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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Angels of the Night - Cover Reveal

Angels of the Knights - Nikki (Book 3)
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Angels of the Knights - Fallon 

Summary from Goodreads:
When Fallon Angell died at the age of sixteen, her life changed forever.

The hallowed world of Emperica is everything she had ever hoped for as a mortal—immeasurable beauty, unconditional love and light. But, with affection for humankind still burning within her, she joins the Knight Caste to train as an angel warrior. As a Knight, she will give up her wings and return to the place that killed her to use her unique powers to search out and destroy the evil Kjin that roam the earth. As a Knight, she will stop at nothing to protect the mortals in her care.

The elders warn her that the path she chose will be a solitary one. That she will not have the same bond with humans as she once did. But, as far as she knows, the elders had never met Kade Royce.

When her duties place her in the path of this handsome former cop, emotions buried long ago rise to the surface and she is powerless to ignore the depth of her feelings for this young man. She knows instinctively that she has found what most people search their entire lives for.

Ignoring the risks, she invites him into her world of danger, but soon their lives collide with explosive consequence. As a result, Fallon realizes with heartbreaking despair that she can no longer hide from the painful truth. In order for Kade to live, she must destroy him.


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Angels of the Knights - Blane 
(Angels of the Knights #2)

Summary from Goodreads:
Once the hunter, now the hunted. As the war with the Kjin rages, Blane Romero must lead the Paladin Knights against their mortal enemy while trying to protect the young, Juliet Hunter, who unwittingly finds herself entangled in their sinister schemes. Juliet cares only about shielding her young sisters from harm, but finds herself drawn to the enigmatic man who offers her much more than either he or she was prepared for.

Ostracized by the families they loved, Blane and Juliet find they have more in common than they thought as they battle demons both real and personal to stay together. But, will it be enough when the powerful Cesar Grant decides he wants Juliet for his own?

Book Two in the Angels of the Knights paranormal fantasy series.



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About the Author
Thank you for visiting my Goodread's profile. I am Valerie Zambito, and I live in upstate New York with my husband and three sons. After having been involved in a busy sales career for fifteen years, a great love of world building, character creation, and all things magic led to the publication of my first adult epic fantasy series, ISLAND SHIFTERS, in October of 2011. Since then, I have added two additional books to this series and wrote the first book in a new teen paranormal series called ANGELS OF THE KNIGHTS.

My reading preference is fantasy as well and I devour in copious amounts. In my opinion, there’s nothing like it! Great fantasy grants us entry into a world beyond our own that is filled with adventure, mystery and danger. How exciting to enjoy a front row seat to human struggles of epic proportions. Struggles that tug at our heartstrings and elicit real emotion.

I gravitate to fantasy with heroic elements. I like strong, confident men who never back down from a fight against evil. The kind who will not hesitate to throw himself between a woman and a fire-breathing dragon. I like strong women, too. The kind who will appreciate the offer, but is more inclined to push the man out of the way and take care of the dragon herself. ;)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bitter Angel - 5-Star Review


Every once in a great while you read a book that haunts you after the final page.  I don't mean it leaves you thinking, or you are moved by the ending, or anything that trivial.  I am talking about a lingering feeling so much deeper that it can only be described as haunting.  For me, Bitter Angel was one of those books, and I loved every minute of it!

When Lila lives the same night twice, she knows that she is the key to saving her two best friends.  But which version was the real one?  When she wakes up to realize that she has the opportunity to live the same night for a third time, she decided to take action.  Will she be able to save herself and her friends this time around?

Bitter Angel is set in small-town Tennessee (woohoo!).  Megan Hand describes the area perfectly!  Even down to her description of the crisp outdoor air made me feel right at home.  And it is Hand's ability to perfectly describe a scene that brings the book to life.   So you feel every ounce of fear, strength, love and frustration with Lila as if you are living the experience with her. 

I have to give Bitter Angel a 5-star review, because it is more than just a book... it is an experience!


Title: Bitter Angel

AuthorMegan Hand

Release date: April 1, 2013

Age Group: Mature Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary/Thriller

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours








Book Description:

Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.
Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.



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About the Author


At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.





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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

No Brainer - Book Blast

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No Brainer

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

 Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world…maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb. Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier. With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home. She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working. After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head. Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead? For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life. Purchase

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About Author AJ LapeAJ Lape

A. J. lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola. She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born. Her love for suspense and a good story was spawned from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood. That and any B movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on. When she’s not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughters' sporting events. She’s a huge hometown sports fan and loves to watch the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds whenever she can. A. J. loves to connect with fans! If you would like to receive emails of upcoming releases, please sign up for her distribution list by visiting her homepage at http://www.ajlape.com and clicking the “contact” tab

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Last Hour - 3-Star Review


Title: The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters)

AuthorCharles Sheehan-Miles

Release date: April 19, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours






Book Description:

Twenty-seven year old Carrie Thompson-Sherman has the life she always wanted: her PhD, a prestigious fellowship, and an amazing husband.

Her life begins to unravel as a jealous colleague puts her fellowship in jeopardy and a haunting secret Ray Sherman carried home from Afghanistan comes to light.

Hounded by a federal investigation and the ensuing media feeding frenzy, Carrie and Ray desperately lean on each other, until a disastrous accident puts both Ray and her sister's lives at risk.

In the last hour, Carrie and Ray will each find themselves faced with a choice.

A choice that will change everything.


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Review:

The Last Hour is different from any other book that I have read.  Now, this is not a bad thing... it's just different.  It is not your stereotypical love story.  Yes the characters are in love, but there is more to the story than that.

We get a lot of details about Ray's military career, which is central to the plot of the story.  So if you like a tale of military action, then you will love this one.

Confession time for me... I had a bit of a hard time keeping some of the timeline straight in my head.  We see Ray and Carrie's memories out of order, which is a very natural way that they tend to flow, but as I reader I was looking for a few clues here and there of when and where we were at times.  Don't get me wrong, it is well written.  I just had to devote a little more brain power to reading this one.


About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Smash Into You - Cover Reveal

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Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
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  Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. Never stop running… Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.  


 photo ShellyCrane_zps2d239d01.jpg  About the Author Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.  
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Off Limits - 5-Star Review



Wow.  I absolutely fell in love with Off Limits!  I thought that Off Sides was really good, but I liked Off Limits a bit more.  To be frank, I was NOT an Emily fan from Off Sides.  So when I first saw that Off Limits was about her, my first thought was 'oh, boy... here we go!  Bring on the insane drama.'  Of course, Sawyer Bennett is too good of an author to give me the book that I expected to read.  No, no... she gives Emily a change of heart and personality along with a dose of maturity.  I actually came to like the character that I previously was annoyed by, and all within the first few pages (Point to Sawyer Bennett).

Of course, what is the point of having a good-girl if there is no bad boy to bring her out of her shell?  And Nix is just that and so much more!  As a war veteran, he is beautifully broken in so many ways.  And yet, beneath the damage and rough exterior is a heart looking for forgiveness and acceptance.  Think Travis Maddox, then add the stress of being a war hero, and you have an idea of who Nix is.  I dare you to not fall in love with Nix!

If you have already read Off Sides, then you will be happy to see the Ryan and Danny story continue in the background of Off Limits.  However, even if you have not had a chance to pick it up, still read Off Limits!  It does work as a stand-alone.  Personally, I liked reading them in order so I could really appreciate just how much Emily had matured between the books.  But in all seriousness, it doesn't matter which order you read the books in.  Just pick them up and read them both.  Like now!


Title: Off Limits

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release dateApril 16, 2013

Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours



Book Description:

“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it."  

Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life.  And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman.  Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time.  And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation.  It's certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms.  He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart. 
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all.  But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering?  Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
This book is the follow up novel to Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. It can be read as a stand-alone.








About the Author


Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Just Breathe



Synopsis
Title: Just Breathe
Author: Rachel Campbell
Release Date: July 2013
Genre: New Adult

For Savannah Rae, living life without her parents was unimaginable. But being blamed for her first love’s suicide? That destroyed every part of who she was. 

Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked. 

When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons - with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in. 

One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match. 

In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He's Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance. 

The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled. 

However, one thing will become clear. 
They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined.


 



Bio

Rachel Campbell is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and the main ingredient hot guys. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and they are constantly writing together.  When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends. With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Dreamer - Promo




My Work Space---
On a beach at sunset----the burning orange globe is falling low to the west casting tiny rivulets of light that flit enticingly across the dark blue of the water. A spark of unseen flame ignites a nearby fire--- imagination takes hold. The reader joins the dance.

Unlike a painter requiring space for canvas, a writer carries the work area entirely in the mind like a storyteller of old. All that is needed is a pen and paper or a keyboard to set the words free. My desk ---such that it is--- is portable, my workspace often contained in a heartbeat.

The actual place where I usually transform ideas into communicable bits and pieces is a rather dull space. It’s a tiny corner of the world where all manner of beasts inhabit only my mind. Populated by computer, printer, keyboard and mouse, it would win no prizes for elegance or cleanliness. Yet, it is in this unremarkable spot where ideas become words.

I have worked outside on the lawn and in the woods, by the river and behind the barn---anywhere an idea becomes a spark. My current favorite lies near the river—a stone bench within sight of the water’s edge. I have been known to sit there for hours ‘contemplating nothing more than my navel’----according to some.
My most important companion in writing is my coffee mug. A creature of habit, I prefer a certain cup over others---until it succumbs to destruction. Like an ungrateful student who changes mentors at whim, I choose another porcelain container and move to the next cup of coffee…

Like other artists, writers are never alone---writing is only half of the process. The desk isn’t a magical spot. The enchantment comes from the reader when the small black and white scribblings are translated and reformed into ideas that take shape in the mind. For the work to be complete it must be read----it depends on you!


Excerpt
When the queen had realized that the scaly arms enclosed her, it was too late for her to scream. One clawed hand covered her mouth, the other wrapped tightly around her waist. With very little effort, the creature hauled her away into the brush, dragging her over rough terrain, jutting rocks, and spiny cacti toward the cliff. She tried her best to scream, fiercely biting the claw that held back her air, but the grip only tightened. She could feel rough scales at her back and hear the creature’s clucking breaths.
Umbra was carried to the cliff’s edge and held there for a moment as her life passed before her—over, gone, lost. She looked down on the sharp rocks among the roiling surf below. The wind blew hard, trying to push her back to safety. No human would survive that fall. She tried desperately to dig in her feet, to hold on to the edge, to stay on the towering cliff, all to no avail. The creature hurled her off the precipice into the air, cackling gleefully. Her heart pounded as she felt herself melting into the eternity of doom. For searing moments that seemed like hours, she flew unfettered through the night sky, high above the black rocks, and just as suddenly, she was caught in the grasp of strong claws. Only then did she hear the beating of its wings. Umbra screamed long and shrill, but the wind told her to be silent as it carried the sound away.
The queen was a rag doll in the clutches of a flying demon. The creature flew raggedly, carrying her weight with some difficulty against the shifting winds. She looked up helplessly and examined it. The beast was only slightly larger than a man. It was black from head to toe, a scaly skin and hair covering its wings.
A morgith, she identified it, a creature of the night. Neither man nor dragon, these lizard beings were beasts of legend. None had been seen for hundreds of years on this coast. It was thought that they sought the flesh of young women and children to feed their broods. Her grandmother had told her stories of these monsters to frighten her as a young girl. They were a myth. Now the myth carried her far north following the shear coast.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Off Sides - Review

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Off Sides in exchange for my honest review, so here goes... I loved it!  And no, it is not just because I got the book for free.  I am blessed to receive most of my books this way, and there is a great many that I do not like for this reason or that one.  But Sawyer Bennett is a master of the new adult genre!  The way that she weaves the tale of Ryan falling for Danny is brilliant!  

Ryan, the all-American, son of a Congressman, hockey player learns to follow his heart in love, rather than keep up appearances after meeting Danny.  She literally makes him want to be a better man and he becomes protective over her in a way he never imagined himself being.  Of course, Danny is no delicate flower.  She is tough, self-assured, and a real gem!  So can she lower her walls of defense and let Ryan be her man?

Goodreads Synopsis
“I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone...something...to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost...a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...”


Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days...


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Awakenings - 4-Star Review

Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Chaser blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!


I was absolutely captivated by Awakenings!  Seriously, it is books like this that make me wonder how I functioned before Amazon's Kindle apps letting me read on any device... so I almost never have to put the book down.  If you are looking to escape your reality for a bit, then you have to pick up Awakenings. I was so engrossed that I lost complete track of time!

So here is why I fell in love with Awakenings.  First, it is so well written!  Hally Willmott doesn't make the reader imagine any details.  Instead, she acts as our tour guide as we experience this entirely new world that we otherwise could never have even dreamt of.  She vividly describes not only every sight and sound, but emotion, smell, and texture.  So as readers, we are not just reading a story, we are experiencing it along with the characters.

Second love, the characters.  Even when 16 year old, Jacey's world is flipped upside down, she remains a strong character.  Yes, she does have to fight against feelings of insecurity, but let's be honest here... what 16 year old doesn't?  For me, the range of Jacey's emotions were one thing that really made the story believable and brought it to life.  And of course, there is Vincent... oh Vincent.  There is a little bit of a Beautiful Creatures type bond between Jacey and Vincent in the beginning where she only knows him in her dreams, and even then  can only see his brilliant blue eyes.  But once they meet, he is her anchor.  And isn't that what all of us girls want in our men, an anchor?  So by the end of the book, you will want to push Jacey out of the way a bit (even though you love her) just to get your hands on Vincent because let's face it... he is perfect.

So overall, I thought that Awakenings was sweet, original, and an absolute joy to read!  So curl up this weekend with your new fictional boyfriend, Vincent.  I can promise that it will be love at first read.



Awakenings (Elemental Series #1)


Release Date: May 2013

From Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads: 
When sixteen-year old Jacey Adison’s parents tell her they must move again, she has never questioned their life style. Until now. When Jacey was two, her parents fled the protection of their birthplace, the mystical dimension of Nemele. Leaving was the only solution her parents believed might allow them to keep their family together and alive.

The Adisons have been running from a sect of iniquitous beings from Nemele who covet Jacey. Her parents have repressed their adversaries’ relentless tracking efforts by not utilizing their own mystical powers. They have chosen to conceal themselves within the only realm they knew they’d be able to survive. They are living under their self-imposed powerless sanctions on Earth, which constitutes the nineteenth nation of Nemele. 


Her parents have never revealed their true identities to Jacey, consequently keeping her true lineage and unique birthright from her. Jacey’s family has pretended to be non-magical humans as a ploy to prevent an ancient omnipotent entity from killing more innocent beings in its relentless quest to possess Jacey.

Born as an anomaly, Jacey possesses rare abilities that both virtuous and corrupt entities seek to use as their own. Should either side prevail, Jacey may be the saviour or downfall of every world within Nemele’s domains. Blindly thrust into life and death situations, Jacey learns of her true powers within her dreaming and conscious states.






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Always Remember - Promo



Synopsis

How long does it take for a long-distance relationship to break down? Sixteen months.
When Jen and Carl put their relationship to rest after Christmas, Jen’s biggest problem is going back to London ten days earlier than planned – and her ever-present attraction to Samuel ‘Bing’ Edwards.
Bing has no idea why Jen left Devon so fast. All he knows is that he wants her as much as he did the first day he laid eyes on her – so spending time with her while Lexy is still in Devon isn’t exactly a hardship for him. When he finds out she’s single, the only thing on his mind is finishing what they started at his dad’s fiftieth birthday party.
Feelings that have been a long time building between the two explode, and they both find themselves sucked into an easy yet passionate relationship, with Bing determined to prove to Jen that she’s it for him. That she is The One.
But in a city like London, the odds are stacked against them, and there’s always that one person ready to stir things up…  And Jen doesn’t know how much of that she can take – even for the guy she loves more deeply than she ever imagined, and eventually she breaks.
Bing isn’t down with that. He wants Jen, and he wants her by his side for good.
Jennifer Mason must learn that Samuel Edwards doesn’t do giving up. Especially not when his forever girl is involved.






By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys.

Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Of Silver and Beasts - 4-Star Review


My Review

I am quickly falling in love with Trisha Wolfe's work!  This is the second book of hers that I have read and reviewed, and I honestly cannot choose a favorite.  

Of Silver and Beasts is extremely interesting.  Parts of the story line remind me of The Hunger Games, but set in a fantasy world.  In a country where the women are the leaders in everything from the government, religion, and the family, Kaliope is raised to be a warrior.  As she begins her career as such, she is selected to be the leader of the most prestigious group of protectors that surround the empress.  But with the threat of war, she is charged with protecting the prince of a neighboring realm, which has different values where the men are the leaders.

Beyond living a life of service and devotion to her empress, she is also trying to hide the secret that she has mercury coursing through her veins.  But everything happens for a reason, and every person has a purpose. 

Fair warning, you will scream when you get to the cliffhanger ending!  I cannot wait for the sequel.


Excerpt

The cool sensation of the fresh water on my skin helps me forget my nerves and I lie back, floating just below the top of the water. My body dulls, the cold soothing my sore muscles, and I welcome the numbness. The ceiling of the cave is sprinkled with tiny clusters of white lights, dotting the canopy above our heads like stars in the sky. I feel as if I’m sitting on the rooftop of my apartment, staring at the night sky, not here in the Otherworld, awaiting my death.
The water rolls, rocking my body, and I glance over as Caben floats up beside me. He’s on his back also, and points to the lights dusting the cave ceiling.
“Diamonds,” he says.
“Really?” I don’t know much about any minerals other than mercury. And somehow, diamonds as our stars makes my chest heavy. It’s too beautiful. “How can you tell?”
“The ultraviolet light shows the impurities,” he says. “The imperfections actually absorb the dark light, causing the diamond to emit a visible glow.” He chuckles. “A very expensive lighting effect.”
I laugh. “Quite expensive.” They twinkle as they reflect the rippling water. “But almost more heavenly than the stars.” I lower my voice at the end, hoping he didn’t hear my spoken thoughts.
Caben doesn’t speak, and the trickling of the stream and lap of the pool becomes the only sound as we float in compatible silence. I could drift off, fall asleep in this peaceful place, but I know we still have a mission to complete before the Reckoning.
This thought awakens me, and I touch my feet to the bottom of the pool and begin to wade toward the edge.
I hear Caben’s heavy groan. “No you don’t,” he says, and captures the bottom of my tunic. He tugs me through the water, back to the pool’s center. “Not yet. This could be our last reprieve, and I plan for us to enjoy it.”
As I turn to face him, his fingers slip from my shirt to my waist, grazing my stomach. My skin prickles, and I shiver, matching the trembling water around us. His deep blue eyes meet mine, and he swallows, his Adam’s apple working. Slowly, he begins to inch up my tunic—
“Wait.” I place my hand on top of his.
He cranes an eyebrow. “It should really have time to dry before we go back.”
Logically, that makes sense. But the heated look he’s giving me says so much more. And regardless of the attraction I may feel for the prince—a woman would have to be blind—and whether or not we actually escape this hell ... what then? We share an intimate moment once, and go back to our stations in life, simply pretending nothing happened?
Or maybe I’m reading too much into his gaze. He’s a man, and physical desire is self-serving. He may die ... and he probably wants to bed a woman one last time. Everything about his character screams he’s not one who thinks past the moment.
I could lose myself for now, give in to the pulse quickening my blood with need, but I’ve never shown a man the clamp over my heart. It would have to be something I did for a different reason if I ever chose to do so. Not merely because I may die soon.
As I push his hand away and start to swim off, he grasps my waist, encircling his firm arms around my stomach, and pulls my back to his chest.
“Don’t run from me,” he breathes into my ear. “I’m not asking for anything. Not even whatever it is you’re hiding. Just stay here.”




Help Trisha and the Tuff Girl Legion get to 50 reviews on Amazon to read this full scene from Caben’s POV! Scene will release on Trisha’s blog. You can bookmark the bonus material here!


Bio: Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013. 

She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.






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