Monthly Archives: March 2014

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 AddictExcerpt

3/18/2014- Reese’s ReviewsReview

3/18/2014- BiblioJunkiesGuest Post

3/19/2014- Sabrina’s Paranormal PalaceReview

3/19/2014- Fade Into Fantasy Interview

3/20/2014- Anna Lives and Breathes BooksReview

3/20/2014- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

3/21/2014- The Demon LibrarianReview

3/21/2014- The Cover ContessaGuest Post

Week 2:

3/24/2014 Book Club SistersReview

3/24/2014- Library of the Seen Interview

3/25/2014- Shayna Varadeaux Books & ReviewsReview

3/25/2014- Parajunkee’s ViewInterview

3/26/2014- As the page turnsReview

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

3/27/2014- Living in a BookworldReview

3/27/2014- Wonderful MonsterInterview

3/28/2014- Julie Antonovich ReeceReview

3/28/2014- Talking Books BlogGuest 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!


Cover Reveal! Love’s Sorrow, Means of Mercy #1by Terri Rochenski

Look at what’s new today!

Love’s Sorrow is set to release on April 21st – less than one month away! If you’re interested in hosting during the blog tour, there’s still time to sign up. Head on over to Roane’s tour page

Love’s Sorrow

Love's Sorrow (Means of Mercy #1)
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski

   Release Date: April 21, 2014

   Keywords: Historical Romance, Series

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.

*ARCs are scheduled to release the first week of April*

Add to your Goodreads Shelf here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21455386-love-s-sorrow?from_search=true

About this author:

http://www.terrirochenski.com/

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.


Cover Reveal: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Hi guys!

Agency sister, Cassie Mae has a brand new book, THE REAL THING coming out August 19, 2014 by
Random House Flirt.

I will let her tell you about it all in her own delightful words. Take it away, Cassie!

So, this book… it’s about this girl.
And she loves her online time.
Her phone is her buddy.
And her favorite app is her Kindle, because she also LOVES to read.
Read a lot.
Then there’s this boy.
He’s best friends with this bookworm girl.
He sort of has a thing for her.
But, he’s also got major anxiety.
And isn’t sure how to make a move.
So when they end up rooming together for the summer, this guy tries to get this girl to put the screen away long enough for him to win her over.
But of course, it’s not easy to unplug. Especially for an internet junkie.
Hmm… that girl sounds pretty familiar 😉
And here’s the hawt cover for it!
And here’s the actual blurb, and not my picture version 🙂

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

About Cassie Mae 🙂
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.


Mental Health Giveaway Hop

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Mental Health Giveaway Hop

March 20th to 27th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Reading in Twilight

Did you know?

According to the article in Scientific America: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-the-minds-of-others/ Reading fiction can strengthen your social ties and even change your personality? Who knew?

Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just like to escape  for the sake of my mental health. And escaping into a good book is more like medicine than, well,  medicine—if you know what I mean. In the following book, the heroine must overcome abuse and her own mental demons to become whole again. Therefore …

Here’s the New Adult ebook I’m offering:

Want (Want, #1)

Blurb:

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

To win: do one or more of the following:

Follow my blog

Like me on Face book: https://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

I will choose one lucky winner at random. Please!!! Leave a comment below with your email address and the type format you’d like if you win! 

That’s it! Good Luck ♥

Check out more great sites for a chance to win here:


Cover Reveal & Charity Donation: Martyr by A.R. Kahler

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Martyr (The Hunted: Book 1)
by A.R. Kahler
October 14th 2014
Spencer Hill Press

Book Blurb:

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.

Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.

Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it’s never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there’s more to this than a fight for survival. He’s a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn’t play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world.

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Alex’s Bio:

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

In the past few years he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, drummed with Norse shamans, and received his Masters in creative writing from Glasgow University. And that’s the abbreviated list.

He is the author of the tantalizing CIRQUE DES IMMORTELS trilogy, which debuted in 12/12 from 47North. MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, will be published 10/14 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

He can be followed on Twitter @ARKahler or at www.arkahler.com

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 A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to charity and we’re asking people to vote as to which one it should be given!

To which charity should A.R. Kahler donate a portion of his proceeds from MARTYR?
UNICEF
The Trevor Project
Water.org
To Write Love on Her Arms

Poll Maker


For the Love of Murphy Blog Tour

For the Love of Murphy

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology
They say love conquers all, but whoever “they” are, must not have heard of Murphy’s Law — whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid’s arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.

No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams
Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler
Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks. Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.

Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move. But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late. Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.

Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume
Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.

A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart
Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.
The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James
Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.
Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.
For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.
  Good Reads:
 
Tour Schedule
Book Blitz and Tour-wide Giveaway
$10 Amazon Gift card & paperback copy of
For the Love of Murphy
Ends 4/11/2014

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Avalon: Web of Magic Book Blast!

Avalon

Avalon: Web of Magic

Three very different young teens, Emily, the shy one, Adriane, the outsider, and Kara, the power shopper, are all drawn to a secret place deep in the woods where they discover a portal to another world. Wondrous animals have emerged from the portal, desperately seeking the magic that will keep them alive. Though the animals are peaceful and good, what follows them through the portal is twisted and evil and bent on destroying them all.

The Fairimentals have chosen these three fourteen-year-olds to protect the magical animals. To save them and their world, the girls must overcome their differences and band together. They begin a perilous quest to discover Avalon, the lost, legendary home of magic, little knowing the terrible dangers they will face along the way.

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo

Avalon author

Author Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts adores magic, adventure, animals, and music. Rachel is an devoted campaigner with animal rights and protection of wild places organizations. Rachel’s has been reading ever since she could first carry a book and enjoys getting lost in a fantastic story. Rachel has been a writer as well as a editor her entire career. Rachel says the majority of concepts for her stories and characters appear on lengthy hikes. She brings a little notepad, just for jotting down thoughts. Afterward at her house Rachel builds on the ideas together with feline friends, Attila and Raider. She also is in love with music, playing the piano, flute, as well as learning to play guitar.

Avalon: Web of Magic is Rachel’s very first series of novels.

Website * Facebook * Twitter

Magic Animal Sweepstakes

Win a Kindle Fire in Emily’s Pet Palace Sweepstakes!

You can earn magical badges and win amazing prizes like signed posters, t-shirts, bracelets and plushies of your fav Avalon animals by:
a. Signing up (email is used only to notify you if you are a winner)
b. Uploading pics of your bonded animals to Emily’s Pet Palace
c. Comment and Rate other Mages’ pics and invite your friends to join.
The more you upload and participate, the more badges you earn.

Complete your collection by finding the final two rare Avalon badges for a chance to win the special grand prize of a Kindle Fire!

Sign Up here

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Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/2/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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AND MORE!

J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARCs of Unnatural by J.A. Belfield.

Check it out!

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.

A great addition to the Holloway Pack, UNNATURAL will please both veterans of the series and new readers alike. It also just might be the paranormal romance you’ve all been waiting for. 🙂

 J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

How cool. You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* between the dates March 3rd and March 17th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of March 2nd to enter.

 

*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (sometimes more) words in length.

About J.A. Belfield:

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.

Thanks for stopping by today! XOXOXO