Release Day – UNREST (Unknown Trilogy) by Wendy Higgins

UNREST Release Day

Today is release day for UNREST, the second book in the new adult post-apocalyptic scifi series, Unknown Trilogy, by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and the exclusive excerpt.

UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

About the Book
Title: UNREST
Series: Unknown Trilogy #2
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble

Synopsis
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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Excerpt
Remy put her head on my shoulder and I got a small but distinct whiff of chocolate.

“I might have to lick you, Rem,” I blurted.

Both Tater and Rylen turned to us, nearly cracking heads in the process.

“She smells like chocolate,” I explained. Tater shook his head and faced forward again. Ry gave me one last bemused look before turning back too.

“Hey,” Remy whispered. She raised her free hand to my face, and to my shock, there was half of the tiny candy pinched between her finger and thumb. “I saved half for you.”

My heart lurched with emotion. “Are you serious?”

She nodded and her chin quivered as she raised the M&M to my mouth and fed it to me. She licked her fingers off while I savored the tiny morsel. My eyes watered as I crunched down and Remy said, “Good, right?”

A second later we were hugging and crying all over again.

“We have to save our water,” I choked.

She sniffled and let go of me to wipe her face. “No more crying.”

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UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

About Book 1
Title: UNKNOWN
Series: Unknown Trilogy #1
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Book Depository

Synopsis
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more..

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Author Wendy Higgins

Author Wendy Higgins

About the Author
Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. 

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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Where to find Wendy Higgins
Goodreads Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram
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Cover Reveal – RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes) by Kennedy Layne

USA Today bestselling author, Kennedy Layne, is unveiling the cover to RISING FLAMES, the fifth book in her adult dystopian scifi series, Surviving Ashesreleasing March 21, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book, and pre-order links.

RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes #5) by Kennedy Layne

RISING FLAMES (Surviving Ashes #5) by Kennedy Layne

About the Book
Title: RISING FLAMES
Series: Surviving Ashes #5
Author: Kennedy Layne
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Genre:
Adult Dystopian Science Fiction/Military Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Layne concludes the Surviving Ashes series with an explosive story where the strength of love rises against the loss of humanity…

Van Overton had given years of service to his country.  He’d paid his dues and he no longer needed to put his life on the line.  He could live out the rest of his days doing what he did best—making money from inside the heart of the world’s fastest paced financial system.  

Allie James had wished time and again for something—anything—to happen just so she didn’t have to open another eviction notice.  She adored the hustle and bustle of the city, her cozy apartment in a good neighborhood, and the rugged looking man across the hall wasn’t half bad to look at either. Regrettably, she’d been thinking more along the lines of winning the lottery than an approaching apocalypse.  

Van should have known his luck wouldn’t hold out, but a supervolcano eruption?  It was a good thing his time in the military had taught him to be ready for just about anything.  Unfortunately, his next-door neighbor didn’t fit into anyone’s idea of a survival plan.  Allie was everything he tried to avoid in a woman, but she was definitely the one who had the ability to steal his heart.

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Author Kennedy Layne

Author Kennedy Layne

About the Author
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com.

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Where to find Kennedy Layne
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Instagram
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Excerpt Reveal – UNREST (Unknown Trilogy) by Wendy Higgins

USA Today and NYT bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, is unveiling an excerpt from UNREST, the second book in the new adult post-apocalyptic scifi series, Unknown Trilogy, releasing February 14, 2017. See below for information on the book and series, pre-order links, and the exclusive excerpt.

UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

About the Book
Title: UNREST
Series: Unknown Trilogy #2
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble

Synopsis
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins (Full Cover)

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Excerpt
A golden hue of sunrise turned night into dawn. I sat on a small boulder, staring at the sliver of sun through trees of the Nevada parkland, the same spot where I’d been sitting silently in the dark for two hours in the cold. I couldn’t take Remy’s whimpering and soul-crushing cries each time she fell back asleep in the tent, venturing into nightmares of what she’d seen the night before. What we’d all seen. I might never sleep again.

Mom. Dad. Abuela.

I fought back another wave of debilitating grief that made my bones feel like liquid—like I’d never have the ability to stand again. Have to be strong. Have to be strong. I rocked back and forth with my eyes shut tight. I couldn’t afford to give in to the loss. If I did, it would consume me whole and devour my will to live. I took a deep breath in and let it out slowly.

We’d been fired up to leave the nature preserve last night and head north to the base in Utah after hearing the Morse code message, supposedly from other military personnel in hiding, like us. But we decided to wait until morning since we needed more light to plan our trip on the map. Plus, headlights in the night would be too easy to spot, and we were all worthless last night, running on adrenaline and vengeance, one step away from crashing. I never did crash or sleep a wink, even though my adrenaline was long gone.

The soft sunrise was too pretty—too majestic—for the way I felt inside. Raw. Like my heart had been grated. During the night, I’d begun to believe the sun would never rise again, and now that it was I felt as if the Earth were mocking what we’d been through, reminding me just how miniscule and unremarkable we were. A new day was happening despite what we’d lost. The world wasn’t stopping to mourn. It felt wrong.

We’d been so close to the camp yesterday where the Disaster Relief Initiative, the DRI personnel, had taken my parents, my grandmother, Remy’s parents, and Rylen’s wife Livia. We watched in confusion as those DRI bastards fled. Then we’d watched in disbelief as Air Force jets dropped a bomb on that camp, obliterating our family and the people from our town. Oh, God.

I pressed the back of my hand to my mouth and squeezed my eyes shut. Even while the world fell apart around us, I never imagined anything would happen to my parents. I never let myself believe it was possible, even after watching my Grandpa Tate shot and killed by a Disaster Relief Personnel—fucking Derps. Who was I without my parents? I was the daughter of an Army man and a Mexican dancer. A Green Machine and a Señorita. A small bubble of laughter worked its way through a sob in my throat when I thought about my parents’ silly banter with each other. Their relentless love and devotion to me and my older brother, Tater.

The sound of a tent’s zipper wrenched through the morning solitude and I quickly wiped my eyes. I looked over and saw Rylen crouching as he pushed through the opening. The golden hue of sun made his blond hair and the scruff on his face stand out. His eyes met mine and I had to swallow hard at the sight of pain in his expression. I’d already cried so much last night.

Seeing those solemn gray eyes brought back a flood of memories: young, scrawny Rylen Fite, loved and cared for by my parents like he was their own son. And his eyes reflected his remembrance too, as if he felt their absence as prominently as I did. But he’d lost a wife, as well. Maybe she hadn’t been his wife in every technical sense of the word, but he’d been trying to make it right. Every bit of his loss was reflected in the heavy way he sat on the rock beside me and rubbed his face before staring out at the sunrise.

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UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

About the Book
Title: UNKNOWN
Series: Unknown Trilogy #1
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Book Depository

Synopsis
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more..

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Author Wendy Higgins

Author Wendy Higgins

About the Author
Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. 

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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Where to find Wendy Higgins
Goodreads Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens) by Lola Dodge

Quanta Rewind Cover Reveal

Ink Monster LLC and author, Lola Dodge, are unveiling the cover to Quanta Rewind, the fourth book in the young adult science fiction series, The Shadow Ravens, releasing April 25, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links, and details on her giveaway.

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

About the Book
Title: Quanta Rewind
Series: The Shadow Ravens #4
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

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Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge (Full Cover)

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge (Full Cover)

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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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Giveaway
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Book Blitz – Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall Book Blast

Welcome to the book blast for Shadow Fall, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series,  Shadow Fall, by Audrey Grey. See below for information on the book and buy links.

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

About the Book
Title:
 Shadow Fall
Series: Shadow Fall #1
Author: Audrey Grey
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Request a Review Copy

Synopsis
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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Author Audrey Grey

Author Audrey Grey

About the Author
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
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Where to Find Audrey Grey
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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Asleep by Krystal Wade

Asleep by Krystal Wade

About the Book
Title
: Asleep
Author: Krystal Wade
Publisher:  Blaze Publishing, LLC
Category: Young Adult Psychological Thriller/Horror
Release Date: February 16, 2016
LinksGoodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | Book Depository!ndigoSigned Copy

Synopsis
“To cure fear, you must use fear.”

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor.

He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications.

Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive.

Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Title: Because I Love You
Author: Tori Rigby
Publisher:  Blaze Publishing, LLC
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2016
LinksGoodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!Book Depository | IndieBound!ndigo 

Synopsis
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

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The Carver by Jacob Devlin

The Carver by Jacob Devlin

About the Book
Title:
 The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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The Surrendered by Case Maynard

The Surrendered by Case Maynard

About the Book
Title:
 The Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind..

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Young Adult Book Review – Liberation (Moonchild) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

5 Stars

Synopsis
From two-time award-winning author, Kate L. Mary, comes the sequel to MOONCHILD, “a much needed breath of fresh air in the world of YA fantasy.” After surviving the auction and a near death experience at the hands of Asher’s father, Scarlett Moon is more than ready for life to settle down, and with each passing day she starts to feel more at home in Columbus. Even with Asher ready for more than Scarlett can give, she manages to fall into a routine that almost feels like a normal life.

But one distress call is all it takes to destroy the serenity the group has managed to build.

As far as anyone knew, Paget had moved on with her life after storming out months ago, but the fear in her voice when she calls the warehouse tells a different story. Even though Scarlett never liked Asher’s ex to begin with, she can’t help feeling a little bit responsible for Paget’s situation.

Searching in the seediest part of the city, the group picks up clues as they try to piece together what might have happened. The more Scarlett learns about what the other woman has been through over the last few months, the more concerned she becomes. Even worse: there’s no sign of Paget anywhere in Columbus.

With all the clues pointing in one direction, the group leaves the city and heads for Hocking Hills. Only it seems the danger may have followed them, leaving nothing but death and destruction in its wake and putting Paget in more danger than ever before. As Scarlett learns more about the woman who used to hold Asher’s heart, she suddenly finds herself unable to deny how she really feels about him. Only, with Paget in trouble, Scarlett can’t help wondering if Asher might still have feelings for his ex.

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My Review
I freaking love this series! I was delighted to find out that Moonchild was the first book in the series and bought the sequel the day it came out. Book 2 picks up a few months after the end of Moonchild. Scarlett is still convinced she’s bad for Asher and Asher is still convinced she’s wrong. Things have settled into a new normal until Asher’s ex, Paget, sends a distress call. With no idea where she is or where the call came from, the pirates set out to find her and bring her home. While there is no love-loss between Scarlett and Paget, Scarlett knows she must be part of the rescue effort. These are the moments I absolutely adore her. Her sense of duty and right and wrong is so much a part of who she is.

Plot
The plot centers around the search and rescue of Paget, but the romance is still a very strong subplot and incredibly well done! I love the angst and drama surrounding Scarlett and Asher’s relationship. There is so much action in the plot, the story moves at a clipped pace, only pausing long enough to allow us to catch our breath. Once again the story is well-plotted and expertly executed.

Characters
All the characters I fell in love with in the first book are back and a few new ones are added. Scarlett and Asher both undergo a decent amount of development, more so than before. The good news is, there’s still plenty of room for growth, so hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of these two. The author creates so much depth in her characters that there are still many unexplored depths to discover in this installment. We not only learn more about Scarlett and Asher, but Paget really comes into her own.

World Building
The world building continues to be one of the most impressive I’ve read in the past few years. Kate L. Mary’s attention to detail makes her settings come alive in very vibrant and realistic fashion.

What Didn’t Work for Me
1. The editing.
 Once again, both the content and copy editing disappointed me, pulling me out of the story more than a few times.

2. The cover. The cover still doesn’t grab my attention, but I’m so invested in the series now, it could be a plain brown wrapper and I’d still pick up the next book.

What I Loved About Liberation
1. The setting.
 Again the world the author has created just shines. I love everything from the settings to the costumes to the technology.

2. Scarlett. While I was slow to warm to her in the first book, I had no such issues this time around. I was already a big fan. It was great to see some true growth in her. While she’s still a teen and has plenty of angst, she’s starting to mature.

3. The plot. Another perfectly plotted and executed story!

4. Asher. If possible, I love him even more now. We get to see a new side to him, a softer, more vulnerable side and it made him more human.

5. Paget. She’s still the same romantic foil and no fan of Scarlett’s, but she has her own growth in this installment and seeing more of her, hearing more of her story, endeared her to me in a way she hadn’t before.

Bottom Line
Liberation is my favorite book of 2016 and with tighter editing, it would have been damn near perfect!

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About the Book
Title: Liberation
Series: Moonchild #2
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Pages: 280
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Rating:
 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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Author Kate L. Mary

Author Kate L. Mary

About the Author
Award-winning author of WHEN WE WERE HUMAN and the Amazon best-selling BROKEN WORLD series, Kate L. Mary writes everything from post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to new adult contemporary romance. A mother of four and an Air Force wife, her days are divided between keeping her household in order and creating new worlds for readers to get lost in.

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Where to find Kate L. Mary
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Golden Dragon (Code Black) by V.E. Ulett

Golden Dragon Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Golden Dragon, the first book in the science fiction/historical steampunk series, Code Black, by V.E. Ulett. See below for information on the book, buy links, and details on her giveaway.

Golden Dragon (Code Black #1) by V.E. Ulett

Golden Dragon (Code Black #1) by V.E. Ulett

About the Book
Title: Golden Dragon
Series: Code Black #1
Author: V.E. Ulett
Release Date: October 30, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction/Historical Steampunk Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleIndieBound

Synopsis
Romance, Intrigue, and Airships – Code Black Book 1

Miriam Kodio Blackwell is caught between East and West. When a Code Black arises she is recruited by Lord Q, head of British intelligence and airships, who helps Miriam escape Iran only to press her into service of the Crown. Will Miriam survive when she’s put aboard the airship Nonesuch—with her captain, crew, and a Hell-Cat of fearsome reputation—and the assignment to rescue the niece of a Dutch ally taken captive in the South China Sea? 

Golden Dragon is a witty new steampunk adventure, set in the Romantic age of Byron and Shelley. 

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Praise for Golden Dragon –
“Miriam is a great character. She figures out quickly how to use what she has in order to make an impact. I am very excited to see what new adventures will await the characters in the next book! This is a solid pick!” – MEGAN WESSELL, A Bookish Affair

“…a delightful fusion between historical fiction and fantasy with believable characters and an entertaining plot: highly recommended.” – ALARIC BOND, author of The Guinea BoatTurn a Blind Eye, and The Fighting Sail Series

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Author V.E. Ulett

Author V.E. Ulett

About the Author
V.E. Ulett is a long time resident of California, but spends most of her time in a romantic nineteenth century world of airships and adventure. When she isn’t head down in a first hand account of capture by pirates, battle at sea, or experimental flight, V.E. is an ordinary Silicon Valley warrior. Rare leisure hours are spent with her own small Hell-Cats.

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Where to Find V.E. Ulett
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Book Blitz – Teaser + Giveaway and Sale – Discord (Echoes of Earth) by Katy Haye

Discord Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Discord, the first book in the young adult dystopian science fiction series, Echoes of Earth, by Katy Haye. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive teaser, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

Discord (Echoes of Earth #1) by Katy Haye

Discord (Echoes of Earth #1) by Katy Haye

About the Book – On Sale for just $0.99!
Title: Discord
Series: Echoes of Earth #1
Author: Katy Haye
Publisher: Plumshine Books
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Beth forgot her past. What if there’s nothing to remember?

Seventeen-year-old Beth has brain damage. That’s why she lives in a hospital in the middle of the English countryside filled with therapeutic music and medical tests. Some days she feels well enough to go home, but other days – the days filled with shadows and ghosts, and a strong sense of déjà vu – she fears she’ll never get better.

Toby’s arrival signals a turning point. Beth faces her fears instead of hiding from them. But even with Toby’s help, is she strong enough to face a truth that is stranger than anything Beth could imagine?

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Author Katy Haye

Author Katy Haye

About the Author
Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else’s imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximise her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (admittedly, this would not help if the entire country flooded…).

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Where to Find Katy Haye
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Trailer Reveal – The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman Trailer Reveal

SparkPress and author Brady G. Stefani is unveiling the trailer to The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman, a standalone young adult scifi psychological thriller. See below for information on the book, buy links, and the book’s trailer.

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani

About the Book
Title: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
Author: Brady G. Stefani
Publisher: SparkPress
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Young Adult SciFi/Psychological Thriller
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleIndieBound

Synopsis
Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her. 

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.   

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Author Brady G. Stefani

Author Brady G. Stefani

About the Author
Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.

In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun..

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Find Brady G. Stefani
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Release Day + Giveaway – To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

To Find You Release Day

Today is release day for To Find You, a time travel historical romance, by Cerece Rennie Murphy. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Book
Title: To Find You
Author: Cerece Rennie Murphy
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: Time Travel/Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | BAM! | Signed Copies

Synopsis
Two Souls. One Desire, To Find Each Other…Again

The journey begins with Ama and Ekow ~ Two lovers betrothed, then torn apart by an enemy disguised as a friend. And in the midst of an unthinkable bargain, their freedom is sold for a bag of gold.

But what their enemies thought would break them only unleashed a power greater than life itself.

From the ancient shores of Ghana to the streets of pre-colonial India,

From the burning embers of Oahu to the heart of a nation’s capitol,

Their souls risked war, death, and betrayal to bend destiny to their will.

Will they survive? Will they succeed? Join them on this timeless journey and see…

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I wait for him here at the place where the night sky and the earth become lovers.  In the tall grass of our homeland, between two kingdoms, we meet.  

Getting here early is easier than slipping away late, especially now when life in my village is bustling with the preparations for our wedding in just three days.  

But as the reeds lick the backs of my calves, I know that this is only one part of the reason I wait.  

The truth is that I like to feel him coming.  At this hour, when my imagination reigns over every shape and whisper, I can almost see him walking on limbs taller and stronger than mine will ever be.  He cuts through the night that hides his slightly lighter shade and stalks his prey.  I cannot hear his approach, but I feel him drawing near, compelled by the same force that holds me where I stand—the scent of my desire in the air.

I close my eyes and breathe deeply, imagining I can taste him, too.  The flavor is salt, sweet grass, and home.  It fills my senses and makes me thirsty.

On the outside, my knees shake and my heart pounds, impatient for its mate, while the deepest part of me grows calm and still—stretching towards the peace that only his presence brings.

And he’s close now, so close.  

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Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Author
Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age.  It’s a love affair that has grown ever since.  

In addition to working on the release of the 2nd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son, Mrs. Murphy is developing a 2-part science fiction thriller set in outer space.  Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.  To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Engaged to an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, the second book in the adult scifi romantic comedy series, Alien Pop Star, by Kendra L. Saunders. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. Also, you can pick up Dating an Alien Pop Star, book 1 in the series, for free!

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star (Alien Pop Star #2) by Kendra L. Saunders

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star (Alien Pop Star #2) by Kendra L. Saunders

About the Book
Title: Engaged to an Alien Pop Star
Series: Alien Pop Star #2
Author: Kendra L. Saunders
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Daisy Kirkwood and her best friend Kammie have adjusted to life on an alien planet pretty well, all things considered. And thanks to Daisy’s alien pop star boyfriend, Griffin Valentino, she has plenty of sexy new experiences to keep her busy. But it’s not possible to take a massive music nerd away from her home planet and not expect her to pine for a concert or a record store at least in once in a while.

Heading back to Earth with Griffin and his best friend Dev for a brief but much-needed visit, the girls want nothing more than to catch up on the underground music scene of New York City. Unfortunately, thanks to Griffin’s less-than-stellar space traveling skills, they accidentally pick up a hitchhiker. Or three hundred. Their many-legged stowaway beasties take up residence in the darkest, creepiest corners of Manhattan, leaving the gang no choice but to experience a very different underground than they bargained for.

Giant alien bugs aside, Griffin has some epic plans of his own for their trip, plans that involve a concert, an album… and the most outrageous marriage proposal that Earth has ever seen.

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Space travel has long been theorized. We’ve imagined cheerfully zipping about in spaceships, jumping from point A to B by way of mysterious wormholes. We’ve also imagined going into a deep sleep for thousands of years, while our families and friends back home get old, blow themselves up, and allow Earth to be reclaimed by vines and wild animals.

But Kalesstrians walk through space from location to location.

It’s a very complicated process that Dev has tried to explain to me several times. I’ve only absorbed it in the barest bones of theory, despite his valiant attempts. We walk through a dimension door and are shot to a pre-set coordinate on the other side. The travel has to be conducted with the help of communicators, and it is crucial that the coordinates are right. That last bit is especially important, because ending up in space, an active volcano, or a politician’s bedroom is not something anyone wants.

This is precisely why Griffin traveling us back makes me so nervous.

“Where did you set us to land?” I ask as we all head outside together to the predetermined launch spot. I glance skyward several times, a habit I’ve formed while living on Kalesstria. The weather here is unpredictable and extremely dangerous at times, so one can never be too careful. “Please tell me nowhere too populated.”

“Well, we’re not going to Chinatown again, that’s for certain,” Griffin says with a traumatized expression. “Last time I went there, a man tried to keep me in his shop and sell me for ten American dollars.”

I eyeball his floral pants. “Were you wearing that? Because if so, he marked you up way too much.”

Griffin shoots me a nasty look and ruffles his hair. “I was not. I was wearing a black jacket with feathers, and some very fitted Diesel jeans, thank you very much. I looked bloody enchanting.”

“What were you doing in Chinatown, anyway?” Kammie asks, setting her bags down.

“Daisy needed hairspray.” Now Griffin looks a bit guilty, toeing at the dusty ground with one red cowboy boot. “And I wanted to get a fortune cookie.”

Now that I think about it, I’d told Griffin one night about how delicious Chinese food is, and how a fortune cookie comes with every meal. He’d had a lot of questions about it.

Kammie motions at him. “Well, did you get a fortune cookie?”

“Yes.”

“What did it say?”

Griffin’s face blossoms red with a blush. “I don’t remember. Anyway, I need to finish setting our coordinates.” He fishes his communicator out of his pocket and nervously taps away at it.

Kalesstrian ‘communicators’ do a little bit of everything; they capture holopics and holovids, and operate as super-crazy advanced cell phones. They’re also necessary for long-distance travel. If Apple ever catches wind of them, they’ll definitely break Steve Jobs’ cryo-corpse out of its hiding place and bring him back to life just to patent the iCommunicator. I still barely understand how to turn one on, never mind use it for travel.

“C’mon, Griff,” Kammie insists. “You’re not the type who would forget your first fortune cookie. Besides, I want to know. I’m good at interpreting things like this.”

Of course she would say that. Kammie is a bit of a conspiracy-theory connoisseur, and she dabbles in all sorts of weird beliefs about angels, Bigfoot, aliens, and cryptic messages in newspaper clippings. If there’s some kind of superstition, legend, or conspiracy involved in anything, Kammie probably owns four books on the subject.

Griffin raises his eyes from his communicator, pursing his lips. He hesitates a little longer, and then finally huffs. “It said, Don’t forget to close the door behind you. There now, see? It’s nothing cool at all. I don’t believe in fortune cookies.”

Kammie shrugs. “Still, I’d be careful to make sure you always close doors behind you.”

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Dating an Alien Pop Star (Alien Pop Star #1) by Kendra L. Saunders

Dating an Alien Pop Star (Alien Pop Star #1) by Kendra L. Saunders

About Book 1 – NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE!
Title: Dating an Alien Pop Star
Series: Alien Pop Star #1
Author: Kendra L. Saunders
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction/Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she’s kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.

Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy..

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Author Kendra L. Saunders

Author Kendra L. Saunders

About the Author
Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing).

She is the author of DATING AN ALIEN POP STAR, the magic realism novel INANIMATE OBJECTS, dark comedy DEATH AND MR. RIGHT, the upcoming romance THE UNLOVE SPELL, and has conducted interviews with NYT Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, goth rocker Aurelio Voltaire, and Project Runway winners Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak Franklin among many, many others.

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Shadow Fall, the first book in the young adult fantasy romance series,  Shadow Fall, by Audrey Grey. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

About the Book
Title:
 Shadow Fall
Series: Shadow Fall #1
Author: Audrey Grey
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Request a Review Copy

Synopsis
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.

Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.

I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”

Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.

“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.

“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”

His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.

I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.

And time is the one thing we don’t have.

Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.

“How did it happen?” I ask.

“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”

I roll my eyes. “And I thought was lacking in conversational skills.”

He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.

“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”

“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”

“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.

“Chosen?”

Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.

You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.

“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”

Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”

“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”

“What makes being Chosen so special?”

“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”

For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.

“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”

A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.”

“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”

“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”

“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”

I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.

Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.

He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”

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Author Audrey Grey

Author Audrey Grey

About the Author
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
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Where to Find Audrey Grey
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

To Find You Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for To Find You, a time travel historical romance, by Cerece Rennie Murphy. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. Also, she is offering an exclusive To Find You epilogue to anyone who pre-orders the book and emails her a copy of the receipt at: cerecemurphy@gmail.com.

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Book
Title: To Find You
Author: Cerece Rennie Murphy
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: Time Travel/Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | BAM! | Signed Copies

Synopsis
Two Souls. One Desire, To Find Each Other…Again

The journey begins with Ama and Ekow ~ Two lovers betrothed, then torn apart by an enemy disguised as a friend. And in the midst of an unthinkable bargain, their freedom is sold for a bag of gold.

But what their enemies thought would break them only unleashed a power greater than life itself.

From the ancient shores of Ghana to the streets of pre-colonial India,

From the burning embers of Oahu to the heart of a nation’s capitol,

Their souls risked war, death, and betrayal to bend destiny to their will.

Will they survive? Will they succeed? Join them on this timeless journey and see…

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Part I: In The Beginning
1754 ~ Gold Coast, Ghana

I wait for him here at the place where the night sky and the earth become lovers.  In the tall grass of our homeland, between two kingdoms, we meet.  

Getting here early is easier than slipping away late, especially now when life in my village is bustling with the preparations for our wedding in just three days.  

But as the reeds lick the backs of my calves, I know that this is only one part of the reason I wait.  

The truth is that I like to feel him coming.  At this hour, when my imagination reigns over every shape and whisper, I can almost see him walking on limbs taller and stronger than mine will ever be.  He cuts through the night that hides his slightly lighter shade and stalks his prey.  I cannot hear his approach, but I feel him drawing near, compelled by the same force that holds me where I stand—the scent of my desire in the air.

I close my eyes and breathe deeply, imagining I can taste him, too.  The flavor is salt, sweet grass, and home.  It fills my senses and makes me thirsty.

On the outside, my knees shake and my heart pounds, impatient for its mate, while the deepest part of me grows calm and still—stretching towards the peace that only his presence brings.

And he’s close now, so close.  

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When we were children, Ekow was such a scrawny thing.  I used to like to wrestle him just to beat him, just to prove that I could.  I was young, determined and more than a little jealous of the physical prowess of my older brothers.  Secretly, I wanted to be like them, but my youngest brother, Kofi, was already 10 years my senior by the time I could walk.  With Ekow, I knew I’d finally found a way to prove that no boy could match me.

My laughter rumbles in the stillness as I think of it.  Oh, how angry he would be every time I beat him!  And in the beginning, there were many, many times when I did.  He would get so upset that his ears would twitch.  He would stomp away from his defeat with his hands balled up in knobby little fists—eyes glaring, ears twitching, while one of our elders cackled nearby with me sticking out my tongue. We didn’t see each other often enough for me to beat him every day, but I looked forward to it whenever I could.  I was always stronger than I looked, and even when he grew a little taller than me, his limbs seemed to flail awkwardly about him so that he was never quite coordinated.  And in my delicious reign as his tormentor, time seemed to stretch on forever, until one day, it stopped.  

I remember the sun burned low in the sky that day as the dust and amber light conspired against me in swirling fits that stung my eyes.  Rolling around on the ground, I was shocked to find myself panting for air.  Suddenly, his legs overpowered me.  I couldn’t throw him the way I had been able to before.  His grip was a vice that I had to sweat to free myself from, and even then, he could catch me again, quickly—too quickly for my liking.  

Unable to break free, I grunted and cursed as he pinned me down on my back.  At first, I refused to meet his gaze.  Beneath my eyelashes, I could swear I saw my own taunting smirk, the same one I had given him year after year, curling the corners of his lips.  Enraged, I shut my eyes and kicked my legs furiously, all to no avail.  I could feel the muscles of his powerful thighs holding me in place without the slightest indication of strain, and I couldn’t stand it.   

As if sensing the scream that would send my brothers flying to my aid, he suddenly lifted his body from mine, then leaned over to adjust his grip so that our hands were stretched out above my head, palm to palm, fingers intertwined in the grass and the dirt beneath us.

How did I not know, even then . . . ?

Something about the gesture was so strange that it distracted me from my fury.  The feel of his hands pressed firmly into mine made my stomach flutter and clench in a way that was startling, but not unpleasant.

“Ama,” he called.  “Ama, don’t scream.  Ama, please, surrender.”

It must have been the “surrender” that made my eyes fly open to meet his in absolute indignation.

Sometimes I like to think that if I’d never opened my eyes, it never would have happened, but this is, of course, foolish.  I was meant to see.

I looked up to find him staring down at me.  The smirk I’d feared was nowhere in sight.

Instead, his eyes held the same wariness I felt as I looked back at him, then quickly dissolved into something I’d never seen in him before.

He eyed my mouth with what I understand now as a mixture of surprise and captivation.  Back then, I still had no idea what was happening, but as his gaze lingered, I began to feel that someone was seeing me truly for the first time in my life.  I remember fighting the nameless emotion that closed my throat and pricked my eyes.

“Ama, surrender,” he whispered, “Please.”

And that’s when I understood that I held him in place as much as he held me.  

“Please,” he said again, and I finally realized what I needed to do all along.

Seeing the answer there in my eyes, he released my hands and rose to his feet.  I remember averting my eyes against the sudden rush of loneliness that came as he left.  But at the corner of my vision, I saw it, his hand extended out to help me up.  He’d done it before, even as I beat him and he’d risen in defeat while I remained holding my belly in victorious laughter on the ground.  I’d always ignored the gesture until that moment, when suddenly it felt like the most natural thing in the world to accept his help.

When I finally stood, I noticed for the first time that he’d grown at least 10 inches since the last time I saw him.

Despite my daze, I frowned.  “You’re taller than me,” I said in dismay.

“No, Ama,” he replied.  Ekow’s voice was deep, yet gentle as he stepped forward to take my other hand in his.  “Now, we are exactly the same height.”

I was 11 years old; Ekow was 13, and after that, nothing between us was ever the same.

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Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Author
Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age.  It’s a love affair that has grown ever since.  

In addition to working on the release of the 2nd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son, Mrs. Murphy is developing a 2-part science fiction thriller set in outer space.  Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.  To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website.

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Where to Find Cerece Rennie Murphy
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Excerpt Reveal – To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Author Cerece Rennie Murphy is unveiling an excerpt from To Find You, a time travel historical romance, releasing November 29, 2016. See below for information on the book, a pre-order link, and an exclusive excerpt.

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Book
Title: To Find You
Author: Cerece Rennie Murphy
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: Time Travel/Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Two Souls. One Desire, To Find Each Other…Again

The journey begins with Ama and Ekow ~ Two lovers betrothed, then torn apart by an enemy disguised as a friend. And in the midst of an unthinkable bargain, their freedom is sold for a bag of gold.

But what their enemies thought would break them only unleashed a power greater than life itself.

From the ancient shores of Ghana to the streets of pre-colonial India,

From the burning embers of Oahu to the heart of a nation’s capitol,

Their souls risked war, death, and betrayal to bend destiny to their will.

Will they survive? Will they succeed? Join them on this timeless journey and see…

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Excerpt
I wait for him here at the place where the night sky and the earth become lovers.  In the tall grass of our homeland, between two kingdoms, we meet.  

Getting here early is easier than slipping away late, especially now when life in my village is bustling with the preparations for our wedding in just three days.  

But as the reeds lick the backs of my calves, I know that this is only one part of the reason I wait.  

The truth is that I like to feel him coming.  At this hour, when my imagination reigns over every shape and whisper, I can almost see him walking on limbs taller and stronger than mine will ever be.  He cuts through the night that hides his slightly lighter shade and stalks his prey.  I cannot hear his approach, but I feel him drawing near, compelled by the same force that holds me where I stand—the scent of my desire in the air.

I close my eyes and breathe deeply, imagining I can taste him, too.  The flavor is salt, sweet grass, and home.  It fills my senses and makes me thirsty.

On the outside, my knees shake and my heart pounds, impatient for its mate, while the deepest part of me grows calm and still—stretching towards the peace that only his presence brings.

And he’s close now, so close.  

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When we were children, Ekow was such a scrawny thing.  I used to like to wrestle him just to beat him, just to prove that I could.  I was young, determined and more than a little jealous of the physical prowess of my older brothers.  Secretly, I wanted to be like them, but my youngest brother, Kofi, was already 10 years my senior by the time I could walk.  With Ekow, I knew I’d finally found a way to prove that no boy could match me.

My laughter rumbles in the stillness as I think of it.  Oh, how angry he would be every time I beat him!  And in the beginning, there were many, many times when I did.  He would get so upset that his ears would twitch.  He would stomp away from his defeat with his hands balled up in knobby little fists—eyes glaring, ears twitching, while one of our elders cackled nearby with me sticking out my tongue. We didn’t see each other often enough for me to beat him every day, but I looked forward to it whenever I could.  I was always stronger than I looked, and even when he grew a little taller than me, his limbs seemed to flail awkwardly about him so that he was never quite coordinated.  And in my delicious reign as his tormentor, time seemed to stretch on forever, until one day, it stopped.  

I remember the sun burned low in the sky that day as the dust and amber light conspired against me in swirling fits that stung my eyes.  Rolling around on the ground, I was shocked to find myself panting for air.  Suddenly, his legs overpowered me.  I couldn’t throw him the way I had been able to before.  His grip was a vice that I had to sweat to free myself from, and even then, he could catch me again, quickly—too quickly for my liking.  

Unable to break free, I grunted and cursed as he pinned me down on my back.  At first, I refused to meet his gaze.  Beneath my eyelashes, I could swear I saw my own taunting smirk, the same one I had given him year after year, curling the corners of his lips.  Enraged, I shut my eyes and kicked my legs furiously, all to no avail.  I could feel the muscles of his powerful thighs holding me in place without the slightest indication of strain, and I couldn’t stand it.   

As if sensing the scream that would send my brothers flying to my aid, he suddenly lifted his body from mine, then leaned over to adjust his grip so that our hands were stretched out above my head, palm to palm, fingers intertwined in the grass and the dirt beneath us.

How did I not know, even then . . . ?

Something about the gesture was so strange that it distracted me from my fury.  The feel of his hands pressed firmly into mine made my stomach flutter and clench in a way that was startling, but not unpleasant.

“Ama,” he called.  “Ama, don’t scream.  Ama, please, surrender.”

It must have been the “surrender” that made my eyes fly open to meet his in absolute indignation.

Sometimes I like to think that if I’d never opened my eyes, it never would have happened, but this is, of course, foolish.  I was meant to see.

I looked up to find him staring down at me.  The smirk I’d feared was nowhere in sight.

Instead, his eyes held the same wariness I felt as I looked back at him, then quickly dissolved into something I’d never seen in him before.

He eyed my mouth with what I understand now as a mixture of surprise and captivation.  Back then, I still had no idea what was happening, but as his gaze lingered, I began to feel that someone was seeing me truly for the first time in my life.  I remember fighting the nameless emotion that closed my throat and pricked my eyes.

“Ama, surrender,” he whispered, “Please.”

And that’s when I understood that I held him in place as much as he held me.  

“Please,” he said again, and I finally realized what I needed to do all along.

Seeing the answer there in my eyes, he released my hands and rose to his feet.  I remember averting my eyes against the sudden rush of loneliness that came as he left.  But at the corner of my vision, I saw it, his hand extended out to help me up.  He’d done it before, even as I beat him and he’d risen in defeat while I remained holding my belly in victorious laughter on the ground.  I’d always ignored the gesture until that moment, when suddenly it felt like the most natural thing in the world to accept his help.

When I finally stood, I noticed for the first time that he’d grown at least 10 inches since the last time I saw him.

Despite my daze, I frowned.  “You’re taller than me,” I said in dismay.

“No, Ama,” he replied.  Ekow’s voice was deep, yet gentle as he stepped forward to take my other hand in his.  “Now, we are exactly the same height.”

I was 11 years old; Ekow was 13, and after that, nothing between us was ever the same.

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Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

Author Cerece Rennie Murphy

About the Author
Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with writing and science fiction at an early age.  It’s a love affair that has grown ever since.  

In addition to working on the release of the 2nd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son, Mrs. Murphy is developing a 2-part science fiction thriller set in outer space.  Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.  To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website.

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Where to Find Cerece Rennie Murphy
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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Resurrection Heart (Robotic Faction) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Author Wendy Lynn Clark is unveiling the cover to Resurrection Heart, the fourth book in her science fiction romance series, Robotic Faction, adult contemporary romance, releasing November 21, 2016. See below for information on the book and series, pre-order links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Resurrection Heart (Robotic Faction #4) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Resurrection Heart (Robotic Faction #4) by Wendy Lynn Clark

About the Book
Title:
 Resurrection Heart
Series: Robotic Faction #4
Author: Wendy Lynn Clark
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
A mercenary with a chip on her shoulder. A cyborg warrior with an attraction stronger than his emotion-suppressing implants. Trusting in passion is the only way they will survive…

Talia’s a hardened mercenary owned by the Antiata Deterrence Company until she pays off her debt. She has found only one man worthy of her carefully guarded trust: reformed criminal Logen, the sexy gunner in her ragtag unit of misfits. He’ll never return her feelings, but his strong, silent gaze awakens her uncontrollable desire.

Logen’s passion-suppressing implants have been malfunctioning since the moment he laid eyes on the gorgeous, capable spotter. She sees past his ugly scars to the man inside and he wants nothing more than to wrap her sweet, hot body in his protective embrace.

But when he’s falsely accused of murder, Talia and Logen become targets on the run. The mercenaries must fight off robot assassins, hungry wildlife, and a growing mutual attraction that threatens their survival. Caught in the hostile jungles of a steamy alien planet, Talia must decide whom to trust with her life… and possibly her heart.

Resurrection Heart is the fourth book in the Robotics Faction saga, and starts an all new chapter in the series of sci-fi romance novels. If you like starships, robots, and hot romance, then you’ll love the latest offering from Wendy Lynn Clark.

Buy Resurrection Heart to start feeling the heat today!

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Excerpt
“Come out,” he said, low and furious. “Come close. Give me the chance to kill you this time.”

The figure slipped out of the shadows.

It was Talia.

Relief crashed through his body like a wave, filling his eyes with moisture and choking the back of his throat. Impossible, because he was stented. But the impossible feeling built and built, wave on top of wave, until his blurred eyes couldn’t see through the salty water and his whole body relaxed and gave in, blinking streaks matching the sweat dripping down his cheeks from his forehead.

She looked better. Tall and strong, fearless and determined, and with a heart the size of the entire planet. The chest that contained it was pretty nice too, with slim hips and thick, grippable thighs, and breasts that begged for his palms, and a mouth that promised wonders for a long, hot night.

His cock twitched to life.

Also impossible.

But impossible or not, his insistent erection pressed against his ripped flight suit, just like it had all those weeks ago when he had last seen her.

His stents worked perfectly until the moment Talia got too close. Not anyone else. Just Talia.

Then they stopped working and he was flooded with emotions, wrecked with them.

She was alive.

“Thanks for the warning,” she said, reacting to his comment for the CO.

He barely heard her. “Are you okay?”

“Fine.”

She was wearing an exoskeleton cinched around the waist, and she slid forward smoothly, on the power of a hover disk. Her normally golden face looked pale, and even her lips had turned a shade of ashen. Her hands, gripping the outside seams of the metal skeleton for comfort, shook. And her eyes watered too, but her trembling lower lip suggested it was not from relief.

“Sure?”

“Why the hell do you care?”

That sounded like her. He started to relax again. “You don’t look like you should be upright.”

“Yeah, well, you weren’t coming to me.”

He shifted. The manacles clinked. “Sorry I couldn’t visit you in Medical.”

“I wouldn’t want you to.” Bitterness tinted her words. “I have a few questions.”

Logen concentrated on her. Drinking in the sight.

Once, he saw her taking off her belt, shimmying out of her suit, exposing yards of creamy skin to his gaze. Moonlight and firelight had cast blue and golden glows to her rounded breasts, her hourglass waist, and most importantly, her heart-shaped ass.

He had failed her. He swore to himself he would not do so again.

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Liberation's Kiss (Robotic Faction #1) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Liberation’s Kiss (Robotic Faction #1) by Wendy Lynn Clark

About Book 1
Title:
 Liberation’s Kiss
Series: Robotic Faction #1
Author: Wendy Lynn Clark
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | ARe | Smashwords

Synopsis
A beautiful exiled diplomat. A sexy android assassin. He’ll sacrifice everything to protect her…

Cressida wants to be perfect. The over-achieving daughter of a diplomat was groomed for a future in politics until she saw something she shouldn’t have. Now her secrets could kill her entire family.

Xan is an android for the “benevolent” Robotics Faction. More specifically, he’s a secret assassin for the all-powerful group, and his next assignment has made Cressida a target.

When a rogue agent severs Xan’s connection to the faction, everything changes. Now he doesn’t just want to protect Cressida; he wants to be with her.

As their feelings grow, a second assassin enters the mix. Cressida puts all her trust in Xan, even though no android has ever left the Robotics Faction… and survived.

Liberation’s Kiss is the first book in a series of sci-fi romance novels. If you like sexy action romance like Anna Hackett’s Hell Squad series, android movies like The Terminator, and nail-biting suspense, then you’ll love Wendy Lynn Clark’s sizzling roller coaster ride through space.

Read Liberation’s Kiss to start the thrilling love story today!

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Liberation's Desire (Robotic Faction #2) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Liberation’s Desire (Robotic Faction #2) by Wendy Lynn Clark

About Book 2
Title:
 Liberation’s Desire
Series: Robotic Faction #2
Author: Wendy Lynn Clark
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | ARe | Smashwords

Synopsis
Running for her life…

Mercury Sarit Antiata will do anything to protect her family from Robotics Faction assassins, even undergo illegal surgery that leaves her damaged and alone. Now Faction agents know where she hides. And they’re coming.

Ultra-logical android assassin Yves|Santiago [y$14n2] uses his flawless features and stunning blue-gold eyes to blend in with the humans he’s assigned to destroy. But when a rogue agent severs him from the Faction, stranding him with feelings he can’t comprehend, he needs Mercury alive to stop this new threat. Discovering that he needs the soft, supple young woman for other reasons too makes him question everything.

With the entire universe out to end her, it will take every byte of Yves’ skill to protect Mercury.

Protect her from the Faction…
Protect her from the rogue…
Protect her from the greatest danger of all…
Himself.

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Liberation's Vow (Robotic Faction #3) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Liberation’s Vow (Robotic Faction #3) by Wendy Lynn Clark

About Book 3
Title:
 Liberation’s Vow
Series: Robotic Faction #3
Author: Wendy Lynn Clark
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | ARe | Smashwords

Synopsis
He wants redemption. She’s using him as bait. They’ll sacrifice everything for one passionate embrace…

Aris is tortured by his past. The regional governor and aristocrat once traded his half-sisters’ lives for power. Seeking to redeem himself, he makes a deal with a shady agent that could get him killed.

Resa is a zero-class assassin. Her predecessor was a murderous nightmare, and she has no choice but to fill those bloody shoes. She attempts to infiltrate Aris’ life to draw out the android-corrupting rogue agent. The mission reveals forbidden desires that change everything.

Aris is using Resa too, but similar feelings cloud his judgment. With their passion unleashed, a secret may be revealed: the real reason the Antiata family has been sentenced to death. Resa and Aris are the only ones who can stop a human-robot war that destroys all worlds forever.

Liberation’s Vow is the third book in a series of sci-fi romances and can be read as a stand-alone. If you like android assassins, creative world-building, and sizzling chemistry, then you’ll love Wendy Lynn Clark’s latest roller coaster romance.

Buy Liberation’s Vow to fight for love today!

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Liberation's Mystery (Robotic Faction #3.5) by Wendy Lynn Clark

Liberation’s Mystery (Robotic Faction #3.5) by Wendy Lynn Clark

About Book 3.5
Title:
 Liberation’s Mystery
Series: Robotic Faction #3.5
Author: Wendy Lynn Clark
Release Date: July 31, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Liberation’s Mystery is a companion story to Liberation’s Vow. It takes place during the same time as the story, although it focuses on all new characters so it can be read as a stand-alone. It has all the same sexiness and action cram-packed into a short three chapter package and has been described as “a delightful addition to a great series.” I hope you agree!

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Author Wendy Lynn Clark

Author Wendy Lynn Clark

About the Author
Wendy Lynn Clark is from the vibrant green Pacific Northwest. She writes contemporary and science fiction romance with sexy heroes and undefeatable heroines, as well as sweeping epic fantasy and creative nonfiction. Her words are infused with wonders from her travels—teaching in Japan for three years, earning her MA in Brighton, and studying abroad in Greece. When she’s not hiking in the Cascade mountain range, she’s writing on her couch with a steaming cup of tea and her two snuggly calico cats.

Her books are a mix of soaring imagination, blockbuster action, and thrilling romance. They are recommended for anyone who enjoys a well-told story with a happy ending guaranteed.

For up to date promotions and release dates of upcoming books, sign up for the latest news at her website: www.wendylynnclark.com..

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Where to find Wendy Lynn Clark
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Amazon

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Liberation (Moonchild) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Liberation, the second book in the young adult post-apocalyptic steampunk romance series, Moonchild, by Kate L. Mary. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. You can read my review of book 1, Moonchild, here.

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

Liberation (Moonchild #2) by Kate L. Mary

About the Book
Title:
 Liberation
Series: Moonchild #2
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
From two-time award-winning author, Kate L. Mary, comes the sequel to MOONCHILD, “a much needed breath of fresh air in the world of YA fantasy.” After surviving the auction and a near death experience at the hands of Asher’s father, Scarlett Moon is more than ready for life to settle down, and with each passing day she starts to feel more at home in Columbus. Even with Asher ready for more than Scarlett can give, she manages to fall into a routine that almost feels like a normal life.

But one distress call is all it takes to destroy the serenity the group has managed to build.

As far as anyone knew, Paget had moved on with her life after storming out months ago, but the fear in her voice when she calls the warehouse tells a different story. Even though Scarlett never liked Asher’s ex to begin with, she can’t help feeling a little bit responsible for Paget’s situation.

Searching in the seediest part of the city, the group picks up clues as they try to piece together what might have happened. The more Scarlett learns about what the other woman has been through over the last few months, the more concerned she becomes. Even worse: there’s no sign of Paget anywhere in Columbus.

With all the clues pointing in one direction, the group leaves the city and heads for Hocking Hills. Only it seems the danger may have followed them, leaving nothing but death and destruction in its wake and putting Paget in more danger than ever before. As Scarlett learns more about the woman who used to hold Asher’s heart, she suddenly finds herself unable to deny how she really feels about him. Only, with Paget in trouble, Scarlett can’t help wondering if Asher might still have feelings for his ex.

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Excerpt #2
“Does that make you jealous?” Asher’s voice comes out husky, and there isn’t an ounce of teasing in it. He steps closer to me, and the heat radiating off his body warms the small space. The desire I’ve been trying to hold off builds inside me, making my pulse quicken. I hate that he makes me feel this way, but I love it too.

“No,” I say, but the word is weak and shaky, and it wouldn’t fool the most gullible person in the world.

Asher’s smile disappears, and I try to tell myself to stick to my guns. That it doesn’t matter how much I want Asher right now, I can’t give him what he wants. I’d just hurt him.

“Scarlett, why do you do this to me? You tell me no and you push me away, but I can see it in your eyes every time you look at me. How am I supposed to take those looks? How am I supposed to ignore your jealousy?” His words come out sounding painful.

Then he steps even closer, putting his hand on my shoulder and slowly running it down my arm. Leaving a trail of goose bumps behind. Only this time, they aren’t from the cold.

“I’m doing this to protect you,” I whisper. “I’m no good for you.”

“Why don’t you let me be the judge of that?” he says, smiling.

I should stop him. I know it. But suddenly, I don’t want to. All these months of fighting my feelings, ignoring how he ignites my body with the smallest look. How the desire builds inside me every day, getting more and more intense. It all seems stupid. Asher is so persistent, and my attraction isn’t going away. Maybe he’s right. Maybe we are right for each other.

Once again, he seems to know what I’m thinking, because a look of triumph flashes in his eyes as he takes that last little step toward me. He reaches up to tuck my hair behind my ear, and instead of dropping his hand he runs his thumb across my cheek and over to my lips. My insides nearly burst into flames from the contact. The light from the lamp flickers, causing little shadows to dance across his face. It makes him look sexier than he ever has before. Right here in this dirty cabin in the middle of nowhere with the wind howling outside. It’s too much to resist, especially after all this time building inside me.

This is it. The moment when I decide our future.

I have no idea what I’m going to do.

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Moonchild by Kate L. Mary

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary

About Book 1
Title:
 Moonchild
Series: Moonchild #1
Author: Kate L. Mary
Release Date: June 21. 2016
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian/SciFi/Steampunk Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Review

Synopsis
In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: Survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett’s carefully built walls threaten to crumble.

After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business. When they take her to Columbus, the one place she never wanted to set foot in again, she wants nothing more than to get away. And her discomfort only grows as she becomes increasingly drawn to Asher.

But everything changes when she discovers there may be a way to rescue Rory. Enlisting the pirates’ help, Scarlett sets out on a mission to save her friend, praying that her overwhelming attraction to Asher doesn’t mean the end to her freedom—in more ways than one..

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Author Kate L. Mary

Author Kate L. Mary

About the Author
Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Fans of The Walking Dead won’t want to miss out on her Amazon Bestselling Broken World series, and the soon to come Twisted follow-up series.
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Where to find Kate L. Mary
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Decision (Everlasting Trilogy) by L.K. Kuhl

The Decision Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for The Decision, the second book in the young adult science fiction/urban fantasy/paranormal romance Everlasting Trilogy, by L.K. Kuhl. See below for information the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The Decision (Everlasting Trilogy #2) by L.K. Kuhl

The Decision (Everlasting Trilogy #2) by L.K. Kuhl

About The Book
Title: The Decision
Series: Everlasting Trilogy #2
Author: L.K. Kuhl
Publisher: Clean Reads
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
The guests are invited. The cake is all set. In just a few short hours Sophia Bandell will be saying “I do” to a guy she isn’t sure she loves. But where does she go from here? She feels her life is headed in a downhill spiral. Her first and real true love, Tate Forester, is a ghost. But he’s the man she wants to be with…the one she can’t live without. Sophia is faced with the toughest decision of her life. Does she forget about Tate and marry the egotistical lawyer, Aaron Stuart? Or does she take the plunge and join Tate to be with him for eternity?

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Excerpt #3
The door flung open, and we pushed our way inside. Mom stood at the sink. She dabbed at her face with a tissue and turned slowly toward us. Her puffy and red-rimmed eyes sent a coldness shuffling through me.

“What’s wrong, Mom? Did something happen?”

She nodded and pointed in the direction of Bob’s bed. “Over there.”

My gaze shot to the corner. My hot, fluttery stomach plummeted with an iron heaviness. Dad, hunching beside Bob, rubbed the dog’s head and stroked his chin and ears. Bob lay there lifeless, unmoving. Symphony curled up tight beside him, her head bundled in close to Bob’s. Her body stayed still, and cloudy eyes revealing her heartbreak.

I rushed over, dropping my purse to the floor. “No… please no.”

Dad looked at me with tears in his eyes while I slid to the floor, coming to rest by Bob’s bed. “He’s really sick, Sophia. Sometime throughout the day his stomach acted up again, and his hips gave out. He hasn’t touched a bite all day and can’t walk anymore.”

“Shouldn’t we call Doc Fitzner?” I scrambled up, racing to the phone. “I’ll call him.”

“I’ve already done that. Made an emergency call to him this afternoon. He saw Bob and gave him some medicine, but said there’s nothing we can do.”

I fought to swallow— why was it so stinking hard to swallow? As I clasped my hands under my chin, the hot tears engulfed my eyes, dripping down onto my face. I staggered back over to Dad and Bob. Dad got up and brought an unsure hand up to my face like he was going to wipe away my tears. But, being the awkward dad he was, his arm flopped to his side again and he simply said, “He’s old, Soph.”

“But Dad.” My tear-soaked voice croaked out. “We can’t give up on him.”

My wobbly legs gave out and I sank to the floor, curling up beside Bob. Symphony raised her head to look at me, but plopped it back down again, the fur at the corners of her eyes damp. I gathered him in my arms and buried my face into his fur. He let out a small whimper and licked the side of my face, trying to comfort me. Me, when it was him who was slipping away. In spite of all of Bob’s pain and suffering, the love he had for me was unwavering. It was amazing the way a dog never pulled judgement, was never self-serving, and loved you no matter what the circumstances. Bob loved beyond all reason, even on his darkest days. He was always there to cheer me up.

Dad cleared his throat, his voice hoarse and shaky. “I’m sorry.”

I sat back up on my heels. “What do we do? There’s gotta be something.” Hope swam in my eyes, searching his face for an answer.

Mom let out a small sob, still standing by the sink. Dad’s spine bowed and his shoulders drooped. His voice wheezed out in a flat monotone, “He’s gonna to have to be put down. He’ll never walk again.”

I jerked my head back. “What? You can’t be serious.” My voice quavered, the disbelief and sadness slamming me in the chest. “There has to be something we can do for him. I’m not just gonna throw him away. I can’t live without Bob.”

The tears started to roll again. I couldn’t stop them, my breath coming out in hitching, violent sobs. Mom came to sit by me, collecting me tight in her arms. Aaron leaned against the sink, his arms wrapped underneath his chest.

Mom wiped the tears from my face and tucked a strand of hair behind my ears. “It’s okay. Bob is suffering now, sweetie. He’ll be in a better place.”

A better place. The words resounded in my head like a reverberating thunderclap. Bob would be going to where Matt and Mandy had gone. I’m sure dogs didn’t have unfinished business, so he wouldn’t become a ghost. If what Mandy had told me was true, Bob was going to love where he was going. He would be at peace, and he would be alive in all things. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad for him. It was us that would lose, not Bob. The sadness would be unbearable. It would hurt like a stake in the heart to see him go, but if I could at least know that he would always be around me, like Tate, maybe the dagger wouldn’t hurt so much.

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Everlasting by L.K. Kuhl

Everlasting by L.K. Kuhl

About Book 1
Title: Everlasting
Series: Everlasting Trilogy #1
Author: L.K. Kuhl
Publisher: Clean Reads
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.

When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.

She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.

But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.

This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak. 

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Author L.K. Kuhl

Author L.K. Kuhl

About the Author
L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor.

L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks.

It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.

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Where to Find L.K. Kuhl
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy) by Rysa Walker

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The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy #1) by Rysa Walker

The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy #1) by Rysa Walker

4.0 Stars

Synopsis
In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.

It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

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My Review
Part paranormal, part thriller, part scifi, this book is really unique. Seventeen-year-old Anna has an unusual ability to channel the dead by touching something they have also touched. It’s like The Sixth Sense, except the dead know they’re dead, they just have something left undone before they can let go of their old lives. When Anna picks up Molly, a trafficked teen who was brutally murdered, she contacts Molly’s grandfather, a former detective, for help. To say Anna has an uphill battle convincing him that Molly is residing in Anna’s head would be an understatement. Together with friends of Molly’s, Anna and her best friend, Deo, try to help Molly get the closure she needs, only to realize they’ve stumbled into something huge that might have roots all the way at the highest levels of the government.

Plot
The story is well-plotted, but takes longer to get going than I would have liked. It’s definitely an intriguing story, but there’s a lot of world building involved that is necessary to understand Anna’s situation and the world she lives in, but at times, it slows the story down. There is also far less romance than I like in my young adult novels. Which means this is perfect for anyone who thinks young adult has too much romance 🙂

Characters
Anna is a fascinating character. I had a difficult time warming up to her, though. While I understand why she’s so distrustful and standoffish, it made it difficult to identify with her. Still, she’s intriguing with one of the best backstories I’ve read in awhile. I loved the rest of the characters as well, all are so well-developed they jump off the page. Everyone from Deo to Aaron, Sam, and even Daniel are living, breathing characters that drive the story as much as Anna.

What Didn’t Work for Me
1. The pacing.
 It was slow at times, almost too slow.

2. The ending. I realize it’s the first book of a trilogy, but it was still too much of a cliffhanger for me.

3. The cover. It doesn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t grab my eye at all, but the author’s name sure did, and the description sold it.

What I Enjoyed About The Delphi Effect
1. The world building.
 True perfection!

the-row-gif-32. Deo. He’s anything but stereotypical as the gender-questioning best friend.

3. The plot. Unique. And that’s about all I can say without giving anything away 🙂

4. Aaron. He’s amazing as the guy, with a secret of his own, who swoops in to help Anna and Deo.

5. Conspiracies. I adore a good conspiracy, particularly one with ties to the U.S. government. This was my favorite aspect of the story!

Bottom Line
The Delphi Effect is a fascinating paranormal/scifi/mystery/thriller for young adults.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title: The Delphi Effect
Series: The Delphi Effect #1
Author: Rysa Walker
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 380
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Rating:
 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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Author Rysa Walker

Author Rysa Walker

About the Author
Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.

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Where to find Rysa Walker
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Release Day + Giveaway – Clanless (Nameless Series) by Jennifer Jenkins

Clanless Release Day

Today is release day for Clanless, the second book in the young adult science fiction/dystopian series, Nameless, by Jennifer Jenkins. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins

Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins

About the Book
Title: Clanless
Series: Nameless #2
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | BAM! | !ndigo | IndieBound | Book Depository

Synopsis
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor. 

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.” 

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region. 

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.

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Joshua groaned and pushed up to rest on his elbows. “What happened? Where am I?” His wiry chest was bare. The scar on his abdomen was still crusted over, but the skin around the wound bragged a healthy peach hue. “Where are Gryphon and Gabe?” He looked at Eva then over to Zo. “What is Eva doing here?”

Zo and Tess didn’t bother answering any of his questions before wrapping him into a hug. Tess openly wept, and Zo found herself jealous for the chance to express her relief without falling apart.

She pressed her forehead into Joshua’s and held it there as she looked into his eyes. “I see you, Joshua.”

“Umm.” Joshua grinned. “I see you too. Quite well, actually.”

Tess rolled around in a fit of giggles.

“What am I missing?” said Joshua.

Zo pulled away and tapped the end of the boy’s nose with the tip of her finger. “Sorry. It’s an old Wolf custom. Eyes are the windows to the soul. I was greeting your inner light. Acknowledging your spirit.” Zo shook her head and smiled. “It has been so long since I’ve been able to be a Wolf. I couldn’t help myself.”

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Nameless (Nameless #1) by Jennifer Jenkins

Nameless (Nameless #1) by Jennifer Jenkins

About Book 1
Title: Nameless
Series: Nameless #1
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: October 6, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | BAM! | !ndigo | IndieBound | Book Depository

Synopsis
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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Author Jennifer Jenkins

Author Jennifer Jenkins

About the Author
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid)..

Where to Find Jennifer Jenkins
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Dawn of the Vie (Immortal Aliens) by Laura Diamond

Dawn of the Vie Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Dawn of the Vie, the first book in the young adult science fiction/dystopian series, Immortal Aliens, by Laura Diamond. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Dawn of the Vie (Immortal Aliens #1) by Laura Diamond

Dawn of the Vie (Immortal Aliens #1) by Laura Diamond

About the Book
Title: Dawn of the Vie
Series: Immortal Aliens #1
Author: Laura Diamond
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: October 3, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.

Or so it’s thought…

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Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only for study, but also to reserve a secret stock.

The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. Every Anemie has their own personal flavor. Each gives a unique high.

When Alex takes a hit of Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…

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Anemie Justin knows his little sister, Sammie, and he are living past their expiration dates. It becomes a guarantee when they’re bitten by a Vie named Alex during a raid. (The bite is fatal, thanks to a toxin carried in Vie saliva.) Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—an antidote in exchange for agreeing to be a lab rat.

And a mule…of his own blood.

When Justin says no, Alex takes off with Sammie.

All Justin has to do is find them, beat Alex, and cure himself and Sammie. All he has is a stake and serious lack of self-preservation.

No problem.

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Alex wants Justin’s blood.

Justin wants his sister back.

GAME ON..

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Excerpt #1
I hated afternoons the most. Soon after came darkness—the time when a raiding squad could snatch you out of bed and drain all the blood from your body. It was amazing that any Anemies survived with the extermination campaign ridding the world of us red blood cell-deficient freaks.

I gently squeezed my sister’s hand to make sure she kept up. Dirt caked under her fingernails like it caked under mine. The cuff of her torn sleeve had stains like mine. Her pant cuffs were rolled up six times… also like mine. A younger version of me—mouthiness and all—in girl form. Unlike me, Sammie tended to dawdle, and since we held onto the last rung of the society ladder by the tips of our fingers, giving in to distraction could get us hurt—or killed.

My gaze jumped to the pale, indifferent sky then jittered to the partially constructed biodome edge as I walked. Large, clear panels filled the metal framework in a beehive of hexagons. Eventually, the damn thing would cover the entire city, including the river surrounding the island and part of the ocean capping the south side. The project had been progressing since before I was born.

Once the construction workers completed the biodome, Vie wouldn’t have to fear the destructive UV rays of our sun and could wander freely during the day. We’d have no safe period whatsoever. Vie could get us any time.

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Author Laura Diamond

Author Laura Diamond

About the Author
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.
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Where to Find Laura Diamond
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