Saturday, March 30, 2013

Interview with Aja Hannah, Author of Zarconian Island

Today I have Aja Hannah on the blog today!!  She is the author of Zarconian Island, which was released last week on the 25th!!  Welcome Aja!!

1. What is your book about?
Possessing powers that are feared and shunned, eighteen-year-old Alexandra “Attie” Hotep is no virgin to attacks. Her ancestors, the Zarconians-- mixed-blood inhabitants of Atlantis--were rumored to be the English fairies who kidnapped children, the Caribbean sirens that sunk ships, and the dream-like apparitions who broke into psyches. By the 1850s, they were hunted to near-extinction, leaving the existence of Atlantis and Zarconians little more than myth. 



When a class trip turns deadly, Attie and her friends become stranded on an uncharted tropical island in the middle of the Pacific, and Attie finds herself targeted once more. With a jungle full of extinct and prowling animals, she struggles to find a compromise between keeping her friends safe and keeping her family's secret. 



Enter Doug Hutchinson—the school’s soccer star, and a handsome boy with his own secrets. But Attie and Doug soon realize the animals aren't the only threat. There is a traitor amidst the group, one that plans to turn all Zarconians into permanent myths. And Attie is next on the list.

2. Who are the main characters in your book?
The main female lead is Attie and the book is told from her POV. The secondary female lead is her best friend Kate, the opposite of Attie in almost every way. The male lead is Doug Hutchinson, the school's star soccer player.

3. What or Who was the inspiration for your book?
Most of my stories come from dreams, but this one I just decided to write. I sat down at a computer and said, "I want to write a novel" and then I did. I have more on this at Vicki Trask's blog.

4. When did you start this book?
I started in high school, but it really picked up in college. It's been a long process.

5. Where does your book take place?
The thick of it takes place on an uncharted tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the Hawaiian vortex. It's funny. I wrote this story long ago and now I am moving to Hawaii. For the first time, I'll see what it looks like and the surroundings that Attie experienced.

6. What or Who inspires to you to write?
Simply: I write because I have to. Now, publishing inspiration would probably be my sister Cherish. She keeps pushing me to get the next book done. To not give up. To query and make the edits to put it out there.

7. What do you like to do while you're writing?
When I get into serious writing, I sit in my living room with the television on (usually Nat Geo Wild) and then put headphones in and start writing. You really can't pull me away after that.

8. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I found out that I could write as job. I started with rinky chapter books in elementary school, graduated to short stories and poetry in middle school, and finally started writing novels in high school. I got my first short story printed in my high school literary magazine. I also started writing articles for the high school paper and eventually double-majored in college in creative writing and journalism.

9. Tough question here... What is your favorite book series?
I don't have one. Though my favorite genre has always been action/adventure YA novels.

10. Another tough one.. Who is your favorite author?
No one in mind for this. Several authors I find compelling: Meg Cabot, John Green, Rumiko Takahashi, but no favorites. Sorry!

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Columbia, MD.: Librarian Aja Hannah and innovative indie press Curiosity Quills are pleased to announce the release of Hannah’s debut young-adult novel, Zarconian Island. Zarconian Island is the story of the descendants of the lost city of Atlantis, and their struggle to survive on a lost island.
Fans of ancient and lost civilizations and adventure alike will be delighted by Zarconian Island’s unique take on the legend of Atlantis. A strong female lead with a deadly secret and a cast of memorable characters promise to propel Zarconian Island to the top of the bestseller lists.


“[Zarconian Island] will take you on an incredible journey.... away from our or-dinary lives, with characters that are believable in a fantasy fiction way.”
- Goodreads review


Release date: March 25, 2013
Formats: Nook, Kindle, Trade Paperback
Paperback Price: $12.99



Review Copies are available, in all digital formats (PDF, ePub, Mobi). Please specify preferred format when requesting.

If you would like to interview author, Aja Hannah, or any member of CQ Press:

Media Contact: Thea Gregory thea@curiosityquills.com (800) 998-2509 x902


Author Bio:

Aja Hannah works as a librarian on the Big Island of Ha-waii after earning a B.A. with honors in creative writing and journalism on the mainland. Interesting enough, ro-mance makes her uncomfortable--going as far as to cover her eyes during kissing scenes in movie theaters--and yet she is a serial monogamist.
She was born and raised in Maryland, which she tags like a strange home base before turning out into the world of travel again. Her trips have taken her to Penn-sylvania, Maryland, Italy, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, Colora-do, and Hawaii.


About Curiosity Quills Press
Innovative publishing house, Curiosity Quills Press, has been opening its doors to speculative fiction authors since 2011. Spanning the gamut from hard science fiction to urban fantasy to horror to quirky “zombie noir”, readers have come to know that Curiosity Quills Press can answer to their tastes and interests.
Operations director, Lisa Gus, explains her vision for the future of publishing:
“With readers, bloggers, and aspiring authors playing such an important role in published authors’ success in this new publishing climate, we realized it might not be such a bad thing to share the publishing reigns with them. When read-ers, writers, bloggers, and everyone in between get involved in the excitement, publishing becomes a collaborative process in which everyone ultimately wins.”

Web: CuriosityQuills.com
Post: Whampa, LLC P.O. Box 2540
          Dulles, VA 20101
Tel:   (800) 998-2509

Release Blitz for Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert!!!

Title: Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector #1)
Author: Cecilia Roberts         
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

FREE MARCH 30TH AND 31ST!!!!


Book Description:
17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.


Author Bio:
Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.

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EXCERPT

It’s almost two in the morning when Zig appears to escort me home. He hovers on the doorway, his arms folded across his broad chest. “You don’t need to,” I say.
His eyebrows shoot up. “Are you planning on walking home?”
I cross my arms over my chest. “I can make it to my room without your help. I picked up a few things during practise, you know.”
“Can you, really?” He swaggers into the room. “A gentleman always sees the lady home and safely tucked in bed. Safely.”
I roll my eyes as I tug the edge of my skirt lower. It’s so tiny it should be declared illegal. My dinner gown was disposed of, or so I was told. Don’t they have washing machines? I really loved that gown. “I’m not in the mood to argue, Zig.”
He halts before me, eyebrows raised, and smiles. “What are you in the mood for?”
“My mood,” I snatch the clutch bag from the bed, “has nothing to do with you.” I’m not sure the little shifting knowledge I mustered will help me reach home. All I know is I want to get far away from Grim’s castle, lose myself, and not think about tonight’s dinner. Even if it means getting lost shifting back home.
I brush past him and towards the door. His strong fingers wrap around my wrist, yanking me around. He narrows his eyes. “I have a theory.”
My heart thumps violently until I feel as if my chest will rupture. Sweat beads on my forehead. Does he know what happened in the library? I clear my throat and lift my chin forwards. “What theory?”
“You’re trying to pick a fight with me. Have to warn you, though, I always win.”
What?” I squeak. My legs almost buckle in relief.
It happens so fast I don’t have enough time to process his actions. He slips one arm on my waist, and the other glides up my back until his hand holds my head firmly in place. I blink, and his lips are on mine, kissing me. Kissing me!
What on earth? I twist my body to raise my arms. Too late. They are trapped between our bodies. Considering his height, bulk, and strength, which I feel pressing onto my bones, I’m at a disadvantage. His arm and hand are like steel around my waist and head. How had I not seen this coming? I stop my struggles, hoping he’ll get the hint. He doesn’t. His kisses taste like curiosity and peppermint. The eyes staring into mine gleam with amusement and… a challenge.
This is nothing close to Rolf’s sensual, toe-curling kisses. And I have a feeling Zig won’t stop anytime soon.
I lift my high-heeled foot and slam it down on his. Immediately, his lips leave mine. He takes a step back, a grin on his face. Is he made of stone? I’m sure I used a lot of force.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I brush my tingling lips with the back of my trembling hand.
“Cheering you up.” He shoves his hands inside his pants pockets.
Heat spreads all over my body until I feel as though I’ll explode into thousands of pieces. It pools on my fisted hands, tangling with tonight’s frustration build-up. I lift my right arm and swing. It lands perfectly on his chin, and I curse my height for the misplaced aim. I was aiming for the nose. He smiles wider, as if I patted him.
“Don’t you ever kiss me again, Zig. Ever.” My knuckles are on fire, and moisture gathers at the corners of my eyes. I swallow the tears threatening to spill.
“You enjoyed it. Your eyes say so.”
Before I can stop myself, I swing my left arm. It lands on his chest. His body doesn’t budge an inch.
“You can do better than that, lovely Ana.”
My tolerance quota of the day has been reached and surpassed. “Are you angering me on purpose?”
“Clearly, it’s working.” He holds his palms up, facing me, legs braced to balance his weight. “Come on.” With hands raised like he’s some sort of trainer, he looks hot.
I bite my lip as I stare at him. “Why are you doing this?”
He shrugs, still grinning, and beckons me with his hands. I kick my heels to the side and fold my hands into fists. Tiny fists compared to his huge ones. I swing anyway.
Five minutes later, I stop and lean forwards, wheezing unhealthily. Was that the best I could do? Five minutes and breathing like I’ll drop dead in the next second? So disgusting.
“You fight like a girl.”
I gulp air, lift my head, and glare at Zig. “I am a girl.”
He chuckles and pats my shoulder. “A girl who desperately needs fighting lessons.”
My chest is on fire. “Why would I need those?” I wince as I massage my knuckles. I doubt my fingers will manage to hold a pen in class in the morning. I should’ve taken those defence classes Lea slaved away to complete two years ago. They seemed like torture back then.
“Eternity is a very long time. People tend to get bored doing nothing. Feeling better?”
“Extremely invigorated.” I wanted to punch something during the course of the night. This was a great escape. My breathing regulates. “Wasn’t there another way to get me all worked up instead of kissing me?”
“I was thinking on my feet.” He grins, brushing a thumb along his lips.
“Well, next time try to think while sitting,” I snap at him.
“Oh, come on. Don’t be angry with me. Let’s get you home.”
Seconds later, we’re standing inside my bedroom. He strides towards the door, lifts his hand in a small arc, and mutters under his breath to un-spell my door.
I really need to learn that.
“You look exhausted. Need help with anything?” he asks, stretching his long body.
“Can you change forms and attend class for me in the morning?”
He chuckles. “Sorry, can’t help you there, lovely Ana. I was never good in keeping with school rules.”

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review of Love and Blood by Jessica Gibson!!

Title: Love and Blood
Author: Jessica Gibson          
Genre: Paranormal
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours




Blurb:
Bronwyn Fitzgibbons was young and reckless. It was easy for Ronan to steal her human life and make her a vampire. She ran, but she never forgot him--or how he made her feel.

Rider saved Bronwyn from the new life she loathed and the new self she detested. His love restored her sanity.

Now Ronan is back to claim her. She struggles like hell against him, but she cannot deny the overwhelming power of her maker. Will Bronwyn surrender to the one who could possess her utterly? Or can she find the strength to choose the one who loves her as she is?


Bronwyn is conflicted.  She loves two men, and doesn't know how to choose which one she wants.  

The first is Ronan.  The one who made her a vampire.  Her feelings for him are complicated, and always have been.  She does escape him and is saved by the second man she loves.  Rider.  He loves her completely, and is frustrated by her constant desire for Ronan when he's so obviously bad for her.  The one thing Wyn cannot abide by is Ronan's constant killing of innocents; she's always known he's a Sociopath, but can not accept it.  

While she's struggling to keep away from Ronan, a mutual friend of her and Rider's comes to them for help.  Tucker has just discovered some very upsetting news about his father, and he needs help taking care of the problem.  They both offer help, along with her close friend Carly and Seraphina.  Little does she know how this night will end.

I loved Rider, and I loved her with Rider.  She could be herself, and he accepted her for who she was.  There were no games between them.  They honestly and truly loved each other.  He made it clear to her that no matter what happened between them, he would always love her.  He is frustrated with Ronan's constant harrassment of Bronwyn, and is more frustrated at her indecision about her feelings for him.  

Then there is Ronan... I didn't care for him.  I thought he was always trying to manipulate Wyn into coming with him, even though he knew she didn't want to be with him.  It was like he didn't want to her to be fully happy, and wanted to control her.  I really wanted to tell him to leave her the hell alone and find someone else.  I know that he sired her, but because of that, he felt that he owned her and I didn't like that.  

In the end, she is faced with a choice, and it is one that was surprising to me.  It also made me sad... 

I loved this book!! There was constant action and it kept me wanting to read more!  My only complaint about the book as a whole?  It was too short!  I wanted to read more about what would happened with everyone and was disappointed to come to the end.  I wanted to read more about Rider, just because he was smexy as hell!!!  

The second book in this series is released this month, and I can't not wait to read that.  I want to know what happens with them all!!

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Author Bio:
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.

Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

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EXCERPT
Rider slid Bronwyn behind him as though she were a child who needed to be protected. “You should leave now, Ronan. Bronwyn and I have things to discuss.”

Ronan smiled at him and folded his arms over his chest, “I’m not leaving, Rider.”

“Are you guys going to whip them out to see whose is bigger next?” Bronwyn spat out, as she stalked up to her front door. Before she could turn the handle, Rider was next to her.
“Give me a minute and I’ll be right in.”

Bronwyn rolled her eyes and opened the door, shutting both men out. She heard shouting but she blocked it out as she walked straight back to her room.
Seraph stormed into her room an instant later. 
“Want to tell me what’s going on in the front yard?”

Bronwyn rolled her eyes. “Not really.”

Seraph’s eyes flashed and magic sizzled across her skin. “Let me rephrase that, what the hell is happening out there?”
Bronwyn knew better than to argue with Seraph when she got like that. 

“Ronan and I were on somewhat of a date and we ran into Rider; who in turn, snatched me up and brought me here. I believe right now they’re deciding who gets to come inside.” 

All of this was said in a bland sort of voice, as though two very ancient vampires were not about to start a bloodbath on the front lawn.

Seraph glared at her, “So what, you’re just going to let them fight?”
Bronwyn shrugged, “What am I supposed to do about it? They’re both older and stronger than me; I couldn’t stop them if I tried.”

Magic exploded from Seraph’s skin, her whole body glowed  with shimmering pulses, her eyes pure white. “Get the hell outside, Bronwyn,” She screamed in a voice that was not hers.

During the entire time that they had been friends, Bronwyn had only seen Seraph mad one other time, and it didn’t end well for the ones she was mad at. Seraph shoved her roughly toward the door to her room. She walked out and down the hall and out the front door. 




Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guest Post by Ashley Lavering, Author of Star Cursed!!!

I am so happy to have to Ashely Lavering visiting the blog!!  I asked Ashley probably one of the toughest questions an author can answer.  What writing means to her!  I know I couldn't possibly answer this question, but I think Ashley answered it beautifully!!


GUEST POST:
What does writing mean to you?
Wow, this is an involved question, because writing means so many things to me. It is the vehicle I use to escape the pressures of daily life and delve into a world I create. It is the power to explore things that I’d never do in real life or can’t do, like have powers over lightning or be a mermaid. I love to make friends with my characters. Sounds kinda crazy, but as an author you really become attached to your characters. It is really fun when they start taking control of the story and leave you asking them, “Now, why did you do that! It will talk me the next thirty minutes to explain that to my readers!” lol. But that is what makes writing so much fun.

Writing is living several lives. I am a “conquer the world in one day” kinda gal, and find it frustrating I can’t be several people at once. Through my writing I can.  I love so many things, but there just isn’t enough hours in the day to experience them all. Writing is the way I visit the world and do things I wouldn’t normally get the chance to do. Bottom line, it is Freedom! Freedom to let your imagination take flight and take you on adventure you can share with your friends. That is the power and joy of writing.



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Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Tayla will never forget Beast’s fiery-venom spreading through her body like an infection. Now, with her best friend Chel’s help, she must find a human true love before the last petal falls from her enchanted rose or the full moon will transform her into a wolf forever. 

But Tayla never expected that her biggest obstacle would come from inside—a wolf presence threatening to take her very soul. At every turn, the she-wolf exploits Tayla’s weaknesses and gains enough control to sabotage her dates. Tayla struggles to control her unruly wolf and her forbidden attraction to Beast. But can she resist his southern charm, the she-wolf’s attraction to his alluring scent, and still fall in love with a human?

Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.
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AUTHOR BIO:
A nomad at heart, I currently claim Nevada as my home. I have a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with my “writing time.” When I’m not pondering on a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around me, you can find me, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for my girls. 

Art and science have always been my yin and yang. Throughout my college career, I shifted between the two, but in the end I graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming. 
Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of mine, but as a teenager I use to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on me. Now you can’t catch me without a book in hand or without an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into my mind my heart races and my hand twitch to write it. In that moment, I have my writer's high and pray it will sustain me through thousands of hours of revision.


AUTHOR LINKS:
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
GOODREADS
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BOOK LINKS:
CURSE OF THE BEAST ON AMAZON
STARCURSED ON AMAZON
CURSE OF THE BEAST ON GOODREADS
STARCURSED ON GOODREADS
CURSE OF THE BEAST ON B&N
STARCURSED ON B&N

Thanks again Ashley for visiting the blog today!!!  Come back anytime!! 



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guest Post and Review for Love Curse by Nadia Kim!!!



Synopsis:
What would you do if you woke up one day and was able to do things you couldn’t explain? Would you think there was something wrong, perhaps that you were crazy? This is the life of Sidney. A teenager in high school, struggling with the adjustment of transferring schools, her life takes a turn for the strange. Fearing the idea of uttering the words to any one, Sidney holds her secret close to her heart. To add  to the drama she struggles like most young women dealing with boys. Will Sidney crumble from the pressure of school? Or check in to a luny bin for thinking she was imagining the weird occurrences around her?
On the opposite side of time Joan is immersed in the world of Witchcraft, her powers begin to grow stronger after she is inducted into the coven her maternal line belongs to. But Joan finds herself conflicted when she is ripped from all she knows. Her new environment doesnt lend to her mastering her powers and whats worse, she is forbidden to use them. Joan’s deepest desire goes against what her mother and grandmother have commanded of her. Will Joan make the right decision and abide by their wishes, or will she rip the family apart with the plan she is putting together?

Ok, today I have Nadia Kim visiting the blog today!!  She is the author of Love Curse, which is available now!!  Welcome Nadia!!

GUEST POST
Title: What's your taste?
I spent the entire weekend debating over what I wanted to talk about in this guest post. After a lot of time chewing on different ideas, one popped in my head this morning that just lingered until I started writing about it. I have many times sat back and looked at the types of books two of my children were drawn to. The genres that motivated them to read. I wondered if they would be like me with the types of novels that pulled me in and took me away on an adventure to another world as I was a child, or even as I have grown up, mainly paranormal romance.

I found that my eldest who is only eight by the way, is more into books that are funny, like "Sidways stories from Wayside School." She also liked books like "Dork Diaries," actually read the whole series. And what is amazing is, normally you have to fight the girl to get her to read. But give her one of those books and you can't pull her out. My son on the other hand who is only six, seems to be drawn to more historical books sometimes, like when the wind blows him in that direction, meaning he learned about it in school and his thirst for knowlege propelled him to ask questions and read more about the topic. I am very proud of him for this and can see he has a curiosity like mine.

Kind of reminds me of some of the movies based on historical events I have seen. Like "Elizabeth" or "The Other Boylen Girl" both were great movies and I engjoyed watching them, but found that afterward I was left wanting. I needed to know what really happend, if the movies were accurate in their portrayals. I digress. The other types of books I saw that my son liked were in complete contrast to historical books. They were graphic novels, stemming from characters he was interested in at the time, like "Lego Star Wars" really any thing similar like there is this series that is not a graphic novel called, "The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: An oragami yoda book." I haven't read this and have no idea what its about but actually both my kids are drawn to it.

I remember growing up and being interested in books like the "Babysitters Club" and there was a series that kind of reminds me of the "Magic Tree House" series but I cannot remember it. I wanted to read all those books and would have my parents buy them for me but I never read any of them, at least not many of the pages of them. Which is funny. But when I turned eleven and my brother was reading "Interview with a Vampire" I became intrigued. I needed to know what it was about. Something almost mystical lured me to that book. And when I started it, I didnt put it down until it was done. It was my first full lenght adult novel and after I was hooked. I needed to know more, wanted to read more about Vampires. It was an obsession for sure. I found myself at video stores renting old vampire movies. It was a thirst that was never truly quenched. After that I really found my desire to write my own. It was the inspriation that lead me to want to be an author. Have you ever read a book that just inspired you to want to write your own of the same genre? It touches you in a way you can't explain but nestles its way into your heart, creating such a deep desire that nothing but your own story can fill it. That's where I found myself. But this is the type of desire that cannot be forced. It has to come naturally. You can't fake it like an orgasm. No, this is the story that will flow free from your bosom like mother's milk. All in good time when you least expect it.

I found myself there, finally after years and I am halfway done with that book. But marketing is all about timing and even though I will have enjoyed writing this book more than any other, it will have to wait its turn until the time is right to unleash it on the world.

What's your taste?
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THE REVIEW

This book wasn't my typical book that I usually read.  It's about witches, so I took a chance reading it.  I like it when I take chances on new book types!  

This book is two stories in one, which I loved!  The first is based in the fifties, and is the story of Joan.  At first it starts with her discovery of being a witch and realizing she has powers, and then you see her grow not only as a woman, but a powerful witch.  I loved seeing how Joan learned to control her powers that she was at first scared of.  She falls in love with the next door neighbor, but isn't happy with her life.  She misses her hometown, and knows that the High Priestess of their coven can train her to control the powers she has.  

The other story that is going on is Sidney's story.  She's fourteen, and is your typical teenage girl.  There were parts of her story that I wasn't very comfortable with, but I did enjoy seeing how she grew up into a woman.  What she's craving for is someone to love her completely and wholeheartedly.  After one horrible relationship, and another horrible date, she's leary of men.  She's scared of what their intentions are, and if they really feel something for her.  She does find that in a childhood friend, but she's still apprenhensive about his intentions.  

Suddenly, she realizes she has certain powers.  She's confused by what's going on with her, but doesn't say anything for fear her parents will think she's crazy.  Also, she's at her wits end with her parents.  They are constantly fighting with each other, and she's sick of hearing it every night.  Soon, she's forced to confront her mother about it, and is heartbroken when they come to devastating decision.  The one saving grace is her boyfriend, who she loves dearly.  

I liked both stories very much, and I thought it was a very well written book.  Also, I would love to be a witch... to be able to control the elements... yea would love that!!  I would love to read book 2, because I would like to know what happens with Sidney and her growing powers.  She has a lot of unanswered questions, and it would be nice to see what the answers are, and if she's able to grow as much as Joan did!!

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Author Bio:
Nadia grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC. Her childhood was hard and her teenage years even harder. She faced challenges that molded the person she is today and provided good dramatic material for her novels. 
Aside from writing Nadia had one other aspiration, to marry and have children. She is now married with three children. In her spare time she plays with her children, spends time as a family, plays softball and likes to watch movies and TV shows. 

Nadia is of mixed heritage, her mother comes from a long maternal line of women who were born and raised in bondage and children of slave owners. Her father was from an aristocratic family in Syria. Both her parents have enriched her life by surrounding her with people of different diversities, religions, ethnic backgrounds. 

As a child Nadia spent her time aspiring to be a writer and an actor. She took many acting classes and was part of many plays over the years. She also studied Kung Fu for six years during her teens and was a national champion.

Having spent many time writing short stories most of her life, Nadia finnaly realized her dream of becoming a published author earlier this year. Her first novel Reflection was inspired by a series of events where she met someone who seemed to live a parallel life to her own. 

She recently began to study Kabbalah which has had the biggest positive impact in her life. The changes have led her down a path to happiness. Nadia continues to write and has more stories to come. 

Stay tuned

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Cover Reveal of Love's Second Chance By LP Dover!!!!

I am like so over the moon happy to be part of this reveal!!!  LP asked me to take part, and I jumped at the chance!!!  Here it is!!  I love it, and I can NOT wait to read it!!!!!


Synopsis:
Korinne Anders had it all. She had the perfect job, the perfect house, and the perfect husband. When tragedy strikes, her world takes a devastating turn. Six months after losing her husband to a car accident, Korinne vows it to herself never to love again. If she doesn’t allow another man in her heart, then there’s no reason for her to feel the pain of loss. This plan seems to work, but is put to the test when Korinne’s best friend can’t stand to see her suffering any longer.
Korinne’s long-time friend, Jenna Perry, has an idea and it involves helping her friend find the spark of life in her soul no matter what it takes. Korinne didn’t know that Jenna’s plan meant bringing back a past love, a second chance with the man that Korinne had to leave in college, but always kept a place for in her heart.
When Galen Matthews learns of Korinne’s loss and that she’s finally moved back home, he wants nothing more than to be there for her. The love he felt for Korinne years ago has never left him, and now he’s given a second chance to not only mend her heart of her loss, but to also continue the love they shared in the past. Will his love and determination make her strong enough to give fate a second chance, or will her fear of losing another love make her run away?
What will Korinne do when she’s faced with a love so powerful that no matter what she does there’s nowhere to run from it?

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Author Bio:
I am an avid reader that loves my collection of books. Writing has always been a passion of mine and now I am glad that I get to share my passion with the world. I live in North Carolina and I absolutely love being a southern girl. I spent several years in college starting out with a major in Psychology and then switching to dental. I worked in the dental field for eight years and then decided to stay home with my two beautiful girls. I spent the beginning of my reading years reading suspense thrillers, but now I can't get away from the paranormal/fantasy books. I knew ever since then that if I wrote anything it would be in a paranormal aspect. Now that I have started on my passion and began writing, you will not see me go anywhere without a notebook and pen.


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Other Books by LP Dover:
FOREVER FAE ON AMAZON
BETRAYALS OF SPRING ON AMAZON


I wanted this to be up last night, but I'm running around getting Colin ready for a trip to Florida... between getting him packed and doing laundry, I completely forgot to finish it!  Thanks again Leslie for asking me!!! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Books I Bought This Weekend!!!!

I swore I was not going to buy anything... but then I saw Clockwork Princess in Wal-mart and it called out to me.  So... I couldn't just ignore it.  Then I went to B&N and got three more... yes... I am a weak weak woman...

Here is what I bought...

                                                                       

The first three I have been DYING to read, but I'm taking a chance on the last one... I don't read Zombie books, but it looked good, so I took a chance.  It's the first in a series, and it was an impulse buy as I was standing in the check out line.

I'm excited!!!!  I love it when I have a great book weekend!!!


Promo and Giveaway for Phantom By Laura DeLuca


Join us March 25-29th for a great tour for Phantom by: Laura DeLuca. 

Book Description

March 30, 2012
The "Phantom" was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses "Phantom" as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars-Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist. Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn't know who to trust, but she knows she's running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

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Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cover Reveal of Finding Faith by Ysabel Wilde!!!

Alright, here it is.... I love it, and can not wait to read it!!!!

Isn't it amazing?!?!?  I love it!!!!  Did I mention that already??  Thanks so much to Ysabel for asking me to take part in this reveal!!  I'm honored!!  Also, there are firemen in it!!!  Yes... FIREMEN!!!!

It is set to be released on May 1st, 2013.

BOOK SYNOPSIS
Faith Connolly moved away, determined to start a new life for herself, leaving everything behind. Years later, in turmoil from a love gone bad and accusations of theft swirling around her, a relationship is the last thing Faith wants, especially with the new fireman.

John Bauers’ life turns upside down when the love of his life deserts him with not so much as a warning. Then tragedy strikes. Missing the chance to be with the girl who stole his heart, John roams aimlessly, taking advantage of women, not caring who he hurts. But a night out with the guys changes everything.

Faith may have run but her past refuses to let her go.

AUTHOR BIO:
My Bio, short and sweet like me ;)

Author and married mother of three girls.  I have stories running around in my head that have to come out at all hours of the day when I'm not at my part time job.






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Character Interview and Review of A Celtic Tapestry: Shadows in the Dark by Miranda Stork!!


Moon Rose Publishing has just released their newest book, A CELTIC TAPESTRY! An anthology between eight authors, each one has taken their own twist on one of the Celtic festivals of the year. From sunny spring to chilly winter, everyone’s favourite season is given a fresh and enticing take in this wonderful collection. To celebrate, Moon Rose Publishing is also hosting a fabulous giveaway as part of the release!

Blurb
The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.



THE INTERVIEW!!
I have Rebecca from the story Shadows In The Dark from A Celtic Tapestry visiting the blog today!  Welcome Rebecca!! 

What is your name?
Now that’s a tricky question! In this life I’m called Rebecca, but in my past life I was called Sigrior…so I guess I have two names!

How old are you?
A lady never reveals her true age, but I’m in my twenties. Then again, I also existed as a Viking, so I guess that makes me a few centuries old.

What do you do for a living?
I’m a writer—what else would I do with all the mad ideas floating around in my head? Give me coffee and a laptop, and I’m a happy woman. Mind you, I’ve been having trouble writing lately, as my house is currently haunted by a shadowy figure. Puts you off writing a bit.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Usually I’m hanging around with my best friend, Louise. She’s into all this ‘new age spiritual’ stuff. That’s how the shadowy figure showed up, from one of her past life regressions. Mind you, that’s also how I found out about my own past life as a Viking.

Do you have any hobbies?
I do, but I’m mainly stuck between trying to write and trying to get rid of the ghosts in my house right now. So I guess my current hobby is ‘ghost-ridding’. Hmm, that has a ring to it. Maybe I’m like a ghost-buster. But way better-looking.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Well…that’s a tricky one. I don’t have one now, but my past self did. And…I kind of got murdered before I found out who it was. I’ve seen his ghost though. Wait, that didn’t sound right, I mean…er, I mean…er..no. *wrings hands*

What type of personality do you have?
I’m pretty bossy. I like things done my way, and I can be stubborn. But…I do have a soft side. Although the only one who sees that is Louise. She’s more like family to me now. But you tell anyone that, and I’ll have to hunt you down. *peers around furtively*

How do you think your friends would describe you?
A pain in the ass? *laughs merrily* No, no, I’m kidding. Well, sort of. I CAN be a pain in the ass. But I hope they would say I was a pretty happy person too, and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’d also hope they’d say I was kind, thoughtful, generous, and fabulous. I HOPE so, but who knows what they’ll say?

How would you describe yourself?
Myself? I guess I’m pretty average, really. I don’t…I don’t really give a lot of myself away. *fidgets nervously* I guess I’m okay. I can be pretty feisty, but I hope I’m a good friend to Louise. And secretly, I’m a hopeless romantic.

Do you believe in love?  
*face becomes serious* Yes. Absolutely. I’m a die-hard romantic. I think that there is someone out there for everyone, and I know someone is waiting for me. I feel it, you know? I hope it’s not just my romantic writer’s brain working overtime. *grins*

Are you in love right now?
No…but I feel like…like someone is very close. When I saw that man in my past life regression, I felt as though I loved him. It’s silly to fixate on someone from the past though, isn’t it? But I just can’t shake him off. It’s stuck in my brain somewhere. And here. *presses hand to chest* I’m sorry, you probably don’t want all this gush for your interview! Just, er…not at the moment. *smiles  sweetly*


MY REVIEW!!
This story starts when Rebecca's best friend Lousia, who is a Wiccan, attempt to have Rebecca experience her past life.  Rebecca is a skeptic, but goes along for the sake of her friend.

What she doesn't realize is the dream she saw of two men loving her in a small Viking village is truly her past life.  Also, one of those men succeeds in killing her.  She doesn't see who, but in time she's finds out.  Once she wakes from the vision, Rebecca realizes that the spirits of both men come through from the vision.  When she sees the shadow figure with red eyes coming towards her, she's scared and calls Louisa to banish whatever it is.  

It is when they are almost banished from her house, one of them speaks to her.  He is golden and beautiful, and Rebecca assumes he is good.  He doesn't tell her his name, but makes it clear that this has happened before in her past lives, and with him being the light, he can protect her.

Believing this beautiful man, Rebecca decides to allow him to stay.  Soon she will realize what a mistake that was.  While drinking her morning coffee, she is confronted by the Shadow figure.  It is when she wakes up in the vision of her wedding night with Hafgrimir, her husband, she finds out the truth of what happened to both of them.  She remembers her life with him and of the love she had for him.  Most importantly, she remembers who killed them.  

After sharing an amazing moment with her husband, Rebecca is brought back to reality with him.  It is then she is faced with Radormr, the other man from her original vision.  He's not too happy about her and Hafgrimir reuniting, and makes it known of his intentions for Hafgrimir.  A fight between the two spirits starts, and forces Hafgrimir to make a decision that devastates Rebecca. He is her soulmate and she believes by him making this choice, she will never seen him again.  She is in for quite the surprise while she and Louisa are preparing for Sanhaim the next year!!  

I loved this book, and do wish I had a man like Hafgrimir!  His love for Rebecca is solid and true, and he stops and nothing to protect her.  I felt sad for her when she was faced with the loss of him after finding her love for him again.  I really wanted her to be happy, and hated that she felt so alone.

I also loved the friendship between Louisa and Rebecca.  Even though Rebecca didn't believe in ghosts, she still supposed Louisa's love of them!  Also, when Rebecca is faced with a life changing decision, Louisa is the one who pushes her to make it.  It was an extremely hard decision, but one that will determine her happiness.  

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Excerpt (Shadows In The Dark, Miranda Stork)
The light buzzed and flickered about her head before returning to its static glow. Rebecca gave it a disdainful look, tapping it with one finger. Shaking her head, she returned to brushing her teeth, her tired face reflected in the bathroom mirror. She really needed to rent a new house—the landlord did nothing to fix the faulty electrics. At least it was cheap though.

Laughter floated through from the TV in the bedroom, making her brush faster. She hated missing this program. Rebecca spat out into the sink, running the water to clean off her brush. As she placed it back into its holder carefully, she glanced back up at her face. Her fingers traced the sides of her eyes, where crow’s feet were starting to emerge. Ugh. Rebecca had always been one of the first ones to say that you should grow old gracefully, but she didn’t mean at the young age of twenty-eight. She peered in for a closer look-
What the hell?

Blinking, Rebecca spun around in shock. She had seen a shadow blur past in the landing behind. The blood drained from her body, her limbs going icy with fear. Someone is in my house! With the bathroom door wide open, she had a full view of it. Her head darted from side to side as she tried to look for anything that might be a useful weapon, if she needed it. The bathroom was not the best place to find it. If only I’d had a machete installed along with the bath suite. Finally settling on her straighteners, she padded out into the landing carpet. They wouldn’t have been her first choice, but she was ready to give a good smack with them if she could.

The light in the bathroom buzzed again, flittering on and off as if a moth was caught in its beam. The sound made Rebecca flinch, but she ignored it and slowly tip-toed across the dark landing. She knew better than to shout out, “Who’s there?” She had seen enough horror films to know that you never got an answer, and that was usually how you gave away where you were. There was no noise from the spare room where she had seen the shadowy figure run into. The light in the bathroom finally came on full again, but then the landing light came into life.

The hair on the back of Rebecca’s neck stood on end as she dared a glance at it. She knew full well it wasn’t switched on. It flickered on and off, before finally giving up the ghost and returning to the darkness. A trickle of cold sweat ran down her forehead, making her grip the straighteners even tighter, everything in her body willing her to scream and run away. For a second, Rebecca did think about darting down the stairs, grabbing her mobile to ring the police, and running outside. Really, it shouldn’t even be a thought. She should be doing it.

A noise from the spare room made her look up in panic. Her chest rose and fell rapidly with the silent breaths that were rushing from her lips. Taking a nervous swallow, Rebecca leaned her arm out to switch the landing light back on, and advanced towards the room. The landing light flickered yet again, but stayed on, bathing the landing in artificial yellow glow. Her lips had never felt so dry. Her heart was pounding against her ribcage so fervently she was sure it would give her away before anything else, the blood from it rushing through her ears louder than the laughter from the TV.

Rebecca’s hand trembled as she reached out to push the spare room door open. It slowly swung on its hinges, protesting loudly with a creak. Great. So much for not letting them know I’m here. Moving fast so she didn’t get surprised herself, Rebecca lurched across for the light switch in the spare room. She snapped it on, bracing herself in the doorway, and turned to find—
Nothing.

No-one was there. With the room fully lit, all she could see were the cardboard boxes from when she had moved in. A layer of dust. The carpet. Nothing else. Even the curtains at the window were still. She nudged the door back on itself, to be sure no-one was hiding behind it. Another scan. No, the room was definitely empty. Rebecca let out a deep breath and lowered the straighteners. She gave a nervous laugh, echoing off the walls.

“See, this is why you shouldn’t live alone…silly girl,” she muttered to herself. A ‘ping’ of noise made her look up sharply at the ceiling light. It was swaying. A moment ago it had stood still. A breeze, perhaps? The windows really need that insulation putting around them. It continued swinging, and began to flash on and off, as the other lights had done. As if in response, the bathroom light and the landing light began to do the same. Rebecca refused to be worried by it this time. Damn electrics. But she couldn’t ignore it when she suddenly realised the laughter had stopped coming through from the TV—instead just channelling static.  
*Copyright of Miranda Stork*

Author Bio
I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.
My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother's Grimm's tales...Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

I write a mixture of paranormal romance, fantasy, and thriller, all finished off with a healthy dose of erotica! ;)


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And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!

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