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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Building Celebration House by Annette Drake Blog Tour and Giveaway







Volume 1
Annette Drake

Genre: Women’s fiction/paranormal romance

Publisher: Baskethound Books




Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

Tagline: How can she plan a future with a man who has only a past?

Book Description:

Carrie Hansen spent her life caring for cardiac patients. Little did she know she would become a patient herself.

After recovering from her own heart surgery, she learns she has a special talent: the ability to see and talk with the dead.

Now, with her health failing, she leaves the bustle of Seattle behind and returns to Lexington, Missouri, the small town where she spent her childhood. Here, she sets out to restore an abandoned antebellum mansion and open it as a venue for celebrations.

Carrie’s unique gift allows her to build relationships with the mansion’s ghostly occupants, especially Major Tom Gentry, the handsome Civil War soldier who died 100 years before Carrie was born. He encourages and comforts her, though not in the physical way they both desire.

Will Carrie finish restoring the celebration house or will it finish her? And how can she plan a future with a man who has only a past?


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Excerpt:

When Carrie startled you. I sometimes forget ghosts aren’t accustomed to being seen.”
His eyes narrowed and he frowned. “How may I be of service to you, Miss Hansen?”
“Where can I find Colonel Stratton? I need to speak with him.”
His dark blue eyes showed his increasing puzzlement. “The living do not go looking for Colonel Stratton. What business have you with him?”
“I bought this house, and I intend to live here.”
“You bought Stratton House?”
“And I need to speak with the colonel.”
Major Gentry shook his head as though to sort through the details. “Please forgive me. You bought Stratton House, you intend to live here, and you wish to speak with the home’s proprietor, Colonel Stratton?”
“I thought we’d covered that,” she said. “You don’t get many visitors, do you?”



About the Author:

Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.

She makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does notcamp.







Mark of Destiny by Azrael James Book Tour and Giveaway



Publisher: Branch Publishing

Date of Publication: 03/02/2017

ISBN:1544070276
ISBN-13: 978-1544070278
ASIN:B06XDSHCSS

Number of pages: 403
Word Count: 82,331

Cover Artist: T.K. Chapin

Book Description:

Her destiny will change the world forever.

Belstrom—an ancient and mystical land where the Curo Wizards rule and life is cheap.

Tizrah—a lowly armory brat who dreams of one day becoming a warrior but fate has other plans.

Korlin—a recent graduate of the High Wizard’s School of Curogath is tasked with an assignment to eradicate a lost magic system that threatens the very stability of Belstrom. Mark of Destiny weaves together the threads of a captivating fantasy adventure, while remaining epic in scope, and modern in its originality.

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Excerpt:

HOLDING HER EYESTEADY UPON the massive wolvike, Tizrah silently slid the longbow from herback. The care with which she moved came naturally to her.
The way sheslipped unseen and stalked her prey might have even impressed the elite rangersof Ravenwood Forest, had they been there to see. Alas, they were not, andTizrah was truly and utterly alone as she crept closer to the herd of colossalbeasts feasting merely ten yards away. Flies buzzed loudly, and the odor offresh blood hung thick in the air.
Tizrah’s hearthammered against her chest. She tried to calm herself using the measuredbreathing she’d been taught. It wasn’t helping. Sweat poured from her likerain, rolling down her face in droplets that stung her eyes. When she drew as close as she dared, she quietly climbed an ekenwood tree in hopes of finding abetter vantage point from which to view the pack.
Breathing a sighof relief now that she was off the ground, she waited. The branch Tizrahstraddled offered a measure of safety, as well as a clear shot, and she sentout a prayer of thanks to Oshawa, who had given her the perfect perch fromwhich to bring down one of the legendary beasts.
This kill wouldprove her worth before the men of New Hayden. It would change the direction ofher life, and that was what Tizrah desired with all her burning heart.
Desperation haddrawn her away from her home and directed her feet to the heart of the LabbyForest. When she had caught sight of the wolvike, Tizrah knew that this was tobe her chance.
She had onlyread about the beasts in her worn school books, and the penciled drawings paledin comparison to the frightful creatures which stood less than a stone’s throwaway. Nearly seven feet tall, paws to shoulders, the wolvike were imposing tolook upon. Their fur resembled freshly fallen snow, and catching sight of thewolvike’s sickle- like, razor sharp teeth, Tizrah was reminded of the fineblades of the Knights of Eldor.
She knew fromher studies that one bite would be enough to bleed a full-grown man out in amatter of minutes. Six—that’s how many of the beasts she counted. They gruntedand growled below her as they tore a spotted deer to pieces.
Now, for one tostray from the pack.
Tizrah waspatient. She wouldn’t let her arrow fly until victory was assured.
Releasing a long, controlled breath, she relaxed her muscles. Anticipating movement fromthe pack, she raised the bow to eye level. The largest of the beasts, havinghad its fill, began to traipse toward the nearby stream.

The moment hadarrived.
Drawing herbowstring back with wiry arms, Tizrah followed the wolvike with hersteel-tipped arrow.
Stopping dead inits tracks, the beast lifted its head.
Tizrah’s arrowshot across the clearing, impaling the artery running down the side of thebeast’s neck. The wolvike toppled, its rapid blood loss dragging it down intothe sleep of death.
The rest of thepack bolted, leaving their fallen alpha to Tizrah and her blade.
Dropping fromthe branch, she took a steadying breath, then strode to the trophy. She wouldneed proof of her kill, as she wasn’t strong enough to drag the beast throughthe forest. I’ll take its eyes, she thought, nearing with her blade poised.
The eyes of awolvike were unlike any other known mammal within the Four Kingdoms. Used tomake costly medicines for the virility of the wealthy, wolvike eyes wereextremely valuable. At the grisly sound of her knife cutting into the eyesocket, Tizrah blanched. Having completed the unsavory task, she rolled them inan eken leaf and placed them in the leather pouch on the outer side of her mainpack for safe keeping.
Bending over theprone form, Tizrah offered a whispered prayer. “Oshawa, Life- Giver, I praythat this death will not go in vain. I pray that it might bring sustenance tothe beasts of the forest and afterward enrich the ground upon which it lies.”
Finishing herheartfelt plea, Tizrah stood and took stock of the situation. Three days, thetime it would take her to reach home. The Warrior Trials were scheduled to takeplace five days hence. Perhaps, with proof of her kill, she would be able toconvince Jax at the arena to add her name to the list. Dreams danced before hermind’s eye. Picturing herself crowned victor at the completion of the WarriorTrials set her feet in motion.
Tizrah wasn’tworried about the competition. Her only worry was whether Jax would concede toher request when she offered him the eyes. Years of working with her father inthe armory had honed her muscles into steel beneath her skin, and she hadhunted and trained in the fighting arts since she was small. Many thought herdedication odd, preferring girls to keep to their traditional roles. Girls weretaught to cook, clean, and sew. They were also expected to birth offspring andtake care of the men. Tizrah viewed the societal limitations placed upon herwith hatred—not that it was wrong for others, but she wanted something more inlife than hiding behind a stove and raising brats for some man.
Shaking her headto clear it of the endless stream of thought, she left the clearing andreentered the forest. Ekenwood trees towered above the various shades of greenflora covering the forest floor. The chattering of wild poka birds echoed backand forth beneath the canopy of branches. How had they ever been trained asmessenger birds?
While growingup, she had seen them flying overhead often enough, and she had been curious toknow what important messages they might be carrying each time one passed over.
A single shaftof amber light pierced through the tree barrier, distracting from her musings.Tizrah entered the dazzling luminescence and reveled in its life-giving rays. She loved the forest above all other places; in the depths of its silence andsolitude, she found peace.
Peace with hermother’s death, for Tizrah had wanted her mother to live and had been unable tosave her. Disease rarely paid heed to the cries of children.
Peace with theway her father had hidden his broken heart at the bottom of tumblers of alefrom the local tavern, instead of comforting his only child.
Tizrah even feltpeace in the fact that no matter the trophy she brought with her, her chancesof entering the Warrior Trials were slimmer than the dirty beggars who satpleading for crusts of bread on the outskirts of Silvermeere. If Jax changedhis mind, then she might be able to work her way up to fighting on thebattlefield of Echo Flats, or even serve a stint in the Fireblade Mountains,where rumor had it the dragon still lived.
Pulling herselffrom her musings, Tizrah continued onward. As much as she would have liked tostay soaking up the rays of sunlight and marveling at the beauty of Oshawa’sgreatness, Tizrah knew that for her dreams to be realized, she must trudgeforward, allowing the old moment its death while a new moment was born.
After two daysof hiking, Tizrah reached the southwest corner of the Labby Forest. She wasalmost home. Leaving the ancient ekenwood groves, she entered the forest’s areaof newer growth that was still recovering from being logged off before the dawnof the Magi Wars.
When the warsended two centuries past, people had found that the ashenwood tree was farsuperior in strength to all others. The newly founded Council of Nine hadissued a mandate for the loggers to focus their efforts on gathering thestronger wood located in the ironwood and ashenwood forests that lined thesouthern end of Belstrom. According to the history of New Hayden, Tizrah’s homehad once been a booming hub for logging, but the mandate had dropped itspopulation by half, and afterward, the town had assumed a much slower rate of growth over the centuries.

Running lightlydown the dirt path toward home, Tizrah nearly bubbled over with excitement. Sheimagined her father, Eldim, crafting an exquisite set of armor for her to wearduring the Warrior Trials. He would choose fine ossen metal, for it wasincredibly strong and lightweight and would reflect sunlight to the blinding ofone’s enemies.

Nearing the westernexit of the forest, Tizrah reached a stretch of the path that was open andstraight, set between two groves. Halfway across the stretch, she caughtmovement in the sky. Diving down swiftly and alighting directly in her path wasa large, gray and white-speckled gryphon. The beautiful and fearsome creatureheld Tizrah with its nerve-rattling gaze. Gryphons were considered themessengers of Oshawa, and to see one so close was considered either a very goodomen or an ominous one.
What couldOshawa’s creature want with her, a lowly armory brat? Nevertheless, she waited,returning its gaze. She had nothing to fear; her heart was right before theOne-God.
Seconds passedlike centuries until Tizrah noticed a burning sensation sear her right arm. Ina flash of radiance, the landscape surrounding her disappeared as she lostconsciousness, falling to the ground like a crumpled doll.

The gryphonwatched over her as she slept.


About the Author:

AZRAEL JAMES fell in love with Tolkien at the age of twelve leading to a life-long loveof fantasy fiction. Writing stories that capture the imagination, James invites readers into a worldwhere magic rules and ordinary life is forgotten. When not spinning tales, James teaches guitar tounderprivileged fairy folk. He believes music and love are what binds all life together.





Tour giveaway

Three lucky winners will win a signed copy of Mark of Destiny in paperback.
Drawing will be held on April 18th.


Exclusive Giveaway, enter to win  http://giveaway.azraeljames.com/

Monday, March 27, 2017

Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston Release Blast and Giveaway

 


He's been chasing a memory . . .

 



KISS, MARRY, KILL
Iron Clad Security #1
Sidney Halston
Releasing March 28th, 2017
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He's been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.







USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "Just Do It"--Nike. And that's exactly what she did.

After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she's not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She's a reader first and a writer second. When she's not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn't have it any other way.
 

Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise by Paula Berinstein Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise by Paula Berinstein. The cover is designed by Anna Mogileva. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles SurpriseAmanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise (Amanda Lester, Detective #6)
By Paula Berinstein
Genre: Detective/ Mystery
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
What is Professor Scribbish hiding?

Amanda and her friends have known about the mysterious Detective’s Bible for some time. But what they never dreamed was that old Lovelace Earful, Legatum’s founder and the author of the precious book, had much more up his sleeve than that.
v Now a strange pair of gold-rimmed spectacles he designed has fallen into the hands of the Moriarty brothers. But the glasses have been stolen, and it falls to Amanda to figure out where they are and get them back before . . . what? All she knows is that they're powerful and the bad guys want them. But in order to acquire them she'll have to penetrate a fortress where a new enemy is waiting—one who has already targeted Scapulus Holmes and is coming for her next.

What she doesn't know is that sometimes you should leave well enough alone.


You can find Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise on Goodreads

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Excerpt:

In the deepest reaches of the basements he discovered Noel in the musical instruments room. Simon wasn’t the least bit musical but Ivy was, which meant he was deeply interested in anything along that line, and what in the world was Noel doing? He’d got the top of a grand piano open and the strings were hanging out all over the place.

Greetings,” said Simon. “That’s quite a mess you’ve got there.”

Noel looked up with a confused expression on his face. “Oh, it’s you, Binkle. Say, come over here for a minute and hold this, will you?” He held up a string.

Simon tromped over to the piano and peered inside. “What are you doing? Did something happen?”

Just hold this please,” said Noel.

Simon grabbed the string and pulled tight.

No, not like that,” said Noel. “Just keep it out of the way.”

Oh,” said Simon. He felt like an idiot standing there holding a loose piano string. But he was too curious not to ask. “What are you doing?”

I dropped something. I need to get it out.”

What?” He peered deeper. There was a teensy tiny frog inside. “Oh, I see it. Wait, it’s alive!”

That’s right, it’s alive, and it’s going to be a disaster if I don’t get it out. It belongs to Professor Pargeter and it’s very valuable. It’s also poisonous so don’t touch it.”

Really?” said Simon, reaching for the animal. “How poisonous?”

What did I just say?” said Noel slapping Simon’s hand.

Oh, sorry,” said Simon. He withdrew the hand but stared intently at the little thing, which was obviously so frightened it was turning colors.

Now look what you’ve done,” said Noel. “It’s brought the poison to the surface. Stand back or it will spit.”




Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she's crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she's never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she's a big chicken! And she wouldn't mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she's hoping that some day she'll get to build one.

You can find and contact Paula here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Paula's blog on Goodreads
- The Writing Show podcasts
- Newsletter

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- a 30$ Amazon gift card
- 2 paperback copies of Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise

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Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager Blog Tour and Giveaway



Dating the It Guy


Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: March 21st 2017



Summary: 



Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.






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Praise for Dating the It Guy:

A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author


"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." -- Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie









About the Author

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.



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Hot For the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell Release Blast and Giveaway





It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take..




HOT FOR THE FIREMAN
Boston Heat #1
Gina L. Maxwell
Releasing March 27th, 2017
Entangled Select


Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have firsthand experience...

Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones' office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn't playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he's blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that's what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She's a professional, damn it. She'll date Mr. I'm Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.

It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take...







Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot Book Tour and Book Review









About

The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits . . .
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé.

But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you into Texas's storied past to experience adventure, mystery--and love.


"Endearing characters, a tender love story, and intriguing mystery all work together to make Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart a compelling and enjoyable read."--Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar
"From the opening lines, Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart made me want to curl up under a quilt with a hot cup of tea and just read."--Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author, This Road We Traveled


Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

Endorsements

"Endearing characters, a tender love story, and intriguing mystery all work together to make Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart a compelling and enjoyable read."
Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar
"From the opening lines, Amanda Cabot's A Stolen Heart made me want to curl up under a quilt with a hot cup of tea and just read. A mystery is followed by a half dozen more; romance with inventive misunderstandings brings Yankees and Southerners together; and the sense of community is 'sweetly' portrayed in such a way to steal a reader's heart. This Texas story will make you cheer right up to the surprise ending. Bravo, Miss Amanda!"
Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author, This Road We Traveled

The Author

  1. Amanda Cabot

    Amanda Cabot

    Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW...
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My review;
"A Stolen Heart" by Amanda Cabot is a story that will grab your attention from the first page. Lydia Crawford used to be a teacher. She has come to a new town and she is looking for her fiancé. Will he be there? She finds that he has already married someone else and he is gone. Now what is she going to do?  Where is he? Is he okay? Who is she going to turn to? This is a story of faith, hope and love. But, there will be many trials and many questions along the way. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine,

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