Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Ghost Light (Giveaway)

I'm pleased to present the cover of Ghost Light, part of the Ivy Granger series! This is part of a tour that was organized by the author.

Ghost Light by E.J. Stevens
Blurb:
Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.
With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.
Ghost Light is the second novel in the Ivy Granger series.

Age: 16 years and up
Imprint: Sacred Oaks Press
Release Date: July 9, 2013
ISBN: 9780984247592
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

About the Author


E.J. Stevens picture E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.
You can learn more about E.J. by visiting http://about.me/EJStevens

Email the author at e.j.stevens.author@gmail.com

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Black Moon (Giveaway)

Another book tour!! Welcome to my stop and don't forget to scroll all the way down to the giveaway! Presenting...
Black Moon by Jessica McQuay
Blurb:
"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?
This book is the first of the Paige Taylor series.
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 3 stars
My favorite thing about this book was the obvious work the author put into this book. The history of Paige's bloodline obviously has a lot of thought put into it, as well as the world she goes to and the beautiful descriptions of it.
The whole world that most of the book took place in fascinated me — Hello? Gorgeous plants, mysterious people, and interesting customs? — and was what kept me reading on and on.
Paige, I'm sad to say, was not my favorite person. She constantly complained and whined about everything, and really killed the excitement of going to a new world with fascinating views. Yes, everything's different, and yes she has to adjust, but she did it in an entirely selfish way that I really couldn't connect with her.
Naialah was a really interesting character and I was — and am — really curious about her. Some things in this book didn't add up, but I'm sure they will be addressed in the following books.
Most of the conflicts weren't really resolved, but that's to be expected from the first book of the series. What really knocked this book down from four (or maybe 4.5) stars to three was Paige. I really didn't like her and could not connect with her.
But she's really the only thing (apart from a few inconsistencies) that I didn't like.
Black Moon is full of gorgeous imagery, a fascinating plot, and interesting secondary characters. I recommend it for people who like alternate worlds and many different creatures, as well as action and being left curious about what's going to happen next.

A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

 
There were only three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words.

Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, goldfish named Sparkle and her cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band or dancing like there is no tomorrow at Zumba.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: Vacant

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
 My very first cover reveal! I'm excited to present this cover:

Vacant by Evelyn R. Baldwin
 
Blurb:
Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone. 

Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned.
 

Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra: Don’t get involved. Keep things simple. 

Take care of yourself!
 

When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected.
 

As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving… it’s about living.
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Expected Release: February 23, 2013
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations
Genre: Adult Romance / Erotica
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About the Author

Evelyn R Baldwin Evelyn R. Baldwin was born in the Midwest and spent her childhood on a horse ranch. As an only child, Evelyn was often forced to entertain herself with the family’s horses as companions, and her imagination the only limitation.
After moving to St. Louis to attend college, she earned a degree in Education. During her Master’s program, Evelyn discovered her fascination with behavior and psychology.

Her first professional job experience was as a juvenile counselor, which led her to venture into other human sciences, eventually making a career with Behavior Analysis. While writing is a hobby for Evelyn, she often uses her experiences with human behavior to guide her characters.

She’s written short stories since childhood but only recently began exercising her real writing muscles. While she does not consider herself a professional writer in any sense of the word, she continues to polish her craft and hopes for success in her writing ventures, even if they are just as a hobby.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Tour: Hereafter (Giveaway)

Its the release day of Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder! Hereafter is a Reaper Novella. This young paranormal romance novella is approximately 33,000 words.

Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder
 Hereafter
Blurb:
In Death I could finally see the importance of Life…

After being forced to become a Reaper Council member and being torn away from the one she loves, Rowan Harper must learn to accept her altered Fate as well as her death and move on. A task easier said than done, especially when witnessing those you love suffer in the wake of your death.

When an unlikely alli provides information that could change everything, Rowan sets out on a journey through Purgatory with her beloved by her side and a nonchalant Tracker to learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice. Another task which seems easier said than done, especially with the threat of Purgatory’s ability to corrupt your soul the longer you’re in its grip looming above their heads.
Hereafter is the second of the Reaper Novellas. 
Age: 14 years and up

Excerpt


Jet was what had made all of this seem tolerable. If I had to be a Reaper, then I could endure it, but only if I was able to visit with Jet from time to time. Sorrow cracked its way through my soul again. I didn’t want this. I didn’t want the waiting and the yearning. I didn’t want to be a part of the horribleness death was, not alone, not without Jet.

I didn’t want this to be my hereafter.

“Rowan?” a familiar voice called out to me. I left my eyes closed and smiled, afraid that if I opened them disappointment would crush me because he wouldn’t be there in front of me, afraid that it was nothing but a memory of him calling my name swimming to the surface of my broken mind in my moment of heartbreaking want.

A hand softly brushed against my cheek, and I slowly allowed my eyes to flutter open. Glistening sapphire eyes held my attention as I fumbled to make sense of how Jet was in front of me. Happiness and excitement bubbled through me and escaped in the form of laughter. My arms wrapped around his neck, and I drew him in closer to me, vowing to never let him go again.

“I’m glad to see you, too.” He chuckled, a sound I’d missed more than I knew.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting forever,” I said, releasing the grip I had around his neck in favor of simply holding his hands in mine.

“Death has a way of making things feel eternal,” he said, his tone etched with heartache.

I didn’t want to talk of death. I didn’t even want to think about it. All I wanted was to savor this moment because I wasn’t sure how long we would get. Leaning forward, I pressed my lips to his and felt my desire to be with him always pulsating through my soul.

This book is the follow up to:

Touch by Jennifer Snyder
(Novella One In The Reaper Novellas)
TouchSeventeen-year-old Rowan Harper knows her life is forever changed the moment her schizophrenic mother commits suicide. What Rowan doesn’t realize is how much her mother’s choice altered her own fate. It’s not until after meeting Jet, a sapphire-eyed dead boy, Rowan begins to learn of her new destiny as becoming her mother’s replacement for something she never knew existed.

Plus a bonus short story-Choice- told from Jet’s perspective!

People often say everything happens for a reason. Seventeen-year-old Jet Donavan Mathews is about to find out that statement is not always true. Jet will learn that sometimes there are moments which were never meant to occur, moments where you are left with a choice.

(Touch is a Reaper Novella of approx. 18,115 words and is first in the series.Choice is a Reaper short story of approx. 2,500 words.)
Choice by Jennifer Snyder
Choice
 
*Choice is now added in with Touch as a bonus short story!*

People often say everything happens for a reason. Seventeen-year-old Jet Donavan Mathews is about to find out that statement is not always true. Jet will learn that sometimes there are moments which were never meant to occur, moments where you are left with a choice.











About the Author

 
 
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Heads Up: Week of 2/17/13


First, let me say that I'm terribly sorry I didn't post a review on Friday, my week was crazy and I didn't have time to post it.

This week, however, is full of good things to make up for it!

Tomorrow, 2/18, I will be hosting a book tour and giveaway of Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder.

(Also, tomorrow my first review goes up on Novel Reflections — I just joined their team!)

On Thursday, 2/21, there's going to be a cover reveal of Vacant by Evelyn R. Baldwin.

And on Friday, 2/22, I will be hosting a book tour and giveaway on Black Moon by Jessica McQuay.

There you have it! Two giveaways and a cover reveal this week!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Review on More Than A Stranger

I won this book in a giveaway (I dont remember which one) and I was thrilled because it’s signed by Erin Knightley. This is her debut book, and it’s historical/regency romance. Historical romance was the very first romance genre I read, and it’s always good to come back to it when I’m in a reading slump. This book turned out to be just what I needed to get out of it!

More Than A Stranger by Erin Knightley
Blurb:
An Uncovered Betrayal
When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friends sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind. Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….
An Unwanted Attraction
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams...and newfound desires.
An Unstoppable Intrigue
Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…
This is part of the Sealed With A Kiss series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 4.5 stars
We start off with Evie and Benedict (then known as Hastings) writing letters back and forth, back and forth... until something forced Hastings to stop all correspondence with Evie. Then he comes back, for reasons unknown to us, and asks his best friend—who just so happens to be Evie’s brother—if he can stay with him for a little while. Richard (Evie’s brother) says yes.
Then he bumps into Evie. Panicked, Benedict  hides his identity from her, knowing that she would never forgive him for his last letter. And then the story truly begins...
I really enjoyed More Than A Stranger. Benedict’s reasons for cutting all ties from his old life—and his reasons for coming backare hidden even from the reader. This kept me extremely curious as to what happened in Benedict’s life that he had to go to such extreme circumstances. There are hints to his past and his reasons, but they aren’t revealed until the ending is near.
Evie, on the other hand, is an open book. We know all about her throughout the book, except for the Benedict’s mysterious last letter. We don’t know what he wrote, nor do we know why.
Evie and Benedict are very strong characters, and their meetings always had me laughing or sighing—or both. While Evie could be very stubborn and Benedict could be very pig-headed, they worked together, and you could see it every time they met.
I was always rooting for Benedict and Evie, even at the point when everything went wrong. However, I did feel like Evie and Richard overreacted a bit at a certain scene where what Benedict is running away from catches up to him. It was partly Benedict’s fault, but he had very good reasons and some things he couldn’t control. (I, for one, forgave Benedict immediately, but that’s not a surprise. I am, after all, a romantic ;D )
I also really liked the small twist at the end of the book! I was not expecting it and was very happy with the way things worked out.
I recommend this book for people who enjoy action (though not a lot of it), passion, and most of all, love.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the Key (Giveaway)

 Ancient Guardians the Legacy of the Key (Ancient Guardians, Book 1)
by S.L. Morgan

Im proud to present another book tour! Let's go! Don't forget the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

 
Blurb:
No matter where you are, facing your reality with passion and purpose will always lead down the path you were intended to go

Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud. After finalizing the last of his estate, and returning to pursue her degree in medical school, she has never felt so confident.

While making her way through this world on her own, she is suddenly confronted with the truth of her existence, and the reality of her future. It is when she encounters two alluring and mysterious men, that a series of extraordinary events takes place, putting Reece’s life in grave danger. With her life in the balance, Reece must blindly trust the two mysterious strangers; and when she does, she is brought into an enchanting world that is beyond her logical comprehension.

This captivating land reveals new worlds and new dimensions to which her existence is paramount. But it is once she falls in love with the stunning Levi Oxley that everything will change, and Reece’s life will be in more danger than ever before.

Forced to return to Earth and face a Council of Worlds, Reece discovers there is more to this enchanting dimension than she could have ever imagined.

At a moment’s notice, even thru the fog of our denial, our journey can become crystal clear. And within the revelation, once our fear subsides, we can find contentment and purpose if we focus on the things that matter most. Trust—Courage—Love.
This book is the first of the Ancient Guardians series.
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 3.5 stars
First we have Reece, a normal girl from Earth—or so she thought. When she gets brought into this new world, or rather dimension, Pemdas, she gets told that she is the Key” to the map to a very powerful stone and that some people are trying to get to her to get the stone. And so she stays in Pemdas to wait for the others to get bored and stop looking for her.
There is a conflict between Reece and Simone, another girl from Pemdas who is jealous of Reece. She thinks that Reece is a pathetic human who should be sent back to Earth as soon as possible. At first, Simone’s sister and friend are also antagonistic towards Reece, but it’s mostly Simone who is the instigator of this ongoing conflict between them. At the beginning, I did not feel as if the three were being rude or antagonistic towards Reece, but later on it becomes apparent that they were, according to Pemdas’ culture.
But then she starts falling in love with Levi, the Emperor’s son. At first, he was aloof and mysterious, but he warmed up to Reece and they started forming a friendship. I felt as if Reece and Levi’s relationship went from friendship to love a bit too quickly, but I won’t deny that I really enjoyed seeing them as a couple.
The first half of the book was really slow for me, and sometimes I found myself hoping that the story would move along quicker, but about halfway in the action really started and the book went much faster for me—I frequently found myself eagerly turning the page to see what was going to happen next.
While I found the Council scene ended up being a tad anti-climactic, it wasn’t a big problem since this is not the last we’ve heard of Reece, Levi, and yes, even Simone.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves other worlds/dimensions, aliens, tension, action, and love.

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Excerpt


Levi hustled Reece into the front seat, and got in the back seat, behind his cousin. Instantly, the car was in gear, and they were moving. The car went from a dead stop, to what seemed to be the speed of light; yet, it felt like they weren’t moving at all. The trees they were passing, a complete blur in her vision, were the only thing that gave relevance to the fact that they were moving. None of it made sense. Is this even a car? She looked at the driver, wondering how he was managing to keep the car on the road. He didn’t slow the car once, not even to take a sharp turn.

The driver looked over at Reece, his eyes were piercing in their light silver-blue color. “I’m Harrison, by the way. Relax, Miss Bryant—I drive rather well.” He looked out at the snow; it had gone from a light flakes to heavy clumps hitting the car. “Sorry we had to interrupt your lovely morning in the park.” 

Reece nodded. Harrison was as superbly dressed as Levi. She questioned who these men really were. “Do you guys work for the government or something?”

Harrison glanced over at her and subtly grinned. “I suppose you could say that, yes.”

She looked back at Levi; he was intently focused on a transparent object in his hand. “Where are we going?” 

Levi didn’t answer. Instead, Harrison responded. “We’re taking you to a safer place, Reece. I’m sure my cousin hasn’t explained much. Unfortunately, explanations take time. I can give you the lighter version of facts; however, I need you to promise you will not do anything crazy, like jump out of our car.” 

Reece looked at him quizzically. Her anxiety soared, but she hoped her expression didn’t show it. “I won’t be jumping out of any cars; I understand basic physics, thanks.”

He chuckled. “We’ll see about that!” They were leaving the city and going into the more rural areas. “Tell me something, Reece; have you ever considered the existence of other worlds, apart from your own?” 

Reece swallowed hard. “You mean, like Mars? Not really, why?” 

“The man in your room—you thought he was a ghost, correct? Or possibly a bad dream?”

“I’ll admit, I’ve considered both options.” 

He chuckled and glanced at her with a mischievous grin on his face. “Reece, he was neither. He was not of your world.”

Reece stared at him in shock. 

“Maybe a little too much information?” He smiled sympathetically. “You should relax. Where you are going will be much more welcoming than where you were about to be taken.” 

He looked into the rear view mirror. “Levi, we’re almost to the vortex. Make sure Javian has sent for Areion and Saracen. We should get Reece to Pasidian quickly.” 

Did he just speak in a different language? Reece rubbed her forehead disbelievingly. The car grew silent, except for the low purr of the engine. The road they were traveling on was long, winding, and very narrow. Considering the high speed they were driving, combined with the sharp turns, Reece expected to have her body weight thrown all over the inside of the car; yet, gravity had no effect on her. 

Even so, she started to feel sick to her stomach. She didn’t really trust the two men, but she’d burned her bridges. She decided to stop asking questions. The answers she was receiving were more than she could cope with right now. 

The road curved around a hill, and as she watched, the car left the road effortlessly, heading straight for the hillside. It appeared as if they would crash directly into it. Reece took a quick breath, and was blinded by a bright flash of light. 

The paved road they traveled on now was shiny black, and lined with trees unlike any Reece had ever seen. Their trunks were white, with vivid red leaves beaming on their incandescent white branches. She looked deep into the dense forest of these peculiar trees and noticed that they appeared to be glowing in the darkness. The bright, lime green grass that carpeted the grounds of the forest, took on a glowing quality as well. It was strange; it was as though the radiant grass and leaves illuminated on their own, in total darkness.

It appeared as if everything was glowing in color. A drop of water on the windshield sparkled like crystal. The sky had a sapphire quality to it. She felt as if her vision had changed entirely. What is this place? All she saw was the illumination of the nature all about her, and none of it seemed real. Wherever they were now, the skies were vivid, bright and sunny; a far cry from the snowy streets of Philadelphia. 

She looked at Harrison, then back at Levi, to see if their appearances had also changed. Nothing was unusual about the two men. She held her hand up and examined her skin. Normal. It was very odd; it was only the nature around them that had shown this interesting radiance. 

When she turned her attention back to the road, she saw a large, shimmering gate ahead. It was fashioned with beautiful patterns, circling throughout. She could see that there was no longer a road on the other side of it, and they would most likely have to stop. She wondered how they would manage to bring the car through, or if they would? As soon as she questioned the thought, Harrison turned the car into a dark area, which seemed to be a cave or something of that nature. As he parked the car, she noticed that the area they were parked in was filled with sleek black motorcycles, and other cars like the one she was in.

When the car shut off at Harrison’s vocalized command, Reece reached over to his arm to stop him from stepping out of the vehicle. Time for answers.

He looked back at her with concern. “Reece, we’re almost to our destination. I know a million questions are probably swirling around in your head, but you need to try to be patient.” 

“Fine,” She took a deep breath. “But before we go any farther, I really need to know who you guys are. You should understand my apprehension about going any farther with you two. We should have crashed into that mountain a moment ago, and now I’m seeing trees and grass that seem to sparkle and glow. I’m sure you both know that I was well aware of what happened that day on the airplane, too. I know you both had something to do with it. I want answers before I concede to go anywhere else with you.” 

Harrison sighed. “Levi and I are from another dimension known as Pemdas. For many years, our people have protected those on Earth, and many other dimensions as well.”

Playlist


I would have never had the inspiration to write or “see” the book and write it down...if it werent for music. So many different songs have helped to inspire my writing. I have to say, the Legacy of the Key would have never made it past the first paragraph if it weren’t for the music of “Evanescence!” I downloaded every album and song they made from iTunes...and then the book came to life! Here's a little list of the music that inspired the book, “Legacy of the Key.”

1. “End of the Dream” by Evanescence
2. “An Historic Love”  by Trevor Morris, music from The Tudors
3. “Lost in Paradise” by Evanescence
4. “Snow white Queen” by Evanescence
5. “Weight of the World” by Evanescence
6. “A walk in the forest” by Brian Crain
7. “Behold The Great King of England” by Trevor Morris, music from The Tudors
8. “Like You” by Evanescence
9. “Everyday see you” by Jessica Simpson
10. “Feels like Home” by Chantel Kreviazuk
11. “New way to bleed” by Evanescence
12. “Goodbye” by The Pretenders
13. “Until I Collapse” by Eminem
14. “The other side” by Evanescence
15. “Numb/Encore” by Jay-Z & Linkin Park
16. “How we roll” by Don Omar
17. “Sick” by Evanescence
18. “What I've done” by Linkin Park
19. “Empire” by Queensryche
20. “The Change” by Evanescence
21. “Good Enough” by Evanescence22.
Secret Door by Evanescence
23. “Say you will” by Evanescence

About the Author


 
S.L. Morgan was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
 
Seven years ago, she began the adventures of moving throughout the United States. (Maybe we'll have a book out soon about those adventures)

She currently resides in the state of Texas with her husband, Jason and three children. When she is not taking care of the usual duties of being a stay-at-home mom, S.L. Morgan can be found with a hot cup of cofee and her loyal laptop...writing, writing, writing.



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