Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Quest, by Mary Abshire - an FMB Promotions Blog Tour




If there ever was a time where I felt saddened by my hectic reading schedule, it was on seeing this tour invitation. I absolutely LOVE this cover! I wish that I had time to read the first book, and follow with the second book of this series for this tour, but I just couldn't tack on any more reading commitments. However, I am more than happy to be part of the tour and help spread the word. We have an excerpt of this book for you today, as well as a tour wide giveaway for two ebook copies of The Quest. So don't miss out and enter today to win!

 



Title: The Quest
Series: Project Eve #2
Author: Mary Abshire
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Format: Ebook
Length: 284 pages

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Lyrical Press | iTunes | Kobo |

Book Description:

Retribution. At any cost.

Now that she knows her name and what she is, she wants justice for everything shes lost. Though her memories elude her, she takes a job for a half-demon Senator and, aided by werewolves from a local clan, intends to uncover evidence that will convict the Senator of more than thirty murders.

Getting to the Senator and finding the necessary evidence is more difficult than she anticipates, especially when there is a bounty for her death. If that were not enough, the vampire who stole her memories returns and reveals unexpected truths. But shes not going to let anything stop her. Not a sadistic assassin or a servant or Lucifer. Not even her ex-lover, the vampire God of the Underworld. Nothing will stop her from claiming retribution...even if the price is her life.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review of Caged in Myth, by J.T. Fairfield/ S.J. Drum



Title: Caged In Myth
Author: J.T. Fairfield (pen name), S.J. Drum
Publisher: Author
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon/Smashwords

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The Bayou Zoo, where magic is real, the beasts are deadly, and a bad day at work can literally mean the end of the world.

Octavian Julius McKellter— “Jay” to everyone who doesn’t want a punch in the face— struggles with keeping the secrets of his supernatural community and his own secret...he's gay. Throw in a dose of danger, deceit, and Louisiana heat, and you'll find yourself CAGED IN MY
TH.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Xpresso Book Blitz - His Allure, Her passion, by Juliana Haygert


Hello all my fellow romance lovers.  Glad you popped in today!  We have a very exciting excerpt for you to read today.  His Allure Her Passion, by Juliana Haygert is one that I definitely will not be missing out on!  Find out more about this book and the author below.  Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!




Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication date: February 2013 by Decadent Publishing
In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. And it isn't even with the cars his father produces. Because of that, his father forbids his presence at the ball that will mark the launch of the US plant of his company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.

Hayley Allen is a failing model with the worse luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Better than admit having a weak nervous system that always reacted during her gigs. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career.

Dylan shows up at her door, wasted as usual. Friends for a long time, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s bullshit, and he appreciates that, but not the way her heart wants.

Even though he doesn't believe in Valentine's Day, Dylan has an idea for his father's ball. When he suggests a deal to Hayley, a deal that could finally put her in the spotlight of success and help him impress his father, she doesn't hesitate. Even if it means hurting her heart a little more.


Click on 'Read More' below to read the excerpt and enter the giveaway!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kiddie Korner: Six Minutes Past Midnight, by Annie Christensen


Title: Six Minutes Past Midnight
Author: Annie Christensen
Appropriate Age Group: Age 8-12
Purchase Link: AmazoniTunes
Time ticks away and all things must yield to the relentless turning of its wheels. Yet in a certain country at a specific moment a boy interrupts the steady beat of the clock and the effects rush through the centuries interfering with the very balance of time itself.

An eerie silence creeps out of an attic window and spreads across the land. All living things in its wake are instantly frozen and the night plummets into impenetrable darkness. Angie and Chrystal wake up to the greatest adventure of their lives. 

Six Minutes Past Midnight is an action packed, humorous, fast moving novel for children aged eight to twelve



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Xpresso Tour - Cover Reveal- The Truth About Letting Go, by Leigh Talbert Moor

Good Morning!  Today we have a cover reveal for 'The Truth About Letting Go'. There is more than just a cover reveal in this post...but also an excerpt from the book!  The cover is gorgeous, and the book sounds like it's going to be captivating!   I have added it to my 'To Read' list.  I suggest you do too!



And now for the reveal....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spotlight! - Saving Casey, by Liza O'Connor


Hello everyone! Thank you for joining us today for our stop in the 'Saving Casey' blog tour with FMB Author Promotions. Though my reading schedule did not allow for me to partake in this read, I did find this novel pretty interesting and wanted to share it with our readers and visitors. Check out the book blurb, and definitely give the excerpt a read to see if you like the sneak peek. Also, there is a tour wide giveaway that you don't want to miss!





Title: Saving Casey
Author: Liza O'Connor
Genre: YA, Suspense, Coming of Age, Sweet Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: Ebook
Length: 63,700 words

Purchase: Bonobookstore | Amazon | B&N |


Book Description:

Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life. While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Casey Davidson.

When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts: One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss. Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum. Given this second chance to life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.

Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the “new math” she is forced to learn in school. In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does. However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them.

Will her second chance at life prove to be worth the struggles she has to overcome?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review of 'All Different Kinds of Free', by Jessica McCann


Title: All Different Kinds of Free
Author: Jessica McCann
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: April 2, 2011
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/The Book Depository

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A free woman of color in the 1830s, Margaret Morgan lived a life full of promise. One frigid night in Pennsylvania, that changed forever. They tore her family apart. They put her in chains. They never expected her to fight back.
In 1837, Margaret Morgan was kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania and sold into slavery. The state of Pennsylvania charged her kidnapper with the crime, but the conviction was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the first time a major branch of the federal government had made a pro-slavery stand, and the ruling in Prigg v. Pennsylvania sewed the bitter seeds of the states' rights battle that eventually would lead to the Civil War.
Yet, the heart of this story is not a historic Supreme Court ruling. It is the remarkable, unforgettable Margaret Morgan. Her life would never be the same. Her family had been torn apart. Uncaring forces abused her body and her heart. But she refused to give up, refused to stop fighting, refused to allow her soul to be enslaved.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Itty Bitties! - Short Story Reviews


Welcome to another Itty Bitty Post, where I review three short stories that are all very different in genre. Got to mix it up a little bit once in a while!

There is a romance shorty titled 'Gypsy Bond', by Lindy Corbin, a short fairytale type story 'Drowning' provided by the author Yianna Yiannacou, and 'Transfection', a science fiction title written by David Gaughran.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Spotlight & Giveaway! - The Summoner's Tale, by Victoria Danann


Hi everyone! Today we are showcasing book #3 of The Order of the Black Swan Series by author Victoria Danann, courtesy of FMB Promotions. To help celebrate this new release, there is also a tour wide giveaway for a couple of book titles by this author! Please enter for a chance to win! 

Please also check out the rest of the tour for a variety of posts from some awesome bloggers, by clicking here!

You can get a sneak peak of this novel by clicking on 'read more' below, as we have excerpt of Chapter One! 

As always, thank you for stopping in today.




Title: The Summoner's Tale
Series: The Order of the Black Swan #3
Author: Victoria Danann
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: 7th House
Format: Ebook
Length: 300 pages

Release Date: February 14th, 2013

Purchase: TBD

Book Description:

Coming Valentines' Day 2013
Book Three - The Summoner's Tale
Reading The Series In Order Highly Recommended.

A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle through pain and darkness in an ultimate confrontation with character and an ultimate struggle for life proving that true love waits patiently through lifetimes and finds courage to survive. Even in the strangest places. Even when you're least expecting it. Even when you're far, far from home.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

FMB Blog Tour - Review of Winter Eve, by Lia Davis



Title: Winter Eve
Series: Ashwood Falls, Prequel
Author: Lia Davis
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing
Format: Ebook
Length: 14,000 Words
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo |

Danica Welsh was born to be the leopard pack healer. An accident involving a drug induced youth left her badly burned and scared—emotionally and physically. Without the ability to heal by touch, she secludes herself to the edge of town, away from Ashwood Falls’ overly concerned citizens. All hope of mating and family become a distance dream. When she finally starts to accepts the long, lonely existence ahead of her, a stranger crashes into her life, and her heart. After Nevan Mathews’ fiancĂ©e died three ago, he submerged himself into his work, cutting off all reminders of a life he dreamed of with the woman he loved. He lets his step-mother talk him into taking the first vacation in five years to visit for the holidays. But an accident delays his travel plans, sending him to Danica’s doorstep and raises a need he thought he would never feel again.Can they tear down the walls around their hearts and submit to the passion before another claims Dani for his own?

Warning: Contains a shifter who's scars run deeper than skin, a human who has the heart of a shifter, and a snow storm that's sure to have them both reaching for warmth.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Blitz! - The Voice, by Jennifer Anne Davis


We have a Chapter 1 Excerpt today for 'The Voice', by Jennifer Anne Davis, brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.

Sounds really interesting! To read it, and to watch the book trailer click on 'Read More' below! 

Enjoy.




 


Title: The Voice
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Publisher: Lands Atlantic
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/The Book Depository

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During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.

Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works—until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.

Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to—a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.

Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review of Jared, by Teresa Gabelman


The VC Warriors are an elite group of vampire who protect innocents, whether human or those of their own race. Jared Kincaid, along with other Warriors, are shocked when a fiery red head with a gun and attitude, bring news of young teens being turned into an army of half-breed vampires capable of taking out all VC Warriors.

Breaking into the famed VC Warriors compound was definitely not the smartest thing Tessa Pride has ever done, but she will do anything for her brother, Adam. The Warriors held the one person she knew was responsible for her brother being turned into a half-breed and nothing will stop her from getting what she needs to help her brother, not even a Warrior whose eyes could make her melt with one look.

Jared and Tessa join forces in a desperate scramble to find who is responsible. With a war between Warriors and half-breeds brewing, suspicions of traitors in their midst put the lives of everyone involved on the line.


We have had the pleasure of working with author Teresa Gabelman quite a few times already. We love her!  She is such an awesome person, and boy does she ever know how to write!  We interviewed Teresa last year after we read the first book in the protector series, you can see Teresa's spotlight  here

This book is part of the protector series.  We absolutely loved the first book in the series - Damon.  You can  read our reviews by clicking on the links below:


                                                                     Lily's Review

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for.........

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Special Non-Fiction Itty Bittie Feature!



We have a special 'Itty Bittie' feature today. Both books are non-fiction, which is a genre that I read very few and far in between. But these two books certainly sounded very interesting.  So sit back and enjoy my reviews for a shorty that features real zombie makers in nature, and a shorty on forensics.





Title: Zombie Makers
Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/The Book Depository

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Are zombies real? Scientists know this for sure: dead people do not come back to live and start walking around, looking for trouble. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet natures zombie makers--including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming waspand their victims.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Blitz - The Boys of Summer, by C. J. Duggan



The Boys of Summer have arrived to Bookluvrs Haven in February. This cover sure warms me up a little on this cold winter day! :) 

We have an excerpt for this novel for you to check out. Just click on 'Read More' below to give it a read. There is also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback of this novel and some signed bookmark prizes as well. 




Title: The Boys of Summer
Author:C. J. Duggan
Series: Summer Series #1
Publisher: Author
Release Date: December 17th, 2012
Purchase: Amazon (ebook)/Amazon (Paperback)/Barnes & Noble/iTunes

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It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review of Lover Avenged, by J.R. Ward





  • Book # 7 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
  • J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" (All About Romance)world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested-and his dangerous mixed blood revealed...

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It's also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he's approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cover Reveal of 'Trust in Me', by Bethany Lopez


We are full of gorgeous Cover Reveals this month, and we have another, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours!

We are happy to bring you the cover for 'Trust in Me' by Bethany Lopez,  the third in her New Adult Contemporary series--designed by b design We included the blurb below for you to check out. If it grabs you, please click on 'Read More' below to not only see the cover, but to also add it to your 'to read' list on Goodreads with a simple click of your mouse. Hope you enjoy!



Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.

Rich never expected to fulfill his dreams in the town he planned to leave behind, but that's just what he's doing. His reputation as a noncommittal ladies' man might make it challenging to earn respect in the business world, but he's willing to prove that he's serious. In fact, when it comes to pursuing Roni, he's more than willing. But she's taking a page out of his book, not wanting to risk another relationship. Can he convince her that his playboy days are over and that she can trust him with her heart?


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cover Reveal of 'Destiny Gift', by Juliana Haygert



Hi everyone! Another awesome cover reveal today, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours!

We are happy to bring you the cover for 'Destiny Gift' by Juliana Haygert, her New Adult Paranormal Romance novel designed by Okay Creations. You want to check this gorgeous cover out. It's gorgeous! And if the blurb below intrigues you, click on 'Read More' below to not only see the cover, but to also add it to Goodreads and enter the current giveaway for a copy.



Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cover Reveal - REDEYE, by Michael Shean

Hey Everyone!

Author Michael Shean reached out to me recently and asked if we would do a cover reveal for his newest novel - REDEYE.  To which I replied...absolutely!  Last year I had the honour of reading one of his newer books Bone Wires (you can check out my review here).  It was a great book, and the cover was very eye-catching.  So I was very excited to be able to show off his newest cover.  Just click on 'read more' below!



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review of Faithful Shadow, by Kevin J. Howard



Title: Faithful Shadow
Author: Kevin J. Howard
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release Date: August 5th, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/The Book Depository

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Faithful Shadow takes you beyond the splendor of nature to the terror that lies beneath, one that should have never been discovered. Yellowstone is suffering from the largest forest fire in the park's history. Ranger JOE RAND, once passionate about nature and now drowning in alcohol after the recent death of his son, notices something is very wrong within Yellowstone after a string of disappearances. But when a fireman is found dead in the Old Faithful Inn after falling into a hole earlier that day, his body mauled and deprived of all its fluids, Joe knows he has no choice but to set down his flask and investigate. Joe and Lieutenant DALE CAFFEY of the Billings Fire Department go into the woods to search the hole the fireman had fallen into. They discover a series of tunnels lined with bones, the air thick with smoke. Joe and Dale conclude that the creature that had killed the fireman had left its subterranean dwelling to flee the overwhelming smoke from the fire above. The creature takes shelter inside the Inn, concealing itself within the darkened crevices, emerging to feast on passersby. After staging an evacuation of the park, they lock themselves inside the Inn to hunt the creature. After just a short while it becomes frighteningly clear that it is, in fact, the creature that is hunting them.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Review & Giveaway! - Her Guardian Lover, by Carrie Pulkinen



Good morning, readers! I took a little break for some ROMANCE! With Valentine's Day around the corner, this novel was a great choice. My very first guardian angel romance.... Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised! Read on to my thoughts on this yummy novel and don't miss out on this GIVEAWAY!!!!



Title: Her Guardian Lover
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Breathless Press
Format: Ebook
Length: 73,372 words

Book Description:

Guarding April is a hard day's work. But opening his heart to love her could be the end of life as he knows it.

April May Carter, a twenty-nine-year-old small town high school teacher, dreams of finding a man to whisk her away from the Hicksville she's stuck in. She wants it all—the husband, the house, the kids, the car. But her dreams of living the perfect life are shattered during a school shooting.

Damian is supposed to keep April safe. He's an angel, but you wouldn't guess that judging from his attitude. A tragic event in his past has left him so bitter and resentful that he won't let anyone get close. But the moment, Damian sees April, he's blindsided by the beauty. She awakens a part of his soul he thought had long ago burned out.

April should hate him, but she sees through his abrasive exterior and finds the compassionate, loving man beneath. Can Damian let go of his past, accept his responsibilities, and let her love him? Or will he spend the rest of his existence alone and miserable?


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