Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Release News: Kate Avery Ellison's AERALIS


You may be aware that I'm slightly obsessed with 
Kate Avery Ellison's FROST CHRONICLES series.
It's freaktastically amazing!!!  And the final book has just come out!
Huge fan girl squeal!!!
I'm actually a book behind, having not read BLUEWING yet, 
but this just means I can read these last two back to back 
without any of those pesky cliff hangers to drive me nutso --
 well more nutso that I'm already, tee hee hee.

Check out my previous reviews of this series.....

And now, here's the skinny on the final book:



AERALIS (The FROST Chronicles #5)
Kate Avery Ellison

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After the monsters called Watchers kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Mayor and his council of Elders. With dangers on all sides, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a handsome young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

And it changes everything.

Now, in the final chapter of Lia’s story, she faces her greatest challenge yet. Her beloved brother is dying, and when an unexpected enemy appears in the Frost and threatens her sister’s life, too, Lia must travel to Aeralis, the world of the Farthers, to save her family.

Buy AERALIS on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Add it to your Goodreads TBR!


Annnnnnnnd, Check out this great news!!!!


FROST is on sale for just $0.99 for a limited time to celebrate the release of the final book!!

Buy FROST on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
The entire Frost Chronicles series—Frost, Thorns, Weavers, Bluewing, and Aeralis—are now available! But the story isn’t completely over. A few Frost novelettes are slated for release later this year, giving perspective from other characters during the events of the series. And there’s a contest! Two fans will have novelettes dedicated to them personally.




If you want to have a Frost story dedicated to you, 
enter this contest on Kate Avery Ellison’s blog to win!!


Kate Avery Ellison loves cats, zombies, and taking walks in the rain. She likes her chocolate and her fantasy dark. She makes her home in Atlanta, GA, with her handsome, geektastic husband and two bad cats. Connect with her at:





Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BLog Tour with Giveaway: EYE OF THE SOUL by Terri Rochenski

Super excited today to bring you another hot off the presses, AMAZING young adult fantasy,
EYE OF THE SOUL, the first in the POOL OF SOULS SERIES!!!
YAY!!!  **happy dance**


Now due to this crazy-sauce move situation I've got going on, I'm only about halfway thru,
but man is this book killer!!!  So, review to come, but I'm thinking a solid 5 stars is likely ;)

So let me introduce ya to the book......


Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls #1)

by Terri Rochenski 

Escape.

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.


Here's a sneak peek for you:


Cursing her arthritic fingers, Miri squeezed out a rag and draped it over the human man’s hot forehead.
“I’ve seen a lot more harvests than you, old goat,” she muttered, lifting his eyelids. “I’m thinking you’ll never catch up either. Doubt you last another half-moon’s phase.”
Miri pushed to her feet and stretched her hunched back. A heavy sigh slipped past her wrinkled lips as she glanced around the sick house. Keeping the night watch wasn’t too bad—she’d volunteered often since her old bones wouldn’t allow much sleep.
“Joints wasted, hearing all but gone …” Miri yanked on the long white braid lying over her shoulder. “I’m the old goat.”
She shuffled down the aisle, woolen kirtle swishing in the silence. A cool, autumn breeze rustled the crimson leaves of the magnolia and palm fronds overhead, drawing her gaze upward. Violet streaks lit the pre-dawn sky.A dog barked, yipped, and fell silent.
Miri peered across the village green to the thatched buildings beyond. A shadow passed between two cottages. Another three hurried toward the neighboring dwelling.
“Sight fading or my mind, too?” Miri rubbed her watery eyes, blinked, and leaned forward. Light flickered through the palm trees behind the outlying homes.
Torches?
The flames drew closer, weaving between the trunks.
Humans from the mainland? Miri’s hand clutched at her throat. Soldiers. Fadir have mercy.
The men crept through the village, taking up positions at every doorway. Two brutes, more horse-like in size than human, approached the sick house.
Sputtering torch held high, the first strode forward, dark eyes intent upon Miri. A green surcoat covered broad shoulders and fell to his thighs. The golden wheat sheaf of the city of Varosh adorned his chest.
Cold sweat beaded upon Miri’s brow. Breath burst from her lungs, and she moved back, clutching the door jam.
The second soldier stepped closer, chains and shackles clanking in his hand. He stopped two paces away from Miri, and a smile stretched his stubbled cheeks, revealing rotted teeth. “Good morning pointy-ears.”
Miri stared, heartbeat thundering in her ears. She’d been called worse in her eighty-three birth passings but never with such malice.
A single cry rang out across the village, and doors crashed inward. Screams rent the air.
“Don’t fight Native woman,” rotten-teeth sneered, shackles outstretched.
“W-why?” Miri whispered, taking a step backward.
A scowl narrowed his gaze, and his fist shot forward.
Bursts of light and pain exploded through Miri as she crumpled to the floor.
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Miri’s people huddled on the village green as fall’s pale sun crested the trees. Cold metal had been clasped around their necks and ankles. Many trembled in the cool air, little more than night clothes covering their nakedness. Miri held to her braid with a white-knuckled grip, her head and its egg-sized bump throbbing in time with her pulse.

A handful of other battered Natives who had attempted flight were the last to join them, the soldiers tossing them forward like sacks of potatoes.

Add EYE OF THE SOUL to your Goodreads TBR here!
Purchase your very own copy here:

Let's get to know our awesomesauce author, Terri Rochenski:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.




Here's a guest post from Terri :)

Top Ten Author Moments
For this list I’m going back to the very beginning and counting down to my current #1.
10  When I found out a new friend of mine wrote under her maiden name – Anne Tyler. The first moment came, when in fear and trembling I asked if she would take a look at something I’d written. Being the sweetheart she is, Ms. Tyler agreed, read it, edited it, and wrote letters of introduction – to Donald Maass even. That manuscript still sits on my hard drive awaiting a major rework now that I’ve learned & gained a ton of wisdom since those long-ago days.
9  When Anne Tyler signed her newest release, ‘To Terri – in the firm belief you will one day be signing a book for me.’
8  Getting my first flash fiction piece, An Infinite Snare, published in a little ezine.
7  Meeting my Pen Sisters on Scribophile. It’s because of these lovely ladies that my writing abilities have grown. Best of all? I’ve made worldwide friends for life.
6  Through those Pen Sisters I heard of an anthology call by J. Taylor Publishing based on a picture prompt which would become the book’s cover. The first short story I ever wrote was accepted for the Make Believe Anthology and released on Dec. 3, 2012.
5  Through those same lovies I heard that Still Moments Publishing (since closed) had anthology calls a few times a year. The second short story I attempted, Beginning of Forever, was accepted for their Christmas Magic Anthology which released on Dec. 4, 2012.
4  My editor at JTP heard I had a 2-book series titled Pool of Souls and asked to take a look at it.  o_O  MAJOR nail biter!
3  Sadly, Still Moments closed their doors, but one of my favorite ladies in the company went on to accept an editors position with The Wild Rose Press, taking along another of my short stories, Alone No More. I contracted it as a stand alone.
2  Contracting my Pool of Souls series with JTP, and the entire process I’ve been with them through this point. Incredibly professional and helpful, JTP has wonderful editors, a marketing director, and fellow authors. I HIGHLY recommend them!!
1 Dedicating my debut novel to Anne Tyler.

At the time of writing this tens list, I haven’t yet held a hard copy of Eye of the Soul in my hands. I’m sure that moment will top all those listed.
Now it's giveaway time!  Yippeeeeee!!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Janelle Stalder's EDEN-EAST

Whew!  I CANNOT tell you how relieved I am to have my internet finally set up!
Moving is a trial, let me just tell ya!

But luckily I am just in time for my day on the EDEN-EAST blog tour!!!!
YAY!  Woo hoooooo!  Wheeeeeee!!!  **cartwheels with mad grace**


So let's jump right in, shall we???  Let's start with getting to know this freakin amazing author!
I have absolutely loved everything I've read of her's!!!  **fan girl squeal**
(just look for the links to my reviews of her work sprinkled throughout this post)


Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Get to know more about Janelle on her author's site, Facebook and Twitter.  She loves to hear from her fans and cam be emailed at jmstalder@gmail.com.

Add Janelle's books to your Goodreads TBR here!
Purchase her books on: AmazonBarnes & Noble and Smashwords.


THE EDEN SERIES
Eden (Eden #1)


Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.

It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King's Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.

In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.


Eden-West (Eden #2)

New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West. 

Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world. Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn't at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures. 

Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she'd rather avoid - Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out - but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name - Markus, the leader of the Sun People. 

Follow all your favorite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.

Eden-South (Eden #3)

The betrayal that tore a family apart. Two brothers bent on destroying the other. A whole world on the brink of war.

Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.

Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected. 

Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she? 

In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.

The battle starts now.

JUST OUT TODAY...
EDEN-EAST (EDEN #4)
Review to come :)



New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now. 

In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east. 

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has. 

With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die. 

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden.

THE NEW WORLD SERIES
Switch (New World #1)

All’s fair in love and war. 

Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language.

Upcoming Projects:

Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – Late 2013/Early 2014

Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014

Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014