Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout

The much-anticipated conclusion to the national, bestselling Lux series, OPPOSITION by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Entangled;8/5/14), will hit bookstores this summer and readers will finally learn the fate of Katy, Daemon and the world  as we know it in this Dawson’s Creek-meets-Roswell-romantic-thrill ride.

For anyone who has yet to embark on the out-of-this-world series, it’s about an alien colony (all of whom are spectacularly hot) finding refuge on Earth only to find out that their rival planet's residents are as well—and the existence of both is being kept under wraps by the US government. What follows is a battle between good and evil for galaxy domination with a few humans getting folded into the mix, one of whom just may be taking on some out-of-this world powers after helping rescue her alien friends from their foes. And yes, there's an alien-human sexy love dynamic as well.

With more than 1 million copies in print and the movie rights to Obsidian (book 1) sold to a major studio, aliens are certainly looking to become the new vampires, and Daemon, the new black.

The print edition of Opposition includes a bonus novella, Shadows, a series prequel.

ABOUT OPPOSITIONKaty knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

ABOUT JENNIFER L. ARMENTOUT: Jennifer ArmentroutThe #1 NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell Terrier Loki. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and dog.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories, which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. Obsidian, book one in the Lux series, has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) has been optioned for TV.

Lux: OPPOSITION
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
ISBN: 9781622662647
8/5/14

Also available:
Lux Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (books 1 & 2)
ISBN: 9781622664801 (hc)
ISBN: 9781622664481 (pb)
6/3/14)

Lux: Consequences: Opal & Origin (books 3 & 4(
ISBN: 9781622664481 (hc)
ISBN: 9781622664498 (pb)
6/3/14


Excerpt:
{ Daemon }

Wrath tasted like a pool of blood in the back of my mouth, and I was unable to see or think past it. There were a lot of things I could deal with, that I could force myself to tolerate and I could wait on. But him touchingher like that not only crossed the line, it blew a freaking hole in it.
Shifting into my true form, I felt the immediate bombard- ment from others of my kind, their needs and wants, rising in a vicious cyclone, but my rage overwhelmed them. Catching Quincy the second before he could shift, I flung him into the far wall, but this time with a hell of a lot more effort than when I found him in her room.
Body say hello to wall.
He crashed into it without changing. Plaster cracked and gave way under the impact. White dust flew into the air. Quincy started to slide down the wall. That was the funny thing about the Luxen. They hadn’t realized yet just how weak they were in their human forms.
I was on him before he hit the floor.
Slamming my fist into his chin, I reveled in the cracking sound of his head knocking backward. Nowhere near done, I hauled him up and then practically put him through the wall, all the way to the supporting beams.
Then I let go.
Quincy went down, crumpled on the floor, flickering in and out like a squashed lightning bug. Shimmery blue liquid seeped out from behind his head, and as I stared down at him, debating on whether or not I wanted to throw him like a foot- ball through a nearby window, I realized just how quiet the room was.
Leaving Quincy, or whatever was left of him, I shifted out of my true form as I turned around. I might have maybe gone too far with that, but there was nothing I could do about it now.
Rolland arched a brow. “Well, then . . . ”
Chest rising and falling sharply, I spared him a quick glance
before turning to where she stood. Her hands were gripping the back of a chair as she stared at me, her gray eyes so big and so wide on her pale face.
Our gazes locked, and I could tell by the stricken look on her face that she wasn’t sure what to make of any of this. There was confusion and raw hurt and fury pouring from her, choking the air, choking me.
It took several moments to slow my roll. I got my breathing in check as I forced myself back to Rolland, meeting his curious stare. “I told him not to touch her before and that if he did, I would kill him. I’m not a liar.”
Sadi’s gaze flicked to where Quincy lay. “He’s not dead.” “Yet,” I promised.
A look of anticipation, of pure eagerness, swept over Sadi’s
face as she wet her bottom lip. “Why would you care if he touched her or not?”
There were a thousand endless reasons. “She belongs to me.” I could practically feel the daggers she was driving into my back, but I didn’t look at her. “No one else. It’s as simple as that.”
Rolland eyed me intently, and then he pushed off the desk. Straightening, he clapped his hands. “Everyone. Listen up.”
I stiffened, knowing this could be real bad.
“You.” He motioned to another Luxen. “Get Quincy out of here. Let me know if he wakes up.”
Part of me hoped he did so I could beat the shit out of him again.
To Sadi, Rolland pinned her with a sharp look. “Take this young . . . lady over here and make sure she gets cleaned up and that’s she comfortable.”
Oh hell no. I opened my mouth, but Sadi snapped forward, her eyes glittering with malicious pleasure. “Of course,” she said, casting a half smile in my direction as she all but bounced past me. I stepped forward to intercept and make good use of the window.
“You,” Rolland directed at me, “will stay right here.” Then to Dee, he smiled. “It’s late. I find that being in this form makes me incredibly hungry. Would you get something for me to eat?”
Dee hesitated, but then nodded. Turning, she shot me a worried look as she hurried out of the room to do Rolland’s bidding.


Check out the other blogs on the tour for more excerpts:
7/15- Mundie Moms
7/16- Tales of a Ravenous Reader
7/17- Once Upon a Twilight
7/18- Book Hounds
7/19- Books Complete Me
7/20- Cover Contessa
7/29- Secretly Adorkable

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: Parallel Triangle by Kimberly Ann Miller



Book Blurb:
How does a cruise change your life?
By sailing through the Bermuda Triangle.
Carly Carmichael has one goal in life--to perform on Broadway. She refuses to have a Plan B because she's never needed one--until now. When Carly's parents send her on a cruise as a graduation present, she takes her best friend and their boyfriends along with her. Once the ship sails into the Bermuda Triangle, Carly finds herself unable to sing or walk, much less preform. And things just go downhill from there. Hoping for help from the ship's doctor, she ends up with more questions than answers about the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle and why her life is now unrecognizable. If Carly can't get her real life back on track, she may end up spending the next sixty years trapped in a life the Triangle chooses for her. 
Release date:  April 28th 2015

Author Bio:
Kimberly Ann Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She’s an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Release Blitz: Mosaic by Leigh Talbert Moore

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Title: Mosaic (Dragonfly #4)
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Genre: YA/NA Romance
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Blurb
Mosaic, the exciting conclusion to The Dragonfly series, coming June 30, 2014!
The future never goes as planned. People are never what they seem. Time changes everything.

So you want to know what happened to Anna and Julian? Well, listen up, because I’ve got the whole scoop. I’m Jules, btw, and I am an artist, as you already know if you’ve read Watercolor. What you might not know is I inherited my mother’s cute little newsy nose, thank you very much.

It’s high school reunion time, and everyone’s coming back to Fairview—everyone who’s not already there, mind you. What went wrong, who’s fault it was, and why the heck nobody knew about me… it’s all coming out.

Long-distance relationships rarely last, and a lot of water has passed under that bridge. Big Secrets will be exposed, and in the end we’ll know if that old saying is true: Love is stronger than time.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cover Reveal: Ignite by Sara B Larson

Hello & welcome to today's cover reveal for Sara B. Larson's IGNITE! The second book in her Defy series. Check out this cover!!!



What do you think of the cover? I love it! I think it's the perfect companion to DEFY's cover. I can not wait to read this book. 

About IGNITE
By: Sara B. Larson
Published by: Scholastic
To Be Released on: January 6, 2015
Series: Defy #2
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Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late?

About DEFY



A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart racing romance.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

About Sara B. Larson



Sara's debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015--stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her  husband claims she should have a degree in "the art of multitasking." On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Find Sara via: Her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Guest Post: Enmity by EJ Andrews

Enmity by EJ Andrews
Published Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story: Love vs Life.
Good vs Evil.
War vs Warfare.

Which would you choose?


After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.

Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly... to survive.

Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived...because their training is just the beginning.

A war awaits...regardless of how ready or willing they may be.

My Review: This book was amazing!  I enjoyed every bit of it.  Its a great end of the world kinda book.  If you enjoy watching shows like Under the Dome, or movies like The Day after Tomorrow, 2012, etc then you will love Enmity.  



Guest Post:
My inspiration spawned from my everyday life, as strange as that sounds. I have my characters
experience certain feelings that I myself can’t quite come to terms with. The easiest way to explain it is to say that when we meet Hermia she is working at a gentleman’s club which is very depraved, and she doesn’t know how she has gotten to be working in such a place that makes her feel so uncomfortable, but she feels she is too far into it to get out. I had the same feelings at my own job, even though it was in hospitality and nowhere near what Hermia was surrounded by, it’s the same feeling. The helplessness of feeling stuck in the feelings that your job surrounds you with. It’s a very suffocating thing. But it’s those feelings I need to expel, and I do that through writing it down through the experiences of my characters. Different bits and pieces come to me at different times, which sometimes can be difficult as it’s hard to string those pieces together and make a tangible story, but once I get enough ideas together I can start typing it out and making a book out of it. I love watching the story grow into a full blown novel.


As for the idea of Enmity as a whole, I think that came from very far in my subconscious. I have believed for quite some time that the natural disasters that have been going on recently have been crazy. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am now getting older and watching the news more, but one thing is for certain – the world is on a slowly decreasing clock. There is no way around it. And when the world does end, it is interesting to think about what people would do – given that there are people left – if they are not confined by laws, human rights or morality. I think these two factors were what brought Enmity into existence.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rush review and Nyrae Dawn Author Interview

Rush by Nyrae Dawn
Published by: Forever Yours
Published date: May 6, 2014
Where to buy:
Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Kobo/ibooks

Description on Goodreads:
This new adult, male/male romance will capture the audience who fell in love with Nyrae Dawn's Games Trilogy.

For the love of the game.

Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he's desperately tried to put behind him. 

Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can't deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.

Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he's a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives. 

Approx. 70,000 words.

My Review: 

You might not have seen me around this sight lately.  I started developing a little anxiety with writing and posting reviews.  They take a lot of work and time for me because I have some perfectionistic tendencies and I really want to do justice for the books I love.  I only promote what I love over here.  This book is helping light a bit of a fire under me to get over it.  My reviews from now on will likely be less perfectly edited and written but I am going to embrace a good enough mentality to help myself get back to writing reviews.

What was it about this book that has gotten me passionate enough to face my anxiety?  Well, for one thing I have many family and friends that are gay.  LGBT rights and equality are very important to me.  This particular book, Rush, is a spin off book from an earlier released YA book entitled Four Summers.  Brandon and Alec, the duo featured in Rush are side characters in that novel.  I wrote to Nyrae after finishing the first book glad that she wrote about gay characters in a way that felt realistic.  They didn't feel like token characters and were written without many of the overused cliched ways of portraying gay characters that often populate contemporary fiction.  She confided that she was writing Brandon and Alec's story and I was really excited.

To be honest, I had never read a M/M romance book before hearing of this one.  The books I have seen posted about by friends and bloggers were M/M erotic fiction and since I am a reader who craves an emotional connection I never felt like erotic fiction was the best fit for my book tastes.  Sure, I can enjoy steam in a book but only if there is a true emotional connection.   Not long before reading this book I did read a YA contemporary fiction book entitled Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz that dealt with LGBT issues.  I enjoyed it so that increased my excitement over this book.  Then two things happened that made me a little nervous.

The first thing that happened was that the cover was released.  It is a cover that hints at an emphasis on steam.  I didn't have an issue reading about two boys in a relationship and the physical parts of that relationship.  I did worry about the steam being the focus especially as the cover seems to suggest this.  The second thing that happened was that I realized this book, unlike Four Summer, was going to be a New Adult book.  While I don't hate New Adult, I find that most of the books put an emphasis on the physical side of a relationship over the emotional.  It is often to where the emotional aspects don't get the time and attention I prefer when reading making them not the best fit for my tastes.

I am so happy to tell you that my nervousness was unfounded.  The emotional connection that Nyrae writes in this book is fantastic.  Yes, there is steam to rival many other New Adult books.  If that is what you crave it is present.  The reason it works for me here is that it never overtook the emotional connection between the two young men.  If anything it acts as a compliment.  The whole balance between the emotions and the lust is done with perfection.  Nyrae writes such an intense, soul deep connection and takes great care to show you the small and large ways that these two connect to each other and love deeply.  We even see them doing everyday types of things.  My favorite New Adult books get this balance.

The books takes you on many ups and downs for these two.  It really makes you think about everything one takes for granted in a straight relationship.  The worries, fears and challenges for these two pulled at my heart.  It is so authentic and heartfelt.  I want to give examples but I think this is something best experienced by reading the book. Everything felt completely authentic and genuine.  Even the sex scenes didn't feel gratuitous but added to the sense of love, discovery and growth between Brandon and Alex.

There is something else I've noticed as I've read books by this author.  She really does a good job of writing complex characters with both the good, the bad and the ugly.  With each book she writes she gets better at showing the reader all the facets that make her characters tick.  Some of her characters make big and small mistakes.  There are times they make poor choices or act in selfish or fearful ways.  There are also time where they shine and you see all that they are capable of becoming.  Some of her characters show growth and discover redemption on different levels and yet others are left to sit stubbornly stuck in their ways.  I enjoyed the complexity here in this book.

All I can say is that if you like NA with a lot of emotion, YA but don't mind some added steam and also reading about a beautiful love story between two young men I can't recommend this one enough.  You don't have to have read Four Summers first.  This book stand alone just fine.  But if you want to know a little more about the background and events that take place before the time frame of this book then you can pick up Four Summers first.  Both books, while companions, have their own distinctive feel and vibe.  Final rating: 5/5.






Bonus:  Interview with the lovely Nyrae Dawn.


Q) Rush is a spin off from your novel Four Summers.  At what point did you know that you wanted to write Alec's and Brandon's story?  Was it while writing the first book or after you finished?

Nyrae Dawn:  I knew while writing Four Summers that I wanted to write Alec and Brandon's story.  From the beginning I knew they needed and deserved to have their story told as well.

Q) Can you share some of your inspirations for this story?  How were you able to capture the details of what these two young gay guys were going through as a straight female?

ND: In a way, I think the characters inspired me. I consider myself a character writer and my people are always very real to me—Alec and Brandon maybe more than any others. I can’t really say how I was able to capture their struggle…I worried the whole time whether I actually was or not, but I felt very close to them and their story. It actually just flowed out of me, obsessively in a way. I wrote the book very quickly because I always wanted to be with them. I needed their story told as badly as they did. 

Q) You and I have bonded amongst other things over LGBT rights and equality.  Can you share anything that has led to your passion for this?

ND:  It’s so funny because I can’t say anything specific that “led” to my passion for LGBT rights and equality. It’s just something I’ve always felt very strongly about. It’s something that’s important to me on a very human level because that’s what it is to me, human rights and human equality. Maybe part of it comes from the fact that I’m a champion for love. I’m a romantic and I think love has the power to do amazing things. We all deserve the right to experience that equally. 
Q) What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

ND:   Staying true to the characters and their story…or maybe that’s not the right way to put it. I just really wanted to get it right. I was so scared of not doing their story justice or not telling it the way it deserved to be told. More than any other book I’ve written, I consider RUSH to be a true LOVE story. Not a romance, but a love story and I took that very seriously. 
Q) What was your favorite scene to write?

ND:  I loved writing scenes where Alec and Brandon were able to let go… When they felt comfortable just being themselves and being happy. I loved writing each step they took, and I also loved writing the emotional scenes because there was just so much heart in them. I love writing that. 

Q) What was the hardest or most emotional scene for you to write?

ND: The scene toward the end with Brandon and his dad was hands down the toughest scene for me to write. There was so much pain in it from multiple directions. Also, in the beginning, the prologue was tough for me and also the last night Alec spends in NY when he goes to see Brandon. Brandon’s pain and struggle there gets me every time. 

Q) If anyone has enjoyed Rush the way I have can you recommend other books that involve M/M romance?  It would be helpful to describe for the readers which books emphasize the emotional connections and which are more for steam.  Personally, I have to have that emotional connection in any romance or the steam falls down for me..

ND:  If you’re newer to m/m romance or are looking for a really emotional story, a great place to start is Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels. It’s very much about love and connection and exploring feelings. It’s a beautiful story. It’s an adult romance but low on the steam. Also Promises by Marie Sexton. It’s a little steamier than Faith and Fidelity but it’s also very much about emotional connection and love. Slide by Garrett Leigh is great. Very dark and it’s sexy but there is a lot of love and emotional connection there too. For YA/NA there’s Suicide Watch by Kelley York. It’s a little darker but a really wonderful story. I’m also a big fan of JH Trumble. These next books may not be considered romance in the traditional HEA sense but Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan totally inspired me. It’s narration is very unique and it’s a very deep read. Also I LOVED Fast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd. 

That's it for now.  Thank you for taking the time to answer my qustions.  Also, thank you for writing this book and putting your heart out there in this way.  I'm crossing my fingers for a Logan book one day!

ND: Thank you so much for having me and I’m crossing my fingers for Logan too! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Release: Black Butterfly by Shirley Vernick

The Black Butterfly by Shirley Vernick
Published Date: May 2014
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA

The Story: 
Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of the country—the coast of Maine. This “vacation” is the brainchild of Penny's flaky mother, who's on the other side of the country hunting ghosts. Penny most definitely does not believe in spirits. Or love. Or family.


Until, that is, she discovers two very real apparitions which only she can see…and meets George, the strangely alluring son of the inn's owner…and crashes into some staggering family secrets. If only Ghost Girl didn't want Penny dead. If only George were the tiniest bit open to believing. If only she could tell her mother. Then maybe this could still be a vacation. But it's not. It's a race for her life, her first love, and her sanity.

About the Author:
Shirley has been writing since she learned how to hold a pencil. Her first professional publication, when she was a high school senior, was a pun in Reader’s Digest. The Black Butterfly is her third young adult novel, following the award-winning The Blood Lie and Remember Dippy. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Salon, Good Housekeeping, and newspapers nationwide.

Shirley is a graduate of Cornell University and an alumna of the Radcliffe Writing Seminars. The first paranormal novel she ever read was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it remains one of her favorites. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two frisky dogs.


Guest Post:
The Story Behind My Stories 
by Shirley Vernick

When Charles Dickens wrote, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” he might have been talking about the writing life as easily as the French Revolution. For me, writing is the most satisfying, frustrating, inspiring, maddening, and necessary activity of my life. It makes me who I am and who I’m becoming—a continuous act of creation and recreation on which I thrive.

So how did it happen, this love affair with writing? I think the first step was falling in love with stories. Growing up, I got read to a lot. It was a big part of how I bonded with my parents and four older siblings. Stories were synonymous with together time, with one-on-one attention, with snuggling up on the sofa on and taking an adventure.

I fell in love with writing before I even knew how to make my letters. As a preschooler, I’d scribble on a sheet of paper and ask my mother what I’d written. Mom, genius that she was, would study my scratchings and “read” lovely imagery back to me. That gave me the confidence I needed. Heck, if I could pull this off without any formal training, imagine what I could do once I hit school!

When I did get to school, I kept on writing. Every week in elementary school, my teachers used to have the class write short stories “using at least ten of this week’s spelling words.” In high school, I wrote for the student newspaper, took creative writing and journalism classes, and kept a big notebook of my own writings.

My first professional publication, at age 17, was a pun I submitted to Reader’s Digest: “Is a belly dancer a waist of energy?” I took one look at my work on the page of a national magazine, and I was a goner. It’s been writing ever since. First in corporate communications, then journalism, and then I finally took the plunge into my true calling: novels.  

By the way, I still get read to, thanks to my iPod. I’ll plug in when I’m doing chores or taking a walk, and it sends me straight back to the sofa of my childhood home. It also inspires me to keep writing, keep creating, and keep growing.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Foresight by Erika M Szabo Blog tour and GIVE AWAY!!!!!!


FORESIGHT, part one of the Guarded Secrets series Ilona has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents.   She begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child and discovers that she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state.   This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in.   She has been evacuated from her easy and steady life, and is forced to face the unknown.

My Review:  I really enjoyed this book. I had no knowledge of the Huns or their legends. I am truly fascinated and cannot wait to read more of their history and find out more of their laws. I know that this book is based on fiction but has some real aspects mixed in. I love that in a book. Especially when it comes to a tribe or ancient people that are not well known to me. The names of the characters are very unusual and I am not sure exactly how to pronounce them but they are very unique. I love how the story plays out. I love the characters, the story line and how everything comes together. The ending left me trying like crazy to find more to read. I cannot WAIT for the next book to come out. Author Erika M Szabo has DEFINITELY made a new fan in me!!!! 




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I love to read magical realism/fantasy stories. About two years ago, on a rainy afternoon, I wanted to snuggle up on the couch to read, but I didn’t have any new books.
I voiced my disappointment, while browsed my numerous bookshelves.
My daughter had enough after a while and said, “Mom, stop whining! If you don’t have a book to read, then write one.”
She surprised me with her statement, but I took her advice, sat down and started writing my Guarded Secrets series.
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