Eliza’s Shadow Blog Tour w Giveaway

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And I’m back with another set of goodies for you today! :) Let me show you :)
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Title: Eliza’s Shadow

Series: Eliza’s Shadow #1

Author: Catherine Wittmack

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Self-published

Format: Ebook | Paperback

Length: 332 pages

Purchase: Amazon |

Book Description:

Eliza Gowan’s past has come back to hunt her. Since her mother’s mysterious disappearance, Eliza has enjoyed a quiet life under the care of her aunt in the sleepy town of Port Rune. But the moment magnetic Ren Alden appears in her high school classroom, Eliza is thrust into the exciting world of magic and the path of danger. Menaced by an otherworldly enemy, Eliza embarks on a quest to solve the mysteries of her past and end the hunt for good.

Excerpt:

Ren laughed. “What are you doing? Just sit still and focus, why don’t you?” He urged impatiently.

I pressed my crossed ankles together and my arms to my sides. “Ok, ok. I’m ready,” I stammered.

I forced deep measured breaths until the cold air stilled the nervous bubbles bobbing around my head. My hands stretched around my knees and I flexed my fingers imagining the flame leaping from the tips. I turned inward imagining the spark growing inside of me. My mind’s eye examined the small dot of electricity and watched it glow in the caverns of my mind.

Run! I commanded.

I followed the little spark as it hopped from one nerve to the next, racing down the length of my arm and felt it, hot and anxious to perform. Then something strong and sure told me the spark was ready. Without a conscious effort, my arm lifted from my side and my wrist snapped.

My eyes shot open. A small ball of light glowed bright against the darkness. I glanced up to find Ren’s giddy grin.

We sat for several moments in reverent silence before Ren snatched the wriggling little light from my palm as easily as a frog snatches an insect.

He chuckled and tossed it above our heads. The small light bounced in the air like a yo-yo before settling suspended above our heads.

“Wow! How’d you do that?” I exclaimed.

“Clean flames will do just about anything you want them to,” he said.

“Can I touch it again?” I asked tentatively.

Ren shrugged. “Sure, it’s your flame,” he said and sank back against the cluster of pipes, a pleased smile lingering on his lips.

I reached into the air and plucked the tiny blaze from its perch. I held the flame in my hand admiring its dance.

“It’s hot,” I said wincing.

Ren inched toward me and slid his hand beneath mine. His palm was soft against my knuckles. Then his fingers closed around my wrist and he pulled my hand toward his lowered face. My fingertips grazed the scruff of his chin sending a tingle up my arm. Our eyes met across the glowing expanse of my palm.

“Even the most magical things can burn,” he said tensely, holding my gaze.

My cheeks flushed hot under his intense stare.

“Only… if you let them,” I responded, carefully controlling my breath.

“Easier said than done,” he said with a sigh.

I blew softly across my palm. The flame flickered and disappeared into a wisp of smoke.

My Review:

What a fun little twist to the witching hour :) get it?! LOL anyways, this story is a fun read and fast paced, which of course makes me love it! There’s plenty to go around in the genre department. It’s a YA so anyone can grab it, it’s got suspense, it’s got romance, though it’s more like “I want but can’t break the rules” lol, it’s of course got some paranormal, and to top it off, it’s just good!

I love that Eliza is determined and even when she has melt downs and struggles, she keeps on going! She’s a very likable character. She’s easy to picture as real, even if she’s having some crazy flash backs and slight premonitions of crazy ladies ;) I feel bad for her for having all these nightmares- like she didn’t have enough of a tragic beginning- and we’ll just have to blame it on Ren showing up :)

Ren’s pretty darn cool! I love his patients and kindness. I am maybe not so patient so maybe I need a Ren to balance me out! He’s got his own secrets and rules. I am still hoping things turn out like I want them to in the future, but what would romance be if it were easy? There’s always a reason not to be with “the one” :) we’ll just have to see…

The writing made it so easy to just keep reading. It’s well done, it’s got a very easy flow, and the author did a great job of keeping me in suspense to know what was going to happen. The characters have a journey now, and the future holds even more adventure! I definitely look forward to more and will be getting book two! 4 MAGICALLY NIGHTMARISH PAWS!!

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About the Author:

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Catherine Wittmack lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Charlie, and their two sons, James and Jack. She holds a B.A. in English from VillanovaUniversity and a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Her debut novel, Eliza’s Shadow, was published on Amazon in May 2012.

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Giveaway:

It is tour wide for a 5 eBook copies of Eliza’s Shadow by Catherine Wittmack Ends 03/27/2013, GO HERE to the rafflecopter to enter to win!

I hope you guys enjoyed today and I wish you all good luck! :) Happy reading everyone and later gators!

SILVER: Acheron Blog Tour Part II w Giveaway

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I know I had this book as a stop at the beginning of this month already, but I signed up twice, so you get it again :) LOL today I will also show you my review, and if you are interesting in the excerpts and author interview, you can GO HERE to see that post!

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Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)

Series: The SILVER Series #1

Author: Keira Michelle Telford

Genre: Dystopian SF

Publisher: Venatic Press (author’s imprint)

Format: Ebook and Paperback

Length: 40,000 words

Purchase: Amazon |

Book Description:

BOOK ONE in THE SILVER SERIES.

2342 CE

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division’s invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate–death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn’t realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests–they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.

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SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera–genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***

My Review:

In my first post for this tour, I promised a review… Here’s to hoping its up to par ;)

Well now, my distopian fans will fall in love! I did :) and I will say maybe if you aren’t for the darker side of things, it may not be for you. I actually loved this part. The fact that things are not pretty and cuddly are what made this book for me! It’s gut-wrenching, scary, cruel, but beautiful :) I know those things don’t always go well together, but for here, it’s perfect!

Silver is complicated. She’s tough- as a hunter she must be- and yet she has a forbidden love with a fellow hunter- this gets her into trouble- and she saves a woman she may not normally save. I like this about her. Even though her family is “special” she isn’t the spoiled brat, she works hard and is smart and will fight for what she believes in.

The world created here is just fantastic! I don’t know how else to say it. It’s quite hard core as well. Things are changing for Silver and her family and it’s about to get even more complicated!

There’s nothing like sitting on the edge of your seat. That feeling when you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen, and when you finish you realize you were completely captivated by the story. The author’s writing style is unique, but very gripping. I’m not sure if I’d only call this distopian as it also has an urban fantasy feeling to it. Plus, there’s a ton of plot twists, so now the rest will be up to you to find out what’s gunna happen :) I definitely recommend this to my apocalyptic fans! I’m so in for the next round! :) I look forward to the next book.
5 EXPLOSIVELY APOCALYPTIC PAWS!

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About the Author:

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Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.

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Giveaway:

We’ve got two different giveaways going on today. First is the tour wide giveaway, which is 2 print copies, and the rafflecopter is HERE AND I’m also offering an ebook copy here as well. So pretty please leave me a comment and I will pick a winner!! If you already entered, leave another comment for an extra entry to win! :) Good luck-for both!

Happy reading everyone and Later gators! ;)

The Shadow of Black Wings blog tour w Giveaway

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I’ve got dragons and fantasy today! :) YAY! Lemme show you! 

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Title: The Shadow of Black Wings

Series: The Year of the Dragon #1

Author: James Calbraith

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Alternate History,

Publisher: Flying Squid

Format: Ebook and Paperback

Length: 70000 words

Purchase: Amazon |

Book Description:

“Fast paced and full of energy”

–Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt

“This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight … a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read.”

– Publishers Weekly

“The real-world cultures are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements. An intriguing and impressive series.”

– Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series

It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen Victoria. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father’s school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend.

They don’t know it yet, but their paths will cross… And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.

Welcome to The Shadow of Black Wings, a steam-powered romp across the land of dragons, wizards and samurai. It’s big, it’s fast, it’s been compared to Tolkien in terms of world-building, it has strong female characters and lots of carefully researched detail. You will meet the Royal Marines sailing mighty ironclads and Chinese walking machines; mysterious warlords and crazy inventors; you will discover dark prophecies, family secrets and blood-thirsty demons. And all that in just the first volume!

Excerpt:

A single gear whirred and clicked into place. A valve opened, letting out a thin plume of grey steam with a quiet hiss. A gold-plated dial moved by a notch. A tiny mallet sprang from its compartment, striking the brass gong – one, two, three, four, five, six times.

       Master Tanaka looked up in surprise – an hour of the Hare already? He turned towards the window and the pink light of dawn illuminated his face. The temple bell only now started to ring out the time. He sighed then yawned, rubbing tired eyes. Another night had passed without him noticing.

       The elementals inside the clock awoke with a soft purr and the automatic brush began to move swiftly inside the glass cloche. A slot opened in the mahogany pedestal and spat out a piece of paper upon which was written the day’s divination. Hisashige reached for it absentmindedly, his attention focused on the piece of complex clockwork on which he had been working. He glanced briefly at the calligraphy – Oku, ‘a gift’. He smiled to himself and nodded knowingly.

A higher-pitched chime rang eight times – counting out the hours of the Western reckoning. The door slid open and a small boy entered the workshop. With his long and angular face, puffed lips and wide straight nose, he bore no resemblance to Master Tanaka.

       ‘It came from Kiyō this morning, Father,’ the boy said, presenting Hisashige with a large, ornately packed wooden box.

       ‘Excellent!’ the old master exclaimed.

       He put the box on the workbench beside the clockwork and began to unwrap it eagerly.

       ‘Shūhan-sama was supposed to send me some Walcheren glass.’

       He stopped abruptly and his shoulders sank when he saw the crest on the box, in golden leaf – three lines in a circle. He lifted the lid without enthusiasm. Inside was what seemed like a small human head, completely bald.

       ‘Some gift.’ Hisashige looked at the clock with reproach. ‘It’s just another of Zōzan’s broken dolls.’

My Review:

Well, dragon riders are just awesome! This is a fascinating world that is created with some lovely characters. 

Bran is pretty cool as main for he is a DRAGON RIDER! He seems like he is a slacker in other things except this. And due to that slacking, or rebellion, whatever you wanna shoot for, he finds out a seriously big whammy of a secret! You know where those people in your family happen to “be” with other people who are not part of your family. LOL :) So, he’s decided he is going to indulge in his curiosity. 

Bran’s dad also plays a pretty big role here, and I thought it was cool to learn not only more about his dad, but about his granddad, and it’s also a bonding moment. And we also have some speaking time with Sato and Nagomi. These girls are the coolest, as you usually think of protectors and warriors being men, but these two take it to a whole new level! 

There are some really interesting story plots and I like the way things unfold. It’s such a unique way of doing things. And it’s so different, but of course, it’s a historical type fantasy, so it’s a different time with different outlooks. There’s a background romance, I know that’s kinda cryptic but if I come out and say it, I will spoil some things. Plus there is more to the journey for the next book and I am going to predict a little more romance to come. 

It’s a very cool read, especially if historical fantasy is your cup of tea. It’s unique and it’s different which makes it a plus for me, AND there’s dragons! LOL I love that! Very Cool! I look forward to reading book 2. 4 DRAGON LOVING PAWS! 

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About the Author:

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James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in South London.

Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to London in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, “”The Shadow of Black Wings””, has reached ABNA semi-finals. It was published in July 2012 and hit the Historical Fantasy and Alternate History bestseller lists on Amazon US & UK.

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Giveaway:

The giveaway is tour wide and is for 8 ebook copies and 2 print copies of this book! I say that’s a really cool giveaway as more of you could win! Go HERE to enter! 

I wish you all good luck and I hope you enjoyed today! :) Happy Reading and Later gators! 

The Quest Blog Tour w Giveaway

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Hello everyone! I’ve got a very cool book for you today! I just had to show you ;)

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Title: The Quest

Series: Project Eve #2

Author: Mary Abshire

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Format: Ebook

Length: 284 pages

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

Book Description:

Retribution. At any cost.

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

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

Excerpt:

When I reached the main floor, I withdrew my phone. Boss had called. I touched the screen, activating the redial sequence.

“Where are you?” he asked, sounding a bit agitated.

“Walking toward the exit now. Are you parked?”

“Parked and waiting.”

“Be there soon.” I ended the call and slid the phone back into my purse.

Excitement fueled my steps. The heels of my boots echoed in the empty Statehouse. Due to the late hour, or rather early hour, the guys said they’d pick me up in front of the capital. The shortened walk was a blessing given I craved substance.

Reaching the doors, I shoved them open and jogged down the concrete steps. A parked car waited at the curb. Boss, wearing dark pants and a loose blazer, had his arms crossed while he leaned against the SUV. Though he had somewhat short hair, three-inch bangs covered his eyes with the help of the wind. He raked a hand through his locks while keeping his gaze pointed at me.

“You’re late,” he said as I drew near.

I frowned. “What, two minutes?” I stopped in front of him.

He opened the back door for me. “Jonas told me about what happened earlier. In case you need a reminder, minutes can make the difference between life and death.”

The hardass vampire had a way of getting on my nerves, but I still respected and cared for him. Sure, we had our problems in the beginning. He thought I was an abomination. Over time, and with the help of Jonas and Tabby, he realized I wasn’t such a repulsive creature. We even had an intimate moment once, but we both agreed the incident was to satisfy our carnal needs. Quite frankly, my needs were growing, and if I didn’t get sated soon, I’d have to get my groove on with the vamp again.

I brushed my windblown hair from my face, showing him my forehead. “No worries. I don’t even have a mark.”

“No, of course not. I bet the demon who shoved you into the brick wall knew you would heal fast.”

I started to snap back, but a loud screech from the sky stopped me. Boss and I glanced in the direction of the shrill sound and found a garguman perched on top of the building across the street. The naked gray creature flapped his wings and cried out again.

“Get in the car,” Boss said.

I quickly leaped into the back seat. Boss slammed my door and settled into the front.

“Those pesky men must have a liking for you,” Jonas said, staring out his front window.

“Drive, but don’t go fast,” Boss said. “I want it to follow us.”

“What?” I scooted between the seats to get a better view. “Why?”

Jonas shifted the gear and drove away from the curb.

Boss bent down, his gaze aimed at the sky. “Let’s see if it follows us. If it does, I want to capture it.”

I leaned between the two seats and faced Boss. “You want to capture a garguman.” The evil creatures with their ugly gray bodies, razor-sharp claws and piranha-like teeth were incredibly strong.

“I want to find out what it knows and who sent it,” Boss said.

My review:

Well now, this is one special creation by this author! It’s suspenseful, it’s full of Mystery, a galore of fun supernatural creatures, and while I missed reading the first book, I had no trouble jumping right in! I definitely plan on reading book one to catch up and the rereading this one! And while it’s adult with sexual scenes, I’m still leaning in the Urban Fantasy category.

Shelley is a very interesting character, not just because of her genetic makeup but because of what she stands for. You know that she’s lost her memory and you know she’s been taken in but a vamper, a human, and a kitty shifter, alone with help from a werewolf, and yet she cares more about protecting them and getting revenge not just for herself but for those people killed when she lost her memory. I really love her as a character.

I love Tabby as the BFF and I’m very much team werewolf, while she has an interesting relationship with the vamper, I’m still not digging him. Lol Jackson is the werewolf and Jonah is the human, and yet Boss plays a serious roll, I’m just. It sure I’m ready for him to be “the main squeeze”. :) each character has their own personality and I love that! No one has the same types of quirks or way of speaking. It made for such a variety and definitely more fun!

I definitely intend to read more by this author. She made such a web of mystery with Shelley’s amnesia and such a unique spin on the term “half breed”, I’m utterly fascinated! I was sucked in. Plus it’s more fun when there’s people trying to kill you ad you’re more worried about that that who to love at the moment! LOL Definitely my kinda story! 5 MIND-BLOWING PAWS!

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About the Author:

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Outside of my government job, I write Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Dark and dangerous creatures are my friends. I create worlds with vampires, demons, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. I even create new ones. How do I do this? I have a twisted mind and it gets better with wine.

Care to join me in my fantastical worlds? I’ll introduce you to my friends, and if they bite or corrupt your mind… it’s not my fault.

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Giveaway:

There is a tour wide for a 2 eBook copies of The Quest which Ends 03/12/2013, so enter quick! The rafflecopter is HERE. GOOD LUCK!

Thanks everyone for stopping by today! Happy Reading and Later gators!

Grim Blog Tour W Giveaway

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I’ve gone horror today! :) Every once in a while, it’s nice to get a little scary hahaha :) so I wanted to help promote a little horror for you guys and it sounds quite interesting, so I’ll let you decide for yourselves… And there’s a little giveaway for it too :P

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Title: Grim

Series: Sons of Darkness Series, Book 1

Author: Joseph Spencer

Genre: Crime, Dark, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller,

Publisher: Damnation Books

Paperback/Ebook

Words: 93,000

Purchase:

Damnation Books | Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Print) | B&N |

Book Description:

When everything is taken from him, Detective Adam White must choose what’s most important. Does he stick to the heroic ideals which made him a famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman? Or does he give in to his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife’s murder, and become the type of killer he’s hunted for so many years?

Excerpt:

Adam heard a few sounds of Velcro peeling from its straps. Suddenly, Black Mask shed the mystery and ambiguity of his head gear. He became another mystery altogether. What happened to this guy? He looked like he’d seen hell, escaped, and doctored his face to give everyone else on Earth a preview.

Black Mask obviously suffered from rosacea because his skin was inflamed, swollen, and the angriest shade of red Adam had ever seen. A jagged circular scar similar to a clock face ran from Black Mask’s forehead down his cheeks to his chin. A vertical scar ran straight down the middle of his forehead and along the bridge of his nose. Two horizontal scars extended from the side of his nose and curved upward toward the temples. Two additional scars extended outward at angles from just under his nose, across his lips and ended on either side of his chin. All of the scars connected to the outer circular one like spokes to resemble a starfish shape. Adam struggled not to have any reaction, but failed to keep the corner of his mouth from inching up into a grimace.

Black Mask smirked and put his right hand up to his face. He pretended to be admiring himself in the mirror. “It’s okay, Detective. Your reaction is fairly common and a lot more subdued than most. Of course, I bet you’ve seen a lot of horrors in your line of work.

“So, you want to know the tale of Heath Grim, do you?”

Author Interview:

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

Grim is a tragedy. There’s a man who has no idea who his family is, who grew up with no sense of identity and no parental figures, and who loses everyone who truly mattered to him in his life. He’s felt like he’s had to prove himself his entire life, and the only way he knows how is to make a deal with a supernatural being.

His deal forces him to hunt down killers and fiends to avenge the souls of victims who can’t move on in the afterlife. To justify his own actions, he seeks out a virtuous heroic figure, and attempts to engineer his fall from grace in that man’s time of need. His thinking is if this man, who has symbolized justice for so long, becomes a man like him then maybe he’s a heroic figure, too, rather than a monster.

I’ve always loved anti-heroes and morally-gray stories, so I wanted to create a character who is sympathetic to readers while doing unspeakable things.

WOW! sounds awesome! Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

I worked for ten years as a print journalist for regional daily newspapers before switching careers to work in public safety at a 9-1-1 emergency call center. Though, I find my new job challenging and rewarding, I missed writing and figuring out ways to tell a story.

I bet you get some interesting calls ;) What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

The story gained inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in the movie. My title character, Heath Grim, was named after Heath Ledger. I was intrigued by the Joker’s storyline as an engineer of chaos in his environment, and I wanted to create a character every bit as impactful. However, I didn’t want to merely rip off the movie. I wanted to explore a storyline where the environment grew even more chaotic.

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

I think there’s a part of me in each and every character I write. I grew up in a home in which there was a lot of verbal abuse and sometimes physical abuse as well. I also didn’t have much of a father figure in my life after my grandfather died a few days before my birthday. So, I could relate to a character which has questions about his identity because I had questions about myself for a long time.

Some of the police characters are inspired by officers with whom I work with on a daily basis in my public safety job. I try to make the characters believable by giving them personalities similar to people I know.

I’m so sorry for your loss and even more sorry you had to go through that. How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?

Since I have quite the body count, it’s certainly a fair question. In my literature or entertainment, I appreciate a story which I’m not expecting. I don’t believe the good guy always wins or the hero always gets the girl. I loved George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series because he’s not afraid to kill a popular character. I think there are times when you can pull the rug out from under a reader, and they appreciate it a little bit. As long as I stay true to a character and a storyline, then death isn’t always a bad thing.

Hmmmm interesting take on death ;) Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I think anyone who is a fan of horror and Tinseltown should check out Eric Miller’s anthology Hell Comes To Hollywood which was released this fall by Big Time Books. It’s written by a lot of guys with experience making movies and it pokes fun of the lifestyle while still being scary. I’m also impressed with Hunter Shea’s work for Samhain Publishing. Evil Eternal and Swamp Monster Massacre are enjoyable for all old school horror fans, and he’s got Sinister Entity coming out in April.

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

I might change my Cyrus Black character a little bit. It was pointed out by one of my friends that he may be a little too “mustache twirling” cliché, but some of that was intended. I didn’t want him to be a perfect criminal. I wanted him to be flawed so that a stronger villain would rise in his wake, and you see that in Wrage. Grevis Black takes over and is a much more powerful and disciplined monster. In intending to make Cyrus a bit of the comic relief in Grim, I might go back and make him a little more serious.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Setting the scene is a little difficult for me. I want to get straight to the action. There’s not a lot of flowery prose in my books. As a reader, I hate when an author spends pages at length describing trees, houses, and things to me which are secondary. I guess I’m more visceral in my imagination. I write as if I’m watching a movie of it in my head, and sometimes the scenery details suffer. I’m also trying to be a little less formal with word choice in certain situations.

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

I worked in reverse with my last literary choice by watching the movie first. I was intrigued by the Jack Reacher movie, so I went home and purchased a copy of The Killing Floor for my Kindle. I love the fast-paced narrative and the character’s irreverence. To think an ex-army MP just wanders the country righting wrongs whether it’s within the law or not is a great idea. I’m jealous I didn’t come up with this character first. I think anybody who loves hard-boiled mysteries should give Lee Child a shot.

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

My cover was designed by the lovely and talented Dawne Dominique. She’s a veteran artist in both horror and romance genres. She basically ripped the art of what my character looks like out of my head. Her work is top notch.

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

The most valuable lesson I learned is that I could accomplish something that seemed impossible before I went to work. When I started, I didn’t know if I’d get published. I just set out to write a novel as a life goal and challenge. I didn’t know if I’d finish or if it’d be any good when I finished. There are many people who think writing is easy, but most of those people probably haven’t ever written a novel. I get pretty emotional over my work because this is a dream for me. I am exhilarated when someone writes to let me know they liked the book or I get a positive review.

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

I’d first like to thank everyone who has read my book. Whether you liked it or didn’t like it, I’m honored that you gave a rookie writer a chance to entertain you. When I started writing Grim, I missed writing terribly. I worked on the project to prove to myself I could do it. I’d never taken a creative writing class or wrote fiction in my life. I know a lot of people think writing a novel is easy, but it’s not. There were a lot of people along the way who rejected it, and some had scathing criticism. Yet, it’s something I accomplished which will always make me proud. I didn’t do it for fame or for money. I did it out of love. I love to write, to tell stories, and to entertain people. If I’ve entertained you, then you’ve given me one of the greatest honors of my life.

About the Author:

INTRO

Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013.

THE ROAD HERE

The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned MarinoStateHospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades.

THE STORYTELLER’S STORY

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

Website | Twitter: josephspencer00 | Facebook

Giveaway:

The author and host of this tour are very generously offering TEN ebook copies for this story! I think that’s pretty awesome :) So if you think you’d love it, I think you should enter! :P LOL So, GO HERE to go directly to the rafflecopter, OR GO HERE to the host’s link for this tour which also has the rafflecopter there too! The tour site also has all of the other stops, which include reviews and more interviews and special posts if you are interested. :)

I wish everyone a good luck today! I sighed up for this tour slightly last minute and didn’t have time to review, but I think I’m definitely going to get this story and read it because after reading his interview and an excerpt, I’d really like to read this! And as always, thanks to you guys for stopping by! And I should also say special thanks to the author and FMB Blog Tours for today. Thanks so much everyone! ;)

Happy Reading and later gators!

Vampires Vs Werewolf Blog Hop

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Vampires and Werewolves. They are two of the most well known and popular paranormal creatures today. Bones from Night Huntress (Chapter 32 anyone? *wink*) or Alcide Herveaux from the Sookie Stackhouse series, etc. This hop is all about the vampires and werewolves! Are you a vampire lover or werewolf lover?

If you had to choose would you cuddle up with your sexy dangerous vampire throughout the long nights or would you rather a sexy testosterone filled dominate werewolf that let out the most interesting of growls at *ahem* fun moments?

I have to admit it is a hard choice I know! I do so love both! But if you had to choose: vampires or werewolves?

Most of you know, I am always a werewolf fan! BUT- every once in a while, there’s a vamp that comes along and steals a little piece of my heart :) so now is your chance to tell me whose side your on!!

Here’s some more awesome people participating!!



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Ok, now that I’ve shown you the players, lets play the game! Let me tell you why I’m always a werewolf fan…
•wolves are my all time favorite animal. I love them heart and soul, so why wouldn’t I wanna be able to change into the animal I love most :)
•I’m always cold- I know I live in the freaking hottest place ever- but I’m still always cold… Weres are usually hotter than most and vampers are cold… Not a good combination for me LOL
•I enjoy nature and outside and I hate politics and I’m very family oriented… Vampers are solitary and always about espionage and conspiracies hahaha I’d be the first vamp killed as cannon fodder!
•I am surrounded by animals- by choice- so of course a wolf pack is cooler than a buncha people who wanna bite me… Plus I can save a wolf’s life but I don’t do people… Unless you eat doggie treats! HA!!!
• I’m average, simple and chubby cuz I like my culture’s food- this would be unacceptable for a vamp- they are always pretty!! I do NOT primp, hell I don’t fix my hair or wear makeup unless its a major special occasion!
•last but not least, I don’t want to live forever! I happen to like mortality because it makes life and it’s little surprises mean so much more… Trust me, I will be the crazy granny, with an oxygen pump, a mixed drink, and a heavy purse who beats up people with it when I’m old- DO YOU want that as a vampire who could live forever… I don’t think so!! And I’ll probably wear the fuzzy slippers and have blue hair with rollers!! Hahahahahaha

So… Do you need any more reasons for me to chose the werewolf side? Lawd I’m scared if you do!! LOL so… I’m ready to give something away. I’d like for your comment to tell me which side you chose and why. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I’d also like for you to tell me if you’re US or international… Because I’m also going to let you chose your winnings :) so you can say… you’re Bob from England and you wanna win Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K Hamilton bc you just love Jean Claude cuz he’s the best vampire!! Lol I’m personally a Richard and Jason fan, but even I love me some Jean Claude. I’m going to try to make it easily accessible for everyone like a book from the Book Depository or amazon or if it’s new and in hard back maybe a digital copy! So go forth and comment and then go to more sites participating and comment there too!!! :)

Good luck everyone and happy reading!! Later Gators!!

Savage Blog Tour w Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I have more goodies for you :) I am now also a tour host with Full Moon Book Blog Tours! :) YAY! And this will be my first time hosting with them, so wish me luck LOL I dunno if I should congratulate them, they may not realize how nuts I am hahahaha :) Giggle, but lemme show you my stuff. You can click on the banner above to take you to the tour host’s site and the cover below to take you to goodreads :)

Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar, #1)

Title: Savage

Series: Daughters of the Jaguar

Author:Willow Rose

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Publisher: Self-Published

Ebook/Paperback

Pages: 447

Purchase: Amazon |

Book Description:

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first book in a family saga that covers three decades of the character’s lives. The sequel is expected in September 2012.

Excerpt:

“So how much do you know about St. Augustine, Chris?”

The woman driving gently touched her elegant yellow hair, careful not to mess it up with her colored nails. She spoke with a strong southern accent and was incredibly beautiful for her age, which I guessed was more than twice my age of twenty-two. Her name was Mrs. Kirk. I had just met her at OrlandoAirport for the first time a few minutes before. She was waiting for me holding a sign with my name, Christian Langaa, printed on it.

The year was 1983 and I had recently finished my third year of med school at a university in Denmark. I had just left my country of birth for St. Augustine in Florida. Leaving Denmark was my father’s idea, really. I guess he thought it was about time I left the nest, so he called in a favor with an old friend of his, an American eye surgeon, to take me in and help me get a year at a medical school “over-there.” I can’t say I was unhappy about it. At that time all kids my age wanted to go to the States where stone-washed jeans and Michael Jackson came from. His latest album “Thriller” had just been released and was played on every radio station all over the world. Like so many else I bought the cassette and played it again and again on my Walkman. Where I came from anything that was American was considered hip and cool. That summer before I left, my friends and I had watched the movie Flashdance that made ripped sweatshirts popular and we loved the TV show Dallas and Dynasty that made everybody wear increasingly oversized shoulder pads – even us guys. We drank lots of Coke and dreamt of watching MTV, which at that time wasn’t something you could do in Europe yet and especially not in my small home-country Denmark, where we only had one national channel on our TV.

About the Author:

Willow Rose

Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, mystery and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s SpaceCoast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Other books by the author: – One, Two … He is coming for you – The eye of the Crystal ball – Beyond – Afterlife #1 – Serenity – Afterlife #2 – Endurance – Afterlife #3 Currently Willow Rose is working on the sequal in the series “Daughters of the Jaguar”. It is expected to be published fall 2012.

Stalk her here: Website | twitter

My review:

So this is a very interesting book. This kid, Chris, I love him and I hate him all at the same time. I think a part of me doesn’t like so much conformity, so there’s my issue. Ok lemme tell you a few things. Chris is very happy to come to America to study at Florida’s medical school. He’s really smart and his dad has told him to become a doctor, so he will. That’s my first negative point. But his dad is a GP, and Chris wants to help people especially kids, so he’d like to be a doctor without borders for a while and then go into Peds. Here’s his first positive point :) things get real interesting one his first night in the USA. He’s staying at a mansion, they give him nice things. But it also seems superficial.

So, he goes out with the rich family’s hot daughter, heather. Heather is your typical spoiled rich girl, but at least she is honest about exactly who she is. So she introduces Chris to her friends down by the swamps, and serious drama takes place… He’s attacked and then saved by TWO different predators! It’s a thrill ride of crazy! And then some odd things begin happening, and Chris meets the “mysterious girl next door.” You know, I can’t stand people who judge others without the real story. And of course you get this. The rich family doesn’t like the “weird” neighbors so they spread lies. BUT positive point for Chris into not listening to all the crap.

this is a fascinating story. Things unfolded so well! I read it quite quick. There were some surprises and some things I predicted. But I still loved it. I really liked the Native American lore that plays into the story. I especially like the “weird” neighbors! This family makes me happy! I loved reading every thing about them! Everyone has their own uniqueness and that’s very cool to me

I will say one more negative thing about Chris… HE’S SUCH A TYPICAL GUY!!! You know, he gets a heartbreak, so he fixes it with loveless sex and bottled up emotions. You know, our choices in life really do shape things. I don’t think I could do something unless my whole heart is in it, so I could never “follow the family trade” unless it meant something big to me. But I get that it’s “sensible”. Now with that said, I really did like this book, a lot! Especially all the mysteries unfolding :) and you know you’ve connected with a character when you wanna slap them for their stupid choices lol

The author is working on book two and I can honestly say I can’t wait to read it. There is a kind of happily ever after, it just wasn’t MY HEA! Hahahaha I’m seriously anxious to see where the story will go with that last sentence :) so with that, pretty please hurry and gimme book 2! 4 PAWS! :)

The Giveaway:

I would also like to tell you about a tour wide giveaway. The author is giving away a signed paperback AND an ebook copy. so GO HERE to enter via rafflecopter :)

I wish you all good luck for the giveaway. and thanks so much for stopping by! :) Hopefully the lovely ladies over at Full Moon Book Blog Tours will love me as much as love working with them :) LOL and Happy Reading everyone! Later Gators!