Friday, June 28, 2013

New Feature?

So as many if not all of you know, I'm very pregnant.  I'm about 31 weeks out of 40 so I'm in the home stretch so to speak!  I feel like this is such a natural yet life changing experience and I have learned so much on this journey and I wouldn't mind sharing it.  Now that might just stem from taking a Bradley method birthing class and hearing birth stories and all and being like "this is so awesome, but overwhelming too and I should totally share my experiences" etc etc.

Anyway, I'm thinking of writing a serial feature for the blog about my pregnancy and later the birth.  And I don't just mean the "magic" and "joy" of pregnancy, but the nitty gritty reality that is having a baby.  There's so many things that people don't talk about until it's too late to change your mind lol.  The discomforts of pregnancy are MANY...  It might be informative to some people, it'd be good for me to get back into writing and in a constructive way, and it'd be my first real foray into non-fiction as it'd be autobiographical, you know?

So I guess the purpose of this post is to ask, would you as followers and readers be interested in reading about this experience?


REVIEW: More by TM Franklin

Summary:

Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all. Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core. Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one. Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special. She's a little bit more.

Title:  More
Series:  More Trilogy
Book #: 1
Author:  TM Franklin
Approximate Book Length:  231 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

There’s a lot of good in this book, with some things that were lacking. It was an interesting and unique world that the author has built, and the plot had lots of twists and turns. That being said, there were some plot holes and unanswered questions.

The characters were likeable with Ava being a refreshing mature heroine and a very loyal, devoted Caleb as our hero, but I would’ve liked to know more about Caleb to get a better feel for him. Their romance was nicely paced, but was not the focus of the story, so naturally as a romance fan, I would have liked to see more of that, but that’s ok.

Perhaps my biggest complaint is the pacing. It was a slow to start and a little slow in other places as well, despite having action and adventure. The storytelling other than that though was really pretty good. We’re kept in suspense, but not left hanging or completely in the dark. The author makes it feel more authentic by not having Ava immediately believe everything she’s told, but gradually coming to terms with her new strange knowledge. Overall, it’s worth a read!

Bottom Line:

This book leaves room for a sequel and the author leaves you wanting it. If you’re looking for a refreshing read full of mystery, friendship, budding romance, and some action, don’t miss out on More!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Dark Dawn by Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Andrews Moore


Congrats to Melissa Brodsky and Nicole Andrews Moore on their release of Dark Dawn! For your reading pleasure, here's a glimpse of their angelic story!

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In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.

Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.

So they fell. Falling was the easy part.




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It was late afternoon when they returned and it was Anna’s restlessness that caught Seth’s attention. The rest of the Guardians went to their rooms to unwind, but Anna was pacing on the roof. Instead of settling into their office, as he normally did, Seth walked the extra steps to discover what was troubling Anna. This was completely unlike her.

“Anna,” he said calmly when he reached her.

She whipped around. Her wings were unfurled and twitching nervously. The rustling of her feathers concerned him. When he saw the look in her eyes, he was even more disturbed. “Why?” She asked as her eyes darted about...up at the sky, then over the edge of the roof, back to Seth and all around. “Why are we not permitted to form attachments? Why can we not...be friends with humans?” The frustration in her voice was evident. “Why, Seth? What is so wrong and different about us that we can’t be around His other creations?”

Seth slowly came closer. He feared she was about to cry. In all their years of communal living, he had seen her cry...never. She hadn’t shed a tear over wars. She had seen countless horrific events pass, yet this was the first time anything had ever seemed to get under her skin and affect her.

“There’s nothing wrong with us, Anna. You know that. We simply shouldn’t be distracted. Attachments create distractions; they make us weak. We would be inclined to put the good of the few above the needs of the many. That isn’t our mission. No entanglements. No distractions. These rules were created for a reason.” He spoke in gentle soothing tones. It was obvious his words fell on deaf ears.

She shook her head. “We weren’t supposed to live together. We were supposed to be scattered about the globe. Instead, you decided that we should act as one. If that can change, if the Father can understand the rationale for that change...maybe there could be more...”

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About Nicole Andrews Moore
Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her children for the past eleven years and her husband for the past two and a half. Her journey has barely begun and she's loving every minute of it. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. She's still getting used to that new life smell she's experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness. (The perfect scents to build a new life on...)

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Two down! (Eleven to go?)

In addition to writing on Suddenly Single Journey, Nicki blogs at What Dreamers Do. Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. And she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers.

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About Melissa Brodsky
Melissa used to tell everyone she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Well, she is suddenly a grown up and it looks like she was telling the truth.

Living in a modern-day "Yours, Mine and Ours" household, Melissa is the biological mother of 3 children and the full-time stepmother to her husbands 2 children. On some days, she may even be considered "evil"...and not just as the stepmother!

With a strange vampire fascination since she was young, it was only natural that Melissa began writing stories about the Paranormal.

She is currently co-authoring a Paranormal Romance trilogy with fellow writer Nicole Andrews Moore called "The Dark Redemption Series". Book 1 is due out in June 2013.

And because she has so much free time on her hands, Melissa is also working on a YA Paranormal Series, the first book "Hallows Haven" will be available late summer.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Safe Haven Series by Kate Laurens


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. In celebration of the release of book 2 in the Safe Haven series, Love Me If You Dare, Kate Laurens has reduced the price of book 1, Love Me For Me, to $.99. Learn a little about both books below. Happy reading!

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Some things change...

It’s been three years since Kaylee Sawyer has been home—home to the alcoholic mother she can’t handle, home to the painful memories of her sister Ella... and home to the guilt she’s carried for years. About to enter her final year of college, she is determined to come to terms with the mess of her past—and to ignore the guy whose single kiss has been tattooed into her mind forever.

Some things stay the same...

Dylan McKay is still golden haired and dangerous, the flame Kaylee was always afraid to touch for fear of getting burnt. But despite the damage that’s been done, she finds that she still can’t stay away from the one person who accepted her the way she was.

Some things are meant to be.

Kaylee is no longer the innocent girl she once was. Though tragedy ripped them apart before, one look from Dylan brings all of the old feelings rushing back. Torn between her past and her future, she’s not sure if a person can ever truly go home again.

But Dylan doesn’t plan to let her go without a fight.

Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content.



A fresh start...

It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no—no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want... make her want everything.

A new guy...

Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badness who goes slow... deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they’re together.

A dark past...

Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret... when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane... will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else?

And Alex has a secret of his own.

Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content.


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About the Author
Kate Laurens is a proud Canadian who loves beer, coffee, kickboxing and books. She writes New Adult Romance and falls a little bit in love with each hero that she writes.

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NEW RELEASE: Silence of the Wolves by Hannah Pole

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!


After a strange encounter in a dark alley, journalist Tamriel’s life is turned upside down. She’s missing days, developing odd new abilities, and being followed by mysterious Leyth.

Dark, dangerous – and too gorgeous for his own good –Leyth’s determined to teach Tamriel about her new life – as a werewolf! And just as intent on keeping their relationship strictly business.

But as their simmering bond grows, Tamriel and Leyth face a bigger challenge; Tam may be their kind’s strongest weapon against the Circle, a deadly group of paranormal creatures gone rogue. That is, if she’s ready to give into her destiny and put up the fight of her life...


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~EXCERPT~

Slowly, carefully, Tam moved. Only an inch as she lowered herself to the ground and, in one painstaking movement, she knelt before the wolf.

Her knife was clipped to the side of her bra and her hands itched to reach for it, but she knew it was a bad idea. Currently the wolf was showing no signs of aggression and she didn’t want to spook him again.

As she looked into those beautiful grey eyes, she saw no anger, no malice. She saw fatigue, pain and confusion. She could read the emotions behind them like a book.

As she watched him, it seemed as though he was being as careful as she to move carefully. It was almost as if it were he who didn’t want to spook her rather than the other way around. He lowered his back end to the ground, shuffling a little awkwardly around his back leg. He then proceeded to lie down completely, resting his head on his paws, keeping his eyes still locked onto hers. It was as if he’d visibly given up.

Tam slowly edged forward. She must be absolutely crazy, knowing this was a vicious wild animal and that it could tear her apart easily. Yet her gut told her the wolf wasn’t going to hurt her.

She must be going mad. She was going to end up being that weird woman that was nearly killed by a wild wolf because she thought she could be friends with it.

And yet, this moment, this intense, terrifying, incredibly special moment, was one she would treasure for the rest of her life; one she would write about and talk of over and over again to friends, family and, maybe, one day her children.

The day mommy made friends with a wolf.


About the Author
I am a born and bred wild child. (Or I like to think so anyway!)

I moved to sunny Folkestone UK to escape and find my feet as, well whatever I was destined to be! But alas, my short attention span made finding that destiny a little difficult! One day I came across a diary entry that made me laugh so hard; I actually fell off my chair. (Yes, this can happen!)

I decided that the entry was so funny; it needed to be shared with the world! So I started writing, and attempted to turn it into a novel. Though to this day, that novel remains unfinished, it will always be the novel that got me started, and showed me what I was passionate about.

Honestly? I have aspired to be everything from a Private Investigator to a Zoo Keeper with my career; my interests change so quickly that I could never stick with one! Writing gives me the freedom to choose; I can be a cold-hearted assassin in love with a poet one day and the secret lesbian lover of a politician the next!

All my life, I have had a strong, unwavering passion for anything supernatural, spiritual and slightly unexplainable, I love the idea that there can be something completely fantastical lurking beneath the confines of normality. So of course, mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes dominate most of my work! In a nutshell, I am a creative crazy bean, living with my lovely husband and a house full of too many animals! I've always secretly wished I were a werewolf of some description, but have come to realise that I will have to settle for writing about them instead! I'm happiest in the sun with my head in a good book! All I can say from here is I hope you like what you read!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Sin at Sea by Emma Nichols


Thanks to Stories & SWAG for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Sin at Sea by Emma Nichols today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan. Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters. Along the way, Alysin learns that she won't have to fake an orgasm if she's with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?

Title:  Sin at Sea
Series:  Sinful
Book #: 1
Author:  Emma Nichols
Approximate Book Length:  80 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Holy hotness…there’s a LOT of delicious naughtiness in this novella. First of all, the main character Alysin is kind of a nympho. So to say that there’s plenty of love scenes as well as some ménage and more play shouldn’t be too surprising. The writing was pretty good, though sometimes it was a little disorienting as the author will make a comment from after certain events before describing said events.

The setup that Mr. BE (Mr. Bedroom Eyes) and Alysin agree to is fun and sexy. She’s bold and he’s pretty easygoing so their banter and games are such a teasing power struggle that their chemistry is almost tangible right through your ereader. Despite their arrangement, the relationship actually turns out really sweet, but I can’t believe the ending! The author has a motto for her heroine “Always leave them wanting more”, and it never occurred to me that she’d be foreshadowing the ending. I was definitely left wanting so, so much more! Bring on the sequel!

Bottom Line:

Sin at Sea is a sinfully erotic read that will have you blushing and swooning all at the same time. If you’re looking for a quickie with plenty of heat and heart, you should definitely pick this one up!

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About the Author
What made her decide to be an erotica author?

Simple.

How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn't believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life's cliche moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

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Sin at Sea

When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan.

Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters.

Along the way, Alysin learns that she won't have to fake an orgasm if she's with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?


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BLOG TOUR: Love's Second Chance Series by Scarlett Scott


Thanks to Book Monster Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Scarlett Scott's Love's Second Chance series. Happy reading!

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Love’s Second Chance, Book 1

It’s been a year since Sophie lost her husband and daughter in a car wreck but time hasn’t healed her wounds. A desperate choice leads her to Trevor, the handsome stranger who saves her life and leaves her wanting more than just a few steamy kisses.

Trevor is content living the fast-paced life of a successful NYC entrepreneur. The last kind of complication he needs is a troubled woman like Sophie. But he’s immediately drawn to her even if his bachelor instincts scream for him to run.

As Sophie struggles to fight her growing feelings for Trevor, she’s torn between her past and the future. Somehow, she has to find the strength to finally let go and move on with a man who is everything she never thought she wanted.


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Love’s Second Chance, Book 2

After a wild weekend of passion on a business trip, Claire discovers she’s pregnant with her boss’s baby. It wouldn’t be such a big deal—if Logan wasn’t the world’s most arrogant jerk. She decides to keep the pregnancy a secret, even if it means losing her job.

It doesn’t take long for Logan to realize what’s going on and he isn’t happy Claire tried to hide the truth. To make matters worse, he and Claire can’t seem to agree on anything other than the insane attraction that keeps sparking between them. One minute they can’t stand to be in the same room and the next, they can’t keep their hands to themselves.

Even as their mutual attraction heats up, both are determined to guard their hearts. Claire can’t make sense of Logan’s hot-then-cold personality and Logan wants more from Claire than she’s willing to give. Just when they begin meeting each other halfway, outside interference threatens to tear them apart forever.


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Love’s Second Chance, Book 3

Wynne Carter’s one-night-stand with Hollywood bad boy Derek Shaw resulted in life-changing consequences in the form of her precious daughter. Years later, she isn’t prepared to face him or his questions when he returns to her small town seeking answers.

With his acting career on hiatus thanks to his wild past, discovering he has a daughter is reason enough for Derek to stick around. Spending timing with her mom isn’t too shabby either, and soon he can’t keep Wynne or her long legs off his mind.

Wynne knows a man like Derek is made for sin, not happily-ever-afters, but resisting him proves pretty darn impossible. For a while, it looks as if the unlikely pairing of the single mom and the heartthrob might make it after all. Until Hollywood wants its leading man back, and their new relationship threatens to fall apart forever.


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About the Author
Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes contemporary and historical romance of varying heat levels. Having graduated from swiping her older sister's romance novels to read in secret, she now crafts happily ever afters of her own. She lives in the Pennsylvania countryside with her Canadian husband and is a proud mom to their adorable but occasionally evil dog with a penchant for eating everything he shouldn't.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Reversing Worlds Trilogy by JT Brown


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have JT Brown here talking about The Reversing Worlds Trilogy. Welcome!

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The Reversing Worlds Trilogy

The Reversing Worlds Trilogy, holds a special treasure within the stories. It is based on an actually place in Downeast, Maine. I recognized this phenomenon when I was a child, lobster/crap fishing with my father. Although, Reversing Falls leaves many people wondering what causes the small whirlpools and the rough terrain. It is a dangerous place that most avoid, but for the Maine fishermen this is a place where they can’t avoid, it is a passage through to greater waters. The creation of Reversing Worlds was actually created years ago, it just took a while to catch up to me. I remember as a child, holding tight to the stern as the boat shifted through the water tornadoes, pushing us side to side, as we made our way through. I remember looking over the side wondering and wanting to tell my tale of the reversing ocean’s tide. Most people see the long and uneasy tides as part of the ocean. I could see a mystery, a forbidden place that reverses all roles and leaves a tale to be told, maybe in a paranormal fantasy sense. But – All in all, it is Harper’s legends of the Reversing Worlds.

Sometimes stories do not leave your soul until you are able to bleed your thoughts on paper. The Reversing Worlds Trilogy has been a huge learning curve for me, and it has taken me a while to catch up to the ideas of being self-published. It has been many times that I wanted to give up, but knowing that self-discovery is the key to your soul. It is important to chase something that follows you everywhere you go. I never thought of myself as a writer, until I realized that there is so many untold stories in my mind. Writing is a piece of me that I can ignore, but why? – Every tale should be told. Right?

I am fortunate, I live near the ocean, where all my writing are inspired from. I look at Maine as though it is my paint palette, I strike my brush in the needed colors and paint my latest visions. I am a huge outdoor person, a simple walk can create the most fascinating terrifying character through the lands of Pasmaqon. I think this is the same for a lot of writers, it is seeing an inspiration and running with it.

Pasmaqon, is a hidden land that was created from a magical book, which Caroleen found as a child over a hundred years ago. She disappeared from this world, and everyone around her thought that she had expired in the river connected to the ocean. When Harper was scrounging through old antiques in her mother’s hope chest, she found the book, and forced the clasp open. What Harper did not expect is to find herself in a world of wonder and magic.

The darkness of Pasmaqon learns of her presence and know that she has traveled through the only portal. The darkness aware of the book and in hopes that it is once again in Pasmaqon. She found herself not only adjusting to the magical lands, but learning her own power keeping her safe from the darkness that lurks around every corner hot on her keeps. The darkness is the lost souls struggling to conquer Pasmaqon. The dark creature’s holds a cover of invisible vises, and sometimes their ghost figure can hold the image of a wolf. Both are powerful, the only problem is, they cannot be vanished, they are already dead.

Harper battles the invisible vices to protect Pasmaqon, as she battles a never ending battle of the dead. The secrets of the lands are exposed, but is it enough for Harper and her friends to find freedom. Maybe they are prisoners of the land, like all of the other lost souls? Maybe they are more powerful then they think? Maybe there is a reason they are there together? Maybe it is already rehearsed in the book? Who Knows?

You will find out at the end of June, 2013.

To learn more about Pasmaqon’s characters, take a peek at this video. http://youtu.be/81kJgL5V5s0.

Also, War of the Reversing Worlds, Trilogy Two, Part II’s book Trailer: http://youtu.be/2ezR68fsqG8.

As well, as footage of the Reversing Falls, Pembroke, Maine: http://youtu.be/xeEiw7xdh6I.

I visit this place often, just because the ocean heals my soul, and my thoughts are at their peak, when I sit there and watch the reversing motions of the falls.

Do you remember Queen Caroleen’s families Inn. Where she grew up and where she wrote in all of the journals. This is an actual place as well. It sets off from the Denny’s River, in Dennysville, Maine. This big old house always brought me to the thoughts of Queen Caroleen. Only to find out after I wrote “The legend of Harper and the Reversing Worlds, Trilogy One,” that a young girl back in the 1800’s actually fell through the ice here near this house. She was never found, and legends say that her spirit still combs the shores where the river meets the ocean. Kind of a surreal moment, to think that you have written something that has actually happened a hundred years ago.

When you look in the picture, you can see the large rocks near the river’s side – this is where I always pictured Caroleen writing in her many journals and books.



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About the Author
J.T. Brown is a paranormal fantasy/science fiction author, who lives in Downeast, Maine. J.T. has always been drawn to the ocean, maybe because she spent most of her days on her father’s lobster boat as a child, or maybe it’s the phenomenon that shakes her cage daily. The Reversing Falls, which sits on the coast of Maine has always sang its mysteries across the twisting currents of the ocean, but for J.T. that song has always been a tale, waiting to bleed its story across the pages of “The Reversing World’s Trilogy.”

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The Legend of Harper and the Reversing Worlds The Reversing Worlds Trilogy One

Harper Grogen has no idea that she is the most powerful creature in Pasmaqon. She recognizes that she is different from other eleven year olds; maybe a little quirky, but magical was not in her self-description.

Her inquisitive notion drove her to an old tattered book which held a mysterious stone. Struggling to open the clasp, releasing the stone as, it radiates a glow across her room.

She kept the rock in her pocket for secrecy.

Her possession of the stone sent her to a world, which had been hidden under the ocean's fire tornado of “'Reversing Falls.”

She found herself fighting for her life in a land that is its own worst compelling character, not knowing who to trust, only the estranged friends that she meets along the way. Oliver, which holds his cover as a trustworthy gnome, and Minsty, a large gentle giant that protects her from the dark creatures, who roam and strip the lands with their ghostly evil presence.

She discovers that her adventure holds the key of eternity. She learns her existence is a true mystery that sings along the pages of her ancestor’s mysterious book.

Tide’s Ghost of the Reversing Worlds The Reversing Worlds Trilogy Two Part I

The words whisper along the pages of the old tattered book showing its deceitful powers, only to harm what is in its path to Harper’s treasures. Harper has learned the secrets of Pasmaqon and has grown into her powerful magical being which is her strongest power of all. She is prepared to fight the villains of Pasmaqon, yet she is not prepared to fight her past villains that chose to find the only leak to the powerful lands beyond.

Harper is about to sacrifice her life in a battle of the unknown as, she protects who she thought she would never consider as equals. She realizes the battle is non-other without their help. Wizard of Tide’s power has grown stronger, uncovering the secrets of Pasmaqon. To use his new found freedom to destroy the worlds around them. Harper discovers an old friend that carries the secrets of the book and the world. She unfolds the meaning that she longed to find, only to discover the darkness pulls her into a whirlwind of her own worst fears.

War of the Reversing Worlds The Reversing Worlds Trilogy Two, Part II

Harper needs to find her warrior within, and face not only Tide’s Ghost, the darkness, but Wizard Argon. Who has stripped the land of Pasmaqon of its beauty and its power, only to strengthen his own land of Thurrobia.

Nothing has been left behind – only ghost spirits that had surrendered themselves to the powerful force of Wizard Argon. Pasmaqon is left powerless with only the spirits of the past.

The mysteries bleed its phenomenon off from the pages of Mystical Book, as the terror and the ghost dance with the mysterious tune. That sends Harper into a whirl wind spin tossing her to learn the truth behind the cover of the storm.

Is war the only answer?

But…..How can you fight something that is already dead, how can you weaken the weak, and how can you save a land that has already in silence.

Harper can now trust no one or anything, for she may never know who is watching from behind. Harper’s powers mean nothing to the unseen.


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Twisted by Rebecca Zanetti


Thanks to Book Monster Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm spotlighting the Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti today. Happy reading!

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The Kayrs family leads not only the vampire nation, but also the Realm, which is a coalition of vampires, shifters, and witches. Years ago, an evil vampire race called the Kurjans declared war on the Realm by creating a deadly virus that infects vampire mates. The virus attacks chromosomal pairs and takes mates from immortal to human, and maybe down to death. No cure for the virus has been found for mates, and the vampires, who are male only, know that time is running short.

In addition, the demons declared war on the Realm, going so far as to kidnap the youngest Kayrs brother and torture him for five years. He has been rescued, damaged but still alive. The eldest Kayrs, the king, is out for revenge, no matter the cost.

The prophets of all the races predicted the coming of a young psychic named Janie who is destined to change the world. How, nobody knows. The vampires found her as a young girl, and one of their leaders adopted her and raised her with love and determination. In the final four stories of this series arc, Janie is an adult, and it’s time for that change—if she lives long enough.




Dark Protectors, Book 1

Marry Me
Cara Paulson does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for whatever she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous looking stranger with an attitude problem…

Or Else
Sure, the mysterious Talen says he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…


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Dark Protectors, Book 2

A Daring Rescue
Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she's also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who's been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires' mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of "lovesick".

A Deadly Decision
As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it's taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he'll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind...


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Dark Protectors, Book 2.5

CONSTANT DANGER
On the run from a mental institution and her vindictive half-brother, it’s safe to say that Sarah Pringle’s happy life as a schoolteacher is on hold. Too bad that as far as self-defense goes, “run and hide” is the best she’s got. And with the monsters that started her escape hot on her heels, that’s not going to cut it for long…

INSTANT LUST
That is, unless Sarah has a bigger, badder, hotter monster on her side. Max Petrovsky is right at the top of the list of alpha male ass-kickers. And he knows exactly what Sarah’s up against. Good thing, because the minute he sees her something primal kicks in, turning everyday attraction into red-hot desire. As long as they’re cooperating, why not mix some pleasure with business? Of course, Max should probably tell Sarah he’s a vampire himself…


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Dark Protectors, Book 3

Ready Or Not
Moira Dunne is a witch--the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to "claim" her--and request her family's assistance with the war he's brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him. . .

There's Nowhere To Hide
When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn't meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn't easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he's ready to let the sparks flying. Even if he burns up in flames. . .


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Dark Protectors, Book 4

Sometimes You Mate For Life
Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She's good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won't back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there's no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she's ever cared about--a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

Sometimes You Mate To Stay Alive
For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan's guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .


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Dark Protectors, Book 5

A TIME FOR WAR…
A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…

A TIME FOR LOVE…
Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…


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Dark Protectors, Book 5.5

Maggie is a wolf shifter who was captured and experimented on by the Kurjans. Now that a cure has finally been found for shifters (although not for vampire mates or witches), she can concentrate on creating a new life for herself and finally accepting that her memories are gone forever. Most memories, that is. Sometimes in the hazy world between dreams and dawn, she hears a Scottish voice, dark and deep, that sounds suspiciously like wolf-shifter Terrent Vilks. A man she happened to anger by kidnapping a few years back. Hey, it was for a good cause.

Terrent Vilks knows more than he’s let on for the past several years. After digging for answers, he knows exactly why the demons want Maggie dead. And he remembers his past with Maggie…very well. She is finally where he wants her. Now all he has to do is discover what exactly the Kurjans did to her, beat the demons into so much submission they leave her alone, and get her to fall in love with him. Again. Good thing he’s used to wrangling monsters.


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Dark Protectors, Book 6

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor…a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world…while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees…knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.


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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day--or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer


Thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Anne Pfeffer, author of Girls Love Travis Walker here today talking about expectations. Welcome!

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What to Expect When You Read Girls Love Travis Walker

Readers often tell me my books surprised them. They say there was a lot more there than they’d expected, a lot more story and emotion. I don’t set out to make my books unpredictable or unusual, but that’s how they seem to end up.

Fortunately, most people (or the ones who write letters and reviews, anyway) are happily surprised. But because I’d like you to know what you’re getting, I thought I’d try to explain this book a little and tell you what early readers are saying.

To understand Girls Love Travis Walker, think of Will Smith’s film The Pursuit of Happyness (a man struggling to keep his family off the streets), combined with a classic romance novel (boy meets, loses, and gets girl), combined with a main character like Tim Riggins (pictured below) in Friday Night Lights (off-the-charts-gorgeous bad boy with a heart of gold.)


It is not a lighter-than-air romance, but rather an absorbing, heart-warming and, I hope, sexy read about a serious subject. My book is about first love and second chances. It will make you cry, but in a good way.

To my thrilled amazement, the book has won some awards. On June 1, 2013, the Indie Reader Discovery Awards announced Girls Love Travis Walker as its Third Place Winner in the Fiction Category, putting it among the top six books honored in that competition. www.indiereaderdiscoveryawards.com It was also named a Finalist in New Fiction in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.

But what really makes me happy is that some who hesitated to read the book at first were glad when they did. According to a couple of readers, “The book touched on subjects that I never thought I would find myself reading. …[but] I found myself engrossed in Travis Walker’s story and I just could not get enough.” http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/621290112

“I loved Travis…. My heart broke for the things he went through, things I definitely wasn't expecting.” http://amzn.to/18Oj8o4

Others noted that it changed the way they saw their lives:

“[It] is one of those rare gems that … causes you to take a long, hard look at your prejudices and preconceptions of the world around you…” http://amzn.to/11furiG

“This … sweet, tender read…. made me look at my life and reminded me that even if I don’t have everything, it is still more than what others may have.” http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/556279751

I’m glad readers are finding they can relate to the plot and the characters. In this story, Travis is not just trying to keep his home. He’s also looking to find himself. I hope you give it a try and love it!

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About the Author
Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles, California. She likes to write, walk her dog, play poker, and work as a library volunteer at a local school.

Her book Any Other Night has been named a Finalist in both the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards and the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.

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Girls Love Travis Walker

To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes--each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he'll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him…


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Evernight Teen’s Summer Kick-off Blog Hop!


Welcome to Evernight Teen’s Summer Kick-off Blog Hop!

It’s a great opportunity to get to know Evernight Teen: Gritty Fiction for Today’s Young Adult. Our stories include fresh teen fiction that’s raw, gritty and real.

My spotlight is on Christine Klocek-Lim’s DISINTEGRATE:


Emily just wanted a normal life: a boyfriend, college, two parents who loved her. Instead, her dad disappeared when she was fourteen and her life at college is anything but ordinary.

When you can manipulate matter like putty and you have no idea why, how do you pretend to be like everyone else? What happens when you meet a guy who has the same powers? Do you trust him to help you find the answers you need?

Emily desperately wants to believe that Jax can help, but the stakes grow higher than she’d ever expected: someone is after them and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want.

14+ for brief violence and adult situations.


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DISINTEGRATE is an Evernight Teen EDITOR’ PICK!

~EXCERPT~

Four hours later Emily wasn’t feeling so calm anymore. She sat in her intro to drawing class and stared at the guy standing next to her professor in disbelief. Jax. She rolled his name around in her mouth. The guy from the bar is in my art class.

“Since I know all of you are royally sick of drawing vases and flowers and fruit, I’ve got you a real live boy to practice with. Now, I know we’re not in a studio, but I’m looking to see what you can do in less than optimal conditions…” Professor Hacsz went on, explaining what she wanted from them.

Emily rolled her charcoal between her fingers, trying to calm the buzz rolling over her skin. Jax was the last person she ever expected to see in class. What are the odds? she wondered, quietly trying to not freak out.

He sat on the desk in front, hands casually clasped and smiling at the professor as if he hadn’t just turned her entire world upside down. Emily wasn’t sure if she was happy about it, or totally horrified. When he glanced at her, her mechanical pencil cracked. Dammit. She looked down, concentrating. Under her fingers the outer metal casing slowly melded back together. She had to shake out the charcoal and replace it with a new one, but at least it kept her busy for a few minutes. Surely when she looked up again he wouldn’t still be looking at her— Yeah, no such luck. He was staring at her hands. Shit!

She hid the pencil in her fist. Had he seen what she did? When she looked at him again, he had his eyes on the window, expression neutral. She relaxed minutely. He couldn’t have realized what had happened. He wouldn’t be so calm if he had. And at least fixing her pencil had soothed the worst of the tension running through her.

She grabbed her drawing pad and began to sketch, using short, sharp jerks to outline the angular lines of his shoulders. Her professor was still talking, giving instructions, the occasional nod as she wandered between the desks. Emily wanted to scream. Or hide. Or something, she wasn’t sure what, but instead, she sat there, filling in the oval of Jax’s head with details: the slightly tilted corners of his eyes, the loose waves of his hair. He wore a shirt with metal snaps today and she filled in the sparks of light that reflected from them, smudging with her fingers until she got her sketch just right. And all the while, he kept glancing over at her, eyes curious. Aware. She felt like a bug under glass: pinned. Vulnerable.


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How to enter? Answer this:

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade


Thanks to I.O. Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of The forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. A secret organization with deadly intentions. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets Drake, a boy who controls minds, they discover their lives aren't what they thought. Together, they must escape their fate and free their friends, before they lose everyone they love. This special edition omnibus includes the entire Forbidden Trilogy--Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, as well as extensive bonus content. Meet the author in an in-depth Q&A, get to know your favorite characters better, enjoy never-before-revealed interlude scenes and so much more.

Title:  The Forbidden Trilogy
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Kimberly Kinrade
Approximate Book Length:  694 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This entire trilogy was kind of a mixed bag for me. It’s a well rounded story with action, humor, and romance. The characters are well developed and the plot is elaborate. For some reason I just couldn’t fully connect with the whole thing.

I had my moments where I cried some and was on the edge of my seat and even wanted to smack some characters around now and then, but ultimately I wasn’t so invested that I absolutely had to know what came next.

I suspect my disconnect comes into play with the overall sinister nature of the plot. I get that it’s mostly about the freedom of these kids who’ve been lied to, used, and abused all their lives in one way or another, but some pretty outrageous things occur with some truly twisted results. I normally have a pretty good suspension of disbelief, but it just wasn’t strong enough to fully immerse myself into this saga.

Bottom Line:

A fantastic story with multifaceted depth, The Forbidden Trilogy is a 3 book story of kids with extraordinary powers and their endeavor for freedom and a life of their own. Be prepared for nail-biting suspense, grey areas regarding morals and ethics, and a complicated and highly emotional romance. It’s a very intriguing read that gets your imagination up and running as you consider the possibilities. If you like worlds like X-Men, you don’t want to miss out!

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About the Author
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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The Forbidden Trilogy

FORBIDDEN MIND

49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest. I don't know these officials, or their supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong.

My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.

I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner. They tell me that on my eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams. It's my eighteenth birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me.

I know, because I can read minds.

My name is Sam, and this is my story.

So begins the tale of Sam and Drake--from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance--to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as 'Rent-A-Kid.'

FORBIDDEN FIRE

"She escaped, but she'll never be free."

"Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke--who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught--and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting.

And then I dreamed...."

Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren't free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.

With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it's only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can't undo. But will it be enough to save them?

FORBIDDEN LIFE

The road to redemption begins in darkness.

A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.

Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never been opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.

Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but is it too late?

Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.

In this last Forbidden Trilogy installment, the secrets to Rent-A-Kid will finally be revealed.


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