Monday, August 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Crow's Rest by Angelica R Jackson

Book Blurb:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam's, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.

But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—something—has taken his place.

Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

Author Bio:

Angelica R. Jackson, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.

In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City.

She’s also been involved with capturing the restoration efforts for Preston Castle (formerly the Preston School of Industry) in photographs and can sometimes be found haunting its hallways.

Title: Crow’s Rest
Author: Angelica R. Jackson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
Release Date May 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

Breathe For Me by Rhonda Helms
Published Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.  

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.



My Review: This book was an awesome read!   It would suck living forever and not being able to get close, let alone touch anyone.  Isabel is getting tired of the life.  I loved reading how Isabel handled the hand she had been dealt- and if she was able to break the curse.  

This is an easy read, and kept me engaged the whole time!!  




Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review: Flawed by JL Spelbring



Flawed by J.L. Spelbring
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published Date: August 12, 2014
Genre: YA

The Story:
In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence. 

Family, friendship, and love. 

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

My Review: Dang!  This series is just getting better with each book!!  Can't wait to see what happens next!  From the first book, we saw what happened since Hitler won The War.  We also saw that Ellyssa was different than her brothers and sister.  She found that perfection isn't everything.  In Flawed we see Ellyssa's new relationships put to the ultimate test.  Without giving too much away, she has to figure out what the best course of action is!



About the Author:
J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.
Her novel, Perfection, released in July, 2013 and the sequel Flawed releases August, 2014.

To contact J.L, try:  
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads




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Week One:
8/4/2014- Simplistic ReviewsReview
8/4/2014- WOrkS of FiCTioNGuest Post
8/5/2014- Racing To ReadReview
8/5/2014- The Book LandersInterview
8/6/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview
8/7/2014- Book Loving MomReview
8/7/2014- The Cover Contessa- Interview
8/8/2014- Readers Live A Thousand LivesReview
8/8/2014- Mom With A KindleGuest Post

Week Two:
8/11/2014- Spiced Latte ReadsReview
8/11/2014- Addicted ReadersInterview
8/12/2014- Books Complete MeReview
8/12/2014- Paranormal Book ClubInterview
8/13/2014- Kulz's Captured ImaginationReview
8/13/2014- Teen Readers' Diary - Guest Post
8/14/2014- K-BooksReview
8/14/2014- Lost in Ever AfterInterview
8/15/2014- Comfort BooksReview

8/15/2014- Fire and IceGuest Post

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: Bone Deep by Kim O'Brien

Title: Bone Deep
Author: Kim O’Brien
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Synopsis: When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.

But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.

The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.

Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.

Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life.


Author Bio:

Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Release: Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

Title: Breathe For Me
Author: Rhonda Helms
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.



Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.


Excerpt  

“You okay?” Dominic asks me.
I look over at him. His brows are bunched together, his irises dark. He reaches a hand toward mine, then stops and pulls it back. I can’t interpret the look in his eyes.
Disappointment at his withdrawal creeps through my veins. “Yeah, I’m fine,” I say. Inside my head, I scoff at my stupidity. How quickly I forget who I am when I’m around him. I force my attention back to my paper. “Let’s just concentrate on our project.” My words have a strong bite to them, one I don’t try to hold back. It’s better this way, anyway.
He sighs, turning away from me.
For the rest of the period, we work in silence. Out of the corner of my eye, I see him writing furiously.
I wish I could say I’m productive, but my mind is blocked. No words will pour from my pen. I feel mute, silenced by my own emotions, by the heat from his body that warms my side. The soft scratching sound of him writing on his paper is absorbing, and I close my eyes and just listen, shutting out the world around me. Opening up my heart for one moment in the only safe way I know.
The bell rings, jarring me out of my fog. I gather my books and stand quickly, edging away from my desk.
Dominic grabs my hand.
The gesture stops me in my tracks. The warmth from his palm seeps through my glove, absorbs into my skin, fuses with my cells and tiny hairs and molecules and veins.
I turn to face him.
He rises from his seat, still gripping me. “Please don’t run from me anymore,” he asks, his voice raw. His eyes are wide, piercing mine with a tiny sliver of hurt and...some other emotion. It seems a little familiar, but I can’t quite figure it out at the moment. I’m too distracted by the sensory overload of him.
“I’m sorry,” I say, pouring earnestness into my voice.
He shakes his head slowly. His eyes swirl with shades of blue, and he peers down at me with no disguise or veil to protect himself. In this moment, I can see everything inside him. I recognize that emotion in his gaze as desire.
Desire—for me.
The air whooshes from my lungs. The stirrings of my own longing match his, slamming to the surface of my skin in a heated fervor. My pulse speeds up.
“No more apologies, Isabel,” he says, then loosens his grip on my imprisoned hand, his thumb sliding down the center of the covered palm.
I shiver at the sensation, exhaling a shaky breath. “I... Okay.” I can barely think, barely move. I am captured, locked in a state of perfect being. Frozen in one perfect moment.
“Read this,” he says, pressing a folded paper into my hand.
And then, he’s gone. 
I remain in my spot for a moment, holding on to this feeling.
Tucking it safely away in my mind, where I can experience it over and over again for as long as possible. I force myself to take several slow breaths to focus my mind, slip the note into my pocket for when I can read it in privacy. Then I head to my next class, carrying secret thoughts of Dominic with me.

Cover Reveal: Tangled Magic by Jennifer Carson

Book Blurb:
It’s been two years since Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved the Wedge from another troll invasion. Now the villagers are embarking on an age-old tradition, given up after the first invasion, the Great Expedition. This journey is a chance for the happenies to discover the world outside their village. But the outside world can be a scary place, and the happenies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble.

The second book in the Hapenny Magick series!

Author’s short bio:
Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many furred and feathered friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires, and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, she also creates fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. In 2010 her first children’s novel, To Find A Wonder, was produced as an original musical at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire.

Title: Tangled Magick
Author: Jennifer Carson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Middle Grade (www.spencerhillmiddlegrade.com

Release Date April 21, 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book,

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Release: Catacombs by Devon Ashley




Catacombs by Devon Ashley
Published Date: August 2014
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult

The Story: No one will hear her scream.

More than five years have passed since Emily was accidentally infected with the blood of a pure vampire. Now a member of this elite secret organization, it’s time for her to run her trials and determine her place within the hierarchy. After an awkward evening with her leader Gaius, she wants nothing more than to get back to teaching at the Warrior school for demon hunters. But before she even has the chance to leave, she, Noel and Abby are all summoned to deal with the organization’s dirty little secret. Something deadly has been trapped within the catacombs beneath their headquarters for centuries, waiting for the day to wreak vengeance. That day has finally come – and the horror of what lies beneath may destroy them all.


Excerpt:

      Scanning the names on her list, Gaius wasn’t surprised that these were the ones dragging their feet. Four he knew were being hunted for one reason or another, three had pretty much been live-in residents who he was ready to start charging rent, and the last four didn’t come off as being very friendly – they probably didn’t have anywhere else to go. But none of that was his problem. It had been more than fifty years since the last time he cleared the house, and quite frankly, some of the damn birds needed to be kicked out of the nest already.

    “Alright, if they’re not gone by noon, let me know and I’ll personally escort them to the door.”

     “I don’t think that’ll be necessary,” she replied with a hint of humor. “Vivienne’s going around now letting each of them know that at exactly eleven o’clock this morning, she’s resending the invitation to anyone who’s not supposed to be here. If they haven’t left on their own by then, the spell’s going to literally throw them out on their asses.”

     Gaius chuckled. He had no doubt she was going around threatening that, as Vivienne always did everything with a sense of flair, but she’d never actually do it without his permission. And she knew he’d never approve.

     “Still. Come get me if there’s an issue, not Viv–”

     To their surprise, the door opened wide and Emily stormed through, her arms moving to cross over her chest. Her eyes met his, but the light didn’t sparkle off them like they normally did, not when she was narrowing them so tightly in his direction. And standing side by side with Luxleigh still smiling brightly probably wasn’t helping to smooth things over any. He wasn’t blind to the friction between the two, but he felt it was best for them to fix the problem, not him.

     “Who the hell is Vera?” she asked sharply. “And why do I look like her?”

     Cool air pierced his nostrils, filled his chest. Shit.

     Not understanding the importance of her question, Lux mouthed off, “How the hell did you get in here?”

     Emily looked at her like she was an idiot. Of course, Emily didn’t realize the door had a specialized spell that didn’t allow anyone but the house owners to enter without assistance. So if Emily was able to walk right through… The house recognizes her. “It’s called a door knob. You turn it.”

     “But–”

     Gaius quickly placed his hand atop hers, cutting her off. “Lux, take some time to yourself. I’ll come find you later before you go.”

     “But–”

     “Now Luxleigh.” Still put out, she rolled her eyes. Snatching back her tablet, the tension between the two women increased as Lux passed by, both sets of eyes sharp enough to pierce. “And close the door on your way out.”

     She huffed and muttered, “What’s the point? Apparently anyone can walk right through,” before slamming it behind her.

     Well, not really anyone. And if Emily was confused by Lux’s comment, she sure didn’t show it, maintaining her stiffened stance, something more pressing on her mind.

     He cursed inside his head again. Of all the times for Emily to begin discovering the truth.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Blast: The Shadows of Paradise City by Brad Allen Hoover

 Are you a shadow?




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The Shadows of Paradise City follows fifteen-year-old Benjamin as his post-high-school-dropout world unfurls, chronicling his time as a graveyard dishwasher at the campy International Café, his time at the library where he pursues an education and prepares for the high school proficiency exam with eighteen-year-old college dropout Bayer Eitenne’s help, and his time as an unwitting drug runner for a shady cafe patron. 

Things go bad the night before the exam when Benjamin is robbed of a drug delivery he has stuffed into his pants. 

Johnson, Benjamin’s drug dealing boss, pursues the thieves on a maniacal quest to get the drugs back, dragging Benjamin along with him. As his world closes in around him and the stakes increase, Benjamin must come up with a plan to escape this mess, which threatens not only his future but his life as well. 

The Shadows of Paradise City humorously explores the nature of education and friendship, but more importantly, chronicles the significant and often ironic events and people who shape our lives.

-Praise for The Shadows of Paradise City

"Rich in atmosphere and ideas, The Shadows of Paradise City thoughtfully explores the notion that sometimes our best education happens when we leave the classroom and open our eyes to what the world has to offer.  I rooted for Benjamin through every lesson."  


--Kim Culbertson, author of 2012 Northern California Book Award Winner, Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Brad Allen Hoover teaches high school English in the foothills of Northern California. He can be contacted at bradallenhoover@gmail.com

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sasquatch by Andrea Schicke Hirsch

Book Blurb:
Following his parents' ugly divorce, Jake Oliver chooses to move with his father to a remote corner of Connecticut. Bad enough their new home turns out to be a fenced-in dump in the middle of nowhere, but it seems that the previous owner, his dad’s late Uncle Horace, had been the local crackpot ridiculed by the community for his belief that a Bigfoot roamed the vast woodland preserve that lay beyond the property. Not everything about Jake’s new life is bad, though. His job at the local market is okay, and it doesn’t hurt that his coworker is pretty Nell Davis. But when odd things start to happen, like weird calls in the dead of night, stones thrown by an unseen assailant, and lingering foul odors wafting on the breeze, Jake starts to believe that maybe old Horace wasn’t so crazy after all. With Nell’s help, Jake is determined to make a name for himself by proving to the world that the mythical Sasquatch is alive and well and living in the woods just on the other side of that fence.

Author Bio:
Andrea Schicke Hirsch has been a bookseller, editor and copywriter, teacher and paralegal.  She studied theatre and English at Fordham University and has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. A Connecticut native, she lives in Wilton with her family. This is her first YA novel.


Title: Sasquatch
Author: SASQUATCH
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Print ISBN: 978-1-939392-47-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-939392-54-1

Release Date: March 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: The Goddess Hunt by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Hunt by Aimée Carter
Published Date: March 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story: A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....


A Goddess Test series ebook novella, 1.5.

My Review: I started this series, with using some credits I had on Audible.com.  I was hooked after the first book- The Goddess Test.  I just had to keep reading to see how the story went!  I loved the play on the Greek Gods, the twist of their stories and myths.  And Henry/Hades- isn't so bad!! :)  Can't wait to see what the next books bring!  

During The Goddess Hunt we find out what Kate did during her first summer away from the Underworld.  And James sure reminds me of a mischievous Jack of All Trades!


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