Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dark Illusions by D.D. Miers Blitz and #Giveaway


Dark Illusions
D.D. Miers
(The Relic Keeper, #2)
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
A war is brewing in the unseen world…are you ready?
Book 2 in the captivating urban fantasy series filled with twists and gripped by a complicated, butterfly-inducing romance. Fans of Shannon Mayer, Ella Summers, Dannika Dark and Rebecca Hamilton will love this series!
Praise for Book One – Dark Summoner
“Mesmerizing. . .had me completely under its spell.”
“Danger, excitement, passion, and turmoil.”
“An exceptional story full of rich characters.”
“This story has one biting her nails and sitting on the edge of her seat while eagerly turning every single page.”
*** FIRST PLACE WINNER *** 2015 International Digital Awards – Paranormal Romance
***Nerdy Girl Book Reviews*** HOT READS FEATURE, RomCon Magazine August 2015 Edition


Author Bio:
D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she's not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand, planning a Harry Potter themed party, or dancing very badly to music. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.

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Signed copy of Dark Illusions
$25 Amazon gift card
Ends June 1, 2017

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Craving Bad Blitz and #Giveway


Craving Bad: An Anthology of Bad Boys and Wicked Girls
Aj Norris, Amelia James, Bella J, Cora Kenborn, Genevieve Lynne, Jamie Zakian, Jennifer Loring, Kelsey McKnight, Kierston Modglin, Sarah Fischer, and Savannah Blevins
(Craving Series Book 1)
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
To take the bad with the good has never been this tempting…
We all need it. We all crave it. The unexpected. The freedom of letting all your inhibitions go. It’s the thrill of being led to the edge, testing the limits, wondering if and when you’ll be pushed over. It’s the rush of the unknown. The bittersweet of tasting the forbidden when you know it’s undeniably bad for you. It consumes you, possesses you, and seduces you with its decadence, the desire for wickedly bad things.
Eleven stories of sinfully seductive bad boys and scandalously wild bad girls—all ready to ignite your deepest desires by letting you experience the daring side of romance.
A blackmailing hacker. An infamous cage fighter. The Sergeant at Arms of a criminal MC. They’re breaking bad with shameless temptation…and they are downright irresistible.
Do you want to be taken to the edge? Do you ache for the thrill of experiencing how good bad can be?
Craving bad? Now’s your chance to indulge.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Boy from the Streets by Maria Gibbs

A Boy from the Streets
by Maria Gibbs


Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Publisher: Maria Gibbs
Genre: Family Saga | Fiction
Print Length: 375 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.

Murder.

Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.

 
  A Boy from the Streets by Maria Gibbs

A Boy from the StreetsThey were left behind out of love, newborn twin boys who already possess that special bond only a twin can understand. The cruelty of Fate separated them, one to grow up in the lap of a safe and loving environment an ocean away from his brother, left behind to survive the brutality of the corrupt Brazilian system that forces young children into the streets as fodder for the ugliest side of life, a side where even the law represents a monster of epic proportions.

Jose was taken to England, raised for twelve years and has now journeyed to Brazil with his parents and into a world of hidden truths and a revelation that will finally complete his soul.

Pedro was a ward of the state until he became too much of a burden and was forced to live on the streets, scrounging for scraps, becoming a thief in order to survive, all while being the puppet of a vile and corrupt police system. It was a matter of circumstance and an act of Fate that Jose would decide to find the brother he never knew. Their broken bond would be repaired, but not until Pedro and Jose trade places and they each understand what could have been their fate if only…

This isn’t a story of jealousy or even what ifs, this is a tale of missing pieces, love and finally feeling complete while being willing to do whatever is necessary to protect one another. It is the tale of the strength of one boy and the devotion of another to never be separated again. as their lives finally converge and their futures, as well as the futures of others are forever changed.

Wrapped around this tale is the “why” of their separation. Understand it or not, agree or not, without this “wrapper,” Jose and Pedro’s story could never be told, their bond tested and their futures changed forever.

If you have a heart, A BOY FROM THE STREETS is going to wring every last drop of emotion from it, so be prepared for feelings overload. Double that if you have or know or have ever been a child. Maria Gibbs has created an emotional time bomb that does not go off in a huge explosion, but slowly burrows into your conscience and even your very soul as you cannot avoid putting yourself into this tale and feel every single word that comes off the pages.

So, I would imagine you have noticed I allowed the lines between reality and fiction to blur, perhaps it is a Mom of twins thing or a Grandma of twins thing, could be, I am both. When an author can achieve that blur and gain that emotional investment, they have done their job!


 

Lying in Ruins by Jami Gray

Lying In Ruins
by Jami Gray


Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (June 1, 2017)
Publication Date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Post Apocalyptic | Dystopian
Print Length: 307 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 

In a world gone to hell, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad...
The world didn't end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a 'Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate's Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score - hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.
As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn 'Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body sceptical - and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realise they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal - justice and revenge.
Sometimes, when the world's gone to hell, it's better to stick with the devil you know...

 
 Lying in Ruins by Jami Gray

Lying In RuinsPower has an agenda in a world that is drowning itself in a quagmire of disease, starvation and deceit until only the strong will survive the chaos that is this dark world. That strength comes at a price and in this dog eat dog world the highest or most lethal bidder uses its puppets to unearth secrets best hidden. It is a deadly job and Charity is good at her work. She is a Hound and her blood runs like ice through her veins and she has honed her skills as both a spy and a strong arm to one day fulfill her own agenda. She hadn’t planned on taking her solo act on the road as a duet until Fate intervenes and Ruin lands like a boulder right in her path.

Ruin is part of the deadly, nomadic arbitrators of feral justice, Fate’s Vultures. He is deadly, vicious and metes out ruthless justice with a vengeance. Charity’s appearance is beyond coincidence and Ruin is positive her agenda is more than meets the eye. It is only the common enemy they chase that brings them to an uneasy truce and an unlikely alliance. Sure, right…

Chemistry is chemistry, lust is lust and although neither Charity nor Ruin will admit it, there is more to their “alliance” then a mutual endgame. Justice and revenge are best served cold, but the heat between these two boils over with passion. Perhaps Fate knows what she is doing as she puts two lethal souls together and brings love to life!

LYING IN RUINS by Jami Gray is proof that love can be found in the most unlikely places and no amount of denial will deter its path! Feel the heat that blossoms in a world that has become a cesspool of death. Charity has secrets, they are deep-seated and nothing, not even Ruin can stop her from exposing both her softer side and the side she has honed to lethal perfection. Then again, he is a man of “justice,” strong convictions and a brutal past, who better to understand this woman who has lived a solitary life? Dark, chaotic, yet populated by two main characters who have a true code of honor! Loved it!

I received an ARC edition from Escape Publishing and Jami Gray in exchange for my honest review.



The Emerald Blade by Steven Kelliher (The Landkist Saga, #2)

The Emerald Blade 
by Steven Kelliher

 

Saga: The Landkist Saga - Book 2
Expected Publication Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Number of Pages: 636
Purchase links not available at time of review
 
 One Sage is dead. Five remain.

For Kole, Linn and the newly-minted heroes of the Valley, their victory is short-lived in light of new revelations.

The King of Ember is alive. But the man who once led his people against the forces of darkness is changed. His path now takes him to the north and a land called Center, where he intends to bring his power to bear against another would-be God.

While Kole and Linn gather a small company to follow the King, another group heads for the northern deserts, intent on discovering what power the Emberfolk left buried in the sands.

The Dark Months have faded, but the light cannot last. The time for hiding is over.

It’s time for the World to meet the Landkist.

  
The Emerald Blade by Steven Kelliher (The Landkist Saga, #2)

The Emerald Blade (The Landkist Saga, #2)Searing blades, heated blood, epic battles, powerful forces long lost have returned, but are they the warriors they once were or is the man known as the King of Embers now fighting for an agenda of his own?

THE EMERALD BLADE wields the magic and power of his namesake. Witches, Sages, Willows, dark forces, forces of light, foes worthy of battle, the powers of the Emberfolk, powers of ice and cold, the land has become a battlefield from the South to the Center lands to the North. It is time for the Landkist to declare their place in the world, but not until both heroes and enemies have fallen. Will the battle between light and dark never end?

As Kole and his allies stand for good, they will falter in their resolve, but their quest is not over. Follow them as they wield the powers of their fire and their weapons against death from the skies and all around them. Witness their growth as a team, as limbs of one great tree as they prepare to face a power that even the Eastern Dark fears.

From start to finish, the action and turmoil is non-stop as THE EMERALD BLADE continues the saga that began in THE VALLEY OF EMBERS. Magical beings, hideous beasts, and dark powers who are like puppets dancing to the strings controlled by others. Where does reality end and the veils of the myriad of magical powers begin?

Steven Kelliher’s world is epic fantasy come to life. Rich in detail, high velocity action, uniquely created characters and scenes that put readers into the action, feel the immense size of the battlefields as described by this author’s pen and watch as even a simple color becomes part of the powers in play.

Each character comes to life with unique abilities, in-depth physical descriptions and realize that sometimes what meets the eye is not always the true reality. This epic fantasy dares you to leave your simple world behind and become part of a world where anything can and most likely will happen. Rest up, this journey is filled with non-stop challenges and surprises as our heroes fight to control the energies they possess as they are called upon by their very hearts and souls to vanquish evil.

Steven Kelliher has stepped up to the plate and hit this one out of the ball park!

I received this copy from Steven Kelliher in exchange for my honest review.

Romance Between the Pages Podcast


Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through the spring. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!

THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR...
KATY REGNERY!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Dawn Girl by Leslie Wolfe Blitz and #Giveaway


Dawn Girl
Leslie Wolfe
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, Thriller
A GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER
Her blue eyes wide open, glossed over. A few specks of sand clung to her long, dark lashes. Her beautiful face, immobile, covered in sparkling flecks of sand. Her lips slightly parted as if to let a last breath escape.
Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand beach? What is her secret?
FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.
Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?
The rules of the game have changed.
So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.

Special Agent Tess Winnett is the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine of Dawn Girl. Putting her life on the line, she doesn’t pull any punches, searching only for the truth, and for the man who takes lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess will take readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in this suspenseful, gripping serial killer thriller.
Fans of David Baldacci and James Patterson will enjoy Leslie Wolfe.
SNEAK A PEEK AT CHAPTER 1:
She made an effort to open her eyes, compelling her heavy eyelids to obey. She swallowed hard, her throat raw and dry, as she urged the wave of nausea to subside. Dizzy and confused, she struggled to gain awareness. Where was she? She felt numb and shaky, unable to move, as if awakening from a deep sleep or a coma. She tried to move her arms, but couldn’t. Something kept her immobilized, but didn’t hurt her. Or maybe she couldn’t feel the pain, not anymore.
Her eyes started to adjust to the darkness, enough to distinguish the man moving quietly in the room. His silhouette flooded her foggy brain with a wave of memories. She gasped, feeling her throat constrict and burning tears rolling down her swollen cheeks.
Her increased awareness sent waves of adrenaline through her body, and she tried desperately to free herself from her restraints. With each useless effort, she panted harder, gasping for air, forcing it into her lungs. Fear put a strong chokehold on her throat and was gaining ground, as she rattled her restraints helplessly, growing weaker with every second. She felt a wave of darkness engulf her, this time the darkness coming from within her weary brain. She fought against that darkness, and battled her own betraying body.
The noises she made got the man’s attention.
“I see you’re awake. Excellent,” the man said, without turning.
She watched him place a syringe on a small, metallic tray. Its handle clinked, followed by another sound, this time the raspy, telling sound of a file cutting through the neck of a glass vial. Then a pop when the man opened the vial. He grabbed the syringe and loaded the liquid from the vial, then carefully removed any air, pushing the piston until several droplets of fluid came out.
Dizziness overtook her, and she closed her eyes for a second.
“Shit,” the man mumbled, then opened a drawer and went through it in a hurry.
She felt the needle poke deeply in her thigh, like it was happening to another person. She felt it, but distantly. She perceived a subdued burning sensation where he pushed the fluid into her muscle, then that went away when he pulled the needle out. She closed her weary eyes again, listless against her restraints.
The man cracked open ammonia salts under her nose, and she bounced back into reality at the speed of a lightning strike, aware, alert, and angry. For a second she fought to free herself, but froze when her eyes focused on the man in front of her.
He held a scalpel, close to her face. In itself, the small, shiny, silver object was capable of bringing formidable healing, as well as immense pain. The difference stood in the hand wielding it. She knew no healing was coming her way; only pain.
“No, no, please…” she pleaded, tears falling freely from her puffy eyes, burning as they rolled down her cheeks. “Please, no. I… I’ll do anything.”
“I am ready,” the man said. He seemed calm, composed, and dispassionate. “Are you ready?”
“No, no, please…” she whimpered.
“Yeah,” he said softly, almost whispering, inches away from her face. “Please say no to me. I love that.”
She fell quiet, scared out of her mind. This time was different. He was different.


Author Bio:
Bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the Florida-based "Wolves’ den," Leslie answers one true calling: writing.
Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/titles.
Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.
Become an insider: gain early access to previews of Leslie’s new novels.

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J.C. Kang's DRAGON SONGS SAGA Tour & #Giveaway


Prelude to Insurrection
A Legends of Tivara Story
by JC Kang
Genre: Epic Fantasy, YA



Only an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.

Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.

In this prequel to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.


**Free May 17th & 18th!!**

Songs of Insurrection
The Dragon Songs Saga Book 1


Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the realm. Only a naïve girl with the perfect voice can rediscover it.

Blessed with an unrivaled voice, Kaiya dreams of a time when music could summon typhoons and rout armies. Maybe then, the imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan uncover a brewing insurrection, the court hopes to appease the ringleader by offering Kaiya as a bride.

Obediently wedding the depraved rebel lord means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

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Orchestra of Treacheries
The Dragon Songs Saga Book 2


The mightiest dragon threatens the world, and only the power of a Dragon Song can vanquish him.

Two years have passed since Kaiya rediscovered the lost magic of Dragon Songs, yet the power of her voice is untrained. Potential suitors see her as a stepping stone. One ruthless cousin would rather step on her gravestone.

Not one to get walked over or buried, Kaiya is holding out for the exiled foreign prince who inspired her to sing. The only one who appreciates her abilities more is the world’s last dragon, Avarax, and it’s not because he enjoys a good song.

Raw and unproven, she finds mentors in unlikely places. An elf courtier. An ancient healer. A martial arts master. And an evil sorcerer. She’ll need their guidance to survive the final showdown between a girl finding her voice, and a dragon who has no intention of being fooled a second time.

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Dances of Deception
The Dragon Songs Saga Book 3


An invincible empire threatens to invade Cathay, and only a Dragon Song can ensure peace.

After vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all Kaiya wants is a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor sends her to negotiate peace with the aggressive Teleri Empire.

The critical mission reunites her with her childhood friend Tian, now an assassin-spy who loathes killing. He is no longer the adorable, gullible boy from her memories, any more than she is the adventurous, sweet girl from his. Instead of rekindling nostalgia for a youthful innocence they both yearn for, their reunion ignites a mutual hatred.

When the Teleri Empire breaks off talks, Tian must help Kaiya escape. Orcs, Ogres, and enemy soldiers stand between them and home, and their volatile relationship could get them captured… or killed.

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Symphony of Fates
The Dragon Songs Saga Book 4



Kaiya escapes her ordeal at the hands of the Teleri Emperor, only to return to a homeland beset by enemies on all sides, and crumbling from within.

As a teenager, she quelled a rebellion with the Dragon Scale Lute. As a young adult, she vanquished a dragon with the power of her voice.

Now, robbed of her magic by grief, Kaiya must navigate a web of court intrigue to save the realm before it falls. Only she can lay claim to the Dragon Throne on behalf of her unborn sons—whether the father is the lover who perished rescuing her, or the hated enemy who killed him.

In the final story in Kaiya’s saga, she must rally a nation, repel invaders, and prove to the world why her family alone holds the Mandate of Heaven.

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JC Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

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