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
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 This mother/daughter team takes damaged and outdated books and turns them into beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings and lanyards.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 Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are coming up. Use the Discount Code below to receive 15% off your purchase!


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

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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!


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.


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.

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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!

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.


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.


“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.


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!


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!

Rough Edges Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Rough Edges by Kimberly Krey

Divorced mother, Allie Emerson, never imagined she’d be raising two teenage girls on her own. Between parenting and paying the bills, she hasn’t even thought about meeting a man. That changes once she hears local carpenter, Braden Fox, is in need of a secretary. Back in high school, Allie had done all she could to deny the sparks burning between her and Braden; perhaps now they could explore the possibilities.

Braden has heard all about what Terrance did to Allie and the girls, has been planning to stop by and see how she’s getting along, but Allie beats him to it by showing up at his shop in search of a job. Her single visit reignites the old flame Braden used to torch for her; trouble is, old feelings of resentment return as well. Allie did choose Terrance over him, after all. And as much as Braden wants Allie in his life, he’s not sure he can open his heart again.

With this second chance at romance, will the bumps in their relationship be too much to get over, or will this carpenter learn to smooth out the past?

Praise for Rough Edges

"Kimberly Krey never fails to truly amaze and captivate my heart ... She has done it yet again with this heart-stopping journey of a second chance at a once in a lifetime love." ~Amber @ Wonderings of One Person

"An utterly charming romance!" ~Jamie Brook Thompson

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Their eyes met once more, and a shot of heat flooded his chest like a liquid bolt of lightning, forcing his pulse to rush. “I’ve missed you,” he blurted.

Her eyes widened in response, and Braden wondered if he’d been too bold. He’d hardly meant to speak it. It’d been more of a thought. A longing, really.

At last she nodded. “Yeah,” she said, her voice soft and low. “I … I’ve been wondering about you too. How you’ve been over the years. I kept asking Terrance who you were dating. If you were close to marrying anyone…” Her words drifted off for a breath, but then she spoke up again. “You admitted that you’d turned down our offers to come to dinner and catch up.” She studied him for a moment, a challenge presented in her gaze. “All those years. Why didn’t you just come?”

“You know why.” He’d nearly spoken over her, but he couldn’t help it.

“No, Braden, I don’t.”

He nodded adamantly, taking a step back and folding his arms. “Think about it, Allie.” ...

“I have thought about it--”

“Not nearly enough, apparently,” he snapped.

“I’ve thought about it all these years. It hurt my feelings. I thought we were friends.”

Braden bit back his words and broke into a pace.

“Braden,” she said, “I wanted you to stay a part of our lives. You were the best influence Terrance had and you just stopped being his friend? Why would you do that?”

Braden froze in place. “I was a better friend to him than you’ll ever know.” Or possibly the worst, he realized. He strode back, his gaze set on her. “And I didn’t want to be your friend, Allie. I wanted more than that and you know it.”

Her face fell flat. Her lips parted. But no words came. She cleared her throat, casting her eyes to the floor.

“Yeah,” he said. “Don’t pretend that you don’t know. I made it clear. And as soon as I did you started setting me up with every friend you had. Including Kayla.”

“That’s not…” Her face flushed red. Her lips tightened. “That’s not how it went, Braden.” The silence that followed was painful. The tension wedged in each passing second pressed at Braden’s last nerve.

“Well,” he said, “this has been a nice trip down memory lane, but if you don’t mind I’ve got to get back to work. Come on out when you’re ready.” He turned away from her in one quick jerk and walked out of the kitchen, one long stride after the next.

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Author Kimberly Krey

Writing Romance That's Clean Without Losing the Steam!

I'm a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry.

I'm not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run -- anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of SoftLips chapstick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review: "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall," by Sarah E. Ladd

About the book:
Cecily Faire has a secret, but when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past. As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, nothing escapes Nathaniel Stanton’s notice, including the beautiful new lady’s companion. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Can they forge a future together despite their secrets?

My thoughts:
I've been wanting to read Sarah E. Ladd's historical romances for a long time, so I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to read A Lady at Willowgrove Hall. This book has everything you would expect in historical fiction: mystery, secret pasts, forbidden love, a young woman in peril -- all in a historical setting. Cecily's secret would not be a big deal in modern times, but in the early 1800s, it could ruin multiple lives. Motherless and with a heartless father, Cecily must forge through life alone after losing contact with her twin sister. I love Cecily's spunkiness and drive to overcome her past and better her life. And Nathaniel is a kind and hard-working man who is loyal to his family and his employer. I was rooting for Cecily and Nathaniel to risk their budding romance by unburdening themselves of their secrets in the hopes of establishing an honest relationship. I loved the characters, story and setting in A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, and I'm anxious to read more of Sarah E. Ladd's historical novels.

About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Disclosure: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Book Spotlight: "The Blood of the Fifth Knight," by E.M. Powell

Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Thomas & Mercer
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 368p
Genre: Historical Thriller

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A triumphant sequel to Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight. A desperate king trusts a lone knight to unravel a web of murder.

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for her failed attempt to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure his King’s throne, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry's traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and worthy sequel to E.M. Powell's acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

"Powell does a masterful job. Highly recommended."

 ~Historical Novels Review

About the Author

E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT, which was a #1 Amazon bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in the northwest of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for the HNS. Find out more by visiting You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, January 2
Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, January 5
Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Thursday, January 8
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, January 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Tuesday, January 13
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, January 14
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, January 16
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Saturday, January 17
Interview at Dianne Ascroft
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, January 19
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, January 20
Review at Books and Benches
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Wednesday, January 21
Review at Just One More Chapter

Monday, January 26
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, January 28
Review at Kinx's Book Nook

Friday, January 30
Review at Bookramblings

Saturday, January 31
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, February 1
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Monday, February 2
Guest Post at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, February 3
Review at Layered Pages
Spotlight at Let them Read Books

Wednesday, February 4
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, February 6
Review at The Never-Ending Book

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wedding Cake Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Welcome to the blog tour for Wedding Cake, by Josi S. Kilpack. Read on to learn more about this book and author, read an excerpt, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!

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Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake by Josi S. Kilpack

After years of mysteries, murder, and mayhem, the big day has arrived, and Sadie wants nothing more than for her wedding to Pete to be completely uneventful. When she receives a threatening, anonymous text message just days before the ceremony, she's determined not to let it interfere with the celebration she has carefully planned for months. But as the threat escalates from a distant fear to a frightening reality, Sadie realizes just how much she's underestimated the situation. Desperate to put an end to the games, lies, and manipulation that have shadowed her life, Sadie, her fiancé, Pete, and her children pull out all the stops. What they don't know, however, is just how far Sadie's nemesis is willing to go to make good on the threat she made to Sadie three years ago.

Will the wedding go off without a hitch, or will "'til death do us part" come far too soon? There's no turning back for anyone in the riveting conclusion to this twelve-volume culinary mystery series.


It took half of a sleeping pill and twenty minutes of soothing rain sounds from an app on Shawn’s phone before Sadie fell asleep. She’d used her headphones so as not to disturb Shawn but woke up around five o’clock tangled in the headphone cord that she thought was rope for a frightening few moments. She couldn't breathe, couldn't think of anything other than the fact that she was trapped, that Jane had somehow won. The terror kept her frozen until she awakened enough to realize she was as safe as she’d ever been.

After disentangling herself from the headphones and thinking calming thoughts in order to get her heart rate back to normal, she put her legs over the side of the bed and sat up in hopes it would help clear her head from the leftover fog of the prescription medication she hadn't used in months. The silver dawn of morning peeked through the gaps around the curtain, outlining Shawn’s mountainous form in the other bed. She stretched and blinked and only then did she remember everything. The subconscious hope of a new day was smothered and choked.

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Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series, was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute cat.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Nobody’s Goddess, by Amy McNulty #M9BFridayReveals


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
by Amy McNulty
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Nobody's Goddess
In a village of masked men, each loves only one woman and must follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love -- and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen-year-old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her: she is, in fact, the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death -- and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.

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Title: Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Amy McNulty


Amy McNulty
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics, and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Always on My Mind, by Susan May Warren

About the book:
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else's baby.

Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby's father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts -- and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper's new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can't seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

My thoughts:
I have read several books in the Christiansen Family series of novels, so I was really excited to read about more of the family members. This story is really about unrealized dreams. Casper is disappointed that he didn't find the treasure he sought, while Darek feels unequal to the task of saving the family resort, parenting his child, and being a good husband to his pregnant wife. Of course, both men have a lot to learn about what's important in life. It's also a story about pride. Casper isn't sure he can forgive Raina for her betrayal, while Darek feels less than a man due to his perceived failings as the head of his family. It takes a lot of missteps before they come to find that their definition of success was faulty. I loved seeing how all of the characters in this novel grew emotionally. Raina, especially, had a lot of wounds to heal thanks to a very difficult childhood, during which she blamed herself for the early deaths of her mother and brother. Then she messed up her life again when she became pregnant as the result of a one-night stand and sought stability with a man who attempted to control her. Obviously, the Christiansens are realistic, with the faults and mistakes that all of us carry through life. Ultimately, Always on My Mind is a story of hope, showing us that we can rebound from a difficult past and poor choices to become the person that God intended us to be.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Avenge Book Blast: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Tristan Johnson is not an easy guy to get to know. He’s quiet, shy, and borderline elusive. That never stopped Samara Cavanaugh from claiming Tristan as her best friend, her tutor, her longtime crush.

She knows Tristan better than anyone. Sam was the one person that Tristan had allowed himself to get close to. But even Sam wasn’t aware of the secrets her best friend had been keeping.

When Sam’s life was in jeopardy Tristan didn’t hesitate to protect her. Now that he’s gone, Sam will do whatever it takes to get him back.

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Samara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate.

Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.

Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.

Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.

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About the Author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

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