Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Tour: New Sight By Jo Schneider

On Sale April 22nd, 2014

Synopsis:
A YA urban fantasy that combines modern drama with classic themes of addiction and suspense. New Sight reinvents the underlying factor in all fantasy novels: magic. However, instead of being wondrous and innocent, magic is treacherous, self-gratifying and extremely dangerous. Comparable to Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart.

After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake finds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has no recollection of using. Mr. Mason offers to take her to his facility where he can treat her. Desperate yet suspicious, Lys agrees to go with Mr. Mason to his facility where she meets with a fellow addict, the tall and handsome Kamau. Together they discover that 
Mr. Mason may not have told them the truth about their condition—they’re thrown headfirst into a world of daunting powers that are not only unbelievable, they are dangerous.

Lisa's Review:  I received a copy of this book for a honest review.

I gave this book 5 stars. What an amazing book! I was completely consumed by the story starting at page 1. The characters were easy to relate to and each one brought something to the story. Jo's writing is superb; a nice balance between emotion and action. The ending was bittersweet and makes me eager to read the next one. I highly recommend this book.



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INTERVIEW WITH JO

What’s the best thing about being an author?

To tell you the whole truth, it’s pretty much awesome being able to manipulate character’s lives and circumstances. I try to be nice to people, in real life of course, but in the fiction world, the meaner the author is to the characters the better! Which I have to admit can be quite satisfying.
The second best thing has to be when I see a reader laugh exactly when they’re supposed to laugh during the story. Love that.

What are your must have writing accessories?

Headphones. They’re orange and black. Other colors work, but the orange and black seem to get me in the groove. And a computer helps.

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

I Could Be a Ninja if I Put Some Effort Into It.

Do you have a playlist for New Sight? If so, what's on it?

I’m so bad a playlists! Mostly because I can’t usually remember song titles. But I do have two songs that have really hit me as soundtrack material:
Sade’s I Miss You
Ellie Goulding’s Burn

What was the inspiration behind New Sight?

The idea for the novel honestly came to me while I was driving down the freeway. I’d been trying to figure out which project I wanted to work on, and this one jumped into my mind and wouldn’t leave. It took me forever to come up with the magic system and the repercussions it has on my poor characters.

Which character from New Sight is most like you?

It’s a toss-up. The main character, Lysandra, is simply a good kid. She’s a normal teenager that gets tossed into a very messed up world. I was pretty mellow and normal as a teenager. However, Lys isn’t super good a pop culture, so Brady is my second vote for this. He’s the geek in the group. And believe me, I’m really geeky.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

New Sight 2! The crew is in Africa, battling ancient magical tribes, politics and a dream world that’s not all a dream. I’m having a really good time.

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

Thank you!
Without readers, authors have no one to tell a story too, which is sad. I hope that I’ve written a book that entertains you, surprises you, makes you gasp and laugh out loud and gives you a thing or two to think about. Everyone has a story to tell, this is one of mine.




About the Author
JO SCHNEIDER lives in Bountiful, Utah, but she has spent countless hours traveling all over the world. Her goal is to visit all seven continents, and she's nearly finished. Being a geek at heart, Schneider has always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy; she writes both. Based on her travels and her experience obtaining a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, Schneider's works feature authentic, impressive settings and extraordinary action sequences.

You can find Jo Schneider online here:
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Giveaway time!!! Thank you SO much Jo for the interview and the awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read New Sight 2. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Blitz: Dark And Deadly: Eight Bad Boys Of Paranormal Romance









Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
Authors: Alyssa Day, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Erin Quinn, Felicity E. Heaton, Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London
Publication date: April 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance







Synopsis:
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…
Featuring the bad boy heroes of:
BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
TRAPPED by Caris Roane

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Excerpt from ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day 

Poe’s Avenue, Virginia, FBI Paranormal Operations Division HQ 

Alejandro cocked the shotgun they hadn’t been able to force him to give up and followed his teammate into the burnt and jagged opening in the side of the building, hoping that—for once—there weren’t any trolls. 
He hated trolls. 
“Clear,” Mac, already moving through the narrow hallway, called back to him. It was Mac’s turn to go first. They kept score. 
Lately he’d been keeping score on a lot of things. Like time. The year, two weeks, and five days since he’d seen the sunlight outside of the academy, for instance. 
Not that he was counting. 
Anyway, the year-long course at the FBI’s sister division, P Ops, had kept him plenty busy. 
“Shotgun! You coming or scratching your ass back there?” 
“No, my friend, I was just thinking of asking your sister to scratch it for me,” Alejandro said. “She reaches all the itchy parts so well.” 
“I will kick your ass if you get any of your itchy parts anywhere near my sister. Or she’d kick it for you. Jenny scares even me.” 
The sound of Mac’s Glock firing three shots in rapid succession caused Alejandro to break into a run as he slapped his night-vision goggles in place. 
“On my way,” he called, not bothering to try to be stealthy. “Save some for me.” 
He caught the shifting glimmer of light in the corner of one eye and whirled around, aiming and firing in one smooth motion. Whatever it was, he missed. Too short to be a troll, so there was one mercy. If he were the type to have nightmares, he’d still be having them about the last one’s breath. Green, moss-covered teeth. What the hell was that about? Toothpaste was cheap. 
“Shotgun! Could use a little help here!” Mac sounded just the slightest bit out of breath, which was unusual for the man who’d beat the all-time speed record for the FBI’s obstacle course at Quantico in an inter-agency competition. Alejandro had won a hundred bucks on that one. 
He took off running, cocking the Remington as he moved. The vampire who jumped him five feet down the hall took a blast to the head. Alejandro vaulted over the vamp’s disintegrating body, not wanting the acidic slime of decomposing vamp on his new shoes. 
A high-pitched scream warned him of the approach from overhead of a deadly Mngwa, but he had a silver throwing knife at hand. One lethal toss later, a couple hundred pounds of mutant killer cat lay on the floor, blood gurgling out of its throat. 
He skidded to a stop at the end of the corridor, not willing to rush headlong into a blind turn, and Mac called out to him again, his deep voice rough and strained. “Alejandro, if you’re coming, now would be a really good time.” 
Alejandro instantly switched from student-taking-his-final-exam mode to deadly-predator mode. They had a code between them, he and Mac. They were only Alejandro and Maxwell to each other in the event of a dire emergency. Whatever faced Mac around that corner was no training-ground obstacle. Somebody had set a trap, and Mac was caught in it. 
Alejandro was going to kick somebody’s ass for this one.  


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Book Blitz: The Replacement By Rachael Wade











The Replacement by Rachael Wade 
Publication date: January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult









Synopsis:
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.

                


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AUTHOR BIO
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade

Author Links:   Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads




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Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Sarah's Review: 
I didn't think I could love Jay Crownover anymore than what I already do but I was wrong. I loved Bax and Dovie! I'm glad they got a happy ending but got a little worried there towards the end on what was going on. I can't wait to read Race's story. I know there was a teaser at the end of this book for it but I couldn't read since I would get depressed on not reading the whole thing.
 
 
This ARC was given to me by Edelweiss/Indie Next for an honest and fair review.

Book Blast: Big Fat Disaster By Beth Fehlbaum




Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.
 
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About The Author
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.

Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.

You can find Beth online at http:www.bethfehlbaumbooks.com,on Facebook,and on Twitter


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Author Spotlight/Interview: Alison DeLaine

Synopsis:
The complication they don't want…...

Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family's endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre…, a man who stands for everything she despises. 

The passion they desperately need...… 

Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.

Lisa's Review: I received this ARC from the publisher. 
I don't read outside of my preferred genres often and when I do always fear I may not like the book. This book made me eat those fears. 

I enjoyed this book. Katherine is a tough, stubborn, strong female lead. Although, she initially appears abrasive, by the end of the book you really understand why she has the hard exterior. The book was well paced and kept my attention .


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Check out Alison's upcoming book which will be released on April 29th, 2014

Synopsis:

A hellion on the run.

Lady India Sinclair will stop at nothing to live life on her own terms—even stealing a ship and fleeing to the Mediterranean. At last on her own, free to do as she pleases, she is determined to chart her own course. There's only one problem…

A gentleman determined to possess her.

Nicholas Warre has made a deal. To save his endangered estate, he will find Lady India, marry her and bring her back to England at the behest of her father. And with thousands at stake, he doesn't much care what the lady thinks of the idea. But as the two engage in a contest of wills, the heat between them becomes undeniable…and the wedding they each dread may lead to a love they can't live without.


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Interview with Alison

What’s the best thing about being an author?
There are so many great things about being an author! Getting to work in my PJs, for one thing. Making stuff up for a living isn’t too shabby, either. I love dreaming up situations that make the sparks fly between my hero and heroine. And seeing a story pull together in ways I never thought of beforehand is really rewarding. But now that I have books out in the world, I’m finding that the very best part is hearing from readers who loved the stories. That’s what makes it all worth doing!

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is keeping my butt in the chair when the ideas slow to a trickle. Fortunately, over time I’ve learned that the ideas will show up if I just stick with it. But the in-between time can be so discouraging. There’s always a point at which you’re sure you are writing the worst book that was ever written! But then, just like in a romance, there’s always a happy ending.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Ha. Probably something like, Help! I Need a Maid! or 101 Ways with Dust Bunnies. (Seriously, there must be *some* use for them, right?)

Did you have any input in the cover design of your books?
The short answer is, not much. I do get to give some feedback, but the whole process is pretty much out of my hands. But I’ve been lucky so far. I adore the gorgeous dresses on both A Gentleman ‘til Midnight and A Wedding by Dawn!

How did you get interested in writing historical romance books?
I always loved reading historical romance. When I was young, I used to get them by the bag-full at the library sale. I could plow through a ton of historical romances in very short order! I think it wasn’t much of a jump from reading them to writing them. 

What kind of research did you do for A Wedding by Dawn?
There is a lot of primary source material available from the 1700’s. It is so much fun to read things that were actually written back then, such as newspapers, nonfiction treatises on certain subjects, and even novels! For some of the details, I also consulted library books or online sources. I have to be careful, though, because it’s easy for me to get sucked into the research materials and not get any writing done! This is especially true if I’m chasing down hard-to-find information. It’s the thrill of the hunt, and it is very rewarding when I finally find that tidbit I was looking for. 

Which character in A Wedding by Dawn is most like you?
Wow – I have to say, probably none of them. I lead a pretty humdrum life, and my characters have exciting lives. One of the great things about writing is getting to create characters who do and say things I would never dare do or say. I think that’s part of what makes fiction so fun to read. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! I’m just wrapping up A Promise by Daylight, the third book in this series. For those who have read my first book, A Gentleman ‘til Midnight, this the story of Millie, the ship’s surgeon who doesn’t have much use for men, and the Duke of Winston, the arrogant playboy whose life is all about pleasure. It was a blast to write, and I hope it will be just as fun for people to read! 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes! I absolutely love hearing from readers. Please feel free to contact me through my website, www.AlisonDeLaine.com, or by posting to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AlisonDeLaine. I will definitely respond!





Author Bio:
Alison DeLaine lives in rural Arizona, where she tries to keep her hillbilly side under control (but generally fails) and can often be found driving a dented old pickup truck out to her mining claim in the desert. When she’s not busy striking it rich, waiting on spoiled pets, or keeping her husband in line, she is happily putting characters through the wringer. Alison is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist and currently writes historical romance for Harlequin HQN.

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