Starter Day Party Intuition Book Tour

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Today I’m pleased to announce that I’m launching a book tour for Intuition by Jayne Fordham, a supernatural suspense novel. Here is the full tour schedule.

April 30th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

May 3th: Author Interview
@ Rainy of the Dark

May 4th: Review
@ Mission To Read

May 6th: Guest Post
@ Pretty Opinionated

May 8th: Review
@ I Heart Reading

May 10th: Review and Book Excerpt
@ Kindred Dreamheart

May 12th: Book Excerpt
@ Full Moon Bites

May 13th: Review
@ Pageturner by Beth

Book Cover and Blurb

13478861Title: Intuition
Author: Jayne Fordham
Genre: Supernatural Suspense
Synopsis:

Olive Morgan is not your typical psychologist. She can also access the memories of anyone she comes into contact with.

After an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall, Olive is enlisted alongside a team of ‘Elite’ consultants. She joins Canan Jones who can attune to the emotions of other people, including Olive. Initially, she distrusts the agency, but when another explosion threatens more lives Olive has no choice but to use her skill to prevent another disaster.

Is terrorism really at play or is the agency hiding the real reason behind these attacks?

Olive wants to solve the case, but her personal life is suffering. Despite having a boyfriend, she feels a connection brewing with Canan, who has an uncanny way of making her feel calm when life becomes overwhelming…

Intuition is a tale of supernatural suspense and the first book in the Elite Series.

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Author Bio

Jayne Fordham resides in Sydney where she works as a psychologist and freelance writer while working on another novel. Jayne has also authored the YA fantasy novel, A Season Of Transformation.

Visit the author’s blog or her book blog.
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Release Day Party Unicorn Keep

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I’m happy to participate in the release day party for Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos today. We’re also giving away 2 eBook copies of Angelia’s previous novel, Horse Charmer, to two lucky winners! Scroll down to find out more about this giveaway. And don’t forget to order your copy of Unicorn Keep today!

About the Book

UnicornKeep_webTitle: Unicorn Keep
Author: Angelia Almos
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her.

Mage Herrick, son of the Keep Mage, returns home to the Keep as the trainee keepers arrive. A chance encounter with Jiline, who he believes is Madelen, on the trail sparks a magical connection between the two. Knowing he can’t feel a magical draw to someone who has no magic, he tries to prove Madelen (Jiline) has magic within her. His attention brings unforeseen complications for both of them.

Author Bio

Angelia Almos formed a lifelong passion for horses at the age of five when she talked her parents into riding lessons. Horses often play a prominent role in her young adult fantasy books. She also write horsey nonfiction and space opera. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and one pony (she often thinks of bumping that number up to two).
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (14)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

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Finished Reading Last Week

   

Currently Reading

   

In My Mailbox (35) / Mailbox Monday (44) / Stacking The Shelves (1)

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The purpose of this meme is to share the books that came into our house last week with our readers. These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. The only thing that doesn’t count are library books.

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy’s Love of Books.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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Thanks to Flux Books, Tor Books and Penguin Group USA for the review copies.

   

Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Egmont USA for the review copies.

   

Thanks to Egmont USA, Open Road and Curiosity Quills Press for the review copies.
What did you get in your mailbox this week?

On My Wishlist (8)

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On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Cosey Books. The purpose of this meme is to share the books that are on our wishlist with other bloggers. My personal wishlist is extremely long, and it’s getting longer every week. Since I will never get to buy all the books on my wishlist, this meme is the ideal way for me to feature these books.

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I read Switched and loved it, so I had to add Torn to this list. Also, I adore the cover of Born Wicked, it’s the first on my to-buy list after I’ve purchased the City of Bones series by Cassandra Clare.

What’s on your wishlist this week?

Book Review: On Haunted Ground

12982848Title: On Haunted Ground
Author: Lisa Rogers
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Rating: 3,5 stars
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Lisa Rogers sensed that the house she bought with her husband Wes came with a ghost. But nothing prepared them for doors slamming on their own, objects flying, and the nightly appearance of a freaky green orb in their bedroom. Their two children had opposing views on the paranormal activity. While Keshia grew attached to the grandmotherly ghost who taught her not to be afraid of thunderstorms and the Native American spirit that tucked her into bed, her brother Troy wasn’t quick to believe in their unearthly guests.
This amazing true story details two decades of terrifying, funny, and heartwarming paranormal encounters–the mischievous entity that imitated the voice of each family member, the spool that “came to life” to chase the kids, the shocking events that shake Wes and Troy’s skepticism–and the enduring love that keeps the family together through it all.

On Haunted Ground tells the experiences of author Lisa Rogers while she lives in a house, haunted not by one, but by several different ghosts, some more powerful than others. While some of these experiences are creepy enough to make shivers run down your spine, they’re not all malicious in nature. Lisa Rogers has an intriguing narrator’s voice, and she builds up the tension perfectly throughout her book. Even if a book is non-fiction, it’s still important to keep a reader hooked, and Lisa definitely succeeds in that.

I have mixed opinions about all the specters haunting Lisa’s house though, but that’s probably the skeptic in me again. I have no trouble believing a house is haunted. Even if there are more than two ghosts involved, I can live with that. But the phantoms in Lisa’s house seem to vary as time progresses, and there are about five of them, if not more. There’s a ghost who can strangely imitate people’s voice and who occassionally picks up the phone, for instance. I’ve never heard of any ghosts behaving this way. Sure, they can perhaps imitate a voice ones, but this frequently? And even when picking up the phone. It’s both disturbing and unreal, and I’m not sure if I completely believe it. It could be that this particular experience is a bit exaggerated. Or it could be completely truthful, who am I to judge?

It just confuses me that not all ghosts would be present at the same time, and that the amount of specters living in a house varies over time. It’s like the house Lisa Rogers lives in is more like a hotel for people stuck in the afterlife than anything else. I would’ve preferred if the author delved more into the why. Why is that particular house so terribly haunted? I feel like I have more questions than answers at the end of this book.

The book also felt a little superificial to me, probably because the author tried to talk about 20 years of paranormal activity in the course of one book. But I could live with that. It gave the book a more ‘scientific’ feel, which I thought helped add to the book’s credibility.

Of all the true haunting novels I’ve read so far, On Haunted Ground is perhaps my favorite. It holds the middle between being too exaggerated to be believable and being so dry and uneventful it can’t be anything but true. The writing style is fluent, and I enjoyed Lisa’s turmoils, not only with the ghosts but also with her family. It’s very clear that she has a loving and caring family, with or without the ghosts included. I will definitely read more books by this author if given the chance.

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

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All these books are either sequels or follow-ups to great series I’ve read the previous parts of. Except for The Mortal Instruments, which I haven’t finished reading yet since I only have City of Bones and City of Fallen Angels. But these are next on my to buy list!

In My Mailbox (34) / Mailbox Monday (43)

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The purpose of this meme is to share the books that came into our house last week with our readers. These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. The only thing that doesn’t count are library books.

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What’s in your Mailbox?

Release Day Party Shadow of Witte Wieven

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I’m proud to participate today in the release day party for Shadow of Witte Wieven, an edgy paranormal romance written by Debbie Peterson and published by InkSpell Publishing. 5 lucky winners will receive an eBook copy of this book! Scroll down to participate!

13415938Title: Shadow of the Witte Wieven
Author: Debbie Peterson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: April 21st 2012
Format: eBook, Kindle, Paperback
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Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.
Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.
Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?

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Book Review: Stalked by Spirits by Vivian Campbell

13178066Title: Stalked by Spirits
Author: Vivian Campbell
Genre: True Haunting, Non-fiction
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication Date: April 8th 2012
Rating: 3,5 stars
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Haunted since childhood, Vivian Campbell has encountered angry wraiths, mischievous child spirits, terrorizing demons, and all sorts of bizarre, unearthly beings. Vivian relives these chilling and thrilling experiences in Stalked by Spirits, including how she and her family suffered violent phantom attacks, received small favors from a little girl ghost, negotiated with a demanding spirit, welcomed back a dearly departed pet, tolerated ghostly attendance at holiday dinners and Girl Scout meetings, and waged hair-raising battles with an evil entity threatening their baby daughter.
Taking us inside a variety of spirit-infested, often beautiful places–a stone mansion in the Tennessee mountains, a century-old college dorm, the first apartment she shared with her new husband, and the beloved Florida home that’s been in her family for generations–these true tales vividly capture an extraordinary and haunted life.

In Stalked by Spirits, author Vivian Campbell tells us about her life as a ghost magnet. It seems as if, wherever she goes or stands, she encounters spirits from the beyond. The book starts out very vividly with a description of one of Vivian’s first ghostly encounters. Mrs. Campbell has a very fluent, lively writing style, but her descriptions tend to be long and written in formal, sensational prose. However, this is much more the case in the first part than in the second part of the book. Needless to say, I enjoyed the second part the most.

The thing that bothered me the most about this book is that I don’t believe it. I don’t want to call Mrs. Campbell a liar or anything, but the sheer amount of ghosts she’s encountered over the years, makes me roll my eyes. If we’re to believe every account in this book, then there are ghosts everywhere. Yes, everywhere. In your closet, your dining room, your bathroom – you name it, they’re here. But mind you, ghosts aren’t the only supernatural thing bothering Mrs. Campbell. I remember vividly her description of how she had received a strange chair once belonging to a voodoo priest (or something along those lines) and how, one day, the chair had attacked her. Now, I know that vooodoo, African magic, and everything along those lines, isn’t to be messed with but it seems strange to me than an otherwise regular chair, who hasn’t moved in years, suddenly goes beserk when Vivian’s parents left.

I must say that I did enjoy the descriptions of the various houses Mrs. Campbell has lived in over the years, including an old mansion. The descriptions are very thorough, and I could imagine myself wandering through that house. Old houses, especially ones as gigantic as described in the book, are scary by nature. It doesn’t surprise me that these century-old buildings hold ghosts, spirits and a whole array of secrets ready to discover. Unfortunately though, the ghosts Mrs. Campbell discovers in this building are anything but good. In fact, they’re quite malicious, and they constantly hope to scare the people inhabiting the house. Not all of them are equally evil, but that doesn’t mean a lot when half of them are. I thought that this part of the book, although well-written, read more like a ghost story for a fiction novel than an account of true events. It was just too sensational. Not only were there more ghosts in Mrs. Campbell’s house than in the Amityville House or Winchester House, but they’re also stronger than any phantom I’ve heard or seen before.

Regular phantoms succeed in opening doors, sometimes slamming them, throwing stuff through the room, making items disappear, and sometimes even whispering strange messages or warnings. Mrs. Campbell’s phantoms however can slam ten or twenty doors at once, look like demons, and scare everyone who crosses their path.

Luckily for the reader, the sensational events tome down in the second part of the book. I particularly enjoyed the episodes of Mrs. Campbell in her dorm with some friends, where they encounter another series of ghosts.

Now, as to the reasons why this book doesn’t work for me. For starters, it reads too much like fiction. This could be partly because of the exaggerated descriptions and prose – even if Mrs. Campbell is telling us the truth, it already sounds like she’s adding some elements, just to make it more spectacular – or maybe because I can’t just wrap my head around this actually happening. It reminds me of that TV show, Most Haunted, in which the TV show presenter starts screaming before anything happens. And she does that every time. That’s one of the reasons why Most Haunted is more laughable than scary – the people participating start screaming as soon as the lights are out, making it impossible for the audience to hear anything but their screams. This book is a bit like that as well. Tension doesn’t build up slowly. I understand this is a real account of what happened, and if things started with a blast, you can’t exactly have them build up slowly. But I felt that this was lacking in the book, and it didn’t really have a start, middle and end because of this. If anything, it started with the climax and then went downhill from there.

The second reason why is because Mrs. Campbell finds ghosts everywhere. I understand some places can be haunted. In fact, I’m positive some places definitely are haunted. But every single building you enter? Every house you live in? I doubt it. I do tihnk Mrs. Campbell saw ghosts everywhere, but I’m not sure if they were really there, or conjured by her own imagination. Once we’ve had an encounter with spirits, it becomes easy to think every place is haunted and every odd thing can be linked to a ghost.

All in al, Stalked by Spirits left me feeling skeptic. While I really want to believe everything it says in the book, I have my doubts. There are just too many ghosts and too many powerful ones mentioned not to have me look at it skeptically. The book is quite scary though, especially in the beginning. If you’re a fan of scary reads, especially scary true reads, then this book might be for you. I did find myself enjoying it, although I rolled my eyes a couple of times while reading. The prose is a bit sensational, but it’s a writing style you get used to easily. If you’re a fan of true hauntings, I would take a look at this one. Maybe not the best out there, but it’s definitely better than the average.