Monday, 20 October 2014

Release Day Launch: Excerpt + #Giveaway: Stay by Alyssa Rose Ivy #TheEmpireChronicles

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's STAY!

STAY is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and the third novel in The Empire Chronicles Series!

  Stay

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Nothing could possibly get worse. Everything and everyone that could be in jeopardy already is, and Jared knows that he is The Society's only hope. If he doesn't find a way to escape he fails everyone including Vera, the bear shifter he can't seem to get out of his head.
Casey and Toby are in love. Head over heels in love, but is their love strong enough to survive a magic so powerful that Casey's mind is no longer in her control?
Vera will do anything to help her sister, and unfortunately that means she is well acquainted with Jared, the most frustrating man she has ever met. Now she has to find a way to fight her annoyance and growing attraction long enough to help save Levi and Allie.
Racing against the clock, all four must face their greatest fears to save The Society and all the people they love.



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Excerpt
“Then just kiss me already. Get it over with.”
“Kiss you? Are you kidding?”
“No.”
“I already told you I’m not sleeping with you.”
“Then just shut up.” She yanked on my shirt pulling me toward her. Her lips were on mine before I could process it. My lips responded immediately, greedily sucking on her bottom lip before pushing my way into her mouth.
She moaned, eagerly letting me in. My tongue tangled with hers, as I explored every corner of her mouth. Before my hands could do their own exploration she broke the kiss. “So much better.” She hopped down from the bar.
“Excuse me?” I was still spinning from the kiss. Had she really stopped that suddenly?
“Ok, let’s talk about the plan.”
“Now?” I asked with disbelief. “After that?”
“You could say thank you.”
“Thank you?”
“For easing the tension. It was thick enough to cut with a knife, but I preferred your tongue.”
“So that’s it? You just did that to ease sexual tension?”
“What did you think I was doing?”
“Giving in to your desires.” My eyes devoured her. Her tank top had pulled up when we were kissing, exposing even more smooth skin I wanted to touch.
“You mean our desires. There’s nothing one sided here.”
I glanced down at the bulge still obvious in my pants.“You’ve got that right.”
“You’re not a bad kisser.”
“Not bad?” I raised an eyebrow.
“I’d say you’re a seven.”
“A seven? I’m a ten. I’m a ten at everything involving sex.” I had no confidence issues in that department. No matter how pissed girls got at me, they never complained about the sex.
“But that wasn’t sex. Your dick wasn’t involved. I’m sure you rely on it to earn you points.”
“I don’t just rely on my dick.”
“Oh yeah? Well your tongue seems a little bit out of practice. Not using it much?”
“I use it plenty.”
“Oh. My mistake.” She licked her lips. “Anyway back to that plan.”





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author Photo

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.    
   







Sunday, 19 October 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway: Two Degrees Closer to Hell by David Fingerman



Two Degrees Closer to Hell
By- David Fingerman 




Speculative fiction writer, David Fingerman, is back with a series of short stories guaranteed to curl your toes and raise your hair. If you're looking for some quick thrills, let these stories take you on a ride that will bring you two degrees closer to Hell.






      





EXCERPT


From the short story 'Tax Exempt Status'


“I’ve read your file, Mr. Wade. Your cancer has spread to your liver, kidneys, pancreas, stomach, and lungs. To be perfectly honest, I’m impressed as the day is long that you’re not bedridden, let alone still breathing. If you think you’re healthy enough to jump over this desk and have a go at me, please try, but I’d bet a year of taxes I can take you. And win, lose, or draw, you’re the one that will be arrested. Is that really how you want to spend your final hours? In jail?”

Slumped in his chair, Neal felt nauseous as the chill returned.

Garson’s voice softened. “Now if you’re willing to work with me, maybe we can save you some money. I’m not your enemy, Mr. Wade.”

Neal nodded as he searched for a wastebasket. Hell with that. If he puked, it would be on her desk – if he could projectile it, maybe on her.

“Good.” The agent folded her hands and rested them on Neal’s file. “Our doctors think you can go at any day. They have decided a week gives you more than ample time to get your affairs in order. To ease that transition, our doctors will allow up to one week’s worth of morphine shots, tax free.”

Bile churned in Neal’s stomach, but so far it remained there. “My doctor said that with chemo, I might last three, maybe four months.”

Garson arched her eyebrows and shook her head. “Really, Mr. Wade. I don’t mean to put down your doctor…”

“Then don’t!” Neal shouted and instantly felt dizzy but the bile refused to come up. “I had a long talk with my doctor and my family. I choose July fourth at 11:59 PM.”

Agent Garson leaned back in her chair and for the second time, smiled. “A sendoff with fireworks. I like that. Unrealistic that you’ll last that long, but I like it.”

“Don’t count me out just yet.” Neal wrapped his arms around himself. He couldn’t stop his legs from shaking.

“I hope you do make it, Mr. Wade, but I’m bound by law to remind you that even if you die tomorrow, your life tax will continue to be collected all the way to the official expiration date you choose. That’s why I think one week is plenty of time to get your affairs in order and not become a burden on your family. Four more months of life tax can certainly add up, especially if you’re not around to pay it.”

“Your concern is touching.” Sarcasm dripped from Neal’s words.

“July fourth, 11:59 PM. That’s your final decision?”

Neal nodded.

Agent Garson wrote the date and time on official IRS stationary and stamped her signature. She handed Neal the paper. “Take this down to the lab. They’ll insert the death chip. Again, I’m bound by law to tell you, if you live up until your due date and time, the chip will release a poison. It will be a painless death. If at any time prior, you or anyone other than an officially trained IRS doctor tries to remove, or in any way alter the chip, the poison will be released immediately and we will still collect tax until the death date. Do you understand what I explained to you?”

Again, Neal nodded.

“Good. Now you have twenty-four hours to change your mind about the date. I suggest you talk to your family and consider moving up your time. It could possibly save your family thousands in taxes. After twenty-four hours that date is set in stone.”

Neal took the paper and his ID and shoved them into his pocket. He had no intention of going to the lab.

“Good luck and peace be with you, Mr. Wade.” Agent Garson held out her hand.

Neal ignored it as he headed toward the exit. Before he got to the hallway, an armed guard blocked his path.

“Please escort Mr. Wade to the lab,” Garson said.

Pity lined the guard’s eyes with a pleading of please don’t try anything stupid. Neal resigned himself to fate and let the guard take him to the lab.



REVIEW


Chaos, deception, secrets, obsession and plenty of crazy, this book was filled with strange and horrifying stories, bringing classic horror back in a big way. From working for the Devil himself to seeing the world from a cat's POV, this was a real mind trip.

The thing that really made this read so terrifying was that, while some of the story were supernatural/horror based fiction, some of them were so close to the madness I see in the news every day, that they were closer to non-fiction.

This book has a story in it that will speak to every type of reader, and once you are caught up in the creepiness of one story, you will want to continue until you have devoured every short story on offer. Thrilling and exciting.






About the Author

 
During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds are singing, David is perfectly content to sit in his office, with blinds drawn, typing away at the computer. His favorite day of the year is the first day toward the end of summer that’s cool enough to pull a flannel shirt from the closet.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, David realized that if he switched his major from journalism to speech, he could graduate that quarter. It was a no-brainer. After 24 years of working in the court system, he walked away to write full time – another no-brainer.

Two Degrees Closer to Hell will be his second collection of short stories. He has also written three other novels.

David is married and lives in Minneapolis.



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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Book Blast: Quickbane by Chelsea Starling





QUICKBANE, Part One          
Series- The Vale Chronicles              
By- Chelsea Starling

Genre- YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Jesobel Vine wants nothing more than to be a typical Pyxie teenager.She wants to ride her beloved horse, Firefly, shoot her bow, and fall in love with her dreamy best friend, Glyn. But Jesobel is marked not only as the future Royal Starkeeper of Pyxis, but as the Heart of Azimuth—the one to lead her people back to their lost realm—a burden too dangerous for daydreams. As Jesobel struggles to accept her destiny, reluctantly studying mystic magic, she becomes doubtful she will ever be worthy to rule. And when her fiery temper enrages the daemon-possessed Starkeeper of Equuleus with a hex-gone-wrong—igniting an orphic war—Jesobel must find a way to alter the global disaster foretold by a celestial legend.



  
   






Warrior, mermaid, wordsmith, performer for kings and queens, Chelsea Starling is fucking awesome. She raises bear cubs with one hand, and conjures whole worlds with the other. 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Reviews Only Tour: The Loki Variation by Sabrina James Riley


The Loki Variation
By- Sabrina James Riley
Genre- Adult/Horror/Zombies

Sasha is woken up in the middle of the night by the screams of a little girl she doesn't know, and suddenly finds herself trying to protect the child against the end of the world.

Derek's vacation hadn't even started when his dog saves him from something he could have never imagined. Using what little resources he has, he struggles to stay alive in an unfamiliar town teeming with unspeakable horrors.

Sanjeev unknowingly helps to create the epidemic that threatens to annihilate the population, but his options have run out and he is forced to choose between his humanity or his scientific endeavors.

Strangers meet under apocalyptic circumstances, and have to rely on each other for survival. What begins as an unsteady, uncomfortable partnership to stay alive turns into a make-shift family who will do anything to save each other from the threat of the Loki Variation.






 It seems like I've been reading a lot of zombie novels lately, and I find them all to be very generic but with the author's added flare, so I was excited to see what was between the pages of this book.

It started off very much the same', with sudden disaster and disarray and people trying to come to terms with the fact that their world was falling apart around them, all the while wondering what the heck could have caused all the chaos.

I really enjoyed the science behind the zombie parasite and Sanjeev's blog entries were a great way of giving the reader more insight into the workings of the Loki Variation, how it came to be and how it manged to spread.

I think the pivotal part of the story, for me, was when Nora, Sasha, Derek, Hud... and let's not forget the ever faithful Riley, decided it would be best to head to the cabin in North Carolina. The moments before their departure added a great twist to the story. Then, when Lily came on the scene, a real sense of hope blossomed in me. There had to be a way through this nightmare.

I think what I really enjoyed about this story was that it was completely filled with blood and gore - rest assured, though, zombie fans, there is a fair share that in this book - but the story was really more about the dynamic between a group of strangers and how they managed under fire; about humanity and our will to survive. It was a great read.







I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember; I still have a few stories I wrote in crayon on construction paper that I had stapled together to make a book that my mother saved for me.

Luckily, I've come a long way from crayons and construction paper, and have been able to type up stories almost as fast as my mind can create them.

I'm also an insanely avid reader, and along with all the award winning literature and classics on my shelf, I also have a penchant for the stories of other Indie authors...some of my all-time favorite books were self-published, and I believe that the ability to self-publish is one of the best things to happen to the world.

Can you imagine all the great stories we'd probably not have access to?

I live in Florida with my family, which includes but is not limited to: a pre-teen girl, a feisty just-on-the-brink-of-walking baby, and a 14 year old cattle dog who still thinks she is a puppy.


I'm always excited to hear from readers or other authors

    


Cover Reveal: Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen




Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen 
 
Publication date: December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Cover designed by Okay Creations
 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23352717-hurricane-butterfly

 
Twenty-year-old Sophie Blake, is trying her best to get her life back after a horrific dog attack ten months ago. However, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. With the help of her best friend Ben Slone, it seems as if she’s making progress, but the truth is that she can feel herself sinking deeper into a black hole…until a tall dark stranger comes knocking, looking for Ben.

Joshua Roxwell has been drowning his demons with Whiskey and woman in an attempt to deal with his guilt after the tragic death of his sister. When he finds an envelope addressed to Ben Slone, written by his sister before her death, he decides to track him down. Instead of resolving their differences, he meets the one girl who silences his demons…but redemption comes at a price.

This is a story of heartache, friendship and love, with a wicked twist…




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Thursday, 16 October 2014

READ-A-LONG BLOG TOUR: The World Without a Future by Nazarea Andrews #TWWAF

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This week kicks off the read-a-long blog tour for THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE by Nazarea Andrews.

 

This is book #1 in 'The World Without End' series. Book #2, The Horde Without End is available now and the third book in the series, The World Without Hope, will be released on November 20th.

 

Each site will be hosting a summary of 5 chapters from THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE. You can check out Nazarea's comments on those chapters below.

 

THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE -

CHAPTERS 16-20

by Nazarea Andrews


Ah!!! The car and boat scenes. Dude. I loved loved these scenes. It was when we really get to see Finn and Nurrin interact and I adored writing that. The scene in the Wide Open, when the car beaks down, and Finn has to trust Nurrin to keep him safe while he fixes the tire—it was a decision born of necessity, but it’s also very telling, because Finn doesn’t do that. He doesn’t trust.

And the whole boat scene—so much tension and animosity, and that kiss—I freaking love the whole thing. It’s the first time we see some physical interaction between Nurrin and Finn, and we also see more about how the disease is combated, which I liked exploring.


Favorite lines

I bring my knee up sharply and he laughs as he rolls away then pins my legs with one of his. I’m caught, neatly splayed beneath him, and I hate it.

“Take them.”

“Screw you,” I spit.

He shifts a little, and my eyes widen. A grim smile twists his lip. “It’s one way to spend the day, Nurrin.”
 
 
MY THOUGHTS
 
I agree with EVERYTHING Nazarea said above! For me Chapter 16 was a real pivotal point in the book because it kinda set up the flow of the rest of the book and it set up some key events that took place.
It was great to see Ren and Finn interact and it was the start to their hot and cold relationship that went from filled with tension to flirty and sometimes steamy - Oh yes! that kiss :)
Finn knew how to push Ren's buttons and they got on each other's nerves, but there was a slow blossoming understanding - a trust, growing between them and it was wonderful to be a part of that.
 
 
To read my full review of THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE go HERE!
And for my review of THE HORDE WITHOUT END go HERE!


READ-A-LONG BLOG TOUR DATES:

 
 
Monday, October 13th - One Guy's Guide to Good Reads
Tuesday, October 14th - A Pair of Okies
Wednesday, October 15th - Wonderful Monster
Thursday, October 16th - Roxy's Reviews
Friday, October 17th - LuLo Fangirl
Monday, October 20th - A Book Addict's Delight
Tuesday, October 21st - Making it Happen
Wednesday, October 22nd - Between The Lines
Thursday, October 23rd - Between fantasy and reality
Friday - October 24th - Sun Mountain Reviews
Monday, October 27th - Nazarea Andrews' site
 
 
 
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Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1irmGos

She was born the day the world ended… Nurrin has lived her entire life with zombies—trapped behind walls meant to keep them safe. She’s mostly happy there. But when a zombie horde breech the walls of her Haven, she has to trust her brother, Collin, and his best friend to keep her alive. He just wants his past to die… Finn O’Malley has given up on voicing warnings that are ignored. No one cares that the zombies are changing. Now all that matters is keeping Collin and Nurrin safe from what’s outside the walls of a Haven. But when Nurrin’s best friend picks up a contact infection, he agrees to get the medicine needed to save his life. Forced together, relying on each other in a strange Haven, zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing they’re facing.



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Amazon Pre-order Link: http://amzn.to/1qgkJdr

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NAZAREA ANDREWS - BIO & AUTHOR LINKS:


NazareaAndrews Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

Site - http://www.nazareaandrews.com/
Blog - http://www.nazarea-andrews.blogspot.com/
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Blog Tour: Excerpt + #Giveaway: Orenda by Ruth Silver

 
 


Orenda
Orenda #1
By- Ruth Silver


Genre- YA/MG Fantasy
Published By- Patchwork Press

Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.  

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

  

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