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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Beneath the Broken Moon: Season One by Sarah Mäkelä: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Series

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Beneath the Broken Moon: Season One by Sarah Mäkelä: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Series

I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, the only thing better than a great paranormal romance is a series of paranormal romance novels. Even better, when they are well developed, making it impossible to be put down. This is why I was excited […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Sleeping Dragons by Ophelia Bell – An Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Sleeping Dragons by Ophelia Bell – An Adult Paranormal Romance

Let’s start this week by highlighting an entire Paranormal Romance Series! If you are looking for something to dive into, check out the relaunch of the Sleeping Dragons Series by Ophelia Bell, a paranormal romance, that will keep you entertained and warm! As always, don’t […]

Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Today, I am very happy to share with you an interview with Jena Leigh, the Author of the popular paranormal young adult series  Variant. She has just released the fourth installment of the series, called “Reckoning”, which you can find on Amazon right now. Details of the book are below the interview.

Hi Jena, thank you for agreeing to this interview. I am looking forward to sharing your answers with our readers.

How did you come up with the idea for the Variant Series?

The inspiration for the Variant Series as a whole came from many different places, but the original spark for Revival came in the form of my morning coffee. One day at the coffee shop, the barista had drawn the shape of a phoenix into the foam on my latte. The image set my mind to wandering and I spent the next half hour writing out a scene where a teenage girl was being chased by a wall of flames through a burning bookstore. That piece would eventually become the opening scene of Chapter Four in Revival.

 

Can you give us a hint to what we should be expecting in the fourth Variant Series novel, Reckoning?

In Reckoning, the stakes are definitely higher than they’ve ever been for Alex Parker and the Grayson family. Now that they’re in an all-out war with the Agency to protect the future of their kind, a single wrong move could spell disaster. You’ll be seeing a lot of familiar faces coming back for this one, and learning a lot of new things about your favorite characters—both good and bad!

 

 

Where do you like to write?

Anywhere and everywhere. I seem to do my best work in unfamiliar places. I’ve written on planes, at the mall, in doctor’s office waiting rooms… If I have my computer or a journal with me, I’ll usually try to get a few words on the page. There’s something about traveling that helps me to tune out distractions and focus, while at the same time inspiring my writing.

 

Do you decide character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you go along?

Character traits are usually decided on as I write. I very rarely have an entire character in mind when I sit down at the keyboard. I usually start with a few random traits—a name here, a face there, a quirk or two to distinguish them, an important bit of backstory that forever changed their life or altered their personality—and then the personalities of my characters become clearer to me as I make it further into the story.

 

Who is your favorite character in the series, and why?

Oh, that’s a tough one! It seems to change from day to day. Right now I’d probably have to say that it’s a tie between Declan’s sister Kenzie and a fire-wielder/hitman named Carson Brandt. Kenzie’s sassy, sarcastic and I can always count on her for a witty rejoinder. Brandt is honest to a fault, cares little for what anyone thinks about him, and is so fluent in snark that I’m pretty sure it’s his first language. Their scenes are always enjoyable to write.

 

Tell us about the biggest challenges you face in your writing process.

I think the biggest challenge I have is in plotting out a story. When it comes to my writing, I’m a total pantser and I despise outlining. Writing only feels natural to me when my characters are the ones telling the story. I love being just as surprised as my readers are when something unexpected happens in the narrative. When you’re working on a series, however, that doesn’t always work. You need to have some idea of where the story is headed before you begin; otherwise it’s very easy to write yourself into a corner.

 

If you could give a young writer any tip, what would it be?

Write constantly and read everything you can get your hands on. It seems like such an obvious piece of advice, but it’s quite possibly the most important things you can do to improve your writing.

What project are you working on now?

There are two! Right now, I’m focused primarily on outlining the fifth book in the Variant series. It will be the last novel for this particular story arc and it’s a book that I’m pretty excited to write.

The other project I’m working on is a trilogy of prequel novellas that will tell the story of John Grayson’s original team. In the Variant Series novels, we’ve only been given their story in pieces, shaded by the bias of each survivor. The novellas will tell more about what really happened to Cil, Brandt, Grayson, Samuel Masterson, and the others.

 

If you weren’t writing, what would you want to be doing for a living? What are some of your other passions in life?

Rock star! I mean, really. Who hasn’t wanted to be one at some point? Aside from writing, I’m incredibly passionate about music. I love it, but I haven’t got a lick of talent (although that doesn’t stop me from singing at the top of my lungs in the shower every morning). If there’s not a song playing in the background somewhere, I usually don’t know what to do with myself.

 

And now I want to introduce you to Reckoning! 

 

Title: Reckoning
Author: Jena Leigh
(The Variant Series, #4)
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Alexandra Parker came home from the past only to find herself in the middle of an underground war—one that could affect the fate of Variants everywhere.

Fighting an all-powerful government agency is tough enough, but when a secret from John Grayson’s past comes back to haunt them all, the group’s united front begins to crumble. And when Alex’s own painful memories threaten to push her past her breaking point, the uprising stands to lose its most powerful weapon.

With their lives and their freedom on the line, can Declan, Nate, and the rest of the Grayson family hold it together long enough to bring down Director Carter and derail Brian’s apocalyptic visions?

As Alex struggles to master her most volatile ability yet, only one thing is certain: the uprising’s cold war with the Agency is about to turn red hot.

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EXCERPT:

“Would you like to continue?” Brandt asked, his tone mocking. “Or do you need a break?”

Alex wiped distractedly at her brow, straightened her posture, and gave a nod. “I’m ready. Let’s keep going.”

Brandt smiled. “As you wish, little girl.”

He split the fiery orb he held in two before allowing each of them to double in size—and then he lobbed one of them directly at her head.

Standing as they were, only a few yards apart, she barely had time to dive out of the way. The fireball hit the ground just behind her, singeing the earth to a blackened char before fizzling out.

Alex got back to her feet. Again, Brandt split the orb he held in two before sending one spiraling toward her face.

This time she was ready and managed to catch the blazing orb just a few fleeting inches from the tip of her nose. She shrank the ball little by little until she was able to force it to blink out entirely.

Distracted as she was by her efforts, she almost failed to notice the next orb hurtling her way. It took everything she had to react in time to catch that one, too, and dissolve it. This time, she glanced up to discover two fiery masses spiraling in her direction.

Again, Alex was forced to redouble her efforts in order to catch both simultaneously and dissipate them.

And then there were three.

Four.

Five.

Soon Alex’s world consisted only of the flames hurtling toward her and the effort it required to force each orb out of existence.

Within another two minutes, the number of orbs being launched simultaneously in her direction had hit double digits.

Drowning beneath the constant onslaught, Alex grew desperate.

“Brandt, stop!” she gasped out. “Please!

Instead of slowing, the speed and strength of his volleys intensified.

Stop?” he repeated, incredulous. “I thought you were here this morning to learn. To train. Are you really going to give up so easily, little girl?”

Exhaustion turned swiftly to rage. Alex growled as she countered orb after orb, dissolving each one with barely an instant remaining to prepare for the next explosive torrent.

“Stop calling me little girl,” she spat through clenched teeth, struggling to hold back the barrage.

“Then stop acting like one,” he replied. “If you just wait around for people to start taking you seriously, you’re never gonna get anywhere. You want to go toe-to-toe with the boys? You want to stand on an equal playing field? Newsflash, little girl. Such a field doesn’t exist. Not for you.”
She could feel the anger burning through her, hotter even than the fire she wielded.

“Don’t ask to be their equal,” Brandt said. “Demand it. Then ready yourself so that, when the time comes, you leave them all behind. Make certain that there will be no doubt that you’re so much more than they ever dreamed.”

Alex could feel her strength—and her ability to focus—waning. She had seconds at most before her concentration gave out and the hailstorm of orbs made contact.

Summoning the last of her willpower, Alex took hold of every lick of fire in the open field, including the ones Brandt still held. Ripping them away from his control, she stretched out her arms, drew the nearly two dozen orbs toward her, and formed a

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Shades Of The Gods by Erin Hayes

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Shades Of The Gods by Erin Hayes

I love books that center around mythology, especially those related to Greek Mythology. Erin Hayes has been inspired by those exact stories to create her own fantasy novel “Shades Of The Gods” And, as a thank you for reading this book blitz, you can enter […]

Book Blitz And Giveaway: The Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart – Autism Awareness Month Book Choice

Book Blitz And Giveaway: The Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart – Autism Awareness Month Book Choice

Because April is Autism Awareness Month, I am proud to highlight this important cause, by showcasing a novel, that is centered around the subject. The Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart features a young boy, who shows all the symptoms but is not (yet) diagnosed. It is […]

Book Reveal: Soft Pleasure by Dany Rae Miller – An Adult Paranormal Book

Book Reveal: Soft Pleasure by Dany Rae Miller – An Adult Paranormal Book

Today, I have a reveal to add to your May TBR list!I am introducing to you the paranormal romance “Soft Pleasure” by Dany Rae Miller, which is the fourth book in the Wolven Moon series.

Enjoy!



Title: Soft Pleasure
Author: Dany Rae Miller
Series: (Wolven Moon #4)
Publication date: May 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

The truth can either ruin you or set you free.

SOPHIA SOFT

Freaks like me can’t do relationships, not when there are huge parts of yourself you can’t let anyone see. No matter how strong the pull between us, no matter that he sets my body on fire with his touch, I can’t have Gunnar Bodolf. But he knows things about me and my past – things I’m desperate to know, too.

GUNNAR BODOLF

The chemistry between us is exquisite. Powerful. Primitive. Sophia Soft wants me as much as I want her. I came back to Aspen a lone wolf with one mission, to connect the hereditary witch with her forgotten power. Now wild fantasies have raised another tantalizing desire, get her in my bed and make her mine.

Truth. Power. Lust. Not necessarily in that order.

*** Have you read Soft Shatter and Soft Fate? If not, STOP! Those books begin the mystery surrounding the Soft sisters. For the best experience, read those first. Otherwise, you may feel lost at a few points in this story. ***

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Author Bio:

Dany Rae is convinced that romance readers are the best readers. Unabashedly in love with love stories, they know what a magic balm romance novels are to the human psyche, especially in tumultuous times.

Take bits of Jackie Collins, elements of Fifty Shades, a touch of J. R. Ward, and mash in a healthy dose of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and you’ve got the essence of Dany Rae’s storytelling style.

She’s devoted to writing sexy yet smart, mystical yet believable storylines woven by tantalizing, well-developed characters that pull readers in.

Dany Rae is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in political science. An award-winning screenwriter and ex-TV producer, she left her civilian career with the U.S. military at the end of 2016 to pursue her dream.

After the devastating loss of her son in November 2015 and her mother just six weeks later, Dany Rae understands the power of love. It’s a lifesaver, sometimes literally.

Visit www.DanyRaeMiller.com to join her reader group. As a member, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for ARCs (advanced reader copies) of her books, read sneak peeks and be notified of upcoming releases.

** Due to vivid love scenes and naughty language, Dany Rae Miller novels are intended for adults. *

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Book Review: The Sheikh’s Secret Son by Leslie North

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Secret Son by Leslie North

The Sheikh’s Secret Son is the conclusion of the trilogy by Leslie North called Sharjah Sheikhs, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Despite the fact that I truly enjoyed The Sheikh’s Forced Bride and The Sheikh’s Accidental Heir, I thought this book was my […]

A Quick, Steamy Romance Novel: Book Review: Leslie North – The Sheikh’s Accidental Heir

A Quick, Steamy Romance Novel: Book Review: Leslie North – The Sheikh’s Accidental Heir

I was really looking forward to reading more about this family with a father who tries to hold on to traditions and customs, while his sons want to find love and fulfillment. I am glad I did. The Sheikh’s Accidental Heir features the youngest of […]

A Private Investigator Out For Revenge: Ares Road by James L. Weaver + Giveaway

A Private Investigator Out For Revenge: Ares Road by James L. Weaver + Giveaway

It looks like a simple case of being driven by revenge. But, in Ares Road, nothing is what it seems at first. This superb thriller is a new release, you will not be able to put down. Check out the excerpt below!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post, to win a copy of Ares Road, AND a 25 Dollar gift card from Amazon! Good luck! 

Title: Ares Road
Author: James L. Weaver
Series: (Jake Caldwell, #2)
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: March 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller

With his days as a mob enforcer behind him, Jake Caldwell’s trying to go straight.

But it seems his past won’t let him go.

His first job working as a private investigator turns up a teenage girl screaming down a dead man’s cell phone, and Logan, his mentor and the only man with answers, beaten into a coma.

Now Jake’s taking it personally.

The only clues Jake has to unravel the mystery are a Russian with a stolen, silver briefcase and three names: Snell, Parley and Ares. Teaming up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of his home town, and an attractive FBI agent, Jake quickly discovers they’re not the only ones looking for the briefcase and its deadly contents.

It’s no longer about seeking revenge.

The thrilling second book in the Jake Caldwell series is a heart-stopping ride that won’t disappoint fans.

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EXCERPT:

“How do you know, Mr. Logan?” a uniformed cop named Murphy asked Jake while a couple of young paramedics tended to Logan. Murphy had a low forehead and wide-set eyes, and spoke like he’d been dropped on his head multiple times as a child.

“We work together.”

“You a PI, too?”

“Sort of. I was learning the ropes from Jack. Don’t have a license yet.”

Murphy jotted in a notebook. Paramedics wheeled Logan out of the office on a stretcher, and Jake wondered how they would get him down those three flights of narrow stairs. A rail-thin, black detective with a shaved head and a cheap, tan suit slipped into the room. His polar opposite partner squeezed through the door, red faced with beads of sweat rolling down his jowls from the three-flight climb. The fat one was as tall as he was wide and waddled into Logan’s office. The bald one talked to Murphy, took some notes, and turned to Jake.

“I’m Detective Ogio. You know Jack Logan long, Mr. Caldwell?”

“Three years,” Jake answered. “We were supposed to meet tonight.”

“To do what?”

The detective waited with raised eyebrows for an answer. Ogio’s acorn eyes were hooded, giving him a sleepy look, but there was light there. The guy wasn’t stupid. He was suspicious of Jake, which pissed him off because he’d given them no reason to be suspicious. Plus, Jake couldn’t tell the cop the truth because it would start a whole line of questions he didn’t want to answer. He had to stonewall them.

“We were going out to dinner,” Jake lied.

“Where?”

“Does it matter?”

“It does if I’m asking the question.”

“I didn’t do this,” Jake said.

“I didn’t say you did. You’re a big guy, though. Six two and what…two hundred twenty pounds?”

“Six three, two thirty. Like that matters. Why would I beat the shit out of him and then call you guys?”

“Like I said, I didn’t say you did. Why are you getting defensive?”

“You think I’m being defensive?” Jake asked.

Ogio’s head ticked to the side. “A little.”

“I’m worried, that’s all. My buddy just got his ass kicked.”

“What were you guys working on?”

Jake shifted, tired of answering these banal questions.

“We were between jobs.”

“Must make it tough to learn the ropes.”

“What ropes?”

Ogio’s thin lips pressed together. “The ones Officer Murphy said you were learning from Mr. Logan.”

“A bit. We done here? I want to go to the hospital.”

“Why do you think Mr. Logan’s office was trashed?”

“Somebody was looking for something.” Jake hoped the detective caught his sarcasm. He laid it on pretty thick.

“You think? Maybe you should be a detective.”

“Maybe you should too.”

Ogio grinned. He clearly had a good nature. “He say anything to you about anyone being after him?”

“He said he did a lot of divorce cases. Maybe someone looked for photos of their cheating wife.”

“Always possible,” the detective said. He handed Jake his card—Thomas Ogio.

“Where are they taking Logan?”

“Truman Medical Center,” Ogio answered, flipping his notebook shut. “You got my number. Call me if you think of anything else. Stay reachable.”

Ogio headed toward Logan’s office to join his partner. Jake strode out the door, down the steps, and out into the early March evening. He stood on the sidewalk wondering what to do. Did Logan meet with his contact that would lead them to Voleski? Did the contact do this to him? Was this about another case? Somebody wanted something up there and it wasn’t divorce photos. What did Logan say? The less you know on this one, the better.

Jake rubbed his hand over the day’s growth on his face. The one person who could answer his questions and give him a direction to go was Logan. Jake jumped in his truck and headed toward Truman Medical Center.

 

Author Bio:

James L Weaver is the Kansas City author of the Jake Caldwell series featuring IAN Thriller of the Year finalist Poor Boy Road and soon to be released Ares Road from Lakewater Press. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of 19 years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane which is available on Amazon.com. Author note: a handful of the raters are actually not related to him.

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Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Hi Everyone, Time to introduce you to a new suspenseful Young Adult novel by Kyrian Lyndon called Shattering Truths. This book serves as the intro to the new Deadly Veils series, that promises much action, and personal turmoil for the main character. Read on for a […]