Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: I Wish by Elizabeth Langston

Book Information:
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous "genie." He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there's a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.


Paperback: 312 pages
Expected publication: November 18th
ISBN: 1939392233 

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.
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My Review: WOW!!! I related so much to this story.  I was seriously hooked from the first page.  Elizabeth has given us a world in which we can see that sometimes it takes us swallowing our pride and accepting help.  I know personally I still struggle to let others help me.  I really loved this book!!!



About the Author:
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night.
Elizabeth’s debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME released in April 2014 and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST released in October 2014.  Her new series begins with I WISH in November 2014. Learn more about her at www.elizabethlangston.net.
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Tour Schedule:
November 17 - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales (guest post), Books As You Know It (interview)
November 18 – RELEASE DAY!!! Branwrites (interview), K-Books (guest post)
November 19 - (Lost in) Believing in Books (interview), The Cover Contessa (guest post)
November 20 - Jessabella Reads (interview), Books Complete Me (review)
November 21 - Shersinghzn (guest post)
November 22 - Lovely Reads (guest post)
November 23 - Crossroad Reviews (review), Stuck In YA Books (guest post)
November 24 - Letters in the Sand (review), Beauty and the Bookshelf (guest post)


Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Becoming Beauty by Sarah Boucher






Welcome to Becoming Beauty's Blog Tour! Learn all about Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new Young Adult novel based on the classic fairy tale Beauty & The Beast.

Becoming Beauty

Self-centered Bella focuses her attention on beautiful dresses and fabulous balls rather than helping her family earn a living.  And her siblings have had enough! To pay off their father’s debt, they send Bella to a far-off manor where the owner is more like a beast than a man.

As their personalities clash, Bella comes to realize there’s more to the Beast than she could ever have dreamed—if only she can look beneath the surface. And then there’s Jack, the kind servant who helps Bella adjust to her new life, someone Bella could easily fall in love with. But pursuing love may cost Bella her dreams of wealth and beauty. And that’s a price she’s not willing to pay.

Becoming Beauty is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and books & things.

My Review: I LOVED this book!!  Its a total twist on the Beauty and the Beast story!!!  I loved seeing the difference that Bella who first comes to the castle - because of her family, and the Bella that ends up staying at the castle!!!  This is such a good read!!!



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Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, who currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.

Visit Sarah at blog/website (SarahEBoucher.com) 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE Deleted Scene Blog Tour

Title: Sing Sweet Nightingale
Author: Erica Cameron
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years.

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

MY DELETED SCENE:

The late bell rings and I find myself in a deserted hallway, but that’s fine by me. It gives me a chance to take it all in. Lockers line the walls interspersed with classroom doors and corkboards displaying announcements, rules, and awards. The main office isn’t hard to find, but before I enter, I pause and take a deep breath.
The two women behind the tall desk dividing the room are so deep in their own conversation they both seem incredibly startled to see someone come through the door. Or maybe they find me startling. They’re an odd pair, the closer one so thin it looks like she’d break in a strong wind and the other one is large enough to make it justifiably questionable she’d survive running a mile. I keep my eyes down as I step up to the desk, concentrating on making a good impression. That’s not easy when the first things people notice are my height, the scars on my arms, and my pitch black eyes. Usually in that order.
As the office assistants guide me through the necessary forms and regulations, an increasingly annoying tingling sensation climbs up my spine and down my arms. The last time I felt like this was just before being jumped by two idiots with knives and one with a 9mm and a twitchy trigger finger. Without this slight warning, I would have died instead of simply adding a gunshot graze and two knife wounds to my collection of scars. But I’m not in the alleys of Trenton. What could possibly be lying in wait for me here?
When I finally hand over the last of my paperwork, the skinny secretary, Ms. Laurel, begins to give me instructions, but the sound of the door opening pulls my attention away. Automatically, I tense, hating my vulnerable position, but forcing myself to hold it. I’m not in Trenton, I remind myself. No one is going to attack me here. No one has a reason to attack me here. Not yet, anyway.
“That should be your mentor now,” Laurel says, apparently oblivious to my distress. I don’t turn, happy to put off the inevitable for another minute, so I’m watching Laurel as her smile dims and her eyes widen. Mrs. Quinn has frozen with a baby carrot halfway to her mouth, staring at person at the door.
“Oh, dear.” Laurel glances at Mrs. Quinn and hisses in the loudest whisper ever, “Can we really expect her to mentor anyone? She hasn’t said a word in four years! It never even crossed my mind they’d put her name on the list, bless her heart.”
A mute? Awesome. Maybe I’ll be able to escape the usual ritualistic grilling. Still, I feel a little bad for this girl. Why are they talking about her like she isn’t standing right behind me? Maybe she’s deaf. I don’t remember much sign language. It doesn’t matter right now, though, ‘cause I can’t ignore the growing certainty that I’m standing under the sword of Damocles.
Wait... A mute?
The image of the blonde girl silenced with a pink ribbon fills my vision. Can it be this easy? Am I really going to get this lucky for once in my life? I want to turn around and find out, but I make myself hold my position. I’m too amped up now. If I turn around before I get myself under control I’ll either latch onto her until she tells me what I want or have to face the disappointment of finding out this isn’t the girl I’m looking for.
“Mariella, sweetie, this is the newest addition to our honors program.”
Mariella. The name slams around my head like the clapper in a bell. Laurel is speaking directly to the girl, so she’s not deaf. But she’s also talking to Mariella like she might not understand English, slow and over-annunciated.
“His name is Hudson and he just moved here from… I’m sorry, Hudson, where was it?”
My backpack starts sliding off my shoulder. I pull it back up before placing my hands on the counter, turning my right hand palm up and staring at my brother’s initials on my wrist trying to ignore the ugly blue glow. My muscles are tensing, preparing for disappointment or danger, just in case.
“Don’t worry about it,” I tell Laurel. “I’m sure she doesn’t care.”
I expect Laurel to argue my dismissiveness, but she frowns and shakes her head. Standing up, she beckons me closer and whispers even louder than last time, “Mariella is a very bright girl, but she has trouble connecting with people.” She heaves a sigh and shrugs. “I don’t know how you’re going to communicate with her. Silent for so long, the poor dear.”
Poor dear indeed, if only for having to listen to some office assistant pass judgment on her. But at the same time, everything Laurel tells me makes me even more sure this is the girl I’m looking for. This is the person who can help me find a way back into the dreamworld. I prepare to say something to take the heat off her—I don’t know what, just something—when a light tapping noise from behind me makes Laurel and Quinn spaz like frightened cats. Conversely, it allows me to relax just a little. I don’t know what she did to make them jump like that, but good for her. I hope she flipped them off.
It takes Laurel a minute to refocus. Her gaze keeps darting to Mariella.
“This should be everything you need,” she whispers, this time quietly. Maybe because she finally remembers being mute doesn’t make someone deaf or stupid. “Good luck. You just let us know if you need anything, honey.”
I thank them and roll up the paperwork since I can follow Mariella from class to class. Now, the only thing left to do is face the music. I take a deep breath, turn around, and say hello to clue number three.
There’s no way the woman I saw at the supermarket yesterday isn’t Mariella’s mother. They’re practically clones of each other. But the physical features are where the resemblance ends.
Mariella is wearing baggy jeans three or four sizes too big and her shirt is hidden by a black hoodie I probably can fit into with her still inside it. Headphones hang out of the neck of the hoodie and she’s holding a composition book in her hand, but she doesn’t have a backpack. Mariella's wheat-gold hair seems dull, but it’s hard to tell since it’s all wrapped up in a hairdo I’d expect to see at a prom. Her skin is too pale, her lips too white, and her eyes too wide and glazed.
But none of that matters compared to what I see glowing against her skin. If I’m a smurf, this girl is an orange. No. Not even. It looks like she walked out of a horror movie. She’s on fire, burning from the inside out.
Was everything in my dream literal? The sign, the trees, the ribbon, and now the flames eating this girl alive. I’ve never seen another victim of the demons, but even when I was fully under their spell, I don’t think I ever glowed as bright as this girl. I blink to lower a dampening filter over my vision, protecting my eyes from the glare of the light she throws off. As soon as I do, though, I realize it might not have been the best idea.
Underneath the pallor, underneath the orange mist caressing her skin like the flames in my dreams, Mariella is gorgeous. I remember the end of the dream, the girl I pulled out of the blaze. I remember the expression in her eyes as she tore at the ribbon embedded in her skin. I thought I saw her clearly in the dream, but it can’t compare to standing this close and looking directly into her eyes. My heart stops. I stop breathing. Time stops. Lush, full lips under a small nose and overlarge eyes. Her porcelain-like appearance contradicts the set of her chin and tells me she may not be the fragile flower she looks like. She is built to smile and tease and laugh, but I bet she’s practically forgotten how. Just like I have.
She jerks back just a little as her eyes meet mine, sticks her hand in her pocket, and grips onto something that intensifies that sickening light tenfold. Even through my dampening filter, the light intensifies a lot, the strongest glow centered around her pocket. The glass nightingale, maybe? If this girl is still sucking energy from the dreamworld, she isn’t going to be much help. Whatever she knows will be locked inside her head and she’ll be watched by the demons twenty-four/seven.
If I look only at her eyes, I can almost see who she used to be. I can remember the girl in the dream who fought against the ties binding her and I can picture the woman from the supermarket, living her life with that unbearable sadness eating away at her. It takes me a moment to shake myself free of the spell Mariella seems to have thrown over me. Luckily, only a second has passed and neither of the office assistants has noticed anything odd. Yet.
“I know you two will manage,” Laurel says. Trying to make the best of it, I guess. “Mariella may be quiet, but I’m sure you two will find something in common.”
I can’t tear my eyes away from her. I’m a passing asteroid sucked into orbit around a planet. Every instinct in my body screams at me to tear that token away from her and save her from the demons plaguing her dreams. I want to, but I can already see it isn’t going to be that simple. But when has anything in my life been simple?
“I have a feeling you're more right than you know,” I manage to say.


My Deleted Scene Q&A:

1. I love this scene. Why did you delete it (obvious question I know)? It is so 
descriptive and insightful. I love how Mariella is described in such a negative way 
by the people who are supposed to really know her yet how Hudson knows her so 
well but does not know her personally. I would read the book based on this deleted 
scene!

It’s a great question! And highly relevant considering the purpose of the tour. 
Unfortunately it’s absolutely impossible for me to pinpoint one particular reason that this scene was cut. Mostly, this scene was lost because it no longer fit the needs of the story. When Spencer Hill bought the book and the editing process began, everything changed. 

It’s funny that you specifically mentioned the negative way the other people spoke about 

Mari because that was one of the major things we changed! In fact, no character in the book has changed more than Mariella. In early versions, I worked very hard to make her distant and disoriented, but she basically came off as (more than a little bit of) a b*t*h. 

Unlikable characters are one thing, but there’s definitely a tipping point where it becomes too much. There are also certain types of unlikable that readers aren’t willing to accept. 

In the beginning, Mari was one of those. It had to be fixed and fixing it wasn’t easy. 
In addition to the work we did on her, subplots were removed, timelines were changed, and a lot of the “hows” behind the construction of the story changed. Hudson still moved to Swallow’s Grove looking for a girl he saw in his dream, but meeting on the first day of school no longer worked with the new elements I needed to add. Their first meeting is still jarring and tense and fraught wit strange signs and emotions, but it takes place at Mariella’s house instead of at school. Add all of that together and this version of their first meeting had to go.

2. What inspires your work? Do you listen to music, have a muse, do you have 
a "voice" in your head that helps you write (which I think is really really cool)?

Inspiration can really come from anywhere. The original concept for The Dream War 
Saga came from song lyrics. Another book came from the idea of two people meeting 
somewhere weird like a fire escape, and a different book evolved out of a question 
lingering in my mind about what society would look like if aggression were not only 
expected but completely normalized within a culture. That’s one of the great things about inspiration—anything can trigger it! Conversations with friends, trips you take, photos, events you witness...the list is endless!

As for how I write, it depends on the day! Sometimes I listen to music (classical is 
best when I’m really trying to concentrate because otherwise I get distracted by the 
lyrics), sometimes I watch movies or TV in the background (usually only things I’ve 
seen more than a few times so I can fight the urge to really watch it), or I go to a coffee shop/café type place where I can work with the low level distraction of other people around. I probably should have a routine, but every time I get one something happens to completely disrupt it! Luckily laptops make it easy to adjust. ;)

3. How does the book you are writing affect your personal life? Does it consume 
you? Do you live through your characters?

Deadlines are definitely consuming. And when you’re aiming for a career in an industry like this, you need to work consistently (if not constantly). Add those two up with my natural tendency toward introversion and reclusion and....yeah. What personal life? 

Besides TDWS books, I’m also working on several other projects that are in various 
stages of completion. I wrote the first two books of a contemporary series with my friend Lani Woodland, I have a fantasy series I’m honing, and right now I’m working on a thriller with lots of guns and explosions. With all of this plus my day job...yeah. My 
books most definitely consume my personal life. Luckily, I have some amazing friends 
and family who understand that my work weeks aren’t normal 40-hour weeks. They cut me a lot of slack when I disappear on them for weeks at a time. 

4. What is the worst character you have written but had to write? 

Like morally horrible or just awful to write because they gave me a hard time? 
Mariella definitely gave me a hard time. No matter how hard I tried, getting the right 
balance for her character just wouldn’t work! It took a lot of work and many drafts until 
I found something that worked. There’s also a contemporary novel I want to write that 
straddles the NA/Adult line that would have a really incredibly morally horrible character in it, one that will be especially hard for me personally to write. Since that hasn’t happened yet, the Balasura are definitely the most straight-up evil characters I’ve written. 

They’re selfish in ways that no other character I’ve written or imagined could possibly 
be.

5. During this scene, Hudson seems almost hypnotized by Mariella. Do you regret 

deleting this scene? Could this have made an impact to the overall storyline?

You picked up on a lot of small details! Hudson is definitely enthralled here. He still is to an extent in the final version, but you’re picking up on subplots and layers and elements from this version that didn't carry through to the published product. While this version is definitely sentimental for a lot of reasons (early version of my first published book! Early version of my babies!), I don’t regret the changes I made here. They needed to happen. 

The changes I made in the beginning created a ripple that moved through the entire book and when the edits were done I ended up with a much better product than I ever could have imagined. It’s fun to look back on the early editions, and it’s even more fun to share them with readers, but I regret nothing. ;)




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Author Bio:

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga, a four-book young adult series.



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: A Little Wicked by Janet R Macreey

Please join Janet Macreery as she tours with HF Virtual Book Tours for A Little Wicked, from October 27-November 7.

01_A Little Wicked 

Publication Date: April 29, 2014 | Outskirts Press | Paperback; 188p

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction (Ages 9-13+)

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After her Scottish village is attacked, 12-year-old Dory must flee her home without her family. Once the granddaughter of the chief, now branded a fugitive, Dory begins a dangerous journey trekking through the Scottish wilderness and crossing the Atlantic in disguise in order to reach the distant and unfamiliar Massachusetts Bay Colony in the New World. There she must survive a crisis that is quite different from the one in Scotland but no less fatal, the Salem Witch Trials. The year is 1692 and Dory is plunged into mayhem on both sides of the ocean.

My Review:  This was a fun read!  It was nice to have something different to read!  And perfect with it being so close to Halloween!!  I really enjoyed reading this book!  And highly recommend it for anyone wanting a Halloween fix!


Praise for A Little Wicked

“…readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity.” – Publisher’s Weekly

"...the fast pace and suspense-filled pages will keep younger teens engrossed while providing notable history lessons. A high-stakes historical adventure full of emotional, social and political drama." – Kirkus Reviews

“…debut novel is addicting, passionate, and fresh.” – Novel Nutritious

“A Little Wicked evokes themes of survival, rebellion, and identity just as vividly as the most popular fantasy novels for young people.” – Amazon.com Reader

“The author writes from the viewpoint of the female child character Dory, making the story highly relatable as well as understandable to young readers. Readers will gain a strong idea of customs, daily life, and government for those living in 1692 in England, Scotland, and The New World…” – Michelle Robertson for Reader Favorites

“Writing with both discipline and creative abandon, Macreery gives studious attention to detail as each carefully crafted sentence flows fluidly to the next.” – Amazon.com Reader

“…fast-paced style that kids are used to from their favorite fantasy-adventure books.The book is full of historical and cultural details, with touches of Scottish folklore leaving open the possibility of the supernatural.” – Goodreads Reader

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About the Author

02_Janet Macreery AuthorJanet’s parents never had to emphasize the importance of reading; they both genuinely love to read. That love of literature transferred to Janet, her sister and brother as they grew up in suburban New Jersey. College took Janet to Pennsylvania where she met her husband. Proud of her homeland and her heritage, Janet and her husband read about and travel the United States and Scotland to learn more about the history and culture of both countries and currently live in the shadow of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia.

For more information please visit Janet Macreery's website. You can also connect with Janet Macreery on Facebook, Twitter, and Gooreads.

A Little Wicked Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Review at Books Complete Me
Spotlight at Unshelfish

Tuesday, October 28
Review a A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Wednesday, October 29
Spotlight at Let them Read Books

Thursday, October 30
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, November 3
Review at Beth's Book Nook
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, November 4
Interview at Closed the Cover

Wednesday, November 5
Spotlight at The Maiden's Court

Thursday, November 6
Review at A Book Geek

Friday, November 7
Review at Peeking Between the Pages

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Puppet by Pauline C Harris


About the book:
Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Release Day Twitter Chat 
The Patchwork Press team will be hosting a release day chat with Pauline and would love for anyone interested in the book to stop by. Just be sure to follow Pauline and Patchwork Press!

About the author:
Pauline C. Harris is a ninteen-year old author living in Northern Idaho. She started writing short stories when she was eight, and after she self-published her first book when she was fourteen, moved on to write the Mechanical Trilogy. She loves anything that has to do with science fiction, including Star Trek, and her main hobbies are writing and playing the violin in various orchestras and quartets.

Mechanical is her first professionally published novel. She is currently studying in both high school and college and hopes to achieve her AA degree alongside her high school diploma.
She is also working on another series of YA science fiction novels.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Souls by Ednah Walters



SOULS




WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?

Review
This book was just as awesome as the first!!  It was so engaging and I couldn't put it down until I finished every word!  I loved how persistent Cora is, in defending those souls she chooses to help and in Echo.  I can't believe what happened in this installment!  Some books you can predict what's going to happen, but not this one!!! It'll leave you hanging and wanting more, trust me!!



AUTHOR BIO

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series and there are currently three other books published in this series. SOULS (Grimnir book 2 a side story to the RUNES series) and WITCHES book 4 will release 2014.  Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review and Guest Post: Monarch by Belle Whittington



Monarch by Belle Whittington
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Genre:  Paranormal YA

The Story: Blair Reynolds was born to rule. Worlds, that is. Destined to reign over an ancient intergalactic race, it may seem her fate is written in the stars. But she’s willing to risk it all for another chance to spend forever with her true love – even if it means traveling through time and space to the other side of the universe.

As far as Ash is concerned, Blair's happily-ever-after involves him, not the mere mortal with whom she seems so infatuated. She was bequeathed to him by her fatherand Ash will go to any lengths to keep Blair and her true love apart.

And Ash isn’t the only one.

Deep in the jungles of Brazil, where tribal drums call to Blair and her true love, other forces carry out dangerous secret plans.

However, Blair has secrets of her own … secrets so lethal she dares not even remember them.
Secrets so painful they could ruin everything.

Because some secrets kill.

My Review: I can't believe this story is done.  Just not possible!  It's been great reading about Blair and the obstacles she's had to overcome.  And those secrets?!  WOW, totally wasn't expecting them!  

You can tell that Belle Whittington puts a lot of emotion and research into her books.  All three books: Cicada, Firefly and Monarch have been such great reads!  I'd highly recommend reading this series!  Especially if you love paranormal!




About the Author: Belle was raised in deep East Texas.  She now resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest, most inconsequential name.  There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams adventures and secrets she weaves throughout her stories.  She’s the author of CICADA, FIREFLY, and MONARCH, a Young Adult/New Adult cross-over trilogy with excellent reviews.  She studied literature and history at University of Houston where Beowulf, Shakespeare’s works, and the history of the Vikings were her favorite topics.  Belle is positive her readers and fans are the best in the universe.

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Guest Post: When Nicole submitted the question for this guest post, I must admit I was so happy that someone finally wondered why Blair’s mom chose the site of “the building” for the new Sprinkles bakery!  For a long time now, I’ve been asking myself the same question – “don’t they wonder why she chose that spot?”


I set out to answer Nicole’s question.  However, I found myself at a bit of a loss in how to explain why Blair’s mother, Renee, chose such a location for her new bakery.  Therefore, it only seemed logical that I asked Renee to explain it for my readers.  Here’s the interview I had with her.

“Hi, Renee!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and help explain why you chose that specific location for the new Sprinkles bakery.”  I poured her a glass of sweet iced tea and led her to the dining room where golden autumn sunlight shone through the windows.

“Hey, Belle,” she smiled.  The happiness that had once sparkled in her eyes was replaced with a hint of sorrow.  She ran her hand through bangs that now hung long over half over her face. The other side of her hair was shaved close to her head, revealing the tell-tale tattoo of members of The Resistance.  “Glad I could be of help,” she took a sip of iced tea and glanced out the window for a moment before speaking.

“I’d been surprised to meet Luke,” Renee began.  “He’d claimed to have met my late husband while training in The Resistance.”  A frown tugged at the corner of her lips … the sort of frown the spoke of equal parts of sadness and regret.  “It was a mistake to get involved with him.  But I was lonely, and I missed my husband so much.  I thought he’d make me feel safe again.”  She shook her head, and her bangs slipped back down and covered part of her face again.  “He ended up making me feel the exact opposite.”

“So, Luke had something to do with the new location?” I asked.

“Oh, yes,” Renee nodded.  “He’d said we’d prove we’d won the battle against the Hunters by taking over their lair … it was hogwash, of course.”  Her nostrils flared, and I remembered what Luke had hidden in the secret basement beneath the bakery.  As if she could read my thoughts, she said, “He was going to use those weapons to kill my daughter, my entire family, everyone I love.”

“I know,” I answered, placing my hand on her arm.  “But I know how strong you are … I know you didn’t just follow him blindly into rebuilding your bakery there.”

“Well,” she blushed.  “I admit I wanted to show the Hunters I wasn’t going to cower down to them and let them kill Blair.  It was my pride that drove me to build the brightest, shiniest bakery right on top of where they’d been hiding for several years.”  She smiled, “Each month, I’d pay the bills and then send the rest of the sales to support The Resistance.”

“How did Luke like that?” I asked.

“I never told him.  It wasn’t any of his business.  Besides, at the time, I thought he would’ve liked it.  Then I found out what he really was when he became obsessed with my daughter.”  Renee’s hand clenched into a fist.  “I’d already started seeing someone else at that point,” her face softened a bit.  “My new fella tried to help me kill Luke and his entourage of Hunters.  I’d set a trip line, wired to the explosives Luke had hidden in the basement.  But they’d ambushed us, and knocked my new boyfriend out.”  She took a sip of tea and glanced back out the window.  “I was out for days.  I woke up back in South America.  I don’t want to talk about that, though.”

“No, that’s okay.  You don’t have discuss that.” I patted her hand.  “So, the reason you built the new Sprinkles where the building had once stood was because – “

“Because I wanted to show those bastards they weren’t going to win.  I wanted to show them I’d take back everything they’d ever stolen from me.  I wanted to claim a victory over them!”  She sat up high in her chair.

I nodded and smiled.  I’d had a feeling that had been her motivation.  But I’d wanted her to explain it.  We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about her plans for her upcoming nuptials.  When she drove away, I had to wonder how she’d been coping with what had happened with Andrew …

But that’s another story.

And so, now we know why Blair’s mother built the new Sprinkles where “the building” had once stood. 


Many thanks to Nicole for having me on her lovely blog and for featuring my book, MONARCH. <3 font="" nbsp="">

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