Monday, September 30, 2013

"Ever Wrath" by Alexia Purdy



Title: Ever Wrath

Author: Alexia Purdy

Series: A Dark Faerie Tale (#4)

Genre: Genre:  Fantasy/Faeries/YA/Paranormal

Publisher:  Lyrical Lit. Publishing

Release Date: Sept 15 2013

Blurb/Synopsis:

There is no hope.

Only blood and darkness await.

Shade rules as Queen of the Seelie Summer Court with her love, a Teleen Faerie named Dylan at her side. But, the dark court of Unseelie faeries will do everything in their power to rule the earth, including enslaving the human world. Arthas, the Unseelie Ancient King, has shattered the boundaries of Faerie and the human cities are filling with his evil, unearthly armies.

Old enemies become allies. New friends bring old secrets and an ancient magic to light. Alongside the Ancient Seelie Queen, Kilara, Shade needs to harness this wild magic before the lines between human and faery are forever destroyed.


About the Author

Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada–Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She loves writing paranormal fantasy and poetry and devours books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.







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Places to find Ever Wrath




A Dark Faerie Tale Series Book Trailer





Other Books in The Dark Faerie Tale Series

Evangeline (0.5) Free
Ever Shade (1) Free
The Cursed (3.5)



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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

COVER REVEAL: "Love, Kinsey" by Brandy Jeffus Corona


Love, Kinsey

 Title: Love, Kinsey

Author: Brandy Jeffus Corona

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Inspirational/ New Adult

Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Oct 1 2013

Synopsis: 

All her life, Kinsey Masters has thought of herself as ordinary, boring almost.  She had a normal upbringing, a stable career and a good love life, finally meeting “the One,” Colby.
 
But life has a funny way of turning the tables on you.
Faced with a devastating diagnosis, Kinsey sets out to write her last story – her own. 
Her journey reunites her with each man she’s fallen in love with and with their words, along with other friends and family, she pieces together the story of herself. With each meeting, Kinsey begins to realize that each of her past loves has happened for a reason. And she’s left footprints on their lives just like they did for her.
Every life is special, especially your own.



Brandy Jeffus Corona has been writing stories since an early age. She would dictate them to her mom who would type them out on a typewriter.

She is a wife and mother to two precious children and lives in North Texas, but she’ll always consider herself an East Texan, hailing from the Rose Capitol of the World, Tyler.




Places to find Brandy


Places to find
 Love, Kinsey

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Monday, September 16, 2013

"The Cross of Santiago" by Evie Gaughan

Happy Monday, dears. 

Crazy weekend. Out of town. No battery charger. Chaos. 

You know, the whole lovely bit. 

INTRODCUING: "The Cross of Santiago" by Evie Gaughan. Author interview! Yeah!




 

We’re celebrating the release day party for “The Cross of Santiago” a time-slip adventure.  You can win an eBook copy of the book today! Scroll down to the Rafflecopter form to participate.



Read an Excerpt



Chapter Thirty-One
“I am running, barefoot across the cobbles.”

“Where are you going?”


“To see Brother Thaddeus. I try to go there whenever I can, whenever father is away.”

Chris was sitting on a wicker chair that had in a former life graced his parents’ conservatory. He was sitting to the side of the treatment bed, where Amanda lay comfortably with her hands by her sides. He did not for one second take her trust for granted. However, he did feel slightly apprehensive about the fact that he had no idea what he was doing. He had read over and over the ground-breaking work of Dr. Brian Weiss in ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’, and how he had struggled to understand what was going on, despite being a trained psychiatrist. His own credentials left a lot to be desired.

Still, there was one thing Chris knew for sure; simply because there is no explanation for something, does not mean it cannot exist. They would just have to explore together and as long as Amanda was happy to continue, he would be there for her, just like he promised her brother Jay. Her soft voice broke his pensive silence.

“It’s summertime; the bog cotton is growing like little white stars on the hillside.” “Where are you now Amanda?” he asked.

“Amanda? No, my name is Annora.”

Chris felt his skin prickled by a million goose bumps. He was terrified and exhilarated all at once. ‘What is going on here?’ he wondered to himself. Even her voice had changed, she was still whispering, but like a young girl. She seemed to be more innocent and na├»ve.

“We’re in the garden behind the monastery. The cloisters protect the herbs and keep the air still. I bring Brother Thaddeus fish from the market and he’s teaching me to read. We speak only in English or Latin, he won’t talk to me as gaeilge; he says I can learn enough of that at home.”

“And how did you meet Brother Thaddeus”, Chris asked in a conversational tone. “I told you, I bring them the fish. The Brothers won’t come to the market.”

Chris’s voice grew softer and almost inaudible, while for Amanda, the sights and sounds of the medieval city grew brighter and louder. Until…….




The Cross of Santiago


“One cross will bind two couples across four centuries”
An ancient love story, locked in the heart of a sunken treasure, is destined to find its happy ending... even if it takes four hundred years to do so.

Amanda Morrison does not believe in love or destiny, but when a long­lost aunt leaves her a mysterious golden cross in her will, her uneventful life in Galway City is turned upside down. The arrival of Xavier, a charismatic yachtsman in search of treasure and adventure, complicates life further, as their paths seem destined to cross. While Amanda tries to uncover the truth about her family’s past, a strange series of events ensues involving hippy hypnosis, five­a­side football, scary sheep, and radical reincarnation. Though, not all in that order.



Author Bio


 Evie has always been a storyteller. From a very young age, she held a captive audience (mostly with rope!) as she performed her party piece, which involved sitting on a high stool and telling extremely tall tales.

Things have moved on a bit since then and Evie’s love of storytelling has blossomed. Having published a number of short stories and articles for Irish magazines such as Woman’s Way and GalwayNow, she is set to launch her debut novel, ‘The Cross Of Santiago’, on September 16th 2013. A time-slip novel full of intrigue, humour and romance, it is an exciting blend of historical fiction and contemporary women’s fiction.
Evie lives on the West Coast of Ireland in Galway City, where she shares her home with two sewing machines, an easel and a guitar that refuses to stay in tune. She is greatly inspired by her hometown, which is not only the setting for her novel, but also the subject of her other passion, art. She has several paintings currently exhibiting at the local gallery, featuring vibrant streetscapes and quirky designs. Evie is currently working on her second novel and short story collection.


Links
Twitter: @evgaughan



Interview With The Author

This book sounds so compelling! Was this a story you've always wanted to writ
e?
Yes!  This story has been germinating for a long time.  It was quite a big undertaking, writing a time-slip novel, as it is almost like writing two completely different stories and trying to connect them.  I was so passionate about the idea and I think that’s what helped me on the days when I thought, “What am I doing?”  I am hugely influenced by my surroundings and consequently the novel is set in my hometown of Galway.  I really enjoyed having all my local haunts as the backdrop to this novel and fortunately, Galway is also a place of rich European history.  Once I discovered that there was an Armada ship wrecked on the Galway coast, I had to write this novel!  I even spent a week in the cottage mentioned in the book, overlooking the small island where the ship sank.  It’s a very special book to me and I really hope people enjoy reading it.

When you first began writing did you feel an instant connection with Amanda, or did that develop later?
Amanda’s character had been swimming around in my thoughts for a long time before I typed a word of my novel, so I felt a strong connection with her from the off.  I knew she would be quite headstrong and defensive, a symptom of her difficult beginnings in life.  Some elements of the story require a good imagination, so I wanted the main character to be completely closed to these ideas, creating an interesting tension in the story.  I also came to admire her courage for trying to overcome her fears.

Are any of Amanda's experiences in this book based off of experiences in your own life?
I suppose the central theme of belonging or finding your place in the world is something a lot of us experience.  For me, it was in my twenties when I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life.  I drew from that experience when creating Amanda’s character, because in the beginning of the novel she is a bit lost and unsure of herself.

Who are the authors that you believe most influenced you?
I suppose my biggest influence when it comes to writing would be the late, great Maeve Binchy.  Her stories are timeless and appeal to such a wide audience because of her writing style.  She wrote in such a conversational tone, that you almost forget you’re reading a book and think you’re a fly on the wall!  I always strive to emulate that kind of one-to-one relationship with the reader, as though I’m letting them in on a secret.

Romance or Adventure?

I’m not sure you can have one without the other! 

Did you hit any snags while writing this book that you felt almost overwhelmed you?
Yes!  But I think that’s the case, no matter what kind of book you’re writing.  There are always going to be ‘challenges’, as I like to put it.  For The Cross Of Santiago, it was the historical sections that required a lot of work.  While I relished researching Medieval Ireland and the story of the Spanish Armada, the challenge was translating all of these historical facts into a fictional story, without boring the reader or losing the pace of the novel.  It took a lot of drafts to get it right, but it was so worth it because I believe I achieved a good balance between fact and fiction.

What advice for striving writers would you like to offer?
I have a lot of advice for writers and post tips regularly on my blog www.eviegaughan.wordpress.com.  First of all, write the kind of book you would like to read yourself.  If you’re not passionate about the story, you can’t expect the readers to be. Secondly, it’s important to have alpha and beta readers that you trust to help you with the editing process, but my advice would be not to show it to anyone too soon.  You need to give the story time to grow before you start listening to other voices that may distract you. 

Every writer receives rejections – you get used to it (eventually!).  However, some rejections come with feedback, which is invaluable.  A literary agent gave me some great feedback on my novel that really helped with the plot.  Finally, I would say don’t let your first attempt define you as a writer.  I wrote a novel a few years ago that I never published, because in the end I knew it wasn’t my best work and you want to present your best work to the reader.  So, even though it may be hard to move on from a book, you’re a writer, so keep writing!

Anything else you want your readers to know about "The Cross of Santiago" or Amanda?
This novel is like a fusion of my favourite genres – historical fiction, time slip and chick lit, so I think there is something in this story for everyone!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Release Crazed #9

Hello Darlings!


How about a RELEASE CRAZED Thursday? It IS Thursday isn't it?  * Double checks* ABSOLUTELY! We've got some GORGEOUS books this time, So let's go!

Before I start let me remind all of you that we have a GIVEAWAY going on. The giveaway features 8 books in the "Pretty Little Liars" series.


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Giveaway

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RELEASE CRAZED

Release Crazed on Auggie-Talk features 5 upcoming/recently released books that I'm really looking forward to. What are you anxiously anticipating?
Every single one of the covers this post are GORGEOUS! I would like to grab up these books just to have them sit prettily in my bookshelf. The cover art truly is phenomenal!
I am so excited about every single one of these books I can hardly contain myself!!!!!!!! 

 

Title: Options
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult
Release Date:  December 5, 2013

Synopsis:

Two paths.
Two completely different roads.
Each one standing before me.
Each one holding a different destiny.

In life you're just supposed to choose one path.
In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.

Until now.
Until me.

Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options.



Title: Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Supernatural
Release Date:  September 10, 2013
Pages: 288

Synopsis:

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.



Title: Conjured
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: YA Paranormal/Suspense
Release Date:  September 3, 2013
Pages: 368

Synopsis:

Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.

At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.



Title: Perfect Ruin
Author: Lauren Destefano
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date:  October 1,  2013
Pages: 356

Synopsis:

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Title: The Clockwork Scarab
Author: Coleen Gleason
Genre: YA Steampunk/Mystery
Release Date:  September 17,  2013
Pages: 356

Synopsis:
Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared: one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead. The partners must find a way to work together, while navigating the advances of a strange yet handsome American, a clever Scotland Yard investigator, and a cunning thief, to solve the mystery of the clockwork scarabs.

Set in steam punk London, steeped in Egyptian mythology and literary references, with a surprising time travel twist and compelling romantic triangles, Colleen Gleason has crafted a fast-paced and romantic debut young adult novel.
 
That's all for today's Release Crazed, love bugs. I'm so thrilled over these books that I've actually purchased one of them just now... yes... while I've written this blog post. *sigh* My obsession is both a blessing and a curse. 
Toodles, lovies! 
Until Next Blog, 
Read On! 
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"Give Me A Reason" by Zoey Derrick

Welcome to the Cover Reveal and Release announcement of Give Me Reason by Zoey Derrick.  Don't miss the Awesome Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.
Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?


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EXCERPT:


He’s looking down at me, making me feel small at five feet two inches. He has to be at least six feet tall. Broad shoulders. His suit today is gunmetal grey with blue or black pin striping—I can’t tell which. His shirt is a beautiful lavender color with a darker purple tie.
"How do you know I'm not an addict?" I ask, softly.
He smiles at me, warm, genuine. "Because, you've come to return the money I left you last night as a tip." My jaw falls open.
"How"—I swallow hard—"did you know?"
His smile fades a little. "Because, why else would you come down here?"
I close my mouth and look down at the floor. His ability to read me is really scary.
"Since you haven't eaten since last night, I'm going to take you to lunch."
I feel my face flush bright red, both in anger and complete irritation. "That is not why I'm here. I've survived for my entire life fending for myself, I don't need some rich hot shot business mogul buying me food." I reach into the pocket of my bag and pull the folded up paper from it. I thrust it towards him. He refuses to take it. Tears of frustration trickle down my cheeks. "Damn it Mikah, take it." I push it at him again and again he refuses. "I'm not a damn charity case. I don't need your money or your food."
The bell chimes. We’ve finally reached the skyway. As soon as the doors open, I drop the folded up paper with his money in it and bolt from the elevator, turning left, hoping and praying I can get away.
"Vivienne, stop." I hear him say behind me. I keep going, walking quickly but not running. Yet. I'm trying hard to not make a scene.
But he doesn’t seem to care about that. He catches me quickly, spins me around. I grab hold of his arm to catch my balance so I don't go sprawling onto the floor.





It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.


 


Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. 
 





The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.


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CAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami catches the boyfriend in the act with another woman, it triggers all the anguish from years of neglect by her parents, and she realizes she never learned how to love or be loved. Cami flees to the remote tropical island of Tarah, but she can't avoid facing her problems any longer when she meets the man of her fantasies...


TRISTAN MICHAELS, one of Hollywood's hottest new stars, has come to Tarah to ride out a storm. His girlfriend of five years has been caught on camera cheating, and she's determined to make Tristan stop the story from breaking. But Tristan's done cleaning up her messes. He needs to escape all things Hollywood for a while--and especially the firm that represents him--until the whole thing blows over. What he doesn't count on is meeting an irresistibly beautiful woman, a woman who just so happens to be the CEO of the firm he's trying to avoid.




Can Tristan and Cami help each other learn to trust and love again, or will their histories of betrayal tear them apart?




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Monday, September 9, 2013

"Pretty Little Liars" Giveaway!

Hello, doves!

It's been such a long time since our last giveaway that I thought I'd have a plenty-good one this go 'round!
FALL GIVEAWAY
Featuring

"Pretty Little Liars"



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First 8 Books in the "Pretty Little Liars" Series



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Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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