Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Tour: The Christmas Spirit


Christmas Spirit
Susan Buchanan

Synopsis:

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.


Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

AUTHOR BIO

Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015. Blog - www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter - susan_buchanan
Facebook - www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan

Books The Christmas Spirit - http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US) 
Sign of the Times - http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US) 
The Dating Game - http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US) 


GIVEAWAY 
 2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Spotlight: Stalemate


Stalemate
By Alan Hamilton


Walter had shared a home and a sort of life with her for over sixteen years. When he came to think of it, that’d been a bit like a game of chess too. He’d gone from the enthusiastic opening – through a midgame of jogging along – to the endgameof barbed neutrality, a sort of emotional desert where no win was possible, a kindof stalemate. That had been the pattern for the last five years.

Summer 1930 and Walter Bruce is told he has a terminal disease. With nursing care and an easier job he could have five more years. With neither he may not see out the year. But he’s got a wife to keep – one too selfish and idle to be his nurse. When he finds out she’s been deceiving him about her past for years he comes to a stark decision: if she won’t take care of him he’ll have to take care of her – for good. He plans her removal like one of the chess problems he loves. It will be the perfect murder; he’ll get away with it and enjoy his last few years in comfort. But his carefully laid plans unravel, entangling him in a slowly closing trap where truth and lies become confused…

Set in between-the-wars Liverpool, Stalemate is a gripping tale of moral choices and terrible punishment.



About the Author

Alan Hamilton finds that real events, where there is a mystery or something unexplained, leave so much to the imagination they give the writer of fiction license to make it up. At heart he’s a conspiracy theorist though his head tells him accident is usually more likely – albeit far less interesting. As an antidote to the urge to write creatively, Alan is a publisher’s editor for non-fiction, academic books and journal articles. He lives by the sea in the South West of the UK. His hobbies are cooking and cryptic crosswords in the national newspapers, winning first prize twice in ten years.



GIVEAWAY 
 2 SIGNED PAPERBACKS (UK only) 
 2 ECOPIES (International)


~Ashley

Blog Tour: Guest Blog: Henge

I think I'm on a roll with Henge. And I have a review coming eventually, I think:)


Henge

Le Fay Series
Book One
Realm Lovejoy
Genre: YA Fantasy


Book Description:



Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.

Available at Amazon

Guest Post with Realm:
I usually start a first draft once I’m excited about an idea--enough to hear dialogue in my mind and see a vision of the story. My muse is typically not one character--it has to be two or three and they have to have a dynamic, complex, and fascinating relationship with each other. For Clan, it’s Twain, Buster, and Chad. For Henge, it's Morgan and Merlin. It's been the key to jumpstart my imagination. Another key ingredient to get me excited is incorporating aspects of the story that are non-traditional, or challenging. For Clan, it’s having all of the characters be a clone of one person. For Henge, it's using a traditionally evil sorceress as the hero.

I'll find out if the story works out or not within 50 pages. I'll either not see a clear direction that sells me or I'll become very crazy about the story and finish the draft in a couple months. I may create a loose outline, but I tend to like not knowing exactly what happens. It's like tuning into my favorite television show - I'm very excited for every chapter that unfolds. However, since I know the pain of revising, I try to be extremely solid on my world building before I begin because I know it's
going to be the toughest part for me throughout revisions.


Once I finish the draft, I abandon it for a month or so and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I will then make notes on what to revise. I try to see every weakness in the story and make time every weekend to work on it. After the second revision, I may be confident enough to show it to my agent, and if she likes it, we'll revise it again - then it will go on submission to publishers.

About the Author:

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan.
Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry.
CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com



Tour giveaway
2 paperbacks copies of Henge
4 ebook copies of Henge

~Ashley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: A Touch of Nerves

For the full tour schedule, go HERE


A Touch of Nerves
D.C. Hampton

Synopsis 

A FRESH LOOK AT 21ST CENTURY TERRORISM
--New novel explores America’s role in the Middle East

When Army Captain Ben Hawkins discovers chemical weapons missing from a military research facility, he begins an investigation into preventing a possible terrorist attack. The suspects? Two rogue Iranian agents who blame the deaths of their family members on the United States. What Hawkins doesn’t expect is to find himself forced to decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent.

D.C. Hampton’s debut novel, A Touch of Nerves, may be set on the battlefield of America’s “War on Terror,” but the book is a far cry from your typical action narrative. Inspired by his two sons who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War and his own time serving in the U.S. Army, Hampton brings depth and humanity to characters that might otherwise be painted in the two-dimensional “hero” or “villain” archetypes. With Hampton’s passion for history and global affairs, A Touch of Nerves brings a fresh perspective to the long history of tension between the United States and Iran.

“I wanted to write a story that was worth telling, realistic and suspenseful,” says Hampton. “I believe the book is entertaining, but it also sheds light on the complex relationship between Iran and the United States and explores the complex emotions and issues that drive some individuals to commit terrible acts.”

“The story includes a wealth of details as Hampton weaves a complex plot,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “A conceivable threat and suspense-filled plot keep readers engaged until the end. Hampton eschews the genre’s typical plot holes and vague facts and his handle on international relations gives the terrorists credible motivations.”


Ten Favorite Books of All Time with D.C. Hampton

Brave New World
Tale of Two Cities
Moby Dick
The Gold Coast
Red Storm Rising
Democracy in America
The Idiot
Tom Sawyer
Last of the Mohicans
The Scarlet Letter

My Thoughts:

  • I like the military aspect/influence in this book. Obviously that is a central focus, but it is described well and nothing turns out to be offensive in the descriptions. It's also quite diverse in specific fields and branches and we even have the FBI. I'm personally involved with the military and this just works.
  • I like the characters. They are diverse and well-written. Everyone has a description and a purpose. 
  • This book really gets into POV, though it isn't always obvious. In the very beginning, it switches from a navy cruiser to an Iranian little girl. You can feel the shift in characters and also, the way everything is perceived is now done through a little girl's mind. I like it because I'm so much closer to characters that way and it reveals things about themselves just from how they think.
  • The prologue is important. That is all I will say on that. Many a book have prologues that don't need to be there; this is not one of them.
  • I really like how Saman, the little Iranian girl, comes back. I like how she hates the United States because of her loss. I like how she has a reason and isn't just a mindless terrorist.
What I don't like:
  • The only thing I can complain about is a trivial thing. I don't love that the first-perceived terrorists are Iranian. That's a completely me thing; it's stereotyped. However, I agree with it in this story because, as I mentioned above, there are reasons for both characters to hate America.
Rating: 4.5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D.C. Hampton holds an MA and PhD in Audiology from Columbia University and has been published extensively in the field. He has done graduate work in history and has always been interested in international relations. Though he has been extensively published in medical and trade publications, A Touch of Nerves is his first foray into fiction.


GIVEAWAY

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of A Touch of Nerves by D.C. Hampton.
1 Winner will receive a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.

~Ashley

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Blog: Soul Journey




Book Title: Soul Journey
Series: Soul Series book 1
Author: Miranda Shanklin
Release Date: August 31, 2014
Presented by: As You Wish Tours






It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began. 

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson. 

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache. 

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls' journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world. 


Guest Blog with Miranda
Why mentors are important

This is a very confusing and time consuming profession to get into. If you don’t have 
someone that can walk you through the process it is really easy to get lost in. There are 
many things that you wouldn’t even think about without the help of someone that has 
already been where you are. 
There are the aspects of publishing like how to format for each site, where to look for 
covers, what sites are the best to use, how to utilize those sites and when is the best 
time to release a new book. There is an art to publishing and if you are not familiar with 
it you will inadvertently do something that will hinder instead of help your book sales. 
Then there is the advertising aspect. How do you get your name out there? How do you 
get your book in front of the readers that will enjoy your work? This is one of the most 
important aspects and it is also the hardest. 
If you have a mentor they will make all of this a lot less confusing. They can guide you 
in the way to publish and how best to get your name out there. I have had two authors 
that have been helping me with the process. Without them I would not have known 
about blog tours, online release parties, where to look for a cover artist, or that I could 
hire a formatter that can format my one version of the book to all the versions I would 
need for all the different sites. 
A mentor is your sanity. It is easy to get frustrated and discouraged when you are 
getting started. If you have someone in your corner that is helping you through the 
process and telling you that what you are going through is perfectly normal for an author 
that is just getting started and that there is no reason to panic you are then able to take 
a deep breath and have a little more confidence in your work.


Excerpt 

When the door opens and reveals the most gorgeous boy I've ever seen, I can’t help but
do anything but stare. After a few minutes of just staring at each, other he shakes his head as if
to clear it from a fog and he asked, “Can I help you?” I have to fight against the very strong pull
I feel toward him to regain enough of my common sense to respond. “I live next door and just
wanted to welcome you to the neighborhood, and the town.” I replied.
He seemed to be just as distracted as I was but I had no idea why he would be. Just as it
was starting to get awkward just standing there staring at each other, neither of us able to figure
out what the sudden intense feelings could possibly mean, a girl about the same age appeared
next to him. She smiled at me with a knowing look in her eyes as she introduced herself as
Penelope Taylor. I immediately felt very comfortable with her, like I could completely trust her
with anything. I pushed all the confusing emotions and thoughts to the back of my mind to be
dealt with later, so I wouldn’t look like some kind of weirdo just standing here staring at them
both. I finally managed to smile and respond to them both. “Hi my name is Annisa Lawson. I
was just telling your brother that I live next door, and just wanted to come by and welcome you
to the neighborhood and the town. I’m sorry, but I didn’t catch your name.” I said to the boy I
was trying very hard to not just stand there and stare at.
“My name is Chase, it's nice to meet you Annisa” he responded. I immediately felt
butterflies in my stomach when I heard him say my name. I suddenly had an idea where I could
try and get to know them both a little better, and see if this weird intense feeling that I knew both
of them and could trust them completely would lessen any. “Since this is the last Saturday of
summer break most of the school will be down at the beach. We have a bonfire every year for
one last night of fun before school starts up again on Monday. If you would like to go with me it

might be nice to meet some of the other people before school starts.”


About the Author

Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she
is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them
at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of
writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is
finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.
Miranda loves to hear your opinions and uses the feedback to improve. You can find her on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor or email her at mlshanklin@gmail.com.

Author Links



Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Max Blizzard

Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot

By Patrick Hatt
Book Genre - Fantasy
Page Count - 278
Release Date - November 3rd, 2014



Synopsis:

Max Blizzard was like any other drone living in Earth's realm until the arrival of his eighth birthday. On that day his imagination awoke and Max started thinking for himself. He was an outcast the moment he let people know about his imagination. That moment also unknowingly set forth a chain of events years in the making. By having imagination, Max had given Sir Dreadvent exactly what he wanted, a way into Camelot's realm.

Now Max and his friends, Trudesile and Lester, must complete the quest that Max's father, Merlin, set out for him years ago. They must find the Gem of Camelot to defend the realm from Sir Dreadvent's and his sevesties. Their perilous journey will take them from the shores of Merlinia and the ship of Davy Jones to the fields of Avalon, in the hope that they can save Camelot, save Earth and save all the lost realms that have been consumed by Sir Dreadvent and his sevesties on their quest to remake the universe.

A tale about where your imagination can lead if you choose to follow it, with creatures large and small joining Max Blizzard on his journey. King Arthur, Oberon, Hercules, Apollo and other heroes of imagination believed to be myth will become truth as Max and his friends face the trials ahead. Let your imagination lead the way to Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot.

My Thoughts:

  • I love the idea of this book! Merlin, King Arthur, Apollo, heroes...I think it's so cool to incorporate them all! And if you know me, then you know I'm a huge King Arthur fan, so this definitely struck home with me.
  • I love how Max is described as a drone who one day discovered his imagination; then, he woke up and saw the world around him. I think that describes our current society so well. Makes this book a must-read for all students and even adults. I also like how his imagination has caused Max to lose some friends. Just because he is different. Also describes out society.
  • I like the subtle hinting at the different society, different world in the beginning. We can assume that society really doesn't have an imagination, that their vernacular is vastly different and lacking, and that they don't marry for love.
  • I love the middle-grade feel. Or not just feel. I suppose it's the actual category. I like the optimism and fun put into this. I also love the friendships.
  • Overall, this was a really good story. Fun to read and really cute. I was interested from the start to the end. Will recommend. 
Rating: 4 stars 


Author Bio:

Patrick Hatt can be found in the East Coast of Canada. He hates writing these things but doesn't mind talking in the third person. He dabbles in a little of this

and a little of that, not afraid to attempt something new. He is owned by two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It's Rhyme Time. Yeah a rhyming cat, who knew? He would be considered a both person when it comes to cats and dogs. He is also quite the movie and TV buff. As you can probably tell does not take himself seriously and has more stuff in his head than is needed. Thus the novels as just one more form of release. Thanks for the visit and enjoy!

Links:





GIVEAWAY 
 The author is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card OR $25 Pay Pal cash (winner's choice) 

~Ashley

Book Blitz: Henge

Henge 
(Le Fay Series)

By Realm Lovejoy
Genre: YA Fantasy


Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.


Excerpt:
The water is at my waist. My heart thunders in my ears. This is fast-moving—definitely magic-caused. How is it possible for a magic user to produce this much water? It’s icy, violent—it wants me dead.

Panting, I drop my book and start swimming. I have to reach the stairs. With each stroke, the water rises a foot higher. Light fixtures flash, then strobe for a second before fizzling out completely, darkening the room. Quickly, I swim over a bookshelf. I am getting closer and closer to the ceiling. As I swim past a chandelier, I hit into the crystals. Panic seizes me, and my body becomes heavier as my muscles tighten. The water user is flooding the library up to the ceiling so that I can’t make it out. There’s nothing I can do with fire magic when there’s this much water. Soon the water will reach the ceiling, and I won’t be able to breathe.

I've got to take a deep breath while I can and swim to the stairs.


There are only several centimeters of space between the ceiling and me. Fear takes hold of me, making my whole body taut and harder to stay afloat, but the instinct to live kicks into gear, and I focus on my goal: getting to safety. I have swum in the icy, rough waters of the Celtic Sea. The water user will have to work much harder to drown me. I exhale and inhale to oxygenate my bloodstream and then take my final gulp of air just before the water rises past my head. I plunge beneath the cold water.


Author Bio:

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com 

Author web links: 





~Ashley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: The Vineyard

I'm SO excited to be a part of this tour, thanks to JeanBookNerd! And look at that cover *squeal*


For the complete tour schedule, report HERE





Synopsis



Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As the come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other.










Book Trailer
LINK:


And now Michael joins us for a Tens List!
Ten Books that you have read that you believe everyone should read at least once in life.

1. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.

2. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

3. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

4. Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography

5. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

6. Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

7. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

8. Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum

My Thoughts:
  • Okay, very first, is that the new/official cover?! Oh my gosh I just saw it and I'm freaking out! It shows so much and definitely depicts the book and the entire story. I love it!!
  • I need to go ahead and say this. Wow. I am extremely blown-away by the talent. Michael deserves all the praise he has received for his craft because he is seriously astounding. The book flows in such a way that makes you feel. You are extremely connected. Everything he wrote in this book is just so well-done.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the opening part. Right away, we know that Charlotte is broken to what she believes is beyond repair. I like how she knows what she is going to do and she is ready to do so. And more than anything else, I like how right when she loses control, she realizes that life wasn't so bad. It was bearable. I love that that is included. And that she then gets rescued of course.
  • I like the mystery set up around our fisherman. From his first mention, he doesn't have a name. And when he meets Charlotte, I like what he says. Though, to be honest, I read ahead a page and thought he was psychic for about five minutes before realizing. And then he saves a life but no one saw him come or go. 
  • If you've seen my other reviews, you know I'm all about reality and such in novels. This pleases me greatly in that the characters aren't perfect. Each woman is described as being broken, and they definitely are. It's not hidden or just subtly hinted at. It is as clear as day, laid out for everyone to see. 
What I didn't like:
  • The only thing I didn't particularly like was how after Charlotte got back to Dory's, after the initial hooker, the story dulled for a bit. Not intolerably so, but just enough so that I could put the book down to go get snacks.

Rating: 4 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.

The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.

Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.

When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.

WEBSITE: http://www.mchurley.com/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5445584.Michael_C_Hurley
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mchurleybooks


GIVEAWAY
--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
10 Winners will receive a Copy of The Vineyard by Michael Hurley.
20 Winners will receive a Signed Bookmark of The Vineyard by Michael Hurley.


~Ashley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: The Guardian


The Guardians

The Wraith of Carter’s Mill Book Two
C.Evenfall
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Book Authors and Artists
Number of pages:80


Book Description:

The Guardians is the second novella in the series titled; The Wraith of Carter's Mill. The series will include three novellas published in Kindle format. A paperback compilation will include a fourth story, which will only be available in the paperback edition, and will be available late 2014.

Shyanne learned in her teens that like the living, the dead would stop talking to you if you ignore them long enough. After the death of her parents, that is precisely what she did. What good was a gift that allowed the dead to speak with her if her own parents could not? For a year after the accident, she waited, waited for one of them to come to her like the others did, longing for just one more chance to tell them that she loved them. They never came.

By high school graduation she had given up all hope of seeing them again and in the place of that missing hope, resentment filled the void. Every time she saw a spirit or heard a voice, she shut it off, refusing it entry like any unwelcome visitor. By the time she finished her first year of college, spirit siting’s were rare, and if she did see one, it usually lurked at a distance, watching her warily until it evaporated. Shyanne was determined to keep it that way.

An incident during her second year at college reveals her secret to an onlooker. Years later, someone who has witnessed her ability to see and speak to the dead, seeks Shyanne out. She must decide whether to use her gifts to help a haunted family. Shyanne must rely upon spectral Guardians to lead her in the right direction, or risk opening the door to a dark entity that has plagued her family for a century.

Available at Amazon

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/vSOU_sYlq-I

My Thoughts:

  • I think my favorite parts are the first part and the first half of the second. I absolutely love the everyday life explanations. I like seeing Shyanne and Sara doing what they do normally before we get really deep into the story.
  • I also like how Drake just mentions a seance one time and then everything gets crazy. I especially like it because he's so shy when asking and it's kind of cute.
  • OH MY GOSH THEY HAVE A OUIJA BOARD. I'm going to cry. This is terrifying.
  • I like how the whole talking-to-spirits comes back throughout her life. It's really rather interesting as well to have a paranormal where one can speak to ghosts, not just be scared of them.
  • This book is crazy good! I just...wow. I'm so happy with how it turned out.
Rating: 4.5 stars


About the Author:

C. Evenfall grew up in a small fishing village in Eastern North Carolina. The area was rich with history, ghost stories and unexplained phenomenon; all fodder for the vivid imaginings of a young girl. She began “collecting” stories at a young age.

At aged six, C. Evenfall experienced the paranormal firsthand and has been seeking answers ever since.

Her fascination with the unexplainable and her love for old family ghost stories inspired her to write a collection of novellas. Each inspired by the experiences passed down through her family for generations.

C. Evenfall resides on the Carolina Coast with her husband, a self-proclaimed skeptic. She loves him anyway and the two complement each other perfectly.









Tour giveaway 

5 Kindle Gift copies of The Guardians

~Ashley

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Arrows of Darkness

Arrows of Darkness by B.I. Woolet 
(World of Arcas #2) 
Publication date: Spring 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


The Cover Revealed



Synopsis:
Jackson returns to Arcas expecting to find peace—a peace greatly lacking within his own home. But when a violent archer takes over as Lord of the White Palace, the future of the ancient kingdoms is shaken.

While Rigel, Otava, and Merope work together to rescue the six sisters trapped at the White Palace, Sephdar returns from shadowy crusades to find White Wings’ army leaderless. The new self-proclaimed ruler has a plan for the Seven Sisters and a plan for The Bridge to Earth. But when his ambitious arrows pierce the peaceful kingdoms, an unlikely force confronts the dark lord and the future of the crowns is changed forever.

In absence of the seven sisters, Jackson returns to find that dark creatures have overtaken the beautiful Starling Forest, destroying everything in their path. Jackson and Nekkar narrowly escape together, but Nekkar blames the Son of Earth for releasing the present darkness in Arcas. The rocky, new friendship strengthens as they journey through dangerous lands toward the Free Realms. Can their loyalties survive when the beautiful Princess Andromeda interrupts their quest and the darkness of war batters their souls?

Hold to your axe and hold to your lass as you join Jackson to combat the darkness spreading through the world of Arcas. But remember, the most powerful arrows do not pierce the body but the soul.



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23476460-arrows-of-darkness


AUTHOR BIO:

B. I. Woolet (Benji & Ila Woolet) is the author of the World of Arcas book series. They enjoy creating lyrical and literary arts, playing music together, and exploring nature. They are happily married and live in Indiana with their children.

They are currently working on the second installment of the World of Arcas series titled “Arrows of Darkness” due for release in spring of 2015.

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~Ashley

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mount TBR Reading Challenge


So I've decided that I'm going to join the Mount TBR reading challenge for 2015 (*yay*), hosted by My Reader's Block. It took some time deciding if I actually wanted to do it, because, well, while I have a BUNCH of books I need to read (ask anyone), I can't use any ARCs for this. Kind of sucks because I have around ten that are already released that I have to finish. 

I'm going to stick with the Mount Blanc for this challenge for a few reasons:
  • As mentioned, I have multiple ARCs to take care of, but they won't count for this challenge.
  • For my job, I have a LOT to read, but they aren't on my TBR list.
  • For any reviews, obviously I don't own them yet (except a few that I have ready for January and February).
Join me in the fun! You don't have to be a blogger-just a reader! Knock some of the books off your TBR list and have fun with it!


*Also, I feel like this is the time to mention I actually did finish the ARC August challenge. It just got so hectic and crazy that I forgot to tell anyone. Go me...


~Ashley

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Angel Killer


I'm super excited to be able to reveal The Angel Killer's cover! There's also an awesome excerpt and giveaway for a copy of the book!

The Cover Revealed

Coming January 5, 2015

DESCRIPTION

Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever. When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings. After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23420120-the-angel-killer


EXCERPT

Michael leaned against the building’s stucco wall and rested his hands on my hips. Light from the store cast a warm gleam in his crystal blue eyes. He leaned in, and the draw to be close to him was a gravitational force. “Hello,” he said.

“Hello.” I had to get a grip. It’d been so long since we’d talked, I tried to focus on all the things I wanted to tell him. “We went to see Fatima.” His fingers caressed the sides of my waist, sending happy tingles through me. “You know, in her store…” To my own ears, my voice sounded raspy. I trembled.

“Cold?” He drew me closer, his mouth crooking into a grin.

Lost in him, I forgot all about Fatima. “You know damn well that’s not it.” I twined my arms around his back and touched the spot between his shoulder blades where his wings connected. Its warmth thawed my fingers.

He leaned in and brushed his lips along my jaw line. “Thought that was just me,” he whispered, and his breath tickled my neck. “I’ve wanted to do this for three days.”

Our lips met, and I melted into him, not caring that we were on the sidewalk, outside a deli with families shopping inside. Nor did I care that, being an angel, he had to follow very strict rules about contact with humans—especially contact of the relationship variety. Angels had the ability to enthrall humans with their touch, something Michael had to constantly keep in check. But I didn’t have to be enthralled to want to kiss him. That was my own doing. All that mattered right now was that he was here. With me.

He pulled me closer and the buzz of his energy filled me heart and soul, blocking out the rest of the world. My hands sought warmth under his leather jacket and found bare skin. I could feel the shiver from my touch surge through him. His mouth pressing more firmly against mine, he brushed a hand along my cheek and tangled it in my hair.

A dreamlike blur of light and color filled my thoughts. But then the image shifted to blood. His.

About THE WATCHER (Book One in The Watcher Saga)

DESCRIPTION:

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Series: The Watcher Saga #1
Release date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Pages: 556
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon |Amazon.CA | IndieBound | Kobo | Chapters / Indigo
Trailer: http://youtu.be/ukoCDlW05-Y

About Lisa Voisin

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and the leader of the Young Writer’s Club, a local writing group for teens in her home town. A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.




Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvoisin @lvoisin



THE GIVEAWAY 
 One print copy of The Watcher (US/CA/UK) OR One pre-order copy of The Angel Killer (when available) AND One $10 Amazon Gift Card 

Blog Tour: Review: Dorianna


Dorianna

Catherine Stine
Genre: YA paranormal/horror

Publisher: Evernight Teen
Date of Publication: October 24, 2014


Book Description:

Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop

Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.

Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.

My Thoughts:

  • A retelling of sorts! One of the best kinds of books. This one is especially great because it deals with Dorian Grey. Not exactly the story many authors are writing about, correct? Well, Catherine is, and that already sets Dorianna a step above.
  • I like the very real, very modern setting. New York, now. The characters are all teenagers who have jealousy problems and self-esteem issues, among others. I think it's rather important to show how real characters are; otherwise it can give readers unnatural standards and possibly cause problems later.
  • The quotes at the beginning of each chapter really set the scene.
  • Ander is really cute. Enough said. Just...Ander.
  • I just like the story in general. It is well-written and well-plotted. Everything flows. It makes for a nice read when you are just sitting around and needing a book. Or even when you have no time at all. As I said, an all-around good book.
What I didn't like:
  • It's very nit-picky, but there were a lot of contractions onto nouns, such as 'the shirt's red'. I'm not even sure if that is grammatically wrong, but for some reason, it irks me. Definitely nothing that detracts from the story, though.

Rating: 4 stars

About the Author:


Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.









Thanks for hosting, Bewitching Book Tours!
~Ashley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Blitz: The Silence of Six


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Release date: Nov 05, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.

Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.

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Advanced Praise:
"With a story built around advanced technology and government conspiracy that is close enough to reach out and touch, The Silence of Six will keep you up all night turning pages!” 
- Julie Cross, international bestselling author of the Tempest series

Videos with the Author

On Writing

Advice on Writing YA

On Difficulty writing The SoS

About the Author
E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at The Viewscreen, reads constantly, plays video games, watches films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends far too much time on the internet. His first novel, FAIR COIN, won the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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~Ashley