Divine Vices Spotlight and Review!

Hello everyone! Today I have a new book to share with you by a lovely author who contacted me. She so politely asked me if I’d be interested in reading her new book. I’m definitely glad I said yes. I think you guys will love it as much as I did!! So Let me show you some goodies!!

  Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1)

Danger seldom leaves its victims unscathed in the ways of seduction, and this lesson is one that sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster now knows all too well. Nine months following the traumatic accident that claimed the life of her mother and sister, this high school junior has at last found a fresh start in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine. In the company of her best friends, Ian and Gwen, she’s bracing the usual turmoil of adolescence and taking all in stride… until the new transfer student, Jackson Matthews, comes walking into her life. He’s arrogant, sarcastic, roguish, devastatingly sexy, and the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. But when circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself a bit too close for comfort as their bond intensifies. Plagued by unexplainable events, a sudden string of disappearances, and even a cult-related murder, Cassie begins to fear for her life. Is it all just a coincidence that these happenings began when this Casanova strolled into town, or has she in fact fallen for a real lady-killer, or worse?”
 
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MY Review:
Ok, well I am so glad I read this one. There are lots of surprises, and there’s always the hawt bad boy, BUT what if there really is a chance for the kind hawt best guy friend too. :) One of the reasons I loved this one is because though it has it’s Twilight references, it’s not like Twilight. It’s also written by someone different and the writing style was just awesome.
Let me just say that I LOVE a particular series, *cough* Mercy *Cough* by Shannon Dermott, and Mercy talks with big words because she is smart, and she has that damn word a day calendar. Well, Cassie doesn’t need the calendar and I kinda like that about her. It’s a little refreshing that not all girls seem like air heads as teenagers. I wasn’t an airhead, and had a big vocabulary, so why can’t others. SO, I like Cassie. I felt a little bad for her, but I am totally ON BOARD with the Team she chooses between those two hunks! AND I’m terrified for her. There is so much coming and that ending was a little whammy. :) Note the spoiler alert, it’s not a bad cliff hanger, because there is some wrappage, yes I made that word up too, but not everything got wrapped pretty in a bow, which made me say holy **** because I know the ish is about to hit the fan! 
Those hawt boys are something. When you learn what Jack is, you may be surprised, and you’ll even be more surprised to learn about Ian. I still am not sure about what exactly Ian is. BUT I KNOW that this little start of a triangle ended and she has chosen and it’s a GOOD choice. I cheered. YES!!!! :) So, don’t freak out if you don’t like love triangles, there really won’t be one, just some decisions that needed to be thought through. AND besides, a little extra attention is good for a lady LOL Jack is my trickster. He likes to make jokes, doesn’t take things seriously, and has the whole HAWT mysterious vibe. He does it damn good too! Ian is your best friend, who help your hand when you needed it the most, and still supports you when you make bad decisions, and he has his own eclectic style. I like them both for different reasons. :) 
Plot line and story of the book is fantastic. You spend a whole lot of time trying to figure out what the hell is really going on, that you read through the book nonstop. It’s definitely a suspenseful page turner. AND you’ll never guess who the bad guy is. Seriously, I thought I had it like three different times and I was still wrong! HA! I loved that. And there’s some great side characters too, like her BFF Gwen, who just cracks me up. I happen to love her character. I enjoyed the writing style, I also enjoyed the fact that I know what to look forward to in the next book but still don’t have all the answers. OOOOH…. So, now GIMME GIMME book two! LOL 5 MAGICAL PAWS… because there’s magic and I totally don’t want to spoil the supernatural beings in here for you! 
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About the Authorthe Author:

Melissa Parkin

True solace for this Chicagoland native is no further than a minute’s walk away from her, right to the keyboard. Having always been blessed/cursed with an overactive imagination, she’s constantly encouraging her predisposition with late night writing fits fueled by her mild Dr. Pepper addiction. A connoisseur of music, movies, and literature, Melissa is always finding inspiration in everything around her. When she’s not diving into the depths of her mind’s eye, you will undoubtedly find her with a book, a camera, her iPod, or a can of Dr. Pepper in hand.

website: http://melissaparkinsblog.blogspot.com/

I really want to thank Ms M for letting me read this one. I truly hope we can do it again soon with book two!! Also I am going to leave you with one last thing. The author on her website has a PLAYLIST that is broken down by CHAPTERS and holy shit…. it’s so worth checking it out!! So, I read the book before I learned that, but then I read why she picked what she did and then went back and checked each with the song and WOW!!!! Just WOW!!! AND her song choices are just fantastic, so if you wanna check out this very cool playlist, I will leave the link below. Happy reading and later gators!! 

A Jill Archer Blog Blitz Day !! :)

Today we are just celebrating the very cool Jill Archer :) I have a blog tour coming up next month for her newest installment of this series and I CAN’T WAIT to share it! :) So, let me just get you up to speed with these cool books! :) 

Dark Light of Day
Noon Onyx
Book 1
Jill Archer
 
Genre: Fantasy
 
Publisher: Ace
Date of Publication: September 25, 2012
 
ISBN-10: 0425257150
ISBN-13: 978-0425257159
ASIN: B007A9KSMY
 
Cover Artist: David Palumbo
 
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Book Description:
 
Noon Onyx has been accepted into the prestigious St. Lucifer’s Law School where her mother hopes she’ll be trained as a Maegester. But Noon doesn’t want to control demons, set fires, or destroy things. She wants to become a Mederi so she can grow gardens and heal people.

Noon’s best friend, Peter Aster, is an Angel spellcaster who thinks he has the answer to Noon’s predicament – an ancient, mysterious, lost spell that can turn Noon into the Mederi she always wanted to be. Only one person stands in the way of Noon’s dream – Ari Carmine, a fellow classmate who seems fascinated by Noon’s fiery side. 

My Review is HERE~!!
Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx
Book 2
Jill Archer

 
Genre: Fantasy
 
Publisher: Ace
Date of Publication: May 28, 2013
 
ISBN-10: 0425257169
ISBN-13: 978-0425257166
ASIN: B009NY48SO
 
Cover Artist: Jason Chan
 
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Book Description:

Noon Onyx is the first woman in memory to wield waning magic. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…
My Review is HERE!!


About the Author:
 
Jill Archer writes dark, genre-bending fantasy from rural Maryland. Her novels include Dark Light of DayFiery Edge of Steel, and White Heart of Justice. She loves cats, coffee, books, movies, day tripping, and outdoor adventuring.
 
Website/blog: http://jillarcherauthor.wordpress.com/
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/archer_jill
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillarcherauthor
 
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5782149.Jill_Archer
 
Discussion Questions: http://jillarcherauthor.wordpress.com/book-clubs/

Ok first, let me just say Ms Jill is one of the NICEST ladies ever! Seriously! Like you just wanna put her in your pocket and carry her around. LOL Second, she writes good books! Third, she’s just cool, so that’s why I wanted to show you the goodies! Don’t forget my stop in May is coming up, so keep a look out!! :) YAY MS J!!! :) 
Happy reading and later gators!! 

Liberty Bound Blog Tour w Giveaway!!

Liberty Bound Blog Tour

Hello everyone! Today I have a returning author, which I love about being a reviewer. I reviewed her first book in this series and now I get to share lots of goodies with you for the second book, courtesy of that lovely author again! :) So let me show you some goodies! 
Liberty Bound by Faith McKay

Liberty Bound (Lacuna Valley, #2) Synopsis
All Sam ever wanted was to be free of her mother. With a happy home and Nick at her side, life should be great. But life has never been that simple. With the werewolves angry, the deal with the seasonals broken, and her mother on the run with the orb, Sam is more lost than ever. This would be a great time to make use of her prophetic dreams, if she could only figure out how to navigate them.

While Sam seems powerless, her little sister is not, and everyone wants to take advantage of her wish-granting abilities. It’s all Sam can do to keep them at bay. At nine years old with powers that could save—or end—the world and a mother who left her for dead, Violet’s had more than her share of awful. Sam’s not about to let anything else happen to her sister. But Violet is starting to realize that with all her power, maybe she doesn’t need Sam’s help at all.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Author’s Website

Also check out Prophecy Girl, Lacuna Valley #1 and add it on Goodreads!

Faith McKayAbout the Author:
Faith McKay writes quirky paranormal stories with guts. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL and its new sequel, LIBERTY BOUND, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don’t like her because she laughs too much. It’s also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She’s a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband, Robert.
If you’d like to know more about the Lacuna Valley series or Faith McKay, visit her website at FaithMcKay.net. You can also follow her on facebook and twitter.

Giveaway!

DUDE! There will be 15 winners!!!!!! yep, you can win a copy of both books!!! :) GO GO GO!!! right now! :) 

Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay

Prophecy Girl (Lacuna Valley, #1) by Faith McKay

Liberty Bound by Faith McKay

Liberty Bound (Lacuna Valley, #2) by Faith McKay

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My Review:

I am going to start with a spoiler, there is this damn huge cliff hanger at the end of this one :) Ok, spoiler over. LOL I kind of like to know when there’s a big cliff hanger, it maybe prepares me a little better. Yes, I STILL LOVE TO HATE THEM haahahaha :) But on to the next thing, this is the sequel, which is just as good as the first book. Maybe even better, just different. There’s a whole lot of mystery surrounding these sisters, and dammit if thee crazy mom isn’t back. UGH. It’s still just so relatable, even with the supernatural aspects. And the world building from the first book is becoming even more fascinating. 

Sam and Nick and Violet have a lot going on. Sam is struggling with a lot of things while Violet is almost smack-able. Yes I made that world up, but sometimes when a child is that freaking powerful, she needs a good smacking LOL. I still love her, she is still the cute little sister, but some things have changed and I am totally not sure where all this is going to go from here. There’s also some great new and recurring characters. I will say, even the least mentioned characters really do have a fullness to them. I am not sure exactly what makes this, but each character seems real. That’s hard to do. 

And though a lot of the first book was mainly about Sam, this one is mainly about Violet. Oh man, I am an only child, and right now, I am kind of thanking my stars for that one. Yes I have half and step siblings, but jeez, I always wanted a brother or sister, and I’m actually pretty glad I didn’t get those. LOL Learning about your powers as you become an adolescent, not even teenage yet, while being angry is pretty freaking scary. She has every right to be angry, just maybe not for all the reasons she thinks. :) 

I will now say it again, be prepared for that cliff hanger, because I am going to pull my hair out waiting for the next book. LOL It’s a FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT way to end, but seriously, did you have to do that to me :) Anyways, I really do love this series and where it’s gone and the mystery of where it will go. I look forward to so much more to come and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment. 5 WELL WRITTEN PAWS!

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I want to thank the author for letting me share this one! I also want to wish you all good luck on the giveaway! Happy reading and later gators!! 

Tested~New Wold Series Cover Reveal!!!!

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My Stalkee has a new book coming out!!!! I AM SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! Ok, let me just show you before I get all crazy!! 

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Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language*

Release Date: Tentative Date of June 24, 2014

Add to your TBR! Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20982523-tested

About the Author!

 

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder
Website: http://www.janellestalder.com
Email: jmstalder@gmail.com

Publications:
THE EDEN SERIES

Eden (Eden, #1)

Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.

It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King’s Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.

In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.

Eden-West (Eden, #2)

New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.
Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world. Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.
Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out – but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.
Follow all your favourite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.

Eden-South (Eden, #3)

The betrayal that tore a family apart. Two brothers bent on destroying the other. A whole world on the brink of war.

Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.

Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected.

Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she?

In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.

The battle starts now.

Eden-East (Eden, #4)

New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.

In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.
With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die.

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden.
THE NEW WORLD SERIES

Switch (New World, #1)

All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

Masked (New World, #2)

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?
Upcoming Projects:
Tested (Book Three, New World Series) – Spring/Summer 2014
Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Spring/Summer 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) –Fall 2014

I AM SOOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE!!!! YAAAAAYYYYY!!!! Stalkee you are going to out do the Eden series, which is still sacred to me, but seriously I am thrilled for this one. Congrats!!! 

Happy reading and Later gators!! 

 

Red the Were Hunter Cover Reveal!

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Red the Were Hunter
Farielle Series
Book One
Rebekah Ganiere
 
Fantasy Romance/ Paranormal Romance
 
What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you’d been taught to believe in?
 
Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to find another village girl taken and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.  The King of the Weres– But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.
 
Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he’s never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is that last thing he wants in his life. 
 
But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and when the mystery of the missing girls is solved, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons to find the happiness they both so desperately desire.
 
 

About the Author:
 
Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people’s made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people’s characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.
 
Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters.  When she isn’t spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.
 
www.RebekahGaniere.com
 
Twitter: @VampWereZombie
 
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/VampiresWerewolvesZombies
 
Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/VampWereZombie
 
Youtube: http://youtu.be/YiCqYd9UBMk
 

I like it!!! And I wanna read it!! :) Happy reading and later gators!! 

Berman’s Wolves Blog Tour!

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Hello everyone! Today I have a little something special for you! Of course it has werewolves! So, let me show you some goodies!! 

Berman’s Wolves
Gretchen SB
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
When a scientist runs an experiment on three separate college campuses that goes horribly wrong, several hundred students find their lives altered forever. They must learn to adapt to their new lives as Werewolves. Immediately after the incident a government program was put in place to keep track of these unwitting subjects. After a year the program falls apart as those in charge argue on how to proceed.
Without the programmers constantly looking over their shoulders the werewolves have now started to organize themselves. Creating their own hierarchy and alliances.
 
Jack is the Alpha of Pacific Northwest University’s pack F. He thought the government had finally taken a step back and let him and the other Alphas run their packs. Recently, however, he has been hearing rumblings about the programmers wanting to reinstate the program. He thought they were just rumors until he finds out one of his pack is being threatened by several of the lab assistants that took part in the original experiment. Now Jack must scramble to find allies and hunt down those threatening his pack. The more he goes looking the bigger the plot becomes.

My Review:

I first want to apologize as I need to postpone my review by a few days. Life gets a little crazy. BUT I can tell you that at 70% finished, I love the book, so just know that when my full review does come, hopefully within the next 24 hours, it’ll be a 5 PAW review, because it’s that good!

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Author Interview

WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book :)….

My book Berman’s Wolves, is about an experiment that was done on three college campuses that went slightly awry and turned several hundred students into Werewolves. The book takes place a few years later when the Werewolves are trying to govern themselves.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I always enjoyed creating characters and stories. Even as a very small child. When I started thinking about writing was about 12 or 13. One of my very dear friends and I used to make up stories about characters we had created. I guess I got bit by the writing bug because I wrote on and off since then. But it was not until college that I considered writing as a career.

 

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book, Lady of the Dead, was inspired by the opening sentence of the book. I wondered what if a person’s reality was not the reality that you and I know. So I wrote a little bit down and it sat there for years before I started working or it. Once I started, it morphed into a completely different story.

 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my stories and characters are just plucked from my head. There are a handful of characters though that I modeled after people in my life. Usually those characters morph a little and grow in their own way but you can still see glimpses of the people they are based on.

 

How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?
I both love and hate killing off characters. I love it because it puts the surviving characters in an extreme situation and you get to see how they react. On the other hand I try not to kill a character I like unless I absolutely have to. Since death is something, most, characters cannot come back from. If there is no other organic option then I push forward and kill the character.

 

I LOVED THAT ANSWER! You love and hate killing characters, LOL! Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I cannot always tell if an author is new or not. But I find authors whose books I enjoy, that are new to me all the time.

 

Who do you look up to as a writer?
Laurell K Hamilton, Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Patricia Briggs. Each for a slightly different reason. Laurell K Hamilton talks about her characters speaking to her and the way she talks about her writing process is something I identify with. Nora Roberts has written 3.5 bazillion books, many are in different world and some, like her In Death series, are the same characters. I am so impressed and in awe of how she creates such wonderful characters and writes about them regularly and for such a long time. Sherrilyn Kenyon talks about having an overarching plot to her series and she knows where everything fits and gives a little information each book. I love that! She knows how everything goes down, that is just so much to keep straight. Patricia Briggs is a local author, kinda, for me which means I know all the places she talks about. But she has a way of creating whole three-dimensional characters, even if they are only for a page or two.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
That is a dangerous question. In all likelihood, yes. I say that because Berman’s Wolves was initially written about five years ago. I think if I had worked on it even six months later the story would change. I am a firm believer that our lives an attitudes directly affect what we write. Though I am happy with the story I know that it would be different if I had to write it all over again simply because I am different then I was five years ago.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I love to write! The biggest challenge for me is finishing a story. I can start a story, then get distracted and not touch it again. I find that I have to sit down and force myself to see it through to the end.

 

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I am reading a lot of chick lit at the moment. I have yet to get my Kindle hooked in to the library system, but once I do that I plan on powering through one of Simon R Greens Series!

 

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Talina Perkins at http://www.bookinitdesigns.com/ did my cover. She did bookmarks for me for Lady of the Dead and I fell in love with her work. I did not really help much, I told her about wanting wolf / Human eyes on the cover and I gave her the blurb on the back. But that was it. She did that amazing cover pretty much without me.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned that I am not so good with the self-imposed deadlines an Indie Author has to create for themselves. I am just way to easily distracted. I learned that I really need to work on that.

 

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I do not think I would want to be any. Most of the characters in this book were basically poisoned. I don’t think I would want to be in that position.

 

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Maybe it is because I am really craving them but I would say Simon R Green’s Nightside series. The level of absurd things that he makes plausible and the great humor make his books all around winners for me.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy Berman’s Wolves! Thank you for joining me in these crazy worlds I create! I am grateful for your kind words and support. I look forward to giving you many more worlds to dive into.

 

Thank you so much for visiting with us! I hope we can do it again!! 

 


About the Author:
 
Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning.
 
Gretchen has spent most of her life in Washington state. She graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in History and a BA in Philosophy. Though there was a brief stint after college where she lived in Florida and worked for the mouse (Disney World). She loves that Washington provides a large range of activities, from Shakespeare in the park to rodeos.
 
She has had a love of reading and telling stories as far back as she, or anyone else, can remember.  Currently, she loves to read the same genres she writes. She also loves exploring her home state. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows via Netflix.
 
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I hope you guys check this one out!! I wanna thank the author for stopping by today! I loved your interview answers! And to the wonderful ladies of Bewitching Book Tours! Happy reading and later gators!! :)

Source of the River Cover Reveal and Review!!

Hello everyone!! Today I have a special author over today. She has a new book coming out, so I am going to show you the Cover first and then I’ll show you my review, AND THEN I’ll show you her totally awesome pile of preciously cute animals!!! :) So let me get to it!! 

Source of the River 500

Journey into the mountain home of the dwarves, where an evil spirit dwells. 

High in the mountains, an evil presence has unleashed a plague upon the dwarves. When news reaches River, he begins a quest to retrieve an ancient artifact that will expel the entity, freeing the dwarves from its murderous grasp. Along the way, he finds friendship in a dwarf girl, who possesses extraordinary magical powers of her own. Together they will be the key to preventing a genocide among the dwarves.

Without his knowledge, River is pursued by a powerful elven sorcerer who is determined to bind the soul of an elemental. Using a practice that has been banned for centuries, he plans to combine River’s power with his own. If he succeeds, he will possess the strength to become a god himself.”

The story features a female dwarf as a lead character, which is something hard to come by in fantasy. I hope I’ve done her justice. :)  I am expecting it to be released in May!

An Excerpt from the Author!

Darkness settled over the mountains. The stars hid themselves behind the clouds, but the moon’s glow fought its way through the thickness, providing a dim, hazy light. The wind gently rustled the leaves on the trees, and the creatures of the night sang softly to the sky.

Kaiya lay awake in her bed, unable to put her mind at ease. Earlier in the evening, her father had expressly forbidden her to go anywhere near town, thanks to the hostility the pair had encountered. No matter her age, he would always think of her as a child who needed his protection. She was the youngest of his children and had no husband, which gave her father the excuse he needed to carry on in the role of her protector.

She understood her father’s need to protect her, but it wasn’t necessary. Kaiya was not an average dwarf girl who was expected only to have children and run a home. Her magical powers were strong, and she had spent her life honing her talents. Without the distraction of friends and their silly childhood games, Kaiya was able to spend her days practicing magic and teaching herself to harness the wind. She was not helpless. She was a strong woman who could look after herself.

As quietly as she could manage, Kaiya rose from her bed and headed for the front door. Her urge to discover the presence in the caves was far stronger than her need to listen to her father’s warnings. She did not fear the miners. Their weapons were nothing compared to her powers. The magical being within the cave, however, was something unknown. She could not decide whether it was malevolent, and she wanted to know if it was the source of the illness that had been spreading among the miners.

As she tiptoed to the door in the darkness, she reached out with her hand to avoid tripping on any unseen obstacles in her path. To her surprise, her cloak had been hung on the doorknob, and a wooden torch was propped against the door as well. Mum, she thought. Somehow her mother knew she would be going out tonight, even before Kaiya herself had made up her mind to do so.

Stepping out into the night, she quietly closed the door behind her. Her magic could provide her with excellent night vision, but she decided to light the torch instead. She did not want to waste any magical energy that she might need later inside the cave. Creeping across the yard, she hoped Doozle would not bark and wake her parents before she could reach the dirt road that would lead her to town.

The nighttime air in the mountains was cool despite it being early summer. She pulled her cloak a bit closer to her skin, but the chill she felt had more to do with her nerves than the weather. She could sense the magic emitting from deep inside the cave and felt compelled to investigate.

Her pace quickened as her eyes adjusted to the dark. The torch in her hand provided enough light to save her from tripping over the rocks along the path. Images of monsters from childhood tales flashed in her mind as she tried to prepare herself for what might await her in the cave. Never in her life had she encountered true evil. Ignorance and prejudice had presented themselves, but not evil. The monsters were not real, but something real was in the caves, and she feared it might be the true cause of the illness.

Reaching the edge of town, she doused the flame on her torch to avoid being noticed. Being after midnight, the town was deserted, and all the dwarves were safely tucked away in their homes. If this night proved dangerous for Kaiya, there was little chance of assistance from her kinsmen.

A single night watchman stood guard outside the cave. More security was not necessary, since most dwarves did not easily turn to a life of crime. Severe punishments, including loss of limb, had been used in the past, and that had deterred most criminal behavior for centuries. The watchman was responsible mainly for keeping out vandals and teenage lovers looking for a bit of privacy.

The silver-bearded dwarf stood at the ready with no sign of drowsiness apparent in his posture. Taking great care to stay hidden, Kaiya slowly lifted a hand and closed her eyes. A gentle gust of wind passed by the guard, gaining momentum as it traveled. In the nearby mining camp, a cart began to roll and quickly crashed into a rickety wooden table, overturning both in the process. A loud clang was followed by a crash as used dishes toppled from the table to the ground. A little too much, she thought, promising to hold back a bit next time.

The guard readied a large hammer in his hand and trudged off to investigate the disturbance. Kaiya made a dash for the cave with only the moonlight to guide her path. Safely inside the cave, the sound of dripping water filled her ears. Proceeding deeper within, the light became dimmer and dimmer, until she was forced to use magic to see. Her eyes sparkled with silver as she willed herself to see in the pitch-black surroundings.

The walls shimmered and reflected the light from her eyes. An overwhelming sense of foreboding came over her, and she hesitated in her steps. Taking a deep breath, she knew she would have to continue to find the source of the magic. Her heart pounded in her ears, but her feet kept moving forward.

She paused again deep within the cave where a rock formation resembling a large basin glistened white among the gray interior. From the ceiling, a second white formation descended, providing a rain shower into the tub below. The water rushed forth with great strength, and the sound echoed loudly from the walls. Directly behind the tub, a clear pool lay motionless. As she peered into the pool, she saw the reflection of the ceiling, which made the water appear to delve deep into eternity. She glimpsed her own face among the water and smiled slightly, amused at the sight of her eyes as they sparkled with magic.

A white light started to form at the edge of the pool, circling inward and becoming ever brighter. Kaiya lifted her arm to shield her eyes from the sudden light….

My Review:

This book is a great all ages fantasy! It’s a story about good vs evil, and it’s also about finding yourself along the way. Making good decisions, never giving up, even with huge hurdles in your way, and finding friends and love make it all wrap up perfectly!! There are 4 main characters, though it mainly revolves around two. And it’s also just an all around fun story, with a fresh look in magic, elves, dwarves, and ways of life! 

River is our main male character. He is different. All the elves know this, and though they don’t mean to, they still look at him a little differently than everyone else. His story is one of sad beginnings and wonderful endings. Even with this, River has turned into a fantastic young man, for elves, and he is really a great guy! Yes he is powerful, as he discovers, and he is also very willing to share his power, and help people, and make sure others are happy. River also meets another lovely elf who has different powers than him, and she is so giving of herself. 

Kaiya is our main leading lady! She is some kind of powerful, but she isn’t supposed to be, because she’s a dwarf. I think she is my favorite character. She’s fiery, and hard headed, sometimes a little too curious, and yet she is loyal, and a great friend. She happens to find a friend in not only River, but in his best friend too! With River and Kaiya teaming up to defeat the evil, things are bound to get a little crazy. I loved their interactions and I REALLY LOVED that the two main characters didn’t fall for each other. They found their own love interests!! It’s great!! 

The writing made this story so easy to follow. It was well written, as well as a fresh, wonderful story. It is unique and makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you are done. I loved it and I can’t wait for more. I will recommend this one to literally anyone. There’s mystery and adventure, so all ages too! And it is a fantasy, and though the characters find love, it’s not mainly a romance. I LOVED THIS! 5 FANTASTIC MAGICAL PAWS!!! 

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About the Author

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Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain’s backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.

After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales from Nōl’Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone.

http://lana-axe.com/

https://twitter.com/LanaAxe

https://www.facebook.com/LanaAxe

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7102583.Lana_Axe

The author’s very cool pets!! 

I had to show you guys this! She has lots of pets just like me!! :) So, here we go!! 

Ulysses

Ulysses

Dudley

Dudley

Daisy

Daisy

 Pie

Pie

Nellie

Nellie

Kiwi, PS Maghon thinks this is absolutely hilarious!!

Kiwi

Sunberry

Sunberry

Whickwheat and Scuttle

Whickwheat and Scuttle

I wanna say a huge thank you to Ms Lana!! Those pet photos are so very awesome!!!! It’s amazing! And Ms Lana was so nice to contact me and offer me this book! I am now a HUGE FAN! I can’t wait to share more of her books in the future! :) Thanks guys, for stopping by and hanging out with us!! 

Rising Shadows Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! I have a fun new book that I have to share with you guys today!! :) It’s of course got werewolves! But it also has lions, bears, tigers, vampers, and a few creeptastic bad guys! I can’t wait to tell you all about it, BUT first, I needa show you some goodies. :) 

Rising Shadows (World in Shadows, #1)

Rising Shadows

World in Shadows

Book One

Bridget Blackwood

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: February 1, 2014

ISBN: 1494891751

ASIN: B00I6U2ARW

Number of pages: 107

Word Count: 32,404

Cover Artist: The Killion Group

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Book Description:

Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers.

Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness.

Enhanced with power she doesn’t understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?

Excerpt

“The bitch has to die. She murdered my son!” The mother of the werewolf Rachel killed in self-defense. “I will avenge my child!”

Behind her is Alonzo’s brother. He puts his arm around his mother to comfort her. “Don’t cry Mama. I will get justice for Alonzo.” He turns towards the council and yells, “I demand Weregild from Rachel Ryan!”

 Out of nowhere, Bastien is beside Rachel. His hand on her arm, and whispers in her ear.

“Uh, I want Bastien as my champion!” Rachel blurts out as Bastien starts to unbutton his shirt.

Miguel just bit off a lot more than he can chew. Bastien is a fun loving kind of guy. He’s easy to laugh, and always joking, but he’s also the son of the Alpha Prime. He was taught to fight brutally from the cradle.

“Bastien, son, you are familiar with the law. She’s not our kin, nor mate to our kin. We have no ties to this woman. You cannot champion a stranger.” Claude reminds him.

Claude is a slick one. Every word he says is carefully measured. There was something in there meant for Bastien to grasp. Father and son stare at one another. Bastien snakes a hand around Rachel’s waist and leans her backwards until she’s flush against him. His right palm is flat on her abdomen. He tilts her head to the side with his left.

“Then I claim her.” His teeth sink into the flesh of Rachel’s neck. 

Bonus Materials

Quotes from the Book:

Quote 1

“I whooped the personal guards of the Vampire big kahuna. Whoops. In my defense, it’s not like they wore nametags.” – Rachel Ryan

Quote 2

“Is your plan to make me stupid with your sweet hands so I’ll agree to anything? Because it’s working.”    – Sebastien “Bastien” Bonvillian

Playlist:

  1. My Medicine by The Pretty Reckless
  2. Freak Like Me by Halestorm
  3. Titanium by Madilyn Extreme by Valora
  4. Not Strong Enough by Apocalyptica
  5. Oceans by Evanescence
  6. Echoes of an Empire by Picture Me Broken
  7. Carnival of Rust by Poets of the Fall
  8. Never Go Back by Evanescence
  9. Secret Door by Evanescence

My Review:

Let me start by saying this is a very fun, short beginning to a great new series. I am already looking forward to the next book. It’s got a very easy flow, like you will want to read it in one sitting. And it’s not too long, so you could. There are so many excellent characters, and a wonderful meaning behind the plot line. And some mystery, and some action, and some serious steamy parts ;) Plus WEREWOLVES… Like I need to go on! 

So, Rachel wakes up, and she realizes she is in a hospital, not long after that she notices it’s a mental hospital. Or is it? She is told she “forgot” again, but that’s not exactly the case. And she also realizes that this is WAY more than a mental hospital. They are conducting human experiments. Holy crapizoly! She has to get out, and thanks to those evil bastards who did this to her, she finds a way into the arms of a HAWT wolf. :) Rachel went through some horrible things in a very short time, or so it seems, and when she gets the chance to escape and save a little girl, she jumps at the chance. But her hurdles aren’t over. She is taken in by a werewolf pack, but she also has to defend herself against them. AND she learns just how many supernaturals are in existence. She’s so strong. I think I would have broken the first time in the “cage” and lost myself. No I won’t tell you what that means. And then she meets Bastien. And bonds with Livia. 

Bastien is the son of the alpha wolf. He just doesn’t want to be that alpha. And then Rachel comes sweeping in, causing all kind of chaos, and he basically trips on himself to help her, then take her home, while she’s knocked out, and save her. He’s all kinds of fun. And he has a pack of extremely interesting people. Some scary, some awesome, like his dad and sister, some not so cool, like his mom. And they are all part of a supernatural world. Dude, the lion, he’s awesome, I can’t wait for the next book. And I’m still a little confused about what happened with the “fae” people, and even the vampires are interesting. I need to know some more about them too. 

This book is a great opener for the series. I do wish it would have been longer, and had more, just more, about everyone, and everything, and anything. LOL Ok, I just wanted more. But it gives you the base to go on with how their world works, and what’s in store to come. The writing is very good, except that maybe a few more details could be added to some things, but other than that, I really can’t wait for the next one. In fact, I am looking forward to seeing Bastien’s sister and her tale. :) AND what’s to come with some of those other wonderful characters that were in this first book. :) 4.5 EXCELLENT WOLFY PAWS!!! 

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Author Interview! 

First, tell me a little about your book :)….

Rachel is a woman caught between the humans and the nonhumans in a brewing war no one knows about. She has to pick a side and with it tip the balance that will change the world forever.

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

I’ve always been a storyteller. My mom says I used to tell her stories before I could even speak full sentences. In 5th grade I wrote my first story and knew I wanted to write more.

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

I was daydreaming as I often do and came up with the opening scenes as a sort of what if scenario. I wanted to know what would happen next and it evolved from there. It became the first draft of Rising Shadows.

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

Nope, can’t say they are. Never woken up with amnesia or been forced to fight a werewolf, lol! I take the mannerisms of some people for my characters but that’s about it.

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

A character’s death should propel the story, not just shock the readers. I pick character’s deaths based on if it serves the story. You can be logical about it. Say I’m planning to sink a boat at sea, who would be on the boat? Do I think they’d be a strong swimmer or try to be a hero and save others? If I’ve given no reason for a characters death, chances are they aren’t really dead ;0)

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Bella Jewel is fun to read because she is adventurous with her stories. She did the motorcycle club thing, now she’s started a modern day pirate series, and has a really interesting book called Number Thirteen I’m eager to read.

Aurora Rose Reynolds has an amazing series that starts with Until November.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Mandy M. Roth and Michelle M. Pillow, both ladies are incredibly professional, highly interactive with fans, and produce several books each year.

My mentor is Skhye Moncrief. She’s taken me by the hand and been a great friend. I joke that she’s my Yoda, which could seem insulting since he’s not the most attractive fellow. I choose to see it as she wise in the things I need to learn and is working to help me grow as an author.

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

I could have made a certain character’s fate a bit more clear but if I went and changed it I would have never written the follow up flash fiction Winter’s Kiss. I’m gonna say no, change nothing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting my thought organized on the page in a way that is both easy to understand and fun to read can be a chore. My brain is a messy place with piles of notes stacked on every service.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I’m reading Tainted by Jamie Begley, it’s a contemporary erotic romance

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

Kim Killion with The Killion Group designed it. I found the images but she was really the mastermind. Being my first book, I wasn’t sure what my cover needed for its genre. Kim took a lot of notes and then I trusted her to produce a winning cover. I think she did fantastic.

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

I learned that you can’t rush the process. You’ve got to take the time and do it right. I almost published it without letting an editor go through it. I dodged a major bullet with that one. I was mortified when I realized what I almost gave to readers.

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

Maranda. Readers haven’t met her yet, she makes her debut in book three. She reminds me of Rachel in many ways but she comes into the game armed with a great deal more knowledge. She the brainy chick who wields her intellect like a sword.

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

I’m a huge fan girl of Lauran Dohner. If you like shifter’s she has The New Species series and The Mating Heat series. She also writes a futuristic cyborg series and an alien series. I love reading her books. I have them all on pre-order when she announces them.

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

Whether you liked it or hated it, thank you for giving my book a read. Every author measures success differently. When I decided to publish my husband asked me what had to happen for me to feel like I accomplished something great. My answer was that at least one person decides to read it. I’m grateful for every reader. Want to tell me what you think or ask me a question? You can find me on Facebook as Author Bridget Blackwood.

About the Author:

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Bridget Blackwood is a hopeless romantic and a fan of happily ever after. She grew up in East Texas where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to Southern Illinois, it’s been home for over a decade now. Bridget began telling stories at an early age, she writes in self-defense because the characters in her head are loud and bossy. A social butterfly by nature, Bridget loves to talk and laugh. When she isn’t writing she enjoys watching horror movies, playing video games, and not cooking.

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Tour giveaway details

2 personalized signed print copies of Rising Shadows

3 Rising Shadows chainmail charm key chains

US and Canada  shipping only
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I am so glad I got to share all of this goodness with you! I wish you all good luck on the giveaway! AND a huge thanks to Ms Bridget for stopping by to hang out with us today!! I hope we can do it again really soon! :) Happy reading and later gators! PS if you are celebrating, happy Good Friday and a soon to be Happy Easter!! ;) 

Shadows of Fate Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be a closer, one of them, for this tour! I loved this new book, and I am so excited to continue more into this new series! And I have so many goodies to show you, so I will just jump right in! :) Here we go! 

Shadows of Fate (Shadow Born, #1)

Shadows of Fate

Shadow Born

Book 1

Angela Dennis

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date of Publication: April 8, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-61921-927-4

Number of pages: 247

Word Count: 87,000

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

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Tagline:  Redemption lies beyond the veil between truth and lies.

Book Description:

After witnessing her husband’s brutal murder, Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers and wreaked havoc on her home world. Her penance: one hundred years policing hordes of supernatural misfits that spilled onto the Earthly plane after a cataclysmic war.

She’s on a routine exorcism run when she learns she’s been assigned a new partner. But there’s something about this Shadow Bearer that sparks her suspicions. Particularly when people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash.

Gray Warlow holds tight to the glamour that allows him to get close to the woman on whom he plans to wreak vengeance for betraying his people. Yet as he skillfully manipulates his way past her distrust, he begins to see her not as the heartless monster he was led to believe, but a strong, vulnerable woman.

As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.

Warning: A thrill ride of supernatural proportions. Contains violent battle scenes, nail-biting suspense, crazy hot sexual tension, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin.

Excerpt:

Copyright © 2014 Angela Dennis

All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Her gaze stretched to the bar. Beneath the glittering liquor bottles and burnt oak, a bottle of Jack in one hand and Grey Goose in the other, stood her target. Dirty blond hair brushed past his eyebrows, the rest tied back in a rubber band. He seemed innocent enough. As he flipped a glass bottle behind his back, muscles rippling on his shirtless body, magic seeped from his skin. It flowed around the women stretched across the bar, their assets on display as well as their lust.

Thankfully, he didn’t get much bang for his buck. This one was weak. Newly possessed, the demon hadn’t had time to gain a strong enough lock on the victim’s body. This shouldn’t take long. The piles of paperwork she had left on her desk might even get done tonight.

She pushed through the crowd, stripping her leather duster off her shoulders as she went. The black corset underneath, paired with tight leather pants, flattered her figure. She turned heads, especially the demon’s. She released the hair tie at the back of her neck. With a quick shake, her burnt copper curls slid down to her waist. She stopped at one of the tiny tables and threw her coat across the barstool.

Eyes closed, she pretended the music was something more aesthetically pleasing as she stepped onto the dance floor, keeping her mark at the forefront of her mind. She felt his eyes on her body as she swayed to the music. Hips gyrating to the heavy beat, she pulled on her glamour to blend in with the other dancers as she let her magic wrap his body. Losing herself in the music, she let him watch her move, feeling his desire amp. His energy vibrated as he made his way through the crowd, his power wild.

His hands draped her hips and he pulled her to him, his magic sliding over her body. Darkness tinged her aura, but she shrugged it off. Dealing with demon magic never got easier, but his wasn’t powerful. Grinning, she wrapped her hand around his neck, pulling him close until her lips brushed his ear. His burning skin jumped against her touch.

They stilled for a moment as the DJ switched tracks. “Think you could get me a drink?” she breathed, brushing a hand down his bare back. “I’m thirsty.” She grinned as he nodded, eager, the demon jumping beneath his skin.

“Anything for you, darlin’.” He wrapped a possessive arm around her waist, moving her toward the bar. “What’s your poison?”

“Whiskey. Straight.”

A grin played on his lips. “My kinda woman.”

Pushing past the other bartender, he grabbed a bottle of Jack and poured her shot. She caught it as it slid across the splintered wooden bar. Tossing it back, she reveled in the slow burn of the liquor. It was an old favorite. Just cause she was working didn’t mean she couldn’t treat herself.

She tossed back a second shot, thankful she didn’t have the ability to get drunk. Giving the demon her best longing look, she leaned forward. “Thanks. I needed that,” she murmured. “What’s your name?”

“Zed.”

Leaning forward, she traced a finger down her cleavage. “Do you think you could give me a ride home, Zed?” she asked. She bit one finger in a nervous gesture, knowing he was buying it. “My friend went home with some guy and left me here. I can wait.”

His eyes flashed, and she knew she had him.

“Sure.” He glanced at the other bartender. “Give me a second. I got off an hour ago.”

Sure you did, she thought.

A few seconds later he was back, pulling on a t-shirt as he walked. The gesture was surprisingly human. With the demon hiding inside, the brimstone dancing in his blood would keep his body uncomfortably hot, eventually burning him alive from the inside out. It may be the middle of winter, but he would never feel the cold.

He held up his keys as she rose to meet him. “My truck’s out back.”

She moved closer, letting him drape an arm over her shoulder. “Let me grab my coat.” The duster was where she had left it. She draped it over her arms as she turned on her psychic link with Xavier. The mage accepted, and Brenna turned to the demon, knowing Xavier was watching through her eyes. At this point, the mark’s lust was so inflamed he wouldn’t notice the slight change of color in her irises.

Wrapping her free arm around Zed’s waist, she led him through the mass of patrons to the exit. As they stepped into the wintry air, she noticed the bikers again. They stood beside their Harleys, watching her warily as she passed. She worried the tension might give her away, but Zed was oblivious.

She led him over the cobblestone to where Xavier waited. As they closed in on the shadows, she could feel Zed’s eagerness spike.

The darkness moved over them, hiding them from prying eyes. Xavier’s power sang in the night, a compass pointing her to the van. Leaving Zed to follow behind, she moved to the gray van and pressed her back against its side. Zed moved toward her, all pretense of humanity stripped away. The graceless stride betrayed his hunger as green scales peeled away his skin and his eyes turned to blood red slits.

Brenna waited until he was on her, scales chaffing the sensitive skin of her face, then she dropped her glamour. The demon jerked back as her magic wrapped around his body, but it was too late. In one swift movement, she pulled the blade strapped to her back free and ripped the already tattered t-shirt away from his chest. Shifting her body weight, she slammed him against the vehicle even as his body mass grew, the demon pushing its way to the surface. One hand held Zed steady, the other slipped beneath his jeans to feel the skin of his hip.

“A little to the left,” the demon growled, body shaking, titillated despite itself.

He shifted his weight and slammed her against the brick wall behind her. His body pressed hard against hers, he ran a scaly tongue across her cheek. “You don’t have to get hostile, darlin’. I don’t mind if you like it rough.”

She let her power surge and kneed him in the crotch. Sparks flew as her spell sent him flying against the van. Keeping him in place with a holding spell, her fingers found the rune carved on his hip. She ripped away the denim as she tried to control the squirming demon.

“A little help?” she called out. She had pulled back the spell. Her full body weight was pressed against the demon, but he was starting to get free. Her magic had to be focused on breaking the possession; she couldn’t waste it restraining Casanova.

She released the demon as Xavier stepped from the shadows and slammed it against the van again. Subdued, the creature glared at them, its red eyes filled with hatred. Another hard slam dazed the creature, but only for a moment.

A flick of her hand and the back of the van opened. Xavier shoved Zed inside. As soon as he was strapped into the harness, Brenna ripped off his jeans. His hips now bare, she was able to see the rune carving, fresh as she had hoped.

Her ceremonial blade pulsed in her hand as she charged it with her energy.

Zed spit at her. The saliva sizzled across the corset, burning a hole in the leather.

Damn. That had been one of her favorites.

“Stuff something in its mouth. I need to concentrate.”

“Deal with it. Even in the harness this thing is a bitch to restrain.” White lines creased Xavier’s eyes, and Brenna worried his injuries were more severe than he let on.

Zed’s fingers began to work the trappings of the harness, but Xavier pulled him back, one arm around his scaly neck. In an explosion of power, Zed pulled free, knocking Xavier into the side of the van. Saliva dripping from his fangs, Zed growled at Brenna, and snapped the other wrist free. Jumping across the van, he pinned Brenna beneath him. Spittle fell from his lips, scorching its way across her skin. She pressed her palm against his face and pushed with all her strength, ignoring her burning flesh. Then, suddenly, he was gone.

Getting to her feet, she saw Xavier had strapped the beast back into the restraints.

“You got it?” Once she started, she wouldn’t be able to help him anymore. All of her energy would go into the exorcism.

“Yeah. Hurry.”

A sharp giggle jarred Brenna’s attention. Looking up, she caught Hilda peering through the glass from the front seat. “If he passes out, I can help.”

“This isn’t a game.”

Zed slammed against his restraints. “I like ghosts. They burn like whiskey going down.”

“Shut up,” Xavier growled.

Tuning them out, Brenna let the words of the exorcism spell spill from her lips. Her hand pressed against the rune on the demon’s hip. The carving glowed and the green light grew until it filled the van.

Zed fought against the restraints. Obscenities, the kind only a demon would know or understand, ricocheted throughout the vehicle.

Xavier stuck a thick leather strap in the demon’s mouth, cutting off his tirade.

Brenna gathered her magic. It pooled through her and into the athame as she sliced the silver blade into the center of the rune. Blood seeped from the wound, spilling over the green light. It exploded with power, slamming Brenna against the van. Xavier fared better, still wrapped around the demon. He was surrounded by a musty green steam that reeked of brimstone.

Continuing the chant, Brenna pulled a pouch of blessed sand from the crevice between her breasts. Throwing a pinch onto the rune, she banished the demon back behind the Veil. Golden steam rose from the wound. It twined around Brenna thick and dense, but she continued to chant even as its foulness tried to seep inside her mouth.

Darkness teased the edges of her vision for a few moments, then the warmth of Xavier’s power wrapped around her body like a shield, pushing out the demonic essence. Time stood still as the final words filled the air. Then, in a flash, the beast was gone.

My Review:

Well hot damn, I found a great new Urban Fantasy series to love!! It grabbed me from the beginning, AND it kept me there, because there are so many mysteries that unravel so perfectly! There are so many good things to say about this series. It starts with a girl, who has some special powers, and she’s living on Earth, or what’s left of it after a little incident that started an apocalypse. Well, she was forced on Earth! LOL And yet, she makes the most of it. She has a very enlightening outlook on life, and I can’t wait for her story to continue to bloom in hopefully a lot more books to come!! :)

Brenna is our main character. You’re going to learn her past, and why she’s been in exile on Earth for a while. She’s also bad ass, and is not scared of anything. She’s also fiercely protective of those she holds close to her, which will surprise you. She’s so tough, and yet when you learn her past, you’ll want to hug her, and hold her, and make her feel better. And she’s also surprisingly compassionate!

Gray is something of a damn mystery almost the whole freaking book. Maybe a HAWT mystery, but you can’t help but love the mysterious bad boy, who’s a little broken, who thinks he knows something, has coldness in his heart, with ill intent, and then the girl blows his mind, gives him the truth, and warms that heart of his. I loved when Gray’s little mystery fell apart, and he figured out who and what Brenna really was. I was like HA!! Served you right for thinking! And then I was like, ok what the hell are you gunna do to fix your craptastic mess up now~ And damnit if he didn’t completely win me over in the end, when it really counted, even the Elder made the perfect statement when he told Gray he made the right choice! OOOOH, and my favorite part, he’s alpha, BUT not dominant, which is a dog thing, BUT by that I mean he may be all protective but he is also not going to stop her from being who she is. Trust me, you’ll fall for him too :)

I loved the writing style. I loved the POVs, more than one, and how they sounded. I really loved the secondary characters, and Brenna’s friends of mixes and matches! This whole story is just fantastic. The world building is absolutely amazing! It’s told in a way that is so believable, to think about it, it could happen, so it made this one feel more real. And the way things all add up, but you didn’t figure it out in the beginning, or I didn’t, it great. It makes for a wonderful ride! I absolutely cannot wait for MORE! GIMME GIMME  PLEASE! I definitely recommend this one, because, it’s just that good! 5 DRASTICALLY GREAT PAWS!!!

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Author Interview!!

First, tell me a little about your book :)….

Shadows of Fate is an Urban Fantasy with strong romantic elements.    It revolves around Brenna, a Shadow Bearer from an alternate plane of reality, who has been banished to earth after losing control of her powers. She works as a hunter, policing the supernatural misfits that spilled on to the Earthly plane during a cataclysmic war. When she meets her new partner, something sparks her suspicions.  Particularly when the people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash.  As an attraction deeper than blood or bone flares between them, they must work together to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle and avoid becoming the final victims. 

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

I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t write.  I was always the kid with her nose in a book, or scribbling in her journal. 

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

I wrote my first book the summer after I graduated from college. It was a historical romance, and it was horrible.  Even so, it still means a lot to me.  If I’m ever brave enough, I may try to revise it (or maybe not).

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

I think my life experiences have definitely colored my writing.   But the experiences of the characters in the books are uniquely their own.

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

I don’t.  It just sort of happens organically while I’m writing the story.  If it feels right at the time, I go for it. 

Who do you look up to as a writer?

So many people.  I have fan girl moments daily.  I have always loved Kim Harrison’s writing.  I raved about her books for so long my husband started reading them ;)  I also love Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.  Her imagery is incredible, and Barrons….well, he’s Barrons. ;)

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

  1. I wrote Shadows of Fate during a particularly difficult time in my life, so it teeters on the dark side, but I’m okay with that. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?         

Just letting go and allowing the creative process to take over, is probably most difficult thing for me.  I worry too much about what other people will think, instead of just writing what I want to write.  I gave myself free reign when writing Shadows, and it was a blast.        

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I’m reading Kim Harrison’s newest book, The Undead Pool, and loving every minute.  It’s a great book. 

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

Kanaxa designed the cover for Shadows of Fate.  I was able to give feedback and suggestions, but it wasn’t really necessary.  She immediately captured what I envisioned for the cover.  I love it.  She did an awesome job. 

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

I’d chose Brenna.  I’d love to be a warrior princess for a day.  But only a day, I don’t think I could take much more than that.

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

Whenever anyone asks me for writing advice, there are two books I always recommend:  On Writing by Stephen King and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. 

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

Thank you so much embracing Shadows with open arms.  You all are the best. 

About the Author: 

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex.  When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog www.angeladennisauthor.blogspot.com  or at her website www.angeladennisauthor.com .  She loves to hear from her readers, so find her on Twitter for a chat @angeladennis

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Giveaway!!

Tour Giveaway consists of 1 prize pack featuring a copy of Shadows of Fate, book swag (bookmarks) and coffee.  
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I hope you guys check this one out! It’s great! AND a huge thank you to the author who so graciously stopped by and to the lovely ladies at Bewitching Book Tours, as always, who give me wonderful books and goodies to share with you!!! Happy reading and later gators! ;) 

Don’t Look Back Release Day Launch!!

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We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!

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EXCERPT:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or

friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.

Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,

wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as

sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t

wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of

my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I

stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails

were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my

chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale

flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to

remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of

my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly

scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S

DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on

his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a

deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high

school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said

gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the

motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer

about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing

out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his

question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my

arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the

Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police

cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and

wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could

everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

 

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

 

 

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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YAY!!! I hope you guys are excited and a big congrats to Ms Jen!! :) Happy reading and later gators!! 

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