Tuesday, August 12, 2014

...Lyndi Alexander and the Color of Fear series...

Thanks, Tera, for hosting the Color of Fear YA series from award-winning author Lyndi Alexander and Zumaya Publications.

What happens to the world when a terrorist bioattack takes out most of the white people of the world? Amid changing populations and minorities becoming majorities, several young people band together to save what's left of humanity.


WINDMILLS

Bio-terrorists release a plague in the United States that spreads to kill most of the world’s Caucasian population. As the deadly virus mutates, Tzu Shin, a renowned medical doctor and biologist, defects from China to help develop a cure. His only daughter, Lin Kwan, is left behind in Hong Kong with her aunt.

 Then Kwan’s father summons her from across the sea to bring him Chinese medicinal herbs he needs to develop a cure. Lonely and missing her parents, she accepts the challenge, traveling with her sensei Li Zhong to the New World. 

But a Chinese assassin is on her trail, determined to kill her and Li Zhong, and when Kwan discovers her father has disappeared, she sets out on a journey to find him and deliver her precious cargo, a quest that she may not survive.

DESTINATIONS

Xi San saved the life of a mysterious girl one night in his ravaged San Francisco neighborhood. He can’t get her out of his mind, but believes that she’s lost to him. 

Lin Kwan came to America to bring her scientist father Chinese medicinal herbs, hoping to stop the virus that killed most of the world’s Caucasians before it mutates to infect the rest of the world. On her way to finding him, she meets again the man who once saved her, a man she can’t forget. 

With a diverse group of fellow travelers, they head for St. Louis, where civilization is being rebuilt. Between them and safety, danger lurks—Gabriel, a self-styled religious leader and white supremacist, who has organized his army from Upper Midwest survivalist and militia followers, determined to take revenge for the white man. 

But Gabriel isn’t their only enemy. Before they reach their destination, they will battle nature, prejudice and even those hidden among them who wish their destruction.




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Learn more at Lyndi's webpage 

Special free read HERE - The story of Eddie Garrick's parallel journey across America to St. Louis and KMOX.


Friday, August 8, 2014

...Werewolves & Zombies...

This week has been a big one in bookland. Silver Wolf Clan, the first book in the Silver Wolf Clan series released on Monday, so I've been busy busy on blog tours for it.




Also, I've been given the official release date for Love at the End of Days, book II in the Dead Rapture saga. The zombies drop October 14, 2014. We're so close to having an ARC to send out to reviewers and have been working really hard in edits to get this book to you!

October will bring the release of this book, PLUS The Walking Dead returns, and I'm ridiculously excited!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

...Before the Dawn by Emma Weylin...

Before the Dawn: Secret Blood Book 2
By Emma Weylin
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: 97 pages
Word Count: 47,500



Blurb:
Samantha Moore doesn’t know she’s a werewolf. For years she believed she was a monster until a hot stranger walks into her father’s bar. With the promise of a better life and freedom from a cage, she decides to trust her animal instincts.

Nicodemus Wolcott works for the shape-shifter Tribunal. When he goes to investigate a report of a distressed shifter, he doesn’t expect to find his mate. He can teach his she wolf how to be a werewolf, but his one chance at love could be lost when nothing turns out as it seemed.



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Excerpt

He let her go several hundred feet before he turned his trotting pace into a sprint. He caught up and hooked an arm around her.
She let out a terrified scream. Her fangs sank into his forearm, and he let her go as a reflex. She stumbled into a tree and then crumpled to the ground in a sobbing fit.
“Please go away. He’ll kill you.”
“Shh,” he said in an even timbre while rubbing his sore arm that would be healed by morning. He should not be rock hard while dealing with his terrified mate, but holy hell, she smelled like nirvana. He battled the instinct to shift into the hulking lycan form. Dealing with a sobbing, frightened woman always caused the urge. It would serve to only scare her more. “I’m here to help you. I won’t let Leon hurt you ever again.”
She stayed knotted up against the side of the tree. “Thanks, but I don’t need help. Please just go.”
“Samantha, I know what you are.”
Her whole body stilled before she unfolded herself and turned. She sat on the loam-covered ground with her knees bent and her clawed hands curled in the dirt. “I’m a monster. Please go before I hurt you. I don’t want to, but it just happens.”
He narrowed his eyes on her. Truth, or a lie fed to her by Leon? He crouched down into a catcher’s stance. “I need more information before I can decide if you’re a monster or not. How many people have you killed?”
Her bottom lip quivered. “Five. And Leon killed two people who found out what I am.”
His jaw went tight. Fuck him. His mate was not rogue. This was un-fucking-believable. “Can you tell me what happened?”
She sniffled. “No. I never remember when the change happens. Leon, my father, cleans it up, and then we move.”
She wasn’t lying. He could smell lies, but he didn’t think she had killed anyone. Cases like this were rare but not unheard of. He pulled at his stubble on his chin. “Do you know what you are?”
“A freak.” She wiped her nose with the back of her hand, smearing dirt across her cheek.
“No.” He stood up and took a step back, well aware how large he was compared to her. The Wolcott family had a Kodiak-bear shifter in their line, making them larger than the average wolf. “You’re beautiful.” He took a step closer to her. When she didn’t move, he closed the distance between them and crouched down next to her. “You’re in danger. It’s normal to do what we call a semi-shift when you’re frightened or angry.”
“N-Normal?” Hope filled her Nordic-blue eyes.
“Want to see mine?”
Her hand fisted, and she scowled at him. “This isn’t funny. I’ve hurt people, and I am a freak.”
“You are a werewolf, just like I am. Just like Ozz and just like Aiden Hyde.” He held her gaze while she processed the information.
Her fangs and claws retracted, and she scooted closer to the tree trunk. “Prove it.”
“As you wish.”

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About the Author

Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing “duh” moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she’s not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

...Goddess Awakened by Cate Masters...





The Goddess Connection Book 1
Goddess, Awakened
by Cate Masters


Blurb

With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.
A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.
Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.





Goddess, Awakened
The Goddess Connection, Book 1
Fantasy/paranormal romance novel
About 89,700 words


The Goddess Connection Series
Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?

In each novel of The Goddess Connection series, the heroine is somehow connected to a goddess. Her lifelong quirks will become strengths once she finds her true place in the world, and accepts herself for who she really is.

And in each, the heroine is encouraged to embrace her inner goddess. And the hero treats her like one! As it should be for every woman.

Excerpt

In starting her life over, Joss had expected some resistance, even some trouble, but not this. The bedroom floor boards trembled beneath her golden-slippered feet. Tendrils of an unseen power curled upward from deep within the ground, tingling through her toes. She paused to steady herself, then continued to put the finishing touches on her costume. The tremors grew into rumbles and their hum seeped beneath her skin. When their tiny wisps twined through her mind, she clenched her hands. Enough. Go away.
Thick as starlight on a clear summer’s eve, sweet as the lavender blossoms she had yet to plant, energy whooshed up through the cracks of the worn wood and out into the October night.
She gripped the bureau until it passed, the vibrations rolling over her in lessening waves. Bubbly, effervescent waves. “Third time tonight, Taz.” Each departure took longer, and more of the essence remained.
When the dog whined, she stroked his fur. “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.”
Even if tonight the waves were palpable enough to make her hairs stand on end. Oh, no, please.

Nothing could ruin tonight. More than a party, this event would determine her future. And after three years of grief, she’d never allow anything to trap her in its clutches again.

About the Author

Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

Contact Details
Twitter:  @CateMasters


Monday, July 21, 2014

...Minstrel's Serenade by Aubrie Dionne...

He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?

Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.

As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.


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My Review

This book was stunning! Much like the Minstrel's songs she so eloquently describes, Dionne has a talent for infusing lyric into every word. I was hanging onto each sentence, lost in the story from page one. I loved how the author did not rush this love story as Danika has to choose between two men, both worthy of her, but only one she can find true happiness with. And she keeps you guessing until the end. Danika is no pushover heroine either. She isn't wishy washy about romance, but takes her time with the decision instead, all the while, fighting right alongside the men who are fighting for her homeland of Ebonvale. The world Dionne has created is pure magic and takes you on a journey through harsh and wildly beautiful lands as quest after quest brings an unlikely alliance closer to an epic battle to save them all.

Danika knows how to fight, and never complains about duty or sleeping rough. Princess she might be, but she doesn't use her station to put others beneath her. Instead, she uses her position to serve others. I loved her, identified with her, mourned with her, celebrated her triumphs and, thanks to the beautiful writing, felt I was right there in the story.


One of my favorite parts about this was the memories and flashbacks of stories from the hero and heroine's youth that had helped to shape not only them as adults, but their unbreakable bond together. It was utterly satisfying finishing a read feeling like I knew these characters. A highly enjoyable read I'd recommend to anyone looking for an action and adventure packed sweet romance. Minstrel's Serenade is a consuming, heart-pounding, well-written read from page one to last. 5 wyvern slaying stars from me.



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About the Author

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

...Cover Reveal - Finding Julia by Desiree Holt...

Sometimes life is not fair. For Julia Patterson meeting Luke Buchanan opened the door to a new life and brought her to life as a woman. In his arms she learns for the first time how real passion and emotion can enrich your life. He claims her body with the pleasure of erotic sex and his heart with unrestricted love. But Fate was laughing at Julia, just as she is about to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life. When her almost-ex-husband Charles is diagnosed with a fatal heart condition her divorce is put on hold along with the rest of her life. Turning her back on Luke and the intense passion and emotion they shared is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles has discovered and uses like a club. Thirteen years later when Luke walks back into her life the passion and emotion are just as explosive as ever. Will they finally have their chance at happiness or will her secret destroy it forever?

Friday, July 11, 2014

...Review of Beneath the Skin by Amy Lee Burgess...

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all. 

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone-- throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?




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My Review

What an awesome start to the Wolf Within series! This is my first Burgess book and I have to say, I absolutely fell in love with the author's voice. Stanzie has endured so much and is still fighting for a normal life, despite so many obstacles. She's strong, and funny and open to love, where some would've given up. As it seems Liam has - sexy, Irish former Alpha who is bonded to Stanzie to help her out of a tight spot. You've never read a more closed off soul than Liam, but if anyone can open him back up to the possibility of happiness and love, it's our Stanzie. Burgess has created a wonderful shifter world with an intriguing hierarchy for the wolves. The setting sounds gorgeous, and her knack for description drops you right into the story. I loved it. Read it in one day and can't wait to read more from this author! 5 stars from me.