Friday, November 30, 2012

2 Giveaways, Blogiversary Day and Cambria Hebert's Tirade Release Day Celebration!!!

So yes, it's FINALLY here!!!

That's right.... we've been celebrating throughout the month....
but it is truly my very first BLOGIVERSARY!!!

Yay!!!  Woo hoo!!!  Wippeeeeee!!!
Tee hee hee .... that was fun ;)

One year ago today, I got brave and joined the blogging world.
I had no idea what an incredible and blessed journey this would become.

My very first post was a five star review of
Cambria Hebert's Christmas short story, Whiteout.  
Read that review here.  Then you should probably go and add it to your Goodreads TBR
because it's an incredible, sticks-with-you, wish-there-was-more tale 
(but won't be available again for purchase until later in December)!!!  
But then come back because we have much, much more to do here today.  
Including more from Cambria Hebert (fitting, huh?)!

So yes, today is a DOUBLE celebration!!!

As it all began with the ever so talented Cambria Hebert,
we will celebrate year one with her as well!
Today is the release of book #3 in the Heven & Hell series, Tirade!!!!
And it ROCKS!
Get to know the series better by checking out this post.

So let's start with my review of Tirade......

Tirade (Heven & Hell #3)
by Cambria Hebert

Betrayal burns. Death hurts and the clock ticks…

Minutes and hours stretch into days. How long can Sam survive being confined in Hell? I have a plan… a plan with a lot of holes. I need someone who can make up for my weaknesses, someone who possesses the power that I lack. Riley is supposed to be off limits. He’s dangerous, he’s mean and he’s not to be trusted. But I do. 

Beelzebub is on a tirade, bent on revenge. I took what he wants and sent him into the flames. I will wear the scars of his punishments forever. But scars don’t scare me anymore.

On my way to free Sam I find my true path, a secret place and new allies. But in Hell nothing is easy… and everything is cruel. The only thing left to do is survive.

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher Type:  Indie, Self
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
The Heven & Hell books keep getting better and better!!!  Heven really grows into her own and continues to discover new things about herself.  Heven's character growth is one of my favorite things about this whole series and it's great to see her in full-out heroine mode in Tirade.

She takes crazy risks to do so, but Heven is determined to rescue Sam.  She seeks out Riley, who everyone (Sam included) thinks is pure evil.  Heven sees the good in him (so very true to her nature).  Can she trust him?  Hmmmm.... I wouldn't want to give anything away.  I always love when a character's motives are questionable; the mystery and suspense of it is thrilling.  I really enjoy Riley's character.  He's a fun character with great snark; you also see the battle of good verses evil within him.  I'm really intrigue where things will go from here with him, especially with that epilogue!

Tirade is suspenseful, action-packed, full of plot twists and turns (love the twist on who Beelzebub is really seeking!!!) and stamped with that trademark soul-deep love between Heven and Sam. really loved this book and am now just desperately waiting to see what happens next!!!

Cover Art:
This is the author's husband!!!  How cool is that?!?  I love all her covers, though I do miss the gold sparkle of the first few.  Check out the graphic artist, Mae I Design, who does all the Heven & Hell covers.

Quotes that made me giggle from Heven:
I looked at the fork still clutched in my hand.  It made a pretty good weapon.  I stuck it in my pocket - a girl in my situation never knew when she might need a fork. 

We all feel into silence.  Gemma was probably wondering if Cole was still in love with Kimber.  Cole was probably wondering what he said to make me yell, and I was lying there desperately trying not to vomit.  What a group we made.

Even after the dragon ate his snack, he stood there as if waiting for something.  I thought after his chocolate fix (a dragon with a chocolate addiction is so unreal it can only happen in my life), he would fly away.

Get your very own copy of Tirade:

So now onto the giveaway portion of today's festivities!

So in celebration of my blogiversary, Cambria Hebert has generously offered up
the ENTIRE HEVEN & HELL SERIES to date in e-format
and some fun signed swag to go along with it!!!
She so rocks, doesn't she???

And in addition to this giveaway,
in celebration of the release of Tirade
she is running a giveaway of
and some awesome signed swag!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: Fanged Princess by Elisabeth Wheatley

Cover reveals rock!!!!!  
I love the excitement that goes along with announcing a new novel 
and that great visual treat that goes along with it!  
And this one's all PURPLE!!!!  
I love, love, love purple!  
It's my very favorite color, so I'm a bit partial to this cover for that reason alone.  
But here, check it out for yourself.  It's quite intriguing, don't you think?

Fanged Princess
by Elisabeth Wheatley

I will not let my brother suffer the same loss…

Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her for her choice to love a human. 
Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, 
has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, 
the three of them flee from their home in New England 
and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. 
If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces 
with the mortal enemies of their kind…

Be ensnared in this dark tale of enduring love, loyalty, and revenge 
from teenage author, Elisabeth Wheatley.

Chill bumps, right??? And the authors a teenager!  
And this isn't even her first book!!!
How freaking cool is that?!?
Here's the trailer, too....

So make sure to put this on your Goodreads TBR!!!

Let's get to know this astounding teen....

Elisabeth Wheatley started writing very short (and rather silly) stories when she was around six. She became a voracious reader and after being practically forced by her cousins to watch Disney's version of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," she developed a chronic passion for fantasy.

Elisabeth eventually went to work on what would become "The Key of Amatahns" when she was eleven. "The Key of Amatahns" is the first in the seven-book series, "Argetallam Saga."

She is also now working on a urban fantasy/paranormal romance vampire novella.

When she isn't spellbound by reading fantasy books and writing her own, Elisabeth trains and shows her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnay, makes goat cheese, and studies mythology.

You can get to know Elisabeth better on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads pages.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu

Yay!  It's time for yet another giveaway! 
Today the fabulous author, Kenechi Udogu (who sometimes goes by Kenny), has come by Known to Read to visit.  She's brought us a guest post on the bad boys (and girls) of the fairy tale realm and has offered up her unique twist on a popular fairy tale, The Other Slipper, for giveaway.  Woo hoo!

Let's start by getting to know our new friend, Kenny, first......

Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

Kenny's books include The Other Slipper, The Summer of BrianThe Altercation of Vira and new out later this month Aversion.

Get to know Kenechi better via her Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.  

And now, here's Kenny's post......

When They Were Bad – 
Why Fairytale Villains Do What They Do

Let’s be honest, nobody grows up warming to Snow White’s stepmother or to the Big Bad Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood story. Nobody.  As children, we are taught to abhor said characters and empathise with the more wholesome heroes of the fables we are told. The point being that a child will emulate the actions of a “good” hero and learn to keep away from selfish/wicked decisions that “bad” characters make. But the older we become, the more we begin to realise that the idea of “good” and “bad” in these stories is presented in an incredibly simplistic way and is not necessarily as clear cut as we were led to believe. Sometimes, we may even find that the concept is downright deceptive when other factors surrounding the stories are taken into consideration.

In The Other Slipper, my fairytale retelling of the Cinderella story, the reader is introduced to a host of characters who may or may not be described as “bad”, if their motives are viewed from a different perspective. In fact, some of their actions might actually be described as honourable but slightly misguided in their execution. I have always been interested in exploring the blurred lines between good and bad in stories and have sought out tales which try to retell well know fables with an altered mind-set. Thankfully, a lot of authors have had great success with delving into this idea of lateral viewpoints (e.g., Gail Carson Levine, Gregory Maguire) and recent increased interest in the back stories of villains in TV shows such as Once Upon A Time and Grimm has brought a welcomed string of additions to challenge what we have long accepted as the truth in fairytales. I am not saying that we can explain away every evil character’s motives (they are all still responsible for their actions) but I now tend to pause for a little bit longer before condemning the characters I was once taught to dislike.

So what are the unrevealed motives behind the actions of baddies in fairytales? If we were in their shoes, would our anger, vanity or selfishness make us behave in a similar way, if not the same? Here are a few of the possible reasons I’ve come up with for some very well-known characters.

The Big Bad Wolf – Whether in Little Red Riding Hood or in The Three Little Pigs, let’s consider the plight of a hungry carnivore. The poor thing was probably starving after going hungry for days and like any other animal, it was trying to survive. Perhaps he went a bit far by trying to eat three different pigs in such a short period of time, but he could have been trying to fatten up for the winter. We’ll never know.

Evil stepmothers – These are usually portrayed as power drunk, cruel and selfish. In actuality, most stepmothers in these stories are either trying to protect or fend for their own daughters (Cinderella) or make a better life for themselves in times of poverty (Hansel and Gretel). True, some are simply portrayed as vain and insecure (e.g., in Snow White) but some might argue that the toll the ageing process takes on the human body can sometimes make good people do bad things for the preservation of youth.

Witches/Wizards/Fairies/Sorcerers – Their goal mostly seems to be seeking power and security, but not always. In Hansel and Gretel, the witch’s unusual diet of little children is what makes her imprison the siblings. Perhaps the diet was recommended by her physician to strengthen her brittle bones or clear her sinuses. Again, we’ll never know as she didn’t get a chance to plead her case. Other villains were simply trying to repay the “heroes” for the wrong that was done to them. For instance, the fairy in Sleeping Beauty was scorned when she was left off the banquet invite list and the fairy in Beauty and the Beast was repaying the Prince with hideousness for his cruelty to her.

Rumpelstiltskin –Let’s spare a thought for the little lonely trader who only wanted some company in his old age and was promised a reward by a girl he helped in her time of need. If we’re being honest, he made a fair trade and the girl should have been wise enough not to make a deal which involved trading human life.

I could go on but I think I will stop here and hope that the next time you read a fairytale, you keep an eye out for the other side to the villain’s story. Because if you really think about it, everybody is somebody’s villain.

Looove it!!!  
Now, let's get to known Kenechi's book, The Other Slipper ...........

The Other Slipper
by Kenechi Udogu 

When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.

Intrigued?  Me, too!!!
Get your copy here:
Add it to your Goodreads TBR here!

Wanna win it?  Just fill out the Rafflecopter below.......

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: Thorns by Kate Avery Ellison

Lia Weaver went against everything she’d ever known when she risked her life to help a Farther fugitive named Gabe escape from the Aeralian soldiers, and her life changed forever. And the Frost changed, too—the Farthers have taken over her village, a new group of vigilantes calling themselves the Blackcoats are making plans to overthrow the Farther occupiers, and the Thorns are seeking for her to join them.

Lia seeks to fight back against the evil and injustice that has swallowed up her home, but danger lurks at every turn. The monsters that dwell in the deepest regions of the Frost are growing bolder and more dangerous every day, a Farther noble takes up residence in the village on a mysterious mission, and Lia discovers that her parents were harboring even more secrets.

As the frozen world of the Frost grows even more perilous, can Lia survive?

See my review of book 1, Frost, here.

Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
It's so very wonderful when the next book in a series is even better than the first!  Thorns has all that makes Frost (book 1) great but with more suspense, more danger and more unexpected twists at every turn; Ellison's characters will surprise you, delight (or maybe terrify) you and leave you hungry for more!!!  

As the consequences from events of book 1 progress, Thorns develops fully into the dystopian genre; giving us readers that breath-holding, kindle-gripping suspense for which we love dystopian literature.  This is the type of book that leaves you thinking about it for weeks after you finish it, especially with a so very FAN-TAB-BUL-OUS, crazy-makes-you-yell, super cliff hanger ending!  **Chill bumps**  I really am shocked with all that happens in Thorns and I am crazy in need of book 3 which I'm hoping will be out in the next few months.  

Cover Art:
This cover is perfect in it's simplicity.  The monochromatic color scheme, the uncluttered photograph, the beautiful typeface ... all just perfect!  I did like book 1's cover a bit better, but this is simply another fabulous cover!  Makes me cold just looking at it ... brrrrr!

Favorite Quotes:
  "The Frost was cold.  Ice wrapped the tree branches in soft silver, and a mist of shadow and snow enveloped the woods like a veil.  The path was long and twisting, and I ran.
    My cloak streamed behind me, a ribbon of blue in a world of white.  All around me, the snow fell in slow spirals like fairy dust.  It might be beautiful in some other place.  Here it was ominous, because here we had no fairy tale endings... only horror stories."

  "Honestly, trying to get Adam to talk at length about anything was like dragging meat from the jaws of a starving dog.  Especially if it had anything to do with the Thorns.  But like any true-born Frost dweller, I was nothing if not stubbornly persistent." 

Buy yours here:
Don't forget to add Thorns to your Goodreads TBR.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: The Man Painter by Melissa Turner Lee

Secrets can kill a relationship. But the secrets Holly and Theo keep from each other in the start of their relationship could mean the death of either of them. Fritz holds all the cards, and raises the stakes in this deadly, more adult conclusion of The Painter Series.

Beware, there will be spoilers for book 1 in my review of book 2.
See my review of The Earth Painter (Painter Series #1) here.
Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance (sweet, not steamy)
Publisher Type:  Independent Publisher
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:

I really think it would be impossible to top the first book, The Earth Painter.  It was just THAT good, but The Man Painter is a close second; an amazing and beautifully sweet novel.  Easily gaining a five star rating.  The incredible depth and emotion of book 1 is absolutely present in book 2 with the romance level of Pride & Prejudice.

We rejoin this amazing world two years after the events of The Earth Painter.  Holly doesn't know what has become of Theo; she feels he has left after being disappointed in her failure to save the well.  Despite the loneliness and guilt, Holly is doing well on her own.  She has continued living in her grandma's house (despite her parents moving to Asheville, NC), going to college for acting and working for Anthony's mom.  On her way to join her parents for Thanksgiving, in an awesome twist of events, Holly finds herself face-to-face with a very human Theo in Charleston, SC.  And Theo isn't disappointed.  He's thrilled to see her.  It seems he may even have some very human feelings for her.

Theo joining humanity has been and continues to be a difficult adjustment for him.  He is frustrated with his limitations and unsure of himself.  This places him in a unique and vulnerable place.  The beauty of this is that Holly's roll has changed and she can now nurture Theo much like he was able to nurture her in book 1.

While still full of action, suspense and mystery, Theo's and Holly's relationship takes center stage and it's sooooo beautifully done!!!  Yes, yes, I've been using "beautiful" like crazy throughout this review, but it just fits in a way no other word works.  This book is beautiful!  You need to read it!!!  It will warm your heart and make you teary eyed and will remind you how special true love is.

Cover Art:
Again, a book cover that is artistically stunning and perfectly reflects the content makes me a happy girl.  **Happy Sigh**

Purchase The Man Painter here:
Add it to your Goodreads TBR here.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Faith McKay's Prophecy Girl

I know you're shocked.  
Another awesomesauce of a giveaway?!?

Yup.  That's what happens when this girl celebrates here very first year as a blogger.

It's been such an incredible journey.
I've met some incredible 
bloggers, authors and readers.
I've read some incredible books.
I'm just simply incredibly blessed.

So today, I'm joined here on Known to Read with author, Faith McKay who has been so kind as to offer up an e-copy of her book, Prophecy Girl.  Yay!!! This makes me crazy happy!  I'm dying to read this book (Faith's so wonderful that she gave me a copy to read, too ... squeee!!!!).  

So let me start by giving you the low down on Prophecy Girl, but before I let you read the synopsis, I've got to take a second to rant about how much I LOVE this cover!  Look how pretty!!!  I'm eager to read this girl's story even before I know what the books about.  **Happy Sigh**  
I love a good cover!  Oh, alright, I'll get on with it now :) .........

Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

Intrigued?  I know!!!
Want your own copy???  Get it here....
Don't forget to add Prophecy Girl to your Goodreads TBR.

Let's get to know our way awesome author, Faith McKay, now....

Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray.

If you'd like to know more about Prophecy Girl or Faith McKay, visit her on, Facebook,  Twitter, and Goodreads.

Now here's Faith to tell you more about Prophecy Girl...... 

Ten Things About Prophecy Girl

It's so hard describing my novel, Prophecy Girl, to people. I want to tell them everything but no one wants to hear me go on for five hours. But then there is so much I can't tell you! Especially while trying to avoid serious spoilers.

If you've read the description for Prophecy Girl, you get a hint at things that happen in this novel. I thought it would be fun to go ahead, and while avoiding too many spoilers, tell you ten fun things about Prophecy Girl—from itty bitty details to some bigger events you'll find further into the story, here are ten facts!
  1. There is a pet Penguin. It's a rat.
  2. I called Chapter Nine my 1980's chapter.
  3. Chapter Eleven is my 1940s chapter.
  4. Despite the two facts above, there is no time travel in Prophecy Girl :)
  5. There is supernatural royalty in the woods, and they like to snowboard.
  6. The book takes place in Lacuna Valley, which is home to Liberty, a western themed tourist town.
  7. I did not title Prophecy Girl, my awesome husband did. By the time he finally came up with this title, it was already edited and done.
  8.  I wrote four very different versions of both the first and last chapters.
  9. I don't widely advertise that there are werewolves in this book, because it's not a werewolf book and I don't want to lead people on, but the werewolves are some of my favorite characters. (Okay, I don't pick favorites, I have squishy feelings for all my characters!)
  10.  I made up a supernatural race in this book. But I won't tell you about them, because I am fiercely anti-spoilers.
Ready to win this crazy incredible book???
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley


Today is my stop on the Matt Archer: Monster Hunter tour!!!
And I'm super excited to give you a chance to get to know this amazing read.
Today, you'll get to read about the book, 
hear my thoughts on it (let me give ya a hint:  FIVE STARS!!!), 
get to know the author some,
read an excerpt
enter an outlandishly awesome GIVEAWAY!
So let's get straight into the knitty-gritty of this awesome YA Urban Fantasy 
that will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson (older middle grade readers and up, I'd say):

Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer spends his days studying Algebra, hanging out with his best friend and crushing on the Goddess of Greenhill High, Ella Mitchell. To be honest, he thinks his life is pretty lame until he discovers something terrifying on a weekend camping trip at the local state park.

Monsters are real. And living in his backyard.

But that's not the half of it. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle's bag has a secret, one that will change Matt's life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it's chosen Matt as its wielder.

Now Matt's part of a world he didn't know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries.

His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:

I absolutely loved Matt Archer from the get go!!!  He's such a likable character!  I loved the "voice" of the first person narrative, endearing Matt to me immediately.  All the characters are very well developed; not one felt flat in the least.  The family dynamics, the average-teen-high-school issues, the friendships all felt so real.  I was amazed at the high level of believability considering the subject matter (I read urban fantasy all the time, but when a high school boy gets to be a part of a Navy Seal team, you've got to be a great author to get that sense of "sure that could happen").  The action is quick-paced, abundant and so much fun!!!  I can't get over just how awesome of a read this book is; I can't wait for more!!!  And luckily for us all, there is more!  There's a short story that comes after this and book 2, Matt Archer: Blade's Edge is due out in January!  Yay for more good books!!!

Cover Art:
I really like this cover!  I think it is fitting for the target audience and makes you want to see what's inside.  The title is also very grabbing; you don't really need to read the synopsis to know this is going  to be an awesome read.
* * * * *

So allow me to introduce this super gifted author, Kendra C. Highley:

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job.
Kendra believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.
More information about the Matt Archer universe, works in progress and the nature of the Higgs Boson* can be found at  (*Yeah…not really. We’ll let the scientists handle that part.)

You can also get to know Kendra better on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Now are you ready for a sneak peek?!?  

I know you are because this book is sooooo very good!!!  

You've just got to read it!!!  
**Fan Girl Squeal**

Here it is:

Before I had a chance to dig out some marshmallows for s’mores, the air turned sharp and the wind gusted cold into the campfire, sending up sparks. Uncle Mike rose to his feet, with an intense, alert expression I’d never seen before—like he could eat a brick and enjoy the crunch.

Without looking at me, he said, “Weather’s changing; best to get inside the tent, where it’s warmer.”

With nothing else to do, we packed it in for the night. Mike didn’t allow me to bring a cell phone or anything else electronic on our trips. I could’ve played cards or something, but being outside always made me tired and I went to sleep early because, yes, I’m just that exciting. On the plus side, I had the craziest dream: Ella Mitchell ditched her boyfriend for me. That’s not weird—that’s plain, old wishful thinking. The weird part was that she hopped up on stage during assembly and stole the microphone from Principal Stevens to do it. Then I ran down the aisle to thunderous applause, swept her in my arms and….

“Get back!” Mike yelled.

I sat up in surprise to see shadows moving across the tent’s walls. One shadow was Mike's, distorted in the bright moonlight. The other…heck if I knew what it was. Bulky, taller than Mike by a long shot, it grunted and snorted like an angry pig. Was it a bear? I rubbed my eyes and squinted. No, definitely not a bear. The thing was much too big and shuffled along on two legs.

When it roared, it didn’t sound like any animal I’d ever heard, but more like a bulldozer’s engine. Every hair on my scalp stood up. Whatever this thing was, it wasn’t natural.

Want your own copy?!?
I knew it!!!

Here's where to find it:

Don't forget to add Matt Archer: Monster Hunter to your Goodreads TBR.
Also, download book #1.5, Matt Archer: Monster Summer, right now.  Click here!

Now here's a chance to win some major goodies:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. 
Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising* 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Emi Gayle's After Dark

I'm crazy thrilled to be here with YA urban fantasy author, Emi Gayle!!!
**Fan Girl Squeal!!!**
Not only did I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her new novel, After Dark,
but I have a sneaking suspicion that Emi Gayle writes 
some of my favorite adult urban fantasy under another name...
...but I'll never tell...
**wink, wink**

Alright, let's start off introducing this freakin' awesome work!!!
Yes, I did indeed LOVE After Dark!
Yes, I am D Y I N G to read the sequeal (not due out till May!) and
No, I won't tell you what other name this author writes under (tee hee hee).

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class, figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Now I know you want your own copy, don't cha?
Well, here's where you can get it (but come right back, please, 'cause we're not finished)...

Let's get to know our author, Emi Gayle...

Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi's favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she's still in love with him to this day. She'll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.

Awwwww!  I love what she has to say about her man!!!  
I sooo appreciate true romance!
**happy sigh**

Get to know Emi Gayle better on her Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads pages.

As a guest post, I asked Ms. Gayle to talk about her passion for mythology.
Here's what she had to share...

Mythology -- fiction or fact?

Does it really matter if mythology is actually real? Isn’t is the fun of being creative and coming up with new and different creatures that really drives a writer and enthralls an author? 

Okay ... well ... it does me.

In fact, I enjoy mythology so much that I like looking up mythogical creatures and beings and seeing what others have come up with as far as the description, actions, etc. What’s even more fun is taking that detail and embelishing. Oh yeah, that’s super fun.

It’s so fun in fact, that every creature in After Dark (and the subsequent books) is slightly embellished based on what others defined as mythological. I mean, my vampires have some tradition to them ... and some not. My fairies can do normal stuff, stuff that most attribute to fairies ... but are also different. Even my Changeling lore is ... well ... a little different.

That’s the beauty of being an author. I can make up stuff that’s already made up! I can take simple concepts that everyone ‘knows’ and make them better or worse or pretty or ugly or just plain ... different.

It’s the fun of it and Mac is the epitome of different.

Yay!!!  I love hearing how authors develop their books!
I love the celebration of creativity that speculative fiction embodies!!!
Thank you, Emi, for sharing!

So on to the giveaway portion of today's post...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway: Indie SWAGvaganza!!!

Oh yeah!  It's time!
Time for another GIVEAWAY!!!

Woo Hoo!  Yippee!!!  Yowza!

So I've got some B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Indie swag to giveaway!!!
Much of it's signed by the authors themselves!!!  Yup, 'tis true!

Wanna see???
Here it is!!!

So who are these amazing authors who've donated their pretties to us?
Let me introduce ya (in alphabetical order no less)!!!

The Holloway Pack's J. A. Belfield
Reaper's L. S. Murphy
Elemental's Emily White
The Frey Saga's Melissa Wright

Be sure to check each of these amazingly talented gals out
(the links above will take you to their book's Goodreads page).

So onto the contest entering...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cover Reveal: Rise of the Magi Jocelyn Adams

Once again it's that special time that I love!
No, not Christmas!!!  We've got some time before that!
No, it's cover reveal time!!!
Yay!  Woo Hoo!!!
**Blows Horn, Throws Confetti**
Alright.  So what I have for you is book 3 of the Lila Gray series.
I haven't read these books yet (but book 1 is sitting patiently on my kindle);
so let's start off with a bit about book 1 (LOVE this cover as well!)....

Lila Gray is just a human — at least that's her mantra when she accidentally topples a building or bends a paranoid local's gun into modern art. That she can sense and control the minds around her doesn't prove anything, either. Unwilling to put others at risk, she hides in the wilderness from the beautiful creature who hunts her, one who sees her as his ultimate prize. 

Alone, the egocentric Glass Man can kill with a thought. Mated with Lila, he's a supernatural weapon prepared to annihilate the humans he loathes.

Caught in the Glass Man's latest scheme, Lila is plunged into a hidden fae realm, faced with a secret birthright and a forbidden romance.

With the Glass Man threatening everyone she loves, can Lila accept who she is in time to end his bloody reign? Or will she succumb to his dark power and become the vehicle of destruction for the human race?

I know you want it ... here's where to get it:

There's also a short story, Tempted (#1.5) in the compilation, Into the Unknown
and book 2, Shadowborn (just out October 1st) available.

Add them to your Goodreads TBR.

Well, let's get on with the cover reveal...
....Drum Roll Please... 

Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray #3)

by Jocelyn Adams

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves? 

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both.

For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. 

Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. 

This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown.

For which side will she fight?

I'm super excited to read this series!!!  
I've loved each of the covers ... this one's quite sexy, n'est pas?
What do you think???

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Dragon's Mind by Vered Ehsani

I've been so excited to celebrate my Blogiversary month with you (you've got to know that I celebrate my birthday for an entire month as well -- tee hee hee)!!!  In the process of preparing for this auspicious occasion, I had some completely wonderful authors offer up some amazing giveaways for me to share with you.  One of these queens of awesomeness is author Vered Ehsani who is sharing her YA sci-fi novel, Dragon's Mind, with us today.  I'll be reviewing Dragon's Mind in a few months and am crazy excited to do so as the premise is so creative and intriguing, but before I get to rambling about just how cool this book is going to be, I'm going to cut to the chase and introduce the book....

Ten years ago, a human brain was created and installed into the control center of the man-made Sana Island. To most people, it is known as MindOp, a non-living entity operating in the background of their lives. Only a girl named Myth knows better: his name is Dragon and he is very much alive. And after ten bodiless years, Dragon has a dream that will change everything and will put his mind and Myth’s life in mortal danger. There are powerful forces that don’t want the truth revealed and they’re coming for Dragon. But where do you run to when you’re already everywhere?

Total awesomesauce, right?!?  I know!!!  So, if you just can't wait and want to get your copy right this very moment, you can find it on Amazon.  And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Let's a take a moment and get acquainted with this very cool author, Vered Ehsani....

I've been a writer since I could hold pen to paper, which is a lot longer than I care to admit. 

Originally from South Africa and raised in Canada, I live in Kenya with my husband, our two children and an assortment of animals with varying degrees of wildness. When I'm not writing or daydreaming, I pretend to work as an environmental consultant. I often wish I could float through walls and do other cool things, and that's probably why I'm currently fixated on ghosts and other bodiless beings.

My work background is in engineering and environmental management. Visit me and my novels on my website
facebook, and twitter.

Now onto to the giveaway!  You know what to do.....
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway of Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix

So today we have a sneak peek of 
Sheila Hendrix's YA Urban Fantasy, The Betrayal.  
Also, the author is offering a $15 gift card giveaway
as part of the tour...

One brother races against time to save the other before it's too late. When Matt has a dream, it sends two brothers on a hunt for a cave. Matt doesn't know why they have to go there; he just knows they have to go. When they arrive, Matt finds out that the vision turns out to be a trap. A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. When a demon asks Zack a question, "How far will you go to save your brother," Zack replies, "As far as I have to." Now something like they've never faced before is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear and if they are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

Here's the sneak peek into The Betrayal...

He roamed through the cave, listening to the sounds around him. Water dripped into an underground pool further down, the drops spaced several seconds apart and the splash echoing off the rocks. Sand and pebbles crunched under his feet, and wind whistled across the cave opening, all of it familiar. He’d walked that cave a million times for a million reasons. His domain — where he drew his strength — also became his weakness at times, for the cave was alive.

His name, Alanya, meant The Destroyer. He wandered the ages, seeking to slaughter people who held special gifts. He fed on them for their strength and power, each special power offering a distinctive flavor. Their cries resonated in the cave’s memory; their blood splattered on its walls and drenched its floors. If he closed his eyes and concentrated, he could still smell the coppery tang.

Strolling to the mouth of the cave, he looked at but didn’t see the forest. His mind seethed in his hatred for the brothers Zachariah and Matthew McCannon.

Let's get to know the author, 
Sheila Hendrix...

Sheila Hendrix is a native of Alabama and resides there with her husband of seventeen years. Her only children are her six dogs. She works as a nurse for a nursing home and also does reviews for a magazine, although she hasn’t done that in awhile because she’s been busy writing her own Young Adult series.  Sheila has always wanted to write but never thought she’d be able to. It’s been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. She practically raised her little brother because her parents both had to work. She had to grow up fast and that was where she got the idea of writing about two brothers whose parents abandoned them when they were little.  The Dark Circle book series is her paranormal series she’s working on right now. She got the idea for The Betrayal after having a nightmare that stayed with her for days.  The Betrayal is the first book in the series and is now available where ever books are sold. The second book in the series is Head Games and then Darkness Falls. She doesn’t know how many books will be in the series but there will be several.
Her hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, traveling, hiking, camping and swimming. She is currently
in school to earn her Associate Degree in Paralegal studies but her dream is to write.

Get to know Sheila better on her...

Get your copy of The Betrayal on...

Here's the giveaway....