The Dragon of Droughton Park Spotlight w Giveaway!

Sooo, I LOVE THIS TOUR BUTTON!!! AND HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO MR. JOHN!!! SO, Mr. John has become a wonderful internet buddy! I am also one of his beta readers for this second book of the series, and though I don’t have an “official stop” on the blog tour, I AM gunna give you some goodies, cuz I love y’all… and this whole series!!! So lemme just get right to it!!

Clifford Crane has led a tough life – failed marriages, bankruptcy, drug addiction, and a mind-numbing dead-end job. But he’s made it through, and now he’s a few short years from retirement. He’s looking forward to his golden years, until he meets an ancient Uwharrie Indian shaman, who turns him into a werewolf. She believes Clifford is the red wolf foretold in prophecy, the one who will unite the wolf packs and lead them to victory over the vampires for once and all time. Too bad she doesn’t tell him that before she dies. Now, rescuing beautiful young women from the clutches of the undead has its rewards, but will it pay the rent for the next thousand years?
Everyone has accepted the Prophecy of the Red Wolf except the Red Wolf himself. Clifford would like to reclaim some semblance of a normal life, but there are three beautiful reasons he cannot cut his ties to the pack of werewolves of which he has become a part. There’s Heather, the sister of the Uwharrie Pack alpha, whom the pack has chosen as Clifford’s mate. There’s Nicole, the talented young Omega wolf, a seeming reincarnation of Clifford’s once and greatest love, who shares a strange and disturbing bond with him. And there’s Danielle, the gorgeous young vampire who currently shares his bed in a forbidden affair.
Clifford faces a difficult choice indeed, but it may not be his to make. Powerful forces are afoot in the world, and to protect the ones he loves, Clifford must seek the help of the powerful Fae who foretold the prophecy in the first place, the one who might do anything to make sure the prophecy comes true, the mysterious Dragon of Doughton Park. 
The Dragon of Doughton Park is the second in a series of Red Wolf novels, depicting a world where vampires are mere generations away from realizing mankind’s destruction, the ultimate goal of the undead and the mysterious beings that created them.

My Review:

First, I love the cover!! The first book is getting a new cover too :) But besides that, Mr. John so nicely asked me if I would beta read for him in the book-this review is based on that beta read, but I doubt he changed very much as it was pretty spectacular, even in the rough stages!! :) So, in the first book, I kinda thought Clifford was a push over. He is supposed to be so “special” yet I find him slightly pitiful LOL or at least compared to the Clifford in this book! I love when a character grows and you SEE it! I had a conversation with Mr. John about his character’s “self warring” and to me, I thought he was literally fighting himself at every turn. Not just about being bitten and turning into a werewolf, but about his life. He’s worried about falling back into old addiction habits, and girls finding him attractive, and he doesn’t really wanna be a werewolf, and he’s middle aged going back to college and even though he’s really smart, he sometimes made stupid desicions… WELL NO MORE!!! This book has not only redeemed Clifford personality to me, but I think I may also be slightly in LUST… sorry Heather and Danielle, but I totally am!!! I don’t care how old he is! 

He originally starts out with not wanting to have anything to do with the werewolf world. He’s so torn over the fact that his actions caused death, even if those deaths were chosen by those who died. So, he’s having a very non healthy relationship with Danielle, who has now turned Vampire (umm, sorry spoiler alert haha) and it’s just weird to me. I am sorry but I HATE DANIELLE!! or I really really love to hate her! She is truly the bad guy to me, regardless of who the actually plotting bad guys are :) But back to Cliff, so he of course gets pulled into the array of chaos again, BY HIS OWN ACTIONS!! I mean you would think he would totally learn his lesson the first time that making heroic acts will bite you in the booty later, right… NO, he so does it again!! I’m not saying it was a bad choice. I cheered out loud when this happened. And I’ve wanted him and Heather to have their “moment” for ages!! And it STILL takes more time, as both Heather and Cliff are totally NUTS! LOL So ya know, fun stuff!

There are so many characters that come into play here. I mean werewolf pack, vampire maniacs, normal people… You just don’t know. And when I beta read for Mr. John, one of my favorite scenes comes into play with a secondary character. I happen to love Kendall. He’s hot-so LADIES I TOTALLY CLAIM HIM HERE AND NOW!! Mr. John, if I can have a wish, I think I need you to make me Kendall’s girlfriend hahahahaha :) But anyways, so Kendall is gunna take one for the team in a bad situation and is seducing a human thrall, and it’s just so priceless!! Everyone NEEDS to read that scene, seriously! :) can we all say AWKWARD!! :) BUT HILARIOUS! LOL And my next scene is FINALLY with Heather and Cliff, and a river… no more than that can be said :) Next, I know this may be strange, but Mr. John actually writes about his characters doing things real people do… LIKE PEEING!!! everyone has to do it, yet it’s never mentioned :) 

And Nicole, I really love her character. I can’t say that enough. I am so glad she is now a major part of this! Now action… There is so much action in here. Danielle totally goes nutso on Cliff, and Vampires are trying to kill people, and werewolves are getting crazy!! I mean, it’s just an all around great book, and I seriously CANNOT wait to see where this is going to lead… AND THE END!!! Mr. John, you have made my list of killer cliff hangers!! I am a huge fan of good cliff hangers and I liked to DIED!!! Another reason to hate Danielle! :) BUT BEST PART… THERE’S A DRAGON!!! People, werewolves and dragons together, I literally salivated! :) YES!!! If you didn’t know, there’s also a lovely cajun lady who has some spots and I will show you a little goodie about that in a sec. 

All in all, there is nothing to say other than I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME MORE!! Really soon, pretty please Mr. John :) It would be so appreciated! :) You have done such tremendous greatness since the first book, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll do to my heart next! :) 5 HUGE PAWS!!! 

Purchase links: *don’t forget, the first book is $0.99 right now!!

The Draculata Nest   My review is HERE

           Kindle version     Nook version     Paperback version     in Charlotte
The Dragon of Doughton Park
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On a little side note, I did a small reading for Mr. John, for his lovely cajun character, and it’s from this book. So if you wanna see it here ya go :)
About the Author (written by the author lol):
The History of the World According to John

   I was born on the first day of October in 1950, the first son of John and Patricia, in Baltimore, MD.  I got a brother a year-and-a-half later. We moved around a lot. We moved to Charlotte, NC. I started school. I barely learned to read the boring crap they taught me. We moved to Asheville, and my Mom taught me to read real books.
   I fell in love with L. Frank Baum, John Fox, Jr., Edward Ormondroyd, Robert Heinlein, and Marilyn. We moved to Greenville, SC. I fell in love with Kathy, H.G. Wells, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  I went to Junior High School. I fell in love with Cecelia, Isaac Asimov, and Jackie (sigh).
  I went to High School. I fell in love with Donna, Kathy, Jane, Merrill, Jackie (again), and alcohol. I decided to become a writer.
  I went to Presbyterian College. I fell in love with Cynthia, Ann, marijuana, LSD, what’s-her-name, Harlan Ellison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, and Joni Mitchell. I left Presbyterian College and went to the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!). I fell in love with Karyn (sigh), J.R.R Tolkein, Robert Heinlein (again), cocaine, and The Allman Brothers. I tried to write.
   I graduated college. I fell in love with Pat, Barbara, Dale, Carol, what’s-her-name, James Tiptree Jr., Frank Herbert, Ursula K LeGuin, Connie (OMG), Stephen King, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Kathy. I tried to write.
   I married Kathy. I fell out of love with cocaine and LSD. I gave up on writing. I moved to Charlotte, NC. I moved to Salisbury, NC. I got divorced. I fell out of love with alcohol and marijuana. I fell in love with Amanda, Susan, Pam, Gerrie (sigh), Michael Crichton, Robert R. McCammon, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Janine, and Cheri.
  I moved back to Charlotte, NC. I fell in love with Caren and got married again. We had a kid. I got un-married. I fell in love with Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, Patricia Briggs, Richelle Mead, and Taylor Swift.
   Oh, and along the way, I made a lot of wonderful friends and observed first-hand the never-ending, enigmatic, inexplicable miracle of life. And, I started to write again…
   …and I haven’t stopped.
Stalk Him HERE: 
As a special note, you should all know, I’m quoted on the paperback of the first book :) cuz I love the books and Mr. John loves me hahahaha
the giveaway:
Mr John is kindly offering a buncha stuff!! first, if you follow the tour, there’s even more, so you can go here to see that tour! Secondly, my special spot offers my own goodies… LIKE 2 EBOOK WINNERS AND ONE SIGNED PRINT COPY WINNER!! Yep, there is going to be 3 winners!! I will offer the ebooks internationally and the print copy winners US ONLY as Mr. John is shipping these! I will hold this for about a week so leave me a nice comment below! I’ll contact you for your info after I pick! :) 
To Mr John!! THANK YOU, for being so awesome, and for offering this awesomeness to my followers, even though I am not on the tour LOL it was a little miscommunication, but I’m ok with that since you guys get those goodies!! To my followers, thanks for stopping by and being so awesome to follow!! :) I hope you guys love this series as my as me! Happy Reading everyone! Later Gators!! 

Resisting Velocity Blog Blitz

Resisting Velocity

High Velocity #1

Trinity Evans and Xoe Xanders

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Elysium Fields, LLC

ISBN: 9781301487264

ASIN: B009DB2VOU

Number of pages: 185 pages through Kindle

Word Count: 60,000 words

Cover Artist: Xoe Xanders

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Book Description:

As frontman of up-and-coming rock band, High Velocity, werewolf Zane Alexander has everything a man could want: Fame, fortune, friendship, and a pack to call home. Well, almost everything. Despite being able to take his pick of pretty much any woman, he wants the one girl he can’t have—the one girl who’s eluded his every advance.

Charlie Banks has always had a thing for Zane, but being the band’s head of security, she knows firsthand just the sort of guy he is. She’s determined not to become just another notch on his bedpost, but if doesn’t stop the want for a mate curling in her gut. It’ll happen, someday—it just won’t be Zane. She’s decided that it’s time to leave High Velocity, to find a nice little home and settle down to live the rest of her life, away from sexy smiles and ripped bodies of rock stars.

But when someone threatens Zane’s life, she’s the only one he wants to protect him. Except, Zane has a hidden agenda. One that involves claiming Charlie as his mate, once and for all.

Excerpt:

Breathing in short, sharp breaths, Zane followed her through the winding corridors of the Richter Stadium, past the women’s bathrooms and down a flight of stairs. He held his breath for a moment as he slid through the remaining security crew. His golden eyes zeroed in on the whipcord lean beauty, a few dark curls coiling down from the sensible bun she always wore it in.

She stopped, hesitating right outside the doors. Two more steps and he’d lose her to the nightlife, his identity keeping him from following her any farther. If fans saw him, his life would become a hurricane of screams and groping hands. He wasn’t in the mood to put on his usual charming-playboy air to deal with them and he knew that going furry on their asses would damage his career.

Now or never. As she stepped out, he lurched forward, his pulse pounding furiously at his throat, and he crossed the floor in three strides. His fingers curled around her shoulders, firm and commanding, though he knew she hated it when he pulled the alpha role. She spun and her lips formed a thin line, as if she’d been expecting this. She’d known. You couldn’t really lie to pack and get away with it.

“Charlie.” The one word was all he could say before her eyes pinned him. They were pale as a sheet of blue ice, staring up at him with a gentle ferocity that she’d only ever reserved for him. He had no doubts that she wanted him—he’d smelled it on her in the past, saw the way she looked at him sometimes, as if she was seeing through to his soul—but she was wary. Guarded. The walls around her heart were made of marble and he was left pounding both fists against the cool stone.

“You can’t leave.” His words were a statement. A fact.

“I can and I am,” she replied coolly.

“What about the guys? What about High Velocity? You’re just going to throw it all away?” He was surprised at the intensity behind his words, but he was far from done. “Are we not paying you enough? There’s always ways around that. How much will it take?”

She blew out a harsh expel of air and glanced down at his hand clamped around her arm, but she didn’t bother to pull away. Her winter gaze met his molten gold once more. “I’ve made my decision, Zane. You need to respect it. There comes a time in everyone’s career where they have to make a choice and take a stand. This is it. I’ve put in my notice, I’ve followed protocol. There shouldn’t be a problem.”

A growl slid up his throat, escaping with a rumble. “I don’t give a damn about protocol. You could flash your tits to the crowd if you wanted and we still wouldn’t fire you. I don’t care. You’re part of our group. And, like it or not, you’re part of the pack. My pack.”

“You and I both know that I’ve never really been part of the pack.” Her voice carried a touch of wistfulness. She was right—she’d always been a bit of a loner, keeping herself estranged from the members of Elysium, try as his parents might to welcome her in. But she’d never been distant with Zane and the guys and he wasn’t about to let that happen. Not now.

“You’re staying.”

She lifted a brow. “Since when are you my master?”

“Since you started talking crazy shit about leaving us!” He tamped his anger back down. He never had a temper. What was up with him? He took a deep breath, letting it whistle out his nose as he tried to soften his posture, tried to be less demanding. “We need you. Okay? I respect your decision to quit, but you don’t have to skip town and leave us. Just stay.” Please…

Her smile was tight. She shook her head slowly, like he just didn’t get it, and pulled free of his grasp. “Goodbye, Zane.”

His mind spun, thoughts bouncing off the walls of his head as he tried to scrape ideas together in a last-minute rush. He needed more time. He needed a damn good reason for her to stay, but damn it, he couldn’t think! She turned around, agonizingly slow, and he could see the muscles in her back through the crispness of her suit.

“Charlie. One last night.” His voice was soft, a plea in the undercurrent that he cursed himself for exposing. She stopped and he moved forward until his chest was pressed against her back, one arm wrapping around her waist. He pulled her against him, her body cupping his perfectly, like it was made for him.

She stiffened, but he didn’t let her go. His arm snug around her, he rubbed his chin lightly across the back of her neck, letting the stubble scrape gently against her skin. He murmured in her ear, using the sexiest voice he could muster. His beautiful-girl voice. “Go for a run with me. Tonight. One run.”

He’d figure something out between then and now. He’d get her back.

Review:

I’m not sure if it was supposed to happen this way, but I thought this book was funny! I mean, I giggled lots. An uptight goodie two shoes female security guard and a laid back party prince rock star literally clash and then almost reverse roles. Charlie is your lovely female security to a big time rock band. Zane is your typical party hardy male lead singer. Well, when Charlie says she’s had enough and is leaving, Zane realizes he won’t see her again and devises a very stupid plan to keep her. But it back fires- big time!!

first, the funny part is when Charlie decides to give Zane payback for all his crap. She dresses very sexy, throws a few fits! Zane is literally thrown for a loop and decides he’s going to plan a “hit” on himself to make her his personal body guard so she literally has to stay. And BOY OH BOY, there’s is so much sexual tension!! Zane wants her but sometimes goes the complete wrong way about it. And Charlie refuses to get her heart broken by a stupid rock star :) it really is funny, until it gets real!!

so when things really start happening and things get crazy, Charlie wants to protect Zane, and Zane realizes he’s in way too deep! And the band members, I like them. Being part of a werewolf pack, did I forget to mention this part- OOPS!! They have a bond and sometimes it makes them crazy and sometimes it can mean the world to have people around you to support you.

I really liked this one. Not too long but not too short and it has elements of everything. Paranormals, romance, action, mystery. Overall, it was a fun quick read and very enjoyable! This is a series so I definitely look forward to more books by theses authors and future stories!! Plus HOW COOL IS IT THAT ONE AUTHOR HAS MY DOGS NAME!! Xander is the coolest name ever- my lil man says so, and he can’t wait for more too!! LOL!! :) 4 BIG PAWS UP!! :)

About the Authors:

Trinity Evans is an upbeat, slightly off-color author with a wild imagination and a taste for the eclectic. Born and raised in a small-town Americana, she loves the lighter and fluffier side of life with some paranormal spice thrown in. She definitely enjoys the more comical side of relationships. She adores hearing from fans and you can find her at trinityevans.wordpress.com.

Xoe Xanders is a quirky small-town punk princess whose ideas range from dark and dangerous to light and fluffy. She enjoys writing in the vein of paranormal, fantasy, and soft sci-fi, all of it with a romantic edge. She believes that love is love—no matter what gender, race, or color—and writes both straight and LBGT romance. Wanna stalk her? You can find her site at xoexanders.wordpress.com

Trinity Evans Web/Blog: http://trinityevans.wordpress.com/

Xoe Xanders Web/Blog: http://xoexanders.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @xoexanders

Vampire Hunters Blog Tour

Hello everyone! Today I am part of another book tour to show you some more books :) I’ve also got a special author interview today, so stick around :) Here we go…

The Vampire Hunters (Book One of The Vampire Hunter Trilogy)

As former Boston cops, Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe thought they had experienced it all… until they found themselves tracking down a serial killer who turned out to be one of the undead. Stopping him cost them their careers and almost their lives.

Thanks to an influential and anonymous benefactor, Drake and Alison find a new job ridding the streets of Washington D.C. of the vampiric threat terrorizing the nation’s capital.

Only this time, Drake and Alison are not facing a single vampire but an entire nest led by Ion Zielenska, one of history’s most evil and twisted masters. As the vampires indiscriminately prey on humans, seeing them as nothing more than food to satiate their hunger, they create a wave of violence that threatens to engulf the city.

Orchestrating the carnage is Antoinette Varela, the mistress of the nest, whose vendetta against the hunters is personal.

Excerpt:

As the adversaries faced off, the train pulled into Foggy Bottom Station. The passengers practically pulled the doors open to escape. When the doors finally did open, they ran out onto the platform and dashed to safety. Seconds later, the doors slid shut and the train began to pull out of the station.

“Well, bitch,” taunted Alison. “It’s just you and me.”

“That suits me fine.” Toni hissed and sprinted down the rail car.

Alison pushed off the deck with her left foot and spun her body around, slamming her right foot into Toni’s head in a tornado kick. The master careened to the side and stumbled between two rows of seats, smashing the window, momentarily stunned. Pulling a stake from her belt holster, Alison ran between the seats and raised the stake to inflict the fatal blow. Toni’s hand shot up and grabbed Alison by the wrist. With one thrust, Toni threw the hunter over three sets of seats. Alison landed on her right shoulder in the opening by the doors, sliding across the deck until her back slammed into the center pole.

Toni flew over the seats and landed on top of Alison’s chest, knocking the wind out of her. The master pushed herself down on Alison, pinning the hunter’s pelvis to the floor with her own, then ripped open Alison’s blouse to expose her neck. Bearing her fangs, Toni leaned over, pausing only inches from the Alison’s neck.

“Relax, hunter. In a few moments, you’ll be one of us.”

“Not if I have anything to say about it,” a voice shouted from behind Toni.

Toni looked up to see Drake standing at the opposite end of the car. She snarled. “You have nothing to say about it. She’s ours now.”

Review:

So lemme start by say… YAY!!!! KILL THE VAMPERS!!! Lol you guys know I’m partial the to werewolves and normally don’t side with the bloodsuckers lol so this book was SO PERFECT for me! It’s horror/urban fantasy and it’s fast, action packed, crazy scary good!! I literally was riveted and clutching my blanket reading this because the first chapter is EXPLOSIVE!! Literally :) best action opening scene!! Think Die Hard meets Dracula- the original- meets Charlie’s angels, without the heel wearing chicks!! LOL

So Drake is bad ass, I don’t think there’s another way to say this! And he’s an animal lover!! :) what’s not to love and he’s a human who kills vampires- yep I’m in lust!! Allison is just a cool chick, who’s also bad ass just in a different way! This is really such an interesting and unique story with a crazy plot! So many things I didn’t see coming!!

meanwhile, there’s the human cops who want nothing more than to bring Allison and drake to justice for things they think they’ve committed. But is it really murder to kill the undead who will eat you in less than a second? And I can’t believe the amount of stress and pain that these kids endure! Well they are adults but you know what I mean :)

if you were looking for sparkly lovable vampers, you’re in the wrong place! These vampires are NOT IN ANY WAY nice! Hell, they aren’t even nice smelling! Ammonia and putrified meat- gag me with a large wooden spoon!! Ick!! And then there’s Jessica, who’s a journalist assigned to uncover everything about Drake. She really just wants to make it in life but sometimes that’s not the best plan LOL But I like her character too :)

I will say this- Mr Baker, thank you for the gory, action packed, fantastic, seat defying, thrill ride!! And thanks for putting vampires back to the crazy house!! Lol :) I like shiny things, just not undead vamps :) I have a feeling I may get punched or mauled soon by my vamper loving friends real soon! Hahaha 5 PAWS!! :)

Author Interview:

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I’ve always been interested in writing. As far back as elementary school I was making up short stories and jotting them down in notebooks, or publishing my own monster magazine made out of construction paper and printed on an old manual typewriter. (Am I dating myself here?) It’s always been a passion of mine. However, I’d like to think my style has improved since then.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

My first book was a spy novel I wrote while I was in grad school. I was a Soviet Studies major and was intrigued by the espionage of the Cold War. I had read a lot of books about the CIA and KGB, and by extension plenty of thrillers, so I was excited about the idea of telling my own story.

The book was horrible. Weak characters, unrealistic dialogue, and plot holes big enough to drive a Soviet submarine through. I rarely admit to having drafted it. But it was a valuable learning experience. I never made those same mistakes again, and my next book was significantly better.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, they are. You have to write about what you know, even if you’re involved in the horror/fantasy/sci-fi genres. If an author doesn’t relate those life experiences, and the emotions generated by them, than your book runs the risk of falling flat.

So how do you write about what you know if your novel deals with vampires or zombies? It’s easy. I’ve spent the last eleven years working for the federal government as part of the war on terrorism. During that time, I’ve had to deal with the issue of being involved in a never-ending struggle, because every time we take down one enemy, another emerges from somewhere else. How far are you willing to go to defeat evil? What sacrifices are you willing to make? How long do you continue the battle? At what point do you say I’ve done my duty, and now it’s time for me hang it up and get on with my life? The Vampire Hunters trilogy details that struggle and the conflict between duty and life, but with vampires replacing terrorists.

Heh, I feel like I should be extra cautious with you… you could have me arrested LOL! How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?

Most times when I’m plotting out my novels I have a good idea of who is going to make it to the last page and who is going to die violently. The death tolls in my books are usually high, but that has to be expected. When you’re engaged in a war with vampires or zombies, you have to expect casualties. I have even developed a few characters and then wove them into the storyline because I needed that character to die spectacularly to enhance the plot.

Sometimes the characters choose themselves, though. In The Vampire Hunters trilogy [SPOILER ALERT], I originally intended during the final epic battle to kill off the two inexperienced hunters, Jim and Sarah, and let Drake and Alison (my main characters) live. As I was writing the third book, I realized that having Drake and Alison finally express their love for each other only when they are about to die from wounds received while defeating the undead was far more poignant and bittersweet. And letting the younger hunters live gave the story a measure of hope. [END SPOLIER ALERT].

BEST ANSWER YET!!! I always wanna know how and why characters die, and that was a great answer! Who do you look up to as a writer?

Joss Whedon has had a major impact on my style. I was first introduced to his writing when I became a fan of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. I really became hooked during the second season finale, Becoming. Angel had lost his soul and gone over to the dark side, and was hell bent on destroying Buffy and everyone dear to her. The show had taken a decidedly darker bent and was more intense than anything Joss had done previously. Despite the tone, Josh was still able to include some of the humorous moments that Buffy was famous for, and make them work within the broader context. That impressed the hell out of me. I tried to emulate that lightheartedness in my own vampire trilogy.

He is very influential, a lot of folks look up to him! I enjoy his work :) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

Yes. I would do a more thorough job in proof editing. I’m embarrassed by some of the errors that made it into print.

Honestly, it happens to the best of them :) Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not until recently. I write adult-themed horror, and have no trouble with character development. I’m also a gorehound who splatters plenty of blood and guts across the pages of my books. But earlier this year I tried something new and started the first draft of a young adult novel about a sixteen-year-old boy who must deal with the fact that his mother’s failed scientific experiment opened a portal between earth and Hell. I had no problem with character development or writing the action scenes, and it wasn’t difficult for me to tone back the gore. But I am having a devil of a time writing the manuscript from the point of view of a teenager.

HA! Gorehound, that’s funny :) What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Right now I’m reading Deck Z by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon. It’s about zombies aboard the Titanic. You have to love a book with a tagline: Unsinkable. Undead.

hahahaha I NEED to get my hands on that one :) Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had considerable input into the covers of my four novels. That’s not always the case, unfortunately. My girlfriend is in the process of getting out her first novel, and she’s been having a running battle with her publisher over the cover art design.

Alva J. Roberts laid out the design and Gary Smallwood did the artwork for The Vampire Hunters trilogy based on suggestions and descriptions I provided. I especially love the cover on the first novel; the characters look exactly as I imagined them. When I got back the first draft of that cover, the only change I asked to make was to have Alison’s jacket open and pulled back because, let’s be honest, an attractive woman on the cover of a novel helps to sell books.

Zach McCain created the cover for Rotter World based on a rough design concept I emailed him. There’s a scene in the novel when the zombie hunting squad (an all-female leather-clad group of women known as the Angels of Death) have to stand down a horde of several hundred zombies in a tunnel. Zach captured the essence of that scene perfectly. What really impressed me is that, if you look just to the front of the Angel on the far right, you see a mother carrying an infant zombie still attached to the umbilical cord. That was not in my original concept, but Zach had read the accompanying scene in the book and added it in. That’s a professionalism.

Hmm, so interesting. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover?

I used to when I was in college, but I quickly learned that an awesome and enticing cover doesn’t always translate into a quality read.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

Did I learn anything from writing the books? No. Did I learn anything from having them finally published? Yes!

Writing the novels is fun. Getting them published is (relatively) easy. Marketing them is hard. Arranging contests, conventions, book signings, radio interviews, press releases, etc. Creating and updating a blog. Answering emails. Making sure your presence is known on Facebook and chat forums. I’ve had to learn a whole new set of skills to stay afloat in this business, and am developing more every day. I spend more than half my time engaged in the business of writing rather than the actual craft itself.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

I actually am one of my characters. Drake Matthews from The Vampire Hunters trilogy is a gung-ho, iced coffee drinking, cigar smoking, whiskey chugging smart ass who fights evil, wears a leather jacket, and owns a pet rabbit (I have four). I’m even dating a woman named Alison. Drake is living the fantasy life I always wanted to have. When my close friends read the first book they all looked at me and said, “Dude, are you serious?”

Dude, I wanna date him hahahahaha! Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to thank them for reading my books and being fans. Without them, I would have to go find a real job.

Well, you’re so welcome!! I say keep ‘em coming!! :) and thank you for that insight to your life! :)

BIO:

Born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston), Scott M. Baker has spent the last twenty-two years living in northern Virginia. He has authored several short stories, including “Dead Water”, “Rednecks Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”, “Cruise of the Living Dead”, “Deck the Malls with Bowels of Holly” (an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer), and “Denizens.” His two latest short stories – “The Last Flight of The Bismarck,” about steampunk zombies, and “The Hunger,” a tale of cannibalism during a zombie outbreak – will both be released later this year in anthologies being published by Knighwatch Press.

Scott’s first zombie novel, Rotter World, which details the struggle between humans and vampires during a zombie apocalypse, was released by Permuted Press in April 2012. He has also authored The Vampire Hunters trilogy, which has been published by Pill Hill Press and received excellent reviews from Famous Monsters of Filmland and Fangoria, among others. Scott has finished his fifth novel, Yeitso, a homage to the monster movies of the 1950s set in northern New Mexico, which is currently with a publisher, and is wrapping up his sixth novel, Hell Gates, the first in a series of young adult novels set in a world in which the realms of Hell and earth have merged.

When he is not busy writing, Scott can either be found relaxing on his back deck with a cup of iced coffee, or doting on the four house rabbits that live with him.

Please visit the author’s website at http:\\scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com.

links to purchase:

Amazon (trade paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Hunters-Book-One-Trilogy/dp/1617060518/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298325880&sr=1-3

Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Hunters-Book-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005JPSQVQ/ref%3dsr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314570765&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble (Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-vampire-hunters-scott-m-baker/1029195991?ean=2940013055902&itm=2&usri=scott%2bm%2bbaker

ONLINE LINKS:

If you guys would like to see the rest of the tour, here’s your links:

10/22 The Avid Reader Review and Guest Post
10/23 The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer Review and Interview
10/24 Genre Wench Review
10/25 Beauty in Ruins Review
10/26 Queen of the Night Reviews Review
10/26 Identity Discovery Review
10/29 Happy Tails and Tales Review and interview
10/30 Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s Review
10/31 Everyone Loves A SiNner Review
10/31 Full Moon Bites Review
11/1 YA Between the Lines Review and Guest Post
11/1 My Cozie Corner Review
11/1 Harlie’s Books Review
11/1 Krystal’s Enchanting Reads Review
11/2 Tea and Book Review and guest post
11/2 Lissette E. Manning Review
11/2 Kara Loves Reading Review
11/2 DanaSquare Review

I hope you guys had a great time today!! I would like to thank the author, Mr Baker, and Innovative Online book tours for this wonderful spread today!! :) I wish you all happy reading and later gators!!

Slopjar Blog Tour w Giveaway

 

Hello everyone!! Today, I’ve got a little spotlight for you to check out! The author is a Louisiana native, so I had to post a little something :) So lemme Show you!!

 

Slopjar
Ingrid Jennings

 Genre: Poetry

 Publisher: Lioness Publishing House

 ISBN: 978-0985696047

ASIN: B008Q3DHLM

 Number of pages: 138

Word Count: 9,122

 Cover Artist: Gaelyn Larrick

 Amazon   Barnes and Noble

 Book Description:

 This is a book of poetry that will truly touch your soul.

 Indulge in the words of a lonely lunatic full of laughter, love, lust, Lucifer, and the Lord.

 Escape into a world of profound, seductive words that will melt your soul like butter.

 Escape into an insane mind and learn the trials of a battered soul.

 Fall into the trap of this astonishing book that will pull at the strings of your heart.

 Immerse yourself in the pure pleasure of this dazzling work of art.

 Open up the Slopjar.

NIGHTMARES

Too many nightmares live in my mind,

too many nightmares leave me in a bind,

too many nightmares surround my soul,

they leave me in fear,

when no one is near.

Too many nightmares,

oh, why are you here?

Leave me in peace

 so I may sleep.

 And here I go

down to dream.

Sleep be sweet and lay me in rest.

CANDLELIGHT

And as I lay down to sleep,

I felt that dream that burdens my soul,

so softly it tiptoed in,

I could see its apparition whisk by my body

-in my long-lost dream.

The dream once lost came back to haunt.

For days I never knew what peace was like.

So here I slumber,

I slumber in light

because I’m scared with fright

of this mysterious ghost haunting my dreams.

Dreams of flowers,

dreams of bliss,

dreams of this thing

coming out at night.

So I slumber in light.

The light of a candle burning on my chest,

please put me to rest

and rid me of this pest.

And here I slumber,

 in the light of the fire,

undisturbed by all spirits’ desires.

And the apparition of smoke so softly whisks by my bed,

the flames of the candle dance in its presence.

I have been frightened, so I burn my candle at night.

And my candle burns each night and blazes so high.

And me—

I lie,

seeking a restful night,

undisturbed by any little fright.

Until I awaken in a hospital bed,

Thank God for men of fire.

They came in the night and rescued my soul,

they saved my flesh from the flames of the night.

THE DREAM

It has already been determined how much I burned my candle because of a

haunting in a dream.

A dream so extreme,

it felt so supreme,

call it blasphemy,

 because this dream made me scream.

 A dream where I dreamt of cedar and oak romancing my figure

 and caressing my body under a starry sky.

 A sky so intensifying,

 it bewildered my mind.

  Under the starry sky

 I didn’t feel any lack,

 any lack of love,

 for I knew it was all there.

 And in this dream the woods

 capture my soul.

 The cedar and oak entangle me so.

 Why do they do so,

 seduce me each night?

 They entangle me in their bewildering webs.

 I just float through the night

 in the midst of the shadows.

 I dance with the branches,

 I play with the leaves

 until the dawn begins to rise.

 And just as it rises,

 it sets just as well,

 and when it does my friends and I

 begin to dance.

 In a trance

 we move about.

 The glowing moon watches from above.

 We twirl and we run.

 We enjoy the sounds of a sleepless night.

 Why do these woods entangle me so,

 wrapping me in their bewildering webs?

 When the fall comes they shelter my body

 from cold frost bites, and as the winter tiptoes in

 I run about,

 there’s no doubt.

 Trotting on the leaves,

 scouting through the forest.

 Pecan, cedar, oak, or maple,

 I love my trees.

 They are my friends,

 they entice me

 to the end.

Author Interview:

First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….

My book Slopjar is a book of poetry that flows like a continuous story.There are seven chapters in the book and it is because seven is the number of completion according to the Bible. Each chapter begins with the letter L. There is a chapter about love, loneliness, lust, Lucifer, Lord, laughter, and one titled lunatic. Each chapter moves thought the life of a woman and she is dealing with all of the chapter titles. I wrote Slopjar because some of the things in the book are things I dealt with in my life and I tried to find a creative way to reach people. 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I become interesting in writing at a very young age. From the time I was 7 my dream was to be a funny writer. I always loved to read and I wanted to contribute to the world of books.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

My life inspired me to create Slopjar; I believed it would be something that would capture the world’s attention.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Some of the emotions in the book are emotions I have experienced and some are a fabrication of my twisted mind.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I really like Justin Cronin and Sylvain Reynard

Who do you look up to as a writer?

I love Edgar Allen Poe and Charlaine Harris; my dream is to be as good of a writer as they are.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

No

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I love poetry and I have begun writing a novel, it is a lot different from poetry.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!

I am currently reading The Twelve by Justin Cronin. It is amazing.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

Gaelyn Larrick and she is awesome. We went back and forth a lot, she was always a call away. In addition, she read the book before creating the cover and I believe that is rare. I helped with the cover as far as ideas but that is it. I came up with the concept of the burning flower then she did the rest.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

The Secret, it is another amazing book and I believe everyone should read it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to thank all of my readers for taking the time to read my book. There are so many books out there and you choose mine. I hope you enjoy it and become a fan of my work. Stay tuned, it’s more to come.

About the Author:

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Ingrid Jennings is what one would call a true Lioness. As a wife and a mother, she is loyal and a protector. As a publishing guru, she is a team player and works with her clients toward their success. As a teacher, she is passionate about education, and as a business woman, she is always on the hunt for new opportunities to learn and grow. She wears many hats and handles each situation in stride and with ease.

       With a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Palm Beach Atlantic Christian University, Ingrid decided to go a step further, to get a step closer to her true passion by excelling with her masters degree in reading education from Nova Southeastern University.

       Ingrid spent three years working as a public school teacher in Palm Beach County, teaching integrated science to ninth graders. While teaching, Ingrid self-published her poetry into her first book titled Slopjar. Slopjar recieved rave reviews not only for its creativity, excellent writing, and self expression but also for the excellence of its publishing and marketing. Through the experience and knowledge gained while publishing and marketing her own book, Ingrid gained an appreciation for the inner workings of the publishing world and ultimately birthed her own publishing company Lioness Publishing House.

Website: www.ingridjennings.com

Twitter @ingridmjennings

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ingrid-Jennings/362113930525719

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468845.Ingrid_Jennings

Giveaway:

First, there is a giveaway on goodreads… GO HERE to enter! The other is a tour wide giveaway going on at the host’s site. here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • 6 print copies of Slopjar
  • 7 ebook copies of Slopjar

That’s a lot of chance to win. GO HERE to enter via rafflecopter! Thanks everyone for stopping by today! I wish everyone good luck and Happy Reading!! Later Gators! :) 

Something Wicked Comes Blog Tour Part II w giveaway

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Yep, I like this new color, as blood red is so much more Halloweenie than my favorite blue and purple :) You will see that I have listed this as Part II… that’s because at the beginning of the month, I had part I… the giveaway is still going on, if you wanna see it, go HERE. I really LOVE Halloweenie! It’s my favorite holiday and my favorite month, as my birthday, which passed but also still has a huge giveaway HERE, fall starts, and football season is all part of this month! Yes, I say Halloweenie! It’s so fun! So I decided to make sure I could give away LOTS of things :) But, enough of my ramblings, lemme give you some goodies!!

So, I’m gunna do something strange. But fun! I’m going to have a SURPRISE PACK giveaway… This means it will be a surprise what you win!! I’m thinking somewhere between 5-10 books. I’m thinking about a whole series OR maybe several first books in a series. I was having trouble trying to pick ONE book to spotlight as I love so many so this may be fun… Here’s what’ll be up for grabs…
•each book with be fantasy, urban fantasy, or paranormal. And they will be fun!!
• I have at least 4-6 series in mind so I’ll either pick one whole series or the first and second books of a few different series
Some of you know about my up coming future move so I’m thinking this will help me with the packing lol
Sorry guys but since it’ll be a heavier package, it’s a US only giveaway, my funds just can’t make a large international shipment… BUT IF YOU ARE INTERNATIONAL, enter anyways and I’ll offer a book depository book of your choice valued at $10 :)

TO WIN– leave me a nice comment and tell me US or International :) I will probably chose one for each :) since the hop is almost over I’ll leave it open for a few weeks :) I’ll email the winners to confirm and get info!!

Well I SURE WANT to win!! I hope you guys had a great day! I wish you all good luck to win! Also, I wish you all an early Happy Halloweenie!! :) hehehehe WEENIE!!!! giggle! Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and especially those lovely ladies who put this tour together!! I am having a blast following everyone’s special posts! I would definitely recommend you check out each stop, as the only two rules for this tour is that each stop be supernatural or Halloween themed and you MUST give away the book(s) you are spotlighting!! :) so if you like to see ALL the tours stops- there’s multiple for each and everyday- GO HERE. I think we should all send EXTRA THANKS to those wonderful blogging ladies who put this extra beautiful blog hop together!!! ready… set… YAY!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Happy Reading everyone!! And in spirit, since I normally say later gators, I will say… Happy Halloweenie my Hellions!! :) hehehehe giggle again!! :)

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Demos City Blues Blog Tour w Giveaway!

Duh Duh, Dun Nuh!!! I got a werewolf book!!!! and it’s pretty fantastic!!!! HAHAHAHAHA ok, I had to be nut-so for just a moment, cuz you KNOW I love me some werewolf! :) So, lemme show you all about it!

Demos City Blues (The Demos City Reports #2)

Demos City Blues
Book Two Demos City Series

Jonathan Lister

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ASIN: B008J7EYDK

Number of pages: 232 (approx)

Word Count: 83,735

Cover Artist: Nicholas Kay

Purchase Links: Amazon

Book Description:

War is coming to Demos City — in more ways than one. Leon Gray struggles to balance a new job with helping his daughter Shauna navigate the landmine life of a full werewolf. Further complicating matters, a new Alpha has arrived in Demos, laying claim to the territory as her own — including Leon. Meanwhile, the political information David Hastings unearthed may reveal a much darker truth than anyone expected. Demos City’s corruption has deep roots, older than the bones of the town itself.

Can Gray and Hastings keep the city from tearing itself apart long enough to discover the source? Can it wait until Leon sees Shauna’s high school play? As the first snow falls, the flakes may only have bloody footprints to greet them on the earth below.

Excerpt:

My cab ride home ended with the sight of Brad Morrow tearing ass out of Water Terrace Apartments. He tumbled onto the sidewalk in front of me. If I hadn’t stepped onto the street when I did, the kid would’ve kept on skidding into traffic. The cab driver took the opportunity to speed away without an offer to make change for the fare. I glared after the cab’s bumper, knelt down to check on the curtain rod of a teen. Shauna’s best friend was red in the cheeks and puffy, but otherwise unharmed.

“Hi Mr. Gray,” Brad said lifting his auburn head up. “Shauna’s having one of her episodes again. It really wasn’t my fault this time, I swear.”

“You’re forgetting something,” I said hoisting him up by a freckled arm. “Shauna’s on her way to being a woman now. The days of you being right are long gone.”

“Better hurry in there,” Brad said as he straightened his hooded sweatshirt. “She was barely keeping it together when I had to run. She might tear the whole apartment down this time.”

“Great,” I broke into a run without another word. The two flights of stairs leading up to my apartment blinked past in the longest seconds ever recorded. Prickly bubbles of nervousness careened through my chest as I reached my apartment door. No sound came from within. That isn’t necessarily a bad sign. Shauna could have herself under control and simply be trying to take a nap or braid her hair or kill a rabbit with her bare hands. Stay calm, Leon. She may need you to help her mind come back. Across the open-air hallway, Cyrus Landry poked his head out from his own apartment. He’s holding a phone in one hand and the doorknob in the other. At least the retired detective didn’t think to grab a pistol.

“Leon, thank God you’re here,” Cyrus said in a harsh whisper. “The way that boy flew out of your apartment I knew something was wrong. Your girl’s really having a tough time growing into her new self.”

“I’ve got this under control,” I said. “Don’t bother calling an ambulance. If shit really does hit the fan, a hospital won’t do her any good.” It’s damn near impossible to get a werewolf in full bestial form to fit into the back of an emergency vehicle. That’s not factoring in all the violence that would most likely ensue leading up to that. Cyrus disappeared back into his apartment, left his door open as I turned to open mine. The tangy flavors of sweat and an angry kind of hunger raked an elbow across my nose as I entered. I prepared myself for anything: to see my daughter unable to bring her human mind back from her bestial self or enraged into a stalking lust where anything that moved was prey. What caught me by surprise was how normal the apartment looked. All the furniture was in one piece, no claw marks were in the walls and Shauna was sitting as calm as a monk in my recliner. She was even reading some gossip magazine. Yet, the telling scents remained in the air.

“Where’s Hastings?” Shauna asked looking up from her reading. “Aren’t you supposed to babysit him or something?”

“That’s Mister Hastings, babydoll,” I responded with squinted eyes. “Saw Brad downstairs. You want to tell me why he ran out of here like the building was on fire?”

“Who? Brad? He probably had to meet his Dad for something. You know Brad, always running away from things.” Shauna gave a nervous laugh, turned a page in her magazine. Outwardly she appeared very much her teenage self, dressed in jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt. Her shirt was hanging a bit loose, and she wasn’t wearing her usual Chuck Taylors. She was going through this size phase – every article of clothing had to be some measure of form fitting. I supposed it was part of a continuing teenaged plan to leave me bald before I turned forty. That gave me an idea.

“Stand up,” I said in my deepest, most commanding voice.

“Dad, stop being weird,” Shauna said. “I’m comfortable right where I am.”

“Shauna…”

“God!” she exclaimed throwing down her magazine. “Fine, I’m getting up okay?” She stood, keeping her arms close to her sides. Shauna didn’t fold her arms in disgust as she usually does when she disagreed with me.

“What’s wrong with your shirt?” I asked.

“What? It’s my softball t-shirt,” she responded. “The school gave them all to us when we won remember?” That’s right. Shauna’s softball team won a state championship. I was a solid ray of giddy stupid sunshine watching her on the mound, having idle conversations with college scouts pretending not to be college scouts. I actually had to shake my head to jostle my thoughts back into the present. Shauna thought that little comment would be sufficient to allow her escape. Oh, not this time. Dad has gotten wise to his daughter’s ninja tactics. Pride cometh before the werewolf teenager freaks out and eats some human’s baby.

My Review:

so, I’m loving the male perspective, kinda like Harry Dresden- BUT- there’s also third person POV which gives you some fantastic outside views. At first, I felt a little lost, as I found out it was book 2 and I hadn’t read book one. Then, I was just too interested in the story to even notice! Have I told you I love werwolves lately! And I LOVE reading from the wolf’s perspective as well! Pretty darn snappy, if I may say so!

so, there’s mysteries to solve all over, and with different alphas wanting the same land/town and you’re just not sure who’s good or bad or just down right greedy! And Leon being the lone wolf stuck in the middle with them each pulling a limb in a different direction. It’s a fascinating storyline :) and the other characters, Hasting is interesting, but I think I like Leon just a little more. I LOVE Leon’s daughter Shauna. She makes me giggle. And she’s got her own mysteries and drama going on.

so in the process of trying to keep werewolf politics out of human ears, which the humans know that werewolves exists, which is awesome, Leon is trying to keep his daughter safe, keep himself out of the slammer and working extra hard to keep Hasting safe- and yet he’s thrown directly in the middle of a werewolf war he wants nothing to do with. Gotta love to hate the werewolf politics :)

I am really enjoying the flow to this story. It is really easy to get sucked right into and keeps you guessing right until the end. It is still a guessing game in some ways :) I also really enjoy the world that was constructed here. I happen to like when the humans are aware of the supernatural. And they even have their own government branches :) and permits for things lol like running around in wolf form on public lands away from humans. It’s pretty cool.

so without any spoiler or too much blabbering, I’m going to say of course I think you should read it- IT’S A WEREWOLF BOOK!!! But it’s also really cool from the male perspective and it’s got a quite interesting plot. I will give it 4.5 PAWS, which is basically a 5 paw hahahaha :)

Author Interview: I would like to welcome Mr. Lister over for my interrogation interview :P WELCOME~!

First, tell me a little about your book….

Demos City Blues is continuation of the Demos City Reports, an urban fantasy series telling the story of an ex-con (Leon Gray) as he attempts to raise his teenage daughter Shauna and deal with a troubled past that just won’t let him be. How he balances protecting his daughter with actually being a father is at the heart of the story. In essence, a father’s love kind of guides the book along, sets up the pitfalls, makes the conflict hum.

Gray (like his daughter) is a werewolf, though in this world werewolves have existed since the dawn of time. All history includes them, and society has them interwoven into its fabric. It’s almost like an ethnicity here, but obviously with teeth and claws.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I’ve always had stories in my head. When I was little, my father used to play old radio shadows of Sherlock Holmes or The Shadow while I was in my crib. I think that’s where the vocabulary and the imagination came from. Writing was how I passed English class from third grade on through high school. I couldn’t diagram a sentence worth a damn, but I could tell a story.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I think every event, everything that happens to you really shapes how you approach the page and create characters and stories. So, to an extent, everything that’s ever happened to goes into creating my work. I tend to not to use “real life people” because then they throw lawyers at me if I present them in a negative light.

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?

Death has to do something for the plot or the stakes characters are facing. I wouldn’t just give someone the axe for the sake of killing them – that’s just bad manners. A key death at the right moment can heighten the action, pull the emotional heartstrings and have the reader thinking, “If she can’t die, no one is safe!” And the pages start turning in paid succession. Hopefully!

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Glen Duncan, John Gardner and Anne Lamott. Duncan and Gardner both have masterful grasps of the “I” persona while being able to create vivid worlds through single pairs of orbs. Lamont is an absolute technician of the written world and breaks down the process to where even I can understand it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

I would’ve written “Ulysses.” I heard that’s a good book.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

Nicholas Kay was the artist and I literally can’t thank him enough. Kay has worked with some industry heavyweights, including Pixar and Wizards of the Coast and I’m terribly thankful he ever answered my email. I gave him some impressions of what I wanted, different scenes within the work that I thought would make a good cover, and he just ran with it. I’m beyond happy with the result and I’m hopeful we can work together again in the future.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

You really discover what you’re capable of when you set out to create a world and fill it with characters from inside your head. The voices that emerge are like you, but they’re this strange version of you that you always knew existed, but never quite pulled forth into the daylight.

I also learned I can drink an outstanding amount of coffee and still live.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?

David Hastings. He’s the reporter in the series who’s searching for the true source of corruption in Demos City. The human perspective he brings is mandatory to keep what is essentially a supernatural world grounded in reality. He’s the anchor that allows Leon Gray to battle rival werewolf packs closing in on the city.

Hastings also gets to drive a BMW, his credit rating is way better than mine and his father is loaded. What’s not to like about that?

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

The opportunity to entertain any of you through my work is an immensely rewarding experience. I can never thank anyone who’s bought one of my books enough for their investment and I really treat that exchange as a kind of relationship. It really matters to me that you’ve downloaded my work and thought, “well this doesn’t look so bad.” I promise to keep publishing quality work every time. I’m not about to betray your trust by tossing an inferior work on the table. Leon and Hastings would totally kill me if I did that.

About the Author

Jonathan Lister

Jonathan Lister lives in the Philadelphia area and is a full-time writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. His work has appeared in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle, Matter, Square One and Image Magazine among others. He wrote his first two books in 2009 from midnight til 4 a.m. while waiting tables during the daylight hours. DEMOS CITY BLUES is his second urban fantasy novel. Jonathan drinks too much coffee and appreciates your time.

Book facebook: Welcome to Demos

Good reads: Author Page

Author Blog: Demos City

The Giveaway:

Soooo….. You wanna win an ebook copy of Demos City Blues? Well, you’re in luck!! HA! Leave me a nice comment, and your choice of format and I’ll pick a winner!! :) Thanks so much everyone for stopping by, especially the wonderfully cute Mr. Lister! And thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for giving me a werewolf book! :) I always love them!

Good Luck everyone! Happy Reading! Later gators!

See Me Blog Tour W Giveaways!

 

lookie lookie again!! I’ve got some goodies :) Today I have some extra special goodies for you, so lemme show you :) 

 

Carly Anders  is hearing voices in her head. Another one of her kind is trying to contact her. She knows of the malevolent freaks—others who are eternal like her and seek out the weak to inflict pain upon. For years, Carly has held up huge protective walls to keep herself and her secrets safe. Now, physically and mentally exhausted, Carly needs protection and rest.

She accepts the invitation to visit an internet friend who needs help appraising a collection of antique photographs.  The situation is not ideal, but Carly hopes a male presence in her life will deter the determined suitor who haunts her thoughts and dreams.

Daniel Tremont is not what Carly is expecting.

The former funeral director has a secret of his own. Not only is he eternal like Carly, he is her creation from all those years before—her abomination she thought she killed.

Daniel has been searching for Carly for years. He knows she is the piece of his life that he has been missing for so long. Now that he has found her, he has no intentions of letting her go. 

Excerpt:

     He waved a hand in front of her face, but she didn’t blink. The lights are on, but no one’s home.

     “Carly, my angel,” he whispered and cupped her cheek into his palm. He revealed in the silkiness and warmth of her skin. Still, she didn’t react. She was almost…a zombie.

     His own body jerked in reaction to the fear she was emanating. She was clearly sleepwalking and in the throes of one hell of a nightmare, yet she didn’t cry out any longer. It was all now playing out inside her mind.

     “Charlotte, see me,” he implored.

     Her lips twitched at the mention of her real name.

     “See me,” he repeated.

     Suddenly, her body gave way and she collapsed. Catching her, he lifted her into his arms and carried her to the bed. As he laid her down, her breathing became ragged. He placed a hand over her heart as it raced, and passed healing calmness through his hand, feeling the energy pulsate against her skin. Beneath his hand, he would feel her heartbeat slow to a normal rhythm.

     “Daniel?” Her voice was mere caress.

     “I’m here, my angel. You’re having a nightmare. You’re frightened. It’s okay now, I’m here, and I will never leave you,” he promised.

     “Everyone leaves, Daniel. You can’t understand, you can’t…” Her body started to tremble.

     He climbed onto the bed and straddled her body. Leaning close to her face, he said, “Carly, let go of your fear. I can take it. Let go and see me,” he commanded.

     Her breath came out in a whoosh, and a wall of fear and resistance hit him like a blow from above. It wasn’t exactly painful, more startling than anything else.

     His vision flip-flopped, and he could see an image from inside her mind of two souls forever entwined as the result of one act. It made perfect sense. She was reliving the day their souls became one. The day of the fire.

     He then saw black, suffocating water. She was reliving her own death, as well.

     As the visions left him, he was consumed with the mishmash of fear, loneliness, and resistance within her.

     He had to make her understand that it was over. “I will never leave you, Carly. That is my promise to you,” he insisted.

     A flicker of life ignited in her eyes. Her hands came up to his face, and to Daniel’s surprise, tears bubbled from his own eyes. He was releasing the pain and fear he had absorbed from his beloved.

     “I’m so sorry, Daniel, so sorry,” she murmured.

     “There’s nothing to be sorry for, my love. It’s over. It’s time to move forward now.”

     “You don’t understand what I am, Daniel.”

     “I do understand, Carly. I am what you are. See me for what I am.”

     In his mind, he could see the moving clockwork gears of her thoughts once again as she tried to process what he was telling her to be true.

     “Just accept it, and let’s move forward.”

     She drew his face to hers and her lips parted beneath his. Time blurred and he drank in the essence of his Carly. Her soft, barely covered curves molded themselves against his the hard planes of his body. Her hands were under his t-shirt, her fingers stroking him.

     If he pressed on, he knew she wouldn’t refuse him. But in her vulnerable state, he wouldn’t let anything progress further that night. Carly needed time to process everything that happened. There was plenty of time to pursue a physical relationship. They weren’t going anywhere…he hoped.

About the Author:

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

Visit Natalie online at www.natalienicolebates.com

Twitter: @BatesNatalie

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/natalienicole.bates

The Giveaway:

Ok kiddies, Lemme show you what I’ve got!!! There are TWO different giveaways!! MY GIVEAWAY consists of a PDF copy of See Me and a matching limited edition of See Me perfume to one lucky winner. This giveaway IS international.  TO ENTER, leave me a nice comment below and I’ll pick a winner. I’ll email you to confirm your email and snail mail when I pick! 

THE TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY consists of  a pdf copy of See Me, a matching limited edition of See Me perfume and a $5 Amazon Gift Card. To enter to win those, GO HERE

I wish everyone good luck!! Happy reading! Later gators! :) 

PS, I know I owe some winners, and some more news, plus some very fun pictures of my trip to Austin, so I promise I will get that up real soon, my life has been a total chaos! :) 

The Necromancer Blog Tour with Giveaway

Hello everyone, lookie what I’ve got today!! :) Some goodies :)

The Necromancer

The Necromancer

P.M. Richter

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN-13: 978-1478349501

ISBN-10: 1478349506

ASIN: B004AYDGVM

Number of pages: 346

Word Count: 121,705

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Book Description:

She picked the worst guy to have an affair with! – Evil stalks in Hawaii

Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn’t believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control.

Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She’s scared her attacker will come back. She’s sure the next time he’ll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.

Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.

How could she know she made the worst possible choice?

Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?

Short Excerpt

It was just past twilight, almost time for the Crystal Prophesies. Omar leaned his elbows on the penthouse balcony, enjoying the moment. This was a magical time of day and he was a magician. He preferred calling himself a Necromancer to the common titles: warlock, conjuror, magus, seer or wizard. There were subtle variations, but he fancied ‘romancer’ in his title. Necromancer. It described him. He romanced his way into hearts and minds. With the help of a little magic.

As he gazed at the panorama spread out below, the Pacific slowly changed from light blue to a misty topaz. Lush clouds floated on the horizon, and stars began to glow. To his left was the tinsel-tourist Waikiki, and to his right the city of Honolulu was lighting up. Below him, in this very building, he could sense the presence of a remarkable woman.

He turned, gazing through plate glass windows into his new penthouse. Ginger and Samson were inside. Ginger noticed his look and, with a flourish, she uncovered an enormous crystal ball from its leather shroud. She winked at him. Ginger was a disciple, a beautiful tall woman, with long curly red hair. She wore a flowing blue gown for the ceremony.

It was a tradition for the three of them to gaze into the crystal ball to divine their future when they expanded to a new location. They had arrived in Oahu a week ago. Tonight was perfect, the time of the full moon.

Omar went inside and sat down in front of the crystal. The sphere was almost two feet in diameter and sparkled on a base of black onyx. The three were seated in the main living room, beneath a skylight. White rafters crossed the cathedral ceiling. The room was dark except for a cold silvery glow from the candles Ginger had placed around the room.

Omar passed his hands over the crystal ball several times for theatrical effect, principally for Samson, who was watching with curious eyes. Omar’s acolyte, Samson was a gigantic man who would never age mentally. He did remember this ritual. His mouth was open in anticipation.

Omar frowned and leaned closer, gazing into the depths of the crystal. Indeed, the omens were not auspicious. Red forms floated amorphously inside, constantly changing shape. This denoted the substance that controlled all magical rites. Blood was a fluid like the tide; it flowed like the ocean, was coaxed by the moon to move subtly in bodies, causing emotional changes called lunacy. Sometimes it spilled.

The black he observed, swirling around the red forms like a night wind, could be taken as a symbol of his own influence. It was the bright white light clashing there which forced Omar’s dark eyebrows to slide together. White, an opposing force, seemed capable of exerting great influence in these Hawaiian islands. Omar couldn’t tell if it indicated an old curse peculiar to these islands, with their ancient polytheist beliefs, or if it referred to a threatening individual.

The white was glowing, taking over. There was busy movement inside the crystal. It might have been a reflection from the stark white walls, but Omar was not taking chances.

“Who will sacrifice?” he asked, frowning at Ginger and Samson in turn. He took a dagger from the leather sheath that Ginger had placed beside the crystal ball.

The colossal young man cowered away.

Omar shook his head. Samson let out a tiny moan, but Omar swiftly reached across the crystal and pointed the tip of the dagger at Ginger.

“I need heart blood,” Omar said.

Ginger closed her eyes and nodded. He made a small slashing cut above her left breast, above her heart. The cut was superficial, but blood immediately started flowing.

Ginger leaned forward and red dripped on the round crystal ball, and slowly, like wine with good legs, inched down its sides.

Omar recited incantations and waved his long expressive hands. Both Ginger and Samson saw silver sparks extend from his fingertips and enter into the crystal. Ginger thought the effect might have been starlight drifting down from the skylight above. Samson was sure it was magic.

Omar peered into the depths of the crystal and was satisfied. The white light was winking out. The sacrifice had been potent.

His mind again sought the lovely feminine presence he had felt below him in this building. When he found it he smiled. His final aspiration would be fulfilled. The Crystal Prophesy said so.

My Review:

What an interesting take on witchcraft, magic, and the paranormal. I originally picked up this ebook on amazon before the tour was announced. And then I figured since I had it, I should use my money spent in a productive way. Lol!

let me start by saying this is not on the side of lighter happier stories. It’s dark, sometimes gruesome and pretty scary. It’s got a more serious tone and you are literally in the head of a total serial psychopath! It’s also got the main character going through some very traumatic moments. But I hope that doesn’t sway you from reading it. It’s very interesting.

in the beginning, I thought it was starting slow because of a lot of background information but then I was really interested in the info being explained. And some of the characters are very intriguing. I really liked Heather and Nakamaru. I can identify with Heather. But sometimes I thought all of the different POVs were a little confusing. But it also offered things you wouldn’t know or understand if it were first person or only one or two people in third person POVs.

and then there’s the whole incident with connecting with your attacker because you don’t know he’s your attacker. This whole part really freaked me out. I think because it’s quite believable! I mean you would never think your attacker would befriend you and try to seduce you after he’s attacked you. This is a very big scary thing to me, so Ms Richter- way to totally up the creepy factor!! :) there’s no question for me as to who’s the bad guy here!

I will definitely keep this for adult readers only! And to those of you who enjoy the novels that let you see into the bad guy’s head- this is definitely for you. Such a unique novel! Oh and my dense self needs to say that I did really like the writing style. Plus, who doesn’t love a good writer who can scare you, make you think, and fascinate you all in one! 3.5 PAWS FROM ME!!

Guest Post:

Thanks to Happy Tails and Tales for featuring The Necromancer and a guest blog and review.

The Writing process leading to The Necromancer

Of all my novels, The Necromancer probably was the most complicated to write, and it took quite a while. I love reading paranormals and was intrigued by the word Necromancer. Learning the meaning–one who converses with dead spirits–made me think this type of individual could be an amazing evil character. I had lived in Hawaii for several years, which is quite the magical place, so I used it as the location for the novel. I added witches, an animal familiar named Lucifer, (after the orange striped cat in Alice in Wonderland) a professor of the occult, and of course a woman in jeopardy, Michelle, and her best friend Heather. The Necromancer is Omar, who stalks Michelle, and then there’s our hero, Rob Nakamura. A classic clash between good and evil; it’s for mature audiences. There’s a semi-graphic rape scene, which is a flashback, so we know Michelle has survived, but it is necessary for the plot.

I did quite a lot of research for the book. Omar, our protagonist, is the leader of witch covens. I read about spells, charms, the magic circle, the history of witchcraft and the Wiccan religion. And then there was a lot of research about Hawaii. I lived there, but wanted to add interesting tidbits about the traditional culture, food and the other Hawaiian islands, like Kauai.

I’m a slow writer and edit as I go along. I have to admit that it took more than a year. Writing is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. All the loose pieces have to come together and the end of the book. You can’t leave dangling threads. Sometimes a character will take off and almost take over. I thought Heather was doing this, but it all worked out in the end because the book became big enough to allow her to do her thing, her way. All authors know that once a character is created, he or she comes to life and forces the author to write what that character wants. We’re pretty much at their mercy. Of all my novels The Necromancer is my favorite.

This is Lucifer, one of the characters in The Necromancer. He looks cute and fuzzy, but he’s a ferocious warrior. Just ask Rod Nakamura, who is the recipent of an attack.

The funny thing is, I’m quite surprised by what I write sometimes, as though someone else had taken over and written the novel. They call it “Being in the Zone.” You get so involved that time flies, and you look around, astonished. How did the house get so messy?–Where did the day go?–I’m starving! In one scene, I turned Michelle into a hero as she fights off some evil witches in the Waikiki surf who are trying to hurt her friend Heather. I looked at the writing the next day and thought, this is quite startling.

Writing is so much fun and I hope the readers will enjoy the novel as much as I loved writing it.

About the Author

PM Richter is an author living in West Hollywood California. She has a degree in Psychology, from Northridge State University. She has worked as a property manager for Nansay, Corp. a multi-national corporation, been a dance teacher for Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. She has five novels available on Amazon Kindle.

The Living Image

The Necromancer

Midnight Reflections

Trifecta

Deadly Memories

Website: http://anauthorsplace.weebly.com/index.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pam.richter.391

Twitter: @pmraven

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4374196.P_M_Richter

The Giveaway:

Ok Kids, so here’s what I’m offering. I will pick TWO WINNERS to win the whole set of Books in the series listed above, in digital form, meaning ebook copies. :) So Leave me a nice comment down below with your choice of format and I’ll pick TWO winners :)

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks to PM especially for that awesome guest post! and Bewitching Book Tours, for all these wonderful goodies!! Good Luck!! Happy Reading! Later Gators!! :)

Hyde Blog Tour w Giveaway

Hey Kiddies!!! Today I’ve got something REAL interesting :) Yes, it’s a little Jekyll and Hyde, except, not, but a little… HAHAHA ok, lemme show you the goodies, as I am only gunna confuse you :)

Hyde

Book 1

Lauren Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing

ISBN: 9780988170100

ASIN: B008IVT0W2

Number of pages: 389

Word Count: 105,000

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Book Description:

To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and each other.

Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man—charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he’s not a man—he’s a monster.

The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close…that and a 7×7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn’t remember any of it.

Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She’s kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does.

Then the flashbacks start—places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. She discovers she’s split into two parts—the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again.

What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.

Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for.

*** This novel is intended for adults only, as it includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and themes similar to those in Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from which this story was inspired.

Prologue

Fifteen years ago . . .

He woke up to the screaming. His mom’s. Different this time. More fearful. More frantic. He ran to the door and threw it open. His sister barred his way, somehow knowing what he planned to do.

“Move, Shelly!”

“No, Mitch,” she said, her eyes wide. “Don’t. Don’t go in there. It’ll kill you.”

It. The beast. The creature that had been part of his life for as far back as Mitch could remember. Even longer for Shelly and his mom. They never talked about it. As if pretending it didn’t exist made life easier. Life wasn’t easy. Life was terrifying.

Something had to change.

His mom’s screams were louder. And then they stopped. Mid-cry, they just stopped. He pushed Shelly out of the way and ran down the dark hallway toward the living room.

“Mitch, no!”

Too late. It was all too late.

His mother lay on the tile floor. The only part of her still moving was the blood pooling beneath her body.

The beast stood above her, huge, smiling. Blood splattered across its neck and chest. It raised its head slowly. There was a flash of recognition in its eyes, then it blinked, shook itself like a wet dog, and launched toward Mitch.

Mitch dove to the side. The beast barreled by him, into the hallway. Toward Shelly.

“Help!”

Her cry slammed into his mind, his heart. “Shelly!” He grabbed his baseball bat from the entryway and ran.

The beast had her pinned in a corner. “Are you afraid, bitch?” it growled. “You should be.”

Mitch swung the bat. Three years of little league and the last two of high school ball packed into one hit. Then another. But the hall was too narrow.

The beast shoved Shelly against the wall and then flipped around, laughing darkly. “That all you got, boy?”

Mitch swung again and again, sometimes making contact with an arm, a shoulder, stepping back as the beast advanced, toying with him. The bat’s length the only thing keeping the bastard from reaching him. Back into the living room, it pawed, trying to grab Mitch’s inadequate defense. If it caught hold, if it backed Mitch into a wall, everything would end—Mitch, Shelly, everything.

A blow to its head stopped its laughter, a quiver rippling through its body. “Come here, you little prick!” it roared.

Mitch aimed high for another hit to its face, one step closer to use the full force of the weapon. The bat rebounded in his hands as it struck flesh, sending a shooting pain through Mitch’s arms and shoulders.

Again, he swung. Again, he struck.

The beast stumbled, put its hands to its ears, still cursing. Another strike landed. Then another. The beast sank to its knees, its growls turning into grunts of pain.

Mitch lifted the bat above his head. His legs were numb, his upper body vibrating as he pounded all of his anger, all of his fear, into the monster lying at his feet.

“Mitch,” his sister begged. “Please stop. Please.”

He didn’t. He couldn’t.

“Stop! It’s dead. Stop,” she said, weeping.

He felt Shelly’s arms around his waist, holding him, pulling him back from the edge. Finally overcome, the bat fell from his hands, and he let her guide him a few steps backwards. His foot caught on the rug and he sat down hard, Shelly sliding down beside him.

She crawled on her knees until she was between him and the bloody bodies on the floor and hugged him tightly.

Over her shoulder, Mitch stared at the creature. Watched it change, shrink, diminish. Until all that was left was the lifeless body of his father.

Their father. Dear, old Dad. A man they had both hated. A man who had been filled with evil when he was human. Doubly-so each time he transformed into Hyde.

Shelly held Mitch’s shaking body in her arms, stroking his hair, making shushing sounds, telling him it would be okay.

Would it? Would it ever be okay? He slumped into her. “Oh, God, Shelly, what did I do?”

“You had to do it, Mitch. You saved me . . . saved us. We can be happy now.”

Happy?

“He was a monster.” Her words stung.

“Don’t say that,” he whimpered.

“But he was. He was evil. He had to die.”

Please, Shelly, don’t say that,” he said through his sobs, his eyes still locked on his father. “Because . . . that’s what I’m going to be.”

She stiffened, and then hugged him tighter, slowly rocking him back and forth. “No, we won’t let it. We’ll figure something out.”

It was too late. His transformations had already started. Not as violently as his father’s—not yet—but they’d begun. When his tears blurred the image of his parent’s bodies, he rested his head on Shelly’s shoulder and cried.

“You’ll never be a monster, Mitch.”

“I already am.”

About the Author:

After earning degrees in Fine Arts and English, Lauren Stewart wanted to see the world. A lack of funds meant that she didn’t get far. She spent two years traveling around Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada—first as a choreographer and then as an English teacher—meeting folks from all the places she couldn’t afford to go to. But that time was highly useful—she learned about herself, other people, and how insane life actually is.

Lauren reads in almost every genre. So naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us, should make us laugh.

www.ReadLaurenS.com

@ReadLaurenS

www.facebook.com/readlaurens

Goodreads.com/LaurenStewart

Blog: http://readlaurens.blogspot.com

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/laurenstewart

My Review:

Sweet baby Jesus, this is a good one!! Ok, so what if you woke up, naked, with a HAWT HUNK OF MALE PIECE YOU DON’T KNOW!!! AND HAVE NO MEMORY OF GETTING THERE!! Giggle well, I’d probably revel in that HAWT male piece, but this is literally how the story begins!! And it GETS BETTER!! So I gotta say, this is a fantastic spin on the Jekyll and Hyde story!

Eden is a girl with a troubled past and even more troubled future as she is just trying to figure out how her life is spiraling out of control- again. She had this sleep walking issue as a child and it’s come back but way worse. And Mitchell knows his issue but now he’s thinking he’s done the unspeakable! It’s a fantastic little mystery unfolding!

the writing is fantastic. It’ll suck you right in from the first word and have you guessing like a crazy person trying to win a game show! And there’s this “other” POV and I’m pretty sure you’ll be stunned at their involvements! And you’ll never guess how it all turns out!! But sorry, no spoilers :) the characters had me wanting to hug them and sometimes slap them and a lot of times stare in lust!! LOL

I don’t think there’s much to say other than READ THIS BOOK! It’s fascinating :) and it makes you think if this could happen. Mental illnesses are very similar to some of these “symptoms” and the “medicine”… Yeah you get my point. And I LOVE the self warring! Both characters have such horrible pasts that they literally are their own worst enemies! Sometimes that can be more annoying than anything, but I really liked this situation :) just trust me, if you’ve ever liked the Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde story, you’ll really like this one, but we’ll keep this one for the more adult audience :)

I’m so glad there’s going to be more, a series, so gimme gimme!! 5 PAWS! Loved it!!

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Giveaway

So now that you’ve seen my opinions, I’d like to offer ONE WINNER AN EBOOK COPY (your choice of format) OF HYDE! So pretty please leave me a lovely comment WITH YOUR FORMAT CHOICE. Ya know, Hey, love your post, I’d like to win a kindle format pretty please… HAHAHAHAHAHA :) and I’ll chose a winner probably in a week, as the rest of the tour is only 5 more days :) I’ll email you to confirm and I’ll get that over to the winner :)

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed it and I wish you all good luck :) Happy Reading and later gators!!

Forged By Greed Blog Tour w giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I have got more fun to share with you :) Lemme show ya!

Forged by Greed

by Angela Orlowski Peart

Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.

BLURB

Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.

When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

My Review:

Think Romeo and Juliette meets shapeshifters. The Summer Race of shifters- leopards- and the Winter Race of shifters- wolves- and the Prince and Princess of opposite races fell in love. It’s really interesting as it’s told in modern day teenage times. It’s also intriguing to see how prejudices come to play. And then there’s the Goddess of each Race. Dum Dum Dum! Hahahaha

So Jas and Jat, as I’ve nicknamed them happen the be the star crossed lovers. And they each have their friends, or I like to call them posses :) and when the Goddesses make some not so nice decisions it’s on like Donkey Kong. It comes down to this- is love powerful enough to conquer all?

the writing flows really easy. Which made for an enjoyable read. There are some of the background rules and character roles that had me a little confused but it was revealed as some of the mysteries unraveled. All the while having a secret ploy twist to add :) I enjoyed the dialogues between the characters a lot. I tend to like a lot of chatting more than less talk, so it was a perfect balance to me.

Overall, this was a fun, easy read for me. I love shifters and it was immensely fun to see it from a YA perspective with warring races that almost remind me of Fae worlds. Plus, I had some fun with some of the characters. You know I love those secondary characters :) Some wonderful scenery, especially in the realms :) I’d say if you ever wanted some Romeo and Juliette shapeshifting, this is definitely your story! :)

4 VERY FUN PAWS :) now go forth and read it LOL

Author Guest Post:WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF A CONSTRUCTIVE BOOK REVIEW?

Having a book published means dealing with the reviews. Of course it’s easy to feel great about your hard work, when the reviews are four or five stars, and the readers are genuinely excited about the prospect of the next book, either stand-alone or in the series. But what if a review brings more acid than honey?
Some authors don’t read the reviews of their books, but, in my opinion, that is a major mistake. The authors write their books for the readers. Or, at least, that is what I do. So shouldn’t the readers’ opinion really matter? Shouldn’t an author take this opportunity of a freely shared assessment of their work as an advice for their next books?
But there is a difference between a constructive review and a trash-this-book review. I have seen plenty of both on Amazon and Goodreads, and I always feel sorry for the author when I stumble upon the latter. While the constructive reviews, even those one- or two-star ones, are valuable to other readers and to the author herself, the other kind brings more damage than worth.
How do we, authors, learn from the constructive reviews? I can tell you what I do. First, I read a review more than once to understand it better and get more in-depth information. If the review doesn’t offer any valid advice and only angry fuming, I move on. On the other hand, if a reviewer takes her time to point out in a professional matter what was well done in the book and what needs an improvement, I definitely make a note of the suggestions.
Reviewing books is no different than reviewing any other product. Amazon and countless other websites are great communities, bringing together those who search for opinions and those who offer them, based on their own buyer/user experience. If we keep it this way, everyone is happy. And everyone is presented with a real value.
Another issue that I want to discuss is the honesty of reviews. Every author is eager to receive only the highest praise for their work, but do we learn from the reviews that don’t point out what truly needs to be improved in our novels? That being said, I wouldn’t encourage any reviewer to go to the extreme and get over-picky, talking about a very minor or even personal issues that, in no way, introduce the book to other readers.
I left the very important, but often overlooked by the reviewers, matter to talk about last—reading and reviewing in your most-read genre. If you normally read women’s fiction for example but decide to write a review of an Young Adult fiction book—the only one you have ever read in that genre—keep in mind that there are some big differences in each of these genres’ audience, and what follows—in the expectations of the readers.
For example, don’t assume the characters that are fifteen- or sixteen-year-old to act like a thirty-year-old would. These are the teenagers and they still need to learn a lot, grow, make adjustments. Isn’t that so in real life? Would you expect your teenage daughter, niece, or neighbor to deal in the same manner with a boy she likes or with a conflict she faces as your mother, aunt, or that over-thirty-years-old friend would? If you want to explore the new-to-you genre, read several books in it before you attempt a review.
Here is a simple guideline for the book review:
• Point out what the real problems are, what definitely stands out, and what needs the author’s attention in order for her to write a better next book.
• Don’t confuse your fellow readers, who rely on your opinion in their decision to buy that book (or any other product), with things that are not real issues.
• Don’t forget to itemize what you find well-done as well.
• A good review provides the positives and the negatives, if any. After all we look for the product reviews that offer both sides of the coin.
• There is nothing wrong with sharing your pure enjoyment of a book, if you honestly find it great. The same goes for the disappointment. But both should to be done in a professional, constructive, and friendly matter. The way the review is written also reflects on the reviewer herself.
• If you plan to write a review, I recommend only doing so for a book in the genre that you enjoy and usually read, as discussed above.
If you are a YA fiction reader and reviewer, please feel free to contact me at angela@angelapeart.com for a free download of Forged by Greed. I always look for new readers and definitely appreciate reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and possibly Shelfari.
Happy reading and reviewing.

About the Author:

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as “European born, American by choice”. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.

Angela is a Young Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. It is the first book in The Forged Series. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads.

Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.

Angela can be found on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin and Goodreads.

https://www.angelapeart.com

https://www.facebook.com/#!/AngelaOrlowskiPeart

https://twitter.com/#!/Angela_Peart

https://plus.google.com/u/0/#104353393440599372773/posts

http://pinterest.com/angelapeart/

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=72040634&trk=tab_pro

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3228200-angela-orlowski-peart

Giveaway:

  • 2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Penelope’s necklace , Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
  • 2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Jasmira’s necklace , Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
  • 2 Prize packs featuring replica of Jasmira’s lucky bracelet, Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
  • framed cover art with a dedication note from the author, Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)

This is a tour wide giveaway, so just GO HERE to enter via Rafflecopter :) easy peesey! LOL

I would like to thank everyone for stopping by today! The author and the host for the great tour with wonderful prizes! Happy reading everyone! Later Gators!