Soul Finder #BlogTour and #Playlist by Jacinta Maree @JacintaMaree6

I love listening to instrumental pieces, it allows for a more personal interpretation and opens me up to
different emotions. I used to set up a meditation area and just play instrumental music on repeat. It was the most freeing experience I’ve ever had. I honestly don’t know why I don’t do it more often.
Please, enjoy my small selection. I am forever updating and changing it, but this is my current pick.

Soul Finder (The Immortal Gene #2)
by Jacinta Maree
Genre: NA Supernatural/Dystopian
Release Date: September 16th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.

Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.

Unable to see into Diesel's cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.
Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

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About the Author
Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

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The Fighter and the Baroness #CoverReveal and #Giveaway by Sunniva Dee


The Fighter and the Baroness
by Sunniva Dee
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.
Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.
A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.
Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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I'm Not Afraid of Wolves #BookBlitz and #Giveaway by Erin Hayes

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I’m Not Afraid of Wolves
by Erin Hayes
(The Cotton Candy Quintet #4)
Publication date: September 22nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Christine would do anything to get away from it all.
After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.
Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.
Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Iniquity #BlogTour by Melody Winter


by Melody Winter
(Ascent, #1)
Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance


Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.

Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.

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Tips for Writers - Self Motivation

If you find it hard to put aside the monotony of the day, and make your creative juices flow like I do, then you know that being self motivating is a hard chore. 

With three boys, a full time job and a household to run, there isn't much time to do anything else, but finding time in the day for myself is key. It doesn't always come easy, and some days I just want to scream, but I would have never written Hunter if it wasn't for being a little self motivating. 

I want to encourage all of you aspiring writes out there to make time, no matter where you are, to just be yourself. My time is my lunch break at work. Its a whole hour that I can put on a pair of head phones, bast my music and write while I nibble on lunch. If I can find the time, so can you. And, to save you even more time, check out this free invoice template by Invoice2Go to help you keep your business straight and save you time that could be better spent writing. 

Check out this info graphic to the left for some awesome tips on the essentials of writing. 

#WeeklyMenu Week 164

It makes my heart happy to see my oldest son pick up a book. Especailly when its the book that I wrote. I told him that I added a new character into the sequel call ed Phoenix, named after him. He was supper excited and can't wait for me to finish it. Its going to be a while though, these things don't just happen over night.

I'm done with the first draft, so the story is there, but now it needs to be redrafted and drafted and drafted, before I edit it and then submit it to my publisher. That's the point that I cross my fingers.

I can't wait to share it with you though. There's going to be someone you never saw coming and a blast from Hutner's past. It's one thrilling ride that you don't want to miss.






- Spaghetti

- Tuna Sandwiches

The Surrendered #BookBlitz by Case Maynard

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The Surrendered
by Case Maynard
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult


After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.
Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.
Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.

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The Sophisticate #CoverReveal by Christine Manzari

Embodied Trilogy #BlogTour by J.B. Dutton @JohnBDutton

The Embodied Trilogy
by J.B. Dutton
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/sci-fi
Page count: Approx. 560 pages
Release date:  July 11th 2016

The Embodied trilogy is an unusual web of adventure, romance, fantasy, and science fiction.

Book one, Silent Symmetry, introduces smart, plucky Manhattan prep school student Kari Marriner, who becomes aware that mysterious aliens called the Embodied and their pseudo-religion, the Temple of Truth, have been influencing her family’s life for decades. As she falls for Cruz, a boy at school, and meets warring Embodied siblings Noon and Aranara, Kari starts to question her emotions and finds herself ensnared in a mystery that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.

In book two, Starley’s Rust, a charismatic young English artist named Starley, who is plagued by race memories of the Embodied, convinces Kari that he can find her missing mother if she flies to Paris with him to draw out her kidnappers. But the Embodied seemed to have vanished, and now there’s a new, more terrifying visitor from the Dark Universe – a Thoth high priest in the form of a dragon. Kari soon discovers the mind-blowing extent of the Embodied beings’ involvement in human history and her own family’s tragic past.

In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, Diamond Splinters, Kari has a heart-wrenching choice to make: rescue her mother or save the Earth. And her only hope to figure out a solution is to team up with the one person she can never trust. When a submarine trip to the bottom of the Hudson River ends in death and disaster, Kari is scarred, both emotionally and physically. She wants to run and hide, but digs deep to find new sources of inner strength. As the storm of the century hits New York, a child’s life hangs in the balance and Kari gambles everything in a final confrontation with the genocidal Thoth.

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After graduating from film school in London, England, JB Dutton emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter for clients such as Cirque du Soleil. JB Dutton has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play. He also writes adult fiction under the name John B. Dutton.

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The Fourth Piece #BlogTour by E. Ardell @E_Ardell

Haha, most people run the other way when I’m about to turn on some music. You can’t guess what I’m going to play. Could be Disney, could be metalcore or bubblegum pop. When I write, though, I usually listen to particular genres of music.

When I’m writing new sections, not editing, I need music with no words to distract me. I have go to soundtracks, like:

The Lord of the Rings Soundtracks (the scores)
Harry Potter Soundtracks (the scores)
The Craft Soundtrack (the score)
Apocalyptica (the instrumentals)
The Mists of Avalon Soundtrack
The Titanic Soundtrack
Troy Soundtrack 
Ever After Soundtrack
Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi 
Or I even put it on the Soundscape Channel on Comcast for wordless tranquility music

When I’m editing, I find myself listening to:
30 Seconds to Mars
Fall Out Boy
My Chemical Romance
Backstreet Boys (Yeah, I said it :D )
Britney Spears (Oops, I said it again :D )
KPOP (anything really, but I favor songs that come from K-Dramas I’ve been watching lately)
JPOP (I favor songs from Inuyasha)
Shakira, Laundry Service
Bruno Mars
3 Doors Down
3 Days Grace
Beauty and the Beast
Lion King (the movie and musical)
The Little Mermaid
A Goofy Movie
Into the Woods (the original soundtrack)

My neighbors hate me because I’ll play all of that random loops all day and night until I’m done with what I’m working on. The type of music, shifts my mid into different modes. If it’s wordless, I’m ready to sit down and write new stuff. If it’s got a thumping beat and words I know (I’ll even pretend to know the words to the KPOP and JPOP—and I do know the words to some of it, lol) I’m ready to dance around and do edits. 

The Fourth Piece (Order's Last Play #1)
by E. Ardell
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Fantasy
Release Date: July 8th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Book I in the Order's Last Play series

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E. Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure.

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#WeelyMenu Week 163

Its been another exciting week in the world of books. I published my second novel called House of Chaos. Its a completely new series and is more along the lines of YA fantasy. There's magic and pirates and yeti all jam packed into the covers. Pick up a kindle copy for only $.99 here or purchase the paperback (Which is awesome,) here. If you buy the paperback, I'll sign it for you :).

Enjoy this weeks menu!


- Half Cheese, half Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks





- Tuna Sandwiches

September Movie #Reviews

I've been watching a lot of movies lately, but haven't had time to write any reviews about them. There is always something more important that takes up my time (Like writing a sequel to Hunter.) This week I have several cool movies for you to fill your TV watching time.

Puncture (2011) - As another movie on my Chris Evans movie list, this was one of the better ones. Its about a lawyer who takes on the medical industry and all their bull.

When a nurse gets stuck with an infected needle and dies of aids, Evans' character takes on the huge task of making the medical supply companies (Who have a monopoly) pay for their negligence. There is a safety needle that could save thousands of nurses lives but they wont sell it.

Of course Evans' character has his own demons he has to battle (Drug use.)

Its a sad movie that is based on a true story and you learn a lot about how plastic needles started the aids epidemic. See the trailer here.

I'm going to give this movie a four out of five stars because it was super sad but an awesome watch.

London Has Fallen (2016 - I don't know if you all have seen Olympus has Fallen, but this movie is the sequel and let me tell you, it has all the blood and gore a person can handle (Or not.)

The movie follows the president and his secret service agent. They go to London for a funeral but are attacked by some gun running extremists. The whole movie is spent with Gerard Butler kicking as and taking names, saving the president over and over and over and over again. They blow stuff up, have epic gun battles and the hand to hand combat is awesome.

The only down side is all the gore.  lot of people get stabbed and blown up and if you can't handle it, then don't watch this movie. Check out the trailer here.

This movie has earned an epic four out of five stars for action and awesomeness.

Insurgent (2015) - I've read all the books in this series and I love when the movies are just about as good as the reads.

Throughout the entire movie you just want some of the character to die. They are that evil, but the kind of evil that makes sense. Not this evil that you wonder why anyone would put them in the movie.

The plot follows Tris and Four as they escape the big city and ultimately break back in to unlock the secrets of the Divergent. There wasn't as much fun play in this movie as the last. No awesome capture the flag or tattoos, but there is a lot of simulations and gun battles.

Check out the trailer.

I will watch this movie again so that is why I'm giving it a four out of five stars.

Home (2015) - Every once and a while my kinds request a movie and this was one of them. It looked hilarious, even before my son asked to watch it and it made the whole family gather on the couch for a night of family bonding.

The movie is all about this alien race who are masters at running away. They are being pursued by a crazy looking race that they stole something from, and every time they are found, they run away and leave the world they've been hiding on to be destroyed. Of course they come to earth and all hell breaks loose, but everything turns out ok in the end.

My favorite part is Pig the cat of course and you can see him in the trailer here.

This movie is getting a five out of five for spectacular humor and Pig the Cat.

These are my movie picks of the month. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I have. If you have a movie you think I would enjoy, please leave me a comment.

The Reader #Review by M.K Harkins

Title: The Reader
By: M.K Harkins
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: August 25th, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Summary from Goodreads:
Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: I was given a free copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

I was really drawn to this book because of my love for telepathy and the paranormal. I think you all know how much I love it, so when I picked it up I had really high expectations. Before I get into my review, let me give you a little background on the story.

Ann wakes up without any memories and is found by the Readers (People who can read minds). We find out that the Readers are in a war with the Jacks (People who high jack other peoples bodies.) During this centuries long war, the Seer's got wiped out (People who can see the future.) Before the Seers were wiped out, they saw one person who had all three gifts who could end the war. You know, when I heard all this I thought to myself, that's pretty awesome. I must read this book.

Here is my review. The premise was awesome. I loved how this one girl had the weight of the world on her shoulders and it seemed at times there was no way out, but when the story really started getting going, the characters didn't seem to fit the premise. The Readers and Jacks are supposed to be thousands of years old, but yet they talk like they are horny teens. I guess I was expecting a little more maturity from everyone in the way they talked and acted, but that wasn't the case. The next thing that got my goat was the mass amount of questions the main character asked. Her dialogue was hard to believe and I felt like she could have found out some of the information of the story in a way other than asking someone outright over and over again.

I adored the love triangle and I'm happy with who Ann ended up with in the end. I could have used more awkwardness between the characters, but it was satisfying none the less.

I'm going to give this book 3 stars because it was good but there were things that didn't make sense to me and I couldn't get over the dialogue.

Soul Finder #BookBlitz by Jacinta Maree

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Soul Finder
by Jacinta Maree
Publication date: September 16th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Supernatural

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.
Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.
Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.
Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.
Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

I shook my head. This must be a nightmare. This must be fake. 

“This isn’t you, Diesel. This is Krane’s influence. You’re sick but once you get some D400 into you, you’ll be you again.”

Diesel’s voice tightened. “I’m not sick. Don’t you get it? Krane, Diesel, there’s no difference.”

My breath shuddered out. All this time, everyone referred to him as Krane but I had ignored it. All this time I was warned of Krane’s cruel capabilities but I was so certain Diesel wasn’t the same malicious person. But Krane wasn’t a separate entity held behind a wall of D400. It was just another name fitted to a different face.

I stepped back. “You’re disgusting!”

“Nadia.” He smiled as though I was joking. He reached out to touch me. I jerked away. 

With all the coldness I could master, I gritted through my teeth. “Men like you remind me that there are such things as real monsters.”

My words hit something dark inside of Diesel and immediately he dropped his smile. “Hmm, so what do you call those that love monsters like me, huh? How disgusting are you then?”

He was right. We were a candle on fire, destined to destroy each other. He was a flame, clinging to me, not letting me go as I melted beneath. I could feel myself weaken in my core, my sides running with wax. The more the flame ate and picked me away, the further my body hollowed until all that was left were brittle walls melting into a puddle. Once I was gone, he’d snap shut into smoke.

“Maybe you are right. Maybe love really is just poison an idiot drinks.”

Diesel’s eyes narrowed. “Didn’t you say nothing could break you?”

“I’m not broken. You are. And this is a poison you can now drink alone.”


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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

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Lies I Live By #BlogTour by Lauren Sabel


Lies I Live By
by Lauren Sabel
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Romance, intrigue, and action collide in this psychic twist on the classic spy novel.
Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.
When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will.
But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger…and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.
Lauren Sabel’s enthralling, romantic novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.


Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.

Lauren loves her husband, her kids, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. She also loves digging into her mind and revealing tiny gems she didn’t know were there.

Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing.

For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching college students the joys of creative writing, whether they like it or not.

In 2008, Lauren was published in Undiscovered Voices, an anthology of the best new writers for children in the U.K., where she was living at the time. Then life got very exciting very quickly. She signed with Jodi Reamer Esq. at The Writer’s House Agency in New York, and they made magic happen, and that magic is named Katherine Tegen. (aka: Katherine Tegen Publishing, Harper Collins).

Lauren's first book, VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD was published June 3 2014. Lauren's second book LIES I LIVE BY was released by KT Books on May 31 2016. She's currently working on her next book, which she can't wait to tell you about (but has to wait just a little while anyway).

Lauren believes that being a teenager is an act of courage, and is proud of anyone who manages to stick through it, despite the pain. :)

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Dawn of the Vie Cover Reveal by Laura Diamond


Dawn of the Vie
by Laura Diamond
(Immortal Aliens, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.
Or so it’s thought…
Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only for study, but also to reserve a secret stock.
The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. Every Anemie has their own personal flavor. Each gives a unique high.
When Alex takes a hit of Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…
Anemie Justin knows his little sister, Sammie, and he are living past their expiration dates. It becomes a guarantee when they’re bitten by a Vie named Alex during a raid. (The bite is fatal, thanks to a toxin carried in Vie saliva.) Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—an antidote in exchange for agreeing to be a lab rat.
And a mule…of his own blood.
When Justin says no, Alex takes off with Sammie.
All Justin has to do is find them, beat Alex, and cure himself and Sammie. All he has is a stake and serious lack of self-preservation.
No problem.
Alex wants Justin’s blood.
Justin wants his sister back.

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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