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Monday, November 24, 2014

Release Blitz: Winter Wolf by @rj_blain #excerpt

Winter Wolf by R.J. Blain
Urban Fantasy / Thriller / Supernatural Suspense
Date Published: November 24, 2014

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The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…



EXCERPT


Almost everyone in the store had a phone. Dormant devices, from reading lights to mobile chargers, littered the tables. One woman, browsing books nearby, had four battery-powered devices in her purse. One was a phone, and like mine, it hungered. Its need was strong; its battery waned to the point of failure.

If I wanted, I could charge it for her.

No one would notice if I did. Maybe the woman would wonder how her phone hadn’t died before she got home. It only had a few minutes left. It’d take me all of ten seconds to fix it for her. If I did, I wouldn’t be so aware of it. But to do so, I’d have to touch her—or her phone. Some things I could manipulate without having a direct conduit, but cell phone batteries were tricky, greedy things.

I cringed a little, setting the thriller book down. I picked up the next nearest title. I flipped it over, not reading the text on the back. Did I dare? Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the woman browsing through the books. All it would take was a few seconds. I could charge it without her noticing.

That was one thing I was actually good at.

I put the novel I held down and wandered to the same table, careful not to look at her. Book by book, I investigated the titles, circling to where she stood.

“You’re Nicole Thomas, aren’t you? The actress. You’re her.” My quarry appraised me with a pleased expression.

People normally recognized the mainliners, people with beautiful faces and voices to match, people who didn’t avoid crowds.

In short, people other than me.

I met her gaze, abandoning my perusal of novels. “I am,” I replied, wincing a little at the sandpaper-rough quality of my voice. At least I hadn’t been reduced to a whisper—yet. My fatal flaw was my rough, grating voice. Chronic laryngitis did that to a person. It ruined careers, as it had mine, though I hadn’t quite given up on being an actress. I’d already lost the ability to sing.

I wasn’t going to let a stupid disease take everything away from me.

The woman smiled, not seeming to mind talking to someone who sounded more like a zombie than a human. “You’re taller than I expected. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

She thrust out her hand.

We shook.

I left her phone alone.

“They keep putting me next to giants,” I quipped. It was true. When I did manage to get on the silver screen, I worked alongside actors easily a foot-and-a-half taller than me. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I matched her smile. She didn’t tell me her name, and I didn’t ask for it.

It took all of my will not to fiddle with her phone. All it would take was a murmured word and a thought, and it’d be done. It would have been easy to charge the battery when our hands had been clasped together, but I hadn’t dared.

If, sometime later, she noticed her phone had magically been charged—literally—she might remember me. She knew my name.

And in true cowardice, I couldn’t bring myself to help her. If she connected the strange behavior of her phone with me, she might tell someone. If she did, I’d be as good as dead—or worse. I had dabbled in the occult, and the occult had dabbled back, and there were those who didn’t like when that happened.

The last thing I needed was them finding me.






About the Author
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.



Favorite Books & Series

In no particular order:

Anne McCaffrey's Pern
Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar & Gryphon Series
Jim Butcher's Codex Alera & The Dresden Files
Brandon Sanderson's Elantris
Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series
Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour Kick Off: This Weakness For You by @WendySparrow




Paranormal
Date Published: November 17, 2014

She's exactly what he wants to sink his teeth into...Jordan is his pack's Alpha dog. The Big Bad Wolf. And after his last breakup, he's opting to be the lone wolf, too. But then his rival's little sister—a human, of all creatures—comes to his door. And suddenly, what should be a tasty little snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine...Christa is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Besides, in the unforgiving, shadowed world of shifters, there is no room for weakness. And falling for her family’s enemy won't just be her downfall...it will be his, too.







#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? I’d love to. Getting paid for writing is like getting paid for going to Disneyland. It’s just hard to make it into a career. I hope to get there eventually.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? Ugh. Revision. Revising is a long, hard slog for someone who is a pantser (writes without an outline by the seat of their pants.) It’s nearly painful and the magic of writing goes to die in revision.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? Definitely. My Creative Writing teacher in high school told me that eventually he’d be buying my book off a shelf. When someone believes in you that much—you start to believe too.


#4 – What is next for your writing? This is the second in the Taming the Pack series so the third book is next for release. I’m currently writing another paranormal.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I’m an insanely avid reader. I’ve read over 400 books for the year already. I’m in the middle of five books right now: an Agatha Christie mystery, a Julie Miller romantic suspense, a Meg Cabot YA, a MG anthology, and a nonfiction book about celebrities’ deaths and graves. Normally I blitz through books one at a time but I’ve had a hard time picking a mood and a book to go with it. 


DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: Unaware he's about to be hunted, Jordan is having difficulty staying away from his rival's little sister--temptation never looked so sweet.


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed Potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Neither. I have a broad reading interest, but they’re both outside my scope.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy.

#7 – Call or Text? Text.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook



Wendy Sparrow has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She lives with a wonderful husband, two amazing kids, and a husky/lab (that has been told he looks much like a wolf) in Washington State. Wendy is active in Autism and OCD support networks and often blogs about both on her website. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.



November 18 - Obsessed By books - Review
November 19 - Snarky Mom Reads - Review
November 20 - Punya Reviews - Excerpt
November 21 - Mama Bears Book Blog - Excerpt
November 22 - Diane's Book Blog- Interview
November 23 - Book Junky Girls Reviews - Review
November 24 - Smile Somebody Loves You - Review
November 25 - Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama- Guest Post
November 27 - Author Candy O'Donnell - Excerpt
November 28 - British Book Worm - Excerpt
November 29 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Tour Kick Off: Waiting for Perfect by Kelli Kretzschmar #giveaway



Young Adult Contemporary

Date Published: October 1, 2014
   
In the wake of an attempted date rape, high school senior Kendra Voss receives hope from two unlikely heroes, who happen to be cousins.

After Nicol├ís Veneto rescues the popular Kendra Voss at a party, his long-time feelings for her reignite. But the socially awkward Nick can’t ever seem to find the right words to tell her so, and instead, seems to push her away with his persistence in trying to have her press charges against her attacker.


Nick's playboy cousin Sebastian Veneto, however, is a master with the opposite sex and is used to getting what he wants. After unwittingly helping Kendra at her most vulnerable, he discovers that his feelings for her go beyond his usual lust.
Kendra is caught between the two, the elusive artist and his dangerous cousin, both of whom are pulling her through the difficult aftermath of her near-rape in his own unique way. In the meantime, she tries to avoid the boy who attacked her, deal with rumors at school, and move on with her life.
Waiting for Perfect is a story about facing the unexpected events that force us to grow up and is told through the alternating, memorable voices of Kendra, Nick, and Sebastian.






#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes! That is the goal, anyway. Currently, I have a full-time marketing career. The more I write, the more I want to ONLY write! As more of my novels are written and released, my hope is that I can one day “retire” from my marketing career and write full time.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Editing. I hate it. Being self-published, there is a LOT of editing that I’m required to do on my own. I definitely enjoy writing more than editing. I’d like to just write the story and hand it off to a trustworthy editor to pretty it up a bit.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My biggest non-family supporter is my friend Leisa. She has always been eager to read and provide feedback for my novels. She encourages me to keep writing and assures me that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing with this passion of mine.


#4 – What is next for your writing?
I will be releasing the sequel to Waiting for Perfect in the next month. This one will be titled No Fear of Perfection. Also, I am writing the next novel in the Wellton Series. I released Defending Wellton in May of 2013. I have a great fan base in Wellton, AZ, and I held a couple of book signings there last December. I know the great people in that little town are eager for the second novel to be released. The second installment in the series, currently untitled, will follow deputy Trent Buckley as he works a case involving a missing girl. I expect it to be released mid 2015.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I do have a reading addiction. I find myself cycling through fiction and non-fiction spurts. Currently, I’m in a non-fiction cycle, soaking up everything I can on different perspectives of spirituality. Also, I’m reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio with my ten-year-old son.


DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
Two attractive cousins comfort vulnerable high school senior Kendra Voss after she experiences a trauma.




This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3 – I don’t even know what iPd is J

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate - every day of the week!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French fries – especially sweet potato fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy. I can always use a good laugh.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel. I like a little more mystery than romance.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality-based fantasy. Does that make sense?

#7 – Call or Text? Text. I like writing better than speaking. Go figure ;)

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school. I think everyone benefits from the social experience and the learning of different perspectives.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee. Recovered caffeine addict, but I still love the taste.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook. Space-saving and available on my cell phone wherever I am in the world.


Kelli Kretzschmar graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. She works full time as a marketing manager and writes for enjoyment. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, a wild Labrador named Tyson, and a corn snake named Abigail. When she's not at the office or spending time with her family, she enjoys writing, reading contemporary fiction, learning new things, running, and her most recent passion, practicing Krav Maga.
Email: kellikretzschmar@gmail.com







November 18 - Chosen By You Book Club - Excerpt
November 19 -Bunny's Reviews - Excerpt
November 20 - Mythical Books - Guest Post
November 21 - Bound 2 Escape - Excerpt
November 22 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
November 24 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
November 25 - The Caffeinated Book Nerd - Excerpt
November 26 - Texas Book Nook - Review
November 28 - Madelyn Hill - Guest Post
November 29 - Penny For My Thoughts - Guest Post
December 1 - The Indie Express - Review
December 3 - A Life Through Books - Review
December 4 - Lustful Literature - Review
December 6 - Books Direct - Excerpt
December 7 - Books and Pearls - Guest Post
December 8 - Candy O'Donnell - Excerpt
December 9 - Benish Khan - Review
December 10 - The Word at My Fingertips - Review
December 10 - The Pen Muse - Excerpt
December 11 - Twin Opinions - Excerpt
December 12 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up




Tour Kick Off: Distorted by @TransmundnePres & @AlishaCostanzo #giveaway


Fantasy Anthology
Date Published: November 7, 2014


   
Tantalizingly bloody tales featuring human pitted against beast and gods, with the true majesty and horrors of the afterlife, with love and death and desire...


Eight writers modernize ancient mythologies in DISTORTED, proving that not every story has been told.




Alisha CostanzoAlisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She’s the author of BLOOD PHOENIX: REBIRTH and BLOOD PHOENIX: CLAIMED, and co-editor of DISTORTED. LOVING RED, a Broken World novel, is undergoing serious edits for its 2015 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.

Anthony S. Buoni
Having relocated from Northwest Florida's lonesome roads and haunted swamps, Anthony S. Buoni now prowls the gas lamp lit streets of New Orleans, playing moonlight hide and seek in the Crescent City's above ground cemeteries. Anthony is the author of Conversation PartyBad Apple Bolero, as well as the editor to the Between There anthologies.  His stories and articles have been featured in North Florida Noir and Waterfront Living. When not prowling, Anthony keeps it scary, writing dark fiction, editing, and watching horror movies.  In his spare time, he DJs, plays music, and conjures other worldly creatures with tarot cards and dreams.
Twitter: @TransmundnePres   @AlishaCostanzo

Things to Know About the Authors

Heidi Vlach:
-Heidi was born and raised in northern Ontario, Canada — but despite lifelong experience with snow, she hates cold weather.
-Heidi's parents are furniture salespeople: Heidi grew up with lots of big cardboard boxes to play in and transform with her imagination.
-She graduated chef training at age 18. There was tense discussion among the chefs before Heidi was allowed to attend the wine-tasting class, since legal drinking age in Ontario, Canada is 19.
-Heidi waited tables at a sushi restaurant for 3 years. Her favourite part of the job was encouraging nervous first-timers to try the raw fish.
-Heidi typically writes at her kitchen table, while drinking coffee, listening to electronic trance music, and snuggling one of her cats.

Catherine Edmunds:
-I'm a professional viola player. My string quartet was once kicked out of a shopping mall where we were performing by security because someone had complained our music was ‘too noisy’.
-My great-uncle worked with Albert Einstein.
-I took up ballet on my doctor’s suggestion at the age of three to cure my flat feet, and kept dancing until I was fourteen. Absolutely loved it. Still have flat feet.
-I appeared on national TV in 2013, painting in the Glasgow heats of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. My model was actress Sophie Turner—Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones.
-I was once bitten by a tadpole.

Alisha Costanzo:
-I like to teach, even when no body asked for a lesson. Sometimes, this can make me feel like a snob, but when people make mistakes and no one corrects them, they are doomed to be repeat offenders.
-One of my favorite jobs so far was working at a funeral home. Most often, I had the building to myself, the nights were quiet, and I got to read or write. Other times, I felt emotional, but ensuring a funeral goes smoothly is rewarding.
-When I role-play write, I often prefer to be the male. I don’t tend to hear objections.
-I love teaching barefoot in my classroom, even when it’s freezing out.
-I’m an environmentalist and anti-consumerist...until I walk into a bookstore.

Patricia J. Esposito:
-Some of my hardest laughing comes when roughhousing with my constant companion, an eighty-five-pound Golden Retriever who thinks nothing of pouncing full-body on me.
-The crystal bowls I received as wedding gifts contain polished stones from the shores of Lake Superior.
-At home I prefer to drink only water, at the coffee shop, only chai tea, and at parties, only Courvoisier.
-I often have to work at home till late at night due to lost time making snow forts or playing ninjas with the neighbor kids (and my dog, of course). Fun is a distraction I encourage.
-Despite the convenience of iPhone music, at all times, my purse is weighted with the music CDs I can’t live without; after all, if I were to get stranded on a desert island, at least I could hold the CDs against me and imagine their sound.

Rebecca Lynch:
-I loathe cooked tomatoes.
-I can boast a library of 1000 books.
-I never graduated high school.
-My original major was nursing.
-I met my husband at an outdoor barracks party during a tornado.

Autumn Lishky:
-I made more as a pizza delivery driver than I have as a professional.
-I hate Twinkies because of the marshmallow filling. However, I like marshmallows. Go figure.
-I’m that snob that judges your grammar on Facebook and Twitter.
-My husband and I have watched hundreds upon hundreds of horror movies, and only one has made me stop eating—Cradle of Fear by Cradle of Filth.
-When I feel completely lost, I consult my Magic 8-Ball.

Christian Bone:

-I currently reside on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, a small place cut off from the rest of the country. It is somewhat like the Village from The Prisoner but without the sinister brainwashing (I hope).
-I possess an unhealthy obsession for all things Sherlock Holmes. So much so that I own three copies of the same book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. We all do silly things when we're in love.
-I have a fond memory of once meeting Neil Gaiman, a very nice man who greeted me as a 'fellow writer.' I'm still thinking of a way to put that event on a T-shirt.
-I've always had a great interest in writing, but for a brief time when I was younger, much to grown-up me's disbelief, I wanted to go into football/soccer. It is a period of my life that I cannot explain.
-The first story I remember writing was about some kid detectives who stopped a pair of ghosts from stealing buried treasure. Clearly, I've never been one for genre boundaries.

Anthony S. Buoni:
-I'm a DJ, specializing in goth, punk, trance, new wave, and house.  I also play guitar, sing, and write my own music and electronic loops.
-I believe in all the spooky things I write about.
-I bought my laptop based on how easy it was for me to type on it.
-I'm pagan. I love growing plants and studying the moon, planets, and stars.

-I've sat through entire college classes without getting credit because I was interested, not because I was grade or degree driven.


November 18 - Where Books Lead Us - With Interview
November 19 - One Guys Guide to Good Reads - With Guest Post
November 20 - Deal Sharing Aunt 
November 21 - Gothic Moms
November 22 - Mythical Books 
November 23 - Ashley's Paranormal Book Blog - With Guest Post
November 24 - Chosen by You Book Club
November 25 - A Life Through Books
November 28 - The Book Lovers Lounge - With Guest Post
December 1 - Texas Book Nook


December 1 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up





Tour Kick Off: Coming Home to Love by @TompkinsFalls



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: September 24, 2014
   
With his health deteriorating and his spirit dying, Justin Cushman has come home to Tompkins Falls in the Finger Lakes to assist his injured nephew Joel. Sick of accumulating wealth for its own sake, Justin knows that his life is meaningless without a loving relationship and a purpose for his billions. On a whim, he visits Joel’s spa, looking for a massage to relieve his pain. Gianessa Dupioni is a gifted masseuse who knows what ails Justin, and she starts him on a journey of health and happiness. Too bad for Justin that Gianessa is devastated by personal losses and strictly focused on rebuilding her career. Justin may be a master strategist in the financial world, but can he persuade Gianessa to let love in?







Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at charming inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She is hard at work on book four of the Lakeside Porches romance books and novellas.







November 18 - Texas Book Nook
November 19 - A Life Through Books
November 20 -
November 22 - Andi's Book Reviews
November 23 - Books Are Love
November 24 - Obsessed by Books
November 24 - Queen of All She Reads
November 25 - Reading Shy With Aly
November 26 - Twin Opinions
November 27 - Bunny's Reviews
November 28 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up