Thursday, August 27, 2015

{Book Blitz+ Giveaway} Shadow in the Sea - By Shadow in the Sea



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Shadow in the Sea - By Sheila A. Nielson 
Publication date: July 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade’s quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals’ dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood’s ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn’t fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago.



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I had only gone a few steps when the singing began. 

I stopped and whirled, my gaze darting about trying to determine the source of the unearthly song that now wafted through the evening air. It came from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It started low and rose up in power, like a seabird taking to the air. It resonated off the land and sea, the rocks and cliffs lifting into the endless sky above. The singer seemed to reach down into his core and unleashed a song from the very depths of his soul. His music had no words or language of substance to bind it down. Within his passionate performance I found a moment’s release from the shackles that bound me to this earth. Wings to carry me up into the heights of unfettered joy.

The song was both beautiful and tragic. Wild and yet soothing. It captured my heart even as it set my spirits free. It was as if the angel of deliverance himself called out to the weary world, bracing them up on the wings of his eternal hope. And then it was done. The last echoes of the voice faded and silence fell over the land once more. The air did not stir. The birds ceased to sing. In reverence, the whole island seemed to be holding its breath—waiting.

I never was much for waiting. 

Bolting in the most unladylike fashion, I raced to the edge of the cliffs and looked down into dark depths far below, trying to catch a glimpse of the singer responsible for my own private audience. The surface of the ocean was a rippling sea of liquid onyx. Within that blackness was a light. It quivered and pulsed beneath the water like a fallen star. At first I believed it to be a reflection of the moon, or a trick of the light, but the longer I stared at it, the more horribly certain I became that this was no illusion. My momentary joy in the lovely song turned upon itself like a maddened beast. Fear crept into its place.

I’d heard sailors speak of something like this before. Ghost lights they called them. They were said to be the lost souls of those who died in the sea. Seeing one was a harbinger of death. 

My death.


The light flashed into a fierce brilliance for a moment. I gasped as the welts on my wrist burned with a sudden intensity that made me dizzy. Then it was gone and the fire in my skin retreated as quickly as it came. I looked down into the water with wonder, but the light had vanished, leaving me shivering and alone in dusky darkness.


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Sheila never did figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She graduated from college with a BFA in illustration, has worked as a children's librarian for over eighteen years, and would eventually like to be a full-time author. Why pick one career when you can have many? Sheila lives with her two pets, a goffin cockatoo and a tiny toy poodle. She was born and raised in California but has come to also love her adopted home in Utah where she currently resides.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

{Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway} Gaia (Wings of War #2) - By Karen Ann Hopkins



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Gaia
(The Wings of War #2)
Release Date: 7/26/2015

As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth.

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted.
When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides.

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.




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    Guest Post


    Best Writing Advice


    When I offer advice to aspiring writer, I always mention the three Ps: Persistence, Passion and Patience.


    First, let’s talk about persistence. I had thirty rejections before I was offered agent representation from Christiana Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency in New York. If I’d given up after the first few rejections came rolling in, I wouldn’t be a full time author at this time. The reason I succeeded is that I took the suggestions from the agents rejecting me and continued revising Temptation until it was the best it could be. Writers must be willing to take advice (and criticism), hone their skills and keep improving their work. If you’re persistent, you will succeed eventually.


    Passion sounds like an easy one, but really, it’s not. The level of passion I’m talking about is being an absolute believer in your story. If you don’t love your book, no one else will. Your passion will keep you going, even during the dark days of rejection and someday, it will pay off.


    It’s hard for most people to be patient, especially me. I want things to happen yesterday and I hate waiting. But this is an industry of waiting—waiting for an agent, waiting for a publisher, waiting to sell books, waiting to make a little bit of money selling books. If you’re like me and have little patience, you will have to teach yourself to be patient. I did. And my patience finally paid off with multiple offers for the Temptation series and ultimately a three book publishing deal with Harlequin Teen.


    Being a writer isn’t an easy job and it’s definitely not glamorous. There’s a lot of hard work involved that doesn’t end when you get published. As a matter of fact, it really just begins at that point. But if you have the three Ps you can make it too. And a lot of luck doesn’t hurt either ;)


    Thank you for being a part of Gaia’s blog tour! I love to connect with readers on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram or at www.karenannhopkins.com. Please be on the lookout for the release of SECRETS IN THE GRAVE, the third installment in my mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets, in early September! Thanks for reading!


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    About Embers:
    There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.
    Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
    Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.


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    About Karen Ann Hopkins:




    Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.
    Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
    Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War.  Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.



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    One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card (Amazon, B&N, iTunes), as well as a complete set of Karen’s YA books, including Embers, Gaia, Temptation, Belonging, Forever, and Rachel’s Deception!
    Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open internationally.

    {Cover Reveal} Seelie - By Sarah J. Pepper

    Happy Hump Day!!


    What a better way to start your day than with a phenomenal cover reveal!?!?!?




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    Seelie -    By Sarah J. Pepper
    (Fae Wars, #1)
    Publication date: Fall 2015
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal





    Kian traces his thumb over Ryanne’s bottom lip, waiting impatiently for his Seelie princess to surrender to her blood-lust. Her fervor is nearly untamable, particularly when tempted by his addictive kiss. She’ll do anything for him, but he is just as enslaved by her. However, Ryanne’s blood-lust turns lethal as soon as Niall, the Unseelie Prince, steps into her Court. In Faerie, lies are punishable by death. Murder is justifiable. So when Niall oversteps his bounds, Ryanne has no choice but to unleash the blood-lust that rules her.



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    Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at www.sarahjpepper.com



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    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    {Release Blitz} On The Hunt - Alexandra Ivy, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne & Rebecca Zanetti



    Bestselling author of the gripping and unique paranormal romance series, Immortal Guardians, is back with two new release! 

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    Shadows Strike 
    (Immortal Guardians #6)
    by Dianne Duvall
    Paperback/eBook, 320 pages
    Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Zebra
    ISBN 1420129821
    The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

    U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

    Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...









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    On the Hunt 
    (Immortal Guardians, #5.5)
    by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne
    Paperback, 384 pages
    Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Zebra
    ISBN 1420125133
    Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...
     

    ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy
    Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...
     

    SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti
    While searching for a meteorite, Nora Mendina is arrested by her sheriff ex-husband—who's only gotten hotter than the Nevada desert since she last saw him. When the meteorite breaks open, the few survivors gain extraordinary powers, unleashing a crazed super genius killer. Can Nora and her ex stop the murders…while igniting a new love affair?
     

    PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall
    Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
     

    STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne
    Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.







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    Stop by the SHADOWS STRIKE Blog Tour for fun posts from the author, interviews, exclusive excerpts from the book, interviews with the characters, and more! You won’t want to miss the gift card and signed book giveaway either! 
    Click on the image above for the tour schedule. 

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    About the Author:

     

    Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews).

    Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.

    For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit www.DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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    {Cover Reveal} Here They Lie - By D'Ann Burrow


    Today I'm extremely excited to share the cover for Here They Lie, which is the the 1st book in D'Ann Burrow's latest series, The Bloodstone Legacy!

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    Here They Lie - By D’Ann Burrow
    (The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
    Publication date: October 5th 2015
    Genres: New Adult, Southern Gothic





    Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die. 
    Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job.  She typically wouldn’t balk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.


    Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not.  After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the hometown he’d hoped to escape.

     When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.


    The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale.  Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.


    After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts.  They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.


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    D’Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. As she grew older, she could most often be found with her nose buried in a book, and she was especially fond of the Nancy Drew series as well as anything by Christopher Pike or Stephen King.  Occasionally she’d take a trip to the world of the classics where The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Little Princess reigned among her favorites.  She’s lost count of the times she’s read Little Women.

    Today, D’Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she’s seldom met a disaster film she hasn’t liked.  When she grows up, she’d like to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.

    D’Ann writes about secrets people keep.  Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.

    A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour.  Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.





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    {Release Blitz + Giveaway} Heart-Shaped Hack - By Tracey Garvis Graves








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    When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

    Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

    But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.






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    © 2015 Tracey Garvis Graves
    Heart-Shaped Hack
    EXCERPT



    “Oh, hi,” she said.
    “Imagine running into you here.”
    “This is quite a coincidence.”
    “It’s not a coincidence at all. I knew you were following me.”
    “You did not.”
    “I spotted you hiding behind the plant when I walked into the bank. Plus I could smell your perfume as soon as I stepped out here.”
    “Did you”—she used her fingers to make little air quotes—“appropriate money from this bank?” she whispered.
    “Of course not. I do all my work from the Batcave. Believe it or not, I actually bank here. I was just signing some papers.”
    Kate had never seen a man look so utterly scrumptious while wearing glasses. There was something about the combination of his hair, his scruff, and the semi-rimless designer frames that made him irresistible. “Are the glasses a disguise? Because I totally knew it was you.”
    “The glasses are real. I often suffer from eyestrain since I spend so much time on the computer, and I was up late last night, working.”
    “They make you look very smart.” She took a moment to imagine how his scruff would feel rubbing against her skin if he were to kiss her.
    “I am smart, but I think you mean devastatingly handsome. More so than normal, that is.”
    “You’re so humble.”
    “Ready?” He walked to the door and held it open for her.
    “Yes.”
    “Follow me.” He looked at her and laughed. “That shouldn’t be a problem for you.”
    They took the elevator to the basement, and when the doors opened to the parking garage, Kate followed Ian to a row of cars. He stopped beside one and pulled a set of keys from his pocket.
    She gasped.
    Ian smiled. “It’s a—”
    “1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.”
    “’65. But color me impressed.”
    “My brother Chad was obsessed with this car. He used to have a poster of it on his bedroom wall. There were only six built between 1964 and 1965.”
    “A bit rare indeed.”
    The last authentic Shelby had sold at auction for around seven million. Ian’s was obviously a replica, of which there were quite a few, but it was still a very notable vehicle with a price tag that started in the low six figures. “Helena called it an old blue car.”
    He grinned, looking contemplative. “Technically, that is correct.”
    Kate could not resist running her hand lightly over the Guardsman Blue paint and the white racing stripes on the hood. The Shelby was unmistakably race-car-like in appearance with its aerodynamic design and unique body style. Chad was going to be so jealous. “For someone who values his privacy, isn’t this a bit ostentatious?”
    “How so?”
    “Rakishly handsome playboy who makes grand philanthropic gestures and drives a flashy car. Any of this ringing a bell?”
    “Rakishly handsome playboy?”
    “Well, if the Prada loafer fits. Wouldn’t you fly under the radar more easily in, say, a Ford Focus?” she asked.
    “A Ford Focus? You want me to tool around town in a Ford Focus? Jesus, would I still have my balls?”
    “No, they cut them off when they hand you the keys. Of course you’d still have your balls. What kind of question is that? This conversation has gotten way off track.”
    “You mean because we started out talking about my car and now we’re talking about my balls?”
    “Are we?”
    “I believe so.”
    “Maybe we should go back to talking about your car.”
    “You want to drive it, don’t you?”
    “Why would I want to drive your car?”
    “Why wouldn’t you want to drive my car? Can you handle a stick shift?”
    “Yes, and rather competently I might add.”
    “That’s an enormous turn-on. Truly.”
    She pretended not to hear him. “This is not a good car for Minnesota winters.”
    “Horrible, I agree. My other car has four-wheel drive, but it’s not nearly as fun to operate as this one.” Ian dangled the keys in front of her.
    He was right. Kate was dying to drive his car and couldn’t wait to see how it handled. She took the keys, opened the door, and reached over to unlock the passenger side for Ian. They belted up, and she started the car.
    “Please note that I’m already making good on my promise, Katie. Because I assure you, driving this car will be the opposite of boring.”

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    Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish
    Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.