Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic Cover Reveal!

Hello everyone! Today I have a special sneak peak for you. One of my favorite authors- and fellow name sharers- has a new book coming out, so let me show you!!! 

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Blurb:  Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

eBOOK RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 27, 2013

ENTER GIVEAWAY FROM MEGHAN!!! 

 I’m giving away one (1) eARC of either Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic orTrinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic to celebrate the cover reveal and release date announcement.

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I loved so many of her books so I can’t wait for this one! You can check out book one below before you head over to the giveaway! Happy reading and later gators! 

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser, #1)

Entrusted Blog Tour w Giveaway!

Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael

Entrusted

Title: Entrusted

Author: Connie Ann Michael

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Release Date: 18 November, 2013

Blurb:

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control.  Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her. 

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

 You can add Entrusted to your to-read list on Goodreads:

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Excerpt:

He pulled me to my feet. His hands remained on my upper arms. The intense heat of our connection radiated through the sheer material of my blouse. “It doesn’t mean I have to like the fact I’ve been replaced.” His voice was rough. “You look beautiful.”

I cocked my head to the side and watched his eyes move over me. A shiver ran through me. “You weren’t replaced.”

“You’re cold.” He took off his coat and wrapped it around my shoulders. Immediately, his scent filled the air around me. My head was swimming, either from the wine or the close proximity of Solomon, I wasn’t sure which. I held the front of the jacket closed. He slid his arms beneath, it running his hands up and down my back to warm me. Oh my goodness, was I getting warm.

“Warm now?” He gave me his teasing grin.

 “Why were you at the window?” I tried to keep my voice even while his hands continued to caress my back. “You scared the crap out of me.”

“I was going to knock. But then I saw you and sort of lost my train of thought. Anyway, I didn’t want to have to play the social guy this evening.”

“I’m not sure she would have invited you, it is kind of a girl’s night,” I said.

“Why risk it?” There was that grin again.

I shook my head in a feeble attempt to avoid slamming my mouth against his lips. “So?” I raised my eyebrows.

“So?” He sounded distracted. He seemed to enjoy the closeness as much as I.

“Why are you here?” I pressed into his arms, utilizing all of my liquid courage. I would worry about Luke’s wrath later. Solomon couldn’t back away even if he wanted to and I was getting the feeling that he didn’t want to. His face clouded and I shifted my eyes to his mouth. I wanted to feel his lips on mine more than anything.

“You’ve been drinking.” His voice was tight.

I came crashing back to reality. “What?” I stepped back as if he had slapped me. Why was it no one ever kissed me? Was I that revolting?

“Better not let Bidi know you’re drinking while you’re working for her friend.” His disapproval was palpable.

“I wasn’t.” I started to lie, and then thought better of it. “It was just a glass.” It was a lame response, but I felt like a child being scolded. “Bidi isn’t my parent,” I added, and then wished I had kept my mouth shut.

He raised an eyebrow, but didn’t say a word. He’d dropped his hands from under the coat and the cold of the evening came back.

“And you’re not my father.” I took another step away from him.

“What would he have said about this?” I shivered at the coolness in his voice. I couldn’t believe he asked that.

“Nothing,” I yelled. “I don’t have one!”

He reached out and ran a finger along my forehead. “So many scars.” His hand continued down my cheek and stopped at my mouth. “Does it make it better? Does the alcohol make it any better?” The downward trail continued until he rested his palm lightly over my collarbone, his thumb running over my bare skin.

I felt my breath catch.

His hand slid to the back of my neck. Moving in, his lips touched my ear. “When it is time, you will not be drunk. Or tied to another.”

Author Interview:

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

I always was writing little stories here and there when I was in elementary school but by high school I think the love of writing had been beaten out of me by my teachers and I was just a rabid reader.

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

I’m not sure what exactly got me to put the words down on paper but I started out kind of writing a memoir and ended up with Entrusted.  

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

All my books have parts of my life in them.  Entrusted has the most.  Although reading it now it would be difficult for anyone to find them.  Through edits and revisions the nitty gritty of the experiences were watered down or taken out but it was a cleansing experience.

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

I really like to kill my characters.  One of my favorite authors always kills the main characters and I like to do that as well.  However I have been convinced to let some live.  My characters talk to me.  I really get to know them and they let me know if it is time for them to go.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest or that you recommend, other than yourself of course?

I love J.H. Trumble, she writes very dynamic characters and I don’t think she gets the attention she deserves.  I love Kendall Grey as well, she is a self published author with a huge following online.  She writes some edgy stuff but it is quick and witty dialogue.  I love good dialogue and humor.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

I look up to authors that present themselves with integrity.  That are willing to help others at their craft.

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

No.  I can’t say this about many of my projects but Entrusted, I think, is really finally ready to be out there.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find it challenging to get characters that are flawed to be liked by my readers.  Sometimes we need to look deeper into a character’s motivation and sometimes I think readers are too surface level and need to go deeper.  Look at why the character may be the way they are without me needing to spill it out for them.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre? 

I am reading Love and other games by a few authors I work with at Entranced.  

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

I can’t find her name right now but the cover is AWESOME.  I gave her ideas but she really did it all on her own.

Have you ever bought a book based on the cover?

I pick up books based on the cover but I won’t buy them unless the blurb is good

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

I learned a lot about myself.  I found it helped me to write my problems into the characters lives and them let them deal with them.  I don’t need counseling as long as I am writing.  

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

I would be Emme Sawyer from 1000 Sleepless Nights.  I would love to have her bravery and medical skills.

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

I can’t express how much it warms my heart to even know I have readers!  I really thought only my mom would buy the book.  A friendly review is better than chocolate.  I hope some day I can attend conferences and book signings that will allow me to give them all hugs!

About the Author:

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Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State.  She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books.  She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family.  Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.

You can find and contact Connie Ann Michael here:

– Website: http://www.connie-avidreader.blogspot.com/  

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connieannmichael

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/connieamichael

– Google +: https://plus.google.com/103953176939854420824/posts   

– Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7169768.Connie_Ann_Michael   

GIVEAWAY!!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Entrusted.

– 10$ amazon gift card

– 2 e-copies Entrusted

– 2 swag packs, which contain Entrusted stickers and bookmarks and an Entrusted charm necklace

– 2 swag packs, which contain Entrusted stickers and bookmarks and an Entrusted Ghost Bead Bracelet

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Alright guys! I wish you extra GOOD LUCK on that huge giveaway! And I hope you check this one out! A big thanks to Ms Lolita for her blog tour expertise, and the author for that wonderful interview! I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow…. To my international friends… just pretend and enjoy the extra awesomeness that comes from us! LOL Happy reading and later gators! 

Blood Will Tell Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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So today I have a special little something for you! It’s pretty cool because I am gunna offer you a great giveaway with it! Now, let me show you some goodies! 

Blood Will Tell (Chimeria #1)

Blood Will Tell

Book One

Meredith Mansfield

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1484141137

ISBN: 9781476442884

ASIN: B007WGBNII

Number of pages: 249 pages

Word Count: 96,000 words

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Book Description:

Being a half-blood is inconvenient on a good day, especially when the half you got from your mother is werewolf.  Valeriah can’t take wolf form, but the full moon still fills her with manic energy.  Running helps; a tired werewolf is a good werewolf.

Living perennially caught between two worlds–human and werewolf, magic and non-magic–doesn’t leave much room for love. That suits Valeriah just fine. She’s never had any luck with that anyway.

Until her cousin’s life is threatened, that is, and out of necessity she accepts the help of a mysterious young man to protect Cristel. Rolf is everything that makes Valeriah’s pulse speed up in spite of herself. Now, with Cristel’s life in the balance, is the worst possible time for that kind of complication.

But Rolf’s secrets could destroy her trust and that might cost her life. 

Excerpt:

“Will you be in trouble for telling us?” Cristel asked halfway through an unnaturally silent dinner back at their little rented house. “That you’re really a dragon, I mean.”

It was a clear attempt to let him play for sympathy. After a second of temptation, Rolf refused to use it that way. He doubted it would work, anyway. It would only cheapen any real attempt to make amends. “No, not really. It was Jetta Black who let it slip, anyway. Flaunting that pendant of hers and talking about the other side. She should be more careful about knowing who she’s talking to first. She could have gotten away with it if you were from here. But it was practically a flashing neon sign to another Chimerian.

“Besides, I really would have had to tell you soon, if I was going to continue to court Valeriah.”

Valeriah snorted at that, but made no comment and the meal returned to silence, sullen, wary, or remorseful, depending on the point of view. Cristel bit her lip and looked from one to the other. Valeriah looked straight ahead and chewed as if her steak had offered her a personal insult. Rolf sighed.

“So, how are we going to go about getting this Lock so we can put an end to this?” Valeriah asked suddenly. She had showered and changed and even slept a little. Now she looked less feral. But no less angry and hurt. It was her first attempt at conversation during the meal.

Rolf didn’t miss the implication that they could also be done with him as soon as Cristel was made safe. “I’ll go back through the portal. I’m in no danger. If the Lock is in the crypt and I can get control of it, game over. With the Lock, I should be able to find out who has the Key. The two items are linked. Once I know who, the dragons will make sure that person is not able to cause any more trouble–for you or anyone else.”

Valeriah shook her head. “You can’t.”

“Why not?”

“The key to the crypt is in Grandfather’s study. And the key to the tower will only work for Cristel and me, together.”

Rolf paused. Her grandfather’s wards couldn’t bar him from the tower. That spell was made with one of the magical objects made by the dragons in the first place and based on draconic powers. He could break anything done with them. Or, as a dragon, he could fly to the top of the tower and get in that way. Or he could simply crash directly through the wall of the crypt–although that approach might destabilize the whole tower. But that wouldn’t help him rebuild Valeriah’s trust. Telling her that the greatest safety she and Cristel knew was not even a test for his kind was not likely to make her feel better about him.

Rolf nodded. “All right. Then I’ll send a message through to Chimeria. If we give them a week or so, I have several friends who can gather near the portal. You’ll be safe with an escort of dragons.

“We’ll retrieve the Lock, if it’s there. And then my friends can bring you back to this side where you’ll be safe, until I can find the Key–and the person who’s been using it.” That would give him a few more days to try to get back in Valeriah’s good graces, too.

“If we’re to have dragon guards, we’ll be safe enough in Grandfather’s tower, won’t we?” Cristel asked. “I’d really rather be home. This isn’t fun any more.”

Rolf and Valeriah both nodded in silent agreement. 

My Review:

Such a very interesting new tale that is told here. Especially with the basis of what happens when supernatural races mix and interbreed and how those races will treat them. And when one crazy supernatural being goes CRAZY and gets power hungry and kills generations of families to get what they want. And how those left behind to survive will have to deal with it. It’s unique, and a wonderfully entwined fantasy story that will make you think, as well as lose you to the wonderful world created. I think the characters are what make this story the most interesting. I am going to try really hard to describe as much as possible without spoilers.

Valeriah-or I like to call her Val- is a very complicated character. She is a mixed breed, and not just a little, but she’s got wizard, unicorn, and werewolf. I mean really. So, she is shunned most of the time, or used as a pawn the other half of the time. She starts out with a job being a personal body guard to some of those higher ups on the supernatural council. There world is a dimension that parallels ours. They try to keep humans completely in the dark about the supernatural brings. She is called back to that home dimension when her grandfather that raised her is dying. Her family being murdered has made her hard and very driven to be the most capable possible, especially to find their killers. She is very stubborn, very loyal, very athletic, and about to lose her mind when she finds out all the truths coming at her. Her cousin, Cristel who got more of the unicorn blood, is literally dragged along on the ride when some things go down. And there they meet Rolf…. we’ll get to him in a minute. There’s plenty of action, several assasination attempts, love that must be denied because of those assassination attempts and curses.  Valeriah is one of those strong heroines that I look up to. She stands up for herself, but Valeriah also makes mistakes, and of course there were a few times I wanted to slap her, but she’s so hard working, that I don’t think I’d even want to think about slapping her, she’s kill me LOL. 

Her cousin Cristel is the other starring character, and she is so completely different from Val. They don’t have the same parents but they do have the same up bringing. Their grandfather raising them together literally made them sisters. She is the pacifistic, and the peacekeeper, and wants to spread love. She reminds me of a modern day hippie, in a good way, without the drugs and alcohol. giggle! I love that though she was so sheltered and kept hidden from a lot, she is now exposed to so many things in a small amount of time, and though she loses it a few times, she picks herself up and grows and turns into a wonderful character. I am hoping she has some more major time in Blood is Thicker. 

Rolf is a little hawt piece. LOL BUT I LOVED that Val made him work EXTREMELY HARD! Another reason I loved this book so much is the uniqueness of the romance. Seriously, most romance aspects are fall really quick, and boom it’s done. Seriously, I need a Rolf because this poor guy had to bend over backwards to win his girl. He was kind, and patient, and loving, and a friend, and a protector, and a handyman when needed. Rolf lets Val have her distance through a real good part of the book until a major scare happens, and then, he’s still so awesome about it. He’s got his own secrets, but I’ll take him anyway! I seriously give him major props to all his hard work! 

The story is weaved around the mysteries, so I will say it’s a mysterious fantasy above all. But it’s so much more. The world building is pretty cool, and I know there’s still more to come. The plot is unique, and with all those mysteries coming out, and finally figuring out who is who, and who is good or bad, and who’s gunna live. The character depth is so well done. I look forward to so much more in book two! A very well done 5 PAWS! 
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Blood Is Thicker (Chimeria, #2)

Blood Is Thicker

Book Two

Meredith Mansfield

ISBN: 978-1492105138

ISBN: 9781301244065

ASIN: B00EDCTFIY

Number of Pages: 212 pages

Number of Words: 78,000 words

In the sequel to BLOOD WILL TELL, the newlyweds, Rolf and Valeriah, face a new crisis.

Born half-werewolf, Valeriah’s life has never been simple. Her recent marriage to a dragon has led to a transformation–Valeriah is now a dragon, too. But, taking the form and knowing how to actually be a dragon is not the same thing. Her life has even more complications than ever. So many, in fact, that she doesn’t recognize the signs of her own pregnancy until Rolf rushes her to the Hatching Grounds to lay their eggs.

But then things only get worse, because something’s wrong on the Hatching Grounds. The underground source of heat that sustains the eggs is slowly dying. Valeriah and Rolf have to scramble to discover what’s gone wrong and find a way to fix it before their eggs die.

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Excerpt- From Blood Is Thicker, Chapter 1, Scene 2:

Valeriah huffed irritably as she beat her giant leathery wings to gain altitude for the next pass. This flight school boot camp was not what she’d had in mind when Rolf suggested the isolated villa for the remainder of their honeymoon.

The full moon and the manic energy it brought out in her never did improve her mood and having indigestion to go with it wasn’t helping any. Used to be, she’d run for miles to calm that madness. Or engage in practice fights. Now she’d do well to run anywhere without tripping over her own feet or tail and fighting was out of the question. She used to be able to take care of herself, not have to depend on Rolf to catch her food and take care of her. No doubt he was enjoying it, but she didn’t like the feeling at all.

Of course, Rolf was always ready to help her work off the full-moon energy in other ways. In human form, that would have been fine with her. While she’d never say this to Rolf, on the whole, she found the mating of dragons unsatisfactory–not unpleasant, but far from breathtaking. He’d been a much more versatile and exciting lover as a human. Hanging upside down, wings folded, clutched in Rolf’s talons, while he slowly circled the lake just didn’t have as many thrills. It was like trading the most spine-tingling rollercoaster at Magic Mountain for the merry-go-round. You were still moving but it just wasn’t the same. Thank the Goddess that he was more than twice her size as a dragon and strong enough to carry her. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have even that. It was going to take her a while to master flying upside down.

She reached her intended altitude in a bad mood. Rolf had been drilling her in aerobatic maneuvers for hours and she was sick of it. Well, let’s see what he thought about this. She folded her wings back for the dive, pulling out only at the last second into a perfect barrel roll.

Rolf’s trumpeting crow of delight echoed back from the surrounding mountains. “You’re ready!”

“Ready for what?” she asked as she landed in front of him.

“For me to show you how it’s really done. Fly with me.”

As soon as they lifted off, Rolf darted in and grabbed her talons in his own. Well, that wasn’t what she’d thought he’d meant when he was so excited about her aerobatics, but all right.

Rolf gestured skyward with his chin. “We need to go higher.”

Maybe this was going to be a little different after all. Any change would be a good thing. They climbed, talons still joined and wings beating in unison. Up and up until even dragon lungs could barely suck enough oxygen from the thin air. Then they hovered for a moment.

Rolf shifted his grip on her talons to draw her closer, so close she had to curtail her wing beats. His much wider wings continued to beat, nearly encompassing her completely at each stroke. He pulled her closer until their bodies met. She could feel the heat of him against the delicate scales of her belly and then, with one sharp movement, the heat was inside her, too.

Valeriah pressed against him, wrapping her neck and tail around his to bring him closer. In spite of the minor inconveniences, she really did love Rolf. Moments like this helped to remind her how much. She started to let her weight fall backwards, but Rolf pulled her back up.

“Not this time. Fold your wings and dive,” Rolf said.

She did. They plummeted, necks and tails entwined, wings clasped. Yes! This was what she had been missing. The rush of freefall sent a tingling sensation surging down the length of her body. She shivered and that sent another wave exploding outward from her center and then back again until she felt she would break apart if he were to let go of her.

They pulled out only at the last second, rolling together, which sent altogether new and delectable sensations through her body.

“Up again?” Rolf asked.

“Up! Yess!” Valeriah answered.

They climbed and plunged again, still joined. When they pulled out, Valeriah screamed, “Up!”

Rolf obliged. This time, when they dove, they were above the deep lake behind the villa and they did not pull out. They plunged into the waves, continuing the dive until their lungs were near to bursting. Only then did they finally separate, each driving for the surface and air. They paddled over to the beach and lay, wing-tip to wing-tip, utterly spent, wings extended so the afternoon sun could warm them as they sucked air into their starved lungs.

“Goddess! I’ve never gone for three falls before,” Rolf said, gasping.

Valeriah raised her head. Her grin exposed rows of serrated, razor-sharp teeth. “I’ll try for four, if you want.”

The rumble of his laughter made wave-like ripples in the sand of the beach. “Mercy! I fear that would burst even my heart.” He stretched his wing so that he could caress the edge of hers. “Do you forgive me, now? For driving you so hard to learn to fly?”

Her laugh sounded more like a purr. “Oh, I think sso. Yess. Definitely.” Just now she was very glad she’d slowed down enough to let him catch her last spring.

My Review:

Please forgive me, I am in the middle of this book… I’m also at the end of my college semester and very short on time LOL. I will have this book’s review up very soon, and then I will have the duet review up right after that! I can also say that I’m totally enjoying it! 

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Chimeria Omnibus

Chimeria Two Book Bundle

Contains both Blood Will Tell and Blood Is Thicker

ASIN: B00FR0AXOG

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About the Author:

Professionally, I’ve been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I’ve never worked in that field. It’s anybody’s guess what I’ll be when I grow up.

Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It’s one I’ve finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease.

www.MeredithMansfield.WordPress.com

Twitter: @MansfieldMJ

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https://www.facebook.com/meredith.mansfield.3#!/pages/Meredith-Mansfield-Writer/198287643536426

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5817351.Meredith_Mansfield

Giveaway!

Giveaway is an ecopy of the two book bundle! Yep, that means the winner gets both books. 🙂 It’s actually cool to have them done together, no waiting or opening different books. So, leave me a nice comment to enter to win! GOOD LUCK!! 

I hope you enjoyed today! I also hope you check this series and this author! Thanks as always to bewitching book tours for always making these tours and giveaways possible! Happy reading and later gators! 

Masked, New World Series Cover Reveal w Giveaway!

Dear Followers… You need to squeal just like me… Ready, set… GO! SQUEEEEEEEEE! OK, I’m sorry I am just so excited to share this phenomenal author’s new cover (PS if you didn’t know, she wrote the Eden series)… It’s also the continuation of her exceptionally good new series. I AM THRILLED!!! I SERIOUSLY cannot wait to get my hands on this one. It’s killing me to wait since the end of book one 🙂 So, enough of me…. Ready?! 
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Book Release: Tentative date of February 25th, 2014

Title: Masked (New World Series Book 2)
Synopsis:
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
 
New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?
Author  Info:
Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder
Ok, since I am so excited, AND it’s Thanksgiving week… How about I offer to GIVE a copy of Switch (book 1) AWAY!
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Look Ms J, I’m giving away goodies 🙂 Because you always give me goodies! So, if you’d like to read the first book right before the second comes out, leave me a nice comment! GOOD LUCK!!! 
Ms J, if you didn’t already know it, I AM SOOOOO EXCITED! I LOVE this cover and I can’t wait! I am so proud of you! You deserve it ALL! 
Happy reading and later gators! 

Ever After November Release Day Blast w giveaway!

Find Your Ever After in Under An Hour

Ever After features paranormal, sci-fi, and horror novellas, all with the romance you’ve come to love from Entangled–just in a shorter format. Make sure to like their new Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Ever After’s November release!

Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful “Mrs. Sydney” from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

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Copper Ravens Cover Reveal!!!!

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Copper Ravens (Copper Legacy, #2)
Book Blurb:

Sara should be happy.
 
She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more.
 
And yet… Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them.
 

As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family’s innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process?   

 
 
 
Jennifer’s bio: 
Jennifer Allis Provost
Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior. 
 
OMG!!! I am soooo excited about this one!!! YES! I LOVE IT!!! I can’t wait! Happy reading and later gators! 
Copper Girl (Copper Legacy #1)
 

Crossroads Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! Today I have an extra special guest 🙂 I have some very fun things to show you, along with some goodies, and a great giveaway! So, let’s all just jump right on in! 

Crossroads (The Demos City Reports #1)

Book Blurb: Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants — for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.

Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives.

The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.

If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too.

As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha — one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets.

Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.

He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.

Buy Links:

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crossroads-jonathan-lister/1117268241?ean=2940148713814

Book Excerpt:

ONE

The Bouncer

Breaking a beer bottle over someone’s head rarely knocks them unconscious. Oh, it’s going to hurt like hell, probably make a good-sized gash in the scalp but hardly ever just a quick dose of shut-eye. What they’ll end up with is a wound that looks a lot worse than it actually is. The best an opponent can hope for is the element of surprise and the moments of disorientation that the hit causes. If the bastard is serious about it, he can use the jagged edges of broken glass to do some real damage. A shame this isn’t a Western. When a beer bottle connects with a cowboy’s head in one of those old movies, he hits the floor in a few seconds.

I’m not a cowboy. I’m something else.

“Gray! Watch out!” Jenny shouts from behind the bar, but I already know Frank is coming. Guy lost his job last week—ten years as a call center supervisor. He’s been in here every night since. Now he’s drunk enough to think I’m the reason his company shipped his job off to the Philippines.

It’s taking him forever to swing that damn bottle at me; I’m getting bored.

He’s harmless on most nights, talks a lot about how he’d like to blow up his old work, but ends up passing out in his car. People in front of me are pointing and shouting over the din of music and bar talk, obviously trying to warn me. It’s the whiskey’s fault Frank is coming after me. That doesn’t mean I can make an exception. Everyone in here knows the rules, knows what’s coming.

The bottle connects with the back of my head and shatters. I don’t move. Broken glass sticks in my hair, even draws some blood. I let the pain run down my back along with the cheap beer and hold my breath until the shouting sting fades to a grumbling throb.

Yep—hurts like hell.

“Fuck you, Leon!” Frank shouts. His breath is acrid and brimming with rye as it washes over my neck. Its scent tells me how much alcohol is in his blood. In all the movies Frank has ever probably seen, it’s only supposed to take one hit, so I know he’s is waiting for me to fall down. In fact, he’s probably praying I fall because no way he’s got a next move planned.

A bar that was roaring with life a moment ago is all spectators, front-row seat types. Most everyone in here knows me, knows what I am. Frank does, too; it’s why he needs to quit the whiskey. The pool tables are quiet. No one’s playing darts, not even bringing glasses to their lips. There are no footsteps on the hardwood floors. The customers are all a mixture of bloodlust and pity, waiting to see what my first move is going to look like. The bell sounds in my head as I turn around.

This is the fun part of my job.

My Review:

Let me start with saying, a while back, I read book TWO as part of a blog tour. yes, I know I have this terrible habit of getting book two before book one. I totally loved book two, so I KNEW going into book one, it was gunna be love, BUT I wasn’t expecting to be given so much. I learned so much about the characters of this series, and exactly how things came to be. Yes, I love me some werewolves, so I of course had to read it, but this one is being re-released with the big ole J Taylor Publishing behind him. I love it. And it’s a wonderful story that is gritty, and real, AND he has a KID, which, let’s face it, most HERO’s don’t have children. AND he’s also caring and worried about his kid. He’s wants to make sure his kid goes to college, and has everything he didn’t. So, now that we’ve gotten this part out, let’s talk some goodies. 

Leon Gray is a werewolf, a father, a bar bouncer, and even though he’s flawed and has some questionable past actions, he’s a damn good guy. He’s a very well developed character. He’s lovable, even though he is a typical male sometimes. He talks about woman sometimes with the lower end instead of the upper, he has an attitude that is all male, and sometimes, he says some down right rude things. BUT then, he’s gunna play softball with his daughter, and he’s gunna help out the crazy stranger who’s thrown into jail with him. He’s always worried about everything that most people don’t. He’s also raised his daughter without her mother. 

There’s a lot going on in this book. There’s dirty cops who are doing some terrible things. There’s a reporter who wants to show the world what these dirty cops are doing. There’s a major softball playoff game that is a must make. There’s some crazy bad guys trying to kill said reporter because of said dirty cops, and all the while, these crazy people and movements all surround Leon. He is so wrapped up in this crazy that I think it’s time Christmas came so someone can unwrap the mess. LOL Yes, me and my terrible analogies. BUT it’s true. Leon doesn’t just give you that perfect Urban Fantasy hero, he gives you something of everything. He’s still broken from his wife leaving him with a baby, he’s pissed at how the world treats werewolves just because they are. He’s devoted, as he will do anything to give Shauna (his daughter) whatever she needs to have a great life. He’s somehow loyal, to a crazy reporter he doesn’t know, yet is willing to step in front of bullets, and knives, and fists, and flying objects, for said reporter, because innocents shouldn’t die. AND to top it off, his MIA wife’s pack is here to claim Shauna. 

I loved this book. I loved book two as well. LOL I look forward to so much more from this author and this series. A GRITTY, UNIQUE, WELL ROUNDED, UNEXPECTED 5 PAWS! 

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Author Interview:

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

Crossroads: a Demos City Novel tells the story of Leon Gray, an ex-con trying to raise his teenage daughter Shauna and deal with a troubled past he just can’t shake. Leon and Shauna are werewolves existing in a world where their kind has been out in the open since the dawn of time. I’ve reshaped laws, history, major world events – you name it, really – to include the supernatural as commonplace, almost like a race or ethnicity. It creates interesting perspectives to craft a narrative around oppression and what is to be a family while still including action and suspense. Very proud of this story on so many levels.

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

I think I always had an interest in telling stories, or at least getting some kind of emotion out of people from the tales I’d craft. Even as a kid, creative writing assignments were how I passed English class. Couldn’t tell an adverb from a gerund phrase! Let’s not even talk about diagramming sentences. Reliving that trauma would probably force me to lie down for the rest of the day.

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

Using real life experiences as methods of informing characters and stories is tough. I’d never due them justice. I will just say that the events in Crossroads are based on my interpretation of events – opinions on them is probably more accurate. Characters end up taking on some shade of my psyche, and while I try to imbue them forces outside of it, my snarky demeanor always manages to peak out from the curtains.

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

It’s got to mean something, have some emotional significance for the other characters and the reader. Just killing someone off for the fun of it is a little sadistic isn’t it? I am not a vengeful god while I’m wielding the pen, just a purpose driven one.

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

There’s a part of me that always wants to tinker with a sentence here or alter a description there, but as a whole I’m beyond happy with the work. It’s the story as it was meant to be told from the beginning. The characters shine through indelibly and I think the narratives hangs together well without too much squeak and bubble.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I give the reader a lot of authority in creating the image of Demos City in their minds. Layering concepts of race, segregation and familial bonds on top of an urban fantasy setting, I hope, challenges the reader to see the genre as much more than just hack and slash tropes. Crossroads isn’t literary fiction by any stretch, but it can be rewarding for someone who’s looking for a deeper tale.

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

The Hum and The Shiver by Alex Bledsoe. Go get this book right now.

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

The good folks at my publisher, J Taylor Publishing, are responsible for the cover. I did provide my input and they just ran with the concept. Looks great in my humble opinion.

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

Those who do not edit are doomed to find terrible typos in the places they least expect it. My favorite? “We gotta warm the cops!” As if the poor officers of the law were cold and needed some hot chocolate.

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

The Black Company novels by Glen Cook. All of them. It’s a sweeping tale that brings high fantasy down to the common man , the soldier.

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

Thanks so much for sticking with me and really investing in these characters. Leon, Shauna, and Hastings really appreciate it, and so do I. The rest of the story is coming, so be ready.

THANK YOU!! I CAN’T WAIT for so so much more! 🙂

Author Bio

Jonathan Lister

Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads: a Demos City Novel is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.

Author Social Links:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Welcome-to-Demos/210152159060755

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5382439.Jonathan_Lister

Twitter: @realjonlister  Blog: ijonathanlister.wordpress.com

Giveaway!

Crossroads Bookmarks

Crossroads MS

This is an original SIGNED manuscript with bookmarks…. YEP, dude, if I weren’t part of this blog tour, I would be the first one trying to win this! THIS IS AWESOME! How cool to have the actual manuscript of the book. Anyways, YOU SHOULD GO HERE TO ENTER!!

I sure do hope you guys check this book out and I hope you guys enjoyed today. I wish you ALL good luck to win! THANK YOU big time to Mr. Lister for being so awesome for this tour. Happy reading everyone and later gators! 

PS… A HUGE BIG OLE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY 96 YEAR OLD GREAT GRANDMA TODAY!!! 🙂 Yep, you read that correctly. My great grandma, who lives next door to me, turns 96 years of age today, AND she still rakes the damn yard! We live in SOUTH LOUISIANA, so there’s ALWAYS something to rake *giggle* We got her 96 roses of every color possible to signify every colorful year of her life. And she loves her flowers. She really is one of those AMAZING, loving women who are just too sweet. AND she still cooks AWESOME! May you have a blessed family like I do- though I want to kill some of them sometimes- I really do have an amazing family 🙂