Saturday, November 1, 2014

Book Blitz: Swept Away by J. Haymore





Swept Away by J. Haymore 
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

He is everywhere. He surrounds me, permeates the air, wends his way under my skin. I can’t escape his strength, his intensity, his presence.

I’m trapped.

There’s nowhere to run.

Nowhere to hide.

But even if I could escape…would I be strong enough to leave?

I needed something—something big—to get myself out of the rut I’d fallen into after the car accident that killed my sister. This sailing trip was meant only to mark a new chapter in my life. Until Ethan Williams stepped on board.

Ethan radiated confidence. His darkly handsome good looks and ocean-blue eyes mesmerized me. But it was the way he looked at me that drew me in. He wasn’t looking at my past or at my scars, but the real me behind all that baggage I was trying so hard to leave behind.
But Ethan had secrets—dark, dangerous secrets. I was trapped in the middle of the ocean in a tangle of lies, sex, and violence. The problem was, I was happy to be trapped forever…if it meant I could have him.

Warning: Swept Away is a 4-part serial. This story is messy and twisted and very, very sexy. It is not for people under 18.

Purchase Link:    Amazon



Excerpt

Ethan gets up, and it looks like shutters are closing over his eyes. The heat in them fades to a simmer and then flattens until his gaze is completely unreadable. 

Impenetrable. It’s the expression he had on the phone with Donna. It’s the expression he uses on me when he’s digging that chasm between us. I already know that expression too well.

He gazes into my eyes, cool and distant. “As I said, I don’t do relationships. And that’s what you need. Someone who’ll be there for you. That’s not me.”

Kyle told me about how Ethan hasn’t been photographed with a woman for eight years. Has he not had a girlfriend for eight years? “But why?”

He doesn’t answer. The most he’ll give me is a shake of his head.

I want to pull out my hair in frustration. It seems simple: I want him. He knows it. He said he wanted me too. Then why not act on it? All this “I don’t do relationships” crap—who cares? This isn’t a happily ever after. This is just being together.

He’s being presumptuous to think he knows what’s best for me, anyway. There’s no way he could possibly know what I need.

A thought slams into me. While my nature is to care about people I’m physically close to, maybe I can switch that part of myself off. I want to be with Ethan, and if I enter into a physical relationship with my eyes wide open, then there will be no concern of bringing emotions and thoughts of “relationships” into it.

Our time together is limited anyway. There’s no reason this needs to go beyond the time parameters of this trip.

I can do it. I can control this. I want to do it.

“You’re wrong about me.” The steel hardens in my own eyes. “In a few weeks, I’m going to be starting a new job, and I want to focus on that. But we’re out in the middle of the ocean, and this isn’t the real world. We can do whatever we want out here—be whatever we want to be.”

The shutters over his eyes fly open suddenly, and there’s a storm raging behind them.

“Do you think I haven’t thought about that?” he grits out, taking a step closer to me. Energy bristles from him. “But what happens when we go home? We go our separate ways, back to our lives? It’s not going to be that easy, Tara, and you know it. I don’t want to hurt you, damn it.”

I want this—want him—so badly, I’m going to fight for a chance. I’ll wash my hands of him and go on with my life when we get back to LA. I can do that—I know I can.

“You’re not going to hurt me, because I understand what you’re saying. I understand that this can’t continue once we’re home, and that you don’t want a relationship. I get it. I don’t need or want a relationship either. I have a life to go back to in LA, too. But for now, I want you, Ethan.”

He closes his eyes and makes a low noise that sounds like a groan.

“Give me two weeks.” In two weeks’ time, we’ll be in Hawaii, and he’ll probably be heading home.

I remember that night at the convenience store a year ago—how leaving home and walking down the block was the bravest thing I’d done since the accident. But it doesn’t even hold a candle to this.

This is the bravest thing I’ve ever done—before or after the accident. I’ve thrown myself out there, laid myself out as some kind of a temporary offering. But that’s exactly what I want, and I’m going after it.

Where did this assertive Tara come from? I like her.

My face is blazing hot. Tiny shudders skitter over my skin from my toes to my hair.

But I know he wants me. And judging by the look on his face, my offer has tempted him. He stares at me, his expression torn.

Then his lips tighten, the shutters over his eyes slam shut once again, and pain stabs at me, bitter and cold, in my chest. I know what his next words are going to be.

“I can’t. I’m sorry.”

He turns and walks away.







AUTHOR BIO:


USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Haymore is the author of sexy historical and contemporary romance.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.





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Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
-A copy of Swept Away #1 (eBook or Print - winner's choice)
-An early copy of Swept Away 1-4 (complete series)
-20$ Amazon gift card
-Ends November 17th 

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Book Blitz: Kate Triumph By Shari Arnold





Kate Triumph by Shari Arnold 
Publication date: October 16th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Normal is so overrated. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she’s something of a freak.

Then Andrew Shore arrives.

He claims he’s her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.

Purchase Links:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble




Guest Post 

There is always a story behind the story when it comes to writing a novel. With KATE TRIUMPH I was actually working on something completely different when her name popped into my head. The name was so strong and intense I knew she had to be something special. My husband thought the name sounded like some kind of super hero but I didn’t want to write a super hero. I wanted her to be amazing but I also wanted people to be able to relate to her.

And then it hit me. What if James Bond had a daughter? What if she was stronger and quicker and all the things you’d have to be to do the things a spy would do, and yet she’s living in the real world. Oh, and she’s seventeen. I knew she’d have an overprotective parent, one who wouldn’t want anyone to know about her abilities, and that Kate herself would feel like a freak.

And once I knew these things I immediately had to abandon what I was originally working on and move on to KATE. She was that insistent. When I finished the book I thought I was done. But that wasn’t the case at all. She made it clear she was edgier and a bit more vulnerable. Her sense of humor needed to come through as well. Kate is definitely one of my favorite characters I’ve written. All those years of watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars definitely paid off. She’s spunky like Veronica and intense like Buffy. Not to mention she will always win in a fight.








AUTHOR BIO:


Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

Author Links:   Website   |   Goodreads   |   Twitter




Giveaway!!
-One ebook of Kate Triumph
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Reveiw: Riding Steele #2: Untamed by Opal Carew

Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason, Laurie doesn’t feel as terrified as she should.  The leader’s steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she’s hands off.  But does that include Steele's hands?  Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her.

Steele doesn’t know how he wound up in this mess–with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail.  Now he and Laurie are in hiding at an isolated cabin, and Steele has to figure out how to extricate himself...and steer clear of his accidental captive whose tight, slinky clubbing attire is making him think all kinds of dangerous thoughts…
 
 
Sarah's Review: These cliffhangers are killing me since I don't have the next book! I want to know (No! I need to know!) what's going to happen next! I  this book just a little more than the first one. It's an attention grabber that's for sure! 
 
 
 
I was given this ARC for an honest and fair review.

Review: Riding Steele #1: Kidnapped by Opal Carew

 
 
Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason, Laurie doesn’t feel as terrified as she should.  The leader’s steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she’s hands off.  But does that include Steele's hands?  Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her.

Steele doesn’t know how he wound up in this mess–with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail.  Now he and Laurie are in hiding at an isolated cabin, and Steele has to figure out how to extricate himself...and steer clear of his accidental captive whose tight, slinky clubbing attire is making him think all kinds of dangerous thoughts…
 
 
 

Sarah's Review: I really enjoyed this book! I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens next. I realize it is a novella kind of read but I wish it was longer. That's my only complaint of this book. 
 
 
I was given this ARC for an honest and fair review.

Author Spotlight/Interview: Elizabeth Fama

We would like to introduce you to the amazing, Elizabeth Fama. I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful author at the Vegas Valley Book Festival and she is awesome. 


Author Bio.:

Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.

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Elizabeth's most recent book is Plus One. It was released on April 8th, 2014. It is a Dystopian Young Adult book with 384 pages. 

Synopsis: 

It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D'Arcy BenoĆ®t, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights—and a compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story. 


Lisa's Review:  I totally loved this book and the cover is gorgeous. This is a dystopian novel focusing on society being divided into two groups, Ray's and Smudges. Ray's can only be out and about during daylight hours and Smudges during night time hours. Each group has their curfews and serious infractions occur for violating them. Ray's are considered the upper class.

I really enjoyed this storyline and the world building surrounding it. I also liked the political conflict which is occurring. It made me want to point the finger at the man just like Gigi would. 

The characters are phenomenal. Sol, the main character, is astounding  and totally relatable. Her loyalty for those she cares about is admirable. One of my favorite characters is Gigi.  Gigi definitely has her flaws but within those flaws is a courageous character. 

Sol's love interest, D'Arcy, is another awesome character. He initially comes across as uptight however, throughout the book he definitely grows on you. 

The romance between Sol and D'Arcy starts with a low boil and then progresses to overflow. It was sweetly portrayed. 

The book was paced well and immediately captured me. 

Purchase Links:   Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble



Interview With Elizabeth 

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

I prefer to work in the morning, but no matter how hard I try, my writing day never seems to start until after 11 AM. I usually go jogging for six miles every morning. After breakfast, a shower, and taking care of urgent e-mails, I finally dive in to writing. I mostly work in the kitchen, because it's my favorite room of the house. I usually don't set a daily word count goal, except the time my son challenged me to a Novel Writing Duel, and we each had to produce 3,000 words per week. (PLUS ONE was the result of that contest.) 

2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting new material on the page each day is a challenge for me. I struggle a lot with worrying about the end product, rather than enjoying the process.

3. What are your must-have writing accessories? 

I absolutely must have my laptop and some way to put my feet up, like a spare chair! (I'm kind of tiny.)

4. What inspired you to write your first book?

My very first book was actually a board book entitled WHOSE FACE IS THIS? I wrote it, illustrated it, and bound it for my daughter, who was nine months old at the time and loved board books. I never published it, but it was darned cute, if I do say so myself. (Hey, maybe I should revisit that one!)

5. In 5 words or less describe Plus One.

Day, night, segregation, star-crossed love.

6. Were any of the characters in Plus One based on people you know? 

There are inevitably little bits of friends, family, and acquaintances that show up in all of my characters. But in PLUS ONE the main character's grandfather, Poppu, was directly inspired by my beloved tennis partner, Vince, who continued to play with me for two years after his esophageal cancer diagnosis, right up until he entered hospice. 

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

MAMA FAMA. I spend most of my time enabling my four grown kids, and collaborating creatively with them.

8. What are you working on now?

I'm working on a realistic contemporary novel with mostly boy characters on a road trip. I'm afraid to jinx it by describing it in more detail. I'm also ve-e-e-e-ry slowly doing laborious research for a novel that will be historical fiction, set in Italy in the 1500s.

9. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? 

I quite like the last question on your list, which no one has ever asked me before! And I'm going to totally give a Mama Fama reply to it...

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

Don't smoke, don't text and drive, wear your bike helmet, use sunscreen! Remember that someone diapered you!


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Book Blitz: Evernight By Candace Knoebel







Evernight by Candace Knoebel 
(Night Watchmen #2) 
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:


The stunning sequel to the thrilling paranormal romance novel Everlasting!
One lie will change everything.
Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.
With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?
But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?
Purchase Link:   Amazon



Excerpt: Prologue

PEOPLE LIE. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    In fact, most of our world was built on the foundation of lies, some with the intent to serve the greater good, and others with the intent to serve one person’s giant ambitions. But the root of every lie is exactly the same. They’re all equally deceitful, treacherous propositions spewed from the mouths of men and woman alike.

    Lies have the power to sound right, yet feel wrong. They have the ability to confuse your heart and twist your mind. The problem is, sometimes these lies become easier to believe than the truth. They become a sort of safety net from reality, a way to avoid what lingers in the back of your mind. And some say that over time, if you believe them long enough, they become real.

    At least, that’s what my mother had hoped would happen in my case. But just like every lie ever told, all it takes is one small crack in that foundation for the whole thing to come crashing down.

    And it did.

   Because everything I thought I knew about myself was a lie. A beautiful and heartrending lie. I wasn’t the Defect my parents would regretfully see off to college before turning their backs on me. I wasn’t the weak friend who didn’t have enough backbone to stand up for what’s right, nor was I the loner without a purpose or a chance at real love. And I sure as hell wasn’t the weapon Bael and the members of the Darkyn Coven intended me to be.

    But I am the weapon the Primeval Coven needs me be. Or so they keep saying.

    In my Coven, there are two kinds of people: The Hunters and the Witches. They used to hate each other, even though they were on the same team, back in the old days when cars didn’t exist and time was tracked on a sundial. They hated each other so much that eventually a war was brought on by one of the original Witches—a Divine named Mourdyn.

    The war was known as the Great Battle of the Covens. It was meant to wipe out the existence of every Hunter, and it devastated the population of my people, the Primevals. It annihilated the population of the Darkyns—the Witches who abandoned our Coven to follow the whims of Mourdyn and his persuasive lies.

    But even though a lie can be struck down—imprisoned even—it can’t ever be fully erased. The scars it leaves behind on this earth and in our hearts are eternal, and somewhere along the way, someone will pick that lie back up and breathe life into it once more. Give it the wings it needs to rise again. Only, this time, that lie will be stronger, with an even greater purpose.

    And that’s the part that scares me the most.

    I glance down at my leg. The burn marks left behind from Bael’s wrath still tingle with echoes of the scorching fire he sent after me after I escaped with Weldon, reminding me that I’m nowhere near ready for the fight that’s sure to come.

    And that has to change.

    That’s part of why I agreed to come here to Ethryeal City—to the heart of our Coven. It’s where Hunters and Witches in an affinity bond enter as Night Watchmen and leave as Elites. Where those who have broken our Coven laws go to face the High Priesthood. Where those who need refuge… those like me… come to hide.

    The only thing is, I never agreed to being separated from everyone I know. They call it debriefing, but with every day that passes, I’m beginning to wonder… to question how long it actually takes.

    It’s been seven days and fourteen hours since my unfortunate and unplanned encounter with Bael—the Demon King of the Underground. In these last seven days, I’ve made more promises than I can count on two hands. And in those promises, I think I’ve told more lies than I ever have in my life.

    Honesty seems to have slipped out of her bedroom from inside my integrity and, in her place, deceit has crept in with the offer of survival. If I just nod along with the many blending faces all interviewing me, then maybe somehow, I’ll make it out of this phase in my life alive. I’ll make it back into Jaxen’s arms and back into the graces of the friends I’ve come to trust.

    But what deceit doesn’t offer is solace, because you can’t fool deceit. It knows every trick in the book.

    Every day, twice a day, for the past four days, I’ve recounted in specific order how my friends and I nearly lost our lives in hopes that we’d gain an advantage on the Darkyn Coven and intercept them from taking the Dagger of Retribution. The one that has the power to initiate the removal of the Veil that separates the Underground and all its evil from the humans. The very Dagger that only I have the power to touch.

    I’ve been singularly interviewed by every member on the Priesthood, and then by every general and Elder within the hierarchy of our Coven.

    And I’m so very tired.

    For the past four days, since I left the safe house beneath the church owned by the Night Watchmen, when I haven’t been in a laboratory undergoing strenuous testing, I’ve spent the remaining hours kept in a holding cell stripped of all personality. Chained down by claustrophobia. Shackled to the fears given free rein to destroy my hope.

    I don’t have a home anymore. I have four white walls, one white jumpsuit, a white bed, white sheets… the color was bleached from my life the moment I crossed into the legendary Ethryeal City. I keep trying to remember the last time I saw Jaxen’s face, but my soul has fed so often on the happiness of that memory, I fear it’s disappearing. And I don’t know when I’m going to see him again.

    They took everything away from me just to keep me repressed. Controlled. But what they don’t know is they cannot control what they do not own, and they do not own me. I can’t trust anyone. No one but myself, because all I know is I am more of a threat to them than I thought.

    And the High Priesthood doesn’t know what to do with me.



AUTHOR BIO:
Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.

Author Links:   Website   |   Blog   |  Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads


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Blitz-wide giveaway 
-Paperback copy of Evernight signed by the characters (US only)
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-e-Copy of the entire Born in Flames trilogy (IINTL)
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Book Highlight: Monsters All The Way Down By Ryan McSwain


Synopsis: 

After a routine DNA background check, Brennan Wade is on the run for murders he does not remember committing. Pursued by a shadow agency, he fights to clear his name and catch the true killer. Brennan forges an uneasy alliance with Joan Runciter, the only woman to survive an attack, and together they delve into a world of secret history and ancient horror. As the body count rises and his true nature is revealed, Brennan must decide if the world’s salvation is worth his own corruption. 

Monsters All the Way Down contains an intriguing blend of Philip K. Dick’s mind-bending paranoia and H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror. Ryan McSwain uses complex characters and familiar ideas to craft a story full of twists to keep you guessing right up to the end and beyond. 

Purchase Link:   Amazon





Author Bio.:


Ryan McSwain lives in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife and their two children. Ryan spends his days caring for his children, writing, and looking for that next novel, comic book, TV show, film, or album that will give him the brain tingles. It is unlikely he is standing behind you at this very instant, but you should turn around just to check.

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