Relative Deceit Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour of Relative Deceit! This wonderful novel is being re-published through Moon Rose Publishing on the 30th August 2013, and is a crime thriller that will have your brain in knots. A fortune, a family, and one man greedy for it all. Scroll down to find out more, and get ready to add this to your summer reading! 

Relative Deceit

The Blurb!

Sir George, Baronet of Bancroft Hall, has run his family and their fortunes into the ground. All seems hopeless, until they are visited by their cousin, Gregory Rogers. He promises to return the family to their former glory, but is he all he seems?

Driven by jealousy, greed and desire, nothing will stop Gregory Rogers from taking that which he believes is his. He’ll do anything to gain money, Bancroft Hall and the power that comes with the title of Baronet.

Even murder.

Until his eyes fall upon the beautiful Jane. Clever, intelligent, and beautiful, she finds herself the unknowing victim of a vicious plan to dispose of her parents and brothers. With no one standing in the way of Gregory’s plans, can she rescue him from himself?

Will she be the one thing that he cannot ruin, in order to have?

 

More About The Author

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Karen Aminadra is an English author who can usually be found with her head in the clouds and muttering inanely to herself.  She mostly resides in her writing cave, and is occasionally allowed to come out to eat.  Her love of reading, writing short stories and her childhood imaginary world led quite naturally to writing novels.  Encouraged to read by her bookworm father and grandmother and by  winning a writing competition in just her first year of secondary school, she was spurred on, and she has been writing stories ever since.  Her love of mystery and plot twists that she put into that first story continues today.  She has travelled to and lived in many countries, not just in her imagination, and has gained an insight into people’s characters that shines through in her work.  Today, with her feet firmly back in England, she travels the world, the universe and in time through her imagination and her novels. 

Links For The Author

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 Moon Rose Publishing 

Links For The Book

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kobo

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Moon Rose Publishing

I sure do hope you guys check this one out! I wish you all a happy hump day- I keep seeing the camel commercial and it just makes me giggle, so I thought I’d share a little giggle with you. 🙂 Happy reading and later gators! 

Affairs of the Dead Blog Tour

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This is a hilarious book of ghosts and necromancers, and crazy things that go bump in the night. This one was definitely a fun read! 🙂 LOL So with that in mind, Let me show you some goodies! \

Affairs of the Dead

Affairs of the Dead
A.J. Locke

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Etopia Press

Date of Publication:  April 19th, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-939194-91-6

ASIN: B00CF0OWAW

Number of pages: 341

Word Count:  83,282

Cover Artist: Iris Hunter

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Book Description:

Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules

Short Excerpt:

I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging, but not impossible. It was just extremely taxing on the necromancer extraordinaire (me) who had to channel energy into the ghost to make her corporeal enough to entice one of the stripper boys. Technically what I was doing was illegal, but it was my job to help ghosts settle their affairs so they could move on to eternally ever after, and Julia’s unfinished business was that she’d died a virgin. I’d made it as easy as I could for her by starting at a strip club; if she couldn’t get some here, I wasn’t sure how much lower I could scrape the barrel.

Julia’s prolonged virginity was an enigma to me, even though she told me that she’d been waiting for her soul mate. I just didn’t understand why that meant she couldn’t hit up a bar, get drunk, and have a fun, regret-filled weekend that included the walk of shame. At least she’d have been in better shape once soul mate came around.

 “What do you think about him?” I asked, pointing to one of the three oiled up men who were gyrating for the benefit of all the screaming women. He had blond hair and green eyes, and wasn’t overly muscular. Julia looked at him then quickly looked away. I took that as a sign of approval.

“I think this was a bad idea,” she stammered.

“This was a fantastic idea,” I said. “And it will work, don’t worry.”

“No, I mean, I don’t think I can do this. I waited my whole life for my soul mate and now you want me to just—” she stole another quick look at the stripper, “I don’t think I can do this with some random…stripper man. It’s so indecent.”

I rolled my eyes. “Julia, you’re a ghost; you no longer have the option of being discerning. And if you don’t wrap up what’s keeping you around, you run the risk of turning into a monster. Then it’s an even bigger pain in the ass to get rid of you. So let’s call our efforts here at Bump and Moan choice A, and murderous monster choice B. Which choice would you like to make?”

“A,” Julia said, but she didn’t sound happy about it. I smiled, and grabbed a couple drinks off the tray of a passing waitress. I set them down in front of Julia.

“Drink,” I said. “This will help.”

“I’m a ghost,” she said. “I thought I was unable to eat or drink.”

 “You can feel the effects of the alcohol since you’ll be working off my energy, so drink up. I’ve pegged you as a light weight so I think two drinks will be enough.”

“But how is this supposed to help?” she asked, frowning.

“Because its job is to help,” I said.

My Review:

When you start a book out with the sentence, ” I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging, but not impossible.” I just know it’s going to be a wild ride. HAHAHAHA I mean seriously. This was definitely a new take on what necromancers can do. There are different types, and different levels of powers. With some seriously crazy things going on, and a twist that’ll have your head spinning, it was definitely a great read! 

Selene is your main character, who happens to be a necromancer. She is cool with this. She pretty much embraces everything about herself. Her powers, her looks, her sex appeal, her attitude, her rebellious break the rules outlook. I happen to love her. And I also happen to love the fact that she finally realized she was worth more than she ever gave herself credit for. She has no qualms except killing, when it comes to helping ghosts cross over. I mean, she was in a strip club to help a ghost. Wait til you read the rest of it, I so giggled like a school girl. But when the tough get going, holy crap, Selene can go on a little rampage of her own. I have one dislike of Selene… Don’t mix business with pleasure. Don’t be “that girl” who becomes the homewrecker just because you can. Um-humm, she has a bad attitude at the beginning of the book, but by the end, I loved her self discovery, and I will say, she got an ending she almost maybe didn’t deserve. 🙂 

Micah is fabulous. He’s what every woman dreams of getting in a man. I mean seriously, how many things can you forgive. LOL Plus he’s hot, and sweet, and thoughtful, and he can totally kick ass to get your back. Yep, even without being a werewolf, I think Micah is HAWT! 🙂 Andrew in one word, is SLIME. Ugh. I am not a fan, and with the ending, I can’t wait to see where this one is going to go. And Ethan, I am still a little devastated for him, but I have some good vibes coming for the next installment of the series. There are some excellent side characters that maybe don’t get a whole lot of time, but are still just as wonderful. 

There are so many good things to say about this book. The set up with ghosts, necromancers, witches, the government. There are some excellent plans laid down for the plot and world building. I will say, I wish I knew just a tad bit more of the main characters “past” but honestly, I didn’t even realize it until I wrote this review. There are so many things keeping you on your toes that you don’t really care about childhood, and backstories. I really look forward to where this series can go. And that ending, though it’s not a cliffhanger, it is a definitely a shocker as you will say “holy…..” Yeah, I so did, because it’s the perfect opening for book two. So those of you who aren’t fans of those pesky cliff hangers, you’ll like this ending. I like it either way, because it leaves you wanting more, but also wraps up the major points. 🙂 Overall, excellent new start of a great new series! 4.5 GHOSTLY WITCHY SNARKY PAWS!! 

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About the Author:

A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Affairs of the Dead is her debut novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.

Blog: http://iqurae.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/AJ-Locke/522250584507699

Twitter:  @maqueripe

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17226279-affairs-of-the-dead

I hope you guys check this one out. Happy reading and later gators! 

Breaking the Storm Blog Tour

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Hello everyone! Today I have a new book from a cool author to show you 🙂 Plus that cool author stopped by for a little visit 🙂

Breaking the Storm (Credence Curse, #1)

Breaking the Storm

Credence Curse, Book One

Sedona Venez

Genre: New Adult/Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: One Wish Publishing

Date of Publication: August 6, 2013

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Book Description:

THE CURSE

Stormy Credence was destined to succumb to the Credence family curse—they all did.

THE PASSION

When Stormy meets sexy band front man Knox Gunner, there’s no denying him. Willing to take a chance on love, Stormy breaks the most important Credence rule, no relationships—ever—a mistake that results in heartbreaking devastation.

THE GAME

Stormy is put to the test one more time, when the one man that she never wanted to see again—‘Rock Star’ Knox Gunner comes blowing back into her life—back to claim what’s his—Stormy. This time he will stop at nothing to prove that she belongs to him in every sense of the word…

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Author Interview:

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

“Breaking the Storm” is book #1 in the Credence Curse series and centers around the character Stormy (Storm) Credence. Storm is put to the test by the one man that she never wanted to see again—‘Rock Star’ Knox Gunner—comes blowing back into her life—back to claim what’s his—Stormy. This time he will stop at nothing to prove that she belongs to him in every sense of the word. When Stormy meets sexy band front man Knox Gunner, there’s no denying him. Willing to take a chance on love, Stormy breaks the most important Credence rule, no relationships—ever—a mistake that results in heartbreaking devastation.

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

My love of writing started when I was in junior high; a love that transitioned into writing short mystery and adventure stories.

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

I’m an avid reader but I hated reading books where the main characters were weak, the supporting characters were not diverse and/or are so perfect that it’s just not realistic. So, I started writing what I wanted to read…paranormal romance novels with diverse characters.

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

When I write, there’s a flow and rhythm to the story and characters. And as the story progresses, I go for what makes sense in the storyline. But I have to say as a writer it’s difficult because you become so attached to the characters.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My journey to publication was an eye opening experience. As an author, you have to wear multiple hats to publish a truly polished book and it takes patience and resilience to ensure that it’s done right. When I started writing, I didn’t fully account for all of the nuances of the publishing business. There were hurdles that I had to overcome rather quickly. I learned that no matter how much you think you know about the business, reality is totally different.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I’m a paranormal romance book junkie…they say I have to go to rehab and I say no-no-no. But right now, there’s more writing and no reading… I have a busy 2013 and 2014 book release schedule.

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

Writing is a journey. Embrace it. And never forget that perseverance and strength wins in the end.

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

Great question! It would definitely be ‘Lightning’, Storm’s cousin and best friend.  She’s a fun character that is never afraid to say exactly what she means. She’s also complicated and misunderstood but she’s fine with it.

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

Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite romance novel. It just never gets old.

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

Many, many hugs to my readers for the love and support you’ve shown me. Your enthusiasm for my books keeps me writing. Also, “Infinity Unleashed” (Valkyries: Soaring Raven, #2) scheduled for release December 2013.

I am TOTALLY ExCITED for a new Infinity book!!! I absolutely LOVED the first one! I sure do hope we can do something fun for that release 🙂 And thanks so much for stopping by!!! 

About the Author:

Sedona Venez writes New Adult and Adult fiction novels inspired by her love of music, tattoos and sexy musicians.Sedona can be found online in all the usual haunts:  

Her Blog   Facebook   Twitter    Goodreads

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I hope you guys check this book and this author out. If you are wondering what I’m talking about with her “Infinity” book, you can see my review HERE. It’s quite the interesting story 🙂 I sure do hope you guys have a great week. 🙂 Happy reading and later gators!! 

Next You: The Legacy of Daddy by Angus Day Spotlight w giveaway

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Author:  Angus H Day

Book title:  Next You Universe Series

Publication Dates:  1) Legacy of Daddy(Mar 26 2013), 2) Next You Interstellar LLC (Apr 24 2013), 3) Having Nice Things (May 15 2013), 4) Utopian Estates (Mar 25 2013), 5) Destined for Something (Apr 22 2013)

Publisher:  GMTA Publishing (Imprint:  Mythos Press

Genre:  Science Fiction

Erotic Content:  Some books have minor sexual content:  PG-13 for the sexual content otherwise PG-13   

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THE NEXT YOU UNIVERSE

The Legacy of Daddy ~ (Mar 26 2013)

            What happens when a Graduate student competes for a PhD in a dystopian society by experimenting with dangerous alien technology?  Does humankind need technological help to leave Earth?  These and other questions are awkwardly dealt with in The Legacy of Daddy.

Next You Interstellar LLC ~ (Apr 24 2013)

            If you had the option to come back after death, what would you want to be?  Still want to be human or would you like to try something different?  How much is it worth to you?  Live in the extra-solar human civilization and experience your next incarnation in Next You Interstellar, LLC.

Having Nice Things ~ Having (May 15 2013)

            The Earth is hurting from radioactive wastelands, over crowding and a xenophobic fear of the intersystem alliance.  While adapting Next You Interstellar LLC donated technological innovation to reclaim areas of Earth made uninhabitable by wars of the past, religious and ethical movements threaten to unleash more war.  How many people are too many?  What can aliens and alien technology do to nudge the balance between war and progress?  Read Having Nice Things, a Next You novel, and find out.

Utopian Estates ~ (Mar 25 2013)

            The Martian Dream is to have your own home, work a nice steady job and raise 1.2 well behaved offspring.  Fiona and Ashley feel well on their way to accomplishing this when they make a down payment on their new home.  The dream state descends from there.  Just add water and alien shenanigans will commence leading to an adventure of Extra-Solar dimensions.  Don’t forget to pay the Homeowner’s Association fee as learn about the options in Utopian Estates, a Next You novel.

Destined for…Something ~ (Apr 22 2013)

            In the last year of mandatory school each soon to be graduate takes a multitude of tests to efficiently funnel them into the right career.  Personality profiles showing you to be low IQ, bigoted and prone to senseless violence really increase your chances of being denied.  Scores mean enough to tempt test takers to cheat using answer sets bought from sketchy characters.  You don’t always get what you pay for as Felix Dernoft discovers in Destined for…Something, a Next You novel.

BUY AND OTHER LINKS
Legacy of Daddy : http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Daddy-Next-UniverseNovel/dp/0615793525/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372171897&sr=1-3
Next You Interstellar LLC: http://www.amazon.com/Next-You-InterstellarUniverse-ebook/dp/B00CIGQYXG/ref=sr_1_5?
s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372171897&sr=1-5
Having Nice Things: http://www.amazon.com/Having-Nice-Things-NextYou/dp/0615804918/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372171897&sr=1-1
Utopian Estates: http://www.amazon.com/Utopian-Estates-Next-UniverseNovel/dp/0615781365/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372171897&sr=1-4
Destined for Something: http://www.amazon.com/Destined-Something-NextYou-Universe/dp/0615807607/ref=sr_1_2?
s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372171897&sr=1-2

The Legacy of Daddy

The Legacy of Daddy

Legacy of Daddy Excerpt
Chapter 3: The proper way to talk to oneself.When I was back in my quarters I responded to the…being. “We need to
have some ground rules. During my relationships, you will find something else to
do and give me some privacy. If you continue to be a dickhead I will eventually
resort to self-harm to rid myself of your presence. Do you understand?”
“Oh I understand what you want. I’ll see about accommodating you when it
suits us. Don’t forget that I can go mental also and you might be impressed by
the number of mental ailments to which my species were susceptible. We might
even create some new ailment in your species with a little manipulation. In your
slang the point is you’re not the boss of me.”
“What do you call yourself, since I’ve never asked?”
“I don’t have a name you would understand, and I don’t care to spend the
effort teaching you. However I think we should be called Dr. Abrams. I like that
name because it’s simple and will remind you that something has changed
forever in your life.”
“Being called by my middle name is going to do all that?”
“I believe it will be enough to behavior-modify you right now.”
I opened my eyes and realized I was on my back, on the floor. “What did you
do?”
“I did a little neural programming to insure you do something I like, not to
worry. Shall we get ready for sleep Dr. Abrams?”
“I think that is an excellent idea.”
When I awoke in the morning I barely remembered arguing with the entity
and not what it was about. Hopefully I will be able to recognize when it’s
attempting to control me.
I cleaned up, dressed and ate breakfast without speaking to a soul. When I
was about to enter the lab a tech greeted me, “Good morning Doctor Focsile,
how did you sleep?”
“Please call me Dr. Abrams; I don’t much care for my last name.” What the
hell just came out of my mouth? The tech looked at me like she’d love to pour
acid into my cereal and I empathized. I can hear it now, “That guy is a total
asshole.” What did I tell Etresca to call me? God, that’s going to eat at me all
day now, “Actually, please call me Robert, there is no need to be so formal. I
slept fine and you?” Oh my God, I hope that was the save I thought it was. She
loosened up and smiled at me again.
“I slept fine, thank you for asking?”
As she walked away I hoped that my relief of tension had gone unnoticed. I
abandoned my gawking perch by the door and moved to my lab bench. I spent
the remainder of the day programming nanites to regulate hormones for neural
activity. I lost about three hours of work time that I couldn’t remember what I was
doing. A new stasis jar with a new batch of reclamators was in front of me on the
bench and I had no idea how they had gotten there. “Did you do that?” The
asshole did not answer.
Since I was so tunneled into my work these days I had set a pad alarm for
the end of shift. When it went off I noticed that I had an email from security. It
was from Etresca, which gave me a warm feeling inside.Tomorrow can we meet at the air reclamation hydroponics atrium? I
will make us a picnic and can you bring desert. Say 1830?
Reply: Absolutely. You like chocolate right?
That will do. See you then.
I remembered to store the nanites I’d been working on in a stasis jar and I
closed down for the night. I scooped up my pad and headed for the canteen
lounge with a spring in my step. Etresca met me there and we had a lovely
evening which ended with a kiss.
The next morning I arrived at the lab to find security, including Etresca had
taped off the area. There was a shrinking puddle of blood on the floor of the
doorway and several forensic types were wandering around the benches looking
but not touching, smart guys.
“Officers, what has happened here and may I be of assistance?”
Etresca’s supervisor I assume answered, “One of your lab techs died here
last night and we don’t know yet if it was an accident, suicide or murder. Can
you help our forensic guys identify some things, Dr. Focsile?”
“Yes, of course and please call me Dr. Abrams I don’t really like my last
name.” That little bullshit that is emanating from my mouth is going to get me a
reputation. I imagine there will be some restroom wall tags addressing it unless
I’m overinflating my importance in people’s lives.
I wandered over to the first tech and asked if he had any questions. The tech
seemed puzzled by a tray of half eaten food that had been left on the bench. “Do
your people normally eat in this lab? I thought this was a quarantine risk lab.”

BIO

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Angus day lives in Fort CollinsColorado with his wife and son.  His daughter has embarked on her career as a graphics designer.

He’s been an Infantryman, Swine Farmer, smattering of other trades and jobs and now a manufacturing pharmaceutical chemist.

What aspect of his life that is devoted to fitness favors swimming in open water which means he spends most of the year working out in a pool then hit the lakes when it warms up a bit. His wife, Cheryl, safety kayaks for him when they manage to make it work.

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Author Interview

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

Legacy of Daddy was an interruption.  I had begun writing Next You Interstellar as my first novel but four chapters in I decided that I needed to write a prequel to build the universe in which my books would live.  Once I was done with it I found I could throw myself into the writing of Next You Interstellar full tilt.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
My interest in writing was kindled in my senior year of high school then laid dormant for roughly thirty years while life and I got acquainted.  Now those experiences have formed a twisted and maniacal wealth that I intend to form into my stories.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
Frustration at trying to get the family moving together and away from their electronics.  I decided to stop fighting them so much and to use my computer time for something constructive.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My books will always have caricatures and mash ups of my lifelong encounters but no I do not draw from particular occurrences or people.  That would be messy.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
If they are an invested character, they need to have achieved something of note or left something or someone of merit undone (bereft).  Eventually everyone moves on and we need to deal with that in books as well as life.  Suspension of disbelief is a therapy but it can also be a trap.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Evan Currie  and Martin Schiller write my kind of space opera and Alex Butcher has cast new twists on Elves in her Beyond the Light Chronicles.  There are lots of new authors that are striving to create and I enjoy each new work in its own strengths and shudder at some of the goofs.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
That’s not a one answer question.  Prolificacy drives me to look at Stephen King and say, ‘Oh my gods, it’s a machine.’  Frank Herbert captured my imagination in his ability to world build, Isaac Asimov enthralled me with his intellect, Anne McCaffery entranced me with her visions of Dragons,…, told you it was more than one.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not in the book but in the process.  That book went through some growing pains both in editing and covers as did the others of my first three:  Next You Interstellar and Having Nice Things.  There is definitely more involved than just crafting a good story.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Wrangling point of view.  I catch myself sometimes getting so into my characters that I might slip into first person in a section I meant to be the narrator.  As a side note I really am biased against the narrator as a story telling tool.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
Currently I’m reading a paranormal romance adventure called Stained.  I have many genres represented in my TBR pile and I typically organize by date acquired.  That being said, if I hit three vampire novels in a row I will reorganize briefly so that I give them a fair shake and my…patience a time out.  Any thing in that pile I finish, I review.  If I don’t think I will like something I generally know by thirty percent in and pull the rip cord granting it the review of silence.  I don’t do negative reviews.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Belinda Pepper.  I help in that I pick out key, descriptive passages to her and she drives the bus.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned that I’m only good at writing things that interest me.  If I’m not into it, it will suck!
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
PAS from Next You Interstellar, LLC.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I think everyone should read books they enjoy and use those books as oases for sampling books they are on the fence about.  None in particular just read and keep reading.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my creation(s) and I hope I have left you wanting more.
Giveaway
 The author is very nicely offering a PDF version of one of his books. Since I had two different stops, and I only offered the giveaway on this one, I will offer it to be the winners choice of which book you’d like to win. 🙂 So leave me or the author a nice comment below and I’ll choose a winner 🙂 I’ll email you to confirm your winnings 🙂 GOOD LUCK!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us! And don’t forget to comment to win!  I hope you check this author and his books out. If you missed my other stop, it’s HERE! I wish you all Happy reading! Later gators! 

Torch Blog Tour Blast w Giveaway!

I’m really excited for my lovely stalkee, who is venturing out into the world like a big girl LOL 🙂 She is officially on the map as a major author as this book here today is doing amazing on it’s release day! So, without further ado, Let me show you the goodies! 
TORCH
Series- Take It Off  #1 
By Cambria Hebert


***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***


If you can’t take the heat… stay away from the flame.


Katie Parks has been on her own since the age of fifteen. All she’s ever wanted is a place to call her own—a life that is wholly hers that no one can take away. She thought she finally had it, but with the strike of a single match, everything she worked so hard for is reduced to a pile of smoking ash. And she almost is too.


Now she’s being stalked by someone who’s decided it’s her time to die. The only thing standing in the path of her blazing death is sexy firefighter Holt Arkain.


Katie’s body might be safe with Holt… but her heart is another story.


As the danger heats up, sparks fly and the only thing Katie knows for sure is that her whole life is about to go up in flames.

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Wail of the Banshees Blog Tour w Giveaway

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Wail of the Banshees (Ghost Wars Saga #1)

Wail of the Banshees
Ghost Wars Saga Book One

Robert Poulin

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Ghost Watch Publishing

Date of Publication: June 19, 2013

mobi: ISBN: 0989446905

Print: ISBN13:  9780989446907

epub: 9780989446921

mobi: B00DH7JQNK

Number of pages: 350 print

Word Count: 100, 471

Cover Artist: Hannah Carr

Amazon    Smashwords    BN   Kobo

Short description

A murdered college student must help the Philadelphia Police Department track down the serial killer responsible for her death and then lead an improbable rebellion against the powers that be in the ghost realm of Limbo.

Extended description

My name is Veronika Kane and dying, dying was just the beginning.

How was I supposed to know that getting smashed on my 21st birthday would lead me to becoming the 9th victim of a serial killer that’s been stalking Philadelphia’s streets for months? Now I’m a ghost and unlife is pretty scary. Reapers, wraiths, ghouls, gargoyles: all of the monsters that I thought were storybook characters are real! On top of it all, the powers that be in the ghost world want to enslave me and use me in their own diabolical plot to manipulate the people of the living world. Too bad I didn’t turn out to be the kind of ghost they wanted me to be, and I’m not about to let them turn me into one of their puppets. These ghosts are responsible for my murder and the murders of eight other women.

A rebellion is coming, and the ghosts that run this place are about to find out just how big a mistake they made when they had me killed.

My name is Veronika Kane and being murdered isn’t the end of my story.

Wail of the Banshees is an Urban Fantasy Novel and the first book in the exciting Ghost Wars saga which features paranormal horror and action set in living Philadelphia and the ghostly world of Limbo.

My Review:

What an interesting way to look at an alternative world. When I think of Limbo, I’m thinking of being stuck in between, which is kind of similar, but takes on a whole new role. The ghosts that live here are not quite what you would expect from the average “limbo”.  And way to make sure the murder victim gets some justice. LOL I will definitely say this one was interesting! 

Veronika is murdered, and must find her own killer. Hmmm, makes for something intriguing to start, right. She was murdered by a serial killer. He is also making a nuisance with the ghosts of Limbo.  Veronika not only has to save herself, as she is now a ghost there, but help save all the others too.  I liked this little twist. Usually a ghost has to find someone who can see them to get help. Here, the ghost must use their own creativity to do it. Plus, Veronika is a likable character as you only want to see her succeed. 

The world building is probably the best part. It’s set in a city full of life and culture, not just for the living but for the dead. There’s lots of different “ghosts” because a “ghost” is so broad termed. Gargoyles are always AWESOME! 🙂 LOL There’s plenty of action going around trying to solve your own murder case as a ghost. The writing is easy, which I like because it means I don’t have to figure out what’s going on. I’m definitely a fan, and look forward to more! 4.5 GHOSTLY PAWS!!

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About the Author:

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

Wail of the Banshees begins with the line “Getting your throat slit in a dark alley really sucks.” And so we begin with the protagonist, Veronika Kane going through this really traumatic experience of being murdered by a serial killer. Veronika lives on as a ghost and she must quickly learn the ways of the ghost realm of Limbo in which she has essentially been reborn. There’s a lot of mystery in the beginning with Veronika being obsessed with helping the living police capture her killer. At the same time, the ghosts who run Limbo are pretty evil and they want to corrupt her and use her to further their own nefarious goals. By the last half of the book, it’s clear to Veronika that she must put together a rebelion and lead it against overwhelming odds. In the process of this personal journey, Veronika suffers terribly, but her courage and determination to stand up for what’s right gives her the strength to fight on. Over all, this is a summer action movie novel. It’s meant to be enjoyed, there’s lots of cool action and enough suspenseful mystery to keep everyone intrigued. If you like interesting new places with new monsters and new rules, then the world of Limbo will keep you interested.

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

My second grade teacher read The Hobbit to our class, that’s where my love of reading began. I read epic fantasy and sword and sorcery fantasy primarily. It didn’t take me long to start imagining my own tales and by the time that I reached the age of thirteen, I was trying to write them down. As a legally blind teenager, it seemed quite natural for me to go in the writer direction, after all, I couldn’t ever be a cop or Navy Seal, but I could write stories about them. I dabbled with writing throughout my teenage years but by the time I finished college, I’d put the dream aside to pursue a teaching career. It wasn’t until I started reading urban fantasy that the dream of authorship was rekindled. Urban fantasy fired up my imagination, its blending of the familiar world with the fantastical inspired me in ways that no other genre had done up till this point.

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

My first book is Wail of the Banshees and it is inspired by my love for urban fantasy and my desire to write about a protagonist that wasn’t a vampire, werecreature, fae, or detective. I played around with a lot of ideas for a few weeks and when I considered a ghost, I asked myself how the character became a ghost. It was then that I came up with the opening line for the book and I was hooked from that moment. Choosing the city of Philadelphia as my setting inspired the whole second half of the book and the idea for the Ghost Wars. Philadelphia has a rich history, amazing locations, and cool urban legends.

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

Wail of the Banshees isn’t based on any life events or people that I know. As I’ve been doing interviews on this tour however, I’ve become aware of the messages that the story portrays, at least for me, and these do involve life experiences. Veronika is murdered at the beginning of the book, her story should end there but it doesn’t. Veronika discovers that there’s a whole new life in the afterlife, some of it is horrible, much of it is good. Many people believe that if they were to lose the use of their legs, or become blind, their life would somehow become not worth living. I know many people with disabilities who would disagree with this, and as a blind person myself I am very happy with my life. People find a way to overcome the odds, they learn to live with their challenges, and they overcome by adapting. This is what I get out of the story based on my experiences, I didn’t set out to shape this message and I’d guess that readers will take many different messages away from the story based on their own experiences.

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

In the case of Wail of the Banshees, we have two kinds of death to talk about. Getting killed in the mortal living world can lead to a second life as a ghost as is the case with protagonist Veronika Kane. Getting killed as a ghost leads to oblivion or final death though. Sending characters to their final death isn’t fun but it is the cost of war. Choosing who lives and who dies can be tricky. For me, I consider the emotional impact of the death and also what removing the character from future stories will mean to the meta-plot. I don’t have a formula, I just go with what feels right for the story.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Actually I’m very intrigued by Mythos, book 1 of the Descendants series by VrindaPendred. I love all thing Cthulhu related and this just sounds cool. You can find her here;

http://www.amazon.com/Mythos-The-Descendants-Bookebook/dp/B00CNIMLXQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376679918&sr=1-2&keywords=Mythos 

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Jim Butcher and Brandon Sanderson. I’ve talked a lot about my admiration for Jim Butcher, his Dresden Files and Alera Codex are fantastic series. I love Jim’s ability to create cool and memorable scenes. I also admire Brandon Sanderson’s ability to create completely unique magic systems as he did in the Mistborn series.

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

No. That’s the great thing about the beta reading process and then the editorial revision. I really depend on my editor to help me fulfill the books full potential. My editor, Jaimee Finnegan is amazing and I feel that she helped me avoid any shortfalls in Wail of the Banshees.    

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The revision phase is a lot of work and is very time consuming compared to writing the first draft. My bad vision makes this an even slower process. Being thorough and deliberate is very important though, this is where you make or break your book. You asked me about if there were any changes that I’d make looking back, if you do this phase right, the answer should be no. You really need to have a great editor to help you through this phase, luckily I do.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

I am currently reading Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. It’s the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series of post apocalyptic urban fantasy. I just finished reading Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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

My cover designer is the talented Hannah Carr. She is a fellow tabletop RPG player and I occasionally play disc golf with her and her boyfriend. She and I do discuss what my vision for the cover is and then she makes it happen with her magic and hard work. I don’t pick an actual scene from the book but rather various images from the entire book.

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

One of the great things about being an author is that you are constantly learning new things. For Wail of the Banshees, I had to immerse myself in the city of Philadelphia. I learned about architecture and urban legends. One cool thing that I studied for a bit for the book was the history of American breweries, the architecture of the massive brewing factories, and the neighborhoods like Brewerytown that supported the brewery industry. I also learned about the devastating impact of Prohibition on the industry. Before Prohibition, there were over one hundred breweries in Philadelphia, many of them huge industrial complexes that employed hundreds of people. At the end of Probition, only a dozen or so returned to profitability in Philly. In book two, I studied the history of mental health treatment and in particular the ByberryStateHospital in Philadelphia. Of course I’ve also learned a lot about writing, social networking, marketing, and publishing.

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

In Wail of the Banshees, I’d have to say Veronika. She’s determined and powerful, a lot of what she does is by the seat of her pants. In book two, I introduce two new characters that give Veronika a run for her money, including the wizard Nathaniel Carter. Which would I want to be between Veronika and Nathaniel? I’d have to go with Nathaniel since I’d prefer to be alive and not go through some of Veronika’s experiences.

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

I read Gods of Gotham earlier this year and I’d recommend it to everyone. It is an amazing experience, 1840’s New York City will come alive for you in ways you can’t imagine.

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

Wail of the Banshees is supposed to be a fun read. If you are a fan of action on the level of The Matrix and the Harry Dresden books, then you will enjoy this novel. There’s a great story here, you’ll find mystery and suspense. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this interview and for reading my book. Please visit my website at http://www.ghostwatchpublishing.com and interact on my social media sites.

Thanks for having me on this great site, I really appreciate the opportunity to speak to your readers.

You are very welcome! I hope we can do it again!!!

About the Author!

Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

After earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years. After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations.

Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director.

Wail of the Banshees is Robert’s first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit. Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert’s favored genre in the past decade.

Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience. Robert is currently in the editorial process with his second novel, Death Toll, and is writing Echoes of Madness the third novel in the Veronika Kane saga.

http://ghostwatchpublishing.com/

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7161226.Robert_Poulin

Giveaway:

Tour Wide Giveaway for 3 signed copies of Wail of the Banshees by Robert Poulin- open to US Shipping. GO HERE TO ENTER
I hope you guys enjoyed today! I wish you all good luck on the giveaway! And thanks a bunch to the author for stopping by and hanging out! I wish you all happy reading and later gators! 🙂

Shadow Embraced Blog Tour w Giveaway part II

Shadow Embraced
(Haven #1)
No escape.
Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn’t real, but when she’s abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn’t some monster.
She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight.
When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.
The only problem is that she’s not entirely sure she’s innocent.

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Cheree Smith

Cheree Smith

Cheree Smith lives in a country town in Australia as a high school English teacher where she writes paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.

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My Review can be found HERE

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Author Interview:

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

Shadow Embraced came about with my interest in the Romanian legend of the various vampires and were-creatures, and one question, what if there was a creature that these so-called monsters feared. Shadow Embraced is about Scar who gets told she is too dangerous to live in normal society so she gets pulled into a world full of these creatures, where she needs to learn to control the monster within before it consumes her. Throw in an underground fight club and a mysterious attacker that could be closer to Scar than she wants to believe.

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

I always had an interest in creative writing at high school and loved creating stories for my younger siblings.

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

Oh, my first book will never see the light of day. I wrote the story for my younger sister, who was seven at the time, about a brother and sister who are pulled to a mystical land to help search for a lost princess and save the land.

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

All experiences and characters are figments of my own imagination. Sometimes a quirk or saying that I’ve seen or heard from someone I know will catch my attention and find its way to one of my characters, but I never base an entire character on someone I know.

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

It’s funny, I don’t actually choose who I want to die in advance, I just let the events fall into place naturally. I didn’t actually need someone to die in Shadow Embraced, but I needed someone to get attacked and I had no idea who that was going to be up until the last edit, the events just naturally led to that outcome and I was happy with it.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I always love finding new authors. A couple of new authors I’ve just discovered include Lindsey R. Loucks, author of the Grave Winner, and Lenore Appelhans, author of Level 2.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

I have a fantastic critique group at writing.com that offers great advice and support. These are definitely a group of people I look up to as a writer.

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

Nothing! I’ve spent a lot of time getting all the characters where they needed to be in the novel, and by the last edit I felt everything had just fallen neatly into place that I would just want to continue Scar’s story rather than rewrite it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I’m a perfectionist and I find it challenging to stop myself from constantly editing as I write. This slows down my writing process and I can be stuck in one place in the story as I continuously rewrite the section instead of moving forward with the story. Each time I start a new novel I promise myself I’m not going to read through any previous chapters until I finish the first draft so I don’t feel compelled to go through any edits.

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

I devour all things young adult and paranormal, and I’m currently enthralled in Amanda Sun’s debut Ink.

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

Silvia Paoletta at Dark World Books designed the cover for Shadow Embraced. She kept me involved with all the decision-making to ensure I was happy with the images she was using, but she had already read Shadow Embraced and had a firm idea of what Scar looked like and she did a fantastic job with the cover.

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

Yes, I learnt the importance of carrying around a notebook and pen as ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. If you look around my house you’ll probably find a dozen notebooks just lying around, as well as in the car and in my bag. I need to have a notebook everywhere.

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

This is a hard question, mainly because I put my characters through hell, but if I have to pick, I’d have to pick my main character from my current WiP, Rin Morgan. Rin is half-Japanese and at the start of the story she is forced to move in with her grandparents over in Japan, and I absolutely love everything Japanese so I could go through hell if I got to live over there.

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

I think readers should read anything they can get their hands on and if they like something make sure they recommend that book.

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

Yes, a big thank you!!!

You’re very welcome! 🙂 Thank YOU for stopping by to hang out with us!

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Giveaway:

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I hope you guys check out this new book 🙂 A bit thanks to the author for coming over for a visit!  Happy reading- GOOD LUCK ON THE GIVEAWAY- and later gators!!