Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cover Reveal: House of Royals by Keary Taylor



House of Royals by Keary Taylor 
Publication date: June 21, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult



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SYNOPSIS

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they meet, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.

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Blitz; April Snow by A.L. Goulden

 


April Snow by A.L. Goulden 
(August Fog #3) 
Publication date: March 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance


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SYNOPSIS

Quinn has a secret, Jack has a stalking problem, and Alex has a plan that doesn’t include signing divorce papers. In the last nine months Monica has embraced the spectacular devastation of an unpredictable lust and unexpected love. She’s made one terrible decision after another in the wake of meeting Quinn Matthews and spiraled into someone she doesn’t even recognize. But the fog is lifting, and she’s becoming the only one able to see things clearly. Monica finally knows what she wants, where she’s heading, and in who’s arms she’ll be in when she gets there.

Through a provocative affair and devastating separation Monica Waters has tried to grasp her desire and love for two men. This spring, her love will be tested once more in the finale of this emotionally charged and sexually explosive series.













ABOUT THE AUTHOR



A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Release: The Unlikely Samaritan by Jolie Mae Miller

Title: The Unlikely Samaritan (The Good Samaritan #2)
Author: Jolie Mae Miller
Release Date: March 16, 2015
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In book one, the Loving and Macintyre families, faced hardships caused by those closest to them. Left to pick up the pieces, they're unable to shed the painful experiences, from a life they wish to leave behind. In book two, their entwined histories become the platform for a hopeful future.

Multimillionaire, Jack Loving, Jr.'s romantic obsession with Lizzie Macintyre, was immediate. While present on her darkest day, he vowed to save her, making her part of his life -- helping others as good samaritans.

After her exposed secret led to personal tragedy, Lizzie, consumed with guilt, moves on. Taking steps to further secure her future and others, she forms new secret alliances, putting everyone she cares about, at risk.

Forces converge, led by the couple individually, and others with hidden agendas, creating great harm to their future. Will they survive, finding forgiveness for Lizzie's secrets which have the power to destroy them personally and professionally? Is Jack keeping secrets of his own? Prepare for an unexpected ride to discovering the most unlikely samaritans, in this very explicit, suspenseful, contemporary erotic romance, in Book Two -- The Good Samaritan series.
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Can money really buy you happiness?
What would you do to support your family?
The Macintyre family faces struggles of alcoholism and severe financial hardship after having it all and losing everything. Jeremy is forced into the ranks of the long-term unemployed, destroying his family with his alcohol addiction, and leaving Lizzie Macintyre to provide for the family in a most unconventional way. Just how far is Lizzie willing to go to save her family?
Jack Loving Jr., of the Loving family, is sole heir to Richmond’s most philanthropic family’s Trust. He and wife, Victoria, work hard to honor his family’s long-standing tradition of serving the less fortunate, forcing Jack to sacrifice his lifelong dreams. Jack faces serious challenges when someone close betrays him, turning his world upside down. Can Jack create happiness for himself?
When Jack has a chance encounter with Lizzie, never could they imagine their families would eventually need one another.
This book has strong explicit sexual content and not intended for readers under 18 years old.
Jolie Mae Miller is an independent author, living in Prince George, Virginia, with her loving husband and amazing children. Her busy home also includes a yorkie, a poodle, and a St. Bernard. Her favorite job is being a Mom and Meme (because she's too young to be a "GRANDMA!"). 
She grew up in Powhatan, Virginia, working in her family's auto parts business for many years. After her sister received a life-saving transplant, she pursued and was hired by Richmond-based, non-profit, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). She enjoyed thirteen years working in the Accounting department managing various functions. Today, she has the best job, Mom.
In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching baseball.  Whether it's her husband who umpires, her son, or the Orioles.   Additionally, she's an ancestry junkie, knowing quite well it's a never ending project.  Jolie Mae is incredibly blessed to have a supportive family behind her while she pursues her love and passion of complex-themed writing. She credits her amazing parents for continuing to be positive, guiding forces in her life. Her love of reading definitely came from her Mom, and is constantly inspired by her Dad's outgoing personality and knack for great storytelling.

Blitz: Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson



Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson 
(Stolen Tears #1) 
Publication date: April 1, 20155
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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SYNOPSIS

Raids splatter across the news–Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.

When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille’s brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people’s magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

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Cover Reveal: The Tour by Shelby Rebecca


The Tour by Shelby Rebecca 
(Phoenix Rising #2) 
Publication date: April 20, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


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SYNOPSIS

Mia, the saint

Kolton, the sinner

The Tour is the conclusion to The Stage: a Phoenix Rising Novel

After the finale of The Stage, Mia comes to terms with where she’s placed in the competition. But that night, Kolton and Mia come face-to-face with both of their biggest fears: fire and loss. Not everyone will survive, and the challenges that their relationship cause won’t end when the show does.

Kolton needs Mia’s trust, and he’ll do anything to get it—even exposing himself and what makes him vulnerable. He’ll do anything to keep her.  Knowing the choice is hers to make doesn’t make it any easier. The secret about the night of the finale, about the choices made in a moment of survival can’t stay hidden when a celebrity’s life is fodder for the masses.

In the midst of this chaos and loss, Mia has to balance her love for Kolton and the future of her career. Will she sign with him, letting him be her boss with control over her future? Or will she go out on her own, with a sup par record contract so that she stands on her own equal to Kolton in her own right?

When there are so many questions and decisions to be made, going on tour could either make things clearer or make all the weaknesses in their relationship pull to the surface. Those fissures either get stronger, or break so permanently nothing can repair them.

When loves burns so bright, is it sustainable?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Shelby grew up between two mountains and a lake in Wasilla, Alaska. She used to run around in the tall grass, catch frogs, rescue dragonflies, ride horses, and ice-skate during recess. She still likes adventures and has even gone skydiving. Today she lives in Northern California with her husband, John and their daughter, Elise, their two dogs, and a fish named Jade. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blitz & Review: The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner



The Beautiful Dead (The Beautiful Dead, #1)
Author: Daryl Banner
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Genre: Post Apocalyptic Zombie

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SYNOPSIS

She’s dead.

In fact, the whole world’s dead. Every single person, apparently. Unburied and reimagined into a beautiful living-dead woman called Winter, she is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in a quaint, peaceful city with no hunger, no sickness and no bills to pay. Her Second Life is perfect in every way possible.

So why is she so bent on destroying it all?

After angering the mayor, befriending rebel headless teenagers and igniting romance with a dark and brooding neighbor, she finds herself wrestling madly with a First Life she cannot remember and this Second Life she cannot accept. Not to mention the maniacal army of rotting corpses who want her dead. Again.


But none of that matters in comparison to an even worse problem. There’s a guest in her house. A rude, good-looking man on the run ... a man with a heartbeat.





**4.5 STARS**

Holy crap on a cracker. I'm still kind of in a fog after finishing this book. First let me say that this isn't your typical zombie book. There are Undead and Deathless. The Deathless are closer to what you'd imagine a stereotypical zombie. The Undead are reanimated corpses who don't decompose. They are living a Second Life in the city called Trenton. 

And humans are strictly against the law and punishable by exile

     -"He will remind you of what you'll never have, what you'll never be again, what you'll forever regret losing in the first place."

My favorite part of the whole story was Winter. She was sassy and honest and real. She didn't immediately accept her Second Life. She couldn't understand why they were all pretending. And she had such a sassy mouth on her! I loved it! 

     -"I'm not discussing this any further," I snap, "until you are more than just a head!"



See what I mean? She's sarcastic and quick-witted. She never just rolls over and lets people walk all over her. 

The world building was really great. The land of The Deathless was so macabre and morbidly fascinating. It was very reminiscent of Susan Ee's Angelfall. And the writing style! There was pretty prose everywhere! Here are some of my favorites:

     -Maybe it's time I see that the people you think you can't live without can, in fact, live without you. That's the lesson everyone learns whether alive or not...Nothing lasts.

     -Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is a prison. And with it now, I envy every ignorant soul in this city.

     -It takes every bead of focus in my body to stay stoic, to appear strong, to not let my friends know that I am, within, a tumultuous storm of angst that can level a forest. It's so tempting to just unleash it, watch it burn. 

There isn't a lot of romance, just a lot of action. Just when you think you've got the story figured out....BAM!! PLOT TWIST! I would be lying if I said I didn't have to put my Kindle down at one point because OH.MY.GOSH. I was NOT expecting what happened! I had a Hans from Frozen moment. 



I also thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Winter and John. I hope we get to see more of him and his story in book 2. I don't feel like I got to know John well enough, but then again, I don't think I could ever get enough of John!

     -"And if I don't get to enjoy any more of my eternity...If the Deathless catch up to us and I'm taken away and ended... I just want to say, thank you for your kindness, John."
   
      "I made a terrible roommate."

      "Yes, but you made a better one than the cockroach."

      "I killed the cockroach."




There is some hinting at a budding romance between Winter and John too. *Squee* And once again, the writing just got me. Le sigh. 

     -I have to be alive. I have to be alive, because every part of my body is electric. The closeness of my hand to his hand. Our faces so near, our mouths so close I feel sick to my stomach with joy...like prom night. I have to be alive, because this is not what a dead person feels like."

     -"You're not all dead." He doesn't look away as he talks into my eyes. "You didn't ask for this. You weren't expecting your whole comfortable second existence to be turned upside-down by my...selfish needs."

I don't know why that hits a cord with me. Probably because when Winter met John he was so closed off and snappy with her. 

And of course every action-packed story comes to a head at the end, and Mr. Banner does not disappoint! I can't divulge too much because if I did it would spoil the whole story line, it is that intertwined! I will leave you with one more sassy Winter quote. :)

     -I won't show the people of Trenton a weak soul. I'm going to be defiant, strong, and rude, because I'm lovely like that.

Seriously, if you're looking for a story unlike any other then The Beautiful Dead is for you!



EXCERPT

    “You’re all dead,” I whisper, like I’m just now discovering this.

    “Undead. Every last one of us,” she agrees. “I doubt there’s a Living left in the world.”
    Looking at each of them, it’s dawning on me what world I’ve been brought into. A dead world. Ageless. No one breathes here or ever will again. Souls being fetched from soil and made up into fake-alive people, like me. A world full of … silent chests.
    “Now,” she says, gripping my foot tight, “hold still while I make you a new pinkie toe.”
    I don’t remember what else she or the Roxie girl or the twelve-year-old do to me. I don’t remember having my right ear reshaped, or my nose reset, or color fused into my lips by some weird kind of gun-shaped mechanism. Even though Helena claims otherwise, I don’t remember choosing Icecap Blue for my eyes.
    “And now, girl, meet Winter!” Helena’s guided me over to the first mirror I’ve seen since my Raising. The maybe-twenty-year-old face in the mirror is one I should probably recognize since it’s my own, but I don’t. She has eyes like arctic pools. Hair that falls like a soft mist, veiling half her face. Her skin is a sea of satin. Her nails are little polished glass shards. Her lips, a subtle pink, with cheeks gently blushed the same. The person in the mirror is a person I do not know.
    “What do you think?” the large woman asks me, obviously proud of her work. “Can you live with this?”
    My left hand falls off.
    “Roxie!” the large woman yelps. “Adhesive, honey! Proper, level-four-grade adhesive!—I do swear!”
    A lot of shuffling, a slight shove from my left side, and I’m whole again. I wiggle my fingers and they seem to work. For how long, who knows.
    “Should we try another blush?—another eye color?” the large-in-charge offers sweetly. “We have enough time before our next appointment.”
    “This is fine,” I say, defeated somehow. “Icecap Blue is fine. My name is fine. Whatever.”
    Winter. I didn’t even choose my own name.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. After writing several plays and a musical in college, he started composing for short films and websites, one of which is the Vamplets "Baby Vampyre Dolls" website: (www.vamplets.com)

Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He's been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. You can feed your ears with many of his remixes (as well as his original music) on his YouTube page "www.youtube.com/DarylBanner". Also, he personally answers all emails he receives, so if you have some strange desire to write him, he may enjoy it. He currently resides in Texas.

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Blitz: Seer Destined by Shakuita Johnson

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Book Title: Dark Indiscretions: Seer Destined (Dark Indiscretions Series, Book 3)
Author: Shakuita Johnson
Release Date: March 17, 2015
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**Contains adult language and situations M/M/F**
Three destinies entwined since the beginning of time… James Johnston, ruthless, evil, Mystic, is not looking for love. In fact, the only things keeping him going are revenge, obsession, and an ancient Prophecy. He’s back from the Hell his niece sent him to for the second time and is ready to make her immortal life miserable. He also has a daughter to mold and an ancient Prophecy to fulfill. He wants everything to burn and die around him. He feels no love, no loyalty—only rage. Yet, one action sprouts several reactions and before long, he may lose complete control over his own fate. But not to worry, he has a plan… Alexander Carvanis, Mooyer. Legacy. After his occult upbringing, he only knows one thing: kill anything that has been labeled "Tarnished" by the Mooyer Society, led by his father. He is obsessed with one thought in his mind and it isn’t his own. The only things he’s ever known are what his father told him. He’s followed for years without question and it all comes tumbling down because of his blind obsession to bring down the one he never trusted. Five forbidden journals later and his whole life has changed. Now, the very person he set out to ruin is the only person he can trust not to kill him on sight… Isobelle Mina, freak, or so she always thought. But there is more to her—so much more than she had ever dreamed possible. Secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to push her over the edge. A destiny she isn't sure she wants and two men who are fated to be hers, if only they can see past their hatred… Will these three overcome a vendetta thousands of years in the making, or will the wounds be too old to heal?
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- "It was one of the best books I've read in along time. I couldn't put it down, read the book in one sitting. Highly recommend!" - Annie (Amazon) - "What a ride! So many twists! The other books in this series seem to focus mainly with the supernaturals. Seer Destined gives you the inside look into the Mooyer Society. Alexander Carvanis discovers some dark secrets within his family and the only person he can trust is Isobelle, but she has secrets of her own. Before you know it you are thrown deep into the world of all things Mooyers are against. James is back and crazy as ever. Everyone is on edge and trying to figure out everyone else's motive. Incredible story.[...] Must read!" - Kel Hawk - "[...] James is back to his evil ways, but in some ways he actually is becoming more likable. This quickly became my favorite book in the series so far. Can't wait to see what all happens next! " - cbf (Amazon) - "[...] the Dark Indiscretions Series will leave you begging for more. Shakuita has out done herself with this one. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. " - All Things Book
- "Book 3 in the Dark Indiscretions series may be the best thus far! All the story lines are coming together and we are learning more of the characters back story. As we get more information the story gets more exciting. Is it all predestined or will free will allow the characters to make their own future. I can not wait for the next installment to see where they go next. An excellent story by a truly talented author!!" - Janet (Amazon)
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Isobelle didn't want to be partnered with that ass hat, but she didn't want to be strapped to a desk either so she kept her mouth shut. But she was not getting in the car with him after his little display. She didn't care if she had to walk to her car. She stormed out of the conference room in a daze. This day just kept getting better and better. "Isobelle, hurry up and get in the car before I leave you," Alexander shouted. "Go fuck yourself! I'll find my own way home," Isobelle said. "Excuse me?" "Fuck off and leave me alone." Isobelle was pulled into a secluded room and pushed up against a wall. She was held firmly in place by one of Alexander's knees and forearm. He gave her the strangest look before his mouth came crashing down onto hers. She stood there, stunned for several seconds before she grabbed him by the back of his neck and pressed her body closer to his. His hands came down to rest on her behind and he squeezed. He picked her up so quickly that she skipped a few breaths and then could feel something solid and cool pressed up against her back. He'd moved her on top of the table that was in the room. She could feel him through his pants, and the rubbing motions he was making were driving her insane. Isobelle had never been intimate with a man before and she was all but purring like a cat. Alexander's hands slid up under her shirt, blazing a path to her breasts. Just as quickly as they were there, they were gone and her shirt was being ripped down the middle to expose her in a way she'd never been exposed before. The look in Alexander's eyes was one of possession. In that moment he owned every part of Isobelle and nothing else mattered. He started to attack her nipples with a vengeance and Isobelle arched her back up to meet him. She was greedy for his touches, his kisses, and most of all his eyes. She wanted his eyes on her, always. Isobelle felt herself fumbling with the buttons on Alexander's slacks when just as quickly as he'd attacked her, he pulled away. The loss of his skin on hers was so drastic that she shivered in its absence. The look on his face was a mix of horror and longing. Isobelle didn't understand. "Alex, what's wrong?" Isobelle asked. She was panting but she'd managed the words. He was silent for a long time, too long. "Don't call me that. This," Alexander said, pointing between the two of them, "was a mistake that will never happen again. Either get in the car or walk home. I don't care. Either way I'm leaving in the next two minutes." Isobelle watched as Alexander walked out the door without a backwards glance. She looked down at her ripped shirt and the thought of walking out behind him in the state she was in reduced her to tears. For the first time in her life she was ashamed, and for that Isobelle might never be able to fully forgive him. With as much dignity as she could summon, Isobelle held her shirt closed with her hands, walked out the room Alexander had pushed her in, past The Society's secretary, and left the building to start her extremely long walk-of-shame to her car. Because, true to his word, Alexander had left when she hadn't come out in time. She was falling in love with a complete and utter asshole and she had no idea what she was going to do about it. teasers   TeaserSD4 TeaserSD5   giveaway  
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10850076_4787841711438_4272670409494381782_nShakuita Johnson is a 30-year-old Psychology major who does not write erotica. Just because she has a few sex scene doesn't mean her books fall in the erotica category. When she isn't going to school or working, she is doing what she loves most. Writing. She started writing in middle school. She would write poetry in her room or the middle of the night. Then she was introduced to short stories in a creative writing course her senior year. Her love for paranormal and supernatural started with R.L. Stine Goosebumps books and TV shows, Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, and Christopher Pike books. She is an avid reader with over 100 books on her bookshelf and 1000 plus on her iPad. She also loved to watch Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her mom.
Dark Indiscretions is her first novel, a Paranormal Thriller, and is PermaFREE on all outlets for the ebook. She has followed it up with Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed, Dark Indiscretions: A Prequel and Dark Indiscretions: Seer Destined. The next book in the series is Rumspringa and will release Fall 2015. She released her Dark Romance which has a bit of suspense entitled And So She Waited in Oct 2014. She is currently working on the first book in her spin off series Dark Indiscretions Chronicles titled Callisto Carvanis: And A Legacy Was Born and book 3.5 in Dark Indiscretions Series Rumspringa.  
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