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Sunday, 29 September 2013

RELEASE DAY BLITZ!! Perfection Challenged by Jade Kerrion


“The best of the four books…the perfect ending to an amazing series.”
Enjoy an excerpt from Perfection Challenged, the thrilling conclusion to Jade Kerrion's multiple award-winning, bestselling DOUBLE HELIX series. If you've never picked up the DOUBLE HELIX series, keep reading for a special offer on the six-time award-winning novel, Perfection Unleashed.


Perfection Challenged EXCERPT


“I have to get back to work," Danyael said, adjusting the crutch under his left arm.
 Alex Saunders, director-general of the Mutant Affairs Council, frowned. “Did Abd-al not explain to you the dangers of pushing your body too hard, especially given your situation?”
 Danyael shrugged. “Live or die, the bills have to get paid, and gene therapy is expensive.”
 “That’s what I’ve come to talk to you about.” Alex gestured at the lounge area tucked in a corner of the hospital suite. “Will you sit?”
 Since Alex had been kind enough to open with politeness instead of threats, Danyael complied. Alex waited until Danyael claimed the armchair before lowering himself onto the couch. “We’ve been monitoring you, Danyael. I’m sure you know that. You’re one of the world’s most powerful alpha empaths, and you don’t have the luxury of privacy.”
 Danyael said nothing.
 “I know you want nothing to do with the council, and I’ve done my best to respect your decision.” Alex looked pained. “When you went to Nelson Harris to schedule the amputation, it was all I could do not to interfere. We both know the council healers could have healed you. In fact, they want to help. You have many friends, whether or not you know it, or care. You’re a fighter, Danyael. I don’t doubt your will to survive, but this…this newest crisis is beyond you. You’ll have enough difficulty finding a donor. Paying for gene therapy—”
 “I may not be able to afford gene therapy but I can’t afford the council’s favors either.”
 “Danyael, we can help. We want to help.”
 He looked away, a bitter smile twisting his lips. “You need stronger psychic shields, Alex. I can sense the lie. What is the trap that you want me to walk into?”
 Alex shook his head, the gesture sad and slow. “We need you to bring Galahad in.” He slid a tablet across the coffee table.
 Danyael picked up the tablet and perused the article as Alex continued speaking. “You know Senator Sullivan’s daughter, don’t you?”
 “Yes, Chloe. We dated briefly when we were at Harvard University.” Danyael’s brow furrowed. “What does Galahad have to do with the senator’s death? The article specifically says that he died of smoke inhalation.”
 “John Sullivan was one of Galahad’s genetic donors, and the twenty-fifth of thirty donors to die in the past three years since Zara freed Galahad from Pioneer Labs. We don’t have physical evidence to tie Galahad to any of their deaths—”
 “Yet you’ve judged him guilty based on circumstantial evidence.”
 Alex winced. “You must understand. We have an obligation to investigate and to keep his surviving donors safe. If he’s guilty, if he is indeed hunting down his donors, you’re the only one of the five remaining donors who can stop him. No one else stands a chance against the epitome of perfection.”
 “I’m surprised you think I do.”
 “No one else can kill with a touch.”




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An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre has survived abominations and super soldiers, terrorists and assassins, but he cannot survive his failing body. He wants only to live out his final days in peace, but life and the woman he loves, the assassin Zara Itani, have other plans for him. Galahad, the perfect human being created by Pioneer Labs, is branded an international threat, and Danyael is appointed his jury, judge, and executioner. Danyael alone believes that Galahad can be the salvation that the world needs, but is the empath blinded by the fact that Galahad shares his genes, and the hope that there is something of him in Galahad? In a desperate race against time and his own dying body, Danyael struggles to find fragments of good in the perfect human being, and comes to the wrenching realization that his greatest battle will be a battle for the heart of the man who hates him.


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Perfection Unleashed

PERFECTION UNLEASHED

"Higher octane than Heroes. More heart than X-Men." Recipient of six literary awards, including First place in Science Fiction, Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 and Gold medal winner, Science Fiction, Readers Favorites 2013. 









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Saturday, 28 September 2013

BOOK BLITZ! Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell



Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell
Release Date: February 2013


Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy


Blurb:
The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.




Available from:
Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!


Praise:
“I couldn't put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)


I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound. Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)


About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still - despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series 'The Wanderer Trilogy' and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series 'Elemental Killers' before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.


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***Excerpt***

Happy with the amount of photos I had collected I started to head back out of the forest, still flicking through my shots. As well as close ups, I had taken a few landscapes and as I was almost at the edge of the forest I noticed something in one of the photographs that made me stop.
In the left hand corner was a figure that looked mostly human, but was blurred as if they were moving on the spot.
A cold shudder shot through me.
Looking over my shoulder I became slightly panicked and felt as if someone was following me.
My eyes flicked and searched the shadows. Even though there was no sign that anything had ever been behind me, the forest looked different now - dark and threatening.
Instinctively I broke away and ran, still clutching the camera that was displaying the freaky image. Surrounded by trees I didn’t stop until I was free of the forest and back in the open light and sight of my house.
Throwing open my door, I slumped against the inside of it, regaining my breath from the short sprint. Once I had recovered I looked down at the photo once more, just to make sure that I hadn’t been seeing things. The old saying “the camera never lies,” came into my mind and for the first time I wished it not to be true. Sure enough though, as I looked down at the screen, the figure was still there and this time I noticed a red and orange glow around where its feet should have been. The image almost looked like the person was on fire but I thought I would have surely noticed if there had been a burning man in front of me.

***GIVEAWAY***

Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a slight twist: the more entries she receives the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:


No matter what = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
and so forth...
So if she gets 1000 entries she will give away $100, there’s no limit!


To enter all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It's only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries she gets the bigger the prize for you so share!








Friday, 27 September 2013

BLOG TOUR!! The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu

At the Other End:
It's the story of a teen girl that is American in every way except for in one very important way: on paper. She was brought to the U.S. as a baby without proper documentation, so she's "illegal." As the end of the safe haven of her high school days draw near, she faces an uncertain future. Full of humor and frustration and love, The Secret Side of Empty speaks to the part in all of us that has felt excluded or has had a secret too scary to share. What M.T., the main character, finally discovers is the strength of the human spirit and the power that's unleashed when you finally live the truth.

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Author Bio:
Maria’s writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post and the Star Ledger.  Her debut novel, The Secret Side of Empty, is the story of an “illegal” high school senior.  It was inspired by Maria’s own experiences as an undocumented teen.  Since becoming a citizen, Maria has run her own business and has become a soccer mom. She lives with her 13-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son in northern New Jersey.

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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)
Well, this is my debut novel, so this is my first foray into book stores.  I have had pieces published in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com and the Star Ledger, plus I write a blog where I spout off about whatever is on my mind on any given day.  I also write about how trippy it is to get a book published.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I don’t know!  My novel will be out in March, 2014, so that’s a question I can’t wait to have answered!  I suspect/hope that it will feel really cool to finally realize a dream I first wrote about in my diary when I was 12.


3. What inspired you to write this novel?
The novel is the story of an undocumented high school senior and what it’s like to grow up in the shadows.  She came to the U.S. as a baby as is as American as the next girl, with the one exception: on paper.  I wanted to show people the human side of the issue: the loneliness, the exclusion, the fear, the shame.  I was undocumented as a teenager and although this is a fictional work, it’s a story that’s near to my heart.


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

I’ve written and have been interviewed a lot about immigration issues, so I’ve heard a ton of negative feedback.  When I was interviewed by the New York Daily News about signing my book deal and the topic of my story, someone posted that they hoped that the profits from my book would be taken away from me under the Son of Sam law.  That’s the law that says criminals can’t profit from their crimes by writing books.  It’s named after a guy who killed six people.  So this person was equating me and my situation of having been brought over to the U.S. as a baby when I had no say in the matter to that of a serial killer.  After that I figure a few bad reviews won’t faze me.  I hope not, anyway.

The reality about negative reviews is that they hurt, of course.  But then you have to remind yourself that you put out the best work you could and that’s the most you can do.  And there have been lots of famous and beloved books that I haven’t liked, so the truth is every book isn’t for everyone.


5. How long was the writing/planning process?
There are two answers to this!  One is that from conception to publication took about 7 years.  But the cool (and true) version of the story is that the novel that FINALLY got me an agent (after years of trying with a different version of the book) was written in about two weeks.  Two feverish, insomnia-filled weeks when I did nothing but write.  That’s because I wrote 3 chapters and sent it off to the agency I most found in the acknowledgements pages of YA novels – Writers House – sure that they would reject me.  I figured once I got rejected by the top I’d start to work my way down.  Then they asked for the full manuscript, which had not yet been written.  Oops.  Rookie mistake they always tell you not to make.  I cranked it out, kicking myself for possibly blowing my one chance with these guys.  But to my eternal gratitude, they took me on as a client and sold the book on the first round of submissions with competing offers.  So it was the fairytale at the end there.


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?
Still biting my nails waiting to see cover art.  You’ll be the first to know.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I have another YA novel about halfway done, also contemporary fiction.  I have two dystopian novels running around in my head.  I love end of the world stuff.  I also have a memoir halfway in the works.  So, yes, writing is here to stay in my life.


8. Top 5 books

  • Nightfall by Isaac Asimov – it’s a story about an imaginary world with 5 stars where they never know darkness.  Except every 2000 years all the suns align on one side of the planet and there are a few hours of night.  Everyone goes bonkers and civilization destroys itself.  Just an awesome concept and so well executed.  And not nearly as much of a downer as I’ve just made it seem.
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – I have read this book maybe 10 times.  It’s the story of an ill-fated climb of Mt. Everest, which I happened to follow online with my first computer in 1996.  I’ve always aspired to be an adventurer, except I’m way too lazy and risk-averse.  So I read about adventures instead.
  • All the Harry Potter books - sorry, is that cheating?  I couldn’t possibly pick one in the series.  She is the master of making you care about characters and engrossing you in her world.  Hats off.
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green.  I’ve been rediscovering YA now that I’m a YA writer.  I loved my Judy Blume, but besides her I don’t remember a lot of quality writing aimed directly at my generation when I was a teenager.  Now the quality and selection is unbelievable.  So good.  Looking for Alaska is probably my favorite, although I think all of John Green’s writing is fresh and smart.
  • World War Z by Max Brooks.  Yes, another “end of the world” type of book.  In this one, civilization comes close to destruction due to a zombie apocalypse.  Now, I am not a zombie apocalypse kind of girl, but this book is masterfully done.  It’s told in the form of an oral history, the way you would read about a real war.  Besides the zombies, it’s amazingly realistic and so well done.


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I get that feeling sometimes, of course.  I got it during World War Z, a little research envy, because I don’t know if I could put that level of research and planning into a book.  I’m always impressed with authors who put that level of detail and work into a book.  I’m a little too ADD for that.  



10. Why read your novel?

 Hopefully because it’s good!  I think the first thing that will catch the eye of a potential reader is that it’s a story you haven’t seen before.  Everyone hears about immigration reform and the 11 million who are in the U.S. undocumented, but no one knows any one individual’s story.  So I think there may be a curiosity there... what is that like?  Once in, I hope, readers will see this is a story that’s universal, about feeling excluded and not good enough, about those days when you just don’t know how you’re going to solve your problems.  And, ultimately, it’s a story about overcoming all that and the resilience in all of us.



Now for a special surprise!


GIVEAWAY!!

Maria is giving away two separate prizes on her tour, a $250 Amazon Gift Card AND a Kindle Fire.

For a chance to win the $250 Amazon gift card, OR the Kindle Fire leave a comment on her blog post for that day. Winners will be randomly selected on September 30th.






COVER REVEAL! Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Finding The Time:
25 February 2014

The Facebook event page for the book release party at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL on March 1, 2014: The Secret Diamond Sisters Book Release Party!


 

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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Are you ready? Do you want the cover? I want the cover!

Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!







The Secret Diamond Sisters
By Michelle Madow


Pre-order links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Book Depository


At The Other End:

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.




So....... What do you think?! Does it live up to your expectations? Is it LOVE? Or do you think something more suited should've been done?



Now for a special surprise....

GIVEAWAY!!

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

FREEBIE! Spellbound series by Sherry Soule

Why I Decided to Give my Books Away for Free
by author Sherry Soule


September is such a lovely month. It is part Indian summer and heralds the coming of fall, which is one of my favorite seasons. I love how the brisk air brushes my skin with the unmistakable nip of autumn. I love how the world outside is dripping in golden colors, the trees ablaze with shades of red and gold, and crisp orange leaves carpet the ground. It is also my birthday month. And to celebrate my b-day with all of you, I’d like to giveaway a present to my loyal fans. That’s right—I’m giving away gifts!

To promote BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN and SHATTERED SILENCE (with more romantic escapades and additional bonus material!) and to give fans of the Spellbound series a chance to read the newly revised versions without having to buy a new copy, I have decided to offer it as a free download from Amazon for a limited time.

Since I have the most awesome readers on the planet, I will offer the first two Spellbound novels—now in one volume, “Spellbound Volume 1: Special Edition” from Amazon FREE between September 24th through the 26th for 3 days only.

LINK and ASIN# B00EXXDTH6: http://amzn.to/1dcg1Zc

I will post reminders about this and my other book promos on my Facebook page and my Twitter: @WriterSherry so be sure that you follow me at both of these social media sites, and don’t forget to check out the Official Spellbound Site.


Please mark your calendars and download your copy of “Spellbound, Volume 1” this month and you’ll get to read the newly revised edition(s) free. 

No Kindle? No problem!

You can download a Free Kindle Reading App, for your computer or mobile device. This means if you have a smart phone, an Android Tablet, or an iPad – just grab the Kindle App – and read for free!

And guess what? I will be doing another giveaway soon from my blog, so do not despair! 

Happy reading! 


Sherry





Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll

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At the Other End:
Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.







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Author Bio...

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Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son.









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Strong Females in YA Fiction

Thanks, Gina, for having me and Elixir Bound on your blog today to talk about females in YA.
I’m a big fan of strong female characters in literature. Over the years, I’ve read some awesome female leads. Tamora Pierce has given us numerous kick-butt young ladies, my favorites being Knight Alana and Provost Guard Beka Cooper. Kristin Cashore’s Graceling introduced killer, survivor, activist Kasta. Of course I would be remiss not to mention archer, hunter, tribute Katniss of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.
Katora Kase from my own Elixir Bound shares many of the same characteristics of the esteemed ladies above: bravery, independence, stubbornness. These women make bold moves and often hide their emotions, unless that emotion is anger.
Frankly, though, I’m a bit burnt out on the kick-butt heroine! (Looks around furtively and thinks Did I really just admit that?) I think I’m just looking for a little more variety. It’s like only ever eating chocolate (delicious and awesome) and never having ice cream (also delicious and awesome but in a different way). And I want both
This other kind of female is strong, too, just in a different way. Her bravery is more subtle. She doesn’t necessarily hide her feelings from the world. Her strength is displayed in the way she treats others and the profound impact she has on their lives.
These are the Beth March’s of literature. No one could call Beth—who in Lousia May Alcott’s Little Women contracts scarlet fever and weakens in body until her death—physically strong. Beth’s strength is in her selflessness. It is while caring for a neighbor’s sick child, she falls ill herself. She faces the prospect of death with poise and does what she can for others even when bedridden. Prim, Katniss’ sister, is also one of these strong female characters.
In Elixir Bound Katora’s sister Kylene is brave when she needs to be, but she is much more giving and open than Katora and mourns when she kills an animal for her own survival. When Katora must finally decide whether or not to become guardian of the Elixir, she wonders if it might actually require more strength of character to show one’s emotions and vulnerabilities or to hide them. And Kylene will have her story in the next Elixir book Elixir Saved (still a work-in-progress, but hopefully will be coming out next year!).

Although I consider myself more like the outwardly strong ladies of literature, I think it’s important to recognize different types of strengths. The unsung heroes of stories and life are often those who open their hearts to others and give of themselves. And I want to read more of these types of strong females.

~ Katie 





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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

COVER REVEAL!! After the Kiss by RaShelle Workman

At The Other End:
At the end of Blood and Snow season 1, Snow White kissed her true love and became the Vampire Queen. Life should’ve been perfect.
Except it wasn’t.

<3 This is the story of Snow’s life After the Kiss… <3

Over the course of season 2 in the Blood and Snow series, Snow will unravel the truth about her absentee father, the stepmother who never cared and the treacherous Hunter.

Oh, and don’t forget Snow’s true love.

And the little vampire, Jasmine.

Because in the real world fairytales don’t equal happily ever after. In the real world fairytales don’t even exist.


Finding The Time:
Winter 2013

 

Author Bio:
RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe.






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Are you ready? Do you want the cover? I want the cover!

Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!





After the Kiss (Blood and Snow)
By RaShelle Workman


So....... What do you think?! Does it live up to your expectations? Is it LOVE? Or do you think something more suited should've been done?