Teaser Tuesdays (50)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

Distorted shadows crept across my bedroom ceiling. As the pull from the other side grew stronger, I couldn’t help but obsess over my visitor’s ominous prophecy. What you are, I once was. What I am, you will someday become.

~ p. 8 The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

What’s your teaser for this week?

Release Blitz Blossom and the Beast

Blossom and the Beast

Author: RS McCoy
A Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Blurb: 
*A Paranormal Romance retelling of Beauty and the Beast*
Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll
find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will
for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious
branch known as Terra.
In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan
leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage.
Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.
Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and
manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence
and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s
prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand,
Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long.
Reviews:
 
Beauty and the Beast has long been my favorite old school Disney movie and this book has
some serious undertones with Beauty and the Beast references. Sometimes this doesn’t work
so well, but here the references are perfectly placed and pulled at my heart strings. Clarice’s Book Nook
I adored the characters (especially Kaide but also Blossom ­­ she’s such a strong­willed
character!) the story, and McCoy’s wonderful and gripping writing style. BooksEnchanted
 
The story is fast paced and apart from Blossom and Kaide’s romance, there is plenty of
suspense, political manipulation and intrigue in Kaide’s career as a politician that will affect and
change his and Blossom’s lives forever! All this and more is handled with ease by RS McCoy
and I loved her writing style and know that I will be checking out her other books too while I wait
for the next book in this series. NjKinny’s World of Books and
Stuff
 
Author Bio: 
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge­watching MTV reality shows and
baking gluten­free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the
self­published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Extraction Files, and The
Alder Tales series. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine
biology, which contributed to her die­hard love of manta rays.
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Book Review: The Fierce Fellowship Games

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Author: Chris Parker

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Joshua Suzuki is once again in the loving arms of his older brother, Nick. Putting his concern for the Demon Lord, Hexen aside, Josh focuses on the exciting event that his brother has placed him in—The Fierce Fellowship Games. For once Josh can be a normal teenager and have fun. But he soon finds out that even in the M.B.S. Guild, fun comes at a price.

 The 9 Lieutenant Governors all have their own idea of “fun” that involves dirty politics, sex, and an obsession for absolute power. And unfortunately for Josh, he’s caught right in the center of the chaos. Get ready for this character driven novel by Chris Parker because The Fierce Fellowship Games are here.

In The Fierce Fellowship Games, Joshua Suzuki is taking part in the Fierce Fellowship Games (as the title suggests). In the fellowship games, the M.B.S. Guild holds an annual contest, in which each division competes against each other in a series of game. Games are supposed to be fun, but in the M.B.S Guild, a lot more comes into play than just having fun. The 9 Lieutenant Governers have their own idea of “fun”, an with an obsession for power, dirty politics, and some messy relationships, Josh ends up right in the middle of the chaos.

These books have a lot of characters, and luckily, it’s easy to keep them apart. Each character has a distinct personality – for example, it’s easy for the reader to know when Nick is talking, or when Josh is. The plethora of characters also adds an extra dimension to the book and series, making it more dynamic and interesting. The plot is fast-paced, and I kept on wondering what would happen next. This is proving to be an interestnig fantasy series, and I would recommend this book, and the other books in the series, to all readers who enjoy fantasy.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (75)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. 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.

Finished Reading

I didn’t finish any books last week. Shame on me 🙁
 

Currently Reading

What are you reading this week?

Release Blitz Accidentally Compromising the Duke

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AccidentallyCompromisingtheDuke_500X750Title: Accidentally Compromising the Duke

Author: Stacy Reid

Genre: Historical Romance

England, 1817. Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.

Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.

Author Bio

Stacy Reid Profile PictureI am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. From an early age, I started writing short stories for pleasure. I knew the dozens of romance novels I devoured were onto something when I met my husband at fifteen and fell in love after a week!

Life got in the way and I stopped writing for years. Then at the age of twenty-six with a degree in Human Resource Management I decided to focus on my passion—writing. I especially love romance and adore writing sensually hot paranormal fantasy, historical and contemporary stories.

I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with my love—Dusean Nelson.

Some Random Things About Me

  1. I cannot swim, but I can float thanks to Melissa “Misa” Bourbon Ramirezand Gwen Hayes
  2. As a child I was so skinny my nickname was “Bag of bones”
  3. I love ice cream and I adore chocolate, but I hate chocolate ice cream
  4. I skipped many classes during high school to devour novels at the local library
  5. I love dogs and don’t trust cats . I’m told I was mauled by a cat when I was one year old, go figure
  6. I hate washing the dishes. If you were to torture me nail pulling would not work, but washing dishes will
  7. I have worn my hair boy-cut short seven times in my life
  8. I love when it rains
  9. I lived in a house for six years without doors and windows
  10. My absolute favourite TV series is AMC’s The Walking Dead

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Release Day Blitz To Love a Libertine

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About the Book

9781633756526Title: To Love a Libertine

Author: Liana LeFey

Genre: Historical Romance

Both have secrets. Both have reputations. Both fear falling in love.

London, 1727. When Miss Eden Lowther catches the eye of Lord Percival Falloure, Marquess of Tavistoke, she’s delighted, for his wicked lordship is anything but boring. The canny coquette who declined five suitors the season prior sets out to capture the infamous “Terror of the Ton” for keeps, but the man she finds behind the façade isn’t at all what she expects.

Having suffered heartbreak and humiliation two years ago, Lord Tavistoke is wary of love. But once on the market, always on the market until wed or dead. Desperate to throw London’s single ladies off the scent, Percy looks to reestablish his rotten reputation with a rousing scandal. His mark: Miss Eden Lowther, a tearing beauty reported to have left devastation in her wake last Season. If anyone has asked for ruination, it is the heartless “Hellion of Holker Hall”…

Eden and Percy soon find themselves falling dangerously in love, despite their fears and her family’s objections. But love alone save them when a ruthless rival forces her hand.

Author Bio

Liana LeFey Profile Picture 1Liana loves to weave incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. The glory and splendor of the 18th Century provides a lush, glittering backdrop for her fairy tale romances. It’s a time of sensuous lovers, passionate music, lavish royal courts and deadly intrigues.

Liana lives in Texas with her own dashing hero of nearly twenty years, their delightful progeny, one spoiled-rotten feline overlord, and several tanks of tropical fish. She’s been devouring historical romances since her early teens and is now delighted to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.

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Feature and Follow (21)

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read. Each week, they ask bloggers a question they respond to in their Feature and Follow post.

I would like to be followed through Bloglovin‘.

This week’s question:

“Give a funny blurb to a book that will “tickle” those who haven’t read the book yet.

Whiny teenage girl falls in love with mysterious, extremely handsome guy who attends her new school, along with his slightly off family members. Aforementioned hottie likes the girl too, but must insert unnecessary drama into their relationship by claiming they can’t be together, although he does watch over her at night in a very creepy, stalker-like way. A lot of usual drama, barely any plot movement, oh, and turns out mystery guy is a vampire. Except sunlight doesn’t burn him – it makes him sparkle.

Guess what book this is for? Yep, Twilight.

Author Interview with Kelley Kaye

26809659How long have you been writing?

I have loved writing since birth, practically. But I’ve only been writing to share with my first published short story—a horror story called ‘Wobegone’ published in Crimson magazine in 2000. I’ve only been able to write full time since October of 2013.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I like writing in all different genres for all different reasons, if that’s not TOO annoying of an answer. For this cozy mystery series I like trying to lay out the jigsaw of the murder and I like figuring out which Shakespeare references go with the storyline and the clues. With nonfiction I like writing in that genre because it’s me…writing me. J For YA I write paranormal; I LOVE being able to make anything I want happen in a paranormal world, plus I like trying to sound like a high schooler.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Well I said my first published short story was horror, but I’ve never written a horror novel. Some days I’d like to try that; other days I feel way too wedded to the happy ending to EVER try it. Stephen King is one of my all-time favorite writers, though, and I think it is because with most of his novels, there is a sense of hope by the end. Same goes for Dean Koontz—those two writers are tops in their craft! I really should try it, it would be a great challenge.

Please tell us about your book.

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado. There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends. Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest. As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

I love Emma and Leslie the most, because they are a combination of me and all my English teacher friends. Right now my least favorite character is Charlie Foreman, he is a misogynistic douchebag with no redeeming qualities he has ever shown me. The police detective Carl Niome is also not the best guy ever. He has hinted at some redemption to me, though, so we’ll see what he does in future books…

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

To be honest—this part. J The whole marketing/social media aspect is not something I’m used to or very good at, yet. I’m working on it…

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I have a small ‘office’ AKA a chair in the corner of my bedroom, complete with laptop and picture of my late father—bookseller extraordinaire. There is a schedule taped to the side of my dresser, laying out chunks of time for each writing project and each social media outlet. 7 days a week!

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

The first draft took about a year. Different draft processes were done intermittently with other projects, so other drafts took another couple of years, in sections here and there. Once I got a contract with RedAdept Publishing, the total time between signing and release (three more drafts, content editor, line editor, proofreader, cover art, formatting, WOW, took thirteen months

Can you tell us about your editing process?

I don’t edit anything until the entire first draft is finished. Then I give the manuscript to several Beta readers, compile all their comments and ideas, and then dive in to the editing.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

It is a series! The Chalkboard Outlines® cozy mystery series will be all stories starring Emma Lovett and Leslie Parker, in the surroundings of Pinewood High School in the mountain town of Pinewood, Colorado. Each book will be about solving a different murder.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read, read read! The best writers are also the best readers, and you can learn a lot through experiencing other writers of every genre. If writing is something you love, my advice is to find a way to do it. Find support from other writers and get involved in the writing community

Why should everyone read your book?

I don’t think my book is for everyone, really. It is light-hearted and irreverent, and no one in it (except maybe the killer) takes themselves too seriously. It’s not very bloody and nothing explodes, and there are no zombies in it, so it wouldn’t appeal to readers of those genres. I think it is a fun, goofy story that concentrates on the friendships and relationships within it, so I hope everyone who wants to read THAT kind of book will want to board the Chalkboard Outlines® train. It’s a happy ride! J

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Of course William Shakespeare! Also John Steinbeck. Maybe Edgar Allen Poe—how interesting would it be to jump into THAT guy’s brain?!? C.S. Lewis too, or A.A. Milne, for the same reason. But three isn’t enough, there are so many living writers I’d like to meet: Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Lee Child, Madeline L’Engle, Nancy Pickard, Patricia Cornwell, Lois Duncan…oh oh oh I just can’t stop!

What inspired you to write your book?

My father was a voracious reader and a lifetime learner, who by the age of 32 hadn’t figured out what to do with his hundreds of college credits that had never turned into any kind of degree. He asked my mother, who was his girlfriend at the time, what he oughta do with his life. She said, ‘Well, how many books do you have?’ He said, ‘I dunno…five thousand?’ ‘Why don’t you open a store?’ was her response. So he did—in 1966 he opened the first used bookstore (I call him the ‘inventor’ of the used bookstore.) He ran the bookstore for 40 years and always forwent some of his sales to bring his favorite books home to my mother, my sister and me. No question about it, the mysteries, thrillers and spy games were his favorites, and consequently became mine. One time he brought me a book from his new favorite series—Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar books. I think it was Drop Shot.

I resisted this series for a while because Myron is a failed professional basketball player and sports agent, and I don’t like sports. Anyway, I finally read the book, and I was hooked. I couldn’t figure out the ending right away, I loved Myron and Win, it was suspenseful and fun and I laughed all the way through it. I loved it! And I wanted to do it! I immediately wanted to tell a story that did all those things. So I emailed Harlan. I emailed Harlan, told him how much I loved his book and how much I wanted to write one. Believe it or not, he wrote me right back! His advice was to “just do it” and he gave me the title of Anne Lamott’s fantastic book on writing Bird by Bird. So I did. I mean, it’s not like I sat down the next day and then three months later I had a book, but I didn’t have an outline or a story board, or anything like that. I had the main characters vis-à-vis my life and the failed screenplay, and I knew who got killed and basically why he was killed and who killed him, but the rest happened in the story as it appeared.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I have many projects in the works right now—a non-fiction, self-help memoir called The A or B Principle, book #2 in the Chalkboard Outlines Series, A YA Paranormal series I need to edit profusely, a YA Paranormal standalone I have to revamp the POV completely called Belly of the Whale.

About the Book

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

Book Review: Mercy Row Retribution by Harry Hallman

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Author: Harry Hallman
Genre: Historical Crime Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

While serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War, Gerry Amota, the grandson of Jacob Byrne, the head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family, seizes an opportunity to create a lucrative marijuana smuggling operation. It’s 1967 and under the secrecy of a classified military operation and with the assistance of a French Marseille Mob, who owns plantations in Cambodia, he is able to send tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana a month to Philadelphia. His grandfather’s criminal enterprise distributes the drug to a population who has developed and insatiable appetite for the marijuana.

A rival French from Paris gang tries to force Amato to buy their product and this triggers war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob.  From the steamy jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, to the streets of Saigon, Paris and Philadelphia the ruthless actions of the Paris mob threatens to destroy the Byrne family. Gerry Amato orchestrates merciless campaign of retribution against his foes in order to save himself and his family.

In part two of Mercy Row Retribution, the third book in the Byrne family saga, it is April 1975 and South Vietnam is about to fall to the North Vietnamese communist. Gerry Amato fears that the communists will take revenge on the population and especially children, many of whom are Amerasian, at an orphanage he supported and volunteered at during his time as a Pilot. He orchestrates a rescue mission to retrieve the children and bring them to the United States. This takes him and his team into harm’s way in Thailand, across Cambodia and into worn torn Vietnam and back. The fate of 75 children and 30 adults rest squarely on Gerry’s shoulders.

In Mercy Row Retribution, Gerry Amota is the grandson of Jacob Byrne, head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family. Some of the family businesses are legitimate, others not so much. While serving the airforce during the Vietnam war, Gerry sees a way of making money by creating a marijuana smuggling cooperation. His organization soon sends ten of thousands of pounds of marijuana to Philadelphia a month. When a rival Paris gang tries to force Gerry to buy their product, this triggers a war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob.

I quite enjoyed reading about the exploits of the Byrne family. It surprised me how they could be so “good” on the one hand, and still be quite evil on the other, running orphanages while at the same time not hesitating to kill people. It was quite the contradiction, and you’d think it wouldn’t work well, but it did. The crooked standards made for an interesting read, and it was very engaging to dive into the minds of people like Gerry Amota, who have their own, although slightly off, code of moral conduct.

The book reads like an action movie. Gun fights, kidnapping, the mob, violence, and most of all revenge. It’s a fast-paced, thrilling read and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys action movies, thrillers and crime fiction.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Surrender to the Chase

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for paranormal romance “Surrender to the Chase”. Enjoy, and scroll down for our giveaway.

Tour Schedule

May 25th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 25th: Author Interview @ Tiffany Shand’s Blog

May 26th: Book Excerpt @ Recipe Fairy

May 28th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

May 29th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

May 30th: Book Excerpt @ The Voluptuous Diva

June 1st: Author Interview @ Anna Durand’s Blog

About the Book

surrender to the chaseTitle: Surrender to the Chase

Series: Under Realm Assassins #2

A year after the tragic death of his close friend and fellow assassin, Ethan Halstead is ready to take up his sniper rifle once more. But his first assignment is nothing he ever expected. Ethan must hunt and retrieve a beautiful, spirited, alluring werewolf.

Knowing no other way to escape an arranged marriage, Fraya flees from her pack. As she contemplates slipping across the border and heading to South America, she is captured by a dangerously seductive vampire who plans on escorting her back to her family. Even as Fraya vows to make Ethan’s mission as difficult as possible, she can’t resist the riotous desire he sparks within her.

But Ethan isn’t the only predator that peruses Fraya. A powerful rival pack’s alpha wants to make her his mate. Will Ethan be able to keep Fraya safe and return her to her pack? Or will he surrender to temptation and claim Fraya as his own?

Author Bio

Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
Amanda is also an associate reviewer on The Book Nympho.

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