Monday 29 February 2016

FREE Kindle Book Promo & Interview - The Awakening of James Island by Alex Pilalis

The Awakening of James Island
Author: Alex Pilalis
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Pages: 260 (Paperback)
Language: English (UK spelling)
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Book Description:
After awakening two years earlier as a fully grown man, James Island has managed to make a life for himself in the city he found himself in. Until the day a lost young alien named Evan Goodheart appears, claiming to be on a mission sent by the gods, who have named James as his aid.

Despite trepidation, James finds an affinity with the lost and bewildered Evan and takes it upon himself to help him find his way; all while attempting to maintain some order in the life he's made and his construction work responsibilities. Throughout the course of the day James will come to realise the extent of Evan’s claims of their fates being entwined, as the truth of his unknown past is revealed to him.

Island Legends is set in a galaxy reeling from devastating wars, filled with countless alien species, a rich history of powerful magical forces and the interventions of many gods and dangerous spirits and demons constantly at war.

FREE on Amazon Feb 29th - Mar 4th

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Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Nora and Kettle
Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: February 29th, 2016
Genres: Historical, Young Adult

Book Description:
What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to—the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them”—things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora—the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, NORA AND KETTLE explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.

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Saturday 27 February 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post - The Girl and the Gangster by Cheryl Upchurch

The Girl and the Gangster
Release Date:
February 20, 2016
Author: Cheryl Unchurch
Keywords: mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, gangsters, st. louis, crime
Categories: Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Page Count: 609
ISBN: 978-1523656059
Imprint: Black Hawk

Book Description:
Sara and her twin brother, Jack, run a fledging investigative service in St. Louis, Mo. They are hired by a rich man who inadvertently leads them to the Cunnelli crime family and the boss, Anthony, who is smitten by Sara’s inclination to flirt with danger which includes being shot at, slashed, whacked with a baseball bat and almost jailed for moving a dead body. Sara must wrestle with her conscience when faced with danger while Anthony Cunnelli, a self-professed criminal, comes repeatedly to her aid, unheeded but heartily welcomed. Her sometimes boy friend Agent Dan Brady, chafes at Sara’s relationship with Cunnelli and worries that her morals are being compromised by a slick talking grifter. Sara leans first to the gangster that saves her, comforts her and desperately tries to change his life to keep her.

ONE LINER:  The story of one woman’s ambivalence toward a gangster that loves her and the law she holds dear to her heart.

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Friday 26 February 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Stinger and Bow by Orren Merton

Stinger and Bow
Orren Merton

Book Description:

Stinger needs a new crossbow.

Thirteen year-old Rachel Silver—or as she's known to the world, Stinger—needs a new crossbow. Her last bow failed her when she needed it most. Besides, Firebird Alex, her aunt and fellow Seduman—half-human, half-spirit being—wields a Sedu blade, made with spirit magic.

So Stinger designs herself a magic crossbow, then convinces her best friends to accompany her around the world and into the universe of Sediin to find the right craftsmen to have it made. Trouble is, warriors attract people who want to challenge them, whether they're ready or not. Stinger is still tormented by her last battle—she's suffering night-terrors, shakes, and cold sweats. When the situation turns deadly, will she be able to come to grips with her trauma and become the warrior she needs to be to save her friends?

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Blog Tour Spotlight - Tearing Down the Statues by Brian Bennudriti

Tearing Down the Statues
Brian Bennudriti
Publisher: Grailrunner Publishing
Pages: 344
Genre: Science Fiction

Book Description:
Misling is a Recorder, having perfect memory and expected to help build a seamless record of history. That’s what the Salt Mystic taught us two thousand years ago when she came stumbling from the flats with her visions. Unfortunately he’s probably the worst Recorder ever. So when he meets a joker with an incredible secret, the two of them are soon on the run from swarming lunatics and towering assault troops in the heart of a city under siege.

As it has for three generations, the horrible Talgo family is the spark of this swelling world war; and their wily generals and scheming counselors clash their fleets in battles of shrieking steel-entrained tornados, cannonballs of lightning, and tanks the size of cities. But it’s the joker’s secret that is the most powerful weapon of all…a trigger set by the Salt Mystic herself in myth, to save the world from itself.

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Bookvie: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - out February 5, 2016 (USA)

Who's in it:
Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston

Thursday 25 February 2016

Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway - The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

The Sky Drifter
Author: Paris Singer
Release Date: August 27th, 2015

Book Description:
Wandering in the vastness of space, is the Sky Drifter; an academy reserved for the best students in the known universe. Seven is just such a student. Gifted in strategy and Sphere, he lives happily on-board with his friends Iris and Pi, taking on his rival, visiting planets for exploration and competition. Everything is the way he likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat, who will reveal to him a secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

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Cover Reveal - Sinners in the Dark by Inger Iversen

Sinners in the Dark
(Running in the Dark #2)
Author: Inger Iversen
Publication Date: March 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post - Thoughts of Steel by Keith Edward English

Thoughts of Steel (The Ruination Gods) Book 1
Release Date:
February 10, 2016
Author: Keith Edward English
Keyword: epic, fantasy, medieval, steel, demons, gods, creatures
Categories: Epic Fantasy/Action & Adventure
Page Count: 405
ISBN: 978-0692625071
Imprint: Chimera

Book Description:
The world turns cold as steel when it begins to die, and the divine will answer for the plight of man...

Life, as the inhabitants of Zepzier know it, ends as things of myth become a harsh and terrifying reality. Everything that Phalax, a battle-hardened defender of the kingdom of Cavia, has cared for begins to slip through his grasp as nightmares begin to plague his world. When he loses everything, he is left with nothing but a need for revenge, and the road to vengeance will be paved by the blood of both friend and foe.

Phalax once upheld justice. Now, right and wrong have no meaning to him, and morality has no bearing on his actions. He worships no gods, not even those who imbue him with incredible power. He will murder the enemy of his homeland and leave no threat standing. Nothing will stop him--no mortal, no demon, no god.

ONE LINER:  Demons fight tooth and nail to destroy humanity for a twisted god, pitting five heroes against certain doom in a fight for their world’s survival.

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Blog Tour Guest Post - Carolina Rose by Rafael Rivera

Carolina Rose
Release Date:
February 5, 2016
Author: Rafael Rivera
Keywords: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Suspense, Coming of Age, Thriller, Historical, South Carolina
Catergories: Family Saga, Coming of Age, Suspense
Page Count: 362
ISBN: 978-1523605385
Imprint: Black Hawk

ONE LINER:  Rose lived in poverty until her destiny changed. Finding her tormentor and seeking revenge on the man responsible for her grandfather’s death were her priorities.

Book Description:
When Wilma, an innocent daughter of a well-known moonshiner of Cherokee Indian descent, tired of the mundane life in rural South Carolina ventures out with her girlfriend at the local bar, an unexpected encounter with Joe, a young and handsome Marine corporal on leave, spirals into a whirlwind romance, an intense family saga with tragic consequences ensue and family secrets exposed set the tone for this commercial fiction novel, Carolina Rose. 

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Promo Blitz - If I Should Remember by K.D. Van Brunt

If I Should Remember 
Author: K.D. Van Brunt  
Genre: Young Adult / YA Mystery 
Date Published: February 2, 2016

Book Description:
Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.

Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…

Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.

Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…

He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.

The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night…

What is there to remember?

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Tuesday 23 February 2016

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - The Daffodils Still Grow by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughter
Author: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pages: 38
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Book Description:
The Daffodils Still Grow is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child. “Beautiful and inspiring.”

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Bryce by Natalie Decker

Bryce (Scandalous Boys #1)
Author: Natalie Decker 
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 23rd, 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Book Description:
Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn’t lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits.

One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he’s perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.

Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she’s surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park.

Maybe there’s more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder.

Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?

Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?

With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous.

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Super Book Blast & Giveaway - Nobody's Princess by Sarah Hegger

Nobody’s Princess
Sarah Hegger
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Tiffany Desjardins has a plan. Well, she had a plan, until her past and all its complications came back to haunt her. Her not-quite-ex-husband, Luke, is missing, and suddenly everyone needs to find him--including Tiffany, if she wants to marry the true man of her dreams. Then there's Thomas Hunter, Luke's brawny friend, who won't take "no road trip" for an answer--and who won't stop showing up in her daydreams…

Thomas couldn't care less about Luke's personal life, but he needs to find him if he's going to make his fledgling minerals and metals company a reality. And if that means following Tiffany, who's taken off in Luke's rare Lamborghini Miura, he's more than willing--especially if there might be a chance to negotiate some of Tiffany's lovely curves. As Tiffany and Thomas speed along without a map, the only destination that seems certain is being together…

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Monday 22 February 2016

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - A Hold on Me by Pat Esden

A Hold on Me
Dark Heart Series
Book One
Pat Esden
Genre: New adult gothic/paranormal romance
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: February 23, 2016
ISBN-10: 1496700058
ISBN-13: 978-1496700056
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 90k

Book Description:
She never wanted to return.

He wants nothing more than for her to leave.

But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self.

Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy...

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Blog Tour Spotlight - Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

Evanthia’s Gift
Effie Kammenou
Pages: 548
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance


Book Description:

In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.

EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.

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Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Exodus by A.S. Reaves

Author: A.S. Reaves
Genre: Literary / Fantasy
Date Published: September 11, 2015

Book Description:
With the Astrians disappearance and their home, the Spectrums, destroyed; the planet of Zanali no longer has its angelic protectors. Now that SIN is allowed to run rampant and free, those who dwell on this planet watch as their people and land become corrupted by its temptation. Temptation, the beast that serves as a walking energy source for SIN, grows stronger everyday with seemingly no opposition. But is that really the case? Hope may lie in a single woman, drawn to search for an ancient relic she isn’t sure exists; and a shunned princess whose curse could very well be a divine blessing in disguise. Meanwhile, Dymona becomes the council’s next target as she struggles to try and free Ambrose from their hands, and learn the secret behind their actions.  Could the unexpected help from an otherwise cold-hearted ruler be the key to setting them both free? Is he the answer to her long-standing prayer?

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Saturday 20 February 2016

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander

Welcome to the cover reveal of Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander! This is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and releases June 28 by St. Martin's Press.

Caught Bread Handed
Bakeshop Mystery series
Author: Ellie Alexander

Blog Tour Guest Post - Goodbye Bombay by Gry Finsnes

Goodbye Bombay
Author: Gry Finsnes
Release Date: February 25, 2016
Keywords: romance, historical, fiction, contemporary, travel, International, 1980’s
Categories: Contemporary Historical Romance
Pages: 403
ISBN: 978-1523719822
Imprint: Sly Fox

ONE LINER:  Bombay in 1980 is where Christine meets the good-looking Indian Zarin on the party circuit. She tries to find a way to escape from her marriage.

Book Description:
Bombay in 1980, India’s business centre, was a swirl of parties mixing all religions and nationalities. The Norwegian lawyer Christine is married but falls in love with the good-looking Parsee Zarin. They meet in a houseboat in Srinagar and declare their love in the Mogul gardens, but this is just the beginning of a dramatic series of events leading them to the beaches of Goa and the tea gardens of Darjeeling. Twenty years later Christine tells her story to a friend in England when a stranger turns up.

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