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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (War of Gods) by Meg Xuemei X

A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID, the first book in the adult fantasy romance series, War of Gods, by Meg Xuemei X. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (War of Gods #1) by Meg Xuemei X

A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (War of Gods #1) by Meg Xuemei X

About the Book – Read for free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID
Series: War of Gods #1
Author: Meg Xuemei X
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
They call me beautiful. They call me a monster. Soon, they’ll call me death.

As a direct descendant of the God of Death, Cassandra Saélihn is considered the most dangerous monster of all time. Her own mother locks her in a cage to protect the world from her lethal potential. Cass thought this imprisoned life would be her fate, but then four sexy, formidable warriors–a vampire lord, twin fae princes, and a demigod–find her.

They claim she’s not a monster, but a powerful weapon, one who can kill the Olympian gods, who have returned to Earth with a vengeance. But Cass has a mind of her own and can’t be told what to do, no matter how drawn she is to her four warrior saviors. To their dismay, the four warriors can’t tame the wild, cunning, and volatile Cass. But they have a bigger problem–their growing attraction toward her.

To turn the woman they desire into the ultimate weapon and ensure Earth’s survival, they’ll have to conquer her body and heart, which seems even more impossible than winning the war against the atrocious gods. But nothing turns these alpha males on more than an impossible dare. And nothing turns Cass on more than being stalked.

Warning: This is a full-length reverse harem fantasy/paranormal romance that features one hell of strong woman and her four powerful supernatural mates. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot of assholes.

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Excerpt #1
hy did he suddenly have a heartbeat? I purred, and the vampire’s heart started pumping.

The panther snapped his head toward the vampire lord and bared his teeth in a half-snarl. I hadn’t been mistaken. The panther heard the vampire’s heartbeat as well and he wasn’t thrilled.  

The vampire stumbled back, clutching his hand over his heart. An instant later, he realized his own reactions and quickly removed his hand from his muscled chest.

His expression became unreadable once again. He stepped toward me aggressively and stopped a foot from my cage. I didn’t back down, but shock slammed me silent as heat rushed between my thighs as he entered my proximity.  

His nostrils flared, as did the panther’s.

Intense heat materialized in both the vampire’s and the panther’s eyes.

What kind of freak show is this?

Despite my fatigue from being starved, I clenched my fists on my side to stave off the liquid fire that continued to twirl around my lady bits, teasing and taunting my awakened lust. I’d never experienced anything like this. My body was out of control, and I didn’t like it one iota.

“What the fuck did you do to me, vampire?” I hissed. “And why has your heart suddenly started beating? You’re supposed to be undead, just like any other bloodsucker, right?”

His gray eyes narrowed, flashing with dangerous light that concealed his increased interest in me. “I didn’t expect you to have such a foul mouth and horrible manners.” His voice was rich and stern; he was used to everyone obeying him. “That’s exactly my question to you, girl. What did you do to end up here? And who are you?”

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Author Meg Xuemei X

Author Meg Xuemei X

About the Author
Meg Xuemei X is a USA Today bestselling author of steamy paranormal and sci-fi romance. She finds it dreamingly delightful to be around drop-dead gorgeous alpha males who are forever tormented by her feisty heroines, formidable alien angels, wild shifters, haughty fey, dark vampires, and cunning witches.

She’s visited the universe of The Empress of Mysth, The First Witch, Shifter’s One True Mate, and Dark Chemistry. Next she’ll boldly go to the badland of The Wickedest Witch. At this moment, in her southern California abode, she’s packing as many forbidden weapons as she can carry. Her favorite one is a magical whip.

She is always happy to hear from readers and welcome new friends on Facebook.
Facebook: facebook.com/MegXuemeiX
Email: megxuemei AT gmail.com
She’ll be giddy if you sign up to her mailing list at eepurl.com/YxOcn to hear about her new release, discounts, giveaways and fun stuff!.

Where to find Meg Xuemei X
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – THE BRUTAL TIME (Angelbound Origins) by Christina Bauer

THE BRUTAL TIME Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover to THE BRUTAL TIME, sixth book in the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Angelbound Origins, releasing September 17, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and preorder links.

THE BRUTAL TIME (Angelbound Origins #6) by Christina Bauer

THE BRUTAL TIME (Angelbound Origins #6) by Christina Bauer

About the Book
Title:
THE BRUTAL TIME
Series: Angelbound Origins #6
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
Myla Lewis loves kicking demon ass. Sadly, now that she’s the Great Scala as well as Queen of the demon hunting thrax, there’s no time to battle baddies. Sure, it’s great to rule alongside her main squeeze Lincoln—and their baby Maxon is adorbs—but what about some demon killing fun?

Then Myla gets a chance to fight tons of evildoers, but it’s in the worst way imaginable. All the demon-hunting thrax disappear, except for Lincoln. Even Octavia and sweet baby Maxon vanish. With the demon hunters gone, the worldwide population of big bads goes berserk. Talk about a nightmare.

Turns out, Lucifer left behind another magickal trinket that’s causing trouble. This time, it’s his signet ring that has changed the past, preventing the thrax from ever organizing in the first place. To bring back the thrax and their family, Myla and Lincoln must travel back in history—to the era called the Brutal Time—and try to convince the pre-thrax peoples to team up. Trouble is, these folks already have a powerful leader, the Red Scourge, and that creep doesn’t want his people hunting down demons. Nope. The Red Scourge has only one goal.

Kill Myla and Lincoln, fast.

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Book 0.5: DUTY BOUND
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Book 3: ACCA
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Book 4: THRAX
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Book 5: THE DARK LANDS
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Book 6: ARMAGEDDON
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Author Christina Bauer

Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Ting

JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK, a young fantasy, by Mary Ting. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $1.99.

JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Ting

JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Ting

About the Book
Title:
JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK
Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
What Fate Awaits A Girl Who Hears Monsters At Night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword. But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father. On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

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Excerpt #2
I reached out, and just before I touched the brush, the old woman grabbed my wrist. Her probing fingers seemed to be seeking something. I gasped and jerked away from her sharp nails and the coldness of her touch.

“I apologize.” I tugged at my sleeve, even though it was already down, for fear she had seen my birthmark.

Her hood shifted and her dark, snapping eyes assured me she had. But when she peered up at me with a small smile, she eased my mind.

“Have a care, please.”

Her raspy voice stunned me, as she continued to stare, examining me like I was some kind of novelty.

“I’m sorry,” I apologized again. “I want to buy the set for my mother. I have a silver coin.”

I showed it to her. Perhaps she thought me a thief like the hat seller.

“Which one suits your fancy?”

She reached underneath her cloak for something—a dagger maybe?

My pulse raced. My mind became unsteady. Defeating an old woman would be easy, unless she was a witch. I had heard tales of witches in my younger days, but I’d never paid attention. I wished I had.

I pointed. “That one, please.”

She handed me the brush first and then the mirror. I ran my finger across the vine from the bottom, feeling the curves and indentations and the fine texture of the smooth wood. Admiring its beauty, I knew Mother would be pleased.

The old woman’s eyes stayed on my covered wrists. No fear showed through them, only recognition or something else unexplainable. Before she could ask me a question, I placed the silver coin in front of her and turned to leave.

“Stop,” she said.

I gulped fear down my throat.

Have I done something wrong? What will she ask of me?

All my life, no one had asked me about my birthmarks. I hid them well.

“Yes?” I turned to her, smiling.

“Here, I have a gift for you.”

I was foolish enough to think she would give me a silver back, so I opened my hand to her. She dropped three beans in it and closed my fist. When her hand touched mine, she gasped sharply, and her eyes rolled back.

I shuddered at her expression. I wanted to run far from her, but I remained calm when no trickery played from her. But why beans? Not a bag of beans, but three shriveled, gray, speckled beans.

“Nay, thank you.”

I tried to open my hand to return them to her, but she held steady onto me. The old fool giving me beans—she must be mad. And I needed to head back to Father.

“You look like your mother. Have ’em.” Her eyes bored into mine, and then finally let go. “You’d be wise to hold these fast. A time will come when you are in need. Use them wisely.”

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Author Mary Ting

Author Mary Ting

About the Author
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Where to find Mary Ting
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – TWILIGHT SIEGE (The Fae Games) by Jill Ramsower

TWILIGHT SIEGE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for TWILIGHT SIEGE, the second book in the adult dark fantasy romance series, The Fae Games Duet, by Jill Ramsower. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

TWILIGHT SIEGE (The Fae Games #2) by Jill Ramsower

TWILIGHT SIEGE (The Fae Games #2) by Jill Ramsower

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: TWILIGHT SIEGE
Series: The Fae Games #2
Author: Jill Ramsower
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
After her carefree world is ripped apart, Rebecca Peterson must accept her new life and the dark powers that come with it. Navigating this new landscape of deceit and manipulation is paramount if she is to stop hordes of blood-thirsty Faeries from invading Earth.

Now that Ronan’s motivations are clear, Becca looks to Lochlan for help, but the sweltering tension between them is a dangerous distraction. He draws her in, like no man she has ever met, and lives his life by rules she never knew existed. He takes her deep into the treacherous Shadow Lands, where both her knowledge and courage will be tested—but will it be enough to take on a centuries old enemy hell-bent on death and destruction? To keep those she loves safe, Becca is willing to risk it all.

 

 

 

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Excerpt
On the other side of the bed from where I sat the air shimmered with magic as a man materialized. Merlin stood opposite me, his features wrought with concern. Each time I saw him he looked exactly the same, whether it was as a vendor in a Belfast market twenty years ago, or a patron in the museum on my first day of work a month ago. White-blond hair neatly styled and sharp ice blue eyes softened by a few wrinkles in the corners. He looked sophisticated and worldly, but at that moment he also wore compassion and grief.  

Our eyes held each other for a long pregnant moment, long enough to further thaw my ravaged emotions. I had thought I would have nothing to say to this man who had set the events in motion that led me to the absolute lowest point in my life. However, seeing him stand before me, I had questions that needed to be asked. 

“Why have you done this? Why me?” My voice was no more than a whisper. 

“I spent years in that market, watching and interacting, knowing I had to find just the right child. Someone who was receptive to the magic, someone who lived far away where Morgan would not find them. When you approached my booth and were drawn instantly to the necklace, I knew you were the one.” 

“Did you know it would make me Fae?” 

“I wasn’t entirely sure, but I had my suspicions.” 

“Did you think about the other impacts on my life, the effect it would have on my loved ones?” 

“Nothing I could say or do will ever ease the burden of what I have forced upon you. There are some of us who bear a disproportionate degree of hardship in life, whether owed to circumstances of our birth or a course of events during our lifetime. There is never a reason adequate enough to justify our struggles sufficient to ease the burden. The only balm that will help you is that which comes from the acceptance of your circumstances. Once you let go of how you got to your current situation and look toward how you can improve your future station, then you will be enlightened in a way that is truly empowering.”

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Author Jill Ramsower

Author Jill Ramsower

About the Author
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.

 

 

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Where to Find Jill Ramsower
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE JACK (The Immortal Series) by M.K. Harkins

THE JACK Book Release

Welcome to the blog tour for THE JACK, the second book in the young adult paranormal romance series, The Immortal, by M.K. Harkins. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE JACK (The Immortal Series #2) by M.K. Harkins

THE JACK (The Immortal Series #2) by M.K. Harkins

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE JACK
Series: The Immortal Series #2
Author: M.K. Harkins
Release Date: August 17, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
What matters more to Archer: saving the woman he loves but can never have, protecting humanity, or avoiding a prison sentence that would stretch for eternity?

Archer is a half breed, caught between two opposing heritages – the Jacks, a bloodthirsty race who kills for sport, and the Readers, a docile race trying to save humankind. Two years ago, he betrayed the Readers, though, in a last-minute change of heart, saved them from ultimate destruction. But now he’s all alone, wallowing in unrequited love.

Sadie is an Immortal Seer with a dangerous calling: she must hunt down and destroy the last of the vengeful Jacks. But her quirky humor and gentle spirit make her an unlikely fit for the job.

Archer is drawn to Sadie’s pure, kindhearted nature, rekindling hope he might not have to live a solitary life, but he has no idea the danger he’s in.

When fate forces the mortal enemies to work together, Sadie must determine which side Archer is on, how much of his charm is real, and if she should follow through with her directive: should she kill him or save him?.

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Excerpt #1
I should be dead.

Pain shot through me like an ice pick thrust into my heart. I lowered my head and squeezed my eyes shut. God, the rejection was as physical as it could get.

Why didn’t I stay in Samara and get blown to bits with the other Jacks?

“Are you okay?” A girl’s voice cut through layers of fog that had wrapped its cold fingers around my brain.

How long had I been sitting on the bench this time, staring at the ocean? Correction. Staring at Ann, not even aware someone was sitting right next to me.

I shot the girl beside me a quick glance. Pretty. Eighteen or so. A blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty. Most guys would sit up and take notice. The only girl I could see, or would ever want to, was a hundred yards away. With her husband, who happened to be my cousin and former best friend.

I hated him almost as much as I loved her.

“Beautiful family,” the girl observed.

Whatever. I pushed down the searing pain and took a deep breath to keep my pounding heart steady. “I like to people-watch. It can be entertaining,” I told her as I turned away from Ann and stared at the ocean. The intruder needed to leave before I snapped.

“Do you know them?” The girl tipped her head toward my obsession.

The words slipped out before I could filter. “I knew a girl like her a long time ago. I loved her deeply.” I should have stopped talking but kept going. “But I made mistakes, and I couldn’t fix them.” What was wrong with me? I’d barely spoken to anyone in two years, and now I was giving this stranger my life story. I shifted my glance toward her. Two clear blue, innocent eyes stared back.

Just a normal girl sitting with me on the bench.

“That’s too bad.” She frowned.

I settled my eyes back on Ann. Her light brown hair danced with the melody of the wind. She laughed as she dipped her son’s toes into the lapping waves.

“Did you ever try to make things right?” the girl asked.

“I sacrificed my happiness for hers.” And handed her right over to Devon. “Painful, but worth it.” My thoughts drifted back to the night of the explosion. “I saved her life, but she also saved mine.”

The girl placed her hand over her heart. “Oh, that’s so romantic.”

I stifled an eye roll. It wasn’t romantic. I’d lost Ann forever. Misery rippled through me like the waves crashing to the shore. A mortal would never understand. They were all the same. So simplistic.

“Will you see her again?”

“No,” I said while staring directly at Ann.

“Hey,” the girl whispered.

I forced my gaze away from Ann to the stranger’s ice-blue eyes. Such an unusual color. “Yeah?”

“I understand what it’s like. You know, being alone.”

I almost laughed. I wanted to ask, Oh, you do? You know what it’s like to be living with people for thousands of years yet feel completely alone? To form friendships knowing there would be a day you’d have to make a choice that may betray them? To trust your mother only to find out she was an imposter? To finally fall in love, have it change everything, then lose her at the last moment?

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Author M.K. Harkins

Author M.K. Harkins

About the Author
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)

Unintentional, her second book, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.

Breaking Braydon and Taking Tiffany have both been released. Available on Amazon.

The Reader is MK’s latest project, due out 2016.

When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)

MK also runs her own business in her current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.

Where to Find M.K. Harkins
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – XAVIER (Angelbound Worlds) by Christina Bauer

XAVIER Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover for XAVIER, the first book in the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, Angelbound Worlds, releasing February 25, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

XAVIER (Angelbound Worlds #1) by Christina Bauer

XAVIER (Angelbound Worlds #1) by Christina Bauer

About the Book
Title:
XAVIER
Series: Angelbound Worlds #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
“Anyone into fantasy and other worldly experiences would enjoy these books. I am officially addicted!” – Rachely, Goodreads

I am the archangel Xavier,
General of the Angelic Army.
My life began at the dawn of time,
And in all the long eons since
I have only known war, never love.
Until HER.

Enter the Angelbound Worlds, a new series of novellas that take place within different areas and eras of the after-realms (Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the Dark Lands, and Antrum). Don’t miss Book 1 in the Angelbound Worlds series, in which the archangel Xavier shares how he finally fell in love.

Suggested to read after Angelbound Origins Book 1.

“SUCH interesting stories!! I love the characters, the plot, the writing style. Unique, beautiful, not sappy with the romance, but steamy enough to keep my interest. DEFINITELY recommend!” – Keri, Goodreads.

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Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Blog Tour – Interview + Giveaway – THE DEVIL’S STANDOFF (The Devil’s Revolver) by V.S. McGrath

THE DEVIL'S STANDOFF Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for THE DEVIL’S STANDOFF, the second book in the young adult historical dark fantasy series, The Devil’s Revolver, by V.S. McGrath. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive interview with the author, and details on her giveaway.

THE DEVIL'S STANDOFF (The Devil's Revolver #2) by V.S. McGrath

THE DEVIL’S STANDOFF (The Devil’s Revolver #2) by V.S. McGrath

About the Book
Title: THE DEVIL’S STANDOFF
Series: The Devil’s Revolver #2
Author: V.S. McGrath
Publisher: Brain Mill Press LLC
Release Date: April 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Historical Western Dark Fantasy/Paranormal
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Synopsis
Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where untold danger lurks for Hettie Alabama and her companions…

The second book in the epic, magic-clad Devil’s Revolver series follows Hettie and her sister south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake Hettie’s infernal mage gun while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army and a monster from hell drawn to the powers of the weapon. Hettie wants nothing more than to break her bond to the cursed Devil’s Revolver and find a way to keep her sister safe — but Abby’s indigo powers are growing stronger, and in the gated, walled village where they take refuge, nothing is exactly as it seems. Pursued by the Pinkertons, left without allies or guardians, Hettie has to rely on her own grit and determination to do the right thing, no matter the cost.

This second installment of V. S. McGrath’s sweeping and high-stakes saga draws its truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine to her limits and ends with a satisfying bang..

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Interview
What’s your favorite thing about your main character, Hettie Alabama?
Her tenacity. Most people, myself included, would have given up so many times in the book, facing the challenges she does. She won’t.

What makes Hettie Alabama different from the other heroines on the YA shelf?
I don’t know that Hettie is that different from other YA heroines. She’s complex and isn’t sure where she stands on a lot of issues, which I think many characters in her age group struggle with. Hettie’s sole concern is for her sister’s well-being, and she’s willing to cross into a lot of morally gray areas to save and protect Abby without gnashing her teeth about it too much. Her willingness to jump headfirst into a situation, guns blazing, doesn’t always end in ethical introspection. She’s also not consumed by a burgeoning romantic relationship with a dark, brooding hero figure…despite herself.

Did you know you wanted this series to be about an older sister before you started writing?
Yes. Hettie was a middle child, like me, but when circumstances thrust her into the role of eldest child, she had to woman up and learn to take care of her family. That was something I’d wanted to explore—not only from the perspective of a young woman during a difficult period of history, but also as a daughter whose future was uncertain, especially considering her sister’s situation.

Your series has been referred to as a “feminist western.” Did you set out to write a feminist western series, or did it end up like that on its own?
Yes. I knew I wanted the main character to be a young woman, and I knew that she would have to solve her problems herself, and that men were the causes of most of those problems. Most Westerns are male-centric, and I wanted to turn that on its head, exploring the tropes of the genre through the women who are usually relegated to set dressings—madams and prostitutes, schoolteachers, farmers wives, and so forth.

What has been your favorite scene or type of scene to write so far?
I relish anytime I get to take a serious character down a peg or two. Sometimes, certain characters come off way too pompously self-important, broody, or angsty. If I can insert some levity and self-reflective humor, I feel I can relate to them a bit more.

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER
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Author V. S. McGrath

Author V. S. McGrath

About the Author
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find V.S. McGrath
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – HARBINGER (Dragonrider Legacy) by Nicole Conway

HARBINGER Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for HARBINGER, the second book in the young adult fantasy series, Dragonrider Legacy, by Nicole Conway. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive guest post, and details on her giveaway.

HARBINGER (Dragonrider Legacy #2) by Nicole Conway

HARBINGER (Dragonrider Legacy #2) by Nicole Conway

About the Book
Title: HARBINGER
Series: Dragonrider Legacy #2
Author: Nicole Conway
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre:
Young Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis
Victory is written in the blood of the brave. As the armies of the Tibran Empire continue to march across Maldobar, a path of scorched destruction and despair is left in their wake. Even with the formidable princess, Jenna Farrow, leading the charge, the strength of the dragonriders is waning. Tibran victory appears inevitable—especially after Princess Jenna and Prince Aubren are taken hostage by the infamous Lord Argonox. Separated from her brother and tortured for information, Princess Jenna refuses to bend to the iron will of Argonox. But her strength and resolve may only last so long. Held prisoner in his dark tower, it would take a miracle to set her free—or perhaps a pair of demigods and their dragons. With revived dragonrider legend, Jaevid Broadfeather, at his side, Reigh must now make a choice: face the truth about the origin of his dark powers, or turn his back on world in need. But throwing off a lifetime of shame and self-doubt is not so easily done—especially when the cost of failure means the destruction of the world. The long-awaited hero has awakened. The ancient spirits are stirring. The dark goddess has chosen her champion. But is he ready to embrace that rite and become the HARBINGER Maldobar needs him to be?

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Guest Post

Dear Reader:

I hope you’ll enjoy reading HARBINGER half as much as I enjoyed writing it – because if you do, you’ll have a blast! I’ve always liked stories with lots of action, touches of humor, and characters that felt comfortable and like people you could be friends with in real life. I tried to bring these elements into this series. I wanted you to relate to Jenna, laugh with Eirik, roll your eyes at Reigh, and feel true sympathy for Phillip. And of course, I want you all to want to be a dragonrider! I know I do!!

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Get Caught Up on the Series:

Book 1: SAVAGE
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Author Nicole Conway

Author Nicole Conway

About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time re-watching Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. When she’s not binge watching, she’s usually enjoying the Oregon rain with a hot cup of coffee and a book.

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Where to find Nicole Conway
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Cover Reveal – DREAM KEEPER (Dark Dreamer Trilogy) by Amber R. Duell

The Parliament House and author Amber R. Duell are unveiling the cover to DREAM KEEPER, the first book in the young adult dark fantasy series, Dark Dreamer Trilogy, releasing January 29, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

DREAM KEEPER (Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Amber R. Duell

DREAM KEEPER (Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Amber R. Duell

About the Book
Title:
DREAM KEEPER
Series: Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1
Author: Amber R. Duell
Publisher: The Parliament House
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness. 

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Author Amber R. Duell

Author Amber R. Duell

About the Author
Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

 

 

Where to Find Melissa Amber R. Duell
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER (The Devil’s Revolver) by V. S. McGrath

THE DEVIL'S REVOLVER (The Devil's Revolver #1) by V. S. McGrath

THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER (The Devil’s Revolver #1) by V. S. McGrath

Synopsis
She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.

 

 

 

 

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My Review
I’m a huge fan of the SyFy show Wynonna Earp, so fresh off of a trip to Comic-Con this seemed like something right up my alley. I was not disappointed. This is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Set more than a hundred years ago in the old west, it follows the story of seventeen-year-old Hettie Alabama as first tragedy befalls her family, then she begins to discover dark secrets about them and herself. With her young sister missing, Hettie is convinced she’s alive and will do anything to get her back. Anything includes imprinting on the Devil’s Revolver, known as Diablo, a gun with an endless supply of ammunition, never needs to be reloaded, and oh yeah, every time Hettie kills someone with it, she grows another year older. Surrounded by a colorful cast of characters, Hettie attempts to stay one step ahead of those who want Diablo and remain alive long enough to find her younger sister, Abby. Beyond that, she has no plan, so when everything starts to fall apart, Hettie lurches one from ill-conceived idea to the next. Filled with magic, history, and a mix of cultures, this is one of my all-time favorite reads.

Plot
The plot centers around Hettie’s search for her missing sister, Abby. But there’s so much more going on. Dark family secrets, a band of ruthless gangsters hellbent on getting their hands on Diablo, Hettie’s recurrent sudden aging, the fight for survival, and more. The author does a masterful job of taking us into a can’t-win situation, only to find a way to just barely survive, then knock us back yet again. Every time I thought Hettie was finally close to getting what she wanted, V.S. McGrath would tear it away from her again.

The Characters
The characters are nearly as fascinating as the plot. Each one is unique, with complex backstories, vivid characterization, and fully-developed goals and motivations. Hettie is by far the star of the story, and she’s so thoroughly developed, she could carry the story on her own. But the people who surround her bring more than just support to their roles. Even those who only show up in a handful of scenes are just as detailed and vivid as the characters who accompany Hettie throughout her journey.

Top Five Things I Loved About THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER
1. Expert plotting. One of only a handful of books I’ve read this year that I couldn’t put down.

2. Magical elements. I’m not usually one for fantasy or paranormal, but the way the author wove these aspects into the story felt natural. Although the magical elements are a big  part of the story, I was still rooted in the natural world in a way a lot of fantasy doesn’t allow me to be.

3. Hettie. One of the all-time best fictional characters.

4. Diablo. The gun is nearly a character all its own and its powers drive some of the best plot points.

5. Scene setting. The author creates such vivid scenes, bringing the reader in with all five senses, I’ve no doubt this story will stick with me for a long time.

Bottom Line
One of my favorite books of 2018 with amazing characters, an exhilarating plot, and unique aspects that make it unlike anything I’ve read.

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About the Book
Title: THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER
Series: The Devil’s Revolver #1
Author: V.S. McGrath
Publisher: Brain Mill Press LLC
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Pages: 323
Genre: Young Adult Historical Western Dark Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

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Author V. S. McGrath

Author V. S. McGrath

About the Author
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find V.S. McGrath
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Book Blitz – Guest Post + Giveaway – ANGEL BLUE (Seven Deadly Sins) by Jennifer Silverwood

ANGEL BLUE Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for ANGEL BLUE, the first book in the adult urban fantasy series, Seven Deadly Sins, by Jennifer Silverwood. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive guest post, and details on her giveaway.

ANGEL BLUE (Seven Deadly Sins #1) by Jennifer Silverwood

ANGEL BLUE (Seven Deadly Sins #1) by Jennifer Silverwood

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: ANGEL BLUE
Series: Seven Deadly Sins #1
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Vinny Bucci and Tommy Stecker are almost cousins—their mothers call themselves “sisters of the heart,” so that sort of makes them cousins, doesn’t it? Since childhood, they’ve shared holidays and Sunday services and their passion for soccer. But now they’re eighteen, high school seniors, and what has always been devoted friendship—the next best thing to family—has started to feel like something else. Something more….

Unfortunately, the Steckers can’t accept their son’s same-sex romance, and upon recognizing the teens’ mutual attraction, they push Tommy into dating a girl from church, then compel him to attend a Christian College far away from Vinny’s school. The Buccis and the Steckers—once a family of choice—clash over what’s right and go their separate ways.

Forced into separation, Vinny and Tommy are both devastated, but while Vinny hardens his heart to love, halfway across the country Tommy becomes emotionally and physically ill. Their passion for each other hasn’t diminished, let alone died, but they lose contact, and for the first time in their lives learn what it is to live with a broken heart.

Will Tommy and Vinny find their way back to each other, or will they accept the rules dictated by family and try to live severed lives, their love forever unfulfilled?

 A Mature Young Adult Romance

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Cast of Characters
Season 1

CHOSEN

EANNA
Anu, the Eanna: The last of her house, Anu is a little over 1200 human years. Her features were once common to the Eanna, with waist-length black hair, amethyst eyes, and bronze skin. Since her miraculous escape from the fire that destroyed her family, Anu has suffered through episodes that put strain on her immortal body. She has been promised to Malku, the future sarrum, since her youth. Forced to train for a position she never wanted, Anu hasn’t given up seeking the truth behind what happened to her family.

Emim: Deceased ruler of the Eanna and Anu’s grandfather. Rumored to be the last watcher. His death has been difficult for Anu to bear.

EEMURANNA
Etlu: Once the leader of the sarrum’s legions, Etlu has made empires rise and fall. The exact year of his birth is unknown. He is extremely tall, built by centuries of honed muscle instinct. Where he goes, war inevitably follows. No wonder he sought absolution saving and protecting Anu. Over the centuries, their relationship has evolved into something he both fears and needs. Etlu’s power stems from his ability to manipulate chosen and cursed minds, if they aren’t aware of his gift. Only Eanna knows his secret. He carries a slightly curved black sword etched in runes, rumored to have been bathed in the blood of a 10,000 cursed.

Belum: Older in appearance, Belum has served as Etlu’s second in command since the fall of the Roman Empire. He is married to Nina, the much younger daughter of Lady Tiamatu. Belum is cousins with Etlu’s mother. Part of his gift includes influencing his people’s emotions. Contrarily, he allows his young bride free reign to cause mayhem. To quote Belum, it keeps him young.

Malku: kin to Etlu; the future sarrum and son of High Lord Ninazu. He is known for his ruthlessness and cruelty, a cause for fear among both chosen and cursed. Upon Eanna’s birthday, Malku comes to claim his bride at last.

GISNU

Nina: The daughter and heir to Lady Tiamatu’s seat of power, Nina considers herself Eanna’s best friend. She is young, a mere 600 years old, she willingly married the older Belum, because of the sex of course. Nina wants to lead their house into a new era, where they blend with humans. She’s not highly ambitious or ruthless like her mother. Nina only wants a good life. While she’s very loyal to Eanna and Etlu, she often spies on Eanna for Etlu.

Lady Tiamatu– Born five hundred years before Vikings came into power in Norway, she has been ruler of House Gisnu for the past millennia. One of the few pureblooded Gisnu left, Tiamatu is highly ambitious, despite the dissolution of her house.

CURSED

SHADE
Charon: She has forgotten her exact age but remembers the rise of the first Roman Caesar. Though she is small, with short silver hair and trusting crystal-blue eyes, she is far from innocent. Charon has been an assassin for her father as long as she can remember. For the past few centuries, she’s considered herself a free agent, moving beneath her family’s radar. She’s developed quite a reputation as a death dealer among the cursed, to the point children are threatened by a visit from the Charon, should they misbehave.

Gabriel: The “golden prince” of the cursed is somewhere around 1200 years old, and looks more like a chosen, with golden hair and eyes that glow in his passion. However, he is the son of Elder Lord Rama and little brother of Charon. Currently, he is the leader of the underground resistance, waging a secret war against the chosen. He seeks to remove the chosen from power and make Isabol his queen, uniting their peoples again.

Elder Lord Rama: Born in Egypt during the early Ptolemaic Era BCE., Rama has long fought to destroy and undermine the chosen houses. His abuse of power has corrupted him physically, though this hasn’t lessened the respect of the shades, who call him king.

SEEKER

BITTERHELM CLAN
Wilhelm: At a little over 500 years, Wilhelm has seen the end of the Red War and countless atrocities committed by chosen and cursed alike. After his parents’ deaths, he sought refuge with his clan in the Canadian wilderness. But his little sister Isabol drags him into the war he abandoned years ago. Like many in his clan, he is marked by curling auburn hair, and sun-kissed freckled skin. His chest is tattooed in Nordic runes with the first Nephthys prophecy. He is the leader of the Bitterhelm Clan, though defers to his grandmother, the current Nephthys. Wil has always seen the world for what it could be. As Isabol would put it, he is a believer.

Isabol Nephthys: At a young age, she chose to become her elder brother’s first sword, forming a bond that made her feel older than her 200 years. What’s worse is she was marked as the next Nephthys, thanks to her blood-red eyes. Though she’s small, Isabol is extremely fast for her kind and admittedly trigger happy. She fell in with the shades and Gabriel after her mate Jakob died. She has wandered ever since, but Wilhelm’s supposed death changes her. She decides to find him, alive or dead, and bring him home where they belong.

ICEVEINS CLAN
Volney: The eldest seeker in the Iceveins clan, Volney lost an eye during the last war. He fought at Wilhelm’s side in the last New World skirmish two hundred years ago. It doesn’t take much to convince him to join the Bitterhelm siblings. He is one of the few who knows what Isabol’s legacy as a Nephthys truly is. He killed the redum tracking Wil, but not before learning “an angel” picked the cursed up and flew away.

Devona: Corwin’s mate; she was eager to join her family in seeking the prophecy and hopefully finding a cure for the sickness plaguing their kind.

Corwin: Like Wilhelm, Corwin was a true believer, and convinced his father and mate to join the Bitterhelm siblings in their quest. He dies when he trips over a mine sensor, before Isabol can stop him. His death breaks what remains of their makeshift pack.

A Game of Houses
The Last Seven

KURGAL – House of the Mountain
Led by NINURTA – Lord Who Completes the Foundation The Kurgal live deep in the Himalayas. Here they are still revered by neighboring humans who make effort to protect them. The chosen keep the outside world from coming in. Etlu brought Eanna here a century after fleeing the Carpathian Mountains. It was a place familiar to them both with its impossible peaks but far more dangerous and foreign. Ninurta taught Eanna how to inflict pain and then heal it, he taught her self-control for her rage. Etlu meanwhile learned all he could of the cursed movements in the countryside. He built allies and led their armies for a time to prevent the giant beasts from destroying human villages. He began to realize that his house did not have far-reaching enough abilities of control and began to grow discontent even more with the sarrum.
 
SHIIMTI – House Where the Wind of Life is Breathed in
Led by NINLIL – Lady of Airspace The Shiimti, live deep in the jungles of India. There they still live, where they began a lost civilization man has yet to unravel. Their palace holds many of India’s treasures and clues that might possibly be directed back toward the chosen. Here Etlu and Eanna come to visit after they leave the Kurgal, to find a far larger house. Yet even more secretive. The only reason they are allowed inside is that both are considered pure blooded, but Ninlil sees secrets in Eanna’s heart. She is the first to have any inkling of just who Eanna is. 
Among the Shiimti, women rule over the men, and there are three layers to every member. The first, is the outer persona they show strangers, welcoming but aloof and cool. The second, to those in the inner circle, the secrets deemed worthy to share. The third is kept guarded above all else, the soul. Shiimti is the only house that believes they all lay claim to their own souls. Because they face the present darkness every day in their jungles.

EBABBAR – House of the Rising Sun
Led by NINGISHZIDDA – Lord of the Artifact of Life It lies hidden in a small oasis within Iran where Sumer, the society the watchers created, began. It is an underground city mostly, beginning from the base of a lost Ziggurat. The underground world is a paradise and a world of beauty. It is here that the Ebabbar keep most of the old relics and scrolls. It is the best defended and considered a haven by others of their society.

EKUR – House Which is Like a Mountain
Led by NINHURSAG – Lady of the Mountainhead The Ekur are the most numerous of the houses. They are also the proudest, for most lesser come from this house, and serve the “pure-blooded” chosen. To the Ekur, to serve is the greatest honor. Most of the soldiers and weaponsmiths also come from this house. Ninhursag, their Lady, is a proud warrior herself, and of extremely high stature, eight feet in height. Their base of operation is in Siberia and extends far into the north in lands that man deemed inhabitable.

EMEURANNA – House of ANU’s Hero
Led by The Sarrum – High Lord of the Annunaki The Emeuranna are led by the sarrum himself, and his people. This is the only surviving chosen castle in the Carpathian Mountains, sheltered far from the outside world. The old ways are kept mostly intact here, as is custom for the High Lord’s seat. Here the Council of Seven makes overall decisions for the rest of the chosen. They now have the best defense against the cursed.

ERESH – The Scented House
Led by NINIGIKU- Lord Bright Eyed One of the last New World houses left in power, hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest, and source of the legends of El Dorado. The richest of all the houses by far. They have not intermarried with the humans hardly at all, there is no need. Unique to all other houses save the rumored lost eighth house, their memories are shared collectively if they desire, their movements always calculated. Any time they intermarry with other houses it is a very chess-like move, to bring back strength to their kind. While staying among them, Eanna learns she is closely related to them.

GISNU – House Causing Light
Led by TIAMATU – Lady of the Abyss The Gisnu were the first of the thirteen houses to journey across the lands to the ever growing and developing New World. They were also the first beings to settle there, after the Native Americans. Once based in the Northlands among the Vikings, the Gisnu set up their home in the north of what is now Canada. It is here that they have remained, and for a thousand years protected the forests, and peoples around them as best they could. They are more advanced than any of the other houses, keeping themselves updated with the latest technology.

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Author Jennifer Silverwood

Author Jennifer Silverwood

About the Author
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She plans to release her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Jennifer Silverwood
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BROKEN ARROW (Darkened Destiny Saga) by Azaria M.J. Durant

BROKEN ARROW Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for BROKEN ARROW, the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Darkened Destiny Saga, by Azaria M.J. Durant. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BROKEN ARROW (Darkened Destiny Saga #1) by Azaria M.J. Durant

BROKEN ARROW (Darkened Destiny Saga #1) by Azaria M.J. Durant

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: BROKEN ARROW
Series: Darkened Destiny Saga #1
Author: Azaria M.J. Durant
Release Date: July 29, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis
An ancient power long kept dormant stirs in the shadows once more as one boy embarks on a quest to earn his freedom and the freedom of his world!

Magic has turned to myth, the Vaelhyreans of old to legend, and the power wielded by the ancients has long been forgotten. However, with Ealdred, a mere half-breed slave boy, myth becomes real, the forgotten remembered, and the power of legend is reborn within him.

Ealdred is merged into a world of mystery, brimming with deceit, where the remaining Vaelhyreans are in a desperate fight for their very survival. When Ealdred is kidnapped by the power-mongering dark lord Zeldek himself, he must make a choice; to commit his newfound magic to Zeldek’s service or die. But when he meets Bellator, clever yet treacherous servant of Zeldek, an alternative is presented to him: to escape from Zeldek’s stronghold and embark on a quest to find a cursed arrow and free the Vaelhyreans from the spell that keeps their powers at bay.

Yet how can he survive in a world where magic is illegal, half-breeds are hated, and the four countries are on the brink of war?

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Excerpt #2
A log in the fire coughs, sending sparks into my eyes and I blink. When I blink, the world changes suddenly before my eyes.

I no longer see the sizzling skin of the pheasant and the blackened stones of the oven behind it. Instead, I stand between the brick walls of a narrow, dead-end alley. The ground beneath my bare feet is dirt instead of rough wood and putrid city air replaces the savoury smells of the scullery. A cool, midsummer breeze finds its way to me over the high walls around the alley, caressing my clammy skin, bringing with it the buzz of late afternoon hustle and bustle on the street outside. Yet somehow, I can still feel the heat of the fire on my skin and hear the familiar sounds of the scullery behind me.

My attention is quickly drawn to movement at the dead-end of the alley as a beggar emerges from the shadows. He has the looks of a man in his thirties, yet his dirty face is cut with more scars than a warrior twice his age could’ve acquired. A tattered cloak is wrapped around his shoulders, mostly concealing his ratty green tunic and patchwork trousers. An eye-patch covers his right eye. He steps softly, his shoes simple cloth bound around his feet, and surveys the walls cautiously with his good eye. His gaze passes through me as though I wasn’t there.

Knotted, dirty-blond hair whips his face as he jerks his head to look up the alley and his lip curls in a fierce snarl.

I recognize the beggar at once. Though I haven’t met him in person, I’ve seen him often enough to imagine him a figment of my own imagination. In every city, in every town I’ve ever worked, the beggar has always been there – lurking behind corners, in dark alleyways, in every crowd – and always, always watching me. But he’s never there long enough for me to see him on second glance.

This is a dream. It has to be. I survey my surroundings once more and the cool breeze greets me once again. A very vivid dream. Maybe I’ve fainted.

Whatever is happening, I seem to have little control, so I decide there isn’t much else to do but accept it.

I begin to start forward, my goal to get directly in the beggar’s way, but something binds me in place.

A rough, throaty voice rings out from the mouth of the alley, and a shiver shoots down my spine.

“Banner!”

The beggar whips aside his cloak, putting a hand to the spiked club attached to his belt.

An old man limps into view, leaning on a stout, gnarled walking stick. He picks his way along the downward slope, lifting the hem of his drab grey robes clear of his feet. A pointed beard and sleek white hair peek out from the baggy hood draped over his head. His face sags with deeply set wrinkles, and his eyes are narrow, squinty, but there is an authority gathered in the indent of his brow. A beaded braid of leather is tied around his forehead, the tails of which dangle down the side of his face, and I contemplate how annoying that could get over time. There’s nothing threatening about his appearance at all, and I wonder why I shivered at his voice.

A sudden chill, obviously. He’s just a friendly old man. Not everyone is out to get me.

Recognition dawns on the beggar’s face, and he relaxes his grip on the club. “Ulmer? This is… unexpected, to say the least! Why have you come here?”

The old man – Ulmer, I infer – begins to speak slowly. “Listen to me. The boy is in danger. I think it prudent that we get him to safety. Tonight.”

The beggar sighs, nodding. “I knew I felt something amiss.”

“Your intuition serves you well.” Ulmer glances around, lowering his voice. “Zeldek is coming for him.”

As he says these words, a raven screeches from the rooftop and soars into the air, disappearing beyond the thatched peak of the building next to us. Dread washes over me, and I look up enviously at the raven that can fly away so freely. Zeldek. The name sounds vaguely familiar, but it is meaningless to me.

“Why now?” Banner’s voice is tremulous, yet resigned. “He could have come for him at any time. What is he planning?”

“My source was unclear. Simply that he plans to capture the boy himself.” The old man shakes his head. “I must inform the council of this development. We may not have the numbers to wage war against him, but we can distract him while you get the boy to safety. We will reconvene at this location at midnight. Be sure he is with you then. If Zeldek gets to him first, I fear he will be beyond our help.”

Banner nods. “I will protect him with my life.”

“I know you will, little brother,” Ulmer says, resting a reassuring hand on his shoulder. “I must be off.”

“All speed to you,” Banner returns, lines of worry sinking into his brow.

Ulmer pulls the hood down over his eyes and slips into the crowded street outside.

No sooner has he gone than I feel a tugging on my shoulders, and I am jerked back into the wall. Next thing I know, I am once again breathing in the heavy air of the scullery, the flames of the fire dangerously close to my face. I stumble backward, my eyes stinging from smoke.  My foot catches on a loose brick in the hearth, and I hit the floor before I even realize I’m falling. All air flees my lungs.

When everything comes back into focus, the alley is gone.

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Author Azaria M.J. Durant

Author Azaria M.J. Durant

About the Author
Azaria M. J. Durant is a young, passionate writer of fantasy with plans to branch out into sci-fi and dystopian. She enjoys writing stories with action, adventure, unexpected plot twists, and fleshed out characters that challenge gender roles and expectations.

Azaria lives in Atlantic Canada with her family, cats, and dogs, and her big dreams to travel the world. In the moments when she isn’t writing, she is sketching concept art for her stories, participating in community theatre, or curled up with a good book and a bag of mint chocolates.

 

 

 

Where to find Azaria M.J. Durant
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels) by Christina Bauer

UMBRA Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover for UMBRA, the second prequel in the young adult fantasy/dystopian series, Dimension Drift Worlds, releasing January 29, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, and details on her giveaway.

UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels #2) by Christina Bauer

UMBRA (Dimension Drift Prequels #2) by Christina Bauer

About the Prequel
Title:
UMBRA
Series: Dimension Drift Prequels #2
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
“I have not found an author that I adore the writing style of this much since Jennifer L. Armentrout. The world that this author created was amazing.”– Brittany’s Book Reviews

A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.

One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.

In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.

Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….

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Dimension Drift Series

“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”Woven Magic

This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

Dimension Drift Worlds
1. Dimension Drift (April 2018)
2. Umbra (Winter 2019)

Dimension Drift
1.Alien Minds (Spring 2019)
2. ECHO Academy (Spring 2020)

More series from author Christina Bauer: Beholder (YA Dark Fantasy), Angelbound (YA Urban Fantasy) and Fairy Tales of the Magicorum (YA Urban Fantasy)

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Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE GIRL WHO SEES (Sasha Urban) by Dima Zales

THE GIRL WHO SEES Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for THE GIRL WHO SEES, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series Sasha Urban, by Dima Zales. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

THE GIRL WHO SEES (Sasha Urban #1) by Dima Zales

THE GIRL WHO SEES (Sasha Urban #1) by Dima Zales

About the Book
Title: THE GIRL WHO SEES
Series: Sasha Urban #1
Author: Dima Zales
Publisher: Mozaika Publications
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genre:
 New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
I’m an illusionist, not a psychic.

Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong.

Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong.

My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Dima Zales

Author Dima Zales

About the Author
Dima Zales is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career and moved to Palm Coast, Florida, where he currently resides.

Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to writing The Sorcery Code series and Mind Dimensions series, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, is an international bestseller and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima’s fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com..

Where to find Dima Zales
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Cover Reveals – THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA and DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI (The Guild Codex – Spellbound) by Annette Marie

The Guild Codex - Spellbound Cover Reveals

Author Annette Marie is revealing the covers to THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA and DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI, the first two books in her new adult urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound, releasing September 14, 2018 and November 16, 2018, respectively. See below for the covers, information on the books, and links to add them to your Goodreads TBR.

THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA (The Guild Codex - Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA (The Guild Codex – Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

About Book 1
Title:
THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA
Series: The Guild Codex – Spellbound #1
Author:
Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview—to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they…offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course—with a pay raise

Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast- paced urban fantasy.

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DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI (The Guild Codex - Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie

DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI (The Guild Codex – Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie

About Book 2
Title:
DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI
Series: The Guild Codex – Spellbound #2
Author:
Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that’s what we did. And that’s why I’m here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?

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Author Annette Marie

Author Annette Marie

About the Author
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Where to find Annette Marie
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – PARALUCIDITY (The Memortality Saga) by Stephen H. Provost

PARALUCIDITY Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for PARALUCIDITY, the second book in the young adult fantasy romance series, The Memortality Saga, by Stephen H. Provost. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on his giveaway.

PARALUCIDITY (The Memortality Saga #2) by Stephen H. Provost

PARALUCIDITY (The Memortality Saga #2) by Stephen H. Provost

About Book 1
Title: PARALUCIDITY
Series: The Memortality Saga #2
Author: Stephen H. Provost
Release Date: July 15, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
Somebody wanted Minerva Rus dead. They succeeded. But Minerva isn’t letting a little thing like death stop her.

After the dangerous adventure that killed her in Memortality, Minerva Rus has reconciled herself to being dead. She and her also-dead boyfriend Raven share an amazing gift that allows them to bring the dead back to life―including each other. Now that Jules, their most dangerous enemy, has been banished from reality and trapped inside her own mind, Minerva and Raven plan on enjoying the eternity of their unnatural lives.

But immortality isn’t safe. Minerva and Raven’s life-giving powers mysteriously fade, forcing them to take refuge in The Between, a shadowy realm of memories that lies between life and death. What’s more, their old adversary Jules is on the loose, partnered with a resurrected Nazi scientist planning a monstrous experiment that will change the destiny of the human race. And now it’s up to a 21-year-old dead girl to save the world―again.

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Excerpt
Maybe Raven shouldn’t have been so confident. Sure, he could get them back to his parents’ home in the Between. No problem. What could go wrong?

Distraction was one thing that could go wrong—very wrong, as it turned out. As he focused his memory on his parents, he was reminded of a story his mother had read to him when he was young. His parents didn’t just read him normal bedtime stories; they read him detailed biographies, historical accounts, ancient myths. The goal wasn’t merely to entertain or send him off to sleep: They were ways to exercise his memory. His parents knew about his gift, and they needed it to stay alive, but they had also wanted him to know as much as he could about the world. “You’ll have an entire library inside your head!” his mother had once told him.

It had seemed like a good idea at the time. And it had been. But now it had caused his mind to wander at precisely the wrong time. His parents had once read him a series of stories that seemed, in the present moment, to have diverted him from his intended destination to … here.

Just like the first time he’d entered the Between, he found himself in a forest. But unlike the first visit, when the forest seemed to shift and shudder, this one seemed very much like a real place. The ground felt firm, the sky blocked the sun with a shield of gray clouds, and beside him stood an enormous oak tree spreading in all directions.

“Okay, what just happened?” Mineva asked.

Raven shook his head as he looked around, trying to get his bearings. “I’m not quite sure, Min.”

“Where are we?”

Raven didn’t answer because where he thought they were didn’t seem possible.

“I don’t know, exactly,” he said. “How are you feeling?”

“Better,” Minerva said. “You were right. I think coming here might have allowed us to save some of our strength.”

There was a rustling in the underbrush off to their right. Raven looked over in time to see a brown hare scurrying away. The hare appeared to have been startled by a rapid, rhythmic tapping from high up in a nearby birch: the sound of a woodpecker announcing its territory. A nuthatch in a nearby rowan tree abandoned its perch, as did a jay, which began chasing it for sport.

A moment later, there was another rustling nearby, and Raven realized it might not have been the woodpecker that had spooked the hare and the other birds. This rustling seemed farther away, but grew louder as something trampled on fallen leaves. The sound seemed to rip through the thick woods.

Raven and Minerva instinctively took a few steps backward, sheltering under the massive oak As they did, a twelve-point royal stag burst through a thicket off to their right, bounding past them in a rush of hooves and antlers. Raven found his back hugging the tree as he watched the animal fly past, turning his eyes again toward the place where it had emerged as he heard the sound of branches breaking. Something, or someone, was in pursuit.

An instant later, a small man wearing a dirty green cloak over a brown shirt emerged from the thicket. The horse he rode, an unremarkable light brown steed of average size, hadn’t been prepared for the sight of Minerva and Raven just a few steps off its intended course. It reared and nearly threw the man from its back, breaking off the chase. It danced nervously in a circle, backing away from the two strangers.

“Wearg rounsey!” the man said under his breath in a voice that, even in just those two words, they could tell was thickly accented. He dismounted hurriedly and stomped to the place where his hat had landed in the dirt. “Wearg haet!”

The man seemed scarcely to be paying attention to them. Raven took Minerva’s hand and started inching toward the other side of the tree. If they could get clear of his field of vision, they could perhaps go unnoticed. He obviously had a temper, and there was no use antagonizing him.

“What language is that?” Minerva asked, leaning in to whisper in Raven’s ear.

“English, I think. He said something that sounded like ‘hat,’ and ‘rounsey’ … I think that’s a kind of horse.”

The man walked up to the horse, which had calmed and stood minding its own business. He swatted at its hindquarters with the cap. The horse, taking offense, whinnied loudly and ran off.

Minerva continued her conversation with Raven mind to mind. Better not to draw any more attention than necessary. That’s not like any English I’ve ever heard. What does “wearg” mean?

Probably dammit, or maybe something worse.

“Incer! Astende!”

The man had turned and was staring straight at them, pointing with a drawn sword. He approached in a measured stride that was as ominous as it was methodical.

Minerva looked at Raven.

I have no idea. Either he wants us to stand where we are, or he thinks we’re astounding. Maybe both?

“No comprendo,” Minerva ventured.

That won’t work. He’s not speaking Spanish.

Well, it’s the only other language I know any words in. You got a better idea?

Raven had to admit he didn’t. What was bothering him was the fact that he’d obviously taken them someplace in the Between where he didn’t know the language. That meant this place somehow existed independently, at least to some degree. It was more a destination than a creation, which meant he had less control than he would have if they had landed in his own memory.

The man stopped a few paces away, looking them up and down. The anger seemed to have drained from his face as recognition dawned.

“By the beads of the blessed Mary, thou art one of those!”

Now he’s speaking like Shakespeare, Minerva offered.

Maybe he’s bilingual?

“I’d attempt no escape, were I thou. Anon, mine own men hast encircled this clearing.”

“We mean no harm,” Raven said, putting his hands down and opening his palms in front of him. “I don’t even know how we got here.”

“You got here by remembering, lad.” Now his language was closer to modern English, but still with the same thick accent. He stroked his scruffy chin. “I’d say … southwest side of the New World, about the nineteen-hundred and eightieth year of our lord.”

“Close,” Minerva said. “L.A. area, 2016.”

He put his cap back on without bothering to dust it. It was plain from his body odor that he’d gone without bathing for days. Or weeks.

“Can’t get ’em all right,” he shrugged. “The gifted and revived come here from all times. We try to make sense of their tongues when they land, and we do a fair job of it. Those of us who are gifted pick them up quickly enough.”

So, he’s gifted, Minerva commented.

Guess so. Looks like there are more of us than we thought.

The man turned and put two fingers to his lips, letting go a shrill whistle. Almost at once, three men emerged from the undergrowth. Two of them were shorter than Raven and Minerva, barely five and a half feet, but the third was a bear of a man who looked a full foot taller and significantly bigger around than either of his companions.

The man they’d been talking to, who appeared to be their leader, stepped toward Raven. “I believe introductions are in order,” he said, extending his hand to grip Raven’s. “I’ll begin with myself. Roger is the name, and these are my lands.” He made a sweeping gesture with his hand.

“Roger,” said Raven, more than a hint of skepticism in his voice. “I would have sworn your name would be …”

Minerva finished the sentence for him: “Robin Hood?”

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Book 1: MEMORTALITY
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Author Stephen H. Provost

Author Stephen H. Provost

About the Author
Stephen H. Provost is a veteran editor, reporter and columnists with more than 30 years of experience at daily newspapers in California. He’s currently the managing editor of The Cambrian on the Central Coast, as well as a columnist and assistant city editor for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.

As an author, he has written historical nonfiction (“Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street”), novels (“Memortality” and “Identity Break”), while also exploring the realms of mythology, fable and ancient history.

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Where to Find Stephen H. Provost
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Cover Reveal – SUGAR SPELLS (Spellwork Syndicate) by Lola Dodge

SUGAR SPELLS Cover Reveal

Ink Monster LLC and author, Lola Dodge, are unveiling the cover to SUGAR SPELLS, the second book in the young adult fantasy/paranormal romance series, The Spellwork Syndicate, releasing October 30, 2018. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and pre-order links.

SUGAR SPELLS (Spellwork Syndicate #2) by Lola Dodge

SUGAR SPELLS (Spellwork Syndicate #2) by Lola Dodge

About the Book
Title: SUGAR SPELLS
Series: The Spellwork Syndicate #2
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back into the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her changed powers are stirring up trouble. The town’s abuzz with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, and unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching solutions until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. Doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—losing her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.

 

 

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Get Caught Up On The Series

Book 1: DEADLY SWEET
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Author Lola Dodge

Author Lola Dodge

About the Author
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Where to Find Lola Dodge
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Book Blitz – Guest Post + Giveaway – SEARCHING (The Fading Series) by Cindy Cipriano

SEARCHING Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for SEARCHING, the second book in the young adult fantasy romance series, Fading, by Cindy Cipriano. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an guest post, and details on her giveaway.

SEARCHING (The Fading Series #2) by Cindy Cipriano

SEARCHING (The Fading Series #2) by Cindy Cipriano

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: SEARCHING
Series: The Fading Series #2
Author: Cindy Cipriano
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
A fast-paced fantasy romance with rich characters and immersive storytelling,Searching is the second book in theFading series by award-winning author Cindy Cipriano.

To say Leath is traveling light is an understatement. She’s only bringing three things on her trip. One is a silver heart locket—a gift from her longtime best-friend-turned-boyfriend Victor Santana. Next is a wedding token in the shape of a J, from James Turner. And of course, she’s packing her pistol. That’s it. She knows that when she leaves Woodvine, even her own mother may not remember her in the shifted reality that will be left behind. Bringing anything else would be pointless. But she’s driven now, by something that eclipses everything else, something she just got back: her memories. And now that she remembers James—she won’t stop searching until she finds him.

 

 

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SEARCHING Teaser

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Guest Post
Thanks for hosting me today on Adventures in Writing. I’m thrilled to be here to talk about the second book in my paranormal romance series Searching. I’ll also pass on some tips I’ve learned in my journey as an author. First, a little about Searching, which is the second book in The Fading Series.

Searching
To say Leath is traveling light is an understatement.  She’s only bringing three things on her trip. One is a silver heart locket – a gift from her long time best friend turned boyfriend, Victor Santana. Next is a wedding token in the shape of a J, from James Turner.  And of course, she’s packing her pistol. That’s it. She knows that when she leaves Woodvine, even her own mother may not remember her in the shifted reality that will be left behind. Bringing anything else would be pointless. But she’s driven now, by something that eclipses everything else, something she just got back: her memories. And now that she remembers James—she won’t stop searching until she finds him.

A fast-paced fantasy romance with rich characters and immersive story-telling, Searching is the second book in the Fading series by award-winning author Cindy Cipriano.  

And, a reminder about book one in the series, Fading.

Fading
Seventeen-year-old, Leath Elliott lives with her mother in the microscopic town of Woodvine, North Carolina. Leath’s father was killed in a tragic accident when she was fourteen, and her friend Victor Santana has been there for her every step of the way since. But the friendship starts to change when Victor develops deeper feelings for Leath.  If that wasn’t complicated enough, newcomer James Turner, an emancipated minor with a dark past, wanders into her sights. Leath is captivated by him and wonders if he might be the boy of her dreams—literally.

The Fading Series – Insider Info (or as much as I can tell you)

I often think of the series as the VLJ story. As in Victor-Leath-James.

Being in love is wonderful, heartwarming, and can leave you breathless. But, sometimes, it is so confusing! If you have ever loved two people at the same time, you can relate to what Leath is going through in The Fading Series. Although some readers have expressed their choice (Victor or James), many feel the way the same way Leath does; she loves them both.

Feeling Extra?

Readers are often surprised to learn that one of the settings in The Fading Series is a real place. Judaculla Rock is a 2,000-3,000 year-old petroglyph located in western North Carolina. Several legends surround the origin of the rock as well as the images that are carved into its surface. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Judaculla Rock a few times and have really enjoyed incorporating this setting into Fading.

Which brings me to writing.

I’m often asked if I have any tips for new writers. The best suggestion I have is to join a critique group.

Now.

No, wait. Join one yesterday.

Learning how to give and receive thoughtful criticism will make your writing stronger. Writing is often an isolated endeavor. Being a part of a critique group helps foster a sense of community. It’s great having someone to turn to when you need to bounce ideas around. And, having a group discussion about your writing will help you see your story from a different perspective.

I’m also asked about the editing process. I’ll leave you with my best tip for editing.

Read your entire manuscript aloud. That really helps you notice mistakes and helps you smooth out the rough spots. If necessary, I suggest you record yourself as you read aloud the more difficult sections.

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The Fading Series

Get Caught Up On The Series:

Book 1: FADING
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Author Cindy Cipriano

Author Cindy Cipriano

About the Author
Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son and their 27 pets.

Not really.

Just three dogs who think they are children and three cats who think they are raccoons. It only seems as if they make 27. When Cindy isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and the avoidance of cooking.

Cindy’s first novel, The Circle, Book One of The Sidhe won the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award for Pre-Teen Fiction – Fantasy.  Other titles in the series include The Choice, Book Two of The Sidhe (2015) and The Lost, Book Three of The Sidhe (2017). This seven-book series is published by Odyssey Books.

Miller’s Island Mysteries #1 The Case of the Toxic River (2017) is the first in her eleven-book science mystery series (Vulpine Press). #2 The Case of the Catalyst will release in 2018.

Look for Fading, the first in her young adult series, in April 2018. (Clean Teen Publishing). Fading is the tale of first loves and the consequence of dreaming up Mr. Right.

Where to Find Laura Lee
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – BETROTHED (Angelbound Origins) by Christina Bauer

BETROTHED Cover Reveal

Monster House Books and author Christina Bauer are revealing the cover to BETROTHED, an interim novella between ANGELBOUND and SCALA in the young adult fantasy/romance series, Angelbound Origins, releasing January 30, 2019. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, and preorder links.

BETROTHED (Angelbound Origins #1.5) by Christina Bauer

BETROTHED (Angelbound Origins #1.5) by Christina Bauer

About the Book
Title:
BETROTHED
Series: Angelbound Origins #1.5
Author: Christina Bauer
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: January 30, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
***An action-packed novella from Prince Lincoln’s point of view***

When it comes to fighting demons, Prince Lincoln is the greatest warrior in the history of his people, the thrax. Now Lincoln faces his hardest fight yet…and it’snot on a traditional battlefield.

Lincoln wants nothing more than to marry Myla Lewis, the part-demon girl who has captured his heart. However, an evil thrax noble—the powerful Earl of Acca—is prepared to do anything to stop Lincoln and Myla from having a future.

But Lincoln won’t give up on his Myla. Ever.

To fight Aldred, Lincoln works to create a different kind of marriage—an Alliance of the lesser thrax houses against Acca. Sadly, just as Lincoln starts to makes some progress, the nobles who’ve joined his Alliance begin to vanish. Is Aldred behind the disappearances, or is someone else vying for power? When Lincoln discovers the truth, it upends his entire world, threatening his future with Myla in ways no one could ever have imagined.

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 0.5: DUTY BOUND
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Book 1: ANGELBOUND
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Book 2: SCALA
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Book 3: ACCA
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Book 4: THRAX
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Book 5: THE DARK LANDS
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Book 6: ARMAGEDDON
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BETROTHED Teaser

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Author Christina Bauer

Author Christina Bauer

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

Where to Find Christina Bauer
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – BLOOD AND MAGIC (Blood and Magic Duology) by Danielle Annett

BLOOD AND MAGIC Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for BLOOD AND MAGIC, the first book in the new adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance duology, Blood & Magic, by USA Today bestselling author, Danielle Annett. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BLOOD AND MAGIC (Blood and Magic Duology #1) by Danielle Annett

BLOOD AND MAGIC (Blood and Magic Duology #1) by Danielle Annett

About the Book
Title: BLOOD AND MAGIC
Series: Blood and Magic Duology #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
A pyrokinetic, a dangerous new enemy, an imminent war. 
Mercenary Aria Naveed is going to have her hands full.
Throw in a shifter or two and sh** is about to get serious!

Grab Blood and Magic Volume One. Books one and two in the exciting new urban fantasy series by USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Annett

What’s inside
CURSED BY FIRE: BOOK ONE
Blood is going to spill …

I just hope it won’t be mine.

After two weeks of searching, I found the seven-year-old I’d been hired to find too late. His body broken and discarded. Dead.

My boss doesn’t want me to hunt down his killers. It’s too dangerous.

But the Pacific Northwest Pack steps in, hiring me to bring the bastards to justice.

Turns out the kid was half shifter. And shifters don’t abandon their own.

In a search that takes me through the maze of shifter hierarchy and the depths of the paranormal underworld, these killers underestimate how determined I am to mete out their punishment. Vigilante justice is the only kind these people understand.

Yes, blood will spill. And I’m determined it will be theirs.

KISSED BY FIRE: BOOK TWO

New Rule: If it has sharp teeth, don’t trust it.

Getting bit hurts like hell.

As Friend of the Pack, I should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt me down, and I’m determined to find out why.

But on my hunt for answers, the unimaginable happens. Bound to one of the most influential power players, I must tread carefully.

Paranormal politics are at play.

And I refuse to be anyone’s puppet.

If you like C.N. Crawford, K.F. Breene, Dannika Dark, and Ilona Andrews, you will LOVE the Blood and Magic series. Click BUY NOW to jump into the Aria’s adventure TODAY!

“Breakneck pacing, a strong fierce heroine, and a twist at every corner.” — CHERRY ADAIR, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I personally am a Kate Daniels fan, and I loved this series.” — Amazon Reviewer
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Excerpt
Mike noisily cleared his throat, “UH, hey, Ari…”

“God, I hope whoever they send isn’t a complete moron.  If I’m going to be stuck with a Pack partner, the least they can do is give me someone competent.”

Mike noisily cleared his throat again.

“What?” I looked up from my desk and scowled at the tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe.  He had tousled brown hair and steely gray eyes.  High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his face and a hint of stubble dusted his jawline.  It was not enough to appear unkempt, but just enough to give a roguish impression.  Dressed in black jeans, a black tee, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark, and handsome with deadly intent.  

I shoved my notebook into the top drawer of my desk.  Shit.

“That would be this furball right here,” James said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth.  

I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure, I none too gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times.  Dammit, I couldn’t believe I’d just called him a freaking furball! 

My cheeks warmed, and I heat crept up my neck.

On the upside, at least my partner was someone I actually knew and trusted to watch my back.  

“You all done with the show?” he asked.  I lifted my head and glared at him, then dropped my head to the desktop once more before sitting up and rubbing the sting away.  

“Yeah, I’m done.” This wasn’t going to be as bad as I’d expected.  James Shields was a wolf and having him as my partner was going to make this gig a lot more tolerable than I’d expected.

“So you’re my partner?”

James nodded.  “Yeah, I’m your partner.” He sauntered into the room, his eyes scanning the articles pinned to the exposed brick walls.  “Think you can play nice for once?”

“Hey!” I admonished.  “I’m always nice to you.”

He snorted and wandered farther into the room, his gaze now locked on mine.

He moved with a confident and carefree grace.

If he weren’t the closest thing I had to a best friend, I’d be drooling like the rest of society when he walked into a room.

“Sure, you are.  You ready to get reckless?” His lips curved to one side, and his eyes pulled me out of my seat.

I smiled.  He knew me all too well.  

“Absolutely.”

I grabbed my messenger bag and followed James out of the office, aware of Mike’s disapproving gaze following my every step.

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Author Danielle Annett

Author Danielle Annett

About The Author
USA Today bestselling author Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

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Where to Find Danielle Annett
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