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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Oden by Jessica Frances #giveaway


New Adult / Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published: October 18, 2014

   
Mattie:
A war is coming.
It will not be an Earth bound battle yet humans will have to fight for their survival.
This is no longer about fighting to take our planet back, this is a fight for our society, our way of life.
However I will not be fighting in this war, I have another I must battle against, to stop him and keep myself, Marduke and our child safe and out of his clutches. I will do anything to protect my family from this evil maniac.
Jeprow doesn't know of human’s strengths. He doesn't know how resourceful we are. How brave and cunning and smart we can be.
He thinks he’s already won and the battle between us is over, but he has no idea who he’s messing with.

Marduke:
Oden is under attack and suddenly there is more at risk than just my own life. Mattie and our baby now rely on me and I can’t let them down
My new family is trapped in a warzone and I must protect them. 
But I must still protect my people, my family’s legacy and the leadership that holds it all together.
If we lose this war, then the humans lose as well. 
We are in this fight together and the losses on both sides will be many.
Never before have I been under such pressure, never before has the risk of failure been so high.


What happens when they end up sacrificing more than they ever intended, if they lose who they are and what they are fighting for?
Can they move on from all they have lost, forgive each other for what they have been forced to do?
Most importantly, can they ever learn to forgive themselves?
Who will win the war and who loses everything?








Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. After having the Taken Trilogy taking up space in her head for years, she was relieved to have a break and her mind clear. But apparently the free rent was announced to the world and Mattie and her friends heard, because now she is hearing their new voices and a whole new story. The Invasion Trilogy was then born.








October 21 - Avid Book Collector - Review
October 22 - Mismatched Bookends - Excerpt
October 23 - Gothic Moms Reviews - Excerpt
October 24 - Word to Dreams - Excerpt
October 25 - Bookaholic Fairies - Review
October 26 - Andi's Book Reviews - Excerpt
October 27 - A Cup of Tea and a Big Book - Review
October 28 - Author Candy ODonnell - Excerpt
October 29 - A Life Through Books - Review 
October 30 - Mythical Books - Excerpt
October 31 - Shelf Full of Books - Review
November 1 - Where Books Lead Us - Review
November 1 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up





Monday, October 20, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Blood Phoenix: Claimed by @AlishaCostanzo #giveaway



Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 17, 2014

   
Who knew immortality would be such a bitch.
Boot Camp for Vamps has a new prisoner, and Ria is testing her new world of rules and regulations, fighting her oldest nemesis—conformity. Her key battle is keeping her individuality and hiding her phoenix powers.
With an uptight mentor, an estranged werewolf, and an unlikely band of humans on her side, Ria must first survive her trials, designed to break her by a queen hell bent on making her suffer...let the nightmare begin.








#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I do—doubly, in fact. Well, I might even say it’s a triple career. Although I’m a part-time writer, I am completely immersed in writing due to my editorial position at my newly launched company, Transmundane Press, and with my English professorship at a local Oklahoma university. So when I’m not writing or editing my own novels and stories, I’m editing others’ work, which is just as rewarding.

As for my writing career, my goal is to continue producing quality stories for my readers. The Blood Phoenix thread should amount to five, Ria-centric novels within the Broken World series. Her nemesis, Phea, has her own novelette, “Maiden of the Underworld,” due out in November 2014, which explains the birth of vampires in their world. I also have twenty-three other novels and stories planned for this world so far, so I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The writing process is a funny phenomenon because whichever part I’m on seems to be the hardest at the time, but the intensive editing process seems to take the most out of me. I have five to seven stages of editing, and my eliminating wordiness stage is the most difficult of them all.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I have quite a number of people help me with my writing outside of my family. I completed my MFA in Creative Writing a year and a half ago, and my mentors Allison Hedge Coke, Rilla Askew, and James Daro were amazing. I also need to give credit to Constance Squires, for even though we disagree about genre, she taught me a hell of a lot about plot and characterization. Also, my fellow editor, Anthony S. Buoni, does wonders to my style and ego.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I have two books waiting for me to edit them currently, both a part of the Broken World series and both focusing on other parts of the world. I’m shaping up Siren Sisters: Dragonfish to submit to Avon Publishing, and I’ve just finished the first draft of Loving Red, which will be released by Transmundane Press in 2015.

My co-editor and I are also releasing Distorted, an anthology about modern mythos, in November 2014, which will contain “Maiden of the Underworld.”

And finally, I have just begun book three in the Blood Phoenix novels.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

When I find the time, I love to read. This is why I love to edit. I’m currently reading Victor Gischler’s Vampire a Go-Go and Felix J. Palma’s The Map of Time. I just finished reading Jim C. Hine’s Libriomancer.


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Boot Camp for Vamps is having a throw-down. Don’t forget to place your bets before somebody dies...let the nightmare begin.


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3, I think.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate except in ice cream form.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes with honey.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama.

#5 – iPhone or Droid? Um, $30 go-phone?

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy.

#7 – Call or Text? Text. Oral word-making is hard.

#8 – Summer or Winter? Winter.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Paperback.




Alisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. LOVING RED, a Broken World novel, is undergoing serious edits for its 2015 release. And novelette, "Maiden of the Underworld," will be released in anthology, DISTORTED in 2014. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.

Twitter: @AlishaCostanzo





October 21 - A Life Through Books
October 23 - The Book Lovers Lounge 
October 24 - Book Junky Girls
October 27 - Texas Book Nook
October 28 - Step Into Fiction
October 29 - Dalene's Book Reviews
October 30 - Twin Opinions
November 1 - A Cup of Tea and a Big Books - With Interview
November 3 - 
November 3 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up




Tour Kick Off - Stroller and Stilettos by @nanamalone #giveaway



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: October 20, 2014
   
What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family.  What she didn't expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.


Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.




Nana Malone

USA Today Bestselling Author, Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
Nana is the author of five series.  The Love Match Series, The In Stilettos Series, The Protectors Series, The Chase Brothers Series and The Donovans Series. She also writes sizzling erotic novellas as Q. Malone.
The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.
Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone.   And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.


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October 20 - Passionate Encoutners
October 22 - Starangels Reviews
October 23 - Penny For My Thoughts
October 24 - The Butterfly Reads
October 24 - LibriAmoriMiei
October 25 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Golden Stair by @jblackstream




Blood Prince Series
Sensual Fantasy Romance
Date Published: February 2014

   "What demon doesn't dream of climbing the Golden Stair?"

Ivy has lived in a tower, locked away from the rest of the world, for her entire life. Her mother, a witch who leads the resistance against the bloodthirsty kings of the five kingdoms, is her only company. Ivy knows that her battle-weary mother relies on the golden power flowing through her veins for the energy to continue the good fight, but she can’t completely smother the selfish yearning to see the world beyond the safety of their hidden valley. When the demon prince of her mother’s horror stories literally crashes into Ivy's life, she finds herself facing her wildest dream…and her mother’s worst nightmare.

Adonis is a demon determined to bury his desire for love in the pleasures of the flesh. Bound by a vow to maintain his physical form, Adonis requires a great deal of energy just to live, energy he can only absorb through the carnal arts…more energy than any one woman could ever provide. Adonis knows he could never offer a woman the fidelity she would deserve as his wife, and so carries on with his wild ways, his cryptic smile hidden behind a puff of smoke. No woman can reach beyond the heat of his embrace to touch his heart. Not even the golden haired maid whose lonely eyes keep wooing him back to her side.

An incubus can only deny his nature for so long. Long golden hair. A tower with no stairs. A witch with serious possession issues. Debilitating blindness. None of these are enough to keep a demon from climbing…the Golden Stair.






Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.
Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent three year old son.  
Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her beloved five year old can find that all magical button on her laptop to make her work vanish. 




October 20 - A Life Through Books
October 22 - Steamy Side
October 24 - Renee Entress's Blog
October 25 - In Between the Lines
October 26 - Inside BJ's Head
October 27 - Twin Opinions
October 28 - Dalene's Book Reviews
October 29 - eBooks Galore
October 30 -Where Books Lead Us


October 31 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Week Blitz: Losing the Girls and The Road Paved in Pink #giveaway




Non Fiction - Memoir - Self Help - Breast Cancer
Date Published: August 2013

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Readers can delve into the breast cancer journey and beyond in Losing the Girls, a unique memoir differentiated by the author’s cutting-edge nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM)—a little-known breast cancer surgery technique that leaves the breast completely whole.  Shirley Alarie shares her story to boost awareness of this specialized procedure, which is only offered at select hospitals.  She believes that women facing mastectomies deserve to know all of their options. 

Shirley found that the biggest challenge of her life began with a convoluted breast cancer diagnosis; and then there was the overwhelming array of surgery options.  Mastectomy or lumpectomy?  Single mastectomy or double?  Reconstruction or no reconstruction?  She worried about making the right choice and how her decision would affect her both in the short and long term.  How would it affect her marriage? W as it crazy to choose a hospital three hours from home?

After the surgery, Shirley’s determination to beat the cancer triggered a lifestyle transformation that resulted in a stronger, more empowered woman.  Her deep faith in God and her peace with the afterlife helped shape her response to this life-changing ordeal with cancer—and the love and support of an amazing posse of family and friends, along with a liberal dose of humor and hope, pulled her through the darkness and back into the warm, sunny light.

Losing the Girls is a powerful and uplifting book for every woman—and the people who love them—to read.

What others have said:

As I read 'Losing the Girls- My Journey Through Nipple Sparring Mastectomy and Beyond', I was touched by Ms. Alarie's honesty, humor and spirit that shone through her written words. I cried, laughed and at times held my breath as she took the necessary steps to face her fears and come out the other side of the journey, strong and healthy. Ms. Alarie faced the gut wrenching reality of hearing - you have breast cancer, and now she is a survivor sharing her story with the world. A must read. Lucinda Race

What a fantastic read! From the very first pages Shirley opens up and gives honest glimpses of her life to her readers. Knowing she has a family history does little to take the sting out of her diagnosis. The way she deals with her tests, results, doctor visits and eventual surgery is truly an inspiration for any woman dealing with this disease. Along with writing about her emotional journey, Shirley shares with her readers all the information she has gained from researching breast cancer and what she has learned through her support system of Drs., nurses and the like. Great knowledge for anyone who many deal with breast cancer themselves or have a family member go through it. I found her reliance on God through her ordeal comforting and inspiring. Any reader will feel that they've gained a friend by the end. P Walker



Non Fiction - Memoir - Self Help - Breast Cancer
Date Published: July 2014

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Lovey’s nightmare has begun. She’s been thrust into a terrifying and confusing journey, joining the nearly 250,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. If Lovey is fortunate, she has an excellent support team, also known as Angels. The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones offers Lovey and her Angels the comprehensive guidance needed to withstand the challenges ahead.

Readers will be empowered by the love and support of the many others who have already traveled the same bumpy road.

The Road Paved in Pink is offered with a unique “Pay it Forward” program designed to reach as many people in need as possible. By request via her website, Shirley Alarie will provide a free book to people recently affected by breast cancer, with the stipulation that they forward it to someone else in need when they are finished with it, and so on.

If someone agrees to take a booklet from the Pay it Forward program, they will be asked to sign in to the website and log their first name and location, so we can watch the books travel around the country - and hopefully, the world!

Request a copy of The Road Paved in Pink - Pay it Forward Program at the following link: http://shirleyalarie.com/2014/08/road-paved-pink-pay-forward-program/

What others have said:

This is a very worthwhile read. The author does an excellent job of giving useful information that is very understandable, which doesn't always happen in the medical field. She is able to tell her story as well as provide the reader with an understanding of the many choices available for their own journey. Also a great guide for families and friends to help them be helpful in what can be a truly difficult time. P Walker

A moving and to the point awesome guide. If you don't know someone with breast cancer odds are in your lifetime you will. Have this book on hand, everyone involved will need it, as will you. Twenty seven years ago my mother had her first breast removed only to have the other one worked on seven years later. I was there, so wish I had this guide. I have it now and have already highlighted my "talking points", when I'm faced with being an angel for someone. Marion Brenan





About the Author

I spent the first twenty years of my career in an industrial manufacturing environment, running around the hamster wheel as fast as my legs would carry me. My breast cancer diagnosis jammed on the brakes and forced me to put life in perspective. My journey since breast cancer has been focused on making a positive difference in the world. Stepping off the hamster wheel has brought greater harmony to me and my home. My husband and furry baby appreciate that the "Crazy Lady" of the house is gone and a more "Mellow Mama" has taken her place.

My writing adventure began with Losing the Girls: My Journey Through Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Beyond, my memoir, written with the intention to entertain as well as spread awareness of nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM). My website identifies some of the hospitals that perform this surgery, through the “What is NSM?” and “Where is NSM?” links.

My follow-up, The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones serves to heighten awareness of reconstruction options, among other key topics specific to a breast cancer challenge. I am thrilled to offer the “Pay it Forward” program in conjunction with this book promotion.

Another tool I’ve created to help further the awareness of breast cancer surgery options is a free 11-minute video that describes and shows the various options. Since studies have shown women undergoing treatment for breast cancer aren’t always informed of all of their options, I’m striving to ensure women facing this challenge are able to make fully informed choices. I invite all women to become educated on this topic, as this information might make a huge difference for someone they love. The video can be found on my website: http://shirleyalarie.com/2014/08/breast-cancer-surgery-options-video/

I’d love to have you join me in my journey to making a positive difference in the world!




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Monday, October 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: Unstrung by @KendraHighley



Cover Reveal - Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley
Young Adult Sci Fi/Dystopian
Date Published: October 17, 2014

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Book One: Unstrung Series

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don't make a career out of stealing other people's property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation's hit list because they've accidentally stolen the wrong thing--plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa's world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that's pristine isn't always innocent, and being a criminal isn't always wrong.









About the Author



Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important cats. This, according to the cats, is her most crucial job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica. If she's not writing, she's reading. If she's not writing or reading, she's likely a little cranky.




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