Friday, January 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2) by Jen McConnel #M9BFridayReveals

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Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2) by Jen McConnel
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Gods of Chaos
The gods of chaos cannot be trusted. 
When Darlena Agara declared to follow Red Magic last fall, she had no idea what she was getting into. Since then, however, she's had a crash course in danger, deceit, and destruction. In an effort to gain an ally, Darlena heads to Scotland in search of another Red Witch, but she didn't count on the new obstacles (and crazy gods) that await her.
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Title: Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2)
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jen McConnel
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Jen McConnel
Jen McConnel now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Handmade Recycled Book Jewelry: Review, Giveaway and Coupon Code

Despite having an eReader, I greatly prefer reading print books. However, I hate to see old books end up in the trash. One solution is to resell them at used bookstores, like the one we have at my local library. However, Trashy Crafter has come up with another solution for old books: make jewelry! This mother/daughter team takes damaged and outdated books and turns them into beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings and lanyards. They do this by removing pages from old or damaged books, cutting them into strips, and rolling them into beads. It’s also a lot of fun because you can wear reminders of your favorite reads!

Since one of my favorite books is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I selected a bracelet for review made of pages from a Pride and Prejudice book. I love it! Each piece of jewelry is unique because every book is unique, and different colored beads are used with the book beads. Check out some of the bracelets below:

Twilight Bracelet

Mortal Instruments Bracelet

Eat Pray Love Bracelet

As you can see, the bracelets come with 2 or 3 pieces. There are also earrings, necklaces, and lanyards like those featured below.

Pride and Prejudice Earrings

Beauty and the Beast Necklace

Goldilocks Lanyard

These items are so unique and pretty. They make great gifts for people who love to read! I hope you’ll check out the recycled book jewelry at www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are coming up. Use the Discount Code below to receive 15% off your purchase!

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Use the code onparenting at checkout and receive 15% off your order! Hurry, it will expire in 30 days!

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Blog: www.TrashyCrafter.com
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One lucky winner will receive a 2-piece recycled book bracelet from Trashy Crafter! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

The Dandelion Field, by Kathryn Springer: Kindle Fire Giveaway and Blog Tour

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's The Dandelion FieldThe handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning? 

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Dandelion Field
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.


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The Great ARC Giveaway from Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing

Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing are giving away print ARCs (advance reader's copies) of the following titles!

The giveaway ends on January 30, 2015, so be sure to enter soon.

White Night Book Blast: Read an Excerpt and Enter the Giveaway for an Awesome Maryland Prize Basket

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Joanna Anderson Campbell lived the perfect life ... loving daughter and sister, loyal friend, faithful wife, and devoted mother. She was happy and content. What more could she have asked for? Life could not have been better. At least ... that's what she believed. Until she died. Can death teach the most valuable lessons about life? Jo Campbell is about to find out.

Excerpt: Chapter 1: Jo

I feel another heavy sigh within me. I wish I could say it feels like a burden removed, but it does not. It feels like the weight of a pyramid on my soul. Is that the weight of a lifetime of memories that I’m not ready to part with? I don’t want to go. I want to stay and see Emma and Kevin grow old; see my grandchildren grow up and prosper. But I know it is not to be. And while I accept that, I sure don’t have to like it.

My lips are so dry. I am so thirsty. As I think this, I see Christ on the cross. He too was thirsty. I get it now. It’s not an intellectual understanding. It’s a reaffirmation. Death comes to us all and we cannot hide. I am so tired.

The room begins to shift and shape itself. Voices are becoming slow and hard to understand. The room seems to be growing more distant, elongated with furniture and people falling away from me. My children seem to be sliding away from me. Why do they seem so small–have I gotten bigger? With every ounce of strength I still possess, I force my eyes open. Faces blur and it is hard to refocus.

Voices are now distorted, slow and monosyllabic. I reach for my babies’ hands, but they keep moving further away and I cannot grab them. I cannot pull them to me. I am frenetic, clawing in my efforts to reach them, but they recede further and further until I can see them no more.

The excruciating horror of this reality is upon me. The pain of this sudden and irrevocable separation is almost unbearable for me. I scream silently that I am not ready–that I want to stay–I will do anything, trade anything.

I try to barter with God, but it is in vain. My children are lost to me. The world is lost to me.

And with that, I am gone.

Autographed Copy: http://www.kathimorehead.com/

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Kathi Haacke Morehead makes her fiction debut with WHITE NIGHT. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting Go and Stanching the Flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS. She has also written numerous articles for Mind Body Green and Boomeon. She blogs daily at A View From the Cheap Seats Today. Kathi lives in Brunswick with her husband Dave and their four finicky felines. Her motto is "love and laugh!"

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Spotlight on Whiskey Witches, by S.M. Blooding: Read an Excerpt!

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Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.

Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.

She’s a demon summoner, and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

Enjoy the following excerpt from Whiskey Witches!

The Mel read at a point two. Nothing.

She turned on the digital voice recorder. “Paige in the attic. Metley Plantation. Bored as crap. Nothing going on. Boys are elsewhere, but can’t hear them. Starting EVP session because I am so completely bored out of my skull. Thanks for giving me no one to talk to, Tru.”

She listened to the silence. Something scraped against the roof.

“Something outside,” she sighed quietly into the mic. “The wind is blowing.”

A dog howled.

Her eyelids half-closed, she brought the recorder to her mouth, supporting her chin on her other hand, and muttered, “Dog.”

Something scurried across the shingles.

She yawned. “Squirrel.”

A box shifted across the floor on the opposite side of the room.

Paige.

She straightened, instantly alert. “Tag this. Something just called my name. Dexx, if this is you, come out.” Though she hadn’t heard anyone clomp up those wooden stairs. They weren’t quiet steps.

She pointed the camera in the direction of the noise, setting it on a box beside her. The camera’s night vision showed boxes and open space on the screen. “Is anyone there?”

Something slid in front of her. She heard it. It sounded heavy like a dresser, maybe? Wood on wood? It wasn’t a box, at least not a cardboard one. She set the Mel down. She needed light and the only thing she had was the flashlight on her key ring.

Nothing. Great.

She dragged herself to her feet and shuffled in that direction, flashlight in one hand, voice recorder in the other. The floorboards creaked under her weight. She peered around a stack of cardboard boxes.

Paige.

“Sounds like a little girl,” she whispered into the voice recorder. “Leslie, I thought you debunked this place.”

She headed back to the Mel and glanced at the red screen. Three point five. Could be nothing, but the base attic reading had been a point one. “Did you die here? What’s your name?”

The room was silent.

“Please make a sound. Let me know you’re here.” She tightened her lips. “Without scaring me half to death.”

The attic door slammed shut.

Paige screeched, her eyes glued to the door. “Okay.” She tried to control her erratically beating heart. “What do you want? You called my name. Can I help you?”

A furious force pushed against her. She stumbled as she raised her arms above her head. Something dragged her toward the now open door, hands like icy fire scalding her forearms. Her fingers latched onto the door, closing it on her way through. The force continued to pull her down the tight attic stairs. Her foot twisted. She grabbed at the wall, the railing, anything.

She landed on her back and slid down the remaining three stairs, thunking her head against each one on her way down. Her hand caught the banister and she laid there, feeling every step digging into her. She’d lost the voice recorder. Her keys and flashlight were gone too, who knew where.

She took in a deep breath and slowly sat up, closing her eyes momentarily.

As they opened, the flashlight turned itself on. Three steps below her.

Her heart froze. The only way to turn the light on was to hold the button.

It stuttered and shut off.

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Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet -- unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very ... slow ... conversation.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New from Elizabeth Camden: "Beyond All Dreams" Kindle Fire Giveaway and Author Chat Party

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release, Beyond All Dreams. From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Beyond All Dreams
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at Elizabeth's 2/17 Beyond All Dreams Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for the opportunity to win some great prizes!


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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 17th!