Cover Reveal: Arcana by Jessica Leake

Writing friend and amazing critique partner Jessica Leake has a book coming soon!

I’m so excited for her. Her book is truly awesome, guys!

And here is her gorgeous cover!!!

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Release Date: November 4, 2014

 

Book Summary:

 

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

 

Doesn’t it sound wonderful? 

 

Author Bio:

 

Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, three painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs. She invites you to visit her at jessicaleake.com.

 

 Check it out!

Links:

 

http://jessicaleake.com

www.facebook.com/authorjessicaleake

www.twitter.com/jessleake

www.amazon.com/Arcana-A-Novel-Jessica-Leake/dp/1940456142/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20344642-arcana


Portals Cover Reveal!

 

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This anthology was based on a picture prompt, which included the image in the cover.  Cool right? A blurb from each story is listed below!

Portals

A fantasy anthology
Fantasy
By Various Authors
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2014

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

Imagine a new neighbor moves next door, a creepy guy who gives fifteen year-old Amy Silva the willies? Amy wonders what the stone archway in the backyard is for. Her life becomes even more stressful when her family reveals they’re witches.

Could Amy’s new neighbor have anything to do with a local girl’s disappearance or be a threat to her magical loved ones?

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

The Grand Wizard has decreed Maronda enter the Portal of Life to embark upon a quest of great importance, but despite her Ma’s claims it is a blessing, premonitions of danger persist.

Lenox works to prove his worth to wed her, his true love, but it appears a wizard plots to remove him from Maronda’s life forever. To secure their future together, Lenox decides to accompany her on the quest, even if forbidden. He must ultimately choose between using his dragon fighting skills which could lead to his death, or give Maronda her greatest desire.

In the end, it’s Maronda who must learn to live with the consequences of his decision

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Long ago a dragonkeeper betrayed his charges. To bring back magic, to set things right, Mexmur is sent through the portal.

Can she succeed armed with only a poem, talon and blade.

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

A guardian to the entrances between worlds, Gladys has been called to bring a little girl back from Fairyland. Passing through the Entrance of Lost Souls is no fun, neither is hunting down a deranged banshee, but what is a guardian to do?

And, is the banshee really kidnapping the girl…or saving her from something else?

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

After losing both his parents, his entire fortune and his childhood sweetheart, Master Bartholomew Battlesby sets out into the wilds of Northern England to make the acquaintance of his only surviving relation, the landed recluse, Mr. Horatio Grimsby who has an eerie penchant for both tinkering and clockwork. But, on finding his relation dead, with a gaping hole in his chest, and the beautiful, but scornful, Miss Evangeline Witherop ruling in his place, Bartholomew learns there is more than one way to lose your heart.

Can Bartholomew reignite the spirit of love and mercy within Miss Witherop, or will he suffer the same fate as his poor, heartless cousin?

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano

The land of Mershinka has been thrown into perpetual night. Their King is dead and a moon witch, known as The Night Queen, rules from the royal palace in Grosnov. An endless fog shrouds the land, killing crops and starving the populace. Cold-eyed enforcers put down rebellions while volksa, twisted wolf-creatures, roam the mists looking for prey. Many have given up hope and wait for the inevitable end. All seems lost.

Two teenagers, Pavel and Tamara, devise a plan to kill Vazya the Night Queen when the moons Kainsk and Seresnya are down, end the stifling enchantment, and bring the sun back to their dying land. But, they need a watch to tell time, a compass to guide them through the mists, weapons to fight off Vazya’s minions, and all the courage they can muster.

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Portals blog tour is now scheduling!

Portals release day blitz will take place on June 5th, and the blog tour will run from June 5th through July 3rd excluding weekends. You may sign up for one or both events.

Blog tour stops will include:

Author Interviews
Top Two or Favorite Five
Reviews
Promotional Post / Excerpt
Giveaways

If you’re interested in hosting our six authors, please click on the tour button.


UNNATURAL Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Come see!

Unnatural (Holloway Pack #4)

Unnatural (Holloway Pack, #4)

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21398526-unnatural?from_search=true

Whoo hoo! The book is out of it’s cage, ya’ll!

I love this cover. So powerful! 

Blurb:

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.
The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

 

Want to win stuff? I knew you were up for that :) 

 

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Enter to win here!

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Good luck, you guys!

 

J.A. Belfield

About the lovely author:

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.


Cover Reveal: Secret of the Souls!

So, you all asked to see the next cover in the Pool of Souls series?

Whoo hoo, here she is!

 

 

Pool of Souls

by Terri Rochenski

Release Date: October 6, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy

 

 

Back of the Book:
Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

 

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/34

 

 Other books in this series:

Eye of the Soul

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/33

 

About this author:

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.


Danielle E. Shipley Guest Post and J. A. Belfield Unnatural Giveaway!

Inspired

Inspired

by Danielle E. Shipley

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fiction

Blurb:

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.  In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.  Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.  Or so he hopes.  Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.  Their own.

 Purchase links:

http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Danielle-E-Shipley/dp/1937744434/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inspired-danielle-e-shipley/1118887915

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/inspired-14

 

INSPIRED Guest Post for Julie Reece: My favorite type of hero and why

By Danielle E. Shipley

 

When asked about my favorite type of hero, my first instinct is to answer, “Good heroes! Through-and-through good. Heart-of-gold good.” My reflexive desire is for a black-and-white world where heroes are heroes, villains are villains, what you see is what you get, and everyone takes sides accordingly.

 

But that’s only what part of me wants. Meanwhile, on the other side of my brain, there exists a craving for complexity and bothersome shades of gray. And I think that must be the side in charge of picking my favorite heroes, because just look at the favorites of my childhood:

 

Disney’s Aladdin, a thief and a liar. Sherlock Holmes, never averse to breaking and entering, or to compromising his health with substance abuse. Bugs Bunny, who rains Acme dynamite and grand pianos upon any poor fool who dares to cross him. Perfect role models? Yeah, no, not quite.

 

What is it, then, that draws me to a hero? That makes me love and embrace them, despite any glaring shortcomings? I value a clever hero. A daring hero. My apologies to the black-and-white ethical side of my brain, but I really love a thief. But not just any kind of petty crook will do. My top choice is a Robin Hood of a hero – the kind who bends the rules when he views them as too broken to follow. Someone who would rather do wrong for the right reasons than right for the wrong ones. Someone who cares enough about people – even strangers – to take risks to make their lives better, and who maybe even has a bit of fun with the danger while he’s at it.

 

I still prefer them to have that golden goodness at the core of them, too, but who knows? Maybe a little mischief or a “bad boy” streak mixed in just makes the golden bits shine all the brighter for me. What makes a hero shine brightest for you?

About this author:

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

 

 Did you think that was all? Foolish mortals, check it out!

 

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UNNATURAL RELEASES TODAY!

Unnatural

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

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To celebrate Unnatural‘s release, CAGED, Holloway Pack 3 is on SALE!

The UNNATURAL Blog Tour begins tomorrow, and throughout the duration of the tour, CAGED will be available for just 99c.

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AND there’s a GIVEAWAY!

Up for grabs is:

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Enter in Rafflectopter!

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To grab your own copy of UNNATURAL, click on any of the purchase links below.

 

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J.A. Belfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

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Working it Out by Rachael Anderson for just .99 cents!

Hey everyone!

Don’t miss your chance to grab this great Rachael Anderson book for just .99 cents! 

A chance encounter . . .
Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable–exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle–a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.A chance for love . . .
Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along–assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Good reads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17876517-working-it-out?from_search=true

Website: http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/

Grab your copy for just .99 cents!
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Giveaway and Review: Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1)

 

Author: Jocelyn Adams

Publisher: Entangled Embrace

Pub. Date: March 10, 2014

Pages: 291

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes& Noble

 

The dead have been waiting for her…

 

The Blurb:

Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.
Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.
Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do.
Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.
Normal was overrated, anyway.

 

The Author:

Jocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night.  Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories that remained untold until 2010.

With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel.  She now has five published novels and has recently signed a 3-book deal with Entangled Publishing.

When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.

 

Find her Young Adult-friendly persona here.

Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

 

Giveaway Details!

1 $25.00 gift card from Amazon or B & N (winner’s choice), Sun charm necklace, and a Signed bookmark!

 

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MWNiNTU0OTUyMGNlZDFiOGJmOTc5ZmExZmRmZDJmOjI4Mg==/

 

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

3/17/2014- Shortie Says                - Review

3/17/2014- Fantasy Book Addict- Excerpt

3/18/2014- Reese’s Reviews- Review

3/18/2014- BiblioJunkies- Guest Post

3/19/2014- Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace- Review

3/19/2014- Fade Into Fantasy- Interview

3/20/2014- Anna Lives and Breathes Books- Review

3/20/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt

3/21/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review

3/21/2014- The Cover Contessa- Guest Post

Week 2:

3/24/2014 Book Club Sisters- Review

3/24/2014- Library of the Seen- Interview

3/25/2014- Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews- Review

3/25/2014- Parajunkee’s View- Interview

3/26/2014- As the page turns- Review

3/26/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Excerpt

3/27/2014- Living in a Bookworld- Review

3/27/2014- Wonderful Monster- Interview

3/28/2014- Julie Antonovich Reece- Review

3/28/2014- Talking Books Blog- Guest Post

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/

 

My Review:

I always struggle to write a review without giving too much away. I’ll do my best.

Since she was a kid, Addison Beckett has questioned (and lived with) the idea she might be a little insane. After all, she experiences unexplained lapses in time, often watching the corner of rooms unravel like a thread pulled from a sweater. Addison keeps her visions to herself until she meets up with handsome, but brooding, Professor Asher Green.  Apparently, she hasn’t cornered the market on crazy, because after an ‘incident’ in class, Asher admits he knows all about the world she sees on the other side of our reality—and the danger that lies beyond.

Unable to pretend her visions are a figment of her imagination anymore, Asher introduces her to his secret society, The Mortal Machine. Strong-armed by Asher into induction, she learns about alternate realities and layers of consciousness called the Shift, followed by warrior hierarchy, self-defense, and the importance of discovering her role in the Machine. Though frankly confusing at first, I caught on to these explanations after a while and loved the concepts. I enjoyed all the different personalities of the supporting characters Addy meets along the way. The premise of the Machine, and the threat of another world bleeding into ours (at our peril), is intriguing. It’s an intricate plot line that I imagine will bloom into a trilogy or more to explore. And that’s a good thing.

Adams keeps the pace moving well throughout the story. She has a distinctive voice that I enjoyed, and her heroine is likable and smart. There’s a lot of heat and great tension between the hero and heroine. My one balk, I suppose, is that the heroine has an overwhelming, and fairly inexplicable draw toward the hero from the get-go, despite the fact he was as nasty as possible to her much of the time.

My favorite part was watching Addison come into her own power and dig into the mysteries surrounding the Machine and its creator. Awesomeness.

While the end wasn’t a surprise, the very end was! How’s that for cryptic? The final scene is fantastic and, YES! scream worthy. Loved that. I highly recommend this read and look forward with great anticipation to the next book.

I hope you’re writing, Ms. Adams. Hurry, hurry!


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