with Us.” The latter of which was a musical.
I have studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science and dramatic arts but have always known my true calling was writing. My hobbies include, writing my books and scripts, reading, singing, acting, directing, watching movies, 50’s fashion and playing with my animals. When I am not writing I can be found reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of my‘furbabies’.

INTERVIEW:

L.L. Hunter was sweet enough to answer some questions for me!  Check out her answers!

What were you doing when you came up with the idea for the story?

The initial idea came to me in a dream, about the two lead characters and about the angel academy and the names came to me while I was reading outside on my deck and then it all began from there.

Why did you choose Angels?

I have always been obsessed with angels and their origins and have always wanted to write about angels.

Are any if the characters based on someone in real life?

None of the characters are based on any one person, bits of their personalities are based on my friends and family though.

How long did it take you to write the book?

From conception to editing it took about 4- 5 months.

Where did you get the inspiration for the cover?

I knew from the beginning what I wanted on the cover. I told my amazing cover designer Regina Wamba from Mae I Design and Photography what I envisioned and she created something that was more incredible than I could ever have imagined and it fits so perfectly with the story.

What’s your ideal writing environment?

In my room at my computer listening to my iPod eating chocolate and sipping coffee, while my dog or cat sleeps on my bed.

What author has been your biggest inspiration?

A few authors have inspired me, Phillip Pullman, for introducing me to fantasy and creating amazing worlds, Cassandra Clare for creating lovable characters.

Do you have a plan for when Book 2 will be out?

I was aiming for june 2013, if I can publish it with the indie publisher I have in mind it will be june, if not it will have to be nov/dec 2013 since I am going overseas in july.

What advice would you give to someone writing their first book?

If you have an awesome idea, stick with it and work on it because you could have an amazing story there. Also don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do.

Were there any major obstacles you had to overcome while writing Fire and Ice?

Working on my past and present perfect tenses have been a real struggle, but luckily I have an amazing friend with a degree in English literature helping me.

What is your favorite book?

The Subtle knife by Phillip Pullman and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

Favorite food?

Chocolate or Italian

Favorite color?

Red

Favorite season?

Autumn/fall

Favorite movie?

Grease

BUYING LINKS:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/The-Chronicles-Fire-Ice-ebook/dp/B00A8GEUQQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353289205&sr=1-1&keywords=the+chronicles+of+fire+and+ice

Barnes and Noble (paperback only at this point- if you want a nook copy please click on “request from publisher”

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chronicles-of-fire-and-ice-ll-hunter/1113778530?ean=9781479740307

Kobo

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Chronicles-of-Fire-Ice/book-L7fpHXcLfUu3BqJ0kQd35A/page1.html?s=az5OKQTKbkOVycbB1uPObA&r=1

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Stalker Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LL-Hunter/110104129132865
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/llhunter_angels
Blog: llhunter.blogspot.com.au
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6559537.L_L_Hunter

Cover reveal for Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven by Sedona Venez

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Isn’t it beautiful? Due to be released on January 17th, 2013!!

Genre and Age Group:

Adult Paranormal Romance. For readers ages 18+ only.

Blurb:

Infinity discovers a dark secret from her past that rocks everything she knows to be true.

Infinity is a troubled 22-year-old superstar singer with the worst reputation for drugs and hard partying. Now, she is on the road to a comeback with her controversial tour. But everything about doing the concert feels wrong from missing employees, to anonymous threats to ruin her career. Things spiral further out of control as she wrestles control of her life and career from a relationship that crossed the fine line between love and obsession. She deals with a powerful corporation determined to kill her and everyone she loves.

Infinity knows too much, with no way out.

Now she must put her safety and trust in the hands of sexy, tattooed and delicious Torch Channing and Boulder Vigari, hired to keep her from getting killed. Boulder wants to make her his. He won’t stop until he claims her. Torch struggles with his primal need to possess her and his hatred of everything she represents.

Infinity is determined to protect her heart while dealing with the pressure of pulling off another successful tour without spiraling into another mental meltdown.

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance. Contains adult content. For readers ages 18+ only.

Add it to your Goodreads To-Read list link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16034320-infinity

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Author Bio:

Sedona Venez writes Adult Fiction (paranormal romance) and is the alter-ego for T.L. Clarke, author of preteen/teen series Gabby Girls Adventure. She’s a lifelong reader with a fascination with mythology and anything paranormal. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, listening to music, and traveling.

Stalker Links:

Author Blog: http://tlclarke.blogspot.com

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SedonaVenez https://www.facebook.com/TLClarkeAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TLClarke_TLC Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4056244.T_L_Clarke

Join us for the release day party on January 17th 2013!! http://www.facebook.com/events/383838321693461/?fref=ts

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Review and Giveaway for The Many Lives of Avery Snow and Ianni by Christy Sloat

 

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I just want to start out by saying that Christy Sloat is absolutely amazing!  I had already become a fan when I read The Brown House and when I began reading The Many Lives of Avery Snow I knew there was absolutely no turning back!  If you haven’t read this one, you should.  Like right now!

As the book begins, we meet Avery Snow.  She has gone about her life day by day, all alone for the most part.  She has one close friend who is also her coworker.  Avery works in an assisted living home, and one night, one of the residents, Lucy, has a pretty traumatic fall.  As Lucy is lying there, before she takes her last breath, she passes on a pretty cryptic message to Avery.  From this moment on, Avery’s life will be forever changed.  Gone are the days of normalcy.  Now Avery will have to deal with angels, dark guides, past lives, soulmates and destiny.  That is a pretty hefty list of things.  Will Avery be able to take all this on?  Is she strong enough to face what is ahead of her, as well as behind her?

Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I loved the characters, all of them, from Avery to Landon, to Dallas to Kerri and most definitely Ianni.  They were all very well developed.  At points it was dard to decide who to root for.  I will definitely be following this series, and I recommend that you do as well!

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The next book in the series, a novella, is Ianni.  I was so glad to have this novella on hand as I finished reading The Many Lives of Avery Snow.  If I hadn’t had it right there, I am sure I would have purchased it.  Immediately.

Ianni shows us a new side of the story.  Ianni has just “fallen” because of decisions she made to help Avery out.  We follow her on the journey through her new life on Earth and get to be there for the blossiming friendships, love, jealousy and all the other good things.  I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away, but this is definitely a must-read if you have read The Many Lives of Avery Snow!

Are you ready for another awesomesauce giveaway from Christy Sloat?  Starting today, you can enter to win either a paperback of The Many Lives of Avery Snow or an eBook of Ianni: A Past Lives  Novella.  Just follow the link below to the rafflecopter to enter!! Happy Reading!

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This entry was posted on December 5, 2012. 3 Comments

Review of The Brown House by Christy Sloat & giveaway!!!

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I love a good ghost story and this book had everything it needed to be just
that!

We are introduced to Brylee who has just made a cross country move with
her family. It’s tough to move in the middle of high school, but things are
supposed to be getting better.  Brylee’s dad has found a new job and this big change should make her family life a lot less stressful.

Her new house seems really creepy. After meeting a few people
that either refer to the house as “haunted” or “cursed”, she really begins to
wonder. She begins hearing strange noises at night and doors seem to be opening and closing on their own. Little does she know, this is just
the beginning…

I loved this book to the very last page. Sloat did a
wonderful job of building a good story with a bunch of suspense. I found myself
literally yelling at Brylee throughout the book. I look forward to reading the
next one and will be impatiently waiting for it to come out!

Not only was this one of the best ghost stories I have ever read, but the author is pretty awesomesauce herself!! Christy Sloat will be awarding one lucky winner with a PAPERBACK of The Brown House.  That’s right, she is that cool!! Just click on the link below to fill out the Rafflecopter!

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This entry was posted on December 4, 2012. 3 Comments