Saturday, June 29, 2013

Curse of the Beast Cover Reveal

Curse of the Beast & Star Cursed
Cover Reveal and Giveaway
Hosted by Lady Amber’s Reviews
Young Adult Novels by Ashley Lavering


I am so excited that you all could celebrate my new covers with me!! Curse of the Beast and Star Cursed are Young Adult novels and a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist. They are my first books published and had different models on each cover. I really wanted these novels to match as a set and really shine. So I hired the amazing cover artist, Design by Katt (aka Kathey Amaral) to redo them. https://www.facebook.com/DesignByKatt?fref=ts

She was fantastic to work with and was patient with my endless nit-picking. LOL. I am sure she thought I was OCD.  But enough about us, let’s see those marvelous covers shall we? Drum-roll please…..

Curse of the Beast

Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.



Star Cursed

Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.





 Author Ashley Lavering


A nomad at heart, Ashley currently claim Nevada as her home. She has a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with her “writing time.” When she’s not pondering a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around her, you can find her, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for her girls and working full time at the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement.

Art and science have always been her yin and yang. Throughout her college career, she shifted between the two, but in the end graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming.
Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of hers, but as a teenager she used to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on her. Now you can’t catch her without a book in hand or an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into her mind her heart races and her hand twitches to write it. In that moment, she has her writer's high and prays it will sustain her through thousands of hours of revision.

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Roxanne Desired Release Day Blitz

Title: Roxanne Desired (Book 2 in the Prime Wolf Series)
Author: Gena D Lutz          
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours








Synopsis:
Waking up fur covered and fanged isn't the easiest thing for a girl to deal with. Unfortunately, for Roxanne Delaney, that is her new reality. The only upside is finding herself the bondmate to one hot and sexy werewolf, Nathan Hayes. The downside; learning to adapt to a primal element that craves the rending of flesh and the oh-so-sweet taste of blood. Will this shy waitress-turned-wolf rise to the challenges of this new life—one that is now littered with otherworldly creatures hell-bent on destroying her and the people she cares for? Or will the pressures of a new-found love and difficult battles prove too much for Roxanne to handle?



Author Bio:
Gena D. Lutz lives in the blistering heat of Arizona with her husband and four kids and two very high maintenance dogs, a Chihuahua and Australian Shepard. When she is not busy writing, Lutz can be found watching the classics, like Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, marathon style. Lutz enjoys reading, riding horses, playing poker and looks forward to the day she can travel the world.

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Excerpt 1:

What in the hell do you think you’re doing?” I panted out. I had found myself once again in the training facility. However, this time I wasn't confronting a couple mutated wolves. I was flat on my back, on a workout mat, with Nathan’s hand shoved down my sweats. “We are supposed to be working here. Not screwing around,” I chuckled.
“My hand slipped,” He said with a sexy grin.
“Oh did it now? And I suppose you just tripped and fell on top of me as well?” I countered.
“Now that you mention it, yes…that’s exactly what happened. I have been feeling rather klutzy lately.”
I extended my neck, and with great will power, placed a kiss at the tip of his nose. I wanted to throw caution to the wind and ride the hand rubbing so deliciously against me. Oh man did I ever, but I forced my body to roll out from underneath him instead.
Nathans forehead hit the mat, and with a low groan, he rolled over onto his back. He looked up at me with lazy lids, heat filling his eyes. My heart thumped so hard that the beats echoed in my ears. He was laid out before me half naked, the long outline of his passion filling the front of his workout shorts completely. His ripped stomach and chest glistened with sweat. I watched as he pulled his hand from behind his head and held it outstretched toward me.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Tour

Title: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Howard

Release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Paranormal


Tour organized by: AToMR Tours



Book Description:

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

My Review: The Forgotten Ones had me from the very start I was in love! Could not get enough of this story. I was thrilled to find a little Irish folklore in it as I am of Irish decent. Allison was such an awesome character who found strength just when she didn't think she could hold on anymore. I can say that Laura Howard is a seriously talented author that writes beautifully. She has made a fan out of me! I do however only have one complaint and that is that she does not have another book for me to read. 
5/5

About the Author


Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her  obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn't until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/laurahoward78               




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Love Exactly Review and Tour




Title- Love, Exactly
By-Cassandra Giovanni
Genre-New Adult

Publication Date-June 20, 2013
Pages: 311








Blurb-

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?

My Review: Hot, Steamy, Erotic, love story with a gorgeous rock star right? Wrong! That was exactly what I thought when I agreed to do this review. Now don't get me wrong Evan is very nice to look at and he is a bit steamy but, there is so much more to him and when he meets Emma you realize that this book is so not the typical romance at all! Emma is a realistic female character with all the things that could go wrong baggage. I felt like I could so relate to her. Love Exactly will take you on a ride through the demons of Emma's past and drop you off in front of Evan. Does true love happen? Will Emma let her heart go? None of these questions will I answer however, if you get a copy of your own Cassandra Giovanni just might be able to tell you. I will most definitely be looking for more books by Cassandra Giovanni as she has shown me that not all love stories are the same and she knows how to break the cookie cutter mold! Love Exactly is for sure my cup of tea!
5/5


About the Author-

Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since than Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Love, Exactly , in the Spring of 2013.


Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive her associates degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Writers Voice Blog Tour


Tour Co-hosts:
The Writers Voice is a multi author blog where prominent authors from around the web come together and share their thoughts on all things literary or otherwise. Here is a peek at our team of authors!

What do you feel is your
biggest 'writerly' fault
and how do you deal with it?

“I’m terrible at marketing. Because I work full time as well as write, I just don’t have the time to dedicate to marketing my books. My hubby helps with this a bit, and I’m now participating in several author groups on Facebook where we cross-promote our work.”
–Raine Thomas

“Perfectionism. I want everyone to love my stories and I know that is impossible. I try to remind myself that if I just do what I do best, if I just tell a story to the best of my ability and one person likes it, then that is enough.”
–Quinn Loftis


“Confidence. I get so terrified I will do something wrong that in the middle of a great writing streak I completely freeze and feel the need to stop until I feel more confident again. I try to overcome it by teaching myself to write for myself, that way there is no failure because the act of writing is in and of itself success. After all, there are always edits and rewrites!”
–Emma Michaels

“I tend to rush things. Reviewers have called my books fast-paced, which they are, but sometimes I have to consciously remind myself to SLOW DOWN. I usually write the second half of my books too quickly and have to go back and flesh things out in revisions to keep it from being too quick.”
–Shana Norris



“I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing and when I feel myself getting worked up I calm myself down by taking several deep breaths.”
–Tanya Contois


“To not have patience. There is no right way to patience, each day, every day in this industry tests your patience. I have learned to sit back, breath - it will always work out. Sometimes you have to take a step back and let it all fall in place.”
–Carlyle Labuschagne



“I would say that editing is my biggest challenge. I get so caught up in editing and it ends up taking so much time. And even though I have an editor I still tend to over edit.”
–Victoria Simcox

“My biggest fault as an author is my pessimism. I see the glass half empty sometimes and that can have a really negative effect on your work. You can start to think, “I’m never going to get this done,” or “I’m wasting my time here, no one is going to like this.” If you start thinking that way, then you lose all drive to write. I have to give myself a slap sometimes.”
–Frankie Rose

“Homonyms. *sigh* Where I right the incorrect spelling of common words… snicker. Once I’d written, “vile” which was supposed to be “vial” four times in Everblue and it was missed by all my beta readers and proofers. *headdesk* Now I hire someone to read my stuff so I don’t do that anymore.”
–Brenda Pandos


“Time. I am a full time teacher, wife, mother…. This leaves very little time to write and hone my craft. I wish I could write more, take writing classes, attend more writer’s workshops and retreats…”
–Amy Maurer Jones


“Well at this point I’ve been getting a lot of reviews stating that I over-explain the whole prison system in Dehumanized. I’ve realized that my problem is that I overstate things. I noticed it in my writing once the reviews starting coming in, and I’m working on that. I haven’t gotten a method to fix it yet other than to be observant, but hopefully it’ll become second nature to curb the fault.”
–Michael Loring

Thank you for reading!
We hope you will join us soon at
The Writers Voice

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wandering Book Release


Book Info-
Title- Wandering
Series- Wanderer Series Book # 2
By- Heather Sutherlin
Expected Publication Date- June 25th, 2013 

Blurb-
When you’ve travelled between worlds, there’s nowhere left to go but home.


Rory has never been so cold in her life. But the biting wind only reminds her of another pain that grows more intense with each passing day. Each night Jaron’s beautiful voice sings in her dreams, and each day her footsteps draw her closer to his side. Danger and intrigue at every turn, no distance is too far when you’re returning for true love.

Rin has spent the last five years searching for Rory across two worlds. Now a series of visions have him convinced he’s growing closer to finding her. But when Rory slips through another portal, taking his visions with her, he finds himself back at square one. To find her now he’ll need the help of an old friend and a little otherworldly magic.  This time he intends to bring The Wanderer home for good.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bonded With Love by Tiffany Heiser Spotlight

Title: Bonded With Love
Series: With Love, #1
Author: Tiffany Heiser
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance








Blurb:
Never in a trillion years did Rena really think vampires existed...or that she had enemies among them.

Beginning of senior year, and Rena Vesten is hoping for something incredible to happen. She never expected that the dark-haired, blue-eyed man of her dreams-literally-to suddenly appear as the new student at school.

The gorgeous mystery guy, Cryder, has more secrets than his inexplicable presence in her dreams. Soon Rena's world takes a turn into the supernatural when she finds out Cryder is a vampire king with a deadly rebellion on his hands, and a destiny irrevocably tied to Rena's...

...'till death do them part.

Excerpt:
The bell above the door jingled as I walked into the building, and the smells of new and old books wafted their way through my nostrils. This was heaven. I perused the aisles finding the new supernatural and fantasy ones. I thought about the large pile at home waiting to be read. It was about to get larger. I made my way toward the counter to pay, when the pounding headache found its way back. Immediately following, nausea clenched my stomach causing a few gags to gurgle out of my throat. I couldn't catch my breath and my heart jabbed against my rib cage. Trying to walk, and find somewhere to sit, I fell taking the books with me to the floor. When my eyes opened, darkness surrounded me. One tiny light peaked from behind the black drapes. Fear tightened its grip on my stomach.
I stood on legs of Jell-O and made my way toward the light, hoping it would wake me from this odd dream. Stumbling across the dark path, a figure draped in night stood before me. A yelp escaped from my lips. I tried to get away, but his sparkling blue eyes locked me in place. With midnight hair spiked to a perfect point, he watched me with pursed lips. His toned body towered over me.
His eyes danced along each portion of my body and I felt naked standing unguarded in front of him. In those eyes there wasn't desire but a longing, and I understood. I couldn't move, and didn't want to. For the briefest of seconds we stared at each other. Then he took a step forward. With that one step, his body was drenched in light head to toe. I could see every detail. With that one minor step forward his whole appearance had changed drastically. He went from being a dark seductive stranger, to a hideous foul beast. His blue eyes transformed to a deep shade of red like blood coated them. His lips once so full and lush, were now pulled back into a sneer as large protruding fangs slid from his gums.
I screamed and looked around for an escape, but where do you run to in the dream world? His hand clenched against my shoulder. He spun me around and brought my back against his tight chest. Hard stiff hands pulled my head to a tilt. I felt hot steamy breath against the crevice of my neck. Was he going to bite me? Sobbing, I tried to break free from his grasp. Hoping that death in a dream was only that, but this dream seemed so real, so alive; I didn't know what to expect. Thrashing about I felt more hands on my shoulders, and I tried to fight back. When my eyes opened, the room was bathed in beautiful luminescence. I found myself back in the book store.
“What was that?” I asked to no one in particular. I sighed with relief. It was nice to be back in the real world. That dream was frightening. I felt his hands on my body. His hot breath still stuck to my neck.

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About The Author:
Tiffany Heiser is the author of the With Love series, a paranormal romance. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, Brian, and newborn son, Parker. She is an avid reader and enjoys rainy days. She has always written. When she was younger, it started with poetry and short stories, but as she got older she knew her dream was to become a published author. Her dream became reality when she decided to put her pen to paper and created Bonded With Love, from there she has also published a short story prequel to the With Love series, Broken Bond, and recently released Book 2, Struggle With Love.

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Octavian's Undoing Release

Book Name: Octavian’s Undoing
Series Title: Sons of Judgment Series
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Publisher: Airicka Phoenix
Release date: June 24, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Warnings: Sexual content, Language

Formats: eBook & Paperback





Synopsis:
No good deed goes unpunished.

Riley Masters learns this the hard way when she finds a wallet and decides to do the right thing. But returning it will cost her much more than she bargains for.

Abandoned by her mother, raised by an indifferent father, Riley has accepted the fact that she would be alone always. She has no idea that a single act of kindness would propel her into a world where creatures that shouldn't exist guard the human race from the demons that lurk in the shadows. That it will cost her the lives of those she loves while unearthing a destiny she never imagined with a man who is forbidden to love her. She finds passion, romance and the family she’d been searching for her entire life, but at what cost and what is she willing to sacrifice to find answers and happiness?

Octavian Maxwell has always known his place. He is a Caster, a Son of Judgment. His job is to protect the mortal world from the creatures plotting to destroy it. Instead, his world is shattered when a human girl walks into Final Judgment, a girl he has been searching for his entire life, a girl he is forbidden to ever touch. Being with her will break the oath he’s sworn to never love a mortal. But his heart has already found its mate and it refuses to let go.

Final Judgment… a place undetected, a gateway to a evil and a legend that will undo everything anyone has ever known about our world.


Excerpt:
“I know.” The two words ghosted against the skin of her neck, sending goose bumps down her spine. “But I want to touch you. I want to put my hands all over you. I want to kiss every inch of you and taste you as you come apart in my arms. I want to feel you wrapped around me with nothing but my name on your lips and the sheets a tangled mess beneath us. I want…” He exhaled heavily into her ear. “I want. I want. I want!”

It was purely the hard surface at her back that kept her from sliding in a puddle at his feet. Her body thrummed. Her knees quivered. She was so hot it was a wonder she hadn't exploded.
“Do it, Octavian” She ghosted the tips of her fingers along the hem of his shirt. “Touch me.”

He growled low in his throat, his forehead dropping another inch toward her shoulder, his hair tickling the side of her face. “Be my angel, Riley, not my siren. Don’t tempt me.”

Moistening her lips with a sweep of her tongue, Riley glided her fingers over his belt, tracing the strip of leather to the silver buckle in the center. She felt rather than heard his deep inhalation and the tremor that raked his powerful body. Driven by his surrender, she used two fingers to walk over the square carvings etched into his abdomen, biting her lip to stop the grin that pulled when he groaned.

“I want to be both for you, Octavian,” she whispered, letting her lips brush the curve of his shoulder.



Bio:
Airicka Phoenix is the best-selling author of The Touch Saga, The Dare Trilogy and Games of Fire with short stories in Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and Midnight Surrender Anthology. When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books. 

Other Novels:
Touching Smoke ~ http://www.amazon.com/Touching-Smoke-Touch-Series-ebook/dp/B008RB72NW
Touching Eternity ~ http://www.amazon.com/Touching-Eternity-Series-Standalone-ebook/dp/B00AQQDVTU
Games of Fire ~  http://www.amazon.com/Games-of-Fire-ebook/dp/B00BFIR2HU

Social Networks:
Twitter - @AirickaPhoenix
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/airicka.phoenix
Facebook Author Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airicka-Phoenix/252135634831614
Design Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airickas-Mystical-Creations/462373910480084
GoodReads - http://www.goodreads.com/AirickaPhoenix
Author Site: http://airickaphoenix.com/author

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Shadow of Hope Book Blitz



Shadow of Hope
By

Elizabeth Rose & Tina Pollick
A secret passed from generation to generation. A line of heirs destined to protect those they once persecuted. One god who seeks to destroy humanity's last Hope...
Zoe is an ordinary woman who talks to her spirit, was raised by her coven, and doesn’t speak to her father. Until one day she finds out that the necklace left to her by her mom, holds humanities last hope
Evan is her reluctant protector, the last of the Templar Knights, who's watched her from the shadows since she was a teenage girl. When an assailant from the past emerges and steals the key to keeping the rest of the world safe, Evan and Zoe must form a tenuous alliance to get it back.
Up against a mysterious enemy older than time, and a really pissed off God of War, Zoe and Evan have the odds stacked against them as they try to reclaim the Hope of all humanity. That's if they can avoid killing each other.
Shadow of Hope is a fast paced, thrilling paranormal romance novella.


Author Elizabeth Rose grew up in a household where reading was a favorite pastime. Having been encouraged by her parents as a young child to pursue the greats (Dr. Seuss and Amilia Bedilla) she quickly found herself wanting more than to just read stories of Charming Princes in far off lands; she wanted to write them as well.
Having been a follower of Gabriel, Elizabeth found a strong bond of friendship with author Tina Pollick. Having many common interests, Tina and Elizabeth decided to attempt co-writing a novel together. The end process was both enjoyable and enlightening.
Elizabeth currently resides in Wyoming with her two dogs, Bard and Blade. She is graciously allowed to attend the needs of her tomcat Tinker. Shadow of Hope is her first book. Stop by and say hi!


When Tina Pollick isn’t writing paranormal romance about Heavenly hunks, and smart, sassy women, this RN enjoys a quiet home life with her husband, children, two horses, two dogs, cat, chickens, guineas, well sort of quiet.
Tina’s first paranormal romance novel, GABRIEL, A Kematian Hunter Series was published in January 2013 by Evernight Publishing. The first in a three novella series, SOUL BROKER, will be published by Moon Rose Publishing in August 2013. Stop by and say hello!

Twitter: @Tinapollick
GABRIEL is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Evernight publishing.