Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spotlight with Giveaway: Hope by Theresa M. Jones

So not too long ago I shared my review of Power with you;
It's a great book (I gave it four stars, see my review here) with amazing creativity.
Well, guess what???  
Book 2, HOPE, just came out!!!

And in celebration, Book 1, POWER, is free right now!!!  
Click here to get it, but make sure it's still free as I don't know how long this promotion will last.

Also, there's a fantabulous giveaway you can find at the bottom of this post!!!

So onto HOPE.....




Allison now understands who she is and where she comes from, but will it be enough to save the world? She went through a dangerous journey, dragging her young daughter along for the ride, in an attempt to stop the evil Rising Leader, Damien, from opening the Seven Seals and bringing about the Apocalypse.

But she hasn’t succeeded yet. The Rising still thrives and Lilith has made it her mission to open the remaining Seals so that she and her minions can rule the Earth.

David and Allison hope that love can conquer all, but in reality, love is never enough. Will they, along with the rest of the gang back at the Compound, be able to stop the Rising?

And where is The Descendant that is prophesied to save them all?

Here's an excerpt to tease you some more....


Finally I looked around. I noticed all the bodies lying around the room. Death hung heavily to every inch of the dreadful place. I could no longer see the beauty it once held. Then I saw him. Before I realized what I was doing, my legs moved faster beneath me and I weaved my way through the maze of lifeless bodies that scattered the floor.

When I came to him, I knelt down. His blue was gone, his body wasn’t moving.

“He was gone before I could get to him. He had been fighting the man they call Frank. Apparently he is a leader of sorts, as the other Rising members answered to his commands.” He explained. I barely listened.

I placed my hands to his head, and pulled it up into my lap. I was already covered in blood, so the blood that dripped from his ears and nose didn’t bother me. Tears ran down my cheeks slowly, the salt they contained mixed with the scent of blood already heavy in the air.

My body shook as the full weight of what I had lost wrenched my heartstrings and twisted them in unnatural knots. I placed my forehead against his chest and cried without cease.

I tried pulling him closer, his heavy body sagged against my legs as I attempted to pull him onto my lap. I held him in our last embrace and cried more fiercely. I was angry that he was gone. Angry that he could have been taken from me. He was so Powerful! But he was gone.

Finally Nicholas and the Guard came back in.

“The sequence was stopped. We have won.”“Won?” I shouted at him. “How the hell can you call this winning?” My voice cracked as I screeched the words at him.


Purchase HOPE today on Amazon!
Add it to your Goodreads here.

And now onto the giveaway....

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spotlight with Giveaway: Pawn by Sophie Davis

So today I wanted to share with you about 
Pawn, book 1 of the Nightmares Trilogy,
Sophie Davis' newest advensture. 
 Yay!!!!  It's just out today and I'm super stoked to read this one!
I loved Talented (see my review here) and Pawn sounds freakin a-maz-ing!!!!

***Just fyi, Talented is FREE right now***


Dreams and Nightmares,
Screams and Sighs,
Fate Wakes the Girl
And Says She Dies....

When the Boy Gets in the Way,
Then the Nightmares Come to Play...

For her eighteenth birthday, Endora Lee Andrews receives the gift of dreams.  Nighttime slumber brings her visions of the future, a preview of things to come.  Endora’s unsettling new ability is seemingly harmless, until her dreams turn to nightmares.
When she meets the mysterious and swoon-worthy Kannon, he knows things about her that he can’t possibly know, and seems to be the key to uncovering the source of her ominous prophecies.  But Kannon has many secrets, some the essential difference between life and death for Endora.
Can she discover the origins of her nightmares and how to prevent destiny, before the harbingers of death come for her?   
Woven with love, mystery and mythology, PAWN is the story of a girl who was once brought back from death, only to face it again.  Because Fate may give you a second chance at life, but that doesn’t mean it’s yours to keep.






Add Pawn to your Goodreads TBR!

To celebrate the release of Pawn, the author's giving away :

**Kindle eReader**$100 worth of giftcards**
**books** swag**a necklace**a charm bracelet**FUN**

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Crossroads by Jonathan Lister

Sorry this one's a bit late (should've posted yesterday),
but life got in the way of blogging o_O
....Ugh!  Hate when that happens....
Anywho, we've another amazing cover from J. Taylor Publishing!
Yay!!!  This one's got creepy thriller written all over it.... YIKES!
I sooooooo wanna read this one!



Release Date: November 4, 2013
Genre:  Paranormal Suspense/Thriller
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing

Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants—for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.

Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives. 

The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.

If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too. 

As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha—one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets. 

Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.

He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Free on Amazon: Argetallam Saga I & II by Elizabeth Wheatley

So these two goodies are up on amazon for free for today and tomorrow
and I thought I'd share these must grab YA Fantasies...


Janir had the misfortune of being born with one of the hated Argetallams for a father. But unlike other Argetallam children, she was mostly granted a normal childhood, away from the rest of her family. It looked as if she would live a relatively normal life as the foster-daughter of a powerful lord. Until one critical day Janir’s powers awakened and she became entangled in a young enchanter’s quest for a long-lost treasure called the Key of Amatahns…



After her adventures with the Key of Amatahns, sixteen-year-old Janir Caersynn Argetallam returns home to find Brevia on the brink of war with a neighboring country, Stlaven. Her foster-father and even Saoven—a brave young elf warrior—think it will be safe at the castle where Janir grew up. However, while trying to unravel a looming mystery, Karile—self-taught wizard and Janir’s self-appointed best friend—becomes certain that there is danger in the mountains surrounding Janir’s childhood home and that it has something to do with Stlaven’s most powerful family, the Vanmars…

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover Reveal with Giveaway: Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright

Okay folks, this is BIG, BIG NEWS!!!
Melissa Wright of the Frey Saga
(I <3 Frey Saga big time!!!  See my gushings here.)
has written a new NA Fantasy!!!
It's a start to a new series named...
 Descendants
...and it sounds I N C R E D I B L E !!!

And the best news is that it's due out ANY DAY NOW!!!
Woot woot!!!

And to celebrate I'm giving away a prize pack of  indie swag (mostly bookmarks, some signed)!!!  All you have to do is share this cover somewhere (Pinterest, Facebook, your Blog, Instagram, etc) and leave me a comment on where you shared.  You'll get one entry per share.  The winner will be chosen randomly at 11:59pm CST on Monday, April 22nd.

So, you ready???
Here it is ... drum roll, please ....


Descendants #1

Aern's only job was to protect the chosen. Trouble was, she was the key to a prophecy and everyone wanted her. Hiding a girl in the center of a secret war is tricky business, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off.

A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there's something about Emily he just can't put to rights. And it's not her penchant for using hand tools as weapons or the fact that she seems immune to his sway.

Everything about her screams run. But when he discovers she's working toward her own prophecy, he's got no choice but to keep her safe. It might have been easy, if she didn't think she was the chosen's protector. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.

Add this to your Goodreads TBR right away!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Release Day Review: Imaginable by J. Meyers

***Please be advised that spoilers for book #1 may be included in this review; 


Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.

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

My Review:
Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  I was super excited to get ahold of Imaginable and it so did not disappoint!!!  The story picks up a few months after the ending of Intangible and immediately tosses you into the action.  It's a grab your seat and hold on tight ride from open to close.  And in between all this crazy action and suspense, you have these delicately growing romances.  ***happy sigh***  

The writing continues to be amazingly beautiful.  The author continues to surprise us with great plot twists and perfectly developed characters.  The way Meyers writes the complexity of relationship, both romantic and platonic, is truly spot on.  Also I really appreciated the sprinkling of reminders of the events of book one throughout the first portion of Imaginable.  It's a fine art to share just enough at just the right time to enable the reader to remember without getting bored with the book 1 synopsis.  

I had only one concern in reading Imaginable; when Sera is in a situation where she is forced to heal several foes, she thinks to impress upon one, especially hateful fellow "kindness," and is unsure of the results.  But even with her lack of confidence, you'd think she'd continue to try with the others, but she doesn't.  That just sort of nagged at me, but didn't ruin the overall read and I'm left just hoping Ms. Meyers is furiously typing away at book #3!

Cover Art:
This is such a beautiful cover!  Love, love, love it!  Granted, I'm quite partial to purple, but still... it's a  "wow" cover.  :)

Purchase Your Copy:
Don't forget to add this to your Goodreads TBR!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Indomitable by J. Meyer



Perhaps the most dangerous person to gain unimaginable power is the one who feels oppressed.

And full of wrath. For very good reason.

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is Jonas' story ... and it's sooooo very, very, very incredible!!!  You could definitely read this anytime, before/after/during Intuition and/or Intangible, just be prepared to want more of the Intangible Series!!!  If you don't know about the series, see my reviews of Intuition and Intangible here, but don't worry about this review spoiling anything for those books.

So Jonas is a pretty mysterious (and oh so sexy) guy -- oh yeah, he's a vampire, too.  We meet him in Intangible and are given some hints about his past and his thoughts on and history with Sera.  In Indomitable we get to spend time in Jonas' head and we get to know his past.  I'm not one to spoil and Indomitable is only 50 pages long, so I'm not going to go into any details; just know this is an incredible, incredible novella and YOU WANT TO READ THIS!!!!  Abso-freakin-lutely!!!

Cover Art:
Perfection.  Nuff' said.

Buy Your Copy:
And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix

So I've got another great reveal for you!
Yay!!!  I love reveals!
And there's even an excerpt to really whet your whistle!

So let's get this party started....

Octavian's Undoing (Sons of Judgment #1)
Genre: New Adult PNR
Release Date: May 2013
Add it to your Goodreads TBR!!!

Octavian Maxwell has already given up his life once for a love that left him empty. He isn’t about to give up his afterlife for a green-eyed, red-haired spitfire with no sense of self-preservation and a smile that could melt even his icy heart, especially since he’s so close to being given a second chance at living again. For a Son of Judgment, being offered life is the reason they were so willing to murder without remorse. Octavian is one of the best. He’s never failed to take out a Mark, until the night one got away and he let it, unsuspecting of the consequences of his mistake. When the Mark tracks him, hell bent on revenge, Octavian is ready for it. What he isn’t prepared for is Riley jumping in to protect him or her death because of it.

Riley Masters has her own problems. Her father was laid off… again, bills are piling up and the rent is due. When she’s given the waitressing job at Final Judgment, it’s a dream come true, until she meets the owner’s son. Octavian makes it no secret that he wants her gone, but Riley has already signed the contract and she needs this job. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep it, even put up with the unreturned feelings Octavian provokes in her. The night he’s attacked, the last thing she expected to happen was to die and wake up with Octavian’s knife at her throat and her life irrevocably changed.

So you ready for the cover???
Here it is......



Pretty, huh?
It's got a lot of mystery to it, too.  I can't wait to read it!!!

Ready for a sneak peek???
Here it is...

“I’ll pay it.” 

He crossed his arms again, a gesture she was quickly beginning to understand as annoyance. “You can have it to me by tomorrow. I take cash only.”

The blistering surge of heat that lurched up her neck to flood her face also brought a flutter of dread cinching in her chest. “I don’t have it,” she whispered, hating herself for admitting such a thing. “But I will!” 

“And how do you suppose you’re going to come up with that much in twenty-four hours?”

“By offering you… me.”

She didn’t know how it happened, how he vanished from the other side of the desk and magically appeared before her. She couldn’t fathom how his fingers found and wove themselves into her hair, twisting the copper curls until she was trapped between his hard body and the equally solid door. His angular face loomed dangerously close, bathing her tingling cheeks with the heat of his breath and the scent of mint. Eyes colder and harder than ice chips, yet dark and bottomless as the bottom of a well bore into hers, freezing her in their consuming depths. “Do you think one night in my bed will settle the debt?” he half-asked, half-growled. “Are you really so talented, Ms. Masters?”

Wanna get to know the gal who wrote this beaut???

Airicka Phoenix is the author of the Best-Selling Touch Saga and Games of Fire, with short stories in Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and Midnight Surrender Anthology. When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books.

Get to know Airicka better on her Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Tour Review: Glimpse of Her Soul by Stuart Jaffe



When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul, her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities seek to kill her so they can read this message as her soul departs and use its information to escape back to the world they came from.

Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her. With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.


Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:
What I really enjoyed about this book (and indeed it drew me to it in the first place) was the crazy creative premise.  I just love the uniqueness of it all!  What a fun twist on the paranormal genre!  Unfortunately I felt this creativity went a little wrong with the monster descriptions.  While I truly love the creative and unique, the monsters came off a bit Scooby-Doo (I'm sorry, I hate saying it, but it's the best comparison).

I did indeed gobble this book up in a few days.  It's fast-paced, easy to get into, easily glues you to your Kindle.  Lots of things happen quickly, but not so quickly that you're left with any confusion about what's going on.

There's good characters throughout the book.  I love Jackhammer Jack!  He's the best -- so much fun!!!  Gillian is very likable and shows steady character growth.  I did feel like the characters were all developed at 80% and was just looking for that extra something to make them feel a bit more real.

Regardless of a few hiccups for me, I gave this book four stars as the story completely carries the reader away.  Yay for good books!!!

Cover Art:
So there's things about the cover that make me say, "Wow, wow, holy cow!!!" And I do love it!  The luminous blue, the glow of Gillian's eyes, the lighting ... it's all amazing.  The only thing I'm not crazy about is the monster face.  It just doesn't work for me.

Get a copy, you know you want one:

Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!!!

*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, April 3, 2013

Double Cover Reveal: A. J. Bennett's Now or Never and Piper Caleb's Shattered Perfection

More cover reveals ... squeeeeeee!!!!
I just love cover reveals!  They make me happy :)
Now neither of these books are my normal speculative fiction,
but I really fell in love with the covers (especially book #2)
and wanted to share them with you.

Now I'm going to just turn this bad boy over to Mrs. Potter to work her magic...... 

Mrs. Potter’s Book Publicity Services Presents:

Double Trouble Cover Reveal

Two NEW ADULT authors are revealing their debut novel covers today.
A.J. Bennett & Piper Caleb

Cover #1:
Now or Never     
By: A.J. Bennett



Book Blurb:
Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with 'no strings attached' relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn't plan on Derrick. 

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away. 

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it's now or never—walk away or make it work.


About A.J. Bennett:
A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and bulldog. She is a self-proclaimed coffee and popcorn addict. A.J. is an avid reader and says that there is nothing better than escaping reality with a good book (and a cup of coffee of course). A.J. has always wanted to put her love of reading into something more, and has always had a passion for writing. She decided to put her two loves together and write her very first book.


Stalker Links:
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Cover #2:
Shattered Perfection: 
The Diary of an Eating Disordered Mind   
By: Piper Caleb



Book Blurb:
How did I end up admitting myself to an eating disorder treatment center?
I wish I could pin point one thing that sent me on this path, but it’s not that simple.

It wasn’t the fact that a boy cheated on me, or that I had a tough time growing up. It wasn’t the fact that I was verbally abused, or the fact that eating disorders run in my genes. It wasn’t me suddenly getting recognition as a ballerina when I got mono and dropped 25 pounds; it wasn’t a cry for help. 

It was all of those things combined…and much more.

In my diary entries you will get to see how the mind of this eating disordered girl works. You will learn a lot more about me as a person—no holding back—and what brought me to rock bottom; and how I slowly fought my way back.

About Piper Caleb:

Piper Caleb is a 25 year old aspiring New Adult author from Lubbock, Texas. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and was classically trained as a ballerina. Piper attended Texas A&M University and received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology. She now resides in Amarillo, Texas where she writes and enjoys quiet life writing and spending time with family and friends. Piper also loves spending time with her 5 dogs and horses on the small ranch where she resides.


Stalker Links:
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Covers and images were designed by Eden Crane Design.






Check out the authors on examiner.com!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Tour with Giveaway: J. A. Belfield's Resonance


Yay!!!  Woot woot!  Sooo very excited for this tour stop!
I love, love, love The Holloway Pack Series!!!!!
And Resonance (book #2.5) totally ROCKS (see my review here)!!!!

And it's extra exciting because there's a special "giveaway"
where EVERYONE's a winner.
Just submit a valid entry and you'll get Resonance for free (see all the dets below)!!!!
Wooooooo hooooooo!!!!

And as if that wasn't enough......
I have the COOLEST of guest posts!!!
J. A. has written a short story just for us!!!!  And I have the very first (of three) sections!

Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

Blurb:
Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it.

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.

J. A. is teasing us all with totally random one-liners from the book.
Here's mine (it's fab-bul-lous!!!).....


And now for that amazing guest post.  Part one of a very special exclusive short story....

HEREDITARY (Part I)

What do you do when you discover your son isn’t human? How is a person supposed to deal with that kind of information?

Yet, I am the only one to blame.

~*~*~*~*~

Having never seen him again after that fateful night, I knew next to nothing about the father of my son. If I screwed up my eyes and concentrated hard, he appeared handsome enough in my mind’s eye—but I guess most things did when in a state of total inebriation.

I didn’t ask his name, and he never asked mine. He shared a few words of flattery, told a few jokes, plied with me wine, and then carried me home—literally. Most men left a calling card in the form of a love bite. Not that guy. He had to go one better. Nine weeks later, I discovered a tiny seed had been implanted within my womb.

For almost seven months, I felt like a fool. However, when my son entered the world, my opinions toward the man who’d helped create him no longer mattered. In my arms, I held my boy, my firstborn. White-blond curls framed his porcelain skin and startling blue eyes. He looked like an angel. I named him Gabe—Gabriel Lewis.

~*~*~*~*~

Throughout his life, we did fine, just the two of us. It was no longer considered a scandal to be labelled a one-parent family, even when the mother was only eighteen. We struggled through the terrible twos, and the ferocious fours, and the serenity sevens. By the time Gabe had settled within school, parenting brought joy, tears, and laughter, as opposed to the initial exasperation, tears, and tantrums. He’d been a bundle of energy from the day he was born. School, along with its extra-curricular activities, provided an outlet for that.

As life went on, he turned into a gangly pre-teen, and I became a mother adept at dealing with the onset of hormones.

I’d heard girls could be a handful—though, when my son leapt in the air because he saw an armpit hair, because his upper lip was slightly more shadowed than at age eleven, or because his penis had finally begun to grow? That was some crazy stuff to have to deal with.

Because developing, he most definitely was. Especially a year on, when he hit thirteen—boy, did he sprout.

My five-foot-three couldn’t be considered that small for a woman. When standing beside my thirteen year old son, who towered over me by at least half a foot, it somehow seemed smaller than it used to.

At fourteen, he added another two inches, taking him to an impressive five-foot-eleven. It became impossible to look at him without injury to my neck. Trying to reprimand someone who cast me in shadow was a joke. Not that I ever needed to. Apart from his infantile boredom, Gabe caused no worries for me. The hair on my head bore no grey.

Two years, four additional inches and pubescent temper, later it all changed. Like a switch had been hit, Gabe failed to represent the son I’d raised and loved.

His passivity gave way to aggression.

Not toward me, though—Gabe never treated me with anything other than respect.

His negativity was directed within himself.

“I hate hormones,” he’d say on a daily basis. “I’m sick of always feeling wrong.”

“Gabe, what do you mean: wrong?” I’d ask.

His fingers would tug at his hair, greasy since his shower the previous night, and his eyes would search the heavens for answers. Then he’d look back to me with a sigh and say in his deep masculine voice, “Just wrong, Mum. I don’t feel like me.”

Of course, we tried the doctor’s. 

“What are the symptoms?” the doctor asked when Gabe gave him ‘I feel wrong’ as an explanation for the visit.

We’d run through them: explosive appetite; inability to sit still; irritation and mood swings; constant perspiration; unrelenting sexual urges—though Gabe allowed me his perfected glare when I mentioned that one. 

Not to mention the little details we left off, too. Like, how every hour Gabe’s stomach would growl like a circus lion until food had been deposited within; or the afternoon he promised to help with rearranging the living room and lifted the sofa alone, carried it the width of the room without struggle; or the intermittent muscle spasms that started in his calves three days previous.

It didn’t matter. With a small shake of his head and a smile teasing the corners of his lips, the doctor had looked directly at Gabe and said, “It’s your hormones, son.”

As if we needed a doctor to tell us that.

So, back to not knowing why my son was being dealt a harsher blow than all his friends, we just had to deal with it.

~*~*~*~*~

Months passed, with Gabe trying to keep his angst in check, and with my placations to assist him along the way. His friends began dwindling. Even the girls’ who’d shown an increasing interest in the teenage wall of muscle grew tired of his constant snubs.

Only Mia stuck around, and the girl turned out to be a Godsend.

“She’s not my girlfriend,” he’d tell me. “It isn’t like that.”

Except he’d sit on the settee, grouching about whatever was on the TV, and a lift of her feet to his lap and an order to ‘Massage’ were all it took to snap him out of whatever dark place he’d descended to—mere contact between the pair seemed to be enough.

I’d never seen two youngsters as close knit—so it came as no surprise that Mia was there when Gabe suffered his first … episode.

Sunday afternoons had always been a lazy day in our household: breakfast in bed, staying in our pyjamas until time to prepare dinner, making the effort to get washed and clothed whilst the joint was in the oven, chased by an afternoon of food and loafing.

The Sunday it happened was no exception—well, until lunchtime, anyway.

Mia arrived about eleven-thirty—just in time to help peel the carrots—and the morning rolled along in its usual merry way. Camaraderie was present as vegetables were tossed into pans, as lamb was basted in its juices, and custard spread over the trifle base. Gabe and Mia had been laughing and joking when I stepped out to claim the bathroom first.

On my emergence, I paused on the landing. “Bathroom’s free,” I called down to Gabe.

“’Kay. Coming.”

As he reached the bottom of the stairs, ‘it’ happened.

His unbearable cry of pain gave the first alert. Followed by the folding of his body—the tautening of every muscle visible around his boxers and vest—and the lifting of his head to stare up at me with terror-filled eyes.

At first I remained, frowning down at him, wondering how on earth he’d gone from upright and smiling to screaming and writhing.

Slamming back to earth, I raced down the stairs.

At the bottom, I almost collided with Mia as she shot in from the living room. My hands steadied her as I checked she was okay. When her fingers pressed to her lips and her eyes widened, I followed her gaze.

“Mum?” Gabe’s hoarse voice arrived thick with fear, uncertainty, and pain.

I dropped to my knees. With one hand reaching to wipe the sweat painting his face, my other rested on his shoulder to comfort as I peered up at Mia.

Standing near the doorway as though afraid to come closer, she stared wide-eyed at Gabe, and her finger made a slow, upward journey to point at the same time as movement hit my hand.

I turned back, my gaze landed on the source, and panic hit my chest with enough force to steal my breath.

To be continued ... {you can read Part II over at Laney McMann on Friday 5th April}

I know it's just killing you, not knowing what's next, right?!?
Well, you (and me, too) will just have to wait 'till Friday. 
In the meantime, here's the buy links for Resonance
if you just cannot wait for the end of the giveaway.....


Now I'm going to turn it back over to J. A. who will explain the giveaway....


The Big Resonance Giveaway!


April 2, 2013 marks the official release of Resonance upon the world, and yes, Resonance is available to purchase at all of the usual outlets. However, because I love and appreciate my fans so much, I decided to go on a mission to give something back.

Thanks to my super-duper editor, I’ve been granted permission for the following....

My Mission
I vow to give away a FREE copy of Resonance to everyone who submits a valid entry between April 2nd and May 2nd (inclusive).

On top of that, one main-prize winner will receive a Holloway Pack swag-bundle.

So, what do you have to do to enter?

Simples. Read on.

Resonance is, by no means, intended to be read as a standalone. If you haven't read at least Blue Moon, then you will have absolutely no idea what is happening in Resonance. Also, if you haven't read Blue Moon, then you will be hit upside the head with one massive spoiler for how the book ends if you read Resonance first.

Here's the deal. You can enter in any (or all, if you wish) of the following ways:

1) Post a picture of you with your precious copy of Blue Moon somewhere on the Internet. 
It does not have to be a hard copy (paperback); it can be the cover image on the screen of your Kindle/e-reader/reading tablet. No, pdf's do not count. If you have a pdf, then it's most probably an illegal copy, and so will only upset me. 

Once said picture is posted, link me up so I can see it. If you stick it on FB, then tag me, but remember, I have a space (for some bizarre reason) between my initials on there. So, make sure you use @J. A. Belfield in your tag. NB: There will be a space in the Rafflecopter form to paste in a link to your pic, also, just in case I miss any or the tagging doesn't work. If you stick it on Twitter, then be sure to mention: @JABelfield so I can see your entry. And if you happen to stick it anywhere else, then be sure to forward a link to the post to j.a.belfield72 at gmail.com and include 'The Big Resonance Giveaway' in the subject line. 


2) Post a review for Blue Moon.
 
Obviously, I'd prefer amazing ones, but I get that my writing won't jive for everyone, so any review over 100 words will be accepted, even if it doesn't rave and include 4/5 stars. However, I will read each review carefully (because I always do), and ascertain that I believe the book has actually been read rather than a review being composed out of a rewrite of the blurb (yes, this does happen on occasion). 
Where you post your review is up to you. On Goodreads. Amazon. B&N. On your blog. Completely up to you. But the Rafflecopter form will have separate entry options for each of these places, and each one will be included as an entry toward the main prize.


Make sense?


Excellent!


So here's the Rafflecopter....

a Rafflecopter giveaway