Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blood Entwines By Caroline Healy Blog Tour Guest Post



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Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy is a YA Urban Fantasy published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Sparks). The tour runs October 20th- November 16th with reviews, interviews & guest posts. Check out the tour page and schedule.


Guest Post: Author Caroline Healy's Top Ten Books


The number ten…dix…Roman numeral X. Ten is a lovely round number, the first decade of life, the number of digits possessed by the average person, the perfect score in gymnastics. Ten is a nice easy number. Right?
Wrong!
Picking your top ten can’t-possibly-live-without books is not for the faint hearted. It was a struggle and the list has altered many times but for now (caveat – that I may change my mind at any second), here are the books that make my top ten.
Jane Eyre – the first classic I ever read. You always remember your first. The fact that Jane as a character still rings true today for so many readers is a feat that many writers could only dream of. The moral conviction, steely nature of her personality makes her the first kick ass feminist in 19th century literature. And her story is still readable and relevant today.
Since I am in the gothic period, I will stick with the classics. Pride and Prejudice, the heroine who kicks butt in the age of poise and decorum; what’s not to like about Elizabeth Bennet? The best part of this book is that Elizabeth is an excellent example of a flawed heroine, one that, even with all her faults, we still want to read about.  And Mr. Darcy is kinda hot too.
Harry Potter (Notice how I’m not saying which one. Is it cheating to put in a series in your top ten list of can’t-possibly-live-without books?).
Throne of Glass by S. J. Maas was unputdownable….
Crown of Midnight by S.J. Maas… see above. (currently waiting for her third book)
Geek Girl by Holly Smale made me laugh out loud, snorting my breakfast cereal down my nose at the kitchen table. I haven’t laughed out loud because of a book in a long time. It was the character of Wilbur that made me crack up. Books have that kind of power; to affect your mood and this definitely is a book that makes you smile. (adult version…the Rosie Project is a great read too…laugh out loud).
The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb is one of my all-time favourite fantasy series. I loved the premise of pirates and live ships and Hobb is skilled at creating whole lands populated with interesting characters. These books are over ten years old, written well before The Game of Thrones appeared to be the only high fantasy series in existence. An added bonus, this book is written by a female, helping to shift the gender balance of writers who produce epic fantasy.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman was one of the most important books I have read in a while and I think that everyone should read this series. It gives a whole new understanding to being difference and what it means to be accepted.
Patrick Ness’s More Than This, apart from the fact that in hardback, this is the best book cover I’ve seen in ages, was a really gripping book, dealing with modern issues, challenging stereotypes and populating Y.A. literature with a cross section from all walks of life. I loved the mixing of genres in this book too. Messing with your main character in the first page (I won’t give the story away); some brave authorial choices.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I had gone off books for a while about dystopian worlds. I’m sorry to say that the Hunger Games didn’t do it for me. And I had just read Sarah Crossan’s Breathe which I enjoyed but wanted something a bit different. Divergent reignited my love of dystopian and Four is a hottie…so what’s not to like?
That’s my top ten…for now…but I still have so many books to read…So many books…so little time!


Blood Entwines cover july 2014
Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy

A dark compelling story of love and its more sinister elements…possession.


 In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger ... she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears ... she can hear the person following her.

When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.


Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it. If Jack is able to gain control he can warn Kara. But which is stronger, the power of the blood they share or the force for evil. How can Kara help save Jack without risking her own life?






About the Author:
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in
Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.

She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.
She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.
Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fair Play (All's Fair Series) by Josh Lanyon

I love Josh Lanyon's work.  The first story that I ever read by him was like an Agatha Christie flavored re-imagining of the Lindberg baby kidnapping with a mostly happy ending.  Mr. Lanyon paints beautiful pictures with his words.  Stranger on the Shore was a gorgeous story of a mystery solved and featured lovely vingettes of flash back to another time period.  I jumped at the chance to read his new work, Fair Play.  Here is the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

Setting up house with his new lover was tricky before arson landed his former radical father in the guest bedroom. Now ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills has to figure out who is willing to kill to keep Roland's memoirs from being published.

Meanwhile, a serial killer insists he will only make his confession to Elliot, putting added strain on Elliot's still fragile relationship with Tucker.
I fell in love the moment that I started reading this book. I loved the amazing trip back through time that Elliot takes us on. He works to rebuild his father's mysterious past as a member of a group of activists during the tumultuous 1960's. It reminded me of an episode of Cold Case that was so realistic that it took you straight back to that time and made you feel as if you were experiencing it all for yourself. I loved seeing how each of the members of the group was changed by their experiences in the group and how they grew and changed in the years moving forward. Each member really seemed to go their own way. Roland keeps most of his beliefs intact and gets only more sure that he is right over the years (causing problems with his son on occasion). The others become rich political leaders, uber feminists, supposedly dead folks, and an organic farmer. Elliot solves so many mysteries as he works his way through the group to solve the problem of who would want his father dead. He finds missing persons, solves decades old crimes and stops an unexpected killer before they can truly take aim at Roland. It gives such a clear view back into the 1960's and the culture of the day. I loved every moment of this book and could not fall asleep until I had finished reading it. It was a book that you could not put down. I look forward to reading more from Josh Lanyon. He is definitely a new favorite author. I highly recommend his works. So well written and such amazing imagery. This book is M/M and adult in nature. But I think you'd be greatly missing out if you let that sway you from reading it.

You can find Fair Play on Goodreads. Josh Lanyon can be found on his website, his blog and on Twitter. You can purchase his works on Amazon. I give Fair Play 5 Fairies for a book that I absolutely loved every moment of. I can not overstate how much I loved this book. It led me to bring out my college textbooks on the 60's to revisit the era that seemed so much like magic to me as a teen. I plan to read all of Mr. Lanyon's works.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chasing the Rebel by Tyler Flynn

I received a copy of Chasing the Rebel by Tyler Flynn through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  I love a good historical romance and this will turn everything that you think you know about historical romance novels around.  Check out the cover and Goodreads blurb:

France, 1791

Marcus, Lord Rothbury, is on the run. Part of a foiled plot to help King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette escape to Switzerland, he's searching for the jewels the rebels stole from the queen—jewels that, when sold in England, will buy the monarchs' freedom and restore the aristocratic order Marcus holds dear.

Pamphleteer James Lockhart publicly condemns the monarchy and has his own plans for the jewels—selling them to help the Parisian poor. But when the two are thrown together against a common adversary, Marcus finds himself increasingly attracted to the impetuous American.

As they hunt for the jewels, Marcus begins to suspect his companion isn't all he seems. Secretive and changeable, James could be playing a double game, and Marcus can't be sure who James is fighting against—the enemy, or the man who's fallen in love with him.
This book is a wild ride across the French countryside as the world tumbles into turmoil in the first days of the French Revolution. Marcus believes that he can find the lost jewels and that it will be relatively simple to save Marie Antoinette and Louis. We all can see how impossible that would have been. Marcus is more than a little naive to believe that the French would suffer the aristocracy any longer. It has not returned to France since. They celebrate the fall of the monarchy every year. I think that poor Marcus is just as naive as he feels that James is. The jewels can't solve the hunger in France anymore than they can buy Marie and Louis' freedom. The acts of men will always be greater than money. The jewels can be sold once and feed a few people for a short time but changing behaviors of the country is what will save the starving masses. I tend to agree more with James' feelings that we have to do more to protect the least and the lost, the poor and the poor. But I can see some of Marcus' points as well. And Marcus doesn't know any different. He doesn't know how what he does can change the lives of the less fortunate. He believes what he is meant to believe. I loved watching the two men play against each other and not know when or how to trust each other. It was so much more than an historical romance novel. It had a deep historical backdrop, it had a lovely character development going on, and it had a very strong story of love and life. I really enjoyed it. I will warn that it does contain gay characters and explicit descriptions of physical acts. If that is not something that you can handle, then this is not the book for you. I do think that this book is lovely and well written. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

You can find Chasing the Rebel on Goodreads. Chasing the Rebel can also be found on Amazon. Tyler Flynn has a great guest post on the Carina Publishing blog. I give Chasing the Rebel 3 Fairies for an exciting romp across the French countryside.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Eventide Release!



  

 





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The age-old balance of light and dark will always find a way to be restored. At times it comes in the form of non-discriminate karma or the heavy hand of divine will. At other times that balance comes in the form of a single, teenage girl.



 My name is Fallon. I am different. I am special. My essence moves in a cadence unknown to the other Auras at the House of Eventide. It was born of the intricate dance of the moon's opposing forces; retract and advance, embrace and release. The brazen energy of the sun preys at the edges of my being; fraying its delicate balance and scorching my heart into submission. Only under the calming cover of night, can my essence shine freely.



 My true identity must be kept secret at all costs. My very existence is a threat to the Aura Order I pretend to be a part of. Should my web of lies unravel, they would stop at nothing to destroy me. I am the sole descendant of the light moon goddess, Luna . I have been Chosen. This is my story.








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About Kristen Day





I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest Post by Author Connie Smith

Thanks for joining me today for a guest post from author Connie Smith!

Guest Post


One of the oddest portions of this author career is taking a pause out of editing, proofreading, writing, and other life responsibilities to come up with guest posts. I tend to think they have the potential to be more effective than simple spotlights because they allow readers a glimpse of you as an author rather than just being told that your book exists.

This particular guest post is written for the third book of my Division trilogy, and at this point, it’s possible that I’m running low on options. I’ve already done a series of character interviews along with other types of posts, but I’m still supposed to have a series of new posts to promote this new book.

I’m taking that as inspiration, guys. If I’m having trouble coming up with guest posts, then I’ll make a guest post about coming up with guest posts. Resourceful? Hopefully so, and productive.

Okay. So what are some options concerning guest post topics? Here are some that seem useful to my way of thinking.

Character Interviews: Like I said, I’ve done some of these already, and I’ve found that they’re incredibly useful in giving the person reading the blog post not only a peek at your writing style, but a glimpse at the characters involved in your stories. Some of my characters in this series are WEIRD, and those quirks can easily surface during an interview. It lets me unveil some of those interesting aspects without just saying ‘this character is like this…’

Top Ten Lists: I’m kind of a fan of lists, and this is a simple idea that can give the reader of the post a look into… Well, whatever you want to talk about. You want to give them a view of your characters? Maybe list your favorite characters from your books – or someone else’s. That’s a nice quality to this approach – that the post doesn’t have to be about your books or writing. It can be about your favorite television shows or hobbies. It leaves a lot of open territory while offering a chance to introduce a part of yourself to new readers.

Soundtrack: I grew up in a music-appreciating family. And when I say that, I don’t mean that every member of my family can play an instrument. I mean that listening to music, talking about music, and things related have been a pretty significant part of my life. It’s a common thing we share, and it’s been the focus of a lot of hours time-passing with family members. So is it really any shock that I’m a sucker for making a soundtrack list for my books? These aren’t play-lists for me, but songs that express different aspects of the story.

Letters to… I haven’t actually used this approach just yet on a guest post, but it has potential, I think. A letter to a possible reader. A letter to new writers. A letter to your favorite band. Like I’ve said before, this lets potential readers get a glimpse into your life and who you are as an author, because you’re writing things that are more personal than a simple advertisement of a new book. I’ve written one of these letters on my blog, but never for someone else’s. Maybe someday.

New Products, Hobbies, Experiences: This is another method of letting the reader know about you, and it’s wide open for opportunities. Have you traveled lately? Found a new restaurant that you adore? Gone to a concert? Planted a garden? Life can give you material if you just sit back and let it. Look at what’s going on, and find something that seems post-worthy.

Thanks for reading my post, and please consider entering my current giveaway through Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/111090-essenced) and adding my upcoming NA Romance, Tail Lights, to your to-read list (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267803-tail-lights)!

Excerpt

McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”
            He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”
            “Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”
            “Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”
            Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”
            “Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”
            Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.
            “Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”
            And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”
            He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”
            “And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”
            “It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”
            She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”

            “Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

Friday, October 10, 2014

Slayed on the Slopes Cover Reveal



I'm excited to be part of the cover reveal for Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley! Slayed on the Slopes is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and releases the end of March 2015. The first book, Scene of the Climb is available now. 




Slayed on the Slopes



After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .



She's at Mount Hood's remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers—Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team--during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she's still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg's now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!



Praise For Scene Of The Climb



"A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal



Includes Adventure Guides!





About the Author:


Kate Dyer-Seeley’s work has been featured in a variety of regional, national and international Scene of the Climb, was released June 3, 2014 and is now available at bookstores and online.

publications. She writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Books. The first book in the series,



Kate also wrote a memoir Underneath the Ash (published in 2011) that chronicles her experience becoming a mother for the first time while losing her mother to young-onset Alzheimer’s.



Additionally, Kate writes and co-produces a monthly online magazine Broadsheet360. The magazine has a steady readership from all around the globe.



She lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and son.



- See more at: http://www.katedyerseeley.com/about




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The Stark Affair Cover Reveal!

Have you heard about this great new author, Skylar Cross?
She writes gritty erotic romance with raw feelings and unmanageable sexual encounters.
Skylar's next panty dropping adventure is all about sexy as hell Colton Stark.
The Stark Affair Book One: Heat
Colton Stark is filthy rich. A billionaire playboy who drives fast and plays hard, he enjoys
an endless stream of party girls... at his mansion, on his yacht, and in his private jet.
He's also top of Miami-Dade Police Department's list of suspected narcotics traffickers.
Tough girl cop Sofia grew up on the mean streets of Miami, unafraid to kick anyone's
ass. When asked to investigate Colton, she doesn't even consider it a challenge.
Until she comes face-to-face with Colton Stark's penetrating blue eyes.
After a steamy meeting at his South Beach club, Sofia finds herself playing a dangerous
but sexy game with her own principles. As evidence mounts of Colton Stark's dirty
dealings, together they spark a bonfire of passionate heat.
Mature content. 18+ only.
And now for the cover....
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About Skylar Cross:
I love dark, mysterious, and deviant. Powerful dominant alpha males with troubled pasts who find strong but unfulfilled submissive women. Both need to escape the "rules" of society (just like me... haha.) Together they make hot steamy delight and fill in each other's damaged parts. This is me. This is what I write. Hope you like it.
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Did you also know she has a freebie available?
Annika is a reporter for MiamiImproper.com, a struggling web magazine. Damien Cage is rock star frontman for the Platinum-selling band Eon Sphinx.
When her boss sends Annika to interview Damien at his Biscayne Bay estate, she can't believe it. Now 22 and trying to find her path in life, Annika is trying to let go of her strict religious upbringing. She yearns to be sexually free, enjoying all that life has to offer.

Just turned 30, Damien is surrounded by beautiful girls. He trains them in the "Deviant Arts of Pleasure." But none of them are on his level. Disillusioned and jaded with the music industry, he has quit his band in search of something more meaningful out of life.

When Annika and Damien meet, sparks fly. The steam between them is hotter than the Florida sunshine.

Damien makes an offer to Annika. Neither realizes it yet, but it's an offer that will fill their lives with both deep meaning AND sizzling passion... starting at one of Damien's infamous Friday night parties full of decadence and debauchery.