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Saturday, October 18, 2014

{COVER REVEAL} ALTAR OF REALITY by Mara Valderran!



Today is the cover reveal for Altar of Reality, the first book from Shifted Realities--a brand new series by Mara Valderran. This YA dystopian is set to be released January 31st, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Want to stay up to date on all things Altar of RealitySign up for Mara's newsletter so you don't miss a thing!



And now...the moment Mara's we've all been waiting for...





When sixteen-year-old Madeline suffers her first grand mal seizure, she finds herself in an unfamiliar reality, surrounded by strangers wearing familiar faces. Her best friend, Brandon, tells her that the world has fallen to chaos, the aftermath of World War III ten years ago. Madeline doesn’t remember anything from this life— especially not the explosion four years ago that killed her parents and landed her in a coma, or the Lord Commander; a zealot leader of the Southern Territories now searching for her.



Madeline barely has time to process everything before waking up to the life she’s always known. As soon as she dismisses it all as a strange and vivid dream, she finds herself back there once more. Unsure if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion, or teetering on the brink of insanity, she finds herself flipping between the two lives. Her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur as she struggles to save her lives in both worlds.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 



Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.



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Be sure to check out the Heirs of War, Crown of Flames blog tour going on right now! There are excerpts, interviews, a giveaway, and more. You can find the tour calendar here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{Blog Tour} MIRRORED TIME by JD Faulkner


Title: Mirrored Time
Author: J.D. Faulkner
Series: A Time Archivist Novel (Book 1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 7 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
First it was water.

Then blood.

And finally smoke.

Gwen Conway never knew there were so many ways to die. Honestly, it was something she would have been happy not knowing.

Maybe, they really are just dreams. Nightmares. But they won't stop. And dreaming of her death is getting old. Then there's the sleepwalking. She'd like to pass on that too.

Gwen's pretty sure the dreams have something to do with her new job. Which of course, is definitely not just a 'job.'

Don't get her wrong, working for the Archiver of the Time Streams has its perks. Having the power to travel to any past or future time is fantastic. Plus, there's Rafe, the ex-gladiator from the future. She'd like to keep him around too. Not that she would tell him that. It'd go straight to his head.

But she's less than pleased to find herself in the middle of a time travelers' war. Especially against a crazed half-god who has the power to obliterate the existence of any time or place. And the Guardians, her so called allies? All the help they offer are strict rules and smug superiority. Plus, they seem convinced she's already lost, that she's already died.

Gwen is starting to wonder whether she should have read her employment contract more carefully.

Borrowing themes from Greek and Roman legends such as Pandora and the war between the Titans and Olympians, lovers of mythology and fantasy alike will enjoy this mind-bending romp through different times and universes. Well-grounded in the world of today, this urban fantasy stands out from the pack with its complex theories on time travel and unique brand of quirky humor.

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J.D. Faulkner lives in Seattle, Washington. She spends her time reading anything she can get her hands on; studying Greek and Roman mythology; and avoiding the rain whenever she can. MIRRORED TIME is her first novel and book one of the Time Archivist Novels. Currently, she is working on the second book of the series, FRACTURED TIME.



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What a marvelous debut novel! If you liked that TNT movie THE LIBRARIAN with Noah Wylie, you'll love MIRRORED TIME as it has a similar start. Instead of The Library, it's The Archives, and instead of Noah Wylie, you have this lovely, caring, slightly lost young woman named Gwen who is about to discover that all she thought about her world is not necessarily true and not necessarily set in stone...

I always try to keep my reviews spoiler free and it's very hard not to gush about something that took you by surprise or a character whom you utterly adore or a love interest that you swear is your new book boyfriend, etc. From Cappuccino the Cat to Alistair to Gwen, the characters are incredibly faceted and show wonderful depth, and Faulkner did a wonderful job building the world.

There's a nice twist that you won't see coming and you'll be happy to spend your hours in the pages of Mirrored Time! 




Time crept by, and her one accomplishment was listening to the steady ticking of her clock. With a huff, she shoved away the legal files and rubbed her temples. She peeked at Alistair’s desk from underneath a curtain of hair, but he still hadn’t magically appeared. The main office was empty. Just like it had been a few seconds ago.
Going home would be better than sitting here and obsessing. She slipped on her coat, planning to leave. Her feet stayed rooted to the floor. Honestly. It couldn’t hurt to check the mirror before bringing it up to Alistair. She could figure out how Rafe had tricked her. Then she would have an answer. So I can stop obsessing.
 “Sorry, Alistair,” she whispered to his desk before stepping into the dark hallway of the Archives. Pausing outside the room, her thumb ran over the cool metal of the door handle. Whatever happened, it would be the end of the mystery—maybe the end of her hope. Her aunt’s words echoed in her mind. I would live, my girl, live.
This time there was no glowing light. With more effort than she would care to admit, she stepped into the darkened room. She needed to know the truth. And whatever happened, she would never forgive herself for running away. Lying to herself was no longer an option. As crazy as it was, she wanted the possibility to be real. What if everything she knew about life was a lie? What if magic did exist?
The room was silent as she stared at her reflection, her eyes wide but determined. She raised her hand, watching her reflection reach up to meet her. Her fingers encountered the cool, and solid, surface of the mirror.
The stab of disappointment was sharp. So, the world was as she always had imagined it. It didn’t hide any secrets involving magic mirrors. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re not so special after all.
Her fingers ran over the glass. She didn’t know how Rafe had done it, but she would figure it out. At the very least, she had revenge. She smiled at the idea of paying Rafe back. Her reflection’s smile widened with her own, fingers following the opposite path. There would be hell to pay, that’s for sure. Didn’t they always say ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?’ She laughed, palm pushed flat against the mirror. Magic mirror, indeed. Now she needed to find Rafe.
With her thoughts so centered on Rafe and her revenge, it took a moment for her to notice the light. When her palm sank into the mirror, she stared as liquid silver lapped up her arm. She tried to jerk back but the mirror wouldn’t let her. It continued to pull her in. Gravity lurched with a dizzying shift, and she fell into the mirror with a scream.
It echoed in the empty room.  


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Blog Barrage} Felicity Heaton

Her Avenging Angel, the seventh book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Her Angel, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.

Find out how to enter the Her Avenging Angel international giveaway (ends October 26th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 6 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/her-avenging-angel-romance-book.php

 Here’s more about Her Avenging Angel, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

{SPOOKTACULAR HOP}


I'm going HOP CRAZY this month! So here is another chance to win something from me! :)
But first, there are MANY blogs who will be participating on Kathy's SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP! All are family friendly, so check out the linky below and Hop Along!

For my stop, you will have a choice of prize! 
One winner will receive a print copy of 
RETURN OF THE LOVING DEAD (HORROR HIGH SCHOOL #1)  
by Araminta Matthews & Stan Swanson. 
(Winner just has to be able to be shipped to from The Book Depository)
OR ... 
If you already own a copy, I can substitute an amazon.com gift card in the amount of $10 instead! 

Below is a description of the book up for grabs! I chose this book because it has to do with zombies and it happens to be published by one of my favorite publishers, CURIOSITY QUILLS PRESS! =) 

Happy Halloween and good luck in the drawing! 




Being in love with a zombie bites, but that won’t stop true love. Can it? Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead is unlike any zombie book you’ve ever read. Meet Amber Vanderkamp, senior at Stephen E. King High School. Amber is poised to be class valedictorian when she graduates this year and has her sights set on the New York Center for the Performing Arts for college. Everything is wonderful in Amber's world. She always gets the lead in her high school's plays and is counting on the lead role in the school’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. That is until her well-ordered world is thrown into chaos when her boyfriend, Zach, dies and comes back as a zombie. But how can she turn her back on the love of her life? How does she deal with the pressure? And will she remain committed to the boy she once considered her soul mate? Especially when her mother (with secrets of her own) is encouraging her to wait and experience more of the world. And her flighty best friend, Jasmine, is acting more peculiar than ever since Zach has become a member of the undead club. Add in the class bullies, Caleb and Darla, who seem to be doing everything in their power to ruin Amber's life and everything is here for a page-turning romp through a world where zombies are a part of everyday life.






Monday, October 13, 2014

{Book Review} Kissed by a Demon Spy -- by Sharon Kay


Book Title: KISSED BY A DEMON SPY
Author: SHARON KAY
Publisher: indie
Publishing Date: October 7, 2014
Length: 146 pages
Source: author in exchange for an honest review

This novella is a companion piece to the Solsti series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Kidnapped as a teen and forced into a life of sexual slavery, Garnet vowed long ago to do whatever she could to spare others her fate. When karma comes full circle with an offer of freedom for her and her young son, she jumps at the chance.

Masquerading as a village innkeeper, Aden keeps his espionage work secret from the gentle pixies he lives among. Using his skills to prevent a group of vicious demons from attacking the innocent, his world is draped in mist, shadow, and danger.

Steeped in shame, Garnet is loath to share her past with Aden. But Aden senses a sweet, loyal strength in her that no amount of horror can erase. His dangerous work is the opposite of the stability Garnet craves. Yet Aden’s patience and strength make him the hero she never had. When the enemy targets them, Garnet and Aden realize that honesty is the truest form of courage.

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 Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of the aforementioned book in exchange for my honest review as follows. No other compensation was offered nor would it have been accepted.

If you have read the Solsti Prophecy novels, I bet you were wondering whatever happened to Garnet, who played a key role in the escape from that hellish prison. Are you scrambling to remember? Well, now you do not have to! Sharon Kay has given us a wonderful novella (approximately 146 pages according to amazon, 170 according to goodreads) to tell us Garnet's after story.

Garnet, and her son, Dash, are hiding out in the kitchen when news comes that the overlord is dead. Fearful for their lives in the uprising that is sure to come, Garnet hides herself and Dash behind a secret door, and waits until the noise settles down. When it does and they emerge, it looks as if they are about to be caught, but instead, Hunter & Bianca show up and port them to Garnet's destination of choice: Ivydale, where she once lived over 150 years ago.

Garnet is a cook and it just so happens that Aden, who runs the inn, is looking for a cook. Serendipity! And he's not bad to look at either!

With this novella we get Garnet's story, both past and present, and a wonderful blossoming romance between her and Aden...who has secrets of his own.

I really loved the Solsti Prophecy novels and was pleased with this standalone novella. Not only are we revisiting a character whom I wanted to know more about, but I also liked how it touched base on something that is a huge problem in our modern society: sex trafficking. It's not something we think about often since we, thankfully, live in the United States and are rarely exposed to such stories, but it is something that is happening in the world.

Lose yourself in this story with its courageous characters and pick up the rest of the Solsti series. I know I enjoyed every last page!