Monday, August 31, 2015

Broken by Jamie Loeak - Interview & Review

Author: Jamie Loeak
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Self –Published
Edition/Formats: eBook
Two hearts meet in a field.
One is open,
The other is a shield.
Two heartbeats,
Four hands.
One soul lives between the two of them.
Carter Daniels is a typical runaway. Unsure of who he is or where he’s going, Carter is only sure of one thing: his past is going to stay in the past. But when he gets pulled into the popular crowd at Silver Valley High School, he’s forced to choose: tell the truth about who he is or lie. Lie. And it seems to be working. His parents wanted to get him that cheap apartment because they’re never home. He crashed his car so he doesn’t have one. His weekends are filled because he has to spend time with his parents. But when Carter is forced to open up to an outsider because of an English assignment, everything changes. There is something he sees in her, an undeniable connection. There is a need to discover what lies behind those sad eyes. But will Carter be able to lower his defenses in order to get past hers? Will he let her in, or will he choose to stay broken?
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Carter is a boy being forced into becoming a man before he has had the chance to be a child. Carter watches day after day as his mother and best friend are treated unfairly and abused by those that should love and protect them the most. Having reached the farthest he can be pushed... he makes a change on his own and runs away to make a better life.
Carter ends up at Silver Valley High and he mets Vani, from there on, nothing will be the same.
Carter and Vani are beautiful in their love because they each are overcoming not only the demons that plague them from the outside, but also those within. Carter is such a strong emotional lead that he doesn't even realize that he is that person. Vani is just looking for someone to be real, and see the real her and love her as she is. 
The story is well written, it took me a little bit to get into it, but the emotion of the characters will push you along. The way that it is written, we see and read everything that Carter is thinking as he does so we are learning and growing with him. This is a good read and I hope to read more from the author.
This book deals strongly with the subjects of family abuse and bullying. Not suggested for the younger readers.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! During the day (and school year) I’m something called a Staffing Specialist, which is where I make sure that all of the legal paperwork that helps to document the progress of students with disabilities is compliant. I’m also a neat freak, a cat lover, and I love to play the guitar.
What do you do when you are not writing? Oh! I explore my city a lot. I attempt Pinterest recipes. I hang out with my cat, Charlie. I watch a lot of movies...and I won’t even go into Netflix binges.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book! I guess I’ve been writing since forever. I used to just write the stories in my head and they’d play like movies on long car rides. It wasn’t until 2012 that I actually wrote something down (and kept it!!). I guess that’s what happens when you’re asked to dog sit over Spring Break and the only vehicle you’re left with is a stick shift that you can’t drive. I didn’t have Netflix back then...thank goodness!
Do you ever experience writer's block?
Oh yes! I did for Broken and for each book in the series. I find that writing contemporary is very difficult. If I’m stuck I can’t just make up something insane! It has to mimic real life.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really loved this part at the end that I can’t even really tell you about. It has to do with Vani’s bullying. It’s intense and when I was able to write it from her POV in Flawless, it was an even better experience. I hate if that’s confusing but I guess you’ll have to read it!
How did you come up with the title?
Carter and Vani are both damaged characters. They spend the majority of the book in a state of ruin and it isn’t until they find and fully open up to one another that things change - this is why the continuation of that story is called Flawless. :)
Do you base your characters on people you know?
No. I might base relationship dynamics on my experience but never characters. To be honest, I believe that each character is a piece of my soul, a piece of my thoughts.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I got a critical review of Broken before it was revised and rewritten. I do think it helped me during the rewrite process. I really took into consideration that person’s concerns. I think that it was worded very respectfully and didn’t talk badly about me, as a person. It was tough to hear the things that were written about my book, since all books are part of the author, but it helped.
What has been the best compliment?
I love when people tell me they love the book. I had someone ask, a while ago, as to when the second book would come out. I guess I can finally tell them it will!
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I would like to say thank you to anyone that has given me a chance. There are a lot of authors out there and I truly appreciate anyone that chooses to read my book.
This or That
Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE!
Day or Night? Day - I love the sun!
Rain or Snow? Rain
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Both but I drink coffee daily :)
Dogs or Cats? CATS!

Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning person
Carter's Song:
I was lost; you were not.
You were free when I was caught.
You could fly and I could only
See the ground.

We’re two hearts in a field.
Yours was open but mine
Was a shield.
I was blind but you could
See all around us.

I was dark
When you were light.
You were the sun
While I was the night.

When you crashed into me
I was surrounded by your gravity.
You pulled me to my knees.
I spun without knowing where
You would take me.
And I’m so sorry I didn’t tell you
That I’m afraid to fly.
But when you hold me in your arms
I’m all right.
If you will be my star,
I’ll be your satellite.

Hi there! I’m Jamie Loeak, YA author of the Chronicles of Light and Darkness, The Outsiders Series, the Atlantis Novella Series, and The Star Caster: a novella. Wow! That sounds like a lot for a girl that spent most of high school and college starting – and never finishing! – things. It all started with songs and poetry but the never-finishing part soon transferred to books.
It wasn’t until I started writing Body and Soul, the first book in the Chronicles of Light and Darkness, and my debut book, that I actually finished something. I blame/thank my parents for leaving me to dog sit on their vacation – they left me with a Jeep but I can’t drive stick, so I was literally stranded! However, I managed to finish a book I had been dreaming of for quite a while. So, in all reality, they are the reason that I even began writing.
Other than the story of my beginning, I’ll tell you a few things about myself. I was a special education teacher and now work in compliance (making sure that all aspects of a special education child’s education is legal). My hobbies include: writing – duh! – playing guitar, reading Jane Austen, browsing bookstores, trying to cook and bake, and photography. At night, when I’m falling asleep, I tend to come up with plans for world domination – and not my world domination, but a world where all people are good and do the right thing… I swear, it’ll all happen one day!!!

Five Fun Facts:
  1. I’m obsessed with my cat, Charlie.
  2. I’m practically paleo but not all the way! (you can see recipes on my blog
  3. I live in sunny Florida.
  4. I’m a neat freak and clean at least every other day.
  5. My sister is on the cover of The Star Caster and I took the photo!
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Title: Torn
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1.5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: Aug 1
Edition/Formats: eBook
I am done with laughing.
I am done with breathing.
Both need lungs,
Which I am not using.
So take my parts
Though they are worn.
Take what once worked.  
Leave me – torn.
Vani Carter is just beginning eighth grade at Silver Valley Middle. She’s got her friends, Brooke and Anne Marie, guiding her through the year that is most crucial and things seem to be going all right, until all the fighting starts at home.
When Vani needs someone to talk to, she turns to Colton, the boy that’s destined to be popular. Over their lunch conversations, they become friends that care for one another unconditionally.
However, as Vani and Colton’s friendship grows stronger, Anne Marie and Brooke become more jealous, and that’s when things change. Vani’s forced to endure, not only the pain of her parent’s constant arguments, but also the pain of Anne Marie’s mean comments and threats.
When Vani is forced to choose which kind of pain is easiest to bear, will she make the right choice? Will she give in or will she fight back?
Other Works by Jamie Loeak
The Chronicles of Light and Darkness
 The Outsiders Series
Broken (1)
Torn (1.5) Coming Aug 2015
The Atlantis Novella Serial
Stand Alones
The Star Caster (Novella)

For The Memory of Dragons By Julie Wetzel - Release Day with GIVEAWAY!!

For The Memory of Dragons
Dragons of Eternity, (Book 2)
By Julie Wetzel

This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
Release Date: August 31st, 2015

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction

What do you do when a dragon crash-lands in your backyard?
That's the question Terra's faced with when one of these creatures plows down into her cornfield. Should she help out the hunk of a man the dragon turns into, or turn him over to the trigger-happy 'authorities' that have come looking for him? The deciding factor—he has no memory. Giving him up just doesn't seem right… at least until she knows the truth of who he is.
Alex has forgotten a thing or two—his name being one of them—but he knows there is something important that he needs to remember, if he could just get his battered brain to work properly. A little rest might help, but there's no time for that when the bullets start flying.
Now he has to follow the few clues he has to discover who he is, and why people are trying to kill him. But that's the easy part. The hard part will be keeping his hands off the lovely lady helping him.

Julie Wetzel is a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, and what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling she's crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Patronus Series by Sarah M. Ross - Cover Reveal

Title: Patronus Series

Author: Sarah M. Ross
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours

Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life. 
Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose. 
Further complicating her confusing life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued. 
Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life.

Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her. 
She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught eighth graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers' Nation, but couldn't take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her husband, daughter, and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand! Sarah's debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, INHALE EXHALE, and NEVER GONNA TELL (Releasing March, 2015). 
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A Christmas Spark by Ciara Knight - Cover Reveal

Title: A Christmas Spark

Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sara Foster blames herself for her failed marriage. On Christmas Eve, she hides away in the family cabin, the same place her father abandoned her twenty years ago. Dalton Scot is unable to face the family holiday after his divorce and discovering he can never have children of his own, so he chooses Christmas Eve to fix his buddy’s cabin. Both search for a secluded spot to mourn their Christmas pasts, but instead are snowed in at the cabin for the holiday where they discover the power of the Christmas spark.
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall by Jon Messenger - Release Day Blast with GIVEAWAY!

Blood Thief of Whitten Hall
A Magic and Machinery Novel, Book 2
By Jon Messenger
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Mystery
Tour Dates: September 7th - 18th
This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
In a world of science, magic is an abomination, but not the vile creation Royal Inquisitor Simon Whitlock once believed it to be. Accompanied by his apothecary companion, Luthor Strong, and Matilda Hawke, a werewolf, they return to the capital of Callifax, eager to convalesce after their last adventure.
Their peace is short-lived, however, as they are quickly sent on another mission. It seems the iron mines of Whitten Hall have ceased their production, no longer sending its ore to the crown. The Ministry of Trade has sent inquiries, but its representatives have all fled from the train ride to the distal outpost. It seems a vampire stalks the trains in and out of Whitten Hall, a vampire that will reveal the secret of the iron mine and the darkness that resides within.
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Jon Messenger (Born in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing  Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through multiple combat and humanitarian deployments.

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Seconds Before Sunrise - Release Day Blitz

Seconds Before Sunrise
Book Two in the Timely Death Trilogy 
By Shannon Thompson
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Tour Dates: September 7th - 18th

Two nightmares. One memory.

"Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love."

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he's in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can't survive if he fights alone. But he doesn't want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica's memory isn't the only thing she's lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Seconds Before Sunrise is the exciting sequel to Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. Find out why readers are enthralled with the Timely Death Trilogy.

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson's work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads' Book of the Month.

Grab your copy of Book One in the Timely Death Trilogy, currently FREE on Amazon!
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Wicked Fate by Shannon Maynard - Release Day

Wicked Fate
By Shannon Maynard
Book two in the Wicked Luck Series
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Adventure, Romance
Tour Dates: September 7th - 18th

How can Ava Starr's dream come true be Dax Miller's worst nightmare?

Ava's mother always told her to be careful what she wished for. From the moment Ava woke up on Lamarai Island, she wanted nothing more than to find Preston. But now that she has, her heart is caught in a fierce game of tug-of-war. In a place where danger lurks around every tree, she must quickly figure out who she can trust, and who is out to destroy her dream of a happy ever after.

Dax's plan to capture Ava's heart was all falling into place. That is, until Ava's past showed up on the island in the form of a tall, dark, and handsome pilot named Preston, leaving Dax to wonder if he's inherited Ava's wicked luck. Preston is determined to pick up his relationship with Ava where they left off before a plane crash separated them, but Dax will stop at nothing to fight for the girl of his dreams and discover the truth behind the mysterious pilot.

But Dax isn't the only one troubled by the surprise appearance of Preston and his flight crew. The new visitors to the island have caused Dax's stepsister, Roxy, to develop a bad case of sibling rivalry, as well as managed to attract the unwanted attention of a vicious tribe of cannibals. Now Dax must figure out a way to keep his new tribe of misfits safe, while Ava is left to make the most important decision of her life. Will they succeed, or will fate decide for them?

Wicked Fate is the heart-pounding sequel to Wicked Luck, a new adult adventure romance series.

Shannon Maynard studied art and criminology before getting a license in cosmetology, but eventually wound up an expert daydreamer; a skill that occasionally leads to getting lost while driving, but has been a huge asset to her love for writing. 

Her debut novel WICKED LUCK released in June of 2015 and is the first book in the Wicked Luck Trilogy.

You can grab Book One, Wicked Luck for FREE on Amazon for a Limited Time!
For the past three years, Dax has been stranded on Lamarai Island with his stepsister and two tribes of cannibals. But now a beautiful girl named Ava has washed up on shore. After secretly reading her journal, he believes she is a perfect match to the girl of his dreams. He’s determined not only to keep her alive, but also to win over her heart by convincing her to forget about her past and the secrets that continue to haunt her.

Ava Starr has always been the epitome of bad luck, but she never imagined she would wake up and find herself on a cannibal-infested island with no memory of how she got there. The last thing she remembers is boarding a plane with her pilot boyfriend, Preston. But now he and his crew are missing, and she must find him before a tribe of hungry cannibals finds him first. But Ava’s troubles have followed her to Lamarai, where once again she’s surrounded by danger and people who want her dead. She finds herself caught in a web of deceit and soon discovers the answers to her mysterious past can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that no one is actually who they seem to be.

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