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Sunday, 31 March 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Chosen by Kristen Day

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3)
At the Other End:
 The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most
The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. 


A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. 

In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. 



Kristen DayAuthor Bio:
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001. 

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First Impressions Last:
Can this series go wrong? the answer... no. Another amazing novel in the Daughters of the Sea series from Kristen Day. I loved every moment of this book, thinking that it was the last of the series I was emotional before starting this book.... until I saw this notice.

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Behind the 312 Pages




After devouring the first two novels in this series, I was excited yet nervous to read this. Forsaken and Awaken were both amazing books and I desperately hoped that Chosen was going to be as good. No question about it, this book was just as amazing as Forsaken and Awaken. 

There is action in this book the whole way through, and we are constantly being pulled through. All of the problems I had in the previous books have vanished. We don't get told that Fin is "hot", and there is nothing that everyone keeps on hiding for her, well, nothing that doesn't add the suspense (in a good way). We don't get annoyed in any way in this book and we are thrilled and excited the whole time.

We meet a whole lot of new characters, as well as see a change in some old characters. When we think we've seen all the amount of mythical creatures that there could be, there is still a whole heap that we haven't seen... well until this book that is. We meet all the Nereids and the Furies.

I can't really say much about this book that doesn't seem to give away the best parts. We see Stasia grow even more, and see her do some pretty cool stuff. The end is where we see the most action happen as well as how developed and powerful her powers are. We are shocked with the events that happen at the end of this book, so many different emotions are felt at the end of the book that we are overwhelmed. 

We feel so proud of Stasia after her big battle. We feel like we're an audience watching her prove herself in the final stages of this book. We cheer her on through everything and we fall in love with Stasia and Finn together (read the book to find out exactly what!). 

The epilogue of this book is amazing. If this book was the last in the series, it would be a perfect ending. Yet it still leaves room for what can happen next, as well as we wonder what happened to Selene, as well as if Keto will still be the same as she is at the end of the book.

Overall, can't wait to read the next book, and this book AND series is a must read! One I will definitely buy from Amazon to have on my shelf :)


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Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea, #1)Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1)
Behind 268 Pages
At the Other End: 

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity. 

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love. 

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.

Check out my review of Forsaken!



Awaken (Daughters of the Sea, #2)
Awaken (Daughters of the Sea #2)
Behind 273 Pages
At the Other End:
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. 


But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. 

The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
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This novel was received for review via Young Adult Novel Reader Blog Tours. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Interview with Cambria Covell, author of Heroes House


 
At the Other End:
Teenager Piper Powell and her older, mutant brother Phil find themselves in need of a place to live when they get kicked out of their home. So when a group of vigilantes offer them a place to stay in their top secret, hidden mansion aka headquarters it seems like a dream come true. The only problem is that when they get there Phil is mysteriously kidnapped leaving Piper alone with a group of strange superheroes. Among them is the group’s leader Ryder Royal, a young, billionaire CEO who inherited the genetics research company that her parents worked at. It’s also the same lab that resulted in the creation of mutants in the first place thanks to a mad man named Doctor Shelley who was using their resources to make human weapons and animal-human hybrids. Piper’s parents happened to be partners with the mad man until they decided to turn Shelly in when they discovered his work with the mutants. This led to a tragic explosion in which her parents as well as Ryder’s father died. With Phil missing and other members of the group vanishing too Piper and Ryder have no choice but to team up to figure out who’s responsible. But when Piper makes a startling discovery connecting Phil and his abilities to Ryder’s family Piper must ask herself is the kidnapping random or is there something more sinister at work?

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Hi. My names Cambria. I'm a girl, aged 22. I l have an unhealthy obsession with movies, especially if they're from the Golden Age, and I can't listen to my music at normal volume. I love reading and ice cream is my weakness. Katharine Hepburn is my favorite actress. Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor. J.K. Rowling is my favorite author, inspiration, and role model also I am secretly convinced she is the goddess of writing. I've worked in two haunted houses, a place with a castle for an office and a mouse for a boss called Disneyland, and I grew up around animals like Dolphins and Clydesdale's. And if The Doctor ever wanted to pick me up for a trip in the Tardis I would be completely okay with that. If you want to say hi which I hope you do.

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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)

I haven’t really done a lot professionally writing wise yet. Although I was active on Figment and Inkpop for a while. I had a story on those websites called The Devil Prince and Rose.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Mostly I’m just hoping that people will like it. And since I’m self-published I also spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to spread the word. Plus there’s a lot of face palming and “oh my god what am I doing” because I have no clue what I’m doing.


3. What inspired you to write this novel?
Heroes House is about a teenage girl named Piper Powell whose brother Phil is a mutant with a dangerous ability that takes her to live with a group of vigilantes he becomes part of. I wanted to write a heroes journey type thing through the eyes of someone who wasn’t a hero. Because if you think about it if someone you loved decided to start running around wearing a mask and a cape to save people you’d probably think they had lost it. Originally it was going to be from a girlfriend’s perspective but I decided to make it from the sisters instead because I wanted to have a character that could point out the heroes flaws when needed. Because Phil might be saving the day but he is anything but perfect. And I’m a big fan of anything involving superheroes.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
At first it sort of sucks but I just remind myself that not everyone is going to like the same thing. That’s what makes us human.


5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I got the idea about summer 2011. I wrote several variations of it but the finished product was done in summer 2012. I edited it for several months after that. I had originally queried it a bit but after looking into self-publishing some I decided that was the way to go.


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?
My friend Sierra Holcomb made the cover. I’ve known her for forever and I was really grateful that she wanted to help me with it. I got the picture of it in the break room at work on my phone. I had to stop myself from freaking out because I didn’t want to look like an idiot. The cover shows Piper standing in front of the outlines of the heroes and Piper has this brilliant red hair flying that reminds me of a cape. I wanted to have her be the focus. I didn’t want the traditional hero-clutching-girl cover. The only thing I knew about the cover originally was that I wanted Piper to be on it and for her to look kind of kick butt. And I think she does.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m hoping to write a sequel for Heroes House and right now I’m working on a story that involves time travel. It’s sort of Inception meets Doctor Who. And I’m very excited about it.


8. Top 5 books
• Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

• I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block

• Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

• Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Anything by Francesa Lia Block. I just love her writing style. Reading one of her books is like being on sensory overload and you can see everything that’s going. Plus I love the way she writes about Los Angeles.



10. Why read your novel?
It’s got hot superhero guys, ninjas, a comforting British butler who may or may not have been MI6 at one point that makes really great tea, and a feisty redheaded heroine. And because Piper promises to bake you cookies if you do. And no, despite what Phil says they’re not suck up ones. ;)






Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Re-Release! Mystic Series by B.C. Burgess


Author Bio:
B. C. Burgess is a small town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, where she still resides with her devoted husband and their young son. She’s addicted to coffee and writing and thinks the combination is heaven. Inspired to write by her love of reading, she feels fiction provides a healthy escape from the hardships of life, and hopes her stories touch the hearts of her readers, just as she’s been touched time and again. Though most of her visions flower in the form of fiction, she dreams of the day her passion for writing, along with determination and hard work, will prove to her son creative dreams can come true.
If you like the tales B. C. weaves, let her know. She loves hearing from her readers.

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At the Other End of Descension (Mystic #1):


Layla
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.

Quin
Quin’s natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he’s been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.

The Enemy
Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn’t die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.


Shhh... Don't Tell:

Layla jolted when Quin opened her door. Then she rolled her eyes and took his hand, letting him pull her from the car. With a flick of his wrist, he shut and locked the doors. Then he pulled her close, keeping one arm around her as they walked into the surrounding forest.

Once they were shadowed, he opened his cloak, and she slipped her arms in, loving the soothing warmth of luxurious velvet. “You never told me how you keep from freezing,” she remembered.

“Magic,” he answered, carefully pulling her hair from the collar. Then he covered the tresses with a roomy hood.

“That’s all I get?” she objected.

“Are you cold?” he returned, an ornery twinkle in his eye as hooked the platinum clasp.

“No,” she answered.

“Then you don’t need more,” he refused.

She scowled, and he grinned, slipping his hands under the cloak and around her waist. Layla’s breath caught in her chest as he lifted her from the ground. Then she was face-to-face with him, lips fluttering around tiny bursts of oxygen laced with his scent, heart thundering as her cheeks burned.

“Is this okay?” he asked.

“Yeah,” she breathed. Aside from her embarrassing physical reactions, she was quite content.
“It’s nice.”

“I think so, too,” he replied, supporting her with one arm as he reached up with the other. “I’m going to cast a spell to protect your ears from the pressure, but you shouldn’t feel any effects. Tell me if you do.”

“Okay,” she agreed, and he cupped his hand over her ears one at a time.

“Feel normal?” he asked, and she nodded. “Good,” he approved. “Tell me if that changes. Are you ready?”

“Yes.”

“Don’t be afraid.”

“I’m not.”

She meant what she said, but couldn’t help but squeeze her eyes shut and tighten her grip as he shot into the air, darting through a thick canopy of needle covered branches. When they reached open sky, he leaned back, letting her rest on his torso, and she opened her eyes, feeling foolish for closing them in the first place.


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At the Other End of Impassion (Mystic #2):



Layla
According to the fairy tales Layla Callaway read as a child, she’d stepped into one. She suddenly has the extended family she always wanted, a beautiful home in Oregon, and the ability to perform astonishing magic. But her perfect world has a price, and she may end up paying with her life.

Quin
Quin Kavanagh wants nothing more than to shed his playboy past and devote himself to Layla, but his womanizing reputation threatens to destroy their budding relationship and shatter his dreams.

The Enemy
Obsessed with Layla’s immense power, Agro eliminates leads on his way to Oregon. But there’s a stranger lurking much closer to Layla’s new home, and he’s closing in quicker than anyone knows. Leaving a trail of tragedy in their wakes, both wizards crave what Layla has, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.


Shhh... Don't Tell:

Layla closed her eyes, sighing her agreement as Quin’s hands slid under her shirt. He flexed his fingers, inciting goose bumps and a shiver. Then he took her by the ribs and squeezed.

A laugh burst from her diaphragm as she jolted and twisted away, reaching for the safety of the floor, but he pulled her back in.

“No you don’t,” he refused, somehow finding every ticklish spot on her body.

“Quin!”

“What?”

She struggled to breathe as she pushed on his chest. “Stop.”

“Or what?” he challenged, sliding a hand to her thigh.

She yanked in air as she stretched for his neck, and in her desperation, she sucked harder than she’d intended. His game ceased, and she softened, puckering around his strong pulse.

“Mmm…” he murmured. “You could calm a battlefield with those lips.”

She slid her fingers into his hair as she pressed closer, kissing again and again; and it made her heady, as if he’d bathed in wine. He swept her hair aside, exposing the sensitive dip between her shoulder blades, and as his hand spanned bare skin, she quivered with an internal throb she’d never felt before. Her heart stuttered then sped, and warmth surged her veins, intensely flaring in some areas while soothing others.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa

Fight or Flight
At the Other End:

Be smart.
Keep your head down.
And look out for number one.

These are the rules Jay has lived by for the past two years. The rules of surviving life on the streets. But when Em comes bursting into his life, in all of her disastrous glory, the rules go right out the window.

Survive.
Flee what’s been left behind
And never look back.

Em’s plan was simple. Though, it was easier said than done. The city streets are dangerous and unforgiving to a new arrival. Especially, a seventeen year old girl who’s never known anything but life in the suburbs. Sometimes, however, what’s lurking behind those white picket fences can be more frightening than any dark alley.

Both of them made the same decision when life got overwhelming—to run from their demons. Brought together by fate or circumstance, Em and Jay find the kind of love neither of them ever expected. But when those demons come back to haunt them and their love is on the line, which instincts will they choose to follow this time . . . Fight or Flight?

*Warning: This story includes mature language and themes, and is intended for mature audiences.


Jamie CanosaAuthor Bio:

Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird, and the rabbit.

Her debut novel, Dissidence, was published in 2012 along with several novellas, including the first in her Heart and Soul series, ‘Temptation’.


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View the first part of the excerpt over at Book-Marks the Spot


Once the lights and sirens had passed by, Emerson forced herself to continue down the alleyway, emerging on a dimly lit street. It was deserted, except for the figure in the dark trench coat picking through the trash can on the corner. His shopping cart, overflowing with cans and bottles, parked close by. He didn’t even lift his head from the can as she passed him, and slipped around the corner.

Strands of wet hair stuck to her face as she quickened her pace, moving along the dark, deserted streets quietly. The only sound she made was that of her already soaked through boots splashing through the endless puddles. Her breathing grew deep and ragged as she pushed herself into a swift jog.

She couldn’t keep this up all night, she knew that. Her throat and chest were already starting to ache from the cold air, and exhaustion was threatening her ability to stay upright at all for much longer. Desperate for any sort of reprieve from the relentless rain that was becoming a down right violent assault on her body, she ducked into yet another dark alley. The danger this posed wasn’t lost on her, but she’d been pushed past the point of caring.

It was deserted besides a couple of nearly empty dumpsters. Emerson was seriously considering climbing inside one of those and shutting the lid for the rest of the night, when a flash of lighting drew her attention to something hanging from the wall in the back corner. Curiosity peeked, she moved down the alleyway peering through the downpour and waiting for another flash to tell her what exactly it was she was looking at. When it finally came, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

BLOG TOUR! Guest Post with Viola Ryan, author of Mark of Abel

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At the Other End:

Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.



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Author Bio...
A very good friend of Viola Ryan in high school said, “You don’t think outside the box. You blow the thing up.” Sometimes boxes need exploding. That’s why she’s here. She has a whole bag of C4 and isn’t afraid to use it. She’s blessed with people who treasure her eccentricities or at least put up with them.


Sometimes the box can be a cozy place. Without some sort of stability, her two daughters’ and her life would be unmanageable. That stability comes from her husband. He’s the rock holding her family together.

On the flip side, his career is anything but stable. He’s a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. They’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. Fortunately, the moves have all been on the east coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast.

Her oldest daughter (16) was born on Cape Cod, not far from Plymouth. Massachusetts. Her youngest (12) was born in Yorktown, Virginia, down the road from Williamsburg. Viola jokes they’re doing the colonial America tour.


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To Live and Die and Die Again and Again and...


It’s easy to focus on the hero of The Mark of Abel, Lucifer during a Holy Hell Tour, but the name of the tour comes from many things, including the heroine’s past lives and more specifically her deaths.

I finished The Mark of Abel the summer of 2010 but it wasn’t called that. It was called The Fallen. Then like any good writer, I put it aside for awhile before I tackled editing it. The next day I was vegging while watching the History Channel, my favorite way to veg when I need a break from writing. A documentary came on about the Roman extermination of Dacia, in present day Romania. This is depicted in Trajan’s Column. It screamed to be in a vampire novel. Then I thought, “Hey, what about MY vampire novel.”

Lucifer was the hero of the story since he inserted himself during National Novel Writing Month 2007. It was difficult to come up with a heroine as mythic as he is. After watching the documentary, I wanted to talk about the Second Dacian war, which occurred in 106 CE, so that meant a past life. Then I thought, “Why just give her one brutal past? There are all sorts of little known massacres throughout history. I could do a whole bunch of them.” Things evolved from there.

If I was going to include massacres that actually happened, I didn’t want to be debunked like The Da Vinci Code. I spent days researching each one before I started writing them. I looked for primary and secondary sources whenever possible. If I couldn’t find them, I used a different massacre. There are plenty to choose from. I needed a broad variety from different cultures and times.

I’m very happy with how they turned out. I hope you are, too. Here is one of my favorites. I even got to use my high school French.

Excerpt:

“Je ne suis pas une sorcière!” Janie screamed to her empty apartment.
“Arrêtez, s'il vous plaît! Je ne suis pas une sorcière!”

She wasn’t a witch. They needed to stop. Tears streamed down her face, but they couldn’t extinguish the flames existing only in her dream.

Fire laps at her feet. The air above it scorches her inside and out. Sweat pours off her. It quickly evaporates and brings no relief.

She coughed, trying to bring her hand to cover her mouth, but she couldn’t move.

Soon the ropes binding her will burn away. Maybe they’re weak enough.

She squirmed in her bed until she fell on the floor.

“Oww.” Her eyes popped open, and she rubbed her head. That would leave a nasty bump. Her pale pink sheet was twisted around her legs, damp from the sweat pouring off her. She kicked free.

After a few moments of squinting, only silhouettes were visible. She breathed in deeply. Nothing burned, especially no smoldering flesh. She crawled over to the door and hit the light switch.

A quick examination revealed her pale hands shaking. At least they weren’t singed. Another night, another nightmare. Of all the recurring dreams, this was the worst. The most vivid, the most painful, the most terrifying.

It was just a nightmare. If only she could believe that. Nightmares were one thing, but these were in 3D surround sound. Worst of all she felt everything. Every sensation. Every emotion.

~ Viola Ryan


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Monday, 18 March 2013

Book BLITZ! Transcend Time Saga by Michelle Madow


Author Bio:
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in the Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's upcoming YA trilogy, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner will be published by Harlequin TEEN in Spring 2014.

Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter


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At the Other End of Remembrance:
Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.



At the Other End of Vengeance:
When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.

*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga.



At the Other End of Timeless:

IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.


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Shhh... Don't Tell:


DELETED CHAPTER FROM TIMELESS: Lizzie telling Keelie about being reincarnated

This chapter was in the advanced copy of Timeless I gave to reviewers, but I removed it before publishing the final version. It slowed the pacing of the book, and I decided not to have Lizzie tell Keelie about being reincarnated. So this scene never happened in the story, but if Lizzie were to tell Keelie everything, here is how it would go down! This chapter would have occurred after Lizzie’s mom agreed to go to England.

With all of this unbelievable stuff going on in my life, it was hard to remember that I was supposed to be a typical sixteen year old high school junior. Ever since the beginning of the school year when I saw Drew for the first time, my entire life had changed. But for everyone else who hadn’t recently discovered that they were reincarnated from Regency Era, England, and that their best friend accidentally cast a curse to kill them so they now had to travel back to the past to fix things, life was still normal.
I reminded myself of that when Keelie texted me later that night saying she thought Jeremy was interested in her, and how she wanted to make sure that was okay with me since we broke up recently.
Seeing that text made me realize something: Keelie was a kind, considerate person, and I truly wanted to be her friend. Throughout the years I grew comfortable with the friendship I had with Chelsea, but it had faults, especially after everything that had happened within the past few months. I had been afraid to tell Chelsea about my feelings for Drew, since she had announced her interest in him first. Luckily, Drew and I had the reincarnation-bond between us, which eventually brought us together again, but if circumstances had been normal, what would have happened? Would Chelsea have gotten the guy, and I would have been shafted because I was afraid to say something to my best friend since I didn’t want her to be angry with me? And if I did tell her, I knew Chelsea well enough to suspect that she would have claimed that she noticed him first, so I should let her be happy and focus on mending my broken relationship with Jeremy.
But maybe I wasn’t being fair to Chelsea. She might have done that before discovering the past lives that bound us together, but perhaps things had changed with her now. I wanted to believe that people could change, and that my friendship with Chelsea could return to normal.
At the same time, I had to branch out and get closer to other people—people like Keelie, who wanted to be friends with me. She cared enough about being friends to make sure it was okay with me that Jeremy was interested in her, even though I had no claim on him anymore. She also left Shannon’s party early to help me, even though we didn’t know each other well. On the car ride back to my house, I’d skimmed over what had happened between myself, Drew, Chelsea, and Jeremy, because I wanted to keep the reincarnation stuff secret from Keelie.

Now that I saw the possibility of a real friendship with her, was it fair to keep so much secret? Could a true friendship be formed when one person wasn’t being honest with the other?
It wasn’t difficult to figure out the answer to that question.
It’s fine with me, I replied to Keelie’s text. What are you up to tomorrow? I should be working on a paper for class, but I’m up for distractions! she said.
Which is why five minutes later, we had plans to get ice cream the next day. I couldn’t believe I was planning on telling Keelie everything. But if I wanted to be friends with her—true friends—I had to start the friendship off right.
~~~

The next morning, I wasn’t as confident about my decision as I had been last night. There was a high probability that Keelie would think I’d gone nuts, which was the same reason I hadn’t told my mom the full story. But unlike my mom, Keelie wasn’t a psychiatrist, so hopefully she wouldn’t psychoanalyze everything I said.
Even though she wouldn’t try diagnosing me with a mental disorder, there was the possibility she would think the story was crazy.
Hopefully Keelie had an open mind.
We ordered our ice cream and sat down at a booth in the corner—as far away from other people that I could find. I didn’t want others eavesdropping in on this conversation.
“Are you sure you’re okay with Jeremy asking me out?” Keelie asked. “If you’re not, I understand. You can tell me.”
“I’m sure,” I said, meaning it. “Even though we broke up recently, it had been coming for a while. And remember, I’m the one who broke up with him, so if he said he’s ready to move on, he means it.”
She spooned some ice cream into her mouth. “What did happen between you two?” she asked. “If there’s a reason why I should stay away, you would tell me, right?”
“He’s basically a good person, but we grew apart,” I said. “We had different interests. I was focusing on school since junior year is important for college applications, and doing more with my art. He didn’t understand why I wasn’t as interested in sports as he was.”
“You did look bored at the soccer game,” Keelie said with a laugh.
“Because I was!” I said.
“It’s that bad for you to watch?”
“Yep.” I nodded. “I don’t see the point of watching people kick a ball back and forth on a field. I find it boring. No offense to people who like it,” I added, since Keelie liked watching soccer. “It’s just not my thing.”
“I can sort of get that,” Keelie said. “I’ve never thought about why I like watching sports; it’s just something I enjoy. I guess it’s because I like the unknown … having no idea who’s going to win, and hoping that sitting there cheering will encourage our team and help bring them to victory. It’s also the competition that I like—how passion can trump logic. You never know how a game is going to end. It’s fun.”
“I never thought of it that way,” I said. I wasn’t going to turn into a sports fanatic now, but it was interesting to hear someone’s point of view that was different from mine. Chelsea only liked going to the games to socialize, and Jeremy wasn’t well-spoken enough to voice his opinion like Keelie just did. “It sounds like something Jeremy would think.”
“So you think the two of us will be good together?”
“I could definitely see it working,” I said. “You’re a much better fit for him than I ever was.”
“I’m glad you said that,” she said with relief. “I didn’t want to make things awkward for you if I started hanging out with him more.”
“It’s totally not awkward,” I assured her. “I would be happy for both of you— really.”
“Anyway, how are things with Drew?” Keelie asked. “When I drove you home from Shannon’s party, it sounded like everything was a disaster and you wanted nothing more to do with him. I’m taking from seeing the two of you around school that you’re together now?”
“We are,” I said, although I didn’t know how to continue from there. How was I supposed to tell her that Drew and I loved each other in a past life, but we never had the opportunity to be together, and now we were reincarnated so we could have a real chance in this life?
I felt ready last night, but now I had no idea where to begin.
“Is everything okay?” Keelie asked. “You just got really quiet.”
“Everything’s fine,” I said. “It’s just that the night of Shannon’s party, when I told you everything that happened with me, Drew, Chelsea, and Jeremy, I didn’t tell you the whole truth.”
“Oh?” Keelie raised an eyebrow.
“This is going to sound strange,” I warned her. “But do you believe in reincarnation?”
“That’s random,” she said. I had a feeling she was stalling because the question was so unexpected that she had no idea how to reply. “It’s one of those things that would be cool if it were real, but I never thought of it as an actual possibility.”
“So you don’t believe in it?” I asked.
“I’m not sure,” she said. “Why? Do you?”
“Well, I didn’t believe in it … until I met Drew.”
She looked at me in disbelief. “And since you met Drew, you believe in reincarnation?”
I nodded, my cheeks turning red. This was more humiliating than I had anticipated.
She leaned forward, and I hoped she was at least intrigued. “Do you think you and Drew … knew each other in a past life?”
“I don’t think so,” I said. “I know so.”
And the story spilled from there.

~~~

“You believe me?” I asked after I finished telling the story. The only part I kept to myself was how Genevieve was Shannon’s aunt. Chelsea had promised Shannon no one would find out, and I didn’t want to break that confidence.
“I think so,” she said. “There’s no reason for you to make this up, and I don’t think you would have told me if you didn’t believe it. Also, it would have been too coincidental for you, Drew, and Chelsea to remember the same things without talking with each other about it first. So it’s the only explanation that makes sense. It’s a lot to take in, though.”
“It was like that for me at first, too,” I said. “Sometimes there are still days when I wake up and wonder if this has actually happened, or if it’s been one long dream.”
“I suppose I can believe the past life stuff,” she said. “That you and Drew are soul mates and were reincarnated to be together. It’s romantic. But the rest of it, with the spells and the time travel—that’s where it gets hard for me to believe.”
“Understandable,” I said. It seemed like she thought I was loony for believing that time travel might be possible, but she was being nice in not making me feel bad about it. “I look at it like this. If it’s possible, then I’ll go to England, visit a time that I never thought I could, and make it so Chelsea’s spell has no effect on this life. If the spell didn’t do anything and we can’t go back in time, then at least I’ll have gone to England with Drew, and have had an incredible Christmas.”
“You’ll have to tell me all about it when you get back,” Keelie said.
“I will,” I promised.
Hopefully when I returned, I would have only good things to share.



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