Friday, April 29, 2016

Ariel Rising by Aj & CS Sparber

Title: Ariel Rising
Author: Aj & CS Sparber
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb:
My dreams were simple. College, a career, and let’s see what happens from there. But things don’t always go according to plan. 
My name is Ari Worthington and I’ve had a very eventful week. A life-changing week. The kind of week that would make the average person whimper. 

It started when my ex-boyfriend Luke accosted me in the woods. 

How badly was I injured? Not a scratch. And Luke? Not so lucky. Nope, I whupped him good. It surprised the heck out of me. And it probably surprised him, too—once he woke up. 
And then I met Davin. Handsome, witty, amazing Davin. Perfect in every way, unless you think being an alien, from a planet called Olympus, might be a liability. 

When it comes to being a husband and wife (or wife and husband) writing team, there are advantages, or benefits. Chief among them is that you get to practice the love scenes. He writes, she steers, and…well, it’s fun. He is a software designer and she is a doctor of education. AJ and CS Sparber live in the lovely town of Hudson, Ohio, with their son Ryan, their daughter Melanie, and the spirit of an Aussie shepherd named Hunter.
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I don’t want to be alone in the guest suite. It’s not that I’m afraid. I just want Davin close to me. I need the comfort only he can provide.
“I’d rather not sleep alone tonight.”
“Ari, your mother—I promised her.”
“I don’t intend for us to do anything that would cause that promise to be broken. Please?”
He moves to my side and places his hand on my shoulder. “Are you sure?”
I stand up and wrap my arms around his neck. “I’m very sure,” I whisper, speaking directly to his heart. “I want you near me.”
“I know you do. But…”
“No buts,” I say softly. “I’m an angel. And I happen to be in love with you.”
He looks startled. He looks as if he wants to speak, but he can’t find his voice.
“Do you not want me to love you, Davin?”
He arches his brow and stares.
I’m getting worried. Did I just make a complete fool of myself? “Davin?”
His poise seems to return and he smiles. “It happened the night we slept on your sofa—”
“What? What happened?” Did I miss something? Something important?
His smile widens and lights up his eyes. They’re sparkling like jewels.
“I fell in love with you that night.”
My heart flutters and I feel warm all over. “You did?”
He nods slowly. “I did.”
“You didn’t tell me.”
“I wasn’t sure how you felt. Love between two angels is a very powerful force. It is...”
“Forever,” I say, completing his thought. “Are you afraid I don’t understand that? Do you think my human side makes me prone to frivolous fits of infatuation? Because if you do, please allow me to set you straight.” I take a long breath and gaze into his eyes. “I am in love with you, there will never be anyone else, and that’s all there is to it.”
He shakes his head and chuckles.
“What?”
“This is why I love you.”
“It is? What is?”
“I believe the term is moxie. You are bold and fearless. You are spunky.”
“You love me because I’m spunky?”
“Well, that…and because you are kind, and selfless, and brilliant, and very beautiful?”
“You think I’m all that?”
He loses his voice again and just stares.
“Davin?”
“Come here, my Padawan.”
Before I can respond, he laces his fingers through my hair and pulls me tight to his chest. “You are the most extraordinary angel ever born and I…I am the most fortunate.”
He kisses the top of my head, as he whispers, “Forever and never ending.”
His words and his touch make me shudder with ecstasy. “Kiss me, Davin. Kiss me like your life depends on it.”
“It does,” he says, as he captures my upper lip softly between his teeth.
Our kiss deepens and I smile inside, because I realize that each kiss we share seems to be better than the ones before, and we have eons of time and kisses to look forward to.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Will of Fire By Yasmin Fazli

Title: Will of Fire
Author: Yasmin Fazli
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Release Day: May 24th, 2016
Cover Designer: Aurelia Fray
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Elle knew that unraveling the secrets on Acryen would be difficult, but she didn’t know that it would be deadly. She knew this from the scars on her body and the heat in her eyes.
Three months have passed and what was meant to be an easy journey across the ocean has turned perilous as she’s come to realize that they’ve boarded the wrong ship—a slaver’s ship run by a cunning and devious man known only as Captain Red. Elle can’t help but find herself drawn to him and repelled at the same time. Yet, when a powerful hurricane hits the ship and Elle’s life is in danger, Peter’s hidden powers awaken, and now, they’re in trouble. The stakes are much higher than before, and Elle’s afraid that the only way out is with blood.
Elle must find the necklace awaiting in Gyoar before an elf meets her end, a quaid falls prey, a mother commits treason, and a king masks his mistake.
But above all, she must find it before her fate is sealed in ashes.
Because where hope lies, fire breathes.

Yasmin Fazli was born and raised in Southern California, changing schools her whole life. Now, she is an undergraduate college student studying biology to satisfy her love for the sciences. Yet, another part of her started to show more and more: her love for writing. She often dreams of mystical places and the perfect bad boy/prince charming who will come sweep her away. Until those happen, she continues to write away, living her fantasies through typed words with all kinds of sweets in one hand and a cup of chai tea in the other hopeful that one day her words could inspire even just one person.
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From Earth Day to Arbor Day - Guest Post with D.G. Driver

Cry of the Sea
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Whisper of the Woods
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D. G. Driver grew up in Southern California, twenty minutes from the beach. She is now land-locked near Nashville, Tennessee, but she has come to love the country and the friendly people who live here. She has three books published with Fire and Ice Young Adult Books: Cry of the Sea, Whisper of the Woods, and her romance novella Passing Notes. Her first adult romance story is soon to appear in the anthology Second Chance for Love from Satin Romance Books. In addition to writing, she is a teacher and can often be found singing in a local community theater musical with her husband.
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~Guest Post~
How to Hide an Issue in a Young Adult Novel
(Without it Becoming an “Issue Novel”)
By D. G. Driver

            My Juniper Sawfeather books are about the teen daughter of environmental activists who discovers mythical creatures during her efforts to protect the natural world.
Boom! Right there in the explanation I’ve declared that these YA fantasy novels have an environmental theme. This is either going to make people go, “Ooh, that sounds like something that would be important to me,” or it makes their fingers swipe right on by to the next listing about gorgeous girls who magically turn into mermaids and seduce equally gorgeous guys. It might have been a crazy choice, writing a paranormal series that is so different from the norm and has a message strewn throughout it. However, I promise at the start of the whole thing, this wasn’t my aim.
            I just thought it was an interesting premise.
            I didn’t set out to make Cry of the Sea a message book about oil spills and ocean pollution – nor is it. That really is the backdrop to a bigger story. When the first gem of an idea for this book came about, I still lived in Southern California (I’m in Nashville now), and it was the 10-year anniversary of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. It was all over the news. You know how reporters love their anniversaries of disasters. Well, my over-active imagination thought, “What would happen if mermaids were found on a beach during an oil spill dying because they were covered with oil?” Thus, Cry of the Sea was born.
            I had to learn about oil spills: how they happen, what damage they cause, how the oil is cleaned off marine animals, what the laws are regarding oil tankers, and so much more. To effectively write a book that opens with an oil spill, I needed to have this information as accurate as possible, even if the event was fictional. Ultimately, though, the novel is not about the oil spill. It is about Juniper trying to save these creatures that have been hurt. When one goes missing from the marine rescue center where they are being treated, Juniper then goes on a daring and bold mission to find her and save her.
            In book two, Whisper of the Woods, the majority of the book takes place in the forest up in a 1,000+ year old Red Cedar tree that Juniper is protecting from the axe. I had to learn about Old Growth trees, forestry, timber companies on American Indian reservations, laws about logging, etc. But again, the protest against felling ancient trees is the backdrop. The real story is about Juniper who is trapped in this tree because it is possessed by an ancient tree spirit that will not let her go or allow anyone to save her.
            When Cry of the Sea first came out, I really pushed the mermaid aspect in my publicity. I posted pictures of mermaids on my Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr pages daily (still do). Cry of the Sea has a very science-fiction take on the mermaids, though, and despite my best efforts, the mermaid fandom (yes, there is one and it’s huge) prefer their mermaids to be like Ariel. I then focused pretty heavily on the diversity aspect of the book. Juniper Sawfeather is half American Indian. This got the book involved in some great events and online groups, but the interest in that aspect of the book is limited. What seems to keep coming up is the environmental theme.
            The reviews of my books often focus on the environmental issues. From the Dowie’s Place review: “I really enjoyed reading this book, not only does it bring our environment to the forefront, we see June deal with bullying, romance, family, authority as well as peer pressure.” Cry of the Sea also won an award from the 2015 Green Book Festival for environmental themed books, and Eco-Fiction is now featuring giant excerpts of it on their website. I think I’ve found where this book fits in the world of literature – finally.  
            And maybe it’s good that I didn’t know this at the start. I think if I’d set out to write books about ocean pollution and tree logging, they might have come out preachy or stilted. It’s okay to have an important issue or message in a book’s theme, but ultimately the book needs to be about engaging characters doing interesting things. I’m working on book 3 now. Yes, before I started plotting it I had to find the particular cause Juniper’s family is protesting in this novel, which is construction run-off and its effects on Killer Whales (and mermaids). I’ve done my research on that subject. Like the first two books, this one isn’t going to be about run-off, because that’s not very appealing to readers. It is instead about a quest that Juniper is on, which is set up at the end of book 2. Of the three books, it should be the most exciting by the time it’s done.

I’m hoping that when people discover Cry of the Sea they will become fans of Juniper Sawfeather and be curious about both what issue and what adventure she will have next. Also, if it makes fans a little more aware of their garbage when visiting the beach or going camping, that wouldn’t be bad either.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1) by Kasi Blake - GIVEAWAY


Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 25th 2014
After sixteen years on the run, Bay-Lee joins her emotionally distant father at his New Zealand school. On her first night there, he dumps her on the doorstep and walks away. Big surprise. Minutes later, a bag is thrown over her head, and she’s kidnapped for Orientation. The hunter in charge calls her Bait. According to him, that’s all she’s good for, to be used to draw out monsters for experienced hunters to kill. 
Before Bay-Lee can move up to the rank of Hunter, she will have to prove herself, battle wraiths, a reaper in disguise, and a stampeding border monster. With the addition of her classes, she’s going to be way too busy for a social life. Falling in love is not on the agenda. 
Then, she meets Nick Gallos. With the intimidating rank of Warrior, Nick is gorgeous, arrogant, and just plain rude to her. It’s obvious from their first meeting that Nick is hiding a dark past overflowing with secrets, and her father is right smack in the middle of it. Nick seems to be using her to get even with her father, and she won’t tolerate that. What a jerk. 
So, why can’t she stop thinking about him?
Bait is FREE! 
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Born and raised in California, I fell in love with writing while reading The Outsiders. Then I fell in love with Stephen King's writing style. I enjoy reading many types of books, but YA Paranormal is my favorite. 
I used to write for Harlequin under a different name. So that's my background. Exciting, no?
I have seven books out now: Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule,Shifters Rule, Crushed, Witch Hunt, Bait, and my only adult novel, a romantic suspense called Pandora's Box. 
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~Excerpt~
The snarling beast prepared to charge.  A clawed foot pawed at the dirt, stirring up a cloud of dust.  Black eyes partially hidden beneath a mass of unruly brown fur stared at her.  Its enormous square head tilted to the side.  The thing looked like a cross between a wooly mammoth and an alien from a scary movie.
Nick jumped to his feet while shouting a warning at her.  Glued to the ground, she couldn’t move.  Cold fear held her in a tight grip.  He caught her arm, hauled her to her feet, and dragged her with him.  The heavy tromp of footsteps thundered behind them.  The border monster was coming.  It would overtake them at any second.
Bay-Lee cringed, expecting to be impaled on sharp horns.
They ran through the forest, dodging trees in a mad dash.  Nick’s hand slipped on her arm and he almost let go.  His grip tightened around her wrist.  She forced her legs to move faster, desperate to keep up with him.  The hairy beast leaped over their heads and slammed down in front of them even though she would have bet the thing was too enormous to jump that high.  The ground shook as if they were caught in an earthquake.  A cloud of dust enveloped them like a post nuclear mushroom cloud.
Nick’s dagger was gone, lost in the hole, so he picked up a broken branch to use as a weapon.  It was thick and long with a sharp pointy end.  His eyes shone with manic excitement.  He shouted at Bay-Lee.  “Stay out of the way!”
The border monster charged them, but Nick darted to the right.  He moved so fast Bay-Lee didn’t have time to think.  Avoiding the shadows, Nick kept to the light so it could see him.  The monster changed course.  Head bent, it tried to flatten Nick.  He leaped into the air at the last second.  The monster’s head scooped him up.  Nick landed on its back.  One of his hands tangled in the long matted hair, using it to hang on, while his other hand brandished the branch like a sword.  He looked like a man riding a rampaging elephant. 
He shouted a warning to her, telling her to hug a tree.  It was the only safe place.  She wanted to help him slay the thing, but she didn’t know anything about border monsters.  They hadn’t gotten to them yet in Maxx’s class.
Bay-Lee wrapped her arms around the nearest tree and held on tight.  If she didn’t move, the thing wouldn’t be able to see her.  She wished she hadn’t left her cell phone in her room.  Nick was going to die, and there wasn’t anything she could do to stop it.  Now she wished she’d gone for help instead of following him into the woods.
Nick drove the sharp tip of the branch into the monster’s back.  Howling in pain and anger, the thing stood on two legs, freaking her out.  Apparently this was another thing she didn’t know about border monsters.  They could stand on four legs or two.  It reached around, grabbed Nick by his ankle, and ripped him free.  The thing lifted him high in the air.  It was going to slap the ground with him, breaking bones and causing massive internal injuries.
Without giving it a thought Bay-Lee ran at the giant monster.  Desperation drove her to action.  She hit it with a flying kick.  Surprised, the monster dropped Nick.  He executed a summersault and rolled away from the fight.  The border monster turned in her direction.  She retreated fast, blending in with the trees.  As long as she wasn’t moving and wasn’t in the light, it couldn’t see her.
The border monster bent forward and sniffed, trying to catch her scent.  When it exhaled, the heavy whoosh of air blew hair around her face, momentarily obstructing her vision.  Her nose itched.  She clenched her fists and fought the urge to scratch.  She remained frozen, refusing to even blink.  The monster was not going to trick her into moving, no matter what it did.  Her fingers dug into the tattered bark of the tree.  A silent scream lodged in her throat, searching for an exit.  If the monster didn’t get out of her face soon, she might lose control and release the scream.

Nick laughed.  The sound seemed to infuriate the monster.  It whipped around, ready to finish crunching Nick to dust.  The monster charged at him.  Nick brought the branch around in an arcing sweep and plunged it into the monster’s gut.  The thing staggered backwards before crashing forward.  It was going to fall on top of Nick.  He lurched to the side, trying to get out of the way, but he wasn’t fast enough.  The monster fell.
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