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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Crimson Calling by @AuthorSJSlack



Sci-Fi / Romance

Date Published: September 27, 2014

Callie was just a normal southern girl trying to finish up her last semester of nursing school. She was far from her home back in Tennessee, attending NWDU on a full scholarship in the beautiful state of Colorado. Close to finishing school, she was excited to go back home…kinda. Her parents were a little overbearing and didn’t give her much privacy. 
Her world was suddenly changed when she landed herself in the morgue of the local hospital…dead on arrival. From that day forward, she was dead set on finding out what had happened and why. She couldn’t seem to remember anything about her “accident,” nor did she have any wounds to corroborate with what she thought may have occurred.

On the first day of her co-op, Callie made a fool of herself in front of one of the hospital’s most prestigious doctors, and even though he was indifferent—and a bit on the stuffy side—to her, she was determined to be on good terms with him. Slowly, she started to fall for him. Determined to keep things professional, she tried to hide her true feelings.

But then the doctor suddenly showed up on Callie’s spring break with crushing news for her. She learned about her past and her true nature. Will she be able to accept it all, or will she fight the crimson calling?

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Absolutely, and it’s the best career out there. You get to be your own creative genius.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Staying focused. Sometimes, I believe I have adult attention deficit disorder. I find that coffee and red bull helps.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Yes, a former co-worker has been extremely enthusiastic and supportive. It’s awesome to know there are people out there that are so awesome.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I am currently working on “Crimson Connection,” which will be the 2nd book to continue the “Crimson Calling” story.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes, I love reading when I can find the time. I am currently reading “Up from the Grave.”

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: #CrimsonCalling


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPd

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Depends…if there is no skins I love mashed potatoes. I also love homemade French fries.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? I love romcom’s.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Depends on what I want…something simple text.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school…although I have been seriously considering home schooling my daughter.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee!


#10 – eBook or Paperback? I love paperback’s, but I do download ebooks as well.



S.J. Slack has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a natural talent for writing that she discovered as a student. When she’s not using her piano fingers on her computer, she is spending time with her husband and daughter. She has a deep passion for writing, good wine, and chocolate. 





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December 6 - Coffe Bean Zone
December 6 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Friday, November 28, 2014

Release Blitz: The Bleaklisted Books by @felinecentral @elenchera @_mrs_b #giveaway



Release Blitz: The Bleaklisted Books
Non Fiction / Comedy
Date Published: November 28, 2014

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My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro... apprap... proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

 Your Cat-tain

Charlie Brown





About the Authors


Donna Brown
Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-author of Man vs Cat with David, a humorous look at life with their six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'. You can find Donna on Google+, Twitter and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband's shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.




David Brown
David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David's dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu's Epiphany and A World Apart, and the forthcoming Ansel's Remorse and The Stars Beneath the Parapets combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten. David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

You can find David on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, along with the blog he shares at B-Lines and Felines.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tour Kick Off: Ammonite Planets by Gillian Andrews



Young Adult Sci-Fi

Date Published: July 28, 2014

This omnibus edition exclusive to the Kindle bookstore brings you the first three books of the award-winning Ammonite Galaxy series - a thousand pages in one volume!

"Awesome book! I'd give this 6 stars for writing if I could. I stayed up till 5 am last night because I was that enthralled." Rose - Podiobooks reviewer (about Valhai)

Meet Six and Diva for the first time in this special omnibus edition of the first three books in this series, starting with Valhai, which is a Readers Favorite award-winning book and a Parsec Awards finalist.

"It continues to astound me that this author has come up with something so completely original and interesting." Cynikat, Podiobooks reviewer.





#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I suppose, now, I am privileged to be able to say it is my career.  But it wasn’t always like that.  I had a book published in my twenties, but then I got married and had two children and – somehow – other things always seemed to get in the way.  When I finally got back to writing it was, I think, better and more intense for the wait.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
The hardest part was just keeping going.  Sometimes writing is easy – it flows really well; but other times you lose your way completely – especially in a series.  In the end, I found that the best thing to do was simply to go on writing even though I felt something wasn’t quite gelling.  Eventually you realize why what you have written is wrong, and that is the beginning of finding the right things to say and the right way to say it.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
No; I wish I had.  Actually I haven’t even had as much help as I would have liked within the family, although this is not their fault.  I am married to a Spaniard who doesn’t speak any English, so that means he can’t read anything I write.  I wish he could!  He is very supportive, but I have always regretted not being able to share the series with him, except in sketchy verbal  summaries.  My son struggles a bit with reading in English too, so really it is only my daughter who reads my books.  Luckily she loves them and has given me great feedback. 


#4 – What is next for your writing?
I have to finish the Ammonite Galaxy series.  I am working on Book 7 – the Trimorphs – now.  The first draft is finished, and I am hoping that it will be out sometime in the middle of 2015.  The Trimorphs is intended to be the end of the series, though I couldn’t bring myself to let go completely.  There is a loose end which may or may not lead to a spin-off.  Time will tell.  

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes, yes and yes!  I am an inveterate and fast reader.  Now I don’t allow myself to read novels when I am writing, so I binge read after finishing each book, bulk ordering books from Amazon.  This year I went through Nathan Lowell’s ‘Golden Age of the Solar Clipper’ series on the Kindle as well.  I started with Quarter Share, got hooked, and went through the whole series in four days! 


DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
Wonderful, sparkling, mind-stretching  sci-fi adventure.  Three book omnibus!


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
ipod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
No question here.  I’ve been unsuccessfully fighting back the chocolate temptation all my life and have no intention of stopping now ...


#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Mashed Potatoes if there is gravy, French Fries if there is ketchup.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy, definitely.  I like Drama too, but I love that spark that makes you laugh despite yourself.


#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Hmm. Difficult.  It depends on my mood at the time.  I have read both.


#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
No choice at all: Fantasy.  And Fantasy and sci-fi and fantasy.  I love being taken away to distant worlds and immersed in alien cultures.

#7 – Call or Text?
I like the respectful way texts and whatsApps wait for your conversation to be convenient to the receiver, but calling is more direct, more personal and allows emotions to creep through the line.  Both.

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public School, I think, if possible.  Because of the interaction with other people and the variety it gives in teachers and teaching methods.  But I live in Spain; it would depend on the educative system.


#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?
Oh, coffee, of course.  But now I have to drink it decaff, which is a great sacrifice.  These days, if I drink real coffee I can’t sleep.  When did that happen?  I used to be able to gulp down litres of the stuff with no ill effects whatsoever.  Sigh.






I am English, although I live in Spain now. I've worked at all sorts of things, but have been writing too, on and off, since I was little. I have always been passionate about cosmology and astrophysics, so it was exciting to be able to bring that aspect into the series.  I recently finished a masters in astronomy and astrophysics.
Valhai is the book I always wanted to write, but I got so involved with the characters myself that I simply had to go on writing about them, which turned a one-off novel into a series. I hope readers will identify with them and enjoy them too. I myself have been practically living in The Ammonite Galaxy for the last five years. It has become so real to me that I can almost touch it!
The books out so far in the series are:

Book One: Valhai

Book Two: Kwaide
Book Three: Xiantha
Book Four: Pictoria
Book Five: The Lost Animas
Book Six: The Namura Stone (published September2014)
Book Seven:  The Trimorphs (to be published 2015)

Ammonite Planets is the omnibus edition of Books #1-3 and is exclusive to the Kindle store, and Ammonite Stars is the omnibus edition of Books #4-5, also exclusive to the Kindle store.

                   www.valhai.com
                  www.kwaide.com
                  www.xiantha.com



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November 28 -Mythical Books - Guest Post
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December 31 - Books A to Z - Excerpt
January 2 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Cover Reveal: Scorch by K.C. Stewart #excerpt & #giveaway




Scorch by K.C. Stewart
Urban Fantasy
Date Published: January 5, 2015

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Hailey Holloway has a serious knack with running from her problems. At the first sign of trouble she can be found lacing up her Nikes and hitting the road. Dacea has been patient with her, but a man can only handle so much. He told her before that he would not chase after her again and is he nothing, if not a man of his word. Katherine is more than happy to pick at the wound that festers between them. If she picks enough, she just might make one or both of them bleed.

War is on the horizon. Together, they need to convince the leaders of Blue and Silver to join their crusade against the Council, but can they put their differences aside and stop fighting long enough to help those in the line of fire?



EXCERPT

“Hope. That is your answer?”
He tilted his head slightly at her tone. “It is.”
 “Why should I hope for something that is doomed?” she asked plainly. “What would going back solve? We’d be happy for what? Five minutes before some new drama puts us at odds. I’m tired of fighting all the time. Loving Dak is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s like loving a frickin’ mountain. He’s stubborn and unyielding to the point that I just want to beat my fists against him but that would do nothing but make me bleed. I can’t take being built up again just to have him tell me how I’m supposed to live, feel or love.”
She gave a short humorless laugh and shook her head. “Hope is one of the worst promises I could give myself. Because if I allow myself to hope for him to come around, and it doesn’t happen…I will be broken. Dak is hard headed, inflexible and has arrogance coming out his ass. He is my Mate, and God help me, but I love him for all his faults, even if he can’t love me for mine.” While Silas listened he reached over and brushed his thumbs over each of her cheeks clearing away the tears. She batted his hands away and with a clear voice she continued, “If I walk away now, I can keep what little is left of me together. I can hold on to the cracked pieces that haven’t completely shattered and go on living. It might not be the best life, but it will be under my own terms.”

He should have been happy at her declaration. Silas could have his sister without Dacea’s interference. They could leave tonight and travel, go wherever she wanted for as long as she wanted. They could connect. But he could either have the Hailey that was full of pop culture trivia and was always good for a smile with her infectious laugh. Or he could have the reserved.

Hailey who watches the clouds pass by from the window of her room, never granting more than a brief comment to the mundane. He could have one or the other, but she couldn’t be both.
Silas may not have spent much time with her yet, but he knew who his sister was.
“Hailey,” he put his hands on her shoulders and tilted his head to the side trying to catch her gaze. “There is always reason to hope.”
 




About the Author

K.C. Stewart lives in central Pennsylvania with her three cats. She is currently attending college online for Library Science while working full time as a photographer. In her spare time, which isn't easy to find, she reads an obnoxious amount and writes in between everything else. K.C. has a very real addiction to gummy bears and talking to her cats when no one is around.


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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