Monday, November 28, 2016

Air by L.B. Gilbert #BlogTour and #Giveaway


Book & Author Details:

Air
by L.B. Gilbert
(The Elementals #2)
Publication date: November 28th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:
Despite being the junior Elemental, Logan’s never had to worry about failing a mission before. Not until an overgrown and annoyingly attractive shifter comes along.
Being an Elemental is in Logan’s blood. Hers is the gift of Air, a vast power she’s still struggling to control. Then a Were named Connell hunts her down. His wolf is missing, and he blames her.
A den of werewolves is the last place Logan wants to be. The testosterone alone is enough to make her choke. But she has a mystery to solve. She will find out who is stealing wolves even if kills her.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the enemy has planned…

Book 1: Fire
Book 2: Air, Available November 28th
Book 3: Water, Coming Soon


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AUTHOR BIO:
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert spent years getting degrees from the most prestigious universities in America, including a PhD that she is not using at all. She moved to France for work and found love. She's married now and living in Toulouse with one adorable half-french baby.

She has always enjoyed reading books as far from her reality as possible but eventually the voices in her head told her to write her own. And so far the voices are enjoying them. You can check out the geeky things she likes on twitter @elementalauthor, facebook www.facebook.com/elementalsauthor, or www.elementalauthor.com

*If you like a little more steam with your Fire, check out the author's Lucy Leroux titles*

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#WeeklyMenu Week 173

Happy Thanksgiving! This time of years is always full of family and friends and I have been blessed with some of the best of both. 

We spent time with both sides of the family this Thanksgiving and my husband got to BBQ two turkeys. It was like the highlight of his day. He's weird like that, but I love that man.

I hope you all had a great turkey day. Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
- Pizza 

Saturday
- Spaghetti

Sunday
- Tuna Sandwiches


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Silver Key by Elena Schauwecker #BlogTour


The Silver Key
by Elena Schauwecker
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 6th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

“If those bad guys—Meladyne—if they have this Key, they will . . .?”
“Unlock the greatest power in all the universe and enslave every man, woman, and child on this planet, destroying the earth and all life as you know it; there will be nowhere to go but Meladyne. Then they’ll leave the Sunolians, the spirits, and all the magical creatures here to die.”
Alyssa pulled the Key out of her pocket and held it up. “Unless I protect this little thing?”
“Yes.”
Alyssa McCaw is a normal fourteen-year-old girl, perfectly happy with her life. But when one little key falls into her hands, her whole world is turned upside down. She suddenly finds herself whisked into a world full of the one thing she never would’ve thought possible: magic. At first, it appears to be a beautiful thing. But as Alyssa and her sister soon discover, magic, like all things, has a dark side. When her best friend Hazel is taken captive by a land of dark magic, it is up to Alyssa and her friends to rescue both Hazel and the world.
A classic tale of light versus dark, this book will pull you into a universe of love, betrayal, and, most of all, magic.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey #BlogTour and Giveaway


Book & Author Details:

Shadow Fall
by Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?


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Special release price of 99¢!


AUTHOR BIO:
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

#WeeklyMenu Week 172

I can't believe its the holiday season already. Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is right around the corner.

We get to BBQ our Turkey this year, instead of deep frying. Sadly, the fryer died. Should still be good though.

Enjoy this weeks simple menu.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday
- Thanksgiving

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
- Tuna Sandwiches


Catalyst by Kristin Smith #BlogTour and #Giveaway


Book & Author Details:

Catalyst
by Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: November 21st 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
Catalyst is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

#Review - The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

Title: Coldest Girl in Cold Town
By: Holly Black
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: September, 3rd 2013 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Summary from Goodreads: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black


Review: I really enjoyed this take on the vampire world. It was unique but didn't feel hokey or far fetched. It felt like it followed vampire lore closer than some books I've read. 

Tana is an awesomely bad ass character who has no idea how bad ass she is. She spends the entire book just trying to stay alive, but in the end realizes that she was stronger than she thought. She is selfless and caring and at times a little reckless. If you love a good "girl tries not to turn into a vampire" story, then you will love The Coldest Girl in Cold Town (Awesome Title!).



Friday, November 18, 2016

#Review A Night Without Stars by Jillian Eaton

Title: A Night Without Stars
By: J.A. Eaton
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 4th, 2014
Publisher: Bay Horse Publishing

Summary from Goodreads: You might know vampires...but you don't know Lola. 

Sixteen-year-old Lola Sanchez is no hero. Snarky, rebellious, and completely fed up with her life, she has one goal: graduate high school and get the hell out of her small hometown. Until a night of terror and bloodshed changes everything...forever. 

Now the only thing Lola wants to do is survive. But how can she survive when everything she knows has been destroyed and the one person she thought she could trust ends up being the most dangerous person of all?



Review: I kept seeing this book roll through my Goodreads feed and show up in my email. Finally, I decided that if it kept showing up, it must be a sign that I had to read it.

The story follows Lola, a troubled teen, who seeks attention by doing dangerous and illegal things. One night she is thrown in the path of a vampire and strange things start happening. The whole town goes dark and the sounds of screams from the dying can be heard. Lola and her best friend and father try to escape the city, but can't. When the best friend is captured by a sadistic vampire, Lola makes the ultimate sacrifice to get him back. 

Jillian Eaton has created a mysterious world where vampires don't hide anymore. When Lola takes on the sadistic female vampire, I wanted to jump up and down and scream "You go girl." Who takes on a vampire without the normal wooden stake or garlic necklace. This chic is bad ass.

The vampire lore is what you would think. They don't go out in the sunlight, they have super healing powers, and they can only be killed in a special way. No sparkle to these blood suckers.

The only part of the story where it kind of fell apart for me, was when Lola's group tries to leave the city. Without giving a lot away, apparently, there is only one way out of that side of the city and its blocked, so they don't even try to leave after that. It seems a little flimsy to me. 

With that being my only down side. I gave this read three stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves urban fantasy, paranormal and vampires. 



Monday, November 14, 2016

#WeeklyMenu Week 171

I don't care what any of you say, but I have the most hilarious kids in the world. They keep me on my toes, that's for sure. 

Even during the last week, when I was supper sick and still had to be mommy to two sick children, my little six year old took good care of me and helped me with his brothers. I love that kid!

There are lots of great foods on this weeks menu. Enjoy!

Monday
- Shepherd's Pie

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
- Tuna Sandwiches


Friday, November 11, 2016

#Review - Relentless by Karen Lynch

Title: Relentless
By: Karen Lynch
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Release Date: December 26th, 2013
Publisher: Karen Lynch

Summary from Goodreads:
Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.


Review:
I enjoyed all the complexities of the characters. There weren't just Mohiri or vampire. There were a plethora of other creatures that were mixed into the story to make the world something special.


I really wanted there to be more sexual tension between Nicholas and Sara, but I'm intrigued to see how their relationship plays out in the sequel.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!




Carmine #Review and #BlogTour by Alan Janney


Carmine
by Alan Janney
Genre: YA Dystopian/Adventure/Romance
Sparkle Press

Playlist:
To get into character, I've to a lot of excellent music on Spotify written and/or preformed by strong women.

Here are my favorites:

The Naked and Famous - “No Way,” “Runners,” “Higher”

The Foxies - “Floods,” and “Box Wine”

Halsey - “Colors”

Five Knives - “Savages,” and “Dirty Souls”

LEVV - “Heartbreaker”

Broods - “Bridges”

Hailee Steinfeld - “Rock Bottom”

FLETCHER - “War Paint”

Also, the entire 1989 album by Taylor Swift. Shut up, she rules. I listen to more music than anyone I know. Probably five hours a day, headphones clamped tight. If you have Spotify or something similar and want to check out a few bands you may not have heard of, I recommend:

Leagues
The Hearts
Conquer Divide
The Runaway Club
SmallPools
Jack Moy & Gloden

Here’s the Outlaw’s playlist, just for fun:
https://open.spotify.com/user/aljanney/playlist/3LOJsvCs3YWAChnGtT2Mtv

Cheers!

Alan Janney

www.alanjanney.com

PS. I’m giving away FREE BOOKS and Amazon gift cards to celebrate the launch. Enter the contest here —> http://eepurl.com/cl1x05

Summary:

She wakes as society crumbles
She wakes up with no memory
She wakes up a queen

The girl once known as Katie Lopez wakes up in an abandoned Wal-Mart with no memory, possessing only the vague sense that something has happened.  Where is her family?  Where is her boyfriend?  She has a faint recollection of him, a ghost of a memory.  The world, she discovers, is staggering from the weight of rampaging mutants, victims of a bizarre surgery gone wrong.  Once intended to bring about a utopia, now the victims threaten societal meltdown.  Much to her surprise, the girl with no memory discovers she is their queen.

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Review: This book started off with a bang. The main character, Carmine, wakes up in a Walmart without any memories. She learns about an infection and super human people and these people seem to be drawn to her. After gathering a small group, Carmine decides to go to LA to take over another group of super humans, don't ask me why, it just all of a sudden happens. The whole middle of the book seemed to fly by without a lot of excitement or extra content to keep me interested. It seemed like every chapter there were way more super humans gathering in LA, and all though they all considered Carmine their leader, not a lot of them knew who she was.

I had a hard time getting through this book, but the concept and writing were good. I just wished there was more excitement throughout the story to keep me hooked. For this, I gave the book three stars, because I had hoped for more.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Interview with M Pepper Langlinais author of Manifesting Destiny

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing M Pepper Langlinais author of Manifesting Destiny (Changers Book 1)

Hi M, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in Texas, with a large side of Southern Louisiana, which is where most of my extended family lives. I grew up speaking both English and French Creole and eating lots of jambalaya. I eventually got a degree in screenwriting then went on to get a graduate degree in writing and publishing. I worked in publishing for a number of years before deciding to devote my time to working on my own books rather than anyone else’s.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I recently was a guest at the InD’Scribe conference and did my first signing, and I’d like to do more—attend conferences as a guest author/speaker and do signings. Those are my practical ambitions. In general, I’d like to have engaged readers—I enjoy hearing from them and wish I did more often.

Which writers inspire you?

Arthur Conan Doyle, certainly, given that my career first really got started with Sherlock Holmes stories. My novel The K-Pro was called “Neil Gaiman for girls” by one reader, and it’s true that I have enjoyed Gaiman’s work in the past. I think my spy novel was inspired by John Le CarrĂ©. As for Manifesting Destiny, that probably came from reading so many books aloud to my kids. In fact, a recent Amazon review stated “I would recommend it to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson,” which is exactly the stuff I’ve been reading to my children. I certainly feel honored that someone would shelve me with such great works.

So, what have you written?

Well, way back when, my first officially published works were a short story in Future’s Mysterious Anthology Magazine and a poem in the journal Rosebud. And then for about six years I was barely writing except a blog called Letters to Rob (you can find the PDF of it on my site now; it was a series of open letters to musician Rob Thomas and got picked up by Atlantic’s music boards for a while). Once I was working in publishing full time, I didn’t have the energy to write my own stuff any more. But when I left, I found I needed that outlet again. I dipped back in by starting with some well-received fan fiction (which is how I’d originally cut my teeth as a writer, but that’s another story), and then I tried self-publishing a Sherlock Holmes story. It was the story that got me into grad school, in fact, and it did better than I expected, maybe because I had zero expectations for it. I published some more Sherlock Holmes stuff, then branched out to some other things as mentioned above: a fantasy based loosely on my own experiences working on film sets and informed by my minor in Classics and mythology (The K-Pro); a 1960s spy novel (The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller; a scripted version won a screenwriting award); an anthology of short stories (The World Ends at Five). And most recently Manifesting Destiny, as well as the short story “Aptera” which appeared on Aurora Wolf this past June. I’ve also had a 15-minute play produced and then turned into a short film known as “Adverse Possession.”

Where can we buy or see them?

You can find links to everything on my site: http://PepperWords.com.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

My main character in Manifesting Destiny is Cee. She’s sixteen and has a crush on her best friend Marcus, but he’s gay. The story takes place in the future, and society has evolved in such a way that most—but not all—people morph at some point in their adolescence. They are able to transform into some kind of animal, but they never know which one until it happens for the first time. Cee discovers she has a snarky dragon named Livian living inside her, which is a problem because dragons are supposed to be extinct. Marcus and her other friends urge Cee to get rid of Livian, have him removed by a ruling Clan known as the Magi. The story is fundamentally about embracing your true self regardless of pressure to conform. Also, it’s about taming your inner dragon and controlling your emotions.

What are you working on at the moment?

A couple things. For one, the sequel to Manifesting Destiny, which will be titled The Great Divide. And on the lighter side, a Regency romance titled Brynnde.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I don’t even know! The problem with Hollywood and “the industry” is that it takes so long to get things moving, and when you’re talking about young characters, the actors and actresses age out so fast.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I grew up thinking I would either be a magazine editor or a film director. Yet I always loved to read and write, and I was always a storyteller. I’m not sure at what point it occurred to me that I could maybe write for film instead. Even when I started college, I was still thinking I’d be a magazine journalist, but things outside my control conspired to put me in the radio-television-film school instead. Still, I never thought I’d be only a writer. It’s why I got a publishing degree—I assumed I’d be working in publishing if I weren’t going to be working in Hollywood. Not until I quit all that did I say to myself, “You know, maybe I’m just a good, old-fashioned writer.”

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Ostensibly it’s my full-time job, but with three kids the truth is I’m splitting my time between work and family.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

During the school year it’s much easier. I take the kids to school, go for my morning walk, come back to my home office (known as Little London) and write until it’s time for the kids to get home. Of course, I also do things like laundry and dishes and sometimes have to run errands… Then, in the summer when the kids are home, it’s almost impossible to get any writing done. I, ahem, have to write off the writing, which is very difficult and frustrating for me.

Do you write every day, or when you have time?


I try to write every day, even just a little, though weekends are family time and so I may or may not get writing done then depending on what else we have planned.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I don’t outline. It feels too restrictive. I start and I go with it until I hit a barrier. Then I flow chart. I have a notebook on my desk, and I write questions to myself like, “Why does So-and-so do this?” Or, “What happens if So-and-so goes here?” And then I chart possible answers and decide which makes sense for the character and the story.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?


It’s the first in a proposed trilogy. I hesitate to call it dystopian because the world I’ve created is very peaceful. In fact, the main character is loath to upset the apple cart because it would mean ruining that peace. She makes decisions based on a desire NOT to start a war, but… Other factions have different ideas. 

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I’m always at least reading one thing, often more than one. I go in cycles in regards to authors. In middle school I was all about Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz. In high school I went through Stephen King and Anne Rice. In college it was Neil Gaiman and Nick Hornby. I went through a John Le CarrĂ© and Kathy Reichs phase. Nowadays I’ve been enjoying Tana French, Kate Morton, Ben Aaronovitch, Alison Weir… And I’ll always, always love Shakespeare and Jane Austen and [almost] anything Sherlock Holmes.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m making my way through Tana French’s latest, The Trespasser.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To start sooner. I feel like I’m making up for lost time.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Oh, you mean is there a book I’ve read where I’ve said, “I wish I’d written that”? There are dozens! But maybe Michael Dibdin’s The Last Sherlock Holmes Story. Because wow, just wow.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Not to compare themselves to other writers. I find that’s when I start to doubt myself and feel depressed—when I look at what other authors have accomplished and feel like I’m somehow less than them. I keep a timeline on my whiteboard in my office now that shows all the milestones in my writing career. I find it helpful in being able to see how far I’ve come. 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Visit my website, sign up for my newsletter, Like my Facebook page, follow me on Amazon. And I especially love it when people ask me questions on my Goodreads page.
Book Links: All linked here: http://pepperwords.com/?page_id=1687

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Thanks for hosting me! 

Changers: Manifesting Destiny

Sixteen-year-old Cee has a hopeless crush on her best friend Marcus. Unfortunately for her, he’s gay. In the wake of Marcus’s older brother leaving home to join the Aerie, Marcus has become increasingly distant. Then, when Cee discovers she has a troublesome dragon named Livian living inside her things grow even more complicated.
Marcus urges Cee to go to the Magi to have Livian removed, but the more used to Livian Cee becomes, the less certain she is about letting him go. Should she change her natural self for the crush who will never love her anyway?

Excerpt:
Heat spread through her. Cee’s face elongated, her arms extended, her nails formed into claws, and her feet became suddenly very heavy. The bony spires erupted from her shoulders, and Cee was compelled to double over to allow the wings to grow.

Throughout, Cee fought the urge to resist, though her instinct was to do just that. She wondered what she looked like, caught a glimpse of red scales, and realized her eyesight had become sharper. All the details of the trees around her impressed themselves upon her brain: the cracks and flakes in the bark, the saw-tooth edges of the leaves, and every little spot and insect thereupon.

How big was she? Cee realized she was at eye level with the middle of the trees. She looked down and saw her friends pushing themselves even harder against the trunks, making way for Cee’s—or Livian’s, she supposed—tail as it snaked by.

Yes, we’re very pretty, said Livian impatiently. But we don’t have time for showing off just now.

The massive wings began to move, slowly at first, gathering speed that put the force of the helicopter’s artificial wind to shame. Cee realized she had no control over what was happening. It was all Livian, and she was housed inside him, somehow, along for the ride.

It was equal parts thrilling and petrifying, bursting through the treetops and being free of gravity. Cee would have liked to spend more time experiencing it, but there was the helicopter, like a massive black bug, and Livian went right for it.

Buy Links:
On Evernight Teen’s site: http://www.evernightteen.com/manifesting-destiny-by-m-pepper-langlinais/
On Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/Manifesting-Destiny-Changers-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01JQTNUXO/
On Amazon (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manifesting-Destiny-Changers-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01JQTNUXO/
On Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/658363
On B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/manifesting-destiny-m-pepper-langlinais/1124415566
On iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/manifesting-destiny/id1145055577
On Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/manifesting-destiny
On All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-manifestingdestiny-2084785-140.html

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

GUEST POST: Betas and Reviewers: How Readers Helped JUSTICE UNENDING Happen

Hey there! I'm Elizabeth Spencer, author of the brand-spanking-new YA fantasy Justice Unending, which was published last week by Evernight Teen! Justice is the story of Faye Whitlock, a teenager in a very Victorian-esque society, whose unladylike adventures take a dramatic turn when she's possessed by the immortal spirit of an assassin—and the country's most wanted criminal. (You can read an excerpt here!)

Sarai has graciously offered to let me chat with you guys today—not about Justice Unending, per se, but about how I wrote it!

You see, Justice was my first published novel, so I love reading about how other authors wrote theirs. So I thought… hey! Why not share my own experiences?

I've actually been posting a ton on my own blog about the publishing process, including how I found a small press, what I learned from my first professional edit, and the resources I found most useful when writing Justice. Today I thought I'd talk about the half dozen people who completely saved my butt: my beta readers and query readers.

Beta Readers Are the Absolute Best
When I first finished editing Justice Unending, I immediately started querying agents. Annnnnd… I got only one, half-hearted response.

I panicked. Clearly, the story was terrible. But I wasn't sure what was wrong with it, so I decided everything was. I started re-outlining it. I decided to change the characters. Do the plot differently! REWRITE EVERYTHING.

But before I launched my plan to burn Justice to the ground, I had someone new read it. And their feedback was shocking. They didn't think the story needed to be gutted. They thought most of it was fine, in fact. Most of their recommended changes were in the first few chapters of the story.

So I rewrote the first fourth of the story. And, just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I got other, different betas, who all loved the new draft.

Had I gone with my gut instinct, I would have destroyed most of Justice. But that's when I learned that you can't judge your own story half as well as your readers can. I needed that outside perspective.

But Query Letters Need Proofreaders, Too!
I queried agents with both my first draft and my second draft. The first one earned me a single partial request, but the second got me six full requests from agents and two contract offers from publishers.

And yes, the rewrite definitely might have helped. But I also overhauled my query letter.

I ran it by the Absolute Write Query Letter Hell Forums. I ran it by WriteOnCon (a competition that doesn't seem to exist anymore.) I used it in Pitch Wars. By the time I was done, I had gone through nine versions of it.

And I am completely sure that super-polished query was the difference between one half-hearted response and eight fully interested ones. I mean, yes. The story's important. But no one actually reads your story if they don't like your query. And that query is ultimately how I found Evernight Teen—the publisher who ultimately made Justice Unending a reality.

Basically: Beta Readers Are the Best
Justice Unending took a long time to reach where it is today—two major rewrites, nearly two years of work, and more than a hundred emails out to agents and publishers.

But it wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the brilliant, intuitive, clever, and creative people who helped me polish my story and ramp up my query. And if you're a writer, make sure you take advantage of your own betas. They're more valuable than you might know.

Elizabeth Spencer is the author of Justice Unending, a new YA fantasy released by Evernight Teen. You can read more about Justice, as well as her other stories, on her website, Elizabeth-Spencer.net.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Idolize By Maggie Mundy #BlogTour @MundyMaggie


Idolize is book one in the The Dark Storm series. The books are based around the lives of actors on the show.

Blurb
Cassi moved to LA to escape a violent past and wants anonymity for herself and her son. She is starting to get her life back on track when she meets Declan Reed. He is latest hit on the Hollywood scene, playing the lead in the TV series Dark Storm. She gets the love of a TV star and the fame that comes with it causes her past to come back and haunt her with what could be fatal consequences.
Tag line
You can’t be found if no one knows where you are.

Bio
I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband, one cat, two dogs and a snake. I have a motorbike that I would like to ride more than I do and I love walking at the beach and listening to the waves.  I've always loved reading all forms of fiction from high fantasy and paranormal to contemporary and decided the stories in my head needed to be written down. It was either that or start on medication. Unlike many, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a few years back.  I started off doing a degree in drama but soon realized my love was in writing, though there is a play lurking somewhere on my computer. My day job is as a nurse in the operating room. I believe romance can be fun to read and write but it’s exciting to spice it up with the uncertainty that comes with suspense where the rules can be broken.

Excerpt
Cassi knew it was the brandy talking, but when would she have a Hollywood actor captive in a cabin again? He put his glass down and raised one eyebrow as he peered at her. Then he patted the couch in front of him. Okay, she had drunk two big brandies, but what was he suggesting here?

He placed a finger under her chin and lifted it so she gazed in his eyes. She gulped. He didn’t need to say anything. She would kiss him anyway. All he needed to do was ask.

“When you left that day, you took part of me with you. I’ve been looking around and meeting other people and other women trying to find it. I was a fool to let you go then. Now you’re here, Cassi, I’m not going to let you go without telling you how much I care.”

His face was close as his palm cupped her cheek. Her mouth hung open and she felt a strong ache between her legs showing the need for physical contact she had not received for so long. She could feel his breath on her lips. His eyes connected with hers and then moved down to her lips. He ran his thumb along her lower lip and she moved forward. She knew this wasn’t real and something he had rehearsed, but didn’t care. He only had to say the word and she would have sex with him all night long. He didn’t say anything more, but their lips almost touched. Then he moved away.

Breathe.

“It’s a scene from our next episode. It doesn’t turn out well as she’s a vampire and sells me out. I get back at her through some crazy ritual, though. Sorry I took the advantage by adding your name.”
Declan was still holding his palm against her cheek and she didn’t want him to move away.

“You’re good.” He was more than good as she was putty in his hands right now.

Links
http://www.pinterest.com/maggiemundy/
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https://twitter.com/MundyMaggie
http://tinyurl.com/lfy3ymr Amazon US Link
http://tinyurl.com/jjy5o3k Amazon UK link
http://tinyurl.com/j692kle Amazon Canada link
http://tinyurl.com/jfwjnhu Amazon AU

http://maggiemundy.blogspot.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMundyAuthor
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/idolize/id1152430955?mt=11

#WeeklyMenu Week 170

Happy Halloween from my Minecraft monsters. I took the boys to our local downtown event where they got to trick-or-treat at all the businesses on main street. They spent a half hour walking and got a good half a bag of candy. After that, they were too tired and we want back home. I was thankful it was only a half hour, because it was my job to carry the box heads. That was not my favorite part of the day.

The strange thing about the day was, we didn't get a single trick-or-treater at our door. I thought with all the apartment kids that all ways hang out near the house, we would get a few. It wasn't even raining! Oh well. It was a nice quiet night.

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- Tuna Sandwiches


Friday, November 4, 2016

Burned By Fire by Danielle Annett @Danielle_Annett #Review



Burned by Fire
Blood and Magic #3
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Vampires
Publication date: September 30th 2016
Aria's pyrokinetic ability has always been hard to control, and being pulled in so many directions, isn't making it any easier.
Now she has to help Inarus, a foe turned friend who is being targeted by the Human Alliance Corporation-the very organization he once worked for.

But the HAC has more than just Inarus in their sights. Aria finds herself going deep into enemy territory to save a witchling child with never before seen powers, that the HAC has kidnapped to further their own ends.

Aria has been hired to save a child once before, and she failed. That failure has haunted her even to this day and she wonnt let herself fail again. With the HAC closing in, and complications between herself and the Pack rising, Aria has no choice but to succeed. A child's life is on the line and Aria will risk everything to save that life.
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Review:
I have to say, Danielle Annett sucked me into a world of magnificent beings and creatures. Even though I haven't read the first two books in the serise, I didn't really need the back story to understand what was going on in Burned By Fire.

We follow Aria as she learns to deal with her mate bond to a Shifter and the threat of her mothers reach into the world of abnormal beings. It seemed like everywhere poor Aria turned, she was being attacked by her mothers hench men. She couldn't get away, and even though she had the protection of the pack (which is awesome) she wanted to be her own person and sometimes got herself into situations that she couldn't handle alone.

I really enjoyed learning about the Psykers and the Shifters. There were also other mythical creatures like vampires, witches and nymphs. All these creatures melded together into a wonderful story with action and romance.

I give this book a solid four. It kept my attention and was left open for a sequel that I can't wait to read.




Author Biography
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and blogger. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Midnight #CoverReveal by Kristy Centeno

Midnight (Forgotten Divinity #2)
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: NA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release Date: December 21st 2016
Inkspell Publishing
Cover designer: Najla Qamber

Summary:

A past shrouded in darkness.

A mission that can mean the difference between life and death.

One week to find the answers they need.

With the memories of her historical love for the Soul Broker who was once commissioned to harvest her soul, eradicated from her mind, Daya must embark on a perilous journey through dangerous territory to find those who might shed some light into the mystery that surrounds them. But what she uncovers along the way may prove too daunting for her to come to terms with.

Trapped in a loop she can’t get out of, Daya’s only tool for survival is trusting Mason. But will betrayal be a determining factor when they both have something to gain by giving up on each other?


NOTE: This book is the continuation of the short story featured in the anthology, Blood in the Shadows. Midnight picks up right where Shadows left off.


Pre-Order Link: Amazon

Excerpt:

“Do you honestly believe what we felt for each other was a mistake?”

“It was. That’s why we were castigated.” It was a sin of the worst kind.

Mason shakes his head. “I refuse to believe that. I may not remember what happened, but there’s one thing I’m sure of.” He draws me to him and wraps his arms around my waist, anchoring me to him. “What we felt for each other wasn’t wrong. Anything so right couldn’t have been immoral.”

His lips are on mine before I can think to oppose or argue that his point of view is wrong. The fighter in me urges me to knee him in the groin and follow with a beat-down, but I end up struggling for a moment before relenting. He’s determined to seduce some sense into me and I’m running out of will to keep from trapping myself in this mind game. Whether his intention is for me to trust him or he simply wants to help me through the monster of doubt eating away at me, I don’t know. Nor do I care.

I allow him to take me beyond my grief and into a sweet, almost painful harmony. The fight goes out of me and what few reservations remain melt away with a quick stroke of Mason’s tongue. Every feeling of helplessness evaporates with each term of endearment that escapes his half-open lips as he alternates between kissing my mouth, face, and neck. I yield to him, our caresses becoming more fervent and urgent with each passing second.


Book 1 was published as part of a short story anthology (click on image for Goodreads link):

About the Author
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.


She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
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