Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall into #Fantasy Week 9: Salvation by @JamesWymore


Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 9: Salvation by James Wymore


 A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.

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ABOUT JAMES WYMORE
On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination. Journey with him at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

#CoverReveal for Altar of Reality by @MaraValderran

Look how pretty! Mara is awesome and I can't wait to check this one out.


Today is the cover reveal for Altar of Reality, the first book from Shifted Realities--a brand new series by Mara Valderran. This YA dystopian is set to be released January 31st, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Want to stay up to date on all things Altar of RealitySign up for Mara's newsletter so you don't miss a thing!

And now...the moment Mara's we've all been waiting for...


When sixteen-year-old Madeline suffers her first grand mal seizure, she finds herself in an unfamiliar reality, surrounded by strangers wearing familiar faces. Her best friend, Brandon, tells her that the world has fallen to chaos, the aftermath of World War III ten years ago. Madeline doesn’t remember anything from this life— especially not the explosion four years ago that killed her parents and landed her in a coma, or the Lord Commander; a zealot leader of the Southern Territories now searching for her.

Madeline barely has time to process everything before waking up to the life she’s always known. As soon as she dismisses it all as a strange and vivid dream, she finds herself back there once more. Unsure if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion, or teetering on the brink of insanity, she finds herself flipping between the two lives. Her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur as she struggles to save her lives in both worlds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Be sure to check out the Heirs of War, Crown of Flames blog tour going on right now! There are excerpts, interviews, a giveaway, and more. You can find the tour calendar here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall into #Fantasy Week 8: The Heirs of War series by @MaraValderran


Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 8: The Heirs of War series
Book One: Heirs of War
Book Two: Heirs of War, Crown of Flames


Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years.

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

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Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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ABOUT MARA VALDERRAN: 
Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Join The December People Winter Celebration! #giveaways #freebooks


December is coming, and I'm not going to let you forget it!! It's the first December since the release of Destruction and I'm pulling out all the stops to celebrate. I'm also celebrating the upcoming release of book 2 in The December People series, Watch Me Burn, which will be available for pre-order soon.

Here is how you can participate:

I'll have giveaways in all four places so no one is left out. I'll also be offering as many international prizes as I can so my wonderful fans overseas can celebrate with me.

12/1 - Tome Tender, Book Friends Forever
12/2 - Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure, Curiosity Quills Press
12/3 - Ann M. Noser, Clare Dugmore Writes
12/4 - Elsie Elmore, J.P. Sloan
12/5 - A Creative Mind, Jordan Mierek
12/6 - Emma Adams
12/7 - Mara Valderran
12/8 - Madame Writer of Wrongs, A Book Addict's Delight
12/9 - Katie Hamstead, Nikola Vukoja
12/10 - Hush Hush Revealings, Fiction Reboot
12/11 - Book Crazy Gals, A.K. Morgen
12/12 - Ellie GarrattCarolyn Brown
12/13 - Sarit Yahalomi
12/14 - V's Reads
12/15 - Elisabete C.F. Martins, Vicki Leigh
12/16 - Tessellated TalesMara Valderran
12/17 - J.R.'s Book Reviews
12/18 - Dallas Sutherland
12/19 - Katy's Krazy Books
12/20 - Throw This Book At Me
12/21 - Paranormal Tendencies, Hope To Read

With giveaways from....

Ann M. Noser - A.K. Morgen - Emma Adams - Mara Valderran - Vicki Leigh - Hush Hush Revealings - Colourful Word Wench - Dallas Sutherland - J.P. Sloan - Jordan Mierek - Elsie Elmore - Nikola Vukoja - Amy Lynn Spitzley - Eliza Tilton - Gerilyn Marin - James Wymore - Sharron Riddle Houdek - Richard Roberts - Matthew Graybosch - Andrew Buckley - Lisa Collicutt - Heather Lynn

I look forward to seeing you soon!






Friday, October 10, 2014

#CoverReveal for All Falls Down by @AKMorgen



I am so excited to help reveal the cover for ALL FALLS DOWN by Ayden Morgen! ALL FALLS DOWN, a contemporary romance about learning to live and love again after escaping an abusive relationship, is scheduled to release exclusively for Kindle on November 1, 2014. The novel will release to other formats in February, 2015. The lovely Jada of Jada D'Lee Designs created the cover.

With each new release, Ayden allows her friends, family, and readers to designate a charity which will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Ayden is happy to help announce that 25% of all sales from ALL FALLS DOWN will go to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), a 24/7 toll-free hotline connecting domestic abuse victims with services and support all across the United States. You can find out more about the NDVH and domestic violence at: http://www.thehotline.org.




When Savannah Martin walks in on her abusive boyfriend and her best friend in bed together, she thinks life can't possibly get any worse. And then she wakes up in a hospital in Italy, scared and alone. With nowhere left to go, Savannah runs to the family who took her in when her mother abandoned her as a teenager.

But things aren't as simple as they were then.

For starters, two years of constant emotional and verbal abuse has broken Savannah in ways she's not sure can be repaired. And patriarch Matthew Talbot has been murdered, leaving his eldest daughter, Lexi, in charge of a global non-profit and her younger sisters.

Jared Corbit, Lexi's gorgeous boyfriend, is the only thing standing between her and whoever murdered her father. That doesn't stop Savannah from falling in love with him. She knows it's wrong, but she just can't stay away from him when he makes he feel like no one else ever has before.

Finding out his relationship with Lexi is a ruse should make things easier, but when the truth is finally revealed, Savannah's fragile world threatens to fall apart. There's a murderer on the loose, and he's gunning for the only family she has. To save their lives, she and Jared will be forced to make a decision that just might destroy her completely.

How is she supposed to let the man she loves be with another woman? 

Excerpt: 

"Here."
I jump and cry out as a small box lands in my lap.
"Shit," Jared curses when I start to topple backward over the railing.
He grabs me around the waist and yanks me forward before I can go over. A painful cry bursts from my lips the instant his fingers dig into the bruises still healing all across my back. The box falls to the floor of the porch with a thud.
Jared plucks me up like a ragdoll and sets me on my feet. As soon as they touch the floorboards beneath me, he releases me, snatching his hands back as if I've burned him.
"I'm sorry," he says.
I close my eyes and shake my head, waiting for the fog of pain to recede slightly so I can speak. It takes a moment, and when I finally open my eyes again, Jared is staring at me, his beautiful eyes clouded with concern.
"What's wrong?"
The question isn't a demand like last time he asked, and I'm so tired of trying to sort everything out by myself, so tired of keeping my wounds and scars hidden from everyone. I can't find the will to brush him off this time.
"Surgery," I whisper and shuffle a few steps away from him. I turn my back to him, lift the hem of my shirt so he can see, and squeeze my eyes closed.
A shocked hiss echoes across the porch.
My cheeks flame when I feel his hand on my bruised skin.
I pull my shirt down and move away quickly. My heart pounds.
"I fell," I mumble, desperate to focus on anything other than the feel of his hands on my bare skin.
"You fell." It's not a question and he doesn't sound happy.
"In glass. It went through my back." I stop talking, unsure why I've said so much.
He's quiet, and I can't force myself to turn around and look at him again. I'm not sure what I'll find if I do. I want to slip through the front door and pretend that I've said nothing.
I want him to say… something.
"There's a phone in the box for you," he says as if on cue.
I immediately regret wanting him to speak. His voice is low, angry. I hear his heavy steps retreating. Once again, I have to fight the urge to apologize.
He stops walking.
"Your boyfriend should be in jail for what he did to you, Savannah. You didn't deserve it."
I gasp and spin around, only to find him stalking across the yard with his shoulders hunched. His stride is long, furious. Oh, God. He knows about Toby.

About the Author:

Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services field. 

Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen. Her first novel, FADE (The Ragnarok Prophesies: Book One) is an Amazon Bestseller.

You can find Ayden on Twitter, Facebook, or via her website at http://aydenmorgen.com.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS! #steampunk #coverreveal



A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

GEARS OF BRASS is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills.  It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2014.  Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets. 

Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.
J. Million is the author of Last of the Giants and can always be found reading or writing.
Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is a professional storyteller and author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell, Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.
SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children. 
Grant Eagar is an Engineer who would take the tales he told his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories. 
Clare Weze is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.
Eliza Tilton: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Heather Talty's stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (www.Beatrixcottonpants.com).
W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation writer who has published more than 70 short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes Steampunk.
Christine Baker is the author of Lana's End, The Guild of Dagda, and many more. 
Natalia Darcy: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with ice cold water. 



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review of Charming by @KrystalWade #ya #horror #twistedfairytale



Haley's life is really bad. And not in the teenage drama kind of way. It's just bad. Hopeless even. Her mother is dead. Her alcoholic father abuses her. She does everything to protect a sister who doesn't care about her. Her grades are failing and hope of a successful life seems pretty slim. She has nowhere to feel safe, and despite a few friends, she seems very alone. And, although it doesn't seem like it could get worse...it does.

As you can guess from the cover, this book is bleak at times. There were several times I put it down to do something happier. And I was very, very tempted to skip to the end just to make sure it all turned out okay. But, I'm glad I didn't, because Krystal had lots of twists and turns in store for me. I was genuinely terrified of what would happen. This isn't the kind of book where I felt like a happy ending was guaranteed. I knew that with each page, she would make me FEEL something, and I was scared to know what. It's very rare that I'm scared to finish a book!

Although this is far from a light, happy read, it's certainly an engrossing one, and one you'll have trouble forgetting. It's so fearless and unrestrained. Of course, I'm not going to tell you how it ends, but I will say that it's action packed down to the very last second, and it almost made me late to work. And even though the story is dark, there is hope. And despite the absolute horror of Haley's situation she constantly shows her strength. "Never giving up," is her mantra. Hope and strength despite immense darkness seems to shine the brightest.

One of the other reviewers called it "Cinderella meets Saw," and as impossible as that mashup sounds, it's a very accurate description. If you like your fairy tales (really) twisted, this is definitely the read for you.

About CHARMING:

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.

Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.

Author Bio

Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers - who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas - sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read.
How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.




Charming Blog Tour Schedule

Sept 29th: Fresh Fiction (Guest Post) and Reader Girls (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Sept 30th: Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post) and A.K. Morgen (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 1st: Katie's Stories (Guest Post), Obsessed by Books (Spotlight w/Excerpt & Review), and The Power of 3 Readers (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 2nd: Sated Faery (Interview) and BBS Book Reviews (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 3rd: Matthew Cox Books (Interview & Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 4th: Indie Authors, Books, and More (Review)
Oct 5th: The Writer's Block (Interview & Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 6th: RomanceJunkies.com (Interview) and Sharon Bayliss (Review)
Oct 7th: The KariAnnAlysis (Review) and Bookcrastinators in Wonderland (Spotlight w/Excerpt) Oct 8th: Reese's Reviews (Spotlight w/Excerpt & Review)
Oct 9th: Vicki Keire (Interview)
Oct 10th: A Creative Mind (Review) and Bending The Spine (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 12th: Elizabeth Seckman, Author (Guest Post)
Oct 13th: Paranormal Book Club (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 15th: Kindle and Me (Spotlight w/Excerpt & Review) and Eliza Tilton (Spotlight w/Excerpt) Oct 16th: Summer Weir (Spotlight w/Excerpt)
Oct 17th: Lisa's Book Lair (Guest Post ) and Epic Narrative Book Reviews (Guest Post)