Book Tours: Book Spotlight Trusting an Angel

TrustingAnAngel_500Trusting an Angel

Author:  Missy Jane

Release Date: 4/28/14

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Ms. Missy Jane is the alter ego of a Texas mother of four who has been married to the same wonderful man for over sixteen years. A few years ago Missy finished reading a book by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, titled The Outstretched Shadow, and thought -Now, what if? -and a monster was created. Missy now spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her four beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she’s always right.

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As the owner of a string of successful nightclubs all over the world, Zerach can have any woman–except for his assistant Isadora O’Donnell. First off, Isadora isn’t a one-night-stand kind of girl, and second, her dominating godparents don’t approve of him. There’s also the fact that he is an archangel with a mission to protect humans from demons, something Isadora can never find out about.

Isadora secretly longs for Zerach’s attention but her scarred body and his playboy ways keep her from acting on her feelings. With her only family on the brink of bankruptcy, she’s determined to help them, even if it means trying to forget Zerach and marrying the womanizing Jake, a man she’ll never love.

Zerach tries to keep Isadora at arm’s length, but when a demon starts stalking her, Zerach will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. But protecting her could cost him his wings.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party “The Trials of Caste” and “Into the Heart of Evil”


I’m hosting a starter day party today for the book tour for fantasy novels “The Trials of Caste” and “Into the Heart of Evil”. I’ll be reviewing both books later on during the tour. In the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

 April 30th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 2nd: Promo “The Trials of Caste” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

May 4th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

May 6th: Promo Post “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Deal Sharing Aunt

May 8th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

May 10th: Book Review “The Trials of Caste” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 12th: Promo Post @ Book Club Sisters

May 14th: Book Review “Into the Heart of Evil” @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 16th: Book Excerpt “The Trials of Caste” @ Bookaholic Ramblings

May 18th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

May 20th: Book Excerpt “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Bookaholic Ramblings

May 22nd: Book Excerpts @ Realm Tramper

May 23rd: Book Review “The Trials of Caste” @ I Heart Reading

May 26th: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

May 28th: Promo Post “The Trials of Caste” @ Hollow Readers

May 30th: Book Review “Into the Heart of Evil” @ I Heart Reading

June 2nd: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 4th: Promo Post “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Hollow Readers

June 6th: Book Review “The Trials of Caste” @ Forever Book Lover

June 8th: Guest Post @ The Book Gazette

June 10th: Book Review “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Forever Book Lover

June 12th: Author Interview @ 365 Days of Reading

June 14th: Book Excerpt “The Trials of Caste” @ Bookish Madness

June 16th: Promo “The Trials of Caste” @ The Reading Guru

June 18th: Book Excerpt “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Bookish Madness

June 21st: Book Review “The Trials of Caste” @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

June 22nd: Book Review “Into the Heart of Evil” @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

June 24th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

June 26th: Book Review “The Trials of Caste” @ Fantasy Book Lane

June 28th: Promo “Into the Heart of Evil” @ The Reading Guru

About The Books

Book 1 Final Cover for KindleTitle: The Trials of Caste

Author: Joel D.  Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy

A Game of Destiny, a Throne, a Paladin, a Prophecy… and Kobolds

In this explosive first novel in the Paladin of a Hidden God Series, the ancient game of destiny known as the Trials of Caste shows the Will of the Gods and reveals the Hand of the Fates.

A fresh voice in the Fantasy genre, Joel Babbitt’s story of Durik the kobold and his companions is genuine, triumphant, and absorbing.  In two days and two square miles of caverns, Joel takes the reader deep into the heart of a tribe in turmoil.  Looming insurrection, insurgent pacts, ancient powers, noble designs, and young aspirations combine to make the unforgettable coming-of-age tale of Durik the kobold and his companions.

With their year of training now past, Durik and six other young warriors are about to undergo the Trials of Caste where all of them will strive for the coveted position of elite warrior and the prestige and power that comes with it, though only one will win.  Simultaneously, a deadly conspiracy threatens to destroy their tribal leaders and seize the throne for its own evil purposes.  Durik and his six companions must each chose sides as the actions of an insurgent pact bring a day of decision for all the children of Kale.  Yet through it all, as if from beyond where the ancestors go, an ancient power calls to Durik, strengthening him as he and his closest companions risk everything to fight against this encroaching evil.

Book 2 Final Cover for KindleTitle: Into the Heart of Evil

Author: Joel D. Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy

In this second novel of the Paladin of a Hidden God series Joel masterfully weaves an explosive tale that puts Durik and his companions in a desperate fight for their lives, one they will only survive if they are true to themselves and to each other. 

It was supposed to be an easy journey… a simple first step for a band of new warriors.  But evil has an agenda of its own, and relentless conquest strikes when it chooses.  And what can so few do against so many?  Yet evil is not the only power that stirs in the southern valley; from deep in their prophetic past an ancient power also has returned, nurturing, watching, and helping its paladin.  On the anvils of danger and sacrifice Durik and his small group of companions will be forged by the hammer of their mutual hardships into an able band of heroes, but only if they can survive the journey into the heart of evil…

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authorJoel Babbitt is an officer in the U.S. Army and a bishop in his church.  He has spent his entire adult life living and teaching principles of leadership and team building in a warrior environment.  Joel and his family live in Maryland, USA.

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Book Review: Summer’s Shadow by Craig MacLachlan

BOOK COVER - Summer's ShadowTitle: Summer’s Shadow

Author: Craig MacLachlan

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

 When seventeen-year-old Sierra Winters watches her physical body sink to its death, she realizes a shining silver cord connects her two halves together, but it breaks off from her bellybutton, sinks with her body, and then everything changes when a mysterious boy named Valeck saves her life.
Sierra soon discovers she has stumbled upon a mysterious realm known as The Void, which is filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and love. But upon returning to The Void, she is met by a sinister man known as Maven Kodiak who can manipulate his surroundings into a sickening Rot. Maven wants the power of her silver cord all for himself so he can enter the physical world and conquer it.
And he will do anything to take Sierra’s cord, even if it means her death.
On the run from Maven, Sierra struggles to understand her abilities and powers which yield some surprising results. As she and Valeck fall in love, Sierra discovers he is keeping a vital secret from her.Can Sierra be happy sharing her life between both realms, or will she be forced to choose one over the other forever?
But nothing in Sierra’s life will matter if she doesn’t find a way to stop the maniac hunting for her.

Summer’s Shadow is an interesting YA novel about courage, and a magical realm that sounds like an older and more mature version of Narnia. Main character Sierra witnesses a cord running from her soul to her body, while she watches her body plummet to its death. A boy named Valeck saves her life, and it’s the beginning of an adventure that will change Sierra’s life forever.

Valeck is an interesting love interest. I liked him from the start. He’s keeping secets, but that makes things interesting. He’s about as mysterious as they get, which is always a bonus. The realm Sierra stumbles upon, the Void, is dark and threatening, and there is the threat of an evil wizard named Maven, who wants to spread a rot through the Void, which destroys everything in its way. Maven wants to get Sierra’s cord, no matter what it takes.

Written in a clear, unique voice, with an amazing cast of characters and an intriguing plot, Summer’s Shadow is a must read for the YA crowd.

Book Review: Accused (A Retaliation Novel)

ACCUSED 3DBOOKTitle: Accused (A Retaliation novel #2)
Author: Yasmin Shiraz
Genre: YA – real life
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.

Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera’s journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.

An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:

“I recommend it for teen readers… Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It’s an important and worthwhile YA novel.”

Accused is an interesting novel that offers an intriguing perspective on rape and sexual abuse. The book had its ups and downs, but overall it was an inspiring, thought-provoking read.

Tashera and her boyfriend, Ahmed, start college this year. I haven’t read the first book, so I missed out on some background story relating to both characters, but nevertheless, I could understand the characters and their behaviors quite well. Tashera joins a support group, STOP, which helps victims of abuse. However, when Ahmed gets accused of rape by a high school student, Tashera is put in a difficult position. She’s convinced Ahmed didn’t do it, but if she wants to prove his innocence, she has to find out who did.

Both Tashera and Ahmed make for interesting characters. Tashera is stubborn, intelligent, relentless in her pursuit of what she perceives to be justice. She stands up for others, and for goals she believes in. Ahmed is a less developed character than Tashera, but it was still interesting to see how he acted to the false accusations.

The story matter is thought-provoking, the writing is good, the characters are decent, but if I had to point out a flaw, it would be the villain. We meet the villain early on – Brandon, a psychopath who has close to no personality at all. He’s not all that developed as a character, and he comes across as very one-dimensional, as if he’s just there for the sake of acting as the villain. It would’ve been more interesting had Brandon not been depicted as an evil monster, but as a real person, someone who has feelings, no matter how messed up they are.

Nevertheless, the topic was interesting, and the story enjoyable. The book is ideal for teens, because of the issues it addresses. Even though date rape is the common thread throughout the book, there are no graphic scenes, so it should be safe for youngsters to read.

Book Tours: Book Spotlight Secrets and Sins: Raphael

Secrets and Sins: Raphael

Raphael_300Author: Naima Simone

Release Date: 4/28/14

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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 When Greer Addison finds her future husband in bed with another woman, she runs…right into the arms of dark and dangerous Raphael Marcel. Angry and hurt, she throws caution to the wind and spends a hot night with the sexy security specialist. But when her fiancé is found dead, Greer becomes the main suspect of a crime she can’t remember.

Raphael is stunned and suspicious when Greer shows up on his doorstep claiming she’s carrying his baby. Worse, she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall. As Raphael begins to trust Greer, they must race against the clock to uncover a killer. Because Greer’s memory is returning…

Tagline: Some sins have dangerous consequences…

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Cover Reveal Party Luthier’s Apprentice


Releases on May 15th

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. Represented by Serendipity Literary.


Book Tours: Book Spotlight Don’t Blackmail the Vampire


Don’t Blackmail the Vampire

Author: Tiffany Allee

Release Date: 4/28/14

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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CPA-turned-romance-author Tiffany Allee used to battle spreadsheets in Corporate America, and now concentrates on her characters’ battles to find love. Raised in small-town Colorado, Tiffany currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver. She is happily married to a secret romantic who tolerates her crazy mutterings.

She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (Entangled Publishing)

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Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé’s potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?

Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother’s wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it’s time for Rachel to pay up.

Tagline: What’s a little blackmail between consenting adults?

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Spark


I’m hosting the starter day party today for urban fantasy “Spark”. The tour runs from April 28 to May 5th.

Tour Schedule

April 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 28th: Book Excerpt @ Nocturnal Predators Reviews

April 30th: Book Excerpt @ The Readers Hollow

May 1st: Promo Post @ The Right Book For You

May 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Annette Gisby’s Blog

May 3rd: Promo Post @ Iequals Alissa

May 4th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

May 5th: Book Review @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock


Spark-eBookTitle: Spark

Author: K.C. Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Copywriter by day, nerd by night, Hailey Holloway is living the post college dream. Her life may not be flashy and exciting but it’s enough for her. After a late night at work, Hailey stumbles upon two dragons brawling in the middle of Philadelphia. In an act of kindness and lapse of sanity, she comforts the dragon who was left behind to die. In doing so she inadvertently invited the soul of Dacea into herself for safe keeping. Hailey just wants to live her life as simply and quietly as possible but with the voice of a disembodied dragon in her head, she has little hope of achieving her goal.

Dacea will do anything to be free of Hailey, a human who is moments from checking herself into a psychiatric ward. He is grateful to be alive, but at what cost to his sanity? The dragon world is in upheaval. Green is at war with Red, and he is of no use to anyone while stuck with Hailey.

The solution to their problem is not without its risks. But just how far will Hailey go to be free of the dragon?

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Author PhotoK.C. Stewart lives in central Pennsylvania with her three cats. She is currently attending college online for Library Science while working full time as a photographer. In her spare time, which isn’t easy to find, she reads an obnoxious amount and writes in between everything else. K.C. has a very real addiction to gummy bears and talking to her cats when no one is around.



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Book Review: Blood Moon (The Ravenscliff Series #3)

18742288Title: Blood Moon (The Ravenscliff Series #3)

Author: Geoffrey Huntington

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The mystery of the Tower at Ravenscliff is at last revealed, in the long awaited continuation of The Ravenscliff Series.

A returning threat roams the halls of Ravenscliff Manor, the mad sorceress Clarissa, but she is only one of many problems facing Devon March. His budding relationship with Cecily takes a hit when he discovers she might be his (gulp!) sister, while his pal Marcus is mysteriously linked with the savage, gorilla-like beast that turns up in Misery Point on nights of the full moon.

The only way to solve these mysteries is to take another trip down the Staircase Into Time, with Devon emerging at the Ravenscliff of thirty years ago. A time when his guardian Amanda and the mysterious Rolfe are toddlers, and the Madman, Jackson Muir, is very much alive.

Reviewing Blood Moon is tough. When I was younger, I was in love with The Ravenscliff Series. I devoured the first two books, started rooting for main character Devon, and fell in love with the spooky, crumbling mansion, Ravenscliff Manor. Unfortunately, the wait between parts two and three was too long. While I loved the characters, setting, and adventures when I was twelve-thirteen years old, I no longer find them that enthralling now that I’m twenty-two. If a teenager or middle grader would read the books today, they’d probably love it, but I had to wait ten years for a third installment, and it ended up being a dissapointment.

In typical fashion for the Ravenscliff series, the book is filled with charismatic main characters, action, suspense, and a solid dose of horror. Mad sorceress Clarissa has returned to Ravenscliff, and forms a new threat for Devon. Unfortunately she’s not the only threat though, and Devon and his friends are once again forced to take a trip down the Staircase Into Time, to the Ravenscliff of thirty years ago.

The writing is great, the action is spot-on, but it reads a little juvenile. There are also some consistencies with the first two books that annoyed me, like how it used to be the east wing that was closed off, and now, all of the sudden, it’s the west wing. Wait, what? And why change that? Does it really make a difference?

Anyway, if you like stories that have tons of plot, tons of cliffhangers, and are suspenseful and entertaining, give this series a shot. Keep in mind though that it’s a good fit for its audience, but may sound too juvenile for older audiences.

Book Review: Lake Thirteen by Greg Herren

15843245Title: Lake Thirteen
Author: Greg Herren
Genre: YA Horror, YA Paranormal Mystery
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

It seemed like a good idea at the time…
Every summer three families take a trip together—this year it’s to a remote resort in the mountains of upstate New York. Scotty, a teenager who’s just come out, is nervous about how his friends will react to him. A late night visit to an old nearby cemetery seems like a great idea to the bored teens, but the old cemetery holds dark secrets hidden for almost a century—secrets that might have been better left undisturbed.
And what originally seemed like a boring week in the mountains gradually becomes a nightmare of terror for the teens and their families…

Lake Thirteen is a ghost story and paranormal mystery that offers fluent writing, interesting characters, and a worthy plot. Three families take a trip together each summer, to a location shown at random. This summer, it’s a remote resort in the mountains of upstate New York, named Lake Thirteen. Scotty,  our main character, is nervous about how the other teenagers will react to him, as he just outed himself as being gay. Unfortunately, their reaction to his sexuality will be the least of his worries when they arrive at Lake Thirteen.

They go on a late-night visit to a local cemetery, which harbors dark secrets better left undisturbed. Eerie things start to happen. First to Scotty, but then to the other teens as well. Scotty is convinced his boyfriend Marc, who he left back home, is involved or connected to the strange happenings at Lake Thirteen.

I love ghost stories, and Lake Thirteen did as it set out to do: it scared me. Not that much, but then again, this is YA horror, and I’m used to reading the genre. But there were some creepy twists and clues I hadn’t seen coming. A great read for fans of YA paranormal mysteries or YA horror.