June 26, 2013

{ Blog Tour } Come Alive by Karina Halle



It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, con­vinc­ing Perry Palomino to open her­self to their bur­geon­ing rela­tion­ship has been more chal­leng­ing than hunt­ing ghosts, bat­tling demons and stalk­ing Sasquatch com­bined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror show run­ning is to take on a third part­ner in the form of the mys­te­ri­ous Max­imus Jacobs — all while inves­ti­gat­ing a sin­is­ter voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the per­fect South­ern storm and a recipe for dis­as­ter. Luck­ily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.

Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.






Title: Come Alive
Author: Karina Halle
Release date: June 23, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Horror
Age Group: General adult 17 +

About the Author
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse. 
Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

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Excerpt #2
“What are you thinking about?” she asked after she drank a healthy swig of her beer.
“About the first time we met.”
“In Oregon?”
“In the lighthouse. You ran into me. Remember?”
“That’s something you can never forget.”
“So what was it like for you?”
She put down her beer and stared out the window. Fat raindrops began to fall, hitting the glass with the gusts of wind that were whipping up. Looked like a stormy night, much like the one that brought us together.
“I thought you were…”
“Nuts?”
She let out a laugh. “Well that was a given, considering you were in an abandoned lighthouse, alone, and trying to capture a ghost on film. Seriously, if that’s not nuts, I don’t know what is.”
I finished my beer and wiped my mouth, leaning back in my seat. “Oh, I don’t know, Miss Pot calling the Sexy Kettle Black, how about a girl who decided to go off by herself in the darkness to explore said lighthouse, just for, what was it again? Kicks?”
“I don’t do anything for kicks.”
“Well you kicked in the window with your weird ninja moves.”
“At least I wasn’t trespassing,” she shot back, as if it all happened just yesterday.
“Trespassing gets you everywhere. If I hadn’t broken in and explored that lighthouse, I wouldn’t be exploring you right now.”
She rolled her eyes. If she hadn’t seemed so nervy I would have joked about the futility of a Keep Out sign on her vagina.
“So that’s it,” I pressed. “You thought I was nuts? Nothing else?”
“Obviously I thought you were cute.”
“Just cute?”
“Hey you think I’m cute.”
I shook my head. “I think you’re cute and sexy and gorgeous and outstandingly fuckable. You meet all the requirements for one infuriatingly hot piece of ass, an ass that I’d love to shoot hot-“
She shot me a warning look. The mother of a family of four across from us was giving me the stinkeye. Whoops.
“I’m sorry,” I apologized to the mother. “It’s our first date.”
“And will probably be your last,” she muttered to herself and turned back to her kids. One was still staring at me with a frightened expression. I forgot I had that effect on them.

June 16, 2013

{ Release Day Blitz } Choices of Fate by S. Simone Chavous


Book Title: Choices of Fate
Author: S. Simone Chavous
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 06/14/2013

Blurb

On her own since the day she turned eighteen and left the group home where she grew up, twenty-five year old Alexa Ryan has made a comfortable life for herself. She has a great job, the perfect apartment, every material possession a girl her age could desire. Unfortunately, she also has an unusual condition that has forced her to keep everyone at a distance.

Ethan Kellar has spent his entire life running from destiny. When he was just a boy, a powerful seer prophesied his role in events that would determine the outcome of the secret war his people had been fighting for centuries. A role he was determined not to accept, leading him to avoid letting anyone get too close, until the night Alexa fell into his arms.

Drawn to her in a way that he has never experienced, Ethan decides to take the ultimate risk by trusting Alexa and revealing to her all that he truly is. Thinking she is an ordinary woman, he believes that she could be his key to preventing the prophecy from being fulfilled and allowing him to live the life he has always wanted, one that he chooses. Having been so consumed with the desire to determine the course of his own life he wants no less for Alexa and knows he must tell her everything, give her a choice. Before that happens they surrender to the intense physical attraction between them and he realizes too late that in trying so hard to change his fate, he may have set the events of the prophecy in motion.

In that moment, Ethan makes the most difficult decision of his life and does the only thing he can to save Alexa. He walks away.

Consumed by grief, Alexa falls into a deep depression until she learns that her brief encounter with love resulted in a child and somehow finds the strength to put herself back together for the sake of her baby Chloe.

Nearly two years after Ethan walked out Chloe develops an unexplained illness that sends Alexa in search of anything that can help. Her pursuit leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, Alexa and Ethan fight to protect Chloe and their love, but there is one battle Ethan fights alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate.

Excerpt

“I am sorry, Alexa. Please understand this is incredibly difficult for me.” He leaned in and placed his forehead against hers. “I want you so badly right now, in this moment, but I want you forever more. That is why we must wait.”

Well, shit. Hearing that just made her want him even more. Maybe it was all just a line of bullshit, some kind of reverse psychology to get her in bed, but it was working.

Forgetting her embarrassment she leaned her face up and pressed her mouth against his yet again, then pulled away and said, “Please, Ethan,” another kiss, “please, I want to be with you tonight.”

Before she could blink he was over the center console kissing her fervently as he pressed his knee between her legs sending a jolt of arousal through her.

And just like that he pulled back, hovering over her and looking into her eyes while she panted with desire.

“Alexa, I cannot come up with you tonight.” Her expression became one of hurt and confusion, until he continued, “But, I am going to make you cum with my mouth, I must taste you.”

His words and the hunger in his eyes were almost enough to send her over the edge.

And then he crushed his mouth against hers, sliding his tongue inside as a promise of what was to come when he moved between her legs.

Author Bio

S. Simone Chavous spent seven years as a tax accountant before deciding to pursue her true passion as an author. Choices of Fate, the first book in the Fate Trilogy, is her debut novel. She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters and their rambunctious vizsla, Lily.

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June 10, 2013

{ New Cover } April Showers by Karli Perrin



Release Date - June 14th 2013
Genre - New Adult

What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions?

April Adams is about to find out the hard way.

When April enrols at Manchester University, it feels like a whole new life. New city, new house, new friends...new crush.

Isaac Sharpe is the hottest guy on campus - with an even hotter reputation. After a chance meeting, April quickly finds herself wrapped up in all that he is. But what if all that he is isn't what it seems?

Caught up in a battle between what she wants and what she thinks she needs, April meets Lukas Roberts. Lukas is the security blanket that she craves so desperately and she finds solace in their friendship. But what happens when she finds more than she bargained for?

April has always been a big believer of fate, but will she learn that she's in control of her own destiny before it's too late?

Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.

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Author Bio


Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester. She has always been a big lover of books and is currently writing her first NA novel - April Showers. She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!) Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé. ...Hogwarts is plan B.


June 5, 2013

Forgiven Spotlight Tour { Character Interview + Cover Reveal + Giveaway }


I'm such a fan of this series, don't forget to check out my review for Forgiven.

Blurb 

Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.

Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings.

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Bio

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series.

Author Links:

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Spotify Playlist:

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Character Interview : Bradley Banks


1. Do you ever steal the shampoos and soaps from hotel rooms?
What kind of question is this?  I don't need to steal the shampoos and soaps from the hotel.

Nice job evading the question, Mr. Banks.  Have you ever done it?
(smirking) You noticed.  Only the ones that smell good.

2. Have you ever 'done it' in a public place before?
Geez, don't hold anything back. (Runs his fingers through his messy hair narrowing his eyes with a crooked smile) Maybe once or twice. (winks)

3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
I think that is a pre-requisite for teenage guys.

Is that a yes?
Yes.

4. Do you like to use post-it notes?
Seriously?  I've never really just sat and thought about that.  I don't know if I'd say I like to use them, but I do use a lot of post-it notes.

5. Do you always smile for pictures?
No, depends on my mood.

6. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Gross, no.

7. Whats your favorite animal and why?
Strange, but I love monkeys.  They make me laugh.

8. Do you like popcorn from those big tins?
No.  I like popcorn with extra butter from the movies and that's about it.

9. Would you ever tape yourself doing cartwheels?
(chuckles) If I could do a cartwheel, probably.

10. Is it ok for guys to wear pink?
Real men wear pink.  Women think it's hot.  Absolutely.

11. Do you still watch cartoons?
Negative

12. What's your favorite scary movie?
Nightmare on Elm Street

13.  What exactly is your idea of 'your type of girl'?
I've typically gone for blonde bombshells but that's no longer the case.

14. What's your biggest turn on?
Her name is Gabriella Gerhart, everything about her....

15. What's the one thing you would do, if you were able to do it?
Take away all the pain that Gabby has had to endure in her lifetime.  No one person should have to go through that much crap.

16.  Have you ever had any strong feelings for anyone before?
No, not before Gabby.

17.  Do you see yourself committing to anyone?
I didn't used to think so, but yes.

18.  What is your favorite food?
I love seafood, especially lobster.

19.  Biggest regret?
Being such a selfish jerk to so many girls.

Okay, now we're going to do this and that questions!

20.  Mountains or Beach?
Beach

21.  Tea or Soda?
I'm a good 'ole southern boy, sweet iced tea!

22.  Black or white?
Black

23.  Shower or bath?
Hmm, I have to pick one or the other?  They both can be, well....you know.  I take showers.

24.  Rain or snow?
Snow

25.  Boxers or briefs?
Why I am not surprised this came up given your first round of questions?  Boxerbriefs. ;)

26.  Pancakes or waffles?
Pancakes, hands down.

27.  Chocolate or vanilla?
Hmm, vanilla. ;)

28.  France or Italy?
Italy

29.  Hamburger or hotdog?
Juicy burger.

30.  Summer or winter?
Summer

Mr. Banks, thank you so much for taking time to answer a few questions for us.  We appreciate your time and your good humor. 

Oh, the pleasure was all mine.

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{ Cover Reveal } Otherwise Occupied by Shay Savage


Book Details

Otherwise Occupied (Otherwise Alone #2) by Shay Savage
Release Date : June 2013
Genre : Adult Romance
Cover Designed by Mayhem Cover Creations - http://www.mayhemcovercreations.com/

Summary : Otherwise Occupied

Evan Arden is a hit man for a Chicago mob boss. He lives his life day to day with the company of his dog, Odin. He has to work hard to get back into his boss’s good graces, but the target proves to be difficult. As demons of his past begin to haunt him, he seeks the comfort of sleep from an unlikely candidate, but will confiding in her be his undoing?

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17447582-otherwise-occupied

This is the followup to Otherwise Alone (Otherwise Alone #1) by Shay Savage
Released: December 15th, 2012

Summary : Otherwise Alone


Lieutenant Evan Arden sits in a shack in the middle of nowhere, waiting for orders that will send him back home - if he ever gets them. Other than his loyal Great Pyrenees, there's no one around to break up the monotony. The tedium is excruciating, but it is suddenly interrupted when a young woman stumbles up his path.

He has two choices - pick her off from a distance with his trusty sniper-rifle, or dare let her approach his cabin and enter his life.

Why not? It's been ages, and he is otherwise alone...

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17080000-otherwise-alone

Amazon Buy LinkOtherwise Alone (Otherwise Alone #1) by Shay Savage
 

Author Bio

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.




Author Contact Links

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Surviving Raine (Surviving Raine #1)
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June 4, 2013

{ Review } The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea


Synopsis

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE. 

DARE them to LOVE
DARE them to LIVE 

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Review

Man, where do I even begin?! It's 1:26 AM Hawaii Time and my heart is pretty much broken at the moment over this book! I really loved this book right from the get go, I know that's weird to say, but it's true. I love her style of writing and Melissa did an amazing job telling the story.
"There was always an exception, and she would be it. Just this once. Just one date."
Araya, after going through a very tragic event in her life, it has caused her to live her life in the shadows, never to be seen, always in the darkness. It isn't until Ryland Dare comes along and stirs things up for her. Ryland comes from a wealthy family, whose parents are about their status, known to not give anyone "forever", and expected to carry on the family business.

I love Araya and Ryland so much! Araya is a feisty one, she's definitely not afraid to speak her mind nor does she like to be talked down to. It's so true, it's only after so long, one person can take so much, they'll eventually have to release it all. Ryland is such an amazing and caring guy! He brings hope to Araya, or in this book, brings light to the darkness that she's been in for so many years.
"Ryland was changing my life and he didn't even realize it."
I absolutely love the story and it's definitely different. I haven't read a story line like this at all and I believe it's safe to say, that this one book won't be the end of it, it's a series people. Which will drive you crazy at the end, you'll probably be yelling, "What are you doing?!"

My emotions were all over the place, your heart will break (probably more than once), you'll laugh, you'll fall in love with Ryland and his good-caring nature towards Araya (he's the best boyfriend ever!), you'll look up to Araya and how strong she is (I love her outlook on things), and you'll be pissed and probably want to knock some people's teeth out! I think this book covers it all.

Melissa, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't say that enough! I was so sad to read the end of the book, but now I'm anxious to read the next one!

MY RATING : 5 STARS!


About the Author

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.

I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading
has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation.  The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.

I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn't have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by.

4 things you should know about me:
I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty
with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle (including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little with my list, shhhh.

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June 3, 2013

{ Cover Reveal } Bitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry



Blurb

Attending a vampire-themed masquerade party seems like a strange way to spend a night, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. Meeting Alec was just a bonus. Despite their immediate attraction, however, Alec is wary of involving himself with Nora, and when she pushes it, she discovers that Alec has secrets that could destroy them both. Is she willing to risk everything for a man she hardly knows? How far into darkness will he take her?

When Nora attempts to follow, however, things grow more complicated. Someone is hunting her - someone tied to a secret that goes back to the beginning of man. Soon, Nora finds herself drawn to two men, each with his own agenda. Can she save them both when one is destined to die?

Author Bio

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full-length novel, although she’s written two novellas and several short stories. She is currently writing another novel, a contemporary NA romance called Forget Me Not. When she isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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