Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Gatekeeper's Promise (#6) by Eva Pohler - Cover Reveal!!

It's time for the big reveal! 

It's time to reveal the cover for the final book in Eva Pohler's six-book young adult series, 
The Gatekeeper's Saga
For those of you who haven't heard of this series, it's about a teen whose life becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when one of them falls in love with her. 

You can try out the first book, The Gatekeeper's Sons, free! 
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The cover of The Gatekeeper's Promise (#6) has been revealed piece by piece over the past few weeks. Here are the highlights: 

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Many thanks to Melinda VanLone of Book Cover Corner for her amazing talent. 
Thanks to those of you who entered the rafflecopter giveaway and the Facebook Event. 
All winners will be announced by midnight on July 30th on the event page here

The Gatekeeper's Promise is already available for preorder here and will be released on October 1st at all retailers. 
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"Last Chance" by T.G. Ayer - Cover Reveal!!!

 
Here it is - the cover of Last Chance, book #3 in
The DarkWorld Series



Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Infinite Ink Books
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With the loss of her sister still weighing down both her conscience and her heart, Kailin Odel must take on the next part of her mission - find her mother and Anjelo and bring them back from Wrythiin.

Kailin uses her mother's portal key and enters the Wraith world intent on saving the ones she loves, but from the moment she arrives her mission is fraught with peril.
Arriving in Wrythiin, Kai steps right into the middle of a Wraith rebellion. And only to find that though Anjelo is safe, her mother is held captive by a subversive faction of Wraiths once led by the Wraithlord that Kai had killed.

From Wraiths to Shapeshifters, rebel causes to fraying family ties, to inexplicable new powers, Kai must fight her darkest demons while entering the blackest pits of Wrythiin to save her mother.


    
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pyros by T.G. Ayer has released early!!

Pyros by T.G. Ayer has released early!!

 Title: Pyros (DarkWorld Origins, #1)
Author:
T.G. Ayer
Release Date: (
estimated) July 31st 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink Books
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Logan Westin, the brooding hunk that steals Kailin Odel's heart in SKIN DEEP. Even the fact that she's a panther shifter and he's plain old human couldn't stop the sparks from flying between those two.


But Logan has his own little secrets, a history that weighs down on him,memories that seem to escape him. PYROS tells you where Logan comes from both in the origin of his powers and the source of his troubled mind.

Pyros MUST be read after reading SKIN DEEP because there are major spoilers.



      It was supposed to be a special day.
      Logan Westin's mother had promised to take him to his favorite diner. The one he loved to look at when they walked past on their way to the bus stop. Sometimes he'd slow down. Press his hands to the window and peer inside. Logan loved the look of the red-cushioned seated and the bright gleaming chrome.
      Today was his chance to go inside and mother had said she'd get them strawberry milkshakes.
      Logan was so excited he couldn't walk. He had to hop or run, do something more than just stroll along as if their destination wasn't a place that made him so excited he wanted to laugh out loud.
      But Logan didn't laugh. Father wouldn't approve. And even though Father no longer lived with them, Logan knew he had to be careful. For Mother and for... For? Who else was he meant to protect?
      Logan frowned and skidded to a stop in front of the diner. When he pushed the door open he inhaled the smells, and it all made him giddy with excitement. Coffee, and cooking meat and the polish from the black-and-white checkered linoleum beneath his feet. He pasted a huge grin on his face as he walked inside. Mother followed closely by a little girl whose laughter tickled his insides. She was as excited to be there as he was. They'd waited for so long.

      When Logan turned to pull her pigtails he paused, stunned and confused. There was no one there. Even though her laughter still rang through the diner, the haunting sound so filled with happiness, so innocent and bubbly. He knew that voice. Knew if he reached out she'd hold his hand and her skin would be soft and smooth. Knew she'd grab his hand and pull him inside and accuse him of dragging his feet.
      But there was nobody beside him.


    
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers,my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

SERIES BOOK PARTY - Til Death Us Do Part series by Krissy V with Review & GIVEAWAY



For Better or For Worse (Book #1)

SYNOPSIS
Natasha Benson
Invites you, the reader
to follow her journey
of marrying the man of her dreams:-
he loves her; protects her; makes her laugh
and
she wants him to be her forever …….
Until they actually get married!
Natasha –
“My life was so perfect,
so structured
and then it all came tumbling down
in the worst way possible”
Who knew that my wedding
vows would become the
story of my life?
This is my story, about
how the perfect love
can go horribly wrong.
Follow me as I go through
the big highs and great lows
in my happy ever after.

In Sickness and In Health (Book #2)

SYNOPSIS
Natasha married the man of her dreams, only to wake up and realize she was living a nightmare.
She has been through so much in her short marriage. Is she prepared to give it all up or is she willing to fight for her man?
What will happen if she stays with him? She takes her wedding vows seriously, but she didn't realize that she would have to adhere to each one of them individually.
What if unconditional love is just around the corner? Will she give up her vows for her soulmate?
In Sickness and In Health follows Natasha as she continues her journey to find her happy ever after!

To Love and To Cherish (Book #3)

SYNOPSIS
We’ve followed Natasha’s journey from being madly in love, marrying the man of her dreams for her to then wake up in a nightmare.
This is the final installment of Natasha’s journey to find her Happy Every After, does she find it?
She has lived out her wedding vows “For Better or For Worse”, “In Sickness and in Health” now she is going to live out her “To Love and To Cherish” vow.
Will she find the perfect love she so desperately craves?
Life is about to throw her a curve ball, will she catch it and run with it?
Join Natasha in following her dream of a happy life – will her wishes come true?



To Have and To Hold (Book #4)

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SYNOPSIS

What would you do if your best friend told you not to get involved with someone? Would you stay away?

What if you are asked to not get involved with someone who you have an instant attraction to? That makes it a bit more difficult!

Now what if you are asked not to get involved with someone who is your soulmate and you feel it the first time you meet? Would you stay away?

Kammie and Luca find themselves in this situation and they try to stay away from each other, but they just can’t help themselves.

Is it the right thing for them to do? Will it make them both happy? Or should they take the advice given to them from their best friends?

Follow Kammie and Luca on their rollercoaster ride and find out if soulmates are really meant to be together!


AUTHOR

I am a mother to two young children, who in turn keep me young. I live in Dublin, Ireland but, I’m originally from South Devon in the UK. I work full time in a pharmacy and write in all my spare time: in my lunch hour, when watching TV at night and anywhere the urge takes me.
I have always been interested in reading from a young age and then 2 years ago I was given a kindle as a present and it was the best thing that happened to me. I was able to read lots of books ever week and then I started to write reviews for all the books I read.
I took this one step further and started my own facebook page – Sparkling Pink Bookshelf. I intended to upload all of my reviews for the books I read. This was purely for pleasure and then I answered a post on facebook for someone to read for reviews and thought I had died and gone to heaven. I was reading about 7/8 books a week, the kindle made this achievable. I would read at any opportunity I could, even staying up til the small hours to finish a book. I loved it.
Then one day I was asked to beta read a book – I loved this side of it, it was so exciting. I have worked with a number of indie authors and have remained loyal to a few select authors and I beta read all their books.
After a year or more of doing this, I thought maybe I could write some of the stories that were in my head and I just decided to write and see what happened. I wrote about 70% of a story and then saw a post for the NaNoWriMo competition – to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I decided that this was a challenge I wanted to take and the Til Death Us Do Part series was born.
I am always thinking of situations that can be turned into a story and have started a few stories, which in turn will be completed and released to my readers.
I love to hear what my readers have to say about my work and please find my links below:
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy this series of books as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Krissy V

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This review is for Book 1, For Better or For Worse.

Natasha marries the man of her dreams, and then wakes up after her wedding to find that he is actually the man of her nightmares. He becomes abusive to her and she has to go through all the emotions and heartache that only someone who has been there could even possibly understand. Natasha is the type of woman who is ready for life and happiness and we learn this is so not what she gets.
There are some serious sex scenes in this one, so be aware of that before you start.
For Better or For Worse will keep you drawn in, and ready for the next book that is for sure! It's dynamic in the fact that we feel the highs and lows with Natasha, and we want to see her happy, and we want Felix to realize just what he is likely messing up.
The only reason I didn't rate this books as a 5, is that I felt that although Natasha was a strong character to follow, her reasoning didn't seem to be as fitting as I felt they should have been. Some of her musings are that of a jaded lover and not a women in her situation. Still... I really liked this book and I am looking forward to continuing to see just what happens!!! CLIFF HANGER!!! 

This is a very powerful story, and it isn't intended for younger readers. 



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Monday, July 28, 2014

'Snow in July' by Kim Iverson Headlee - Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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TITLE – Snow in July AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee GENRE – Young Adult Paranormal Historical Romance PUBLICATION DATE – July 2014 LENTH (Pages/# Words) – 386 pages/94K words PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press COVER DESIGNER – Natasha Brown

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Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate's Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people's lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.

Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman…unless it snows in July.

Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman "squire." But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.

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FIFTEEN THOUSAND MEN and horses writhed across the valley below, appearing as toys in a children’s game.

Many might consider war a game, but Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre, knight of Normandy bound to the service of Duke William and commander of a unit in the cavalry reserves, did not number among their ranks.

Edward the Confessor, King of England via his Saxon father but Norman by his mother, was dead. This battle, raging near the coastal hamlet called Hastings, would decide the right of one man to wear the English crown: William the Norman, acknowledged by Pope Alexander to be Edward’s lawful successor; or Harold the Saxon, brother of Edward’s wife, the man alleged to be Edward’s deathbed choice.

Stroking his war horse’s glossy charcoal neck to calm her, Alain pondered Harold’s claim. It had to be true. This many men would not sacrifice their lives for a lie. Yet the vast majority of Harold’s supporters were Saxons harboring no wish to bear the Norman yoke. Perhaps such men might be desperate enough to fight for a lie that promised to restore Saxon rule.

A trumpet blared. He signaled his men forward, couched his lance, and spurred Chou to send her careening into the melee.

Harold’s shield wall, which had seemed impregnable, began to crumble under the onslaught of Alain’s unit, hastened by the desertion of men who no doubt decided they weren’t quite so willing to die. Their lord stood exposed just long enough for a Norman archer to sight his mark. Harold fell, screaming and clutching an arrow that protruded from one eye.

Harold’s supporters closed ranks around him, blocking Alain’s view and giving him more than enough to do as the Saxons redoubled their efforts to guard their lord’s body.

A familiar whirl of colors caught Alain’s attention. The saffron leopard prowling on a green field—Étienne! A Saxon knight, with a blue arm and fist blazing defiance across his gray shield, bore down upon Étienne with leveled lance. Étienne tumbled from his horse. He scrambled to his feet and retrieved his sword, putting it to good use on the Saxons surrounding him, although the knight who’d unhorsed him had already ridden in search of other targets.

Lance long since discarded and sword now rising and falling with fatal precision, Alain surged to reach his brother’s side. Protection of her youngest son had been their dying mother’s wish, and he had sworn on his own life to keep Étienne safe.

Before he could close the distance, another Saxon knight fought past Étienne’s guard to thrust a war-knife into his throat. Through the visor the knight’s eyes gleamed with startling, fathomless malice. Alain could only watch in stunned disbelief as he laid his hand upon Étienne’s chest for a few moments. Uttering a soul-freezing howl, the Saxon yanked out his seax and disappeared into the press with Étienne’s shield, denying Alain vengeance.

Shame and grief rent his heart asunder.

He had failed the two he loved most; failed them so utterly that he could never beg their forgiveness in this lifetime.

Pain slammed into his shoulder, toppling him from the saddle. Étienne’s body broke his fall. He tried to roll clear, but a spear through his chest pinned him to Étienne. His gut convulsed, and bile burned his throat. Blinding agony killed his struggle to free himself. Death’s stench invaded his nostrils.

He closed his eyes and waited for his final journey to begin.

Snow in July - Book Spine

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins -- the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century -- seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from "the other Washington") and a direct descendent of 20th-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the 7th-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press. She also writes romantic historical fiction under the pseudonym "Kimberly Iverson."

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*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great read! As you start the story you are instantly pulled into a new time period, and the whole ourse of the story you are aware of it and you can feel how it would have been.
Kendra and Alian are characters that you can really get behind and I love the dynamic between the two of them throughout.
The story progresses at first without her really knowing who he is, as he is there scoping out the territory....her HA! She feels like she is breaking the rules and he is getting to know her.
The book moves at a fast yet comfortable pace and isn't over the top in any way.
I really enjoyed the writing style, as I said the book is set in the past and you keep that feeling but aren't bogged down with verbiage or references that will throw you off.
I suggest this for 15+
~Dowie


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