Monday, 30 July 2012

COVER REVEAL! Colonization by Aubrie Dionne

At The Other End:

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

Finding The Time:

7 November 2012

Author Bio:

Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.

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Colonization (#1 Paradise Reclaimed)
By Aubrie Dionne

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Review: New Girl (ARC) by Paige Harbison

New Girl
At the Other End:
They call me 'New Girl'...

Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.

Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.

Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend…but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.

And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back

First Impressions Last:

First recived as an ARC, I hadn't had the time to read this until now. Sounds very intriguing and it lived up to that as well. A great book.


Behind the 320 Pages:


Also known as a retelling of the classic novel, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. New Girl is another modern day retelling of a classic tale. Although I haven't read Rebecca yet, I have it on my bookshelf... sitting... waiting...

The mystery starts straight away, pulling us into the mystery surrounding Becca's disappearance, as well as finding out how much she changed the school. We see when we are in Becca's point of view how the school was. Strict, quiet, no rules being broken. But then as Becca shows up, we can see how much she has changed it into like most modern day schools, parties, boys, hook-ups, rule breaking. Becca brings all of this with her. We see when we get into the New Girl's point of view, how different everything and everyone is.

The change in point of view is a big issue for me in this novel. When changing P.O.V.'s, we are given an indication as to when we are with Becca, but we don't have anything to tell us we are back in the present day, until we get a third of the way through the chapter. Half of the time we are guessng whos P.O.V. we are in. From this, we don't connect to the characters as we could and as we should.
Even as we go further into the novel, we start to realize that every chapter switches P.O.V. Then we come across half-way through the novel that now, the New Girl is two chapters long.

We constantly see the New Girl's struggle throughout the book, to stay true to herself and not succumb to what everyone is saying she is doing the things that they tell her to do, for the sake that Becca will come back. She is a strong character, no matter what Dana and the others throw at her, she picks herself up and fights (in her own way).

Is it just me, or does the whole novel not feel like a whole year, that we find out is as the whole time the New Girl has been at the school Time flys when having fun, yet was it really all that fun.

I love when Harbison has done in the sense that we don't even know the protagonists name, only as 'New Girl'. This gets us pulled into the world more because when we realize we don't know her name, we stop and try think back in the novel incase we forgot it, yet we only come up with Becca's name. Still brewing with the fact that Becca is always there, never to be forgotten, never to leave our thoughts. Also, forgetting the New Girl's name in the novel brings forth that Becca is the one to focus on and the one that is important. We do get told her name though, which brings out it's own meaning.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Syrenka Series by Amber Garr

Promises (Syrenka #1)
Promises (The Syrenka Series, #1)At the Other End:

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancĂ© would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.


Betrayal (Syrenka #2)
Betrayal (The Syrenka Series, #2)At the Other End:

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Arise (Syrenka #3)
Arise (The Syrenka Series, #3)At the Other End:
With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

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Amber GarrAuthor Bio:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Promises was my first published piece of fiction, so The Syrenka Series is my introduction to readers.  I’ve been published quite a bit in scientific journals and trade magazines, but that’s all for the day job.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

Yeah!  Someone bought the book!  It was such a scary decision to take that step and release my stories to the world.  I was an unknown, people might hate my writing, and I worried that no one would buy it let alone enjoy it.  Although I’m three books in, all of those thoughts still race through my mind, and now I also worry about the reviews!

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

I love vampires and werewolves, but I wanted to create something different...mostly just for my own enjoyment.  If I could be a mermaid, I would, so they seemed like the obvious creature for me to delve into.  The selkie folklore was fascinating to me, so I ended up envisioning a forbidden love affair between a mermaid and a selkie and the ideas evolved from there.  The first chapter of Promises was originally a standalone short story.  But after a few months, I came back to it and wrote an entire trilogy.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

Good question and one that no one has asked me before.  In short, it’s tough.  I know not every book will appeal to every reader, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing when someone didn’t enjoy it.  I will say, though, that it is even more frustrating when getting a low starred review without any reason as to why they rated you that way.  As an author, I want to know what DIDN’T work so I can try and address that in future pieces.  It’s all about the constructive criticism!

5. How long was the writing/planning process?

Promises took a couple of months (as I mentioned it started as a short story).  Betrayal was outlined and written in about 30 days, before I released Promises.  So the timeline for those two was relatively quick because once the story was all laid out, I couldn’t stop writing!  Arise was also outlined in a few days, but it took me about six months to complete it.  Believe me, it wasn’t because I didn’t want to work on it, it’s just that I was writing my dissertation at the time and that had to be a priority on most nights.  I am one of those people that have to finish something I start, so once I’m focused on it (and carve out the time) I will work until it is done.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

Working with my cover artist was one of the coolest experiences ever.  Claudia ( was amazing.  We had a few email discussions about my main character’s personality, whether or not to include a tail, and the fact that I planned this as a trilogy.  She immediately worked on a couple of renderings and within a day or two, we were done.  It was pretty much the same process for all three covers.  I am so glad I invested in them, and I think they fit perfectly with the series.  I wish I could write a book for all of her artwork!

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Yes!  I am planning on releasing my urban fantasy Touching Evil before the end of the year.  This book was written before The Syrenka Series but it’s time for me to work on it again.  I also have two other novels that have been started and shelved for my mermaids, so that is on my list too.  Sometimes I wish I could write all day every day!

8. Top 5 books
    • Blood Promise – Richelle Mead
    • Definitely Dead – Charlainne Harris
    • Bitten – Kelley Armstrong
    • Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison
    • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

9. Recommended books
If you are a fan of the urban fantasy genre like me, then I recommend reading authors like Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, and Patricia Briggs.  These are authors who can make me sit down and read the entire book in one day or one weekend, and then a few weeks later I want to read it again.  I suppose it’s the story telling that gets me emotionally attached and I strive to be able to do the same with my characters.

10. Why read your novel? 
 Because mermaids are awesome!  No seriously, it’s a face paced, coming-of-age, story where humans are secretly protected by a society of water creatures.  Also, readers can enjoy the entire series for less than $7!

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Last Flight Out by Carroll Bryant

At the Other End:

Their friendship doesn't stand a chance. Their love will never die. Kavita Davidson and Lily McCourtney test the limits of society's tolerance with a forbidden romance shunned by the mainstream while breaking all the rules. With his career on the rise, Kavita risks everything to be with her. With a bleak future before her, Lily seeks desperately for someone to believe in. Together, they dare to try and defy the odds - leaving the rest of us to ask, is Kavita the monster the world tells him he is? Or is he the hero Lily has been praying for? And when it all comes crashing down, can either of them survive the aftermath? True love does exist!

First Impressions Last:

OOH, forbidden romance! A good blurb, that leaves questions for us, drawing us into the novel. Not everything is sunshine and roses! Oh, and gorgeous cover!!


Author Bio:

Carroll Absolom Bryant is the author of three E-Books. (Children Of The Flower Power, Last Flight Out and a science fiction thriller, Of The Light) With a fourth E-Book, (Year Of The Cat) due to be released sometime in August or September of 2012.

As a boy growing up, Carroll and his family traveled the United States constantly, always seemingly on the move. He has also spent some time in Europe, most notably, France and Italy.
He released his third E-Book, “Of The Light” - the first book of a five book science fiction series featuring the struggles of created character, Zenakis Vinzant, a character much taken from himself.

“I think I have found my zone.” He would say, talking about the success of his blog and the book sales that followed because of it. Also through this time, he would turn down a book deal that would have gotten “Children of The Flower Power” in print. Saying: “I’m an Indie guy all the way. I love calling my own shots. Making my own decisions on how my writing will be presented. Unless it’s a deal that is ‘just too good to pass up’

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Behind the 179 Pages:

First when reading the blurb, we instantly wonder why their love is so forbidden to society. I know this might be considered a spoiler, but in my opinion, is something that you need to know when deciding to read this novel. The forbidden love between Kavita and Lily is because of the age gap. The iconic and in my eyes, hated relationships between a teacher and one of his students.

I personally would have thought twice about reading this novel if I knew of ths factor. Personally, I hate teacher-student relationships just as much as I hate love triangles. I know it's not the story itself, but this kind of relationship is something I've always shunned. When I first found out that Kavita was to teach a class and Lily came along, I convinced myself to keep reading. I tried to forget about the kind of relationship it was and continued the story. If you're someone that doesn't mind this kind of relationship go right ahead and read. But if you're like me, I would tell you to still give it a shot.

One of the other major parts of this novel is the language. Kavita speaks as a poet with his dialogue while the rest of the story is told in an informing manner. Because of this, throughout the entire novel you are the narrator. That little voice inside our heads that speaks what's written acts like a narrator. This novel and it's language is written in a way that we become the narrator. Also, it brings the film sense into it as well. Written in the way a movie would, combine this motion picture image in our minds with ourselves as the narrator and you just think 'wow'. This carries out through the whole novel, not just from the middle, but from page 1 until the end of the novel, we 'see' the book.

Also, the language in some parts is said as sensations. Switching from Kavita to Lily and the sensations feel when they meet each other. Although we are reading from one point of view, we still get a glimpse of the other character when something happens that both characters feel.

Brilliant ending. Absolutely heart-wrenching that will leave you finishing with a sigh... and maybe even something I didn't even see coming. The ending nearly had me in tears, but alas, none were shed.

There was something about this novel that couldn't quite suck me in. Maybe the kind of relationship despite my efforts to ignorre it and just focus on Kavita and Lily.

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Friday, 20 July 2012

COVER REVEAL! Shift by Raine Thomas

At The Other End:

Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die

Finding The Time:

24 August 2012

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How excited are you now from reading the above excerpt from the novel!
Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!

Shift (Firstborn #2)
By Raine Thomas

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BLOG TOUR!! Spirit Binder by Meghan Ciana Doidge


At the Other End:

Theo woke severely injured, covered in blood, and missing ten years of her life. Just to complicate matters further, Theo was born under a prophecy; one that has rabid followers with three different interpretations, all of whom are willing to sacrifice her in order to fulfill it. 

Not knowing if she can trust the stranger she’s betrothed to, the warrior visiting her dreams, or even her own mother, Theo tries to piece together her past only to find that her present is far more dangerous. It’s the power of her own blood that scares her most of all. This is a responsibility Theo never wanted, and a destiny she cannot deny, “All because of a prophecy she was trying not to believe in, but kept fulfilling.”

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Author Bio...
Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a bit of a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn; though not all together, that would just be yucky.
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What Inspired Spirit Binder: Opening Scenes

I have a habit as a writer of creating stories based off of scenes or ideas that get stuck in my head. Usually I am baking, or listening to music, or walking home from doing errands, and an idea just slides into my mind.

I then see the idea as a series of actions … what happens, to whom, and when, and where, and why?

I often know nothing of the story or even the character. All I have to go on is the idea of the scene. Something happens, and then, when I sit down to write that something, a story unfolds. This usually ends up being a moment in time, separated from the possible story it could become, but brimming with possibilities.

Spirit Binder opens with such a scene, and I wrote it pretty much as outlined above. It got edited and tweaked, of course, in the multiple drafts that I wrote afterwards. But the idea of a woman, severely injured, covered in blood, and missing ten years of her life, was compelling. It dragged me further into the story. Who is this woman? What was she doing the moment before she lost her memories? What will she do to get them back? What if it’s not all good? What if there is something nefarious going on? What would that be? Etc.

Later, I would make choices about the specific world, such as character names, magic, and relationships to Theo. Then I would choose a setting, time period, and outline the structure of the plot based on the theme, but it was the opening scene that started everything for me.

At first I thought this was a single novel, an encapsulated idea, such as my first book, After The Virus. But, now I know it’s an entire world for me explore and share. I’ve written two books (Time Walker will be released in the fall of 2012) and two more treatments based on a single idea that slipped into my mind while I was baking some cookies.

Hopefully, that provides a little insight when reading Spirit Binder.

Thanks Gina, for the opportunity to guest post!

~ Meghan Ciana Doidge


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