Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington Release Day Blitz!

by Curse of the Gods: Book One
By: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Genre: Upper YA Fantasy (Reverse Harem)

    Back Cover Copy
    Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.
     In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.
    At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.
     Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.
     Either way, she is in trouble.
     This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book 1 of 5 in the Curse of the Gods Series

Buy Link:
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     “You don’t happen to have a real happy-sunshine gift, do you?” I stammered, falling back yet another step. “Like flowers or butterflies?” 
    I was forced to let go of the cart—the cart was on its own now. 
    "You mean like Nature or Bestiary?” he corrected. “Because flowers and butterflies aren’t a real gift.” 
    “Yeah, right. Nature or Bestiary—except Bestiary still sounds scary, so scrap that one. Just nature. Is your gift nature-related?” 
    "No.” He grinned, his teeth flashing, his cheeks dimpling. 
    Mind momentarily blown. 
    “Aren’t you supposed to be at the arena?” I was mostly just keeping him talking now, so that he wouldn’t notice me backing toward the door. 
    "They don’t let me train with the others. I keep crushing them.” 
    "So that’s your gift, then?” I squeaked. “Crushing?” I couldn’t really believe I was having this conversation with a sol alone in his bedroom, let alone having this conversation at all without a whip cutting across my back. His smile disappeared and he jumped into motion, backing me into the door much faster than I had been backing myself into the door. 
    “Strength,” he whispered, pressing a body against me that kind of felt like a giant boulder. Or a brick house. Or maybe a stone mountain. “Strength is my gift..."

Author Bios:
Jaymin Eve:
    Jaymin Eve is the USA Today Bestselling author of Young Adult and New Adult romance novels (both urban fantasy and contemporary). She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.
    Living on the beautiful Gold Coast in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And traveling as frequently as possible. 
    When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks for forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssis appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.
     She’d love it if you contacted her, giving feedback or just to have a chat.
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Jane Washington:
     Jane Washington is a 'Literary Awards off the Internet' bestselling author and ‘self-awarded’ award-winner with a professional capacity to take herself seriously and a steely determination to seduce the entire book world… or at least to have someone walk up to her in Kmart and tell her that they loved one of her books--even if they're mistaking it for another book. She holds herself responsible for the Beatrice Harrow young adult series, and the Seraph Black slightly-older-young-adult series. 
     If you want to know more about her, you’d better hire a private investigator because she’s proven to be a terrible online communicator. On the other hand, if you’re one of those people that gets off on terrible online communication, you can contact her at inquiries@janewashington.com. 
That sounded wrong. 
     Is it too late to take that back?
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Cover Reveal: Circuit Fae by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge!

by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae, #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
    High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
     Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl. With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Author Bio:
     Genevieve Iseult Eldredge writes LGBTQ YA because as a young adult, she never had any lesbian heroes like her.
      Now she brings together her love of LGBTQ literature, urban fantasy, young adult fiction, and the secret world of the Fae in her lesbian YA series, Circuit Fae--so that young adults of the LGBTQ community can have heroes that understand, that think and act, live and love like them.
        GIE is also an MFA grad, a martial artist, a self-rescuing princess, and all-around strong female character. She’s multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
      GIE believes in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), true love (not “to blave”), and championing the often-unheard female voice. She might be using D&D figures to plot out an epic fight scene right now.


Monday, 20 February 2017

YALit MEGA Giveaway Event!

YALit Giveaway Event!
A bunch of authors who got together to bring you a YOUNG ADULT Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win FIFTY (50) Young Adult Paperback Books! How’s that for an epic Book-Lover’s Prize?!
THIS BOX OF BOOKS IS VALUED AT OVER $500! And this giveaway is open worldwide! Our first giveaway went to a winner in ROMANIA–and yes, we’re willing to pay the insane shipping on this oversized, overweight package to get the prize to WHOEVER wins!
Here's a sneak peek from a couple of the sponsors:
Adrenaline Rush by Cindy M. Hogan
As I hurtled toward my destination at 500 miles an hour, I pulled out a notebook, placed it on the shiny mahogany table in front of me, and scribbled a quick to-do list. Pick out an outfit. Get folders and notebooks. Switch into fourth period drama. I chewed on the end of my pen. Oh yeah—just one more thing. Get kidnapped.
According to my pre-mission briefing, kidnappings were up in the States by five percent over the last five years. The significance of which didn’t hit me until I found that the statistics for kidnappings had remained static for a good thirty years. The spike caught the attention of the FBI, and they put their best men on it. The problem? Right when they thought they’d discovered the pattern of the kidnappers, it seemed to change.
We hit some turbulence, and the force of it pulled me out of my reverie. I sucked in a deep breath, my hands resting on the soft leather side arms of my big comfortable seat as the Gulfstream jet jumped. I let the rollercoaster feeling wash over me like a wave, forcing myself to enjoy every last tingle. I only had this flight and a few hours tonight to assume my new thrill-seeking alias—the one that would lure the kidnappers and save the day before the pattern changed again. I might as well make the most of it.
Chosen Wolf (Curse of the Moon #2) Excerpt
The full moon inched higher in the night sky, growing bigger and brighter by the moment. One by one, the members of the pack ran behind the Moonhaven mansion to remove their clothes before they tore to shreds as their bodies turned from men to wolves. Howls sounded in the distance.
Toby squeezed my hand, holding my gaze. “Maybe this will be the month you can finally shift again, Victoria.”
Sharp pains ran through my body. My right hip cracked. I bit my tongue, trying not to cry out in pain. My skin felt on fire as fur tried to poke through, but couldn’t.
His face tensed, a pained look in his eyes. “Are you shifting?”
I shook my head. There was nothing normal about this, and it was proving to be more difficult and painful than my other months of un-shifts. Each one grew worse than the last.
Toby scooped me up, carried me inside, and helped me onto my bed. “I can’t keep my wolf inside any longer. I’m sorry.”
“It’s okay.” I fought to keep my voice steady. Tears threatened.
He brushed hair from my face and kissed my forehead. “Ziamara’s upstairs sleeping. She said to wake her if you need anything.”
“I’ll be fine.” I grimaced, the pain nearly choking me.
Toby cried out and the sound of ripping fabric tore through the room. He spun around and dashed out the door. The back of his shirt had ripped, and fur poked through the split material.
I gripped a pillow, squeezing it as hard as I could to distract myself from the pain. It didn’t work, and the pillow exploded, filling the air with white feathers.
A loud pop sounded and then a horrific pain shot through my shoulders. I slumped down and screamed, unable to take the pain.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Strays (The Darkchild Trilogy #1) by Sadie Munroe (Review)

     Dark and engaging, Strays takes on a world of mystery and danger and throws the readers right into the middle of it. Lindsay has never had an easy life, from her mother abandoning her to having to work all night and go to school all day just to simply survive, but when a missing boy shows up unexpectedly at her apartment things get even harder. Trying to solve the mystery of what happened to him, she will get pulled into a world of mystery and extreme danger.
    I found the story telling of this novel to be mildly agitating but I could also see the merits to telling the story in this manner. The novel jumps chapter by chapter from the past to the present, leaving for some disconnected story telling, but allowing for some interesting 'ahha!' moments for the readers. The mystery in the novel was very well done, and it was hard to predict the plot at any point. I found that aspect of the novel made it very hard to put down. Character wise, it had some pretty good character development for Lindsay and one of the male leads, but everybody else was left fairly underdeveloped. There is not much I can say without spoiling anything in the story, but I can definitely say that I did not predict the ending of the novel, I was genuinely surprised by the turn it took in the finally. All in all, I enjoyed Strays and give it the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Book Blitz: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo!

by Zoe Kalo
Publication date: February 2nd 2017
Genres: Gothic, Young Adult
     An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…
    17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.
    When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
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Madre Estela remained standing by the door. “Get a bucket and fill it with water.”
Her hypercritical eyes sliced through my self-worth as I grabbed one of the metal buckets, lifted it into the sink, and turned on the faucet. I watched, transfixed, as the water gushed like a torrent spurting from an open artery. The cold spray raised goosebumps on my arms.
Madre Estela snapped her fingers. “Move.”
As I hauled the bucket to the door, some of the water slushed over the edge and splattered to the floor.
“Add the detergent,” she said stiffly, irritated by my clumsiness.
I chose a green bottle, twisted the cap, and poured. The acrid pine smell stung my nostrils.
“Get a sponge and a brush from there. Get going. We don’t have all evening—unless you want to work in the dark.”
I gritted my teeth, but pretended not to be bothered. I suspected that the one thing that this nun couldn’t stand was indifference.
Outside, it was almost dusk. In spite of the intense screeching of the coquíes, the drum of the waterfall hit my ears. It was louder now than the last time I’d been here. How was that possible?
I felt a drop of rain. Great.
Madre Estela put one hand out, palm up. “My, my. What’s this?” She looked chagrined, and I suddenly realized why. If it rained, I would have to go inside, ruining her plans. “What are you standing there for? Start scrubbing.”
I was tempted to throw the bucket of greenish water at her face. Instead, I prayed for rain as I walked across the rose garden. Once at the gate, I glanced back at her.
“You’ll work until I come for you, understood?” she said, hands on hips in her usual stance. She pointed to one of the second-floor windows. “I’ll be watching from there.”
And that was it. She was gone.
For a moment I just stood there. If only my friends could see me now. They would never believe it.
I opened the gate and walked into the graveyard. The statue of Gabriel greeted me, its face fiercer in the dusk. The temperature must have been in the low seventies. I was glad I had my cardigan.
Suddenly, the garden lamp post lit up. I turned, startled. I wasn’t sure if it had automatically switched on or if someone, maybe Madre Estela, had done it from indoors. I glanced up at the second-floor window, expecting to find her face. I had the chilling sensation of being watched. There was nothing. The windows glowed with yellow light, a multitude of feral eyes keeping guard.
However, behind one of the ground-floor windows on the right, a figure appeared. Tall, blurred. Madre Superiora? I was sure that was her office. Yet, something about the shape of the head and the shoulders made me think of…Rubia. What was she doing in Madre Superiora’s office?
Just as abruptly as it’d appeared, the figure vanished from view.
The incident left me strangely unsettled.
I splashed some of the water on one of the tombstones and got to work. The sound of hard bristles against stone blocked the hum of the waterfall. Almost.
Go away, damn it.
As I crouched to work on a second tombstone, doing my best not to get wet in the process, something shifted at the edge of my vision. I jumped to my feet, my heart thudding. Gabriel. Its wings had rippled with movement.
Dear God…what’s happening to me?
I rubbed my forehead and grimaced, my fingers shaking.
I felt another drop of rain. If it was going to rain, why didn’t it? The sky was playing with me, too. Mocking me.
I cursed the clouds and started scrubbing again.
I had another sensation of being watched and this time, yes, it was Madre Estela behind the window. I pretended I hadn’t seen her and tried to keep focused on the task at hand. The water had turned blackish with grime.
I don’t know how long I scrubbed. I lost track of time. But it was dark. My back and shoulders were sore and my hands stung from the harsh detergent.
Madre Estela was long gone from the window.
Half panting, I sat down on the edge of the tombstone and tossed the brush aside in disgust. I looked at the statue again, but it was motionless. I turned to the windows again, my eyes slowly moving from one to the other.
From one to the other.
Expecting to see the face. Wanting to see it.
Yet, that weird sensation of being watched, again.
My gaze shifted to the woods, to the exact place where the cemetery ended and the forest started. There was a path there. Narrow, obscured by the trees. For a long moment I sat, mesmerized. Then I stood up and began to approach it. The breeze picked up as I got closer, carrying with it the cool, slightly pungent smell of the waterfall.
I stopped at the very edge, the darkness enveloping me, the dampness seeping through my clothes.
The wind sighed, rustling the leaves and fluttering my hair.
Icy breath, on the back of my neck.
I’m in here… a voice whispered from the shadows.
I spun around in terror.
Then I hit something hard.

Author Bio:
     A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults.
    Sign up for her newsletter at www.ZoeKalo.com and get her exclusive short story “Irkalla.”


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina Bauer (Review)

    Second novel in the Beholder series, Concealed continues the action packed story of our necromancer heroine Elea as she tries to save her people from eminent destruction. By incorporating into the royal and fancy, Elea infiltrates her way into royal grounds to search for her stolen sister and brother kidnapped necromancers. Time is ticking and if she doesn't find them soon, then there might not be anybody left to save.
    Interesting and engaging for most of the story, Concealed ratchets up the stakes and increases the danger that Elea faces, as her concerns go from trying to just simply survive to saving the entirety of her people from mass genocide.  In each novel in the series so far, it has felt like Elea has properly matured, making it possible for her to take on the next big challenge to be thrown at her. She is a very well developed character, that is rounded very well throughout each novel. The story's plot was mildly predictable and I was able to guess most of the finale of the novel mid way through. I was still surprised by some details, but the majority of the end could be deduced fairly quickly for somebody who has been exposed to a lot of story telling in their lifetime. It still might surprise some newer readers fairly well. Romance wise, I would not say this book was full of it. It had a few moments here and there, but ultimately was not concentrating on the romance side of things. All in all, Concealed was a good read and I give it FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Book Blitz: The Lilac Sky by Diana Gardin!

The Lilac Sky 
by Diana Gardin
Genre: SF/F Romance
Release Date: 2/14/2017
“Do you hear me, Isla? Survive.” Those are the last words seventeen-year-old Isla hears from her parents. She’s placed into a cylinder craft and catapulted through space, saying goodbye to them and her precious, dying Earth. Crash-landing on a foreign planet, Isla stumbles into a striking Troman warrior, Rygen. He is shocked to discover a human deep in the jungles of his planet but with his home in political turmoil, he has no desire to assist the weak creature. Knowing that she’ll never survive without them, Isla convinces Rygen and his comrades to escort her, but she has no time to catch her breath. The dangerous journey navigating the rugged, lush terrain of Troma with the strong and brooding Rygen is only the beginning of Isla’s battle. Isla never dreamed her very existence would threaten to throw the foreign planet into a gruesome revolution. Hunted by radicals as she discovers her dormant powerful Gift, Isla fights not only for survival but also for the her heart’s true desire. But only time will tell if she can truly endure on a hostile planet where her kind just doesn’t fit.  

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     "Where are we?” Curiosity coats my tone as I glance at Ebin. He’s staring at the doors. “This is my family’s apartment.” Surprise causes me to reel back a step. “And why are we here?” His eyes narrow as he scans my face. “I am not sure.” Placing my hands on the doors, I trace the ornate markings with my fingers. The doors capture me, pulling me toward them with the force of their very being. I move closer as I feel vibrations beneath my fingertips, a song that only the bronze metal knows. I lean my cheek against the cool metallic covering, feeling the rhythms under my skin. Inside my soul. My lips part and I whisper a song I never even knew I had inside me. The words flow seamlessly from my lips to the doors, as if I’d known the lyrics all my life. And when I’m done, the door disappears, giving me entrance into Ebin’s apartment. I step back, astonishment filling me up until I’m in danger of bursting. “What the heck did I just do?” My whisper drifts around in the fog of my unexpected accomplishment. Ebin steps up beside me. When I look at him, the expression on his face is one of wonder. Of shock. Of awe. “You just gained un-permitted entry into my home. With your voice.”   

      Diana Gardin is the author ofRomance in a multitude of age ranges and genres. Her works include the Ashes Series, the Nelson Island Series, and the Battle Scars series. Upcoming works include the Rescue Ops Series (Battle Scars spinoff coming in June 2017) and The Lilac Sky (The Troma Chronicles Book 1). Diana loved writing at a young age, but decided to try and make a career out of it in 2012 while staying home with her first child. When she’s not writing, you can usually find Diana watching one of her Netflix Obsessions, spending time with her family, or drinking wine with friends.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Myths of Immortality (Sphinx #3) by Raye Wagner (Review)

    The third instalment of the Sphinx series, Myths of Immortality continues the adventures of Hope as she tries to survive and break the curse that she was damned with from birth. She wants to be safe and free of Apollo, and will do anything, even go to hell to accomplish her goal. Following behind her are Xan and Athan, determined to save her and keep her out of harms way. As Hope delves deeper into her curse, the danger levels rise and enemies are made. If she wants to live, she'll need to have her wits about her.
    Well written and engaging, Myths of Immortality takes readers on a mythological adventure full of gods, monsters and demigods. Continuing off from where Demigods and Monsters finished, readers are put right back into the action as Hope goes to Hades to save herself and her future. Hope is a very strong and capable heroine, who shows the ability to fall in love while also showing she doesn't need anybody to save her. She is perfectly capable of doing that herself. We see very little of the Sphinx aspect of her in this novel, but that didn't seem to take away from the excitement and mystic of the novel. Every novel in this series so far has successfully changed its environment to create a new and engaging feeling to the novel. It keeps things from feeling repetitive and allows the books to feel progressive. Novel by novel things get more and more in depth in the mythology its based in and the characters feel more matured and ready for larger challenges. This plays into rounding the characters and making them feel more real and developed. They each have aspects to their personalities that allow them to stand out from one another and be characters that the readers feel for. All in all, I really enjoyed Myths of Immortality and recommend the entire series. I give Myths of Immortality the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Book Blitz: The 100 Box Set by Kass Morgan!

    I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show's return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

The 100 Box Set 
(Books 1-4)
Kass Morgan
Pub. Date: January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads
All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback boxed set!
     Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows, no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries--that is, until one hundred juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land. The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the 100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet.
      Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.

Author Bio:
     Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.

5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.
Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!