Aug 27, 2014

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Cuts Run Deep Cover Reveal & GIVEAWAY!!!



I just love books like this. When the main character has no memory of her past and wakes up trying to figure out what really happened to get her where she ended up, I feel like it really draws you into the story. There aren't any moments where you have to wait for the main character to mention something that's apparently important; you just get to jump right in and discover it with her.



Cuts Run Deep by Amber Garza

Piper wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. Only fragmented memories surface – her boyfriend Jackson on the ground covered in blood, Piper standing over him, her hands slick and red. Then she is told the awful truth: Jackson was killed the night she was injured, and she is the only witness.

If only she could remember what happened.

Piper searches through her memories, recalling her entire relationship with Jackson in order to piece together what happened. Meanwhile, as Jackson’s family is trying to make sense of the tragedy, they find his journal and begin reading through it to find answers.

As the chilling truth begins to unfold, Piper has to face the darkest secrets of her relationship with Jackson and the part she played in his murder.



Cuts Run Deep releases October 8th!





Amber Garza is the author of the Delaney's Gift Series and many contemporary romance titles, including Star Struck, Tripping Me Up and Break Free. She has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Tea and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

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Aug 21, 2014

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The Summer We Fell Blitz



Summer is almost over, but this book isn't about to quit now! The Summer We Fell officially released today, so go grab a copy and enjoy another fun summer read!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22912588-the-summer-we-fell?ac=1
The Summer We Fell by Amber Garza

Adam Stewart is every girl’s fantasy – captain of the football team, smart, funny, hot. I’ve had a crush on him for years but he never noticed me. Until now.

Dating Adam is a dream come true. I should be happy about it, but it’s hard because my best friend Cruz is acting strange. Almost like he’s jealous. But that can’t be. Can it?

Cruz and I have been inseparable since we were kids. He’s always been like a brother to me. But lately things have changed. He’s different, and I’m starting to see him in a new light. Our relationship is evolving in a way I never thought possible. I don’t want to lose him, but am I willing to give up Adam for him?


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Amber Garza is the author of the Delaney's Gift Series and many contemporary romance titles, including Star Struck, Tripping Me Up and Break Free. She has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Tea and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.


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Aug 18, 2014

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The Gray Horizon Released!

The second book in The Horizons Trilogy by M. Kircher has released! I loved the first one, and I'm so excited to continue the story here!



The Gray Horizon by M. Kircher

What does it mean to be brave? This is the question Caden must answer as he accompanies Thea, Ben, Rain, and Naomi back out under the dark clouds of the canopy, to rescue Viv from the deadly shadows and save a shattered Earth from the brink of destruction. Caden’s lazy, arrogant nature is tested as the group draws closer to finding Viv, forcing him to confront his inner demons and admit his feelings for Thea—even as their relationship is threatened by her ever-growing connection to Ben.

Will Caden discover his true potential? Or, when the group uncovers a devastating secret and faces a betrayal that has the power to turn the tide in the war with the shadows, will he abandon his friends and go back to a life of never-ending darkness?

Find out in The Gray Horizon, the exciting, action-packed sequel to The War Inside.


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Aug 17, 2014

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Shades of Chaos Blitz: Excerpt & GIVEAWAY!!!



Oh, anthologies. Those wonderful little packages full of books for when you simply can't choose just one. Walking into a bookstore, seeing all of those glorious options spread out in front of you, how are you supposed to choose? And when that one person who doesn't know what the heck they're talking about comes up to you and asks, "Do you really need that many books?", you can simply shove it in their face and say, "What? I only bought one."


AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, THESE NINE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $.99!




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22558121-shades-of-chaos?ac=1
Shades of Chaos by Cameron Jace, Katie Salidas, Chrystalla Thoma, Alexia Purdy, Megan Duncan, and Nad├ęge Richards

Dare yourself to enter into post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.

NOTE: Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!

Best for ages 16 and up~

I AM Alive: I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.

Initiation: Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the human’s world. It’s kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.

Dissension: In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

Finding Hope: After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city – looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by…

Rex Rising: In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.

Resonant: As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.

Reign of Blood: April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they’re not truly alone.

Released: After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined.

Burning Bridges: In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.


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Excerpt from Resonant (Reign of Blood Prequel) by Alexia Purdy


Morning’s here. Another restless night. I’m up before the others, unable to attempt any more sleeping. My mother still tosses and turns, constantly reaching next to her, subconsciously touching the empty mat where Randy should be. It makes my heart squeeze for a moment as I feel her longing, but it also ignites my determination to go find him and get more food and supplies.

I grab a duffle bag sitting near the front door. Lacing up my boots, I can feel my mom watching me, but I don’t meet her eyes. The question is coming.

“Where are you going?

I pull out my shoulder holster for my 9mm and strap a sheath to my thigh for a machete, which had belonged to my father. I was okay with the machete, but I know how to use a gun thanks to him.

“Out.”

“Where?”

I flick my eyes up to my mother and do my darnedest to not roll them.

My hand flicks out into the air. “Out there.”

She says nothing but watches as I finish prepping. I’m turning to walk toward the garage when she grabs my arm, holding it with an iron grip.

“Don’t look for Randy.” She pauses, swallowing as her voice breaks. “Get as many supplies as you can. Food. Guns. Water.”

I nod. Her face is stoic, but I see the tears fighting to slip from her eyes.

“Okay.”

“I’ll see you back here before sunset.” With that, she lets go and turns away to go sit on the couch near a sleeping Jeremy. The silence lingers around us, but it says so much, it’s overbearing. Something tells me things are never going to be the same after today. For her, for me, or for anyone else.





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Aug 8, 2014

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Rook Blog Tour: Review



The summary for this book is completely entrancing. Described in it is a beautifully complex world that I absolutely couldn't wait to dive into. See for yourself!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18939988-rook
Rook by JC Andrijeski

The world is dying. Everyone feels it, and yet, no one knows.
They said that when the end was near, a Bridge would come, and lead them out of the darkness of that dying world.
Allie Taylor's life was relatively normal...
Until Revik showed up.
And told her she was that Bridge.



"You are the Bridge..."

Like most humans, Allie spent her life distancing herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth in the early 1900s. Then she catches her boyfriend in the arms of a hot band groupie, and Allie goes from San Francisco artist slacker to the girl wearing the GPS anklet.

That's the least of her problems, though, compared to the shock of discovering who--and what--she really is.

Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, Allie finds out that her blood may not be as "human" as she always thought. Through Revik she learns the truth: that Seers are nothing like she thought, that the world is nothing like it appears to be...and she has far more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.


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JC Andrijeski writes new adult urban fantasy, dystopian, paranormal romance and crime fiction. Current works include the new adult urban fantasy series, Allie’s War, new adult dystopian series, Alien Apocalypse, and the Gate Shifter series, about a shape-shifting alien and a tough-girl PI from Seattle. She also has a new crime series in the works, with a quirky, brilliant and deeply dangerous hero named Quentin Black.

Her work has been featured in anthologies, online literary, art and fiction magazines as well as print venues such as NY Press and holistic health magazines. JC travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, but currently lives and works full time as a writer in Portland, OR.

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The concept for this book KICKS BUTT. If you've read the summary (and if not, then what are you already doing over here, hmmm?), then you know that much already. Renegade aliens, impending apocalypse, all shrouded in an air of mystery, both within Allie's own life and the world she's living in. Rook promises so much, and for the most part, it delivers.

Rook kicks things off with what may be one of the best introductory chapters I've ever read. Seriously, it's funny, it's candid, and it reveals so many interesting things about what's to come. It's just an amazing prologue, and it really gave me high hopes for the rest of the book. In a way, that was both a good thing and a bad thing.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are a lot of wonderful things in this book. Besides the AMAZING intro, the world building is incredible, and those few pieces where Allie was supposed to be hypnotized or entranced.... ooohhhh, let me tell you. Too often with pieces like that I always stop and think, mhmm, I don't know about that. There's always something that seems forced or out of place, but I NEVER thought that in Rook. Not even once. Those few sections were so well-written, so believable, there wasn't even a single blip that pulled me out of the story.

And then things started to get weird.

With books like this, where so much is different from our own world, certain things need to be explained. I don't need everything all at once, but somebody has to give me something. I was actually a little disappointed when Terian (one of the villains in the beginning) went away for a little while because he was the only one who told me anything! Yes, it was one of those "I have you right where I want you" evil-doer monologues, but at least he was helping me out!

At times, it almost felt like the story was dragging me along. Some things just didn't make sense, and Allie offered so little reflection in some places that I didn't know what to do aside from just keeping on and hoping I would figure it out eventually.

Still, no matter how confusing or grey the story got towards the middle and the end, there were still those bright spots wedged in there. The comedic timing in this book was FABULOUS. There were so many little moments that just made me smile, and quite a few longer conversations that had me laughing (I'm looking at YOU, Mr. Canadian Border Guard). Regardless of how out of tune I may have felt with it at times, Rook still has a lot going for it and is definitely something I would recommend to the right reader.

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And here's my favorite quote, right from the beginning:

The real problem, as they explained to me much, much later in time, was that I made myself visible. That little freak-out of mine with Jaden and the broken bottle and the bimbo band groupie was like sending up a great, big, noisy flare, one that got all the wrong people looking in my direction.

Why is that, you might be wondering?

Well, it's simple. See, what I did was only crazy if you're human.

If you're not human, I was later to discover, it's pretty much run-of-the-mill normal.





Aug 6, 2014

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Kissing Frogs Cover Reveal




It's a retelling of "The Frog Prince." I'm so excited!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836302-kissing-frogs?ac=1
Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny

Popular party girl and high school senior Jessica Scott has a secret: she used to be a nerd — a big one; a goody two-shoes, grade-skipping, all-state spelling bee champ. But she lost the braces, put on some contacts, and applied all her academic genius to studying and imitating the social elite. Now she rules the school from the upper echelon of the high school realm. With her cool new friends and hottest-guy-in-school boyfriend, life’s a beach — and that’s where she’s headed for Spring Break. That is, until her teacher breaks the bad news that she’s failing Biology — and her only chance to make up the grade is to throw away the culminating trip of her hard-earned popularity and join the Conservation Club in Panama to save the Golden Frog.

Unable to let go of her faded college dreams, Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, and one handsome face that stands out as a blast from the past, threatening to ruin her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving Jess’ lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three dates. While Jess does battle with spiders, snakes, wildfires and smart mean girls, she desperately tries to hang on to the last vestiges of her popular existence like the Golden Frog from its webbed toe. But as she starts to care about something more than tanning and texting – a species on the verge of disappearing forever – she may realize the worth of her inner nerd, and the one frog in particular that could be her prince in disguise.

Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, this modern fairytale re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” is toe-curling contemporary romance with an environmentalist heartbeat, in the tradition of Stephanie Perkins.


Kissing Frogs releases November 18!





Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and current Social Media and Communications Director for an award-winning English school. A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a recent trip to Panama with their new daughter, Alisha fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog. She was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, Kissing Frogs. Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.

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Aug 5, 2014

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Tortured Souls Blog Tour: Review, Playlist, & Excerpt


And here we go with yet another magnificent book and its even more magnificent review! I know that we all want to read a new book about ghosts and haunted houses! Right? I would certainly hope so because otherwise this poor reviewer wasted her time writing this review. Luckily though, I have faith in you all, my lovelies! Read on!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21414789-tortured-souls?ac=1
Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

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There are many books that I used to love to read. Some of those are romantic, paranormal books. Like Twilight for example. Yes, there was an extreme problem in those books. I mean hey, the man was a vampire for crying out loud! What problems wouldn't arise?

But, as I have grown older and matured a bit, I have come to see a pattern in a lot of these paranormal, supernatural books. There is ALWAYS some kind of romance with the teen protagonists. No, I do not think that there is anything wrong with that. Hell, Harry Potter had romance in it, but it was not as prominent as some books that have been published in recent years. There is nothing wrong with a little romance, but when there is so much that it seems to take away from the actual plot and purpose of the book, then we have a problem, and I begin to wonder what the genre of the book is: paranormal or romance. It is most definitely possible to be both, but only in a balance. When the one is in more abundance than the other, the romance for example, then I start to think that it's just another romance book written for teens.

Tortured Souls seems to me to be one of those books. Yes, it has a great plot and great characters, but for me, there was entirely too much romance!!! One of the most refreshing things about the book, though, was the idea of it. Vampires are starting to wane off a little bit in their popularity, and it seems as though werewolves, zombies, and the Fey are what's replacing them. In this book, however, there are clairvoyants and psychics. How many books have those? Not many. What I adored most about this was the difference in what was being told. Despite the romance problem I had, I enjoyed meeting the different characters who balanced one another out.

One of the things that I love reading so much about though, is when characters are able to build relationships and are able to solve a problem. They are able to come to a resolution. I suppose that I find it refreshing because, in reality, not many people are able to do that. Therefore, I love to imagine another dimension with all the book characters I have read about living together in their awesomeness and accomplishing things that people here on Earth cannot seem to be able to do. Now, that is another good thing that I can say about Tortured Souls - the characters are compatible. They get along well and have their differences, but in the end, they know what true friendship is about.

Also, the reality in this book is incredible. What Kacie and her mother have as a relationship is something a lot of people have. Mothers are not as old-fashioned and nurturing as they once were. There are the very few that are, but most are not. I loved how Ms. Wheaton expressed that in this book. She did not make it so that everything is happy-go-lucky; she made it real. I appreciated that.

All in all, this is a good book. Despite the romance aspect of it that I did not like, it is something I would most definitely recommend. 

My Rating:





Playlist

Sooo.....you know how you always see a scene in a movie or read a passage in a book and a song just pops into your head and then you're just like, "This song really fits the scene?" Well, that is what this playlist is for. See if you can determine which song goes to what passage, scene, or chapter! Challenge yourself! 








Everything hurts. My arms are wrenched behind my back, and I’m curled up in the fetal position on my side. When I try to move, to ease my screaming muscles, I realize my arms are tied together. Panic surges through me as I squirm against my bonds. Shivers race along my body from the frigid cold. A sharp pain bites into my cheek. As I shift my head, I realize a small rock is embedded in my cheek. My eyes open to inky darkness. Though I can hear shuffling and scraping, I can’t see anything. My heart races and I choke back a sob.

Where am I?

Light flares to life, burning my eyes and leaving me blind for several moments. When I can see again, I cringe at the ghastly vision. Several spirits surround me in vivid corporeal form. They appear as they did in death—bloody, mutilated, bright images of a horrible tragedy. I recognize the raven-haired girl. I’ve seen her broken body numerous times in my nightmares. She teeters on legs shattered beyond any hope of repair were she still alive.

Two spirits flank her, both boys around ten years old. Their forms are so solid, they appear alive, but the grievous injuries make it clear these boys couldn’t possibly be among the living. No one could survive such extensive injury. One boy’s head hangs to his shoulder, only attached by a band of sinew. His blond hair is soaked in blood where it brushes his chest. Bile rises in my throat. I wonder if I can vomit during a vision.

 My eyes move to observe the other boy. It’s hard to tell anything about him because his face has been destroyed. The right side is concave and his nose is missing. Gulping down a breath of air, I hold it in, willing the overwhelming nausea away.

It’s just a vision. I repeat this over and over in my head until I can breathe again.

“Help us,” the girl rasps in a voice that sounds like she’s gargling gravel. “He won’t stop hurting us. You can save us. Please!”

“I’m so scared,” the boy with the dangling head whispers. “He’s getting worse. What will happen if he destroys our souls?”

“I-I don’t—” Before I can continue, an angry voice cuts me off. “You left!”

The accusation comes from the boy with the smashed face. His voice echoes all around me, loud, furious. “You were here and you left! You left us alone with the monster. How could you?”

“Where?” I ask in a hoarse whisper, flinching at the raw pain that sears through my throat. “Where are you?”

“Be quiet!” the girl orders in a whisper. “He’ll hear us.”

“Who will hear you?” I ask becoming desperate. “Where are you?” “The manor,” the girl replies, her head darting around in frantic movements. “He’s coming!”

“What manor? Who’s coming?” I ask in an urgent whisper. “Foxbl—” The girl disappears in a flash before she can finish.

“Kassandra Ramsey,” a deep male voice says from the shadows. “How nice to see you here. You can’t help them, you know. Soon you will belong to me and my reign of terror on the mortal plane will begin.”

“Who are you?” I shout to be heard above the sinister cackling. Someone has been watching too many melodramatic old movie villains. “What do you want?”

“You, my dear,” the voice says in my ear.

I jump, trying to scramble away from the phantom’s breath against my face. With my arms tied behind my back I don’t get far. A hoarse scream leaves my throat, but it seems to make my tormentor laugh harder. Pain sears through my ankle, such horrible pressure. I can feel the outline of fingers ending in what feels like sharp claws.

“Soon, Kassandra, soon.” The dark voice is hollow in my ears as I slip into blessed unconsciousness.


            


About the Author


Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.

She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states. Her family enjoys travel, anime & are video game fanatics. Zelda, Fire Emblem & Namco 'Tales of" are some of her favorite franchises. Kimber Leigh is addicted to fairy tales, both the dark and the light. The Brothers Grimm is one of her favorite reads.

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