Thursday, February 15, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Insatiable Darkness by @LM_Preston #giveaway





Urban Fantasy, YA, Romance, Novella
Date Published: March 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

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EmVee didn’t know what to think about this new town her father’s passion for boxing lured them. It was an unlikely location for her to pursue her dream of going semi-pro. Just when she started getting used to the school with gorgeous jocks and strange cheerleaders, the depth of the danger her father’s choices dangled them in front of became clear. EmVee hoped Silas and Kayson will be able to help her uncover the mystery identity of the person who is threatening her family. The question is, will she survive to expose the mystery.

[Prequel, Vigilant Series, Caged Fire Book 1: Coming Fall 2018]




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Book Blitz: Nadia's Heart Part Two by @SirTwoSays #excerpt




YA Fantasy, Horror
Date Published: 11/11/2017

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In Nadia's Heart, Part One, amnesiac Nadia knew that something was wrong, so she went in search of her missing heart. What she encountered has only brought more questions: about her origins and her ties to the people of the Land of Silence. She learned that her heart was indeed removed, and that her memory was erased by an evil Voice. But why?

Now Nadia and her glowing-eyed companion, Georgeonus, must help recover the stolen hearts of the children of the Land of Silence. In Part Two, they will do battle against the evil Voice and travel to frightening places. They receive help from a powerful Witch and Wizard, and Nadia gets her heart back—but it's not at all what she expected. Can they rescue the stolen children's hearts in time?



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From Chapter VII: The Nether Regions:

“Mabel,” said Nadia, “how did you get down here? Did Georgeonus and Holofernes make it? Are they okay?”

Mabel smiled patiently, helping Nadia to step away from the table.

“Oh, I suspect they’re fine now” was her reply.

“But—”

“Come,” she said, turning. She pulled her wand from her pocket, pointed it at the cloth, and the wrap sewed itself into pants and a belted tunic.

“But—”

“We cannot linger here,” Mabel warned, turning to walk briskly.

Nadia caught up to her. “Aren’t we in the canyon?”

“No, Nadia.”

“Then where are we?”

“We are in the Otherworld. We mustn’t linger!”

Nadia did not press the matter, but followed Mabel closely, striving to keep up. She had the feeling that they were neither in the underworld nor in a canyon. She remembered the ice castle constructed by the Voice. It seemed so long ago now. In that castle, when her thoughts perceived that perhaps it was not there at all, it would come into and out of view, disappearing before her. It was the same with this canyon. This time, she perceived her own illusion. When it faded, all she could see was light.

“Take my hand, Nadia!” said Mabel urgently, in a tone which alarmed her, and in a moment Nadia’s hand found Mabel’s, which clutched hers back. Mabel’s other hand came around Nadia’s waist and drew her close, and suddenly they were being sucked through some type of funnel. It was not comfortable; it felt dangerous, and there was great pressure all around penetrating Nadia’s cells.



From Chapter IV: The Silver Witch:

They remembered that her visit had been preceded by a magick dust.

The dust came from above, the air tingled, and miniscule, silver particles glistened as they fell. It was musical, and as they breathed, they smelled fresh air like new spring, and they felt an excitement of imminent magick. She appeared suddenly, and at first no one knew where she had come from or how; she was just there on the road. She came as naturally as if she had approached them from the road. But as the magick dust settled, they realized—remembered—that the Silver Witch had dropped out of the sky.

As she stood there smiling at them, they remembered that they had looked up at the sky at a circling dot which descended. As it approached, it formed the shape of a square, floating quilt. The Witch was soon revealed to be sitting on top in black garb and hat, her silvery skin thick and rubbery. With both hands placed on diagonal corners of the quilt, she jumped off and shook the fabric out like clean laundry and parachuted down to them, the tennis sneakers on her feet ready for the road. Softly she landed, snapping the quilt upward and folding it once, twice, three times, and again and again until it was a small square deposited into one of her pockets.



From Chapter III: Fighting Back:

They headed for the road, away from the castle tumbling toward them, hoping the mountain itself would hold until they could get to the bottom. But what awaited them at the bottom was a sheet of ice, and it too could crack and send them down into the frigid deep.

She had never driven a sleigh nor a team of dogs before. The pure instinct of survival now taught her. As they rounded the rough road, more slippery now as they gathered speed, their path looked grim. Giant chunks of the castle came descending down, hitting the mountain’s jagged sides and causing avalanches of huge falling debris. The children screamed, and Nadia wanted to do the same and take refuge closer in toward the mountain, but there was nothing that would shelter them. She kept focused on the dogs in front of her, thinking only of getting to the bottom. Cascading from above came another rock, and the children held onto the sleighs, terrified. Nadia tried to turn the sleigh toward the mountain to avoid it. They swerved dangerously around the edge of the road.

Something also descended from the sky. It was a black figure, but Nadia could not even think about another potential threat as the second sleigh bore down upon them, rushing behind her. They swerved back to a straight course, barely missing the rolling boulder which crashed onto the road.



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Wendy Altshuler is a writer-producer who explores myth in new media. She writes fantasy novels and creates works in stop motion animation.  Her credits include award-winning screenwriting and WGA-accredited representation. With a degree in psychology and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Altshuler documented the work of international choreographers and wrote and produced regional programming. Her short plays have been performed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, at regional schools and most recently, Puppet Showplace Theatre. Altshuler's young adult book series has been hailed as "emotionally moving, uplifting and wholesome," and "spirited and haunting. . .with much symbolism and beauty."



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Rattlesnake Hill by @Leslie_Wheeler #interview and #giveaway

Mystery/Suspense
Date Published:  2/16/18
Publisher:  Encircle Publications

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It’s November in the Berkshires, a dreary time of dwindling light when the tourists have fled along with the last gasp of fall foliage. So when a stranger shows up in the sleepy hilltown of New Nottingham and starts asking questions, the locals don’t exactly roll out the welcome wagon.

            Bostonian Kathryn Stinson is on a deeply personal quest to solve a family mystery: the identity of a nameless beauty in an old photograph an ancestor brought with him to California over a century ago. But, as Kathryn quickly discovers, the hills possess a host of dark secrets – both ancient and new – that can only be revealed at the price of danger and even death.

Her suspicious neighbors on Rattlesnake Hill become openly hostile when Kathryn starts seeking answers to a more recent mystery: the murder of Diana Farley, who once occupied the house Kathryn is now renting. Was it Diana’s husband, who killed her to keep her from divorcing him, or her lover, Earl Barker, a backwoods charmer and leading member of a wild clan known for their violent tempers?

When Kathryn plunges into a passionate affair with Earl, she puts herself on a collision course with past and present. She must find out if Earl killed Diana, or risk becoming a victim herself.


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What is the hardest part of writing your books? 
For me, it’s taking criticism, evaluating it, and then if I decide it’s valid, acting on it. I tend to resist criticism and have been known to argue with critiquers. I try to deal with this by keeping quiet, putting my work aside for a couple days, then looking at it again in a calmer frame of mind. Sometimes, I’ll think to myself, “Well, that wasn’t so bad after all.” Other times, I’ll reject the criticism outright, if I don’t find it helpful, or it doesn’t jibe with my vision of what I want my book to be. However, if more than one person tells me the same thing, I will take it seriously, even though it may require major changes and involve “killing some of my darlings”—deleting pieces of writing that I’ve fallen in love with, but that just don’t belong in the story I’m trying to tell.

What songs are most played on your Ipod? 
If I had an Ipod, which I don’t, these would be the songs I’d put on it—an eclectic mix of folk, rock, pop, country and show tunes: “Cry Me a River,” sung by Julie London ( not the Justin Timberlake version);“Crazy,” as sung by Patsy Cline; “The Sounds of Silence,” Simon and Garfunkel, “Both Sides Now,” Joni Mitchell; “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Good-bye,” Leonard Cohen; “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor;  “Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No),” The Rolling Stones; “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley (a song that’s featured in my current novel Rattlesnake Hill); “Yesterday,” the Beatles; “You Are not Alone,” from the Stephen Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods;” “The Last Thing on My Mind,” Tom Paxton; “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” and “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” the last five by Bob Dylan. (I do a mean rendition of the latter, which never fails to crack up my twenty-something son.)

Do you have critique partners or beta readers? 
I belong to a critique group that grew out of a mystery writing class I took in the mid-nineties. Another author and I are the original members, while others (there are five of us currently) have come and gone over the years. Our goal is to meet once a week, but we don’t always stick to that, depending on people’s schedules and who has pages. Members are expected to read the pages beforehand, write down comments, and arrive, prepared to discuss. I’ve found this format works better for me than reading pages aloud during the meetings and commenting afterward. I’ve also used a former editor of mine as a beta reader, and worked with an independent editor on one of my novels.

What book are you reading now?
I’m almost finished with Louise Penny’s Glass Houses. I’m a big fan of hers for a number of reasons. I find the small-town setting of Three Pines very appealing with its cast of quirky characters, from the crazy, elderly poet, Ruth Zardo, to therapist turned bookstore owner, Myrna, to messy but talented artist, Clara, and finally to bistro and innkeepers, Gabri and Olivier, and the delicious meals they serve. And Armand Gamache makes a big-hearted, strong, and very human chief of police. I also like it that Penny’s books are usually about much more than just solving a particular mystery.

How did you start your writing career?
I got my start in non-fiction, writing in-depth profiles of colleges for an educational publisher. From there I moved on to writing books about American history and biographies for both the school and trade markets. One of my books, Loving Warriors, a biography in letters of the nineteenth feminist and abolitionist, Lucy Stone, and her husband, Henry Browne Blackwell, won the English-Speaking Union’s Ambassador of Honor Award as “an outstanding interpreter of American life and culture.” 
But I’d always wanted to write fiction, and finally found my niche as the author of mysteries set in the present day but that manage to weave in a lot of history. I’ve published three books in my Living History Mystery series, and with my current novel, Rattlesnake Hill, I’m launching a new series of Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries.

Tell us about your next release.
My next release, tentatively titled, Shuntoll Road, picks up the story of Rattlesnake Hill’s main character, Kathryn Stinson, as she and Earl Barker, the love interest in the book, try to rebuild their damaged relationship. It’s June, a beautiful month in the Berkshires and she and Earl look forward to spending some relaxed, quality time together. But the sale of the house on Rattlesnake Hill that Kathryn has been renting to an unsavory real estate developer from New York not only puts the kibosh on those plans but creates conflict between the couple. For excavator Earl, the proposed development means much-needed work, while for Kathryn it means the destruction of land she’s come to love and wants to protect.


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An award-winning author of books about American history and biographies, Leslie Wheeler has written three Miranda Lewis “living history” mysteries: Murder at Plimoth Plantation, Murder at Gettysburg, and Murder at Spouters Point. Her mystery short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies including Day of the Dark, Stories of Eclipse, and the Best New England Crime Stories series, published by Level Best Books, where she was a co-editor/publisher for six years. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, she is Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the New England Chapter of SinC. Leslie divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Berkshires, where she does much of her writing in a house overlooking a pond.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Exotiqa by @AmiBlackwelder with a #giveaway Read my #review



YA Cyberpunk
Date Published: Feb 2017
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing

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In a world where the line between man and robot is blurred, Fione (human), Maci (Flex), and Pix (Flex) will have to fight to save their family and friends from the online dangerous program EXOTIQA which is hacking and controlling the mind of the nation. Set in a future British Columbia, in the small town of Bella Coola.



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This is a new to me Author who knocked my socks off! When reading a new author for the first time I am always skeptical, but M. Black has really managed to meld my favorite aspects of a book. Young Adult  (My Fave Genre), Kick Ass Heroine (My Fave), and a diverse cast of characters. Add to that the smooth flowing story line and all of the characters being both compelling and flawed and I am a happy camper! I highly recommend this one to any YA junkies like me! 


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I am a Montessori teacher and a writer. I’ve traveled extensively and have lived abroad for about ten years. I love to write about future worlds regarding current concerns with robotics, machines, A.I, internet, and future technology like genetic manipulation.







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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Synchronicity by @KTjebbenAuthor #giveaway Read the Author #interview





YA supernatural romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal
Date Published: April 2016

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“Hayden is alive.” Those three words hurl Kate and her friends towards a mission unlike any other. While honing Kate’s Asteri powers, Kate and Alex delve deeper into their relationship as they untangle Kate from Sarah’s past. Zoe and Evan are entrusted with the task of destroying a magical ring and finding a cure for a poison that threatens their existence. And Nick is determined to locate and free Hayden from whatever monster imprisons her. Working together, their success will ensure that Hayden will no longer be a ghost sketched on paper, but a woman reborn to thrive in Nick’s arms.


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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Finding uninterrupted time in our house is a challenge. During the school year, I write while my girls are at school. But during the summer, while I type away at our dining room table, my girls frequently ask me questions and want me to take them places. I love being with them, and realize how precious my time with them is, so my writing pace is much slower in the summer. 



What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I love to use my iHeartRADIO app. When I first started using the app, one of my daughters was fixated on Taylor Swift. Now, according to iHeartRADIO, I am a country music fan. I’ve become a fan of Florida Georgia Line, and I haven’t heard an Ed Sheeran song that I didn’t love.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I am fortunate to have two beta readers. Thank you to Carol and Beth for their honest opinions and insights.

What book are you reading now?
I LOVE my Kindle app on my phone. If my eyes aren’t glued to the tiny screen, then I have my ear buds in and I’m listening to a book. I’m currently listening to Tangled Up by Erin Nicholas.

How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always thought it would be cool to write a book. In college, (while studying elementary education) in my literacy courses, I’d peruse the picture books and nonfiction children’s books and dream about writing my own book. At the time, it seemed impossible, but as the internet expanded and companies like Amazon grew, the dream started to take shape and become a reality. When my twin daughters went to kindergarten, I set aside time each day to write. Surprisingly, the story that unfolded in my head was not for elementary students, but it was better suited for young adults who enjoy supernatural thrillers. When I finished the first series, The Scintillate Series, I transitioned to adult romantic suspense and began The Savage Security Series, which now has four books, and the fifth is on its way.



I am working on the rough draft for the fifth book in the Savage Security Series. Grace’s Kiss focuses on Ryan Mark’s relationship with Grace Berry. Ryan is everything Grace has avoided in her dating life. He’s wild, cocky, and has an air of danger that takes her breath away. But as much as she’s attracted to him, she’s also intimidated by the sexy confidence that oozes from him. After a bumpy start, she realizes that she has more in common with the buff alpha than she ever expected.



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Story time always captivated Karen.  As a child, she fell in love with books that transported her to different worlds and introduced her to new creatures. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to explore different times and new worlds through literature.  Now, when Karen isn’t living in reality with her husband and daughters, she can be found creating an alternate reality filled with creatures and worlds that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers.




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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Rainbows in the Moonlight by @RyanJoSummers #review #giveaway





Romance/ Christian
Date Published: December 20, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

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A Southern romance about family, forgiveness, starting over, and love.

Koda Jacobs urgently needs a nanny--right now. Fresh from prison, Dalton Clayton needs a job--and just about anything will do.

Divine Intervention steps in and tosses Koda and Dalton together. Koda struggles with the conflicts of her impulsive decision to leave her babies with an unknown, convicted felon. That just can't be wise, can it? But she can't help but see how quickly the children bonded to him and trust him. Or the reassuring sense that this is just right. Meanwhile, Dalton stumbles through the spills and thrills of two young children, and his growing interest in their mother. A chance meeting brings him back to his estranged family as well.

Over time mutual attraction forms between  Koda and Dalton as the bond between Dalton and the children deepens. A sweet, southern romance full of forgiveness, second chances, and fun kids.

Review

A beautiful journey that shows that everyone has their issues and that it isn't impossible to come back from things. I appreciate the author tackling the difficult issues and bringing them full circle with the characters. I enjoyed the writing and the pacing of the novel as a whole.These characters each have their own personalities and depth to them. None of them felt one-dimensional or forced, they all shined through as individuals.

About the Author

Ryan Jo Summers writes mashed romances. Sweet love stories that include any combination of contemporary theme: Christian, humor, mystery, paranormal, shape shifting, suspense, or time travel. She writes non-fiction pieces for various magazines. In addition to a full time job, and a full time writing career, she also has a pet sitting business. She comes from a family of wordsmiths, with members who have been song writers and poets.

In her limited free time, she likes to read, escape to the wilderness and rivers, visit with friends and family, or just hang with her pets. She enjoys chess, crafts, painting, poetry, and word find puzzles. She lives in a century-old mountain cottage in North Carolina with a menagerie of rescued animals and way too many house plants.



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