Saturday, 30 August 2014

Book Blitz: Athena’s Ashes by Jamie Grey - Excerpt + Giveaways


Athena's Ashes (Star Thief Chronicles, #2)

Athena's Ashes (Star Thief Chronicles #2) by Jamie Grey
NA Sci-Fi Romance
Published: 26th August 2014

It’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastating assault on MYTH HQ that leaves their defenses crippled and hundreds dead.

Now that MYTH believes she’s a dangerous double-agent, Renna escapes their firing squad before they put more holes in her than a pair of fishnet stockings. But the ticking time-bomb in her head is the one thing Pallas needs to complete his master plan and he’s not about to let her get away. Even worse, he’s discovered the only thing that will bring Renna to her knees – threatening Captain Nick Finn.

Out of time and options, Renna’s got one shot to take down the traitor before he annihilates everything she loves, even though winning this battle may cost her everything.

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Excerpt

Renna sat at the small round table in her room, reading through the data Dallas had sent to her tablet. She took another sip of scorching coffee and held the liquid in her mouth for a fraction of a second—until her tongue started to burn—before swallowing. Sometime in the past few days, she’d started doing stuff like that, letting herself experience feelings she’d normally ignore. Like each time might be her last.

She shoved the coffee cup away, brown liquid sloshing onto the table.

Stop that.

But the haunting possibility was always there in the background. She might not make it through this. She’d thought that plenty of times before, when a job had gone tits up or she’d found herself faced with an angry merc, but she’d never really believed it.

Seeing that strange metallic reflection in her eyes had changed everything.

Even if she did find a way to stop the implant from completely taking over her body, it would still change everything. She’d be different in some very fundamental ways. How the hell did you deal with something like that?

Renna buried her head in her hands, rubbing her temples. She’d dealt with becoming a different person before. When she’d left the Izan tenements, she’d created a new persona, changed herself to survive. She could do it again.

But first she had to save Dr. Samil, and sitting here feeling sorry for herself wasn’t going to help. She straightened her shoulders. So. First order of business: rescue Dr. Samil and her team. Second: destroy Pallas. Third: find Finn and live happily ever after.

Totally doable.



Author Bio - Jamie Grey

Jamie Grey
Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at www.jamiegreybooks.com, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.




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Paperback copies of the Star Thief Chronicles book #1 & #2 + an e-copy of the novella
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone Blog Tour - Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway

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Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone
Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: 15th August 2014

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

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Excerpt

Heartbreak.

They say it’s the worst kind of death, because the pain has a way of leaching everything out of you.

Hope.


Fear.


Love.


Everything.


But that’s not the worst of it. No, the cruelty lies in watching someone you love beaten down, one layer at a time, until there’s nothing left of them but a shell. I know. I’ve watched my loving father become a heartbroken machine since Mom died.

I squeeze my eyes shut for a tortured second before I push harder, pouring every single ounce of willpower into propelling me forward, focusing on my speed, the target ahead, and nothing else.

My lungs are burning—my body went numb a mile back—but I don’t mind, because this is what I need, what I want. My breathing comes in uncontrolled gasps as my legs work hard, pushing beyond my exhaustion.


I pause at the top of the hill, looking down over the ocean, taking in the breathtaking view of early morning in Pine Cove, Georgia. Mom and I had spent countless hours here every Sunday.

But not anymore. Now, she lives in my memories. Memories tainted by the horrific images of her final moments.

I bend over, resting my elbows on my knees, taking a minute to breathe. I wipe the sweat from my forehead with the back of my arm and straighten. The sun rises over the horizon, a layer of soft orange streaking across the sky.

Checking the time, I descend down the hill and hear a familiar voice call out:

“Hey!”

A wide smile—the kind that would scare even the crazy cat-lady— plays across my face, and butterflies dance in the pit of my stomach. I turn around slowly, schooling my features into a non-crazy grin.

Heath jogs down the coastline, kicking up sand behind him. Dimples break out at the corners of his smile, and I’m pretty sure I’m daydreaming. He’s beautiful—not the boy-next-door kind, but a perfect mixture of charm and muscle that’d make every girl at our school shiver. The kind of guy I’d want to marry, if he wasn’t my best friend, that is.

His hair seems darker than usual and is an unkempt mess—just the way I like it.

“Hey,” he says again, breathlessly, coming to a stop before me and taking a sip of water from the bottle in his hand.



Author Bio - Clara Stone

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict. 

She also writes YA paranormal romance under the name Priya Kanaparti. She is published through Reuts Publications.

Get in Touch with Author Clara Stone!

Email: pkanaparti2004@gmail.com

Snail Mail: P.O Box 2652  Eagle, ID 83616

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Book Blitz: Pieces of Me by Kira Adams - Excerpt + Giveaway



Pieces of Me by Kira Adams
YA Coming-of-Age/Contemporary Romance
Published: 11th August 2014

For sixteen year old Peyton Lane, life has never been easy. She’s not popular, overweight, and oh yeah, her sister is embarrassed of her. But over the course of a tumultuous year, everything changes for Peyton.

Suddenly all eyes are on her and it’s not because she’s fat. From a pair of handsome twins to a couple of dangerously sexy rockers, Peyton will have to find out who she can trust with her heart. From the ups and downs to the twists and turns—this is Peyton’s story of finding one’s voice and growing into your own.

This is a coming of age romance that involves realistic situations and raw emotions. This is Pieces of Me.

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Excerpt

We were seated on the couch in his hotel, close enough to touch, but far enough away to be appropriate in any situation. I was wiping away tears in the corner of my eyes from laughing so hard at something Colton had said, when he changed everything. “Do you have any idea how beautiful you are?” he asked out of nowhere, tucking a stray piece of hair behind my ear.

I was suddenly aware I was shaking, uncontrollably. It was an uncomfortable sight, so I got up suddenly and retreated to an adjacent wall, which I leaned upon. I couldn’t even look at him. No one had ever called me beautiful before; it had to be too good to be true. He obviously felt the awkward tension and didn’t waste any time addressing it. “Hey, are you okay?” he asked, as he rose and started slowly coming towards me.

My heart was beating faster and harder with each step he took forward. I couldn’t remember how to breathe. I was pretty sure I was going to faint, but was surprised to see I was still alert when he finally made his way to me. “Hey.” He touched my cheek softly, “What’s wrong?”

I couldn’t look him in the eyes with such an embarrassing confession, so I did my best to look away. “No one has told me that before.”

“What? That you’re beautiful?” Suddenly something seemed to click for him. I saw pain in his eyes, the realization finally making its appearance. “You are beautiful, Peyton.” He looked down into my eyes for a long time, willing me to believe him, willing me to see what he saw.



Author Bio - Kira Adams


Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.
She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.





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Release Blitz: Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown - Teasers + Giveaways




Blood Beyond Darkness (Darkness #4) by Stacey Marie Brown
Published: 28th August 2014

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.

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Author Bio - Stacey Marie Brown


Stacey Marie BrownStacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.


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**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series**




Darkness of Light (Darkness #1) by Stacey Marie Brown



Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.






Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

It's been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.

And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.



Beast In The Darkness (An Elighan Dragen Novelette) (Darkness #2.5) by Stacey Marie Brown




We know the story from Ember's POV, but what happens to Eli after Ember disappears? Crawl inside Eli's mind and experience what he goes through. Be warned his mind in not a fuzzy warm place to be....










Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3) by Stacey Marie Brown

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part Demon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking heroath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen. 

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.




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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Cover Reveal: AlibiZ by Karice Bolton

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AlibiZ (Afterworld #2) by Karice Bolton
NA Post-Apocalyptic
Expected Publication: October 2014
Cover Design: Phatpuppy Art

Rebekah vows to expose the truth behind the RecruitZ that are killing the innocents. These creatures must be stopped, but so should the people controlling them. When Rebekah uncovers who is behind the uprisings, her own life becomes in danger.

Rebekah knows that she is not alone in this fight but vengeance alone won’t help her and the others to victory. Forced to build a battalion with the very creatures she needs to destroy, it is up to her to uncover the truth for the public before the world is turned over to an elite few.

Regardless of what may happen to her, she knows it’s a race against time to destroy these creatures and the monsters controlling them before there is no one left worth saving.

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Author Bio - Karice Bolton


Karice BoltonKarice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written fifteen novels and has several exciting projects in the works. Karice lives with her husband and two English Bulldogs in rainy Washington.

Books currently available:
Luke Fletcher Series: Hidden Sins (Book 1), Buried Sins (Book 2) – coming soon
Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1) Beyond Doubt (Book 2) Beyond Reason (Book 3) Beyond Intent (Book 4) Beyond Chance, Beyond Promise, and Beyond the Mistletoe coming soon
Afterworld Series: RecruitZ (Book 1) AlibiZ (Book 2) – October 2014
The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)
The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller Blog Tour - Interview



The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller
Fantasy
Published: 30th June 2012

The last of an ancient group of wizards leaves a gift to the newly arrived race of men. It is revered and cared for by a line of priests until it is stolen, and the high priest and his sovereign murdered by a king who believes himself destined to be a great wizard. But from ancient writings the high priest had discovered that the gift is not benevolent as was thought. This forces the son of the high priest, unexpectedly elevated to his father's position, and the young prince who is equally suddenly king, into a race to find the gift before it can be used as that may cause the destruction of the world. Accompanied by the retired captain of the palace guard they hope to speed their journey by crossing the Wasteland, a seeming desert, which is fabled to be populated by monsters, and from which no visitor has ever returned. In the course of their adventures they are hunted by dog faced men and captured by slavers, but the young prince truly becomes a king, and the priest discovers that he has a destiny that goes beyond the bounds of his world 

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Interview with Michael Waller

Tell us a little bit about your book, The Wizard's Gift, in your own words.

Though it will be classed as fantasy I very much see the book as simply an adventure story set in a fictional time and place. It is a race to forestall what might be the destruction of the world by a misguided wizard. The race is undertaken by two young men suddenly promoted to positions that they did not expect to achieve for many years, and an older soldier beginning a not altogether desired retirement. I made deliberate decisions with regard to the language, I cannot abide "medieval" characters who converse in modern idioms, and the use of magic, no miraculous escapes because of magical powers. It is a story that contains danger and hardships, revellations and personal growth, a constant movement towards an ending which turns out to be not quite the end.


What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I actually found it frustrating that I could not write as fast as I could think. The writing in itself I did not find difficult as at any given time I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but occasionaly I would find that the lag between inspiration and physical production meant that I would lose the thread. A re-read of what I had managed would then be necessary to put me back on track.


Are you a planner/plotter, or do you just follow where the story leads?

I am definitely not a planner, nor can I set myself targets for writing. When an idea comes to me I will sit and write the whole thing out, in fact the short stories that I have written were all produced at a single sitting, and when I don't have an idea nothing will spur me into writing. I generaly write in longhand, my trusty fountain pen, then when I transfer it to my computer I begin to expand on what is written. Then I will re-read to see if there are better word choices, and to make sure that I have caught my original idea in its entirety. I also sometimes need to return to earlier parts when a later idea means that I need to change an event to fit in with what is to come. I do know what the story is about, certainly the beginning and end, but all in all the rest is a bit hit and miss.


What is your favourite part about writing stories?

The conversion of a simple idea into the complex twists and turns of the completed story. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when you can lay out so that someone else will understand, and hopefully enjoy, a scene that is living only in your mind. I like dialogue and am careful to keep it in tune with the situation in which it is being used, only music moves me as much as honest and emotional dialogue. Anybody can write down what two people may say to each other, much rarer is the ability to make the words attain feeling and authority to enhance the speaker and the action of the story. I strive for that ability and hope that at times I achieve it.


Do you have a favourite place to write? Or a place you go for inspiration?

The single place that promotes the greatest amount of inspiration is in front of my Hi-Fi, no tinny ear buds and compressed mp3 files for me, where I find music will conjure up landscapes and actions. Sweeping passages in Sibelius will give me a sense of the more expansive scenes in the story, whilst Ronnie Dio can quicken the pulse and set my mind racing through more exciting passages.


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Well I am actually retired from what would be classed as my career, so now I do what gives me pleasure. I spend a lot of time in my workshop where amongst other things I restore vintage British motorcyles. I have thirty acres on which I ride my trials motorcycle, and I take a lot of natural history photographs. Other than that I just sit about reading and enjoying the freedom of being able to do what I want, when I want.


What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything planned for the future?

I am close to the end of a second book with Bataan from The Wizard's Gift as the central character. I also have two stories which I laid out many years ago which I plan to complete. These are both what would be classed as thrillers, I suppose, but as I have a dislike of the pigeon holeing of literature, as with The Wizard's Gift, they are just exciting stories one about a murder, and one about a fraud.

Thanks!


Thank you Michael! I definitely understand your connection with music, I certainly find songs inspiring me to write all the time, thanks for a great interview!



Author Bio - Michael Waller

Michael was born in Middlesbrough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, UK in 1951 where he was soon creating havoc as a short trousered rebel. Fortunately as his mother was head cook at police headquarters his numerous run ins with the constabulary were dealt with in the privacy of the family home. A junior school run by nuns, and then an excellent grammar school under the watchful eye of Marist priests educated him to have a love of literature, music and science. Though they did nothing to curb his anti-authority streak.

An initial ramble through all manner of jobs finally came to a halt in the oil and chemical industry where his love of science and all things technical provided him with gainful employment for almost thirty years. Whilst working he spent several years in the Middle East with visits to India, and around Europe before landing in the USA where he has lived for the past twenty years.

Retired now he writes, take photographs and restores vintage British motorcycles in upstate New York.




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