Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Longest Ride


The Longest Ride is the newest movie by Nicholas Sparks. I normally read the books and go see the movie with my friend since that's what friends do. His kind of writing isn't my style I like to read, so I'm not a fan. Normally I'm ready to dig my eyes out with spoons to avoid the movie. Since it's not my cup of tea. 


But I'm very excited to see this movie! And it does help that Scott Eastwood is in it. He's not too bad to look at! Below is a picture just in case you missed this hottie. You can thank me later. ��



I'm going to see the movie this Sunday so be on the look out for my review. 
 

Book Blitz: Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels






Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels 
(Vampire’s Bane, #1) 
Publication date: April 14th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

VAMPIRE’S BANE is a mature young adult paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic story.

Now available for pre-order on Amazon…will be released on Amazon on April 14, 2015.

A lethal sword.

A dangerous mission.

A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.

When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.

But the world has changed.

Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.

In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.

Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.

VAMPIRE’S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE’S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine’s journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.

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Excerpt of Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels

      I fired the gun.
      Time slowed as the bullet spiraled toward his shoulder.
      Another shot rang out, though I had no idea who had fired it.
      My bullet pierced my target in the shoulder. It pushed him back, but it didn’t knock him off his feet. He released the girl, and her body crumpled to the ground. The second figure immediately crouched over her.
      I fired at the man still on his feet, hitting him in the chest. His head snapped up, and he glared directly at me.
      Shock assaulted my system. I sucked in air, my mind desperately searching for some logic to apply to the scene before me. His eyes glowed an eerie red, a luminous warning to stay back. Blood dribbled down his chin. I fired a third time, but his swift movements caused my bullet to miss its mark.
      Before I could process what was happening, he was on me, his hands holding my head like a vice. He bit into my neck, and I swung my arms backward, hitting him with the butt of my gun.
      “Enough!” a deep voice commanded.
      My captor raised his head, but his hands kept me firmly in their grasp.   Someone was crying, but I couldn’t turn my head to find the source.
      A man stood in the shadows, and the two strangers who had attacked us stood quietly, reluctant to release their captives.
      “I said ‘enough.’” The man strolled calmly toward us. As he reached the soft glow of the fire, I realized that he was tall, his body lean and muscular.   He didn’t look nearly as old as I had first guessed. His height and authoritative voice disguised his youthfulness, and I detected just a hint of a European accent, probably British softened by years of being in America.
      “Thane, surely you realize we’re hungry and there are so few of them left,” my captor implored in a soft Irish lilt.
      “So you’ll solve our problem by killing them?”
      “I won’t, but….”
      Even though he still gripped my head, I took advantage of their distraction and snaked my gun across my waist and between my side and left arm. I squeezed the trigger, sinking a bullet into my captor’s stomach.
      He grunted and hissed air out between his teeth, but his grip never lessened. How was it possible that gunshots seemed to have little effect on him?
      In seconds, the one they had called Thane gripped my wrist, the sudden movement knocking the gun from my hand. He shoved my captor away from me and contained me with one arm wrapped around my body like an impenetrable band of iron.
      Thane chuckled softly over my head. “Let’s not underestimate this one.”




AUTHOR BIO:  

Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles. When she wasn't pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing.  

She is the author of Viking's Embrace, a historical romance, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of her Ghostly series (young adult paranormal romance).  

Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband of twenty-six years and her teenage daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Spotlight/Interview: Kim Harnes


Author Bio:

Kim Harnes learned to read at the age of two and never looked back. Growing up as an avid lover of horror novels, campfire stories, and the obsession with ghost towns and cemeteries, it only made sense that her own writing would incorporate the paranormal, the bizarre, and the unexplained. She is an award-winning songwriter, an Active member of the SCBWI, and currently lives with her family and numerous pets in Sparks, Nevada.

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Interview with Kim 

What are you currently reading?

Sadly, I don't have much time to read anymore. When I do, it's usually to Beta read a friend's book. I did just finish Deviate by Tracy Clark, Conjoined at the Soul by Huston Piner, and have pre-ordered Lock and Mori by Heather Petty which hits stores in September. I am also eagerly anticipating Drawn by Chris Ledbetter, which is coming out in June.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

I think the only thing strange about my writing habits is that I have no habits. I have never written a book the same way twice. I can't tell you I'm a plotter or a pantser, because I've done both. And the time I have to write is often sporadic.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My toughest challenge is finding time to write. I work full time, as well as being a wife, a mother, a pet lover, and avid singer of karaoke. :) Sometimes I will only have a half hour to write, and I spend about twenty-eight minutes of that getting back into the story since it had been so long since I'd been in that world. Then I get two minutes to write, only to have to take ten hours off to start the whole process over again.

What's the weirdest thing you've Googled for research?

*laughing manically* Let's just say I write scary books, occasionally with a male POV. And since I don't know how to eviscerate someone or get an erection...

Enough said...

What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Since I work and cook and clean and do all those other domestic things associated with real life, my writing life suffers. I write on my lunch break at work, I write after dinner, I write as much as I can on the weekends between housework and gardening and other chores. Sadly, if I set a daily writing goal, I would fail miserably. The times I do get to write, though, are golden, and I feel so much better afterward. Writing is my passion. One to which I should pay more attention.

What are your must have writing accessories?

My laptop. That's it. I just need my laptop. Whether I'm planning or pantsing, I have all the programs I need to do both.

What inspired you to write Still Photo?

I love to write creepy, and I love to toy with the mind. Ever since I read my first Stephen King novel, I knew that's what I wanted to do. The idea of the photograph hit me one day while I was doing dishes, of all things--sometimes ideas strike you in the oddest of places--and the story escalated from there. It actually took a turn that was unexpected, even for me, so that was a bonus.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

That might be a boring book. :) I haven't lived an exciting life, per se, but I have a tremendously vivid imagination, and a sick, twisted sense of humor.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book one of a YA Paranormal Suspense trilogy entitled PSYCHIC. It is the story of a girl tormented by visions and nightmares that force her to watch as a serial killer slashes his way through her city.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please, please reach out to me; if you like my stuff, or even if you don't. Please follow me on Twitter @kimharnes, and check out my website www.kimharnes.com and my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/kimharnesauthor. I appreciate feedback and constructive criticism. I want to know what stories you want to hear, and I want to know how to make my work better.





Synopsis:

Jess Waterford’s mother is evil. Since she took off seven years ago—just days after Jess’s ninth birthday—without so much as a wave goodbye, Jess has always wondered what happened to her. And despite the end of her mother’s mental and physical abuse, the memories and the scars still remain. Jess conceals the hurt within by practicing her photography, and by spending as much time as her dad will allow with her baseball star boyfriend, Brody Campbell. Determined to make use of her new camera, Jess dives into photographing everything in sight. But periodically the resulting prints are flawed, ever so slightly: a smudge on a tree trunk; a blemish in the bus window. These imperfections are not as random as they may seem, however, and Brody and Jess soon discover together that each of these pictures combine to form another image—the grisly image of a murder scene, with Jess’s mother as the victim. As the new photograph takes shape, Jess’s desire to complete it consumes her, and Brody’s health begins to deteriorate. Torn between her quest to reveal her mother’s killer and her continued worry over Brody’s failing health, Jess finally finds the last piece to the puzzle, and the answer sends her world spiraling into depths from which she may never recover. 

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Lisa's Review:  Whoa!! I was SO not expecting the major plot twist which totally changed the direction of this book. Well done! Jess is a very complex character and was SO well developed. I love books like this, a bit of creepiness along with a mystery. I was totally sucked into this book.
It held my attention and was paced well.  



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Book Blitz: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen







The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen 
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…

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Excerpt

      On the last day of Earth, I couldn’t find my hairbrush. That probably seems like a silly thing to worry about, what with the imminent destruction of, well, everything, but my mom was always after me about my usual ratty ponytail. Normally, I’d ignore her. Or, if I were having a really bad day, I’d tell her what she could do with her hairbrush. But like I said, it was the last day of Earth.   And I figured, since it was the last time she’d ever see me, I wanted it to go smoothly. I wanted her to remember me, if not fondly, then at least without anger.
      A girl can dream.
      I slipped out of my cell as soon as the door swung open. I’d done the same every day for the past month, and my family had yet to show up. Their OPT—Off-Planet Transport—took off in eighteen hours, so they still had time. Barely. I couldn’t blame them if they didn’t come. It wasn’t hard to imagine that they’d rather escape to the stars without so much as a backward glance at me, their big disappointment. Even my father’s influence couldn’t persuade the government to give me a spot on an OPT.
      Turns out, when humankind is deciding which of its children to save, the last place it looks is in prison.
      But I was pretty sure they’d come. West had said as much in his last transmission. The thought of my younger brother actually halted me mid-step, like one of those punches in the gut where you can’t breathe for a few seconds.
      “Looking for something?” The lazy drawl floated out of the nearest cell.
      Against my better instincts, I turned to see Cassa lying on her bunk, her arm draped across Kip. My Kip. Or at least, my ex-Kip.   Whatever. In twenty-two hours, I wouldn’t have to think about him anymore.
      See? Silver lining. And they called me a perpetual pessimist at my last psych workup.
      They barely fit next to each other on the flimsy mattress, but that wasn’t the weird part. The guys’ ward was separated by a substantial metal wall. We were kept apart during evening hours, for obvious reasons. Not that anyone cared anymore. The med staff had been the first to go, followed by the cleaning crew, followed by the kitchen crew. To show you where girls like me fell on the government’s list of priorities, there was still a skeleton crew of guards lurking around, despite the fact that I hadn’t had a real meal for going on a week.   The guards would be gone soon, too, and then there’d be no one in here but us chickens.
      I figured either Kip had a key, or the guards had left already. A key could be useful. My curiosity got the best of me. “How’d he get in here before the first bell?”
      He cocked an eyebrow. “I got some tricks you ain’t seen, babe. Why don’t you join us? End of the world and all.”
      The guards were gone, then. I felt a small trill of anxiety deep in my chest. If the guards were gone, my family was even less likely to show. But it was never smart to show fear. 
    “The Pinball could be headed straight for this building, and I still wouldn’t be desperate enough to touch you. Oh, wait. Guess you don’t have to take my word for it.”
      I turned to leave, but he continued. “Now is that any way to treat your dear ole partners? Be nice or I won’t give you back your stuff.”
      “Ugh, you were in my room?” I flexed my shoulder blades, making sure my gun was still tightly secured between them.
      “Don’t worry, Char. I didn’t handle the merchandise. Didn’t want to wake you up. Just lifted me a few keepsakes.” He pronounced my name the way I like: Char, as in charred. Something that got burned.
      I wasn’t sure what Kip and Cassa were planning, but I knew I wouldn’t like it. They were thieves and liars. I would know. I used to be one of them. That was before the last job, when Cassa had attacked an elderly man in the home we were robbing.  She’d kicked him until he stopped fighting back. Kip had called her off after a few licks, but I just stood there, staring. The old man looked at me, like right at me, while we made our getaway, and my stomach twisted into a knot so tight that I tasted bile. That was the moment I knew I wanted out.
      But by then, no one believed me.   Or, if they did, no one cared. Except for Kip and Cassa, of course. They’d taken the news pretty hard, to put it lightly.
      If I lunged for the box, I could probably grab my hairbrush and get out of there. I wouldn’t have time for more than that. Then again, I’d be doing exactly what they expected, and I didn’t have time for delays. My family could be in the commissary any second now.
      “Ahem. Seeing as it’s your last day of life, I might let you have one thing back,” said Kip.
      “In exchange for what?”
      “I’m hurt. All our time together, and you still don’t believe in my inherent generosity. But now that you mention it, I’ve got a hankering for some peanut butter crackers.”
      “Sorry, Kip. I’m fresh out of food. Kinda like everyone else.”
      “Nice try, Charrr.” He drew my name out, as though tasting it. “I saw them yesterday. Figured you were hiding them under your pillow when I couldn’t find them last night.”
      “You figured wrong.”
      All I could think about was my brother’s face. And how I had this one last chance to apologize to my parents, for everything. I shrugged and turned to leave.
      That was probably a mistake.




AUTHOR BIO:   

Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.

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Blitz: Kyle's Return by L.P. Dover

 
 
 
 
 
 
Kyle’s Return by L.P. Dover
(Gloves Off #5)
Publication date: April 13th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense




Synopsis:
I promised myself I’d stay away from dangerous men, but I couldn’t live up to that when Kyle Andrews came back to town. He’s a manipulator, a guy who’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, sabotaging anyone who gets in the way. After a fatal fight left him wounded, his UFC career comes to a close. He has nothing, but he’s determined to get it all back.
My name is Megan. I’ve known violence, pain, and what it feels like to be scared to live another day. All of that changed the moment I refused to be a victim. Now that my psychotic ex, Alex, can’t find me, I’ve been given a second chance. I owe my life to my friends. The same goes for Kyle. Without him, I wouldn’t be able to feel.
Everyone hates him. But for the life of me I don’t. There’s something about him I can’t ignore. Being with Kyle makes me want it all. However, in loving a hated man, I didn’t know it’d bring the life I fled from back to haunt me. Everywhere I go danger lurks and bad things happen. Kyle believes it’s because of him, but I’m starting to think otherwise. I think Alex has found me, and if so, this time he’s not going to let me go.












 
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AUTHOR BIO:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.


L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
You can find L.P. Dover here:
www.lpdover.com
Email: authorlpdover@gmail.com
Twitter: @LPDover
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Tour: Deep by Kylie Scott




Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.


Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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“Where have you been?” My sister rushed forward, catching me up in a tight hug. “I’ve been trying to call you all day. We checked everywhere and couldn’t find you.”

“Sorry. I just needed some alone time.” I squeezed her back, unable to stop from smiling. The thought of Anne turning her back on me had scared me more than I liked to admit.

“Well, I get you might want that.” She stepped back. “But you could have told someone.”

“You can’t just disappear like that.” And Ben kept right on frowning. “Shit, Liz, you’re pregnant.”

“Don’t upset her,” snapped Anne.

Ben ignored her. “I don’t know what the hell’s going on in your head. But you need to let me know where you are.”

My eyebrows went up and my mouth opened, ready to rip him a new one.

“She doesn’t answer to you. She’ll let you know if and when she decides to let you know,” said Mal, laying down the law to his bandmate before turning my way. “You will text your sister next time you decide to go wandering for a day, understood?”

My mouth, it still hung open.

“Christ, man.” Over and over, Ben’s hands rolled into tight fists before releasing again. “Can you cut the shit and get off my back for a fucking minute?”

“Don’t swear at him.” My usually sensible and staid sister poked a finger dead center in Ben’s broad chest. “You’re the one that caused this mess, thank you very much. She might still be a little young and naive, but you’re definitely old enough to know better.”

“That’s right.” Standing about as tall as a skyscraper, despite only coming up to Ben’s nose, Mal stared him down. Or up. Whatever. “This is a family matter. You can leave, thanks.”
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Stage Dive Series Reading Order
Lick (Book One)
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Play (Book Two)
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Lead (Book Three)
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Deep (Book Four)

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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
 
Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.
 
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Release Day Blitz: The Weight of a Wing by Ioana Visan




Title: The Weight of a Wing
Series: The Stolen Wings #1
Author: Ioana Visan
Release Date: April 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Book Description:

Alise has achieved the impossible. After her wings were chopped off, the fairy survived and now finds herself in the human world, once again hunted like prey by the sadistic Gorem.

Locating him with her help means that the two Guardians of Balance, Rafe and Vale, will not only be able to turn him in and make him pay for maiming her, but make him accountable for the deaths of other fairies as well.

Gorem has plans of his own for the rogue fairy. With the help of a wizard, Fabian, and an army of monsters by his side, Gorem will stop at nothing to recapture Alise.

With already so much on the line, Alise not only has to keep herself safe from harm, but will also have to protect her new human friend, Cassie, in the process.

Who will win the battle of good versus evil? Is capturing Gorem worth risking what remains of Alise's life?


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About the Author:
Ioana Visan.jpgAward-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon CafĂ© Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.




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