Monday, September 29, 2014

The Bird of Prey Saga Book Blast: Giveaway for an eReader, Gift Cards and Paperbacks!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Bird of Prey Saga
Series: Contains all 4 Semya Slotin Mystery Books
Author: Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba
Published: September 25th, 2014
Word Count: 219,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Thriller
Content Warning: Mature content and minor violence
Age Recommendation: 18+

Synopsis:
A dead world famous supermodel.
A contract killer in love with her best friend.

An organised crime family looking for revenge.

A boyfriend with a mysterious legacy.

French sleuth Sémya Slotin is officially back on the case. The break is over.

“I’m Semya Slotin, yes this Slotin. I love wine, vodka, absinthe, my younger brother Aaron and my best friend Polliannah, in no particular order. When Josh Heinz and I are not too busy fighting or tearing each other clothes off, I solve mysteries. And I’m really good. I’m really good at a lot of things and people usually don’t see me coming… but here I am and I’m not going anywhere.”

It all started with a simple case…

Book One: Bird of Prey

Who killed the infamous supermodel Johanna Cartier?

After spending three years away from sleuthing, Sémya Slotin is thrown back in the business when she found her body. With the help of her best friend Polliannah Koch, DCI Ally Gibbons and the mysterious but extremely sexy Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.

Book Two: The Plot Thickens

What happened while Semya Slotin and Josh Heinz were busy solving Johanna Cartier’s murder in Bird of Prey?

When Polliannah met John Allen, she thought that she had finally found her Prince Charming. When John set his sights on Polliannah, he knew that he had a job to do and that the beautiful Miss Guryev should only be a means to an end. Then they fell in love. Now he and his Russian Princess had to leave London for their safety. But it may already be too late…

“I’m Polliannah Koch Guryev, yes I’m part of the infamous Guryev family but you can call me Polli or Mrs Allen. I love my parents, some of my brothers, high-end shopping, Russian vodka and last but not least my worst half and partner in crime Sémya Slotin. When I’m not managing our wine store in Chelsea or committing some kind felony with Sémya in the name of the God of Sleuth, I dream of Prince Charming. I’ve kissed enough frogs to give up on love but somehow it doesn’t seem to want to give up on me. How many times do I need to get hurt before it does? But still, here I go again…maybe this time it would be the last.”

Book Three: Polliannah Got Married!

The truth this time, and nothing but the truth…

Polliannah is in trouble and her boyfriend is dead. Nothing’s prepared Sémya, Detective Extraordinaire, for what she finds in Toronto. Polliannah is a widow and her late husband John Allen was a hit man for the powerful Dovos family. What did they want from her? Why is this happening to them? Josh Heinz knows more than he lets on, but he’s not telling her anything. Old conspiracies and secrets resurface putting them all in peril. Sémya’s worst fears about her relationship with Josh and his past are confirmed causing a rift between that may never heal. Sémya and Polliannah’s world is falling apart. Will they be able to come out of this stronger?

Book Four: Vincent Mallory Edgerton

Every love story has a beginning.

From the moment their gazes locked, Sémya and Vincent sealed their fate.

Sémya Slotin had been coasting through life solving one mystery after another. While investigating a friend’s disappearance in Hawaii, she met Josh Heinz. Her mind kept telling her to stay away from the handsome stranger but he awakened something in her and she was unable to resist him. Vincent Mallory Edgerton had always been an efficient FREGG operative. He loved his job, even when he had to leave everything behind for his own safety. On his last assignment, he was forced to work covertly with the sexy bold sleuth. Sémya’s beauty and intellect enthralled him, but his passion and growing love for her also changed him. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to finally win her trust and keep her safe, causing him to unleash events that would shape the rest of their lives.


EXCERPT
Sémya Louise Slotin was staring at Josh Heinz talking on his mobile and sighed for the third time. Once again, he was keeping her in the dark and she hadn’t felt this helpless in years. No, it wasn’t even that. She was desperate and she hadn’t felt like this in a long time. That helpless desperation that took her over each time she knew she couldn’t control a situation.

The first time she felt this way was after her birth mother, Corinne Durante, told her that she was dying. Her mom had always been honest with her, but at eight when you learnt that your only parent was going to die of AIDS, a then relatively unknown illness, wouldn’t you become desperate too? Then there was the time when her adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, was accused of the murder of her creep of a husband, Martin Demeure. She knew that her mother was innocent but she was just fifteen and no one listened to a fifteen-year ago teenager; even if her IQ was three times higher than average. For both of these events she had an anchor, her safe harbour, her Russian princess, her Polliannah.

So it was smooth sailing for a while until one night her anchor called her. She was scared and for the first time, Polliannah was the one who needed her help and support. Sémya dropped everything and took the first flight to Moscow. She had never felt as desperate and helpless as she was that day. She was only twenty-two, but she needed to be strong for them both. They packed up everything and left Europe for new horizons, new adventures, new encounters and new mysteries to solve. That was what Sémya had been known for, solving mysteries. And when she wasn’t sleuthing, they kept each other safe from bad men, wrong men, and stupid men.

It was just the two of them until Josh Heinz came into their lives three and a half years ago. After the Hawaii fiasco, which she scarcely remembered, Sémya and Polliannah went back to Europe; with Josh. They moved to London; where Josh was. They settled in Camden Town; across the street from Josh. There, Sémya had spent nearly every night… with Josh. Josh, Josh, Josh… the handsome and sexy Josh Heinz. The secretive and mysterious Josh Heinz. The guitarist with a suave voice Josh Heinz. Josh, Josh, Josh… Josh, who stated that he loved her. Josh, who said that he wanted to protect her. She sighed for the fourth time and headed to the closest kiosk.

This time she failed her. After eight years of taking care of each other, of dodging every bullet in the name of love, friendship and family, she failed Polliannah. They received the scariest call from her, she was crying. Her new boyfriend John had been killed and she thought that she was next. So Sémya felt helpless and desperate again. She lost control of the situation, control of their lives. She was angry. Anger usually followed. She and Polli lived a quiet life in London. Who would want to harm them? One thing for sure, Josh knew and as usual, he wasn’t talking. But they would see about that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m over 30.
I was born in Quebec City, Canada.
I grew up in France and in Gabon.
I speak English & French fluently.
Pizza is my favorite dish.
Black Forest Cake is my favorite dessert.
I met Michael Jackson when I was eleven.
I loathe vodka but love gin, wine and tequila.
I’m obsessed with Robbie Williams and Michael Fassbender.
I call Toronto my home.
I love reading.
I love dancing.
I love watching exciting TV shows.
I love my life… most days.
I’m a major goof.
I can’t stand intolerance.
I’m curious, cheeky and oh so opinionated!


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Anthem's Fall Book Tour: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and 10 eBooks!

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Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city's rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.

Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem's Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.

The young emperor Vengelis Epsilon narrowly escapes the reckoning of his empire at the hands of strange machines known as Felixes. The Felixes are identical in every respect to the godlike men of Vengelis's world save for their mechanical blue eyes. Feared to be indestructible, the wanton holocaust of the Felix appears inescapable. His family murdered and his empire maimed under a shadow of destruction, Vengelis pursues the pained final words of his dying mentor, and sets course for a remote and unchartered world -- our world.

The son of the man who created the Felixes, Gravitas Nerol has spent four years in lonely exile. His crime? When the Lord General of the Epsilon Army ordered the genocide of a vastly inferior race, Gravitas refused him. A warrior to his marrow, Gravitas has cast aside his former life and committed himself to the pursuit of knowledge.

Kristen Jordan is a young and talented graduate student working on a cutting edge research team. Their wildly inventive new biotechnology, the Vatruvian cell, is the celebrated milestone of modern science. Yet Kristen remains uneasy about the capabilities of the inexplicable Vatruvian cell, and as their project develops, it begins to ring oddly familiar to the perilous technology of Vengelis's home.

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S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem's Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid-twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superhero movies and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem's Fall series.

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Plagues of Eden Book Tour: Read an Excerpt!

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The Wheel Spins. Chaos Is Unleashed.

DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN… 72 HOURS AND COUNTING.
The race is on to stop a madman bent on unleashing the ancient plagues of Egypt against the modern world. Tel-Al-Balamum, Egypt. The dig of an ancient temple is decimated by fiery hail from the heavens. And that’s only the beginning.

Buenos Aires. Paris. West Point.

The countdown has begun. Only Army Chaplain Jaime Richards, along with rock star Mark Shepard, can stop the catastrophe and save the mysterious Sword 23 from the clutches of a psychopath... if they can find the true mastermind in time.

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An Excerpt from Plagues of Eden

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 8:06am
Golden Sun Vineyards
Ningxia Autonomous Region, China

Yani awoke again; this time because he was deposited into a chair. Dumped, more like. The chair had a soft cushion, which did nothing to stop the pain in his hip from flaring, and pulling him immediately to consciousness.

The chair also had large padded arms, to which the guards who had dragged him in cuffed both arms with nylon restraints. Twice each. They did the same with his ankles.

He was seated in a circular room. This one had a huge round table on a floor of white marble flagstones that radiated from a central circle. Lights in patterns of star constellations twinkled on the ceilings, but more notable were the three-headed torches flaming on the walls.

If you had a tasting in this room, you would be impressed.

“Good morning, Sword 23,” said Creased Trouser Man. “Anyone who is following the whereabouts of your locator device thinks you’re having an interesting day in the mountains even now. But let’s you and I have a chat before we say good-bye.”

Once again, Yani struggled to come to his senses before speaking. He hated that this man was using his Eden identity. He worked to regulate his breathing.

Physically, Yani felt ill. It was likely a combination of the drugs, jet lag, and not having eaten for many hours. Could he clear his mind to focus, even if his body was nowhere near a hundred percent?

Yani had two immediate objectives: to be thought useful enough not to be killed here and now, and to convince them he was physically weaker than he was. Creased Trouser Man must have some questions for him, or would he have simply been shot and dumped.


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Sharon Linnea is the author of the new mystery These Violent Delights as well as the four Eden thrillers: Chasing Eden, Beyond Eden, Treasure of Eden and the new Plagues of Eden. She has also written award-winning biographies of Raoul Wallenberg and Hawaii’s Princess Kaiulani. She lives outside New York City with her family.

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B.K. Sherer holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University. A Presbyterian minister, she serves on active duty as a chaplain in the US Army, currently stationed at West Point. The authors first collaborated on a play about the French Underground for their sixth grade talent show in Springfield, Missouri, and have been friends ever since.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Predator, by Janice Gable Bashman: Book Tour and Giveaway for Multiple Book Packs!

ABOUT PREDATOR:
Title: Predator
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Janice Gable Bashman

“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!” ~Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules

The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

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ABOUT JANICE GABLE BASHMAN:

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

4 for Friday Blitz and Giveaway for Print and eBooks!

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Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil, Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton, Avian by Nicole Conway, and Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.
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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. 
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. 
A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything -- venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing. 
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky -- literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. 
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? 
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught. 
Helping David get home while protecting her heart -- that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here. 
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth -- and everyone on it.

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Jennifer M. Eaton
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night, Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle. 
Jennifer hosts an informational blog, “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes),” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops -- literally. 
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book, but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively … creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

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What kind of power is lurking inside him? 
After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves. 
Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago -- until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not ... he wonders if he will even survive it. 
The truth will soon be set loose.


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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book. 
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school. 
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation. 
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. 
To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line. 
Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home. 
Constant darkness. 
Brutal and savage violence. 
Excruciating pain. 
Every day is a fight for survival. 
But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: What Am I Reading?

The Literary Addicts Weekly Meme stalled for a few months, but now it’s back and it’s time for this week’s question: What are you currently reading?

Right now, I’m reading an older book that I’ve had on my bookshelf but hadn’t had a chance to read yet. I’m so glad I finally found the time to read it because I am really enjoying it! Here’s the book and a description:

by Erica James

Angel Sands is a traditional seaside resort of bed and breakfasts, cottages to rent, and teashops, and the place with the best views of the tiny beach and surrounding coastline is Paradise House, home to the Baxter girls—or the Sisters of Whimsy as they're known locally. With their mother taking time out to find herself, it's down to Genevieve to maintain the smooth running of the family-owned B&B. This is no easy task given that their father—now that his wife isn't around—has suddenly become a magnet for the opposite sex. And there's little help from her sisters: Nattie is too busy offending her long time admirer, and Polly spends most of her days with her head in the clouds or in a book. But when news spreads in the tightly knit community that a nearby dilapidated barn has been sold, Genevieve finds that a bittersweet trip down memory lane is unavoidable.

Note from Susan: This novel is really much “deeper” than the description implies. It’s also the love story between Genevieve and Christian, her first love, who tragically betrayed her when she was 17. Thirteen years later, their paths cross again, and they both find that their experiences during those years have made them wiser but less trusting. Can they overcome the past, forgive, and forge a new relationship? Genevieve and Christian, as well as Genevieve's family members, are complex characters, and I am really enjoying this journey through their lives.

CLICK HERE for links to the other bloggers participating in this meme to find out what they are reading! 

Introducing the New Covers for the Gwen Sparks Series by Stephanie Nelson!

Craved – Book 1
Gwen Sparks just wants to live a peaceful life in the supernatural town of Flora, but from the moment she reads about the first murdered witch, all hope of peace is abandoned. Possessing the rare ability to read the memories of dead, she volunteers to help catch the culprit behind the string of drained witches. Gwen has to team up with the one man who broke her heart, deal with a ghost who pulls her into the deathly realm at will, and fight off the advances of a sexy but frustrating vampire who not only craves what runs through her veins—he wants her heart. Amazon
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Deceived – Book 2
The vampire drug, brew, nearly ruined Gwen Sparks’ life. Just when things start to get back to normal between her and Aiden, she is summoned by the North American Witches Council to their central city of Moon. A war is imminent between vampires and witches, and Gwen’s spirit walker powers are being used to fuel the fire. She is about to discover just how powerful she is with the help of the ruggedly handsome Angel of Death and just how far some people will go to get what they want. Gwen is going to learn exactly what it means to be Deceived. Amazon /  B&N
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Coveted – Book 3
Having prevented the war between the witches and vampires, Gwen Sparks was ready to move on and heal. She thought she could go home and her life would return to normal—she thought wrong.

Being a spirit walker offers her protection, but it also put her life in danger as others covet what she possesses. A bounty is placed on Gwen, and rogues, who will stop at nothing to get the job done, relentlessly track her.

With no choice but to head to New Orleans to retrieve a special dagger, Gwen comes face to face with the Angel of Death and the feelings she has been denying. Living in a world where everyone has a motive, can Gwen trust the connection she shares with Dorian Hade? Amazon /  B&N
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Hexed – Book 4 (Coming Soon)
Everything and everyone has an expiration date, including Gwen Sparks. When Dorian, the Angel of Death, saved her, he did more than bend the rules: he shattered them.

When Gwen’s memories are stolen, the balance of life and death shifts, and magic goes on the fritz. Dorian realizes that even the Angel of Death must face consequences for his mistakes. Everything and everyone has an expiration date, and time is running out for Gwen. If they don’t find a solution, Gwen’s borrowed time will come to an end, and Dorian will lose the woman he risked everything for.

Both will have to make a life-changing decision. Dorian’s choice will result in either altering his very existence or losing Gwen forever. Gwen will risk everything to right Dorian’s wrong, and her decision may just result in her death.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Devices of War Trilogy by S.M. Blooding: Giveaway for Autographed Copies of Books 1 and 2!

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Fall of Sky City, Book 1 of the Devices of War Trilogy:


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Praise for Fall of Sky City

Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. ~Victoria Limbert

I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! ~Unputdownable Books

SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character–the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in–his family and his people. The world building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. ~My World of Dreams

This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader. ~Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Knight of Wands, Book 2 of the Devices of War Trilogy:


Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Blooding Books

Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)

Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.

Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.

Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.

Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.

Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?

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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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Shadows Fall Away Book Tour: "Jack the Ripper and Why He Still Fascinates Us" ~ Guest Post by Author Kit Forbes, Plus a Giveaway!

Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

About the Book:

Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London, England, to stay with his eccentric Aunt Agatha, who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London.

His interest in a string of murders that Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they’ve been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth.

Mark’s only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he’ll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.

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Guest Post:
Jack the Ripper and Why He Still Fascinates Us
By Kit Forbes

I think the main reason Jack the Ripper still fascinates a hundred and twenty-six years after his last murder is because he was never officially identified.

Our imaginations can take the facts we do know and spin them in so many different ways to come up with reasonable and even wild ideas of “whodunit.”

In recent years there have been quite a few books and TV documentaries with criminologists and forensic specialists and former police detectives, and while they give very plausible ideas on who the murderer of the women in Whitechapel was, they’ve always been anticlimactic in that “Jack” was undoubtedly an ordinary person with mental problems.

That seems callous, and I don’t mean to be, but to me the timeless pull surrounding the Ripper murders lies in the endless possibilities of who the killer could have been.

People of the time were certain that no wealthy person -- and certainly no woman -- could have committed the crimes, but we’ve seen in our own 20th & 21st centuries that anyone is capable of such violent acts.

One of my favorite books (Prince Jack by Frank Spiering) features the scandalous theory that Jack the Ripper was actually a member of the British royal family.

There’s also the timing of the murders that lends itself to multiple theories of who the killer might have been. I read a post on a forum some time back that stated the murders occurred within a week before or week after a full moon. Coincidence? Probably, but for the imaginative it could tie in to things as “out there” as dark magical or Masonic rituals or even some weird werewolf compulsion.

The reason Jack still fascinates is the reason my Mark was dragged to a Ripperologist’s conference. Who doesn’t love a good mystery and the chance to play armchair detective?

About the Author:

Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her youngest daughter and an assortment of cats who give new meaning to the world bizarre.

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Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn October 25, 2014

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes (INT). Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

National Punctuation Day Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Teachers' Contest!


National Punctuation Day® celebrates its 10th anniversary on September 24 with a salute to the people who are keeping our language alive — our teachers! So, with our appreciation for all of their efforts, this year's contest is a teachers-only event.

Teachers: In an essay of no more than 250 words, explain your best methods of teaching punctuation and document the results you have achieved.

Entries will be accepted through October 31 at Jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com

National Punctuation Day was founded in 2004 to draw attention to the importance of proper punctuation. It's a day for librarians, educators, and parents — people who are interested in teaching and promoting good writing skills to their students and their children. It's also a day to remind business people that they are often judged by how they present themselves.

Visit: www.nationalpunctuationday.com and www.facebook.com/NationalPunctuationDay

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life" (Paperback)!


Welcome to the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop! The bloggers participating in this hop are giving away some great books (or gift cards to purchase some)! For my giveaway, I am offering a paperback copy of the brand-new release:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life
101 Stories About Finding a New Path to Happiness


Are you stuck in a rut? Looking for purpose and meaning in your life? Ready for a new job, a new hobby, or new relationships?

Do you want to get back on the path to happiness? These stories will motivate and encourage you to take chances, follow your dreams, go with your gut feelings, and take better care of yourself. You’ll find the tools and the advice you need to overcome adversity, use positive thinking, find your purpose, and start over.

And super important -- you’ll learn how to take time to do what’s important to you, and to do it now. So carve out some “me time” and get reading … as you reboot your life!



Enter to win a copy of this awesome book through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 25, 2014.