The Making of Michael Bishop Blog Tour!

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The Making of Michael Bishop

A Realm Walker Short Story

Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy

Date of Publication: August 30, 2014

ASIN: B00N5YWPCE

Number of pages: 20

Book Description: Keep your distance. Don’t look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D’Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he’s given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn’t eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

Available at Amazon and BN 

My Review
So this is the story of how Michael Bishop became Michael Bishop. He was a shy, compassionate person who was a child of a priest and a poor woman. As long as Michael did everything his father the priest told him, his mother received money to help her live. Poor Michael had to watch torture and murder and horror, until he shows compassion to his prisoner, who changes his life forever.

This is a short story, but it’s good none the less. It’s dark and gritty and goes to look into the past of how things were compared to the present. It’s definitely interesting and a little gruesome and adds to the realm walker series in a good way 🙂 4.5 CREEPTASTIC PAWS, only because I wanted more!! 🙂
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About the Author:

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.

She is currently hard at work on her next book.

www.Kathleencollins.net

@kathy_collins

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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191208.Kathleen_Collins

Isis, Vampires, and Ghosts~Oh My! Blog Tour w Giveaway!

Now on Tour Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! By Janis Hill

Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My!

Other World Series

Book One

Janis Hill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Hague Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9872652-7-2

Word Count: 90,000

Cover Artist: Jade Zivanovic

Book Description:

Too late to save her sister’s life, Stephanie Anders must now try to save her soul from the vampire who has possessed her, Branwyre, eighteenth vampire Lord of the Aegean.

With only the aid of the ghost of a pissed-off Buddhist monk with a potty mouth and the modern day Priestess of Isis, Stephanie must take on demons and other denizens of a world she knows nothing about if she is to succeed in banishing Branwyre.

But even more difficult than that, she must learn how to forgive her sister Estella for what she did to her if she is to have even half a chance of saving her soul. Welcome to a world within our own – the Other World.

Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl_GYTFkU1c

Available at Hague Publishing

Extract from Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! by Janis Hill 

Chapter 5

Estella had the grace and timing to wake up just after I’d hauled her dead weight, literally, into the chair and balanced it there long enough the grab the rope.

“By the Light of Isis, what do you think you’re doing?” Her tone was nearly petulant enough to be the old Estella asking me, not the new peace-and-love one.

“Following your High Priestess’ instructions.” I grunted while tying her hands behind her back as best I could, before continuing to wrap the rope around her and the chair.

“But why are you tying me to a chair now?” she asked, aghast to realise just how tight I had done it. “Branwyre can’t take over until night time. We’ve got at least another hour.”

Ignoring her question for a moment, I snatched her right foot and tied it to the corresponding chair leg. Then, ignoring the attempted kick, did the same to her left one.

“Roxanna clearly states in her instructions here to gather the required items, purify them and set it all up, you included.” I waved the note at her before continuing to wrap her legs, backside and chair in the rope. Yeah, I’d gotten a decent amount. Who says two for one sales are a waste of time? “Nowhere in her instructions does it say we should stop for coffee and a chat. When I’ve got as much of it ready as I can before moonrise, I can actually have a rest. You know, something even we non-undead need to do from time to time.”

She went to protest, I even paused to watch the show I felt she was about to perform, but other than gaping a few times like a stunned fish, she stayed quiet. Wow, this Light of Isis was amazing if it could prevent the Queen of Whinge from speaking.

“Fine then,” she finally managed, a slight sulky tone to her voice. “But how am I meant to eat dinner?”

I sighed; I hadn’t honestly thought of that, going along the lines that she was dead. Yes she was an animated corpse right now, but dead was dead. You shouldn’t have to provide meals for them.

“Nowhere in my instructions does it say I have to feed you.” I muttered. Then feeling I should relent a little as she’d found it within herself to be nicer. “But how about I order pizza, and you eat it cold later. Surely even the Light of Isis can’t have cured you of your cold pizza habits.”

She sighed, but said no more for a moment. Didn’t even pout, which surprised me even more than the silence.

“I do wish you’d be more respectful of Isis and her purifying Light,” is all she eventually said as I was adding a few more knots to the back of the chair.

“Uh-huh.” I was more interested in making sure I’d done a good job, than listen to a lecture on appropriate religious respect. Especially from someone who in the past hadn’t held any respect for anyone or anything.

“And no dinner is fine; I don’t seem to have the need to eat that often anymore.” She continued, trying to watch me over her shoulder. “I won’t have you dissing cold pizza though.”

“Sure!” I said, standing back and wiping sweat from my brow and then my hands on my dress. I remembered I was still in one of my best ‘sombre but not kinky’ little black dresses, not having had a chance to change. So Roxanna’s wodge of cash was buying me a few clothes tomorrow, too. Why not! If I wasn’t allowed to go home until this was all over, she owed me at least a pair of jeans and clean underwear. I checked the instructions again. Okay, so all items purified, sister roped tightly into chair. Salt time! Boy I hoped the motel’s maid service wouldn’t be too pissed at me, or at least wouldn’t notice until after we’d left.

My Review

This one is a very interesting new take on vampires, and the troubles they cause. As well as, ridiculous family members and the lengths you will go for them 🙂 And on the side, it’s not just paranormal people hunting down vampires, think old school dracula, where normal, religious people use their beliefs and their will to fight the evil. The case here it the Goddess Isis, her followers, rid the world of vampires, but not the lovely Edward Cullen- no I don’t like him- or my fav Jean Claude-from Anita Blake- this is a disease and parasite that becomes a complete killing machine. Very intriguing about my love/hate relationship with vampers right 🙂

Stephanie starts the story on her way to bury her sister, who has been a bad new, pain in the @$$, bratty little sister. She comes off a little cold at first because she is relieved that her sister died, until you realize all the bad things her sister really did. LOL And then she meets the church people, and poof, her sister is dead, but not, and is attached to a very old, very evil vampire, and she needs to help rescue that bad sister all over again. It’s hilarious, all the things Stephanie says in her head while the priestess is explaining all of this to her. Stephanie has a fantastic sarcastic side, and she’s not as cold as she wants to seem.

Estella, the baby sister in rescue, Trishna, the over the top funny ghost of a monk who follows them, and of course the Mr Brandwyre, are our secondary characters, and with Stephanie, they made the story. The ridiculously hilarious curses that flew from their mouths, and the things they did, it made the story so awesome. Estella even gets to redeem herself to Stephanie, and the bad guy well, he’s still a bad guy so I won’t tell you 🙂

The writing flows well, and major props for finding some fresh creativity to go around vampires and the religious part, I thought would bother me, made it more interesting. I am definitely gunna watch out for book two, as this one was so much fun! 4.5 PAWS!!

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About the Author:

Janis grew up in and around Darwin, Australia, and its rural surrounds. As a child, she spent a lot of time around ‘science geeks’ at the Darwin University, where her father was a lecturer for many years. It took her a long time to realise that not everyone got to grow up like that or could relate to all the Science Labs scenes in the old Dr Who.

Janis now lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and 3 children, lovingly referred to as the ‘Demonic Hordes’. She is a semi-retired ICT Support Officer who, when not writing, takes pride in her work as a Haus Frau while dabbling in the art of translating century old cookery books into modern recipes to experiment on her family with.

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Tour giveaway

5 ebook copies of Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! and signed business size book cards

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Serpent on a Cross Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Today I have a great new book to show you!! 
Serpent on a Cross       
Book One
Wendy C. Garfinkle
 
Genre:  Medieval Fantasy/ Jewish Fantasy
 
Publisher:  Booktrope Publishing
Date of Publication:   September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62015-507-3ISBN: 978-1-62015-523-3

Number of pages:  176
 
Cover Artist:  Loretta Matson
 
Book Description: 
 
Dennah Dubrovnika is a formidable hunter and talented healer. However, she cannot control her own powers, which have suddenly reawakened in the aftermath of her mother’s violent capture by a powerful warlord who destroyed their village in his wake. As she races to free her mother, Dennah is accompanied by Jeth, the man she loves. But she’s increasingly, inexorably drawn to the mysterious Skallon who is allied with her greatest enemy.
 
Will Dennah be able to gain a measure of control over her magic or will she lose everything and everyone she loves to its raging inferno?
 
Serpent on a Cross is Book One in a Jewish fantasy adventure series set in Medieval Eastern Europe.

Available at Amazon and BN

Excerpt:

Stomach churning, a sour taste in her mouth, Dennah hovered above the massacre from her nest in the ash tree she’d climbed at the edge of the forest.

Guilt twisted a knot in her belly as she remembered Mamen’s order to flee, but she couldn’t leave; she might be needed. So she’d climbed the tallest leafiest tree she could quickly find, its branches extending almost to the roof of their cottage. She fastened the leather bracer on her left forearm, finger guards on her drawing hand, in case she was forced to shoot the ash bow. After stringing it, she set it and the bag of arrows in the cradle of two limbs a little above her and out of easy reach so she wouldn’t be tempted to fire down upon the invaders.

From her perch she saw the soldiers enter the shtetl, thundering over the ramparts as if they were fagots; they crushed the golden fields of barley, and wheat, forcing the defenders to give way or be trampled beneath hammering hooves. Seeing the guardsmen attack the horses to unseat the soldiers, her heart raced. Get them! What right have they to attack our home?! Anger boiled just under her skin. Her gaze sharpened and the branch grew warm beneath the grip of her fingers. Though there was no breeze, the limbs of her tree swayed gently.

Almost without thought, as if her hands had a will of their own, she pulled bow and quiver within reach and nocked an arrow. With precise aim, she inhaled, drawing the cord back, hearing the soft familiar creak as it stretched. She released on the exhale. Gracefully, the arrow sped toward its target, a soldier who’d edged up behind Marek and raised his sword. The shaft caught him in the throat, sunk deep and broke through the skin at the back of his neck. He fell with a thud, blood mixing with fertile ground in a muddy pool beneath him. Relieved of its burden, the soldier’s horse veered away from the melee.

Marek, eyes narrowing, seemed to find her hidden in the ash. He nodded slightly and turned to face another foe. A surge of pleasure warmed her at his wordless approval. Then there was no more time for thought; only action. Again and again her arrows flew true; but she was careful to watch for enemy soldiers looking in her direction. Her stomach dropped when she saw first Yuri, then Selwyn, and finally Yakkov surrounded and disarmed. A quick inventory of her quiver yielded only four arrows. Not enough to free the guardsmen. I’m sorry.

My Review
This is an intriguing start to a new series. There’s swords and magical and it’s set on medieval times so the setting is so atmospheric. I won’t lie, it’s dark with lots of death and evil floating around and things are different back then. The main part of the story involves a girl who has magical powers and is hunted down by an evil ruler. He’s willing to kill everyone for that power and enslave everyone else. It’s quite an adventure!

There are some very good characters but there were so many that I kept forgetting who was who and which did what. I also maybe wanted the characters to be a little more in depth. And I know some of them die but I still like to have a little but of knowledge on them, it makes their death feel more significant and makes the more main characters reactions to those death more involved. There’s also a few other point of views from some side characters that at least help you get a better grip of the things coming into play. Greed, evil, bigotry, jealousy, all play a part in the blood war happening around these characters. But Dennah, the main character definitely stood out. You get a brief introduction of her as a child to know at least a back story that started it all. I loved her strong will and loyalty. She wants to save her mother and she’ll stop for nothing and no one until she accomplishes this. She of course has weaknesses, and her powers get out of control because of it, but she’s also so strong and courageous.

The plot is based on religions and cultures and why there were sides, but I got a little confused with some of the sayings and phrases and yet it’s still poetic and makes you appreciate that other cultures are still beautiful even if you don’t understand them. And the writing is very good, it flowed nicely, so I look forward to seeing where the story will go. It’s got me wondering about some things so I’ll be picking up book two 🙂 4 PAWS!!
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author interview

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

Serpent on a Cross is the first book in a Jewish fantasy adventure series set in medieval Poland and Kievan Rus, in which a young woman, Dennah, a healer and archer just beginning to learn about her magic, goes on a quest to rescue her mother who has been taken captive by a powerful nobleman who raided their village.

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

I’ve been writing little stories and poems since I was really young. I think the first time I remember being interested in writing was when I attempted to keep a younger child entertained with a fantastical story full of magic and dragons that I made up as I went along. I cannot remember a word of that story. Some years later, I realized that in order to remember the stories begging me to tell them, I needed to write them down.

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

Some of the stories I have written notes for and that continue to percolate in my head are loosely based on events in my own life. But the time period, persons and places have been varied to protect the guilty.

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

I must admit that I’ve yet to kill off a character I’ve grown attached to. Perhaps that will change in the future, when I’ve learned to be more ruthless and more willing to “kill my darlings.” For now, whenever it feels the right time to kill someone in the story, I try to be sure it’s one of the tertiary characters. In Serpent on a Cross, I killed the Rabbi pretty early on. I really liked him, but he had to die to raise the stakes of just how far Tarkan Maksimov is willing to go in his thirst for power.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling, the first in a planned fantasy trilogy. The story has medieval tones, but is set centuries in the future. The story and protagonist, Queen Kelsea Raleigh, drew me in from the first page. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Nora Roberts. She has successfully written several different genres – romance, mystery, fantasy – and is world renowned. I love her books and her style of writing!

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

I think I would have tried to stretch out the scenes with Dennah and Jeth a little more, and explained more about Skallon’s history. I’ll have to try and fill some of those gaps in the sequel.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Trying to schedule my writing time around my regular job, family time, and whatever life throws my way, and stick to that schedule is quite challenging. I like schedules to a certain extent, but I also like some spontaneity. It would be lovely to be able to write whenever and wherever I want, whenever and wherever the mood strikes, rather than having to try and schedule for it.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Currently reading Festive in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Mystery.

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

My cover designer is the extremely talented Loretta Matson. I had some idea and a couple sketches of what I wanted to cover to look like. She came up with some options based on my concepts. The present cover actually wasn’t one of her initial mock-ups, but the last one. I was torn between that design and the one that became the “emblem” on the back cover of the book. We asked Katherine Fye Sears, Booktrope’s CMO, for her input and decided to go with the present cover for the final design. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward; Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton; In Death Series by J.D. Robb; Elizabeth Chadwick, various Medieval novels.

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

Thank you so much for your support! I truly hope you enjoy the book. And if you don’t, I’m interested in knowing why, whether it’s because you don’t care for the fantasy genre, history isn’t your thing, the Yiddish proverbs scattered throughout annoy you, or you simply don’t like my writing. Whatever the reason, thank you for picking it up and giving it a try. Getting out of our comfort zone helps to expand our horizons.


About the Author:
 
Wendy C. Garfinkle was born and raised in South Florida. She moved to Northwest Texas in her early 20s, but returned to South Florida eight years later. She holds five degrees, including MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She’s a poet, reading addict, and collector of interesting clothing tags, which she recycles into bookmarks.
 
She has served as a copy editor and reader for Hippocampus Magazine, an online nonfiction lit journal, and as a reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Wendy is a crime analyst for a local law enforcement agency, and lives with her teenage son.
 
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Tour giveaway

5 ebook copies of Serpent on a Cross

1 Paperback copy Serpent on a Cross (US only)

2 Amazon giftcards ($10 each)

1 pack of Swag open to US Shipping

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck Everyone!! Happy reading and later gators!! 

Tainted Blood Cover Reveal w Freebie!!

I Love this new series and I am honored to say I got an ARC which I will be having a tour spot for coming up (it’s November 7th, but I’ll be reading before that hahaha). But for today, check out the cover and keep watch for book two!! 
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Tainted Blood
Hell’s Belle Series
Book 2
Karen Greco
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: Oct. 20, 2014

ISBN: ISBN-13:978-1500844448
ISBN-10:1500844446
ASIN: TBD

Number of pages: 582
Word Count: 95,704

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Book Description:

After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie is enjoying the benefits of daywalking, courtesy of a demon spell.

When a segment of the Rhode Island vampire population is marked for death by a tainted blood supply, Nina and her team race to find Patient Zero before the local vampire population is wiped out. But when a demon infestation threatens to take control of the city, Nina must join forces with newly elected mayor—and closet demon— Ami Bertrand before the city falls into ruin.

Filled with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Nina and her group of supernatural misfits battle a surprising new enemy that threatens their very existence.

No wonder she still can’t get a date.

From Amazon.com best-selling author Karen Greco, Tainted Blood is the second book in the critically acclaimed Hell’s Belle urban fantasy series.


About the Author:
 
Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry. Originally from Rhode Island (she loves hot wieners from New York System, but can’t stand coffee milk), she studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two).
 
After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity.
 
Her first novel, Hell’s Belle, was released in 2013. Tainted Blood is the second book in the best-selling Hell’s Belle urban fantasy series.
 
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https://www.goodreads.com/karengrecoRiver Vamp

River Vamp

A Hell’s Belle Prequel

Short Story

Karen Greco

Book Description: 

Frankie and Nina head to New York City for an early Blood Ops mission. Guess what they fish out of the Gowanus Canal?

Free at Smashwords

And Book one, click the cover for the goodreads page 🙂 

Hell's Belle (Hell's Belle, #1)

So, check out the first two books and keep watch for book two coming!! 🙂 Happy reading and later gators! 

The Blue Effect Blitz with Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! Today we have something fun and special for you! Let me show you! 

The Blue Effect
Renegade Heroes
Book One
Rose Shababy
 
Genre: Adult Urban Sci-fi/Fantasy
 
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2014
 
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
 
Book Description:
 
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
 
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
 
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
 
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
 
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

Available at BN  Kobo   iTunes  Amazon

My Review

This has a very interesting concept with some fun characters. So what if you found out you had some powers you never knew about, and there are a few people like you who have other powers and they use those powers to save and help people. Yep like Batman, except no one knows they exist. LOL

So, Blue is a looser, and seriously, I thought I would hate her. She started out a wasted space, lost girl, and when she finally got her ass in gear, she turned into a much better person and a likable character. She’s somewhat of a mess, and she has one of the most powerful gifts out of everyone. She of course goes out drinking to pretend her life doesn’t suck one night, and meets Kasey, who touches her and they stop time. It was quite an experience. And that’s how she meets Kasey and his crew of Renegade heroes. She needed a lot of pushing, and an attitude adjustment, and at the end I cried for her, but she turned around enough that I say good character growth.

Kasey and his group are all a bunch of people who found each other because of their powers. I liked some of them, I didn’t like some of them, and yet, they have some fascinating powers that do amazing things. It’s such a way of living that’s gritty. Kasey was a nice guy, but I sometimes wanted him to maybe scream or throw a fit, something, LOL though I did stay team Kasey all the way 🙂

I liked the plot line and the twists at the end, especially revolving around Blue’s mom. Yep, I can’t say I cried about that though. I liked it and I look forward to the next book. 4 PAWS!

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About the Author:

Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider.

Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.

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Elven Obsession Blog Tour w Giveaway!

 

Hello everyone today we have something fun! If you like elves and the fae, this one is awesome. It’s 5 full but short length novels all in the elven world! Let me show you the goodies!! 

Elven Obsession

Elven Obsession

Trouble with Elves Series

Decadent Kane

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Breathless Press

Date of Publication: August 29, 2014

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

Something elven this way comes…

5 books from the Trouble with Elves series by Decadent Kane

Book 1~ Ribbon of Darkness

An old family secret draws Ribbon into an Elven world while Draven is forced to find a way to drag her back home to save Christmas magic.

Book 2~ Tempting Clover

Breaking a goblin’s curse is more difficult than Clover thought. Especially when love and nightshade are crucial ingredients.

Book 3~ Steele Your Soul

Stolen souls, an evil drow elf, a dark eyed beauty named Pepper, and a king who doesn’t take kindly to the loss of his goods…Captain Joren Steele has his hands full.

Book 4~ A Hint of Cayenne

Two bounty hunting elves must put aside their attraction to each other when a malevolent fairy comes up for grabs. Cayenne and Hawthorne both need the twenty gold reward, but only one can walk away with it.

Book 5~ A Whisper of Rue

When a package magically shows up in Rue’s home, she’ll have two choices. Either do as Gage demands, or standby as an elf is tortured.

Join the elf side…

Available at Breathless Press

Excerpts  from all 5 books:

Ribbon of Darkness:

Draven turned her around in his arms. “I’d suggest you watch

yourself if you wish to keep your clothes while we walk the next

few miles to the Pole. I have absolutely no qualms about taking

you right here, snow and all.” Draven leaned in close to her face.

His lips hovered over hers, causing Ribbon to bite her lip just so

she didn’t close the small distance between them. “Trust me, Donella,

when I tell you the cold will be the last thing on your pretty

little mind.” His eyes slid half-closed.

Tempting Clover:

“You’re already wet. I could claim you. Didn’t you say you wanted to have an orgasm, that it was torture?” Malik’s words came out low and sinister. Clover suddenly regretted ever wanting an orgasm, or at least telling him so.

She held her breath. Oh God. He’s going to take me. Clover fought harder and he let her break away. His laughter filled the air between them. Her chest heaved with fear, her breath coming in hard gasps.

“However, it wouldn’t satisfy me little morsel. You could never please me properly.” He walked past her laughing as he went to his lab to make more human potions.

Steele Your Soul:

He coaxed her lips apart for the briefest of moments before her hand came up and landed a stinging blow to his cheek. Amused, Joren laughed, a full belly laugh. The kind of thing he hadn’t done in ages. The lass was a feisty one; he’d give her credit. And oh so pretty when angered. Her cheeks had flushed a dark shade of pink, and her brown eyes darted all over the ship, anywhere but on his. He rubbed his cheek. She had a solid swing. He licked his lips to savor the sweet taste of her mouth.

“How dare you!”

“How dare I? Oh, elfess, I dare all the damn time. I’m a pirate.” He wanted to scoop her up and haul her off to his bed. But he wasn’t the kind of elf who took advantage in such a way—no, she’d come to him instead. He might even play hard to get. But she would come.

A Hint of Cayenne:

Hawthorn stood before her. Dark hooded eyes, broad shoulders filling up the space, and every bit the male she had seen a few hours ago. A jar of honey in his hand.

“What are you…how could––”

“I find you?” His voice rolled out calm and deep, slipping over her and moistening her panties.

“Yes. Find me.” She swallowed. She looked at the jar of honey and back to him. His gaze bore into hers, and she averted her eyes opening the door. “Come in.”

He walked over the threshold, his boots thumping softly on the floor. “I have a knack for finding the things I’m after.” He grinned.

Cocky bastard. She shut the door and crossed her arms. “And what are you doing here?” Inside, butterflies tossed in her stomach. She wanted him to say he’d come for her but, at the same time, was terrified at the thought of hearing him say it. Her mind jumped from one side to the other. Her hands fisted shirt where he couldn’t see.

“I told you I’d find you.” He took one long stride toward her. “We left things a little…” He took another step, and she backed up until she hit the wall. “Steamy.” His voice dropped so low she barely heard the last word. Her heart hammered at her ribcage.

“What…ah.” She cleared her throat. “What do you want?”

Thorn put his free hand on the wall beside her, and she melted into him. How had he gotten so elfing good at teasing her? “I want you of course,” he said, his lips barely above hers.

A Whisper of Rue:

“Rue, you can call me every name in your pretty little head but it won’t change anything. Afraid you’re stuck with me, and your decisions will affect everything. But you’re stubborn and you won’t see things my way instantly. You’ll need proof. I understand. But don’t say I didn’t warn you,” he stated.

Proof of what? He was playing games with her and she wasn’t in the elfing mood. He had no right to come in her home. No right to make demands on her. No right to invade every inch of her privacy. She wanted the earpiece out. Why’d she have to get all curious and put the stupid thing in to begin with? Her mother always said her curiosity would lead her to trouble one day and Rue had the dreadful sense that today was that day. “I don’t know why you chose me to do whatever it is you need. Probably something horrible. But quit fucking around and remove the spell.”

“You want it removed?”

“Yes.” She hissed the word. Her anger bubbled inside threatening to tear her apart, mainly because she couldn’t see the man attempting to control her.

“Then come and find me.”

My Review

Ok, so I really don’t want to get into each book, because to do a full review for each I’d probably spoil some damn good things for you, so with this I will write a summary for an overall. These are quick, sexy, intriguing, very fun books. Each one is a tale of different characters but set in the same world. The world building is quite good for being short stories. The all have a beginning and an end, so no worries, these have the perfect setting if you want something fun to read but not a whole lot of time. I also liked the writing. I swear I though I was going to either pass out from the suspense, or need a cold shower from the sexy. Oh yeah, it’s sexy LOL. I totally say GET IT! You won’t be disappointed!! 5 Elfy PAWS though please don’t tell them, or the crazy goblins I said elfy, I want to keep my life and my limbs intact 🙂 

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About the Author:

An elfess in human form, Decadent enjoys dipping her fingers into the human realm where she took pen to paper and began the tales of the trouble with elves. Her obsessions include reading, Dean Winchester, and honey.

She will devour your soul with glimpses of the feral ridden drow elves, with their dark skin and soul consuming. She’ll sneak morsels of naughty thoughts to you via goblins, and seduce you into stepping inside the elven realm where females disappear when lust takes over among other elfish troubles.

Beware the sprites.

Follow the wisps.

But never look a drow elf king in the eyes…

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Finding Midnight

Finding Midnight: A Hellhound Tail
Book 1
T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Troll Publishing

Date of Publication: August 6, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9829876-7-4
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Cover Artist: Jennifer Meyer

Book Description:

Life raising a hellhound is no easy task. Unforeseen problems can and will arise at every turn. If things weren’t crazy enough juggling a job, a blind dating a vampire and being stalked by a demon, then life in Paradise is about to get a whole lot worse for Summer when her landlord demands she unearth the RAT or the BROOM will have her head.

What does that even mean? Is the landlord insane? Summer’s best friend Tori thinks so. Top it off with a visit from a fallen angel, a dragon, and Summer’s got herself a whopper of a mystery to solve.

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My Review

I both really liked and got really frustrated with this book. First, it really is a good book and it’s a quick read, it’s fun, and there’s so many good things. But my biggest complaint is that maybe some just a little research would have been needed. So, Summer is turning 21 and she’s a veterinarian-in training- already. This is not possible unless you are a GENIUS. Um, as someone who had to go to school for all of this, you actually have to go to vet school, so there’s no way she’s a doctor in  her residency yet. Yeah I know but it’s something that stuck with me. And then on the positive note, she really cares about her animals. I loved that part. Plus Summer has really good friends and a great vet to work with. I would love her circle of friends.  

Another thing that I both liked and became frustrated with. The reaction to supernatural beings. Like dude, he’s a vampire, and no one even blinked an eye. They all just had no reaction. So, I know some are more open minded than others, but seriously, I’d have to poke him with a stake, and throw some holy water on him to make sure LOL. But bringing Sully to work everyday, I was all cool with that LOL maybe I just have an aversion to those vampers. 

I love the relationships between Summer and her friends. She has good friends and great coworkers, and being from an orphanage it’s a wonder everyone is as normal as they are. And there’s plenty of hot guys. I know she is going to have some fun coming with more books in the series.  AND heads up, there’s a cliff hanger. A big one. But I look forward to seeing where this series is going and I do look forward to seeing more of Summer’s journey, especially because I love Sully!! 🙂 4 HELLHOUND PAWS!! 

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Author Interview

First, tell me a little about your book :)….
A young woman finds a hellhound pup and takes it in since it’s mother is found dead. Craziness ensues with raising a hellhound while she tries to find a missing item for her landlord.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
It was a dare I posed to my teenage daughter one summer. She was bored as all teens are and I told her she should get together with some of her artist friends and make a graphic novel. I told her if she did, I would attempt to write a vampire book. Needless to say she did not write a graphic novel, but I wrote Blood of a Werewolf, which is the first of five in the Blood Series.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I had been reading a bunch of YA books that wet spring, and afterwards I read an article by Ellen Schreiber stating that some one on a plane suggested she write a book. She ended up writing the series Vampire Kisses which I adore. She said if she could do it, anyone could. Well since I’m ‘anyone’, I sat down and voila, I wrote a book.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Of course. You write what you know. Of course I don’t know any vampires or hellhounds personally, but the characters are still people and have experiences and emotions like anyone of us and that is where I use my experiences.

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
So far only the bad guys have died. I haven’t come to a point where I want /need to kill off one of my creations. Besides all my books are Happily Ever After’s so it makes it hard to kill off people under that scenario

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Truthfully, I don’t get a lot of reading in – too busy lately. Though a friend of mine just finished a YA book called Hollow’s End that I read in the airport on the way back from a conference and I loved it – the author’s name is Marianne Morea.

Who do you look up to as a writer?
Anne Rice is one of my all time favs and I was lucky enough to meet her last year at a Con I attended. She’s the one who got me interested in witches. Jim Butcher is another fav – love, love, love his Dresden Series. He’s got such a great sense of humor and I try to emulate that in my writing. And of course, there’s Stephen King. I haven’t read any of his recent stuff but I grew up reading his books and love the way he paints terror in ones mind.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I’ve re-released the Blood series after finding an editor that really challenges me, I think the books now are as good as they are ever going to get. As for Finding Midnight, I don’t think I’ve had enough time to think about that, though when I start work on the sequel I might very well have some things I wish I could change in the first book.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Editing….Ugh! Hate it! Once I’m done I don’t want to go back and play with it once, twice, thrice and sometimes even more.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I almost always read YA. My ‘To Be Read’ pile is taller than I am. But I will say that my next purchase will be Julie Morgan’s Fallen. We became great friends at the last Con I went to and I’m intrigued by her Chronicles of the Fallen series.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
For the Blood Series the first round I did the covers, but when I decided to re-release them I wanted covers that somehow linked them together. I worked with M.S. Fowle and she did a great job.
On Finding Midnight I was recommended to an Illustrator by another author friend to contact Jennifer Meyer. I described the book and she’d do some work than ask me questions about scenery, character traits, etc. then she’d go and work some more. Before I knew it she had this beautiful cover I was thrilled to say is mine.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Oh yes. I do research on folklore, places, supernatural creatures, religions. It’s fascinating. I like when I read a book and walk a way feeling I learned something and I hope that my readers walk away from my books learning a little something too.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Wow…In Finding Midnight, I think probably Summer’s quirky side-kick Tori. I think she’s a kick in the pants and she’s so willing to try anything. I’m probably more like Summer where I’m a bit timid about jumping into something new and tend to be more introverted.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Well I would recommend Anne Rice’s Witching Hour if you haven’t read it, it will most definitely get you psyched about witches. The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith. I think I’ve read all of her books and hope to one day ‘fan girl’ in her presence.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Every reader is important to me. I’m self-published and I work very hard to honor my readers with handmade swag and heart felt greetings. I’ve even written a poem to show my appreciation:
An AUTHOR’s efforts are all for naught
Without a READER whose book they’ve bought

So HAIL! To the READER, I bend my knee
A ‘Happily Ever After’ to YOU, from ME.

About the Author:

T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.

Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

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Happy Book Birthday Keeper vs Reaper!! w Giveaway!

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I love this author and I am so thrilled that I get to spotlight her newest release!! And I happen to get luck because this amazon links came up a few hours early, so I’ve also purchased this little package of awesomeness! 🙂 Now, let me show you the goodies so I can tell you about this spectacular giveaway!! 

Keeper vs. Reaper

Keeper vs. Reaper

Graveyard Guardians

Book 1

Jennifer Malone Wright

Genre: New Adult / Paranormal 18+

Publisher: Jennifer Malone Wright

Date of Publication: August 12th 2014

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Cover Artist: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography

Book Description:

When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true.

His only mission: to kill the Chosen One. 

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Long Excerpt:

Inch by painstaking inch, the casket sank lower into the freshly churned earth.

The scent of lilacs floated on the breeze, along with the heavy stench of perfume and cologne, reminding Lucy of the fragrance aisle in a department store.

Lucy stood beside the grave, dressed in a modest royal blue sundress. She had chosen it specifically because her father always said the color looked the best against her hair, which was a mix of reddish brown that shone burgundy in the sunlight.

Tilting her head up, Lucy looked through the canopy of the aging oak trees that were scattered throughout the cemetery. The breeze shifted the branches, causing a few of the leaves to pull free and flutter off into the wind. There were almost no clouds in sky, allowing the sun to shine down over the funeral.

Her brothers and sisters surrounded the open grave opposite of her. All six of them also wore something fitting for a funeral, but nothing depressing enough to send their father into a rage in his afterlife.

Smiling, Lucy remembered the argument she and her father had during his last moments. “Lucy!” he had shouted at her. “Don’t you dare let them bury me in a suit. I am not going to spend eternity in a stuffy ass business suit. Make sure I’m wearing my khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt because I’m going on the vacation of a lifetime.”

That was toward the end, when the cancer was so bad that her dad spent most of his time in bed, moaning about how he should be up and about doing something. They both knew that the end was near, but Lucy had cried only in private. Her father wanted her to be happy he was moving on to the next life, but she couldn’t understand in what way, shape or form, his dying was a good thing.

So she shed her tears alone in her room until there were no more left to cry.

The fog of the memory lifted from Lucy’s mind and she looked across the grave at her brothers and sisters. The entire brood of Estmond siblings were born with the same color hair as Lucy had been blessed with. Each of them, as well as Lucy and Ethan, held a white rose in one hand. Later, before the grave was sealed, they would each take a turn throwing one down onto the casket, as a symbol of their wish for their father’s peaceful journey into the afterlife.

Just behind her brothers and sisters stood the mourners who came to pay their last respects. Most of them were town’s people whom they had grown up with, except for one group who stood close together, most of them around her father’s age. These were the Keepers whom her family had been closest to over the years. She could see Gloria and Edward White, the Keepers from one of the Napa Valley graveyards standing solemnly beside Ellen and Stanly Evans, who worked in the hospital in Santa Rosa. There were several other Keepers surrounding them who she recognized and made a note to speak to them later.

Beyond them, further out into the trees, the spirits began to show themselves. They appeared in the form of their human bodies, a bit transparent, but solid for the most part. It was harder to see in the daylight, but their misty blue auras swirled around them, helping form the solidity of their bodies.

The spirits were fascinated by funerals. When Lucy was little she used to think that they wanted to say goodbye to someone, but really it was because there wasn’t much else to do in a graveyard except talk to each other and attend burials.

Pastor Brown spoke solemnly, saying kind words and telling her father’s life story. Inwardly, Lucy cursed her father for choosing Pastor Brown, a man who had not known her father and she was sure didn’t give a flying fuck about him either. Her father hadn’t set foot in church since he was a child. Not because he didn’t believe in God, he just didn’t believe in organized religion.

Sensing her tension, Ethan squeezed her hand reassuringly. Turning to her left she looked up and met her best friend’s eyes through the tint of his sunglasses. Even through the dark lenses she could see the sorrow in his eyes. He had loved her father too, just as much as any one of the Estmond clan. In response, she squeezed his hand back and then turned back to stare at the grave again.

“And now, Lucy Mae, Gregory’s youngest child, will say a few words about her father.”  The preacher cleared his throat, signaling to Lucy that it was time.

Lucy had no tears staining her face. She had cried all those tears long before the day of the funeral. Again, Ethan gave her hand a gentle squeeze and then released her so that she could reach down and withdraw the folded piece of yellow legal paper out of her miniscule handbag.

As Lucy unfolded the paper she felt like it was taking an eternity.

This day is never going to end.

Finally, the paper was open in front of her and she began.

“I know that this speech is going to sound like the speeches given for so many others who have passed on. But, when someone we love dies, we all feel pretty much the same way … so here it goes. My father, Gregory Estmond, was the best person I’ve ever known. Today, we stand here, not to mourn him, but to celebrate him. He didn’t want any one of us to be sad that he was gone. Because … he isn’t gone. He will always be with us. For those of us who spent each day with him, his teachings and his love will always be with us. He taught us love, he taught us respect, he taught us of our family heritage, and he taught us how to live.

“For those who are acquaintances of my father, you may have met him only once and you are here because he impacted you in some way.”

A few nods came from the crowd.

Lucy continued. “He had that effect on people because he had a genuine love and respect for human life. Which is not something all of us can say we have. He treated everyone the same, with kindness. 

“Because my father had cancer, he knew that this day was coming and he had time to prepare for it. We had many discussions and the one thing he consistently told me was to embrace life. He didn’t say this because he was dying, it was his mantra. This man lived every day of his life like it may be his last. He didn’t wait until he was dying to find the beauty in this world or the people in it. He was always this way.

“Remember my father, not with sadness, but with the memories he left behind. Remember him with love, with laughter and knowing that he is exactly where he wants to be.”

Lucy stepped back, reaching out for Ethan to grasp her hand once again. She eyed her siblings, none of them were crying either. Daniel, the second oldest son, reached into his gray trench coat and pulled out a silver flask. Lucy sighed and watched as her brother didn’t even try to hide it and took a long pull of the whiskey she knew was inside.

Sadly, as inappropriate as her brother was being, she couldn’t help but wish she could take a giant swig off that flask too.

It’s almost over.

“Would anyone else like to say a few words?” Pastor Brown offered.

Sherriff Davis stepped forward, he had his Stetson clutched in one hand and hitched up his gun belt with the other. As always he was wearing his uniform. The Sheriff and her father had been pretty close … well, as close as a Keeper can get to someone without that someone thinking that they are out of their mind.

“I’d like to, if that’s all right.” The Sheriff looked down into the grave before his eyes swept across the crowd of mourners. Finally his eyes met Lucy’s and she flashed him a smile meant to encourage him to proceed.

“Greg was my friend … and an old grump like me doesn’t have many friends. Greg knew a lot of people in this town, but I feel damn sorry for anyone who lives here and never had the chance to meet him. No one, aside from my own wife, Darcy, could make me laugh like Greg could. He was loyal and respectful, even if he was a bull shitter. Good grief that man liked to tell stories. Also, any man who can raise a brood of children by himself and manage to keep them all out of jail is a good man in my book.”

Lucy could have sworn that she heard Principal Robertson blow air between his lips like he was blowing a raspberry. A few people looked his way and then back at Sheriff Davis.

“That is all I got.” Sheriff Davis stepped back into the crowd.

Evelynn Andrews, the librarian at the Summer Hollow library, raised her hand slightly. She was about seventy years old, but didn’t look a day over fifty five. Lucy hoped she would age that well as the years progressed.

Evelynn pushed her glasses up her nose and closed her eyes for a moment before she began to speak. “I don’t think I can say much more about how wonderful Gregory was, but I wanted to make sure to pay my respects by voicing them. I’ve known the Estmond family all the way back to when Kathleen was still alive, as far back as when she and Greg were high school sweethearts. No one, could have been a better father to these children. Sure, they have caused a fair amount of ruckus over the years, but he did it all on his own and they are educated, mostly well behaved.”

She paused to glance at Daniel who had decided that moment would be appropriate for another pull from his flask. “And above all, Greg gave these children a sense of loyalty. Anyone who knows these kids knows that if you mess with one, you get the whole bunch of them.”

A few people giggled, even Lucy, knowing how true that statement really was.

“This may not seem like a good thing in retrospect, but a family who stays together so closely is a rare thing these days. It is to be cherished. Greg gave them this sense of family and that is something to be proud of.” As she finished, she closed her eyes again looked Pastor Brown.

“Would anyone else like to speak?” Pastor Brown addressed the crowd of mourners.

Unexpectedly, Ethan released Lucy’s hand and raised it up a little bit. “I need to say something.”

Pastor Brown nodded and held his hand out beside him. Ethan moved over to the other side of Lucy beside the pastor. “There are very few people here who don’t know who I am.” Ethan began. “Gregory Estmond took me under his wing a long time ago, when Lucy and I were both very little. My parents, who have moved away now…”

He paused and took a breath, pondering if he should let out the deep dark family secrets. Well, secrets that the whole town knew anyway. That was how small towns worked.

“They were, drug addicts and alcoholics who barely took care of me. Greg came by the house one day to see my parents for some reason and what he found was a little boy locked in his room with no food or water and his parents passed out in their bedroom surrounded by drugs and trash. The story is a long one, a long sad story. But it ended with Greg and the rest of the Estmonds making sure I always had a place to go, that I always had food. Greg even went so far as to pay me for making good grades, just to give me incentive to do well in school.”

Lucy grimaced as he told the story, hating Ethan’s parents for what they did to him. Ethan had conveniently left out the part about how her father had beat the ever living snot out of Ethan’s dad that day he found him locked up in his room half starved. It was hard to believe Ethan’s parents came from a Keeper line, but sadly, not all Keepers were immune to addiction. Keepers were human, just like everyone else.

Ethan scanned the crowd through his glasses. “No one, except for maybe the Estmond kids, owes more, or loves that man, more than I do. He saved me and I will never forget that. I hope that none of you ever forget that either.”

Ethan lowered his head and hurried back to Lucy. She immediately took his hand again, knowing how hard it must have been for him to say all that in front of everyone. He never spoke about his parents. They moved away when he was fourteen and left him alone in the house. After that he came to live with the Estmonds for good. She and Ethan were friends long before the incident at Ethan’s house, but after he came to live with them, they were inseparable.

Pastor Brown closed up the ceremony with a prayer and then the bagpipes started on Amazing Grace. Lucy stepped forward with Ethan’s hand firmly in her grasp and looked down into the dark, deep hole where her father’s body would spend eternity. Luckily, she knew better than most that his soul would not remain in that body.

She held the white rose firmly over the grave. “I wish you peaceful passage.” She released the rose and it drifted down into the depths of the hole. “I love you, Daddy.”

Ethan mimicked her actions, familiar with the meaning of the ceremony from the many deaths of Keepers past. Her siblings had moved into a line directly behind her and Ethan, tossing their roses in as well.

The other mourners milled about, giving Lucy and the family some time before they headed over to her house for the wake. She caught sight of Gloria and Ellen chatting beside the giant wreath of flowers with her father’s picture inside. She wandered over to say hello. “Gloria, Ellen, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you.”

Gloria smiled, as did Ellen. “Yes dear,” Gloria greeted her. “It has been some time. I’m sorry we couldn’t make it sooner.”

“Or under better circumstances.” Ellen added.

Lucy nodded. “Well, I’m just glad that you could make it here now. I’m sure my father would be happy that you are here now.”

Gloria and Ellen nodded, they made a bit more small talk and then Ethan appeared beside her. “I think we had better get over to the house now.” He whispered just loudly enough for the older ladies to hear.

“Oh,” Lucy checked her watch deliberately. “You are absolutely right. I’m sorry ladies, I need to get some things ready over at the house.”

Gloria smiled again, a loving gentle smile of someone she had known her entire life. “You go on dear, we will see you over there.”

With a quick ‘see you later,’ Lucy backed away and then turned to join hands with Ethan again. “Thanks for saving me. I didn’t really want to talk to them, but I had to make sure to say hello to them.”

“You doing all right?” Ethan asked, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb.

Lucy nodded. “I’m fine.” She turned her head to try and see his eyes through the dark tint of his glasses. “How bout you. Are you all right?”

He twisted his lip up a little and she knew he was giving slight eye roll. “I’ll survive. I just miss him and all this,” he gestured to the crowd, “actually makes it harder.”

She nodded again. “I know what you mean. I feel the same way.” Her gaze strayed from the grave and focused on her house. Their home sat on the edge of the cemetery, separated from the dead by a white picket fence and about thirty yards of grass. The yellow farmhouse had been in their family for several generations, and now it was hers, as was the family business.

“Let’s head over.”

She nodded. Of course they had to get to the house. But, it wouldn’t be for relaxing. There was food to get out and serve. People would come up to her and tell her how sorry they were for her loss, or how much her father meant to them, or some awesome memory they had of him. It was going to be a very long afternoon.

Almost over, she told herself again. Almost over.

About the Author:

 Jennifer Malone Wright

Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her vampire novel called The Birth of Jaiden. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse.

She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!

But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.

Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

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 GIVEAWAY!!

Details for the Keeper vs. Reaper pre-order giveaway

-Entries will be accepted until September 1st.

– Winner will be chosen on Sept 5th.

-To qualify for the B&B stay you must live in the United States.

-You must be 21 years of age to enter and winner must be able to verify their age.

– Date of B&B stay is February 2015. The actual date will set by Jack and Lucy who will discuss it with the winner to see which days would be best for them.

– The custom wine and chocolate will be waiting for the lucky winner at the B&B

– The only items covered in this win are the cost of ONE night stay in the bed & breakfast, the wine and the chocolate, which will be waiting for the winner at the B&B when they arrive. Winner is responsible for getting to the location, spending money, meals, ect.

-Winner is responsible for any damages or incurred costs during their stay at the B&B.

How to Enter

To make this super easy, we are just going to do a rafflecopter, so click the link to enter. Again, I am going to state that you must be 21 years of age to enter and winner must be able to verify their age.

There are several ways to enter, however one is to pre order or purchase (after release on Aug 12th) Keeper vs. Reaper. Unfortunately, there is no pre-order for Amazon, but the iTunes / iBooks app and the Nook app are free to download. These apps can be used on devices like tablets, phones, and computers.

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Now for those of you not 21, but still want to enter to win, you could win a copy on goodreads HERE!! –>> https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/97374-keeper-vs-reaper

Dude, tell me you aren’t totally pumped to enter to win a mini vacation! Yes, sadly, I am not strong enough to withstand not entering. LOL Usually, I don’t enter giveaways that I am a part of the tour for, but I broke my own rules for this one, LOL Who wouldn’t 🙂 So, now, go, go, go and enter, of course if you are 21 and a US resident of course 🙂 GOOD LUCK! And as always Happy reading and later gators! 

Glimpse of Darkness Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! I have a new series starting today, and I’d like to share it with you. Fans of Angels will love this one, so let me tell you all about it! 

Glimpse of Darkness (Chronicles of the Cursed, #1)

Glimpse of Darkness

Volume 1: Chronicles of the Cursed

Nicole Delacroix

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

ISBN: 1497335930

ISBN: 978-1497335936

ASIN: B00JWUOMIU

Number of pages: 367

Word Count: 68183

Cover Artist: Javier Charro

Amazon   BN

Book Description:

Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers’ disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she’s soon to find out that this stranger isn’t what he appears. He’s about to throw Charlie’s entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers’ incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she’s ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he’s the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

My Review

So if you get moved to a remote place in Alaska, do you think you would fall in love with it. Well, Charlie wasn’t expecting to, but when her dad went missing, and she’s offered a way to leave a place she thought she used to hate, it’s taking a lot more that she thought it would to get her to leave. The police are searching for her dad, but he won’t likely be found, and not she knows secrets, about angels and things most humans don’t know. And Daniel stormed into town made it a little bit more crazy than being stuck in remote Alaska. Charlie is really drawn to him. She doesn’t understand this compulsion, and it’s a little terrifying for her. And then when Charlie finally decides to leave, it seems like all they are doing is running from the bad guy. And big heads up, there’s a big ole cliff hanger… You’re either gunna love that it’s setting up the next book for a lot of action, or you’re gunna go crazy lol.

Charlie is a little plain. She’s been in small town Alaska for a while now, she has a lot of questions about her childhood, and she isn’t close to her dad, who went missing. And then the whole storm Daniel blowing in made Charlie’s life a lot more complicated. Plus, Charlie is dying to know something, anything, about her mother, and she can’t get answers. But when she finally does, it’s a big whammy. So now, she’s on the run, trying to keep alive while figuring out the mysteries surrounding her.

Daniel is… different. He’s there to save innocents, their lives and Charlie’s. He’s definitely into Charlie as well, but I haven’t seen any real romantic emotion from either of them to each other, other than the fact of them saying to themselves, in their head.

The book is well written, but here’s my only complaint. I like a bit more action and fast paced scenery. It sets up the world and background great, but I still like a little more shooting, stabbing, biting, fire throwing, something lol, and so it made it just a little slow for me. But no worries, it seems like we’re going to be all set up with the end of the book to have some good action coming for the next book. So, I’ll wait for book two and give this one 4 PAWS!

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Author Interview

First, tell me a little about your book 🙂….

Glimpse of Darkness is book 1 of a planned 4 book series that will follow the main characters, Daniel and Charlie, all over the world in a search for her missing father and her missing birthright.  Without giving too much away, there will be twists and turns along the way as well as an alternative history to some interesting events in history.  I’ve flushed out the story from beginning to end long before I began working on the first book, so I know exactly what will happen in each volume of the series and I know where the story ultimately ends.  My only “up in the air” item is that I was toying with the idea of making it a trilogy instead of 4 full books, so the number of volumes may change, but the story remains the same.

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

I started writing really young.  My father was military so we moved around a great deal, and making friends for me was difficult.  So my mother bought me a diary when I was 10 and I would scribble in it all the time. From that point on, I learned to live in my head and write everything down, so I guess I owe my mother for making me into a writer.

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

I was having a streak of bad luck in my personal and professional life and started to escape more and more into books.  At that point I decided that I’d try my hand at writing, I’d always written when I was younger and it was a great stress relief for me.  I decided I’d try my hand at screenwriting (I know, what was I thinking?) and wrote a script called Supposed Crimes.  Nothing ever came of it, although I was on Triggerstreet.com for a while with it and got a few good reviews.  After a few people mentioned that the story itself didn’t really feel complete in script format, I decided to move over to novel writing.  Oddly enough, that story is still sitting on the back burner at this time.

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

Ha!  I wish, I’d love to be half angel, but I’m more like half devil… okay more than half.  But to answer your question, no I don’t think there was any one event in my own life that inspired the story.  I think I was just interested in angels and the way we view them and started thinking of how I could say what I wanted to in an entertaining way. 

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

So far I haven’t killed off any characters, but unless it adds something to the story, then I wouldn’t kill off a character.  I think we’ve all suffered at the hands of George R.R. Martin, so I try not to kill off a character if the story doesn’t warrant it.  I wouldn’t want someone to be too invested in a character only to have them die. 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes!  I’m always looking for new and interesting authors to read.  Just a few lately, Jason Jones Voyages of the White Skull, Bev Stout Secrets of the Realm, and Sariah Wilson The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back.  All three are really interesting new voices.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Ian McEwan, Edward St. Aubyn – really anyone that has an interesting voice.

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

  1. I think most writers will think their work can be better no matter where they are in the process. I would probably re-edit and possibly not drop the story off at the end even though there is a second one.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I did find the “adult” (sex) scene difficult to write, so I would say that had the biggest impact on me.  I don’t have a problem with scenes of that nature; truthfully, I read them all the time.   I just had never really written one as explicit as the one in this first book, so for me it was a little daunting at first.  Once I did a little research, read a few books on the subject I felt a little more equipped to tackle what I wanted in my own writing.  I would have thought that would have been the end of it, but the honesty and bravery I tapped into to write the scene has actually had an unexpected lingering effect on me.  I’ve become more honest and braver in my life over all, so I think it’s been incredibly beneficial.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Currently I’m reading several books, mostly for review.  Slapshot of Love by Gary Pearson, The Haunting of Wolfe Haven by Debbie Heaton, The Birth of Death by Joseph Macolino and The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel.

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

I found a fantastic artist on deviantart.com by the name of Javier Charro (www.charroart.com) and he and I worked on the design for about a month.  I loved the way he worked because he asked for my ideas first, character information and a story synopsis.  From there he came up with rough sketches and showed me what his vision was based on my information.  The final cover ended up being so different from what I originally thought I wanted, but I think the sign of a good artist is someone that can take what you think you want and create what you need.  This is exactly what Javier did for me.  He created a beautiful work of art, and it was exactly what I needed, and I love it.  I learned from him that sometimes what you think you want isn’t want you need and you need to allow your artist to figure out what works best.

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

I spent about 7 months researching everything about the story and where I was going with it.  From that I learned a great deal about the legend of the Nephilim and fallen angels in general.  There is so much information out there about angels and legends that it can be overwhelming.  In addition to the factual information, I also learned how to be a little braver in my own life from pushing my writing boundaries. 

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

I would love to be an angel.  Especially having the abilities that I give to my angels, that would be so much fun.  I think I’m a bit of an oddball, as I tend to like the periphery characters more than the main characters.  For me, my favorite character is a tie between Fifi and Mo, they are so very distinctly different characters and their backstories were the most interesting to write.

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

Absolutely!  If you’re an Uber-geek like me, you will LOVE William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  This is the entire series written like Shakespeare and it’s pretty epic.  I’m currently on William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back

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

I would love to let my readers know that I wish them all well and hope that they enjoy the book!  Thank you so much for having me today!

Thank you for hanging out with us today and you are so welcome!! 🙂  

About the Author: 

 

Nicole Delacroix was born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father. Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it’s little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in scriptwriting she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She’s fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.

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I want to wish you all good luck on the giveaway! I hope you guys check this one out! Happy reading and later gators!