Thursday, 20 December 2012

Author Doug Dillon Promotional Guest Post



Author Doug Dillon Promotional Guest Post

Prizes: Beautiful Chinese Puzzle Balls

To promote Sliding Beneath the Surface
  

sliding beneath the surface

Book I of The St. Augustine Trilogy
Young adult, paranormal and historical

What’s Going on Here?
Very simple. I’m giving away two, handcrafted Chinese puzzle balls in a contest. One is valued at $60 and the value of the other is $160. The second ball is double the size of the first one. Each has a teak stand and has its own wooden Chinese box for safe keeping. These exquisite oriental art pieces are up for grabs to readers who will purchase my book and publish their review on Amazon.com. Or the winners can select an Amazon Gift Card of equal value.


Why Chinese puzzle balls?
Ah, that’s because the puzzle ball is the forefront object on my book cover. In the book, and throughout The St. Augustine Trilogy, it serves as a symbolic reference to the paranormal world and the very nature of reality. “Worlds-within-worlds.”




What are puzzle balls?
Sometimes called mystery balls, they are handcrafted objects often made of wood, jade, mammoth ivory or Mandarin Ivory. Mandarin ivory is a blend of natural materials and is the material used for the balls in my contest.
An ancient art form, these objects have intricate carvings on the outside and multiple, moveable layers on the inside—balls within balls. Those inner shells usually number between 2 and 18 but can go as high as 42. As with the ones available in my contest, the outside carving often consists of intertwined, painted dragons.

About the Contest
Options, options, options! Here’s the (basic) deal:
1)      Buying an eBook on Amazon.com or through Book Depository and writing a review on Amazon.com gives you a chance to win your choice of a 6-layer puzzle ball with teak display stand sent to you by me in a classy wooden Chinese box — a market value of $60 ~or~ an Amazon Gift Card - valued at $60.  The posting on Amazon.com (U.S.) or on Book Depository is required to be eligible but posting elsewhere also would be greatly appreciated.
2)      Buying a print book and writing a review on Amazon.com gives you one chance to win your choice of a 12-layer puzzle ball with a teak display stand, also in its own box—a market value of $160 ~or~ an Amazon Gift Card - valued at $160. Yes, that’s double the size of the first one.  Again the posting on Amazon.com (U.S.) or on Book Depository is required to be eligible but posting elsewhere also would again be appreciated.
3)      BONUS – you can also enter both of the contests listed above by purchasing both an eBook and a Paperback copy of my book, given your one Amazon.com published review would account for both mandatory review entries. Who knows you may get lucky and win both contests, allowing you to give one to a friend.
4)      AND - you may enter each contest daily if you would like to increase your chances of winning. Each purchase gets you another chance and your one (1) published review will account for all purchases made throughout the contest.
5)      IF by some chance you have already published your review of my book on Amazon.com, you can still participate but to be eligible you must purchase a book for each new entry with a unique order number to confirm your purchase.
6)      End  Goal of the Contest: 150 reviews on Amazon.com
7)      Projected contest dates are December 12 through February 6. All reviews must be posted on Amazon.com by the end date.
8)      Participants must live in one of these countires to be eligible: US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Germany, France, Netherlands, South Africa, Poland, Israel, Spain, Italy.
9)      Entering the contestenter here!
10)  Any questions? Contact my wonderful assistant, Julia Hendrix via email – dougdillonassistant@gmail.com



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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Out Of Reach Blog Tour

Welcome to best book's stop on this amazing tour hosted by JeanBookNerd
Today we have a review, excerpt and a giveaway :)
please feel free to leave a coment, thats is always nice to see :)



Carrie Arcos lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes young adult literature and is an adjunct professor. You can find more about her at carriearcos.com

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How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home




EXCERPT


“In the kitchen I poured myself a glass of water and my hands shook. Some of the water spilled down my shirt as I took a drink. I was scared, more scared than I had been about anything before. But I was angry, too. It was the anger that stopped me from telling my parents. I left Micah outside, twitching and high, because I was pissed that he had left me, that he had decided to go somewhere I knew I could never follow.”



MY REVIEW


First off, thanks to the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book despite it being pretty heavy on the content, about drugs and missing people.  I really felt a connection to the main character Rachel, she goes looking for her brother micah who has gone missing and has a drug addiction.  She gets the help from tyler, who is micah’s best friend.

Along the way you find out more about Rachel and micah and even tyler. The writing style of this book was really easy to read, read it in one sitting. It made me feel so many emotions, and I even had tears a few times.  Now I cant say anything about the ending without giving it away, but I really do hope that its not a standalone and that there will be a 2nd book.  For me it really wasn’t long enough and didn’t really answer all the questions Rachel set out to answer, so I do hope the author will write a sequel.

Definitely give this book a go if you like different books and aren’t worried about reading books with hard to read topics

4stars




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Friday, 14 December 2012

Achieve Success from Your Creative Talents Ron Gavalik



Achieve Success from Your Creative Talents
Ron Gavalik

Throughout civilized human history, creative minds of every type were comforted by the knowledge that if a publisher, producer, or gallery accepted their work, they’d receive financial support in the form of advanced payments and promotional initiatives. In essence, after years of struggle, rejection, and torment, the creator was chosen by an elite group of tycoons to be idolized above others. In return, he or she wasn’t asked to perform any kind of true marketing efforts, aside from public appearances.

In today’s business world, that’s rarely the case.

The influx of creative small businesses and indie creators has diluted the arts and entertainment markets. That shift in business has forced creative talents to perform their own marketing initiatives to achieve success. Some creative professionals believe this to be an unfair burden. Others herald it as an opportunity to have more control. No matter how you view the circumstances, it’s a reality that must be understood.

It’s astonishing how many talented writers, artists, and performers pour passion and professionalism into their creative endeavors, but then practice marketing initiatives like an amateur. It’s the equivalent of buying a $500 pool stick, but never practicing the game. When it comes time to prove your skills, that shiny pool stick is only as effective as the player who wields it. In other words, it’s simply not enough to have a fantastic creative product. You must know how to market that product to mass audiences to win the game.

That’s why our team developed Financial Success for Creative Professionals. The plan is the first proven set of marketing procedures, guaranteed to achieve long-term success for writers, artists, musicians, and performers of all stripes.

To ensure creative success in today’s market, there are a number of steps that must be completed. Let’s briefly explore each of them.

Understand the truth about marketing artistic creations. So many people believe marketing is subjective, much like abstract painting or poetry. It isn’t. Marketing is really about the science of consumer psychology. You must reach the correct audiences to maximize exposure of your work, draw in potential fans, and then drive revenue. When you truly understand the fundamental theory about generating mass awareness of your creative experiences and know how to shape the perception of your work, it’s hundreds of times easier to get noticed and achieve success.

Most marketing professionals hold advanced degrees. The FSCP marketing plan contains the same resources marketing pros use for success, but developed specifically for creative professionals.

Build your marketing structure. Before an artistic talent can sell work to a base of potential consumers, you must first build your marketing structure. That includes a comprehensive website (not just a simple blog), a strong social media presence, and a uniquely branded market position. You must also use mass communications vehicles (email newsletters, for example) to build relationships with your future fans. No one, and I mean no one will buy a book, portrait, MP3, or any kind of creation without having achieved emotional investment in the creator and your products. The FSCP marketing plan provides you the ability to build your uniquely branded market position, set pricing, and then shows you how to interact with hundreds of thousands of consumers to maximize sales and raise the quality of life for your fans.

Take advantage of media marketing opportunities. The meat of any marketing initiative must include interacting with potential fans. This is referred to as shaking hands and relationship building. Much in the same way a car salesperson walks up to a consumer and extends a hand, the FSCP marketing plan shows you how to use the power of the web to connect with hundreds of thousands of consumers through social media, the news media, and personal print media. Using these techniques provides consumers an easy path to personally identify with your artistic creations and then become emotionally invested. This is sometimes referred to as the “warm fuzzies.”

Once the warm fuzzies are achieved, your potential fans are empowered with the knowledge that purchasing your work will benefit them in some way. Remember, your creative efforts are meant to enhance the lives of others. When a potential fan personally identifies with your creation and they’re given a clear path to enjoy the experience, it’s like taking candy from a baby.

Diversify your income from multiple venues. Success is never achieved by selling one product in one location. That’s one of the biggest mistakes made by indie authors, artists, and performers. Your creations must sell in multiple locations to reach the maximum number of targeted consumers that identify with your style. It’s also paramount that each creator offers several products and accessory items for sale, such as t-shirts or bookmarks.

For example: an indie author with a book released must ensure it’s selling in each possible retail location. Sure, Amazon may have 60% or more of the book buying public, but that doesn’t mean you ignore the other 40% that shops on lesser-known retailers. Furthermore, offering accessories increases revenue and provides depth that large publishers always provide for intellectual property and indies usually lack.

Those are the basic high-level steps that every creative talent must follow to achieve true financial success in each respective field. As stated earlier, the FSCP marketing plan is guaranteed to deliver that success to each creator and it’s why our team is so proud to have published it for your use.

It’s my hope that you’re taking your creative career seriously. It’s not always easy to rise above the chaos, but if you follow the proven plan, it’s an amazing experience to watch consumers around the world swoon over your creations that raise their quality of life. That’s a true gift and your legacy. Be proud of it.

As the tagline goes, “If you pour your passions into each project or performance, you must propel your career to the next level, realize your full potential and achieve financial success.”

Together, we’ll make it happen!

Good hunting.


Ron Gavalik’s Bio:

Ron Gavalik is the author of Financial Success for Creative Professionals and has over 20 years of celebrated experience in corporate and creative marketing. This former Director of Communications has assisted private, nonprofit, and artistic organizations achieve success through grassroots experience marketing initiatives. Gavalik is currently the Publisher for Grit City Publications and creator of the innovative Emotobooks fiction medium. He holds a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Point Park University and an M.A. in Writing from Seton Hill University. His work in the arts has shaped success for countless creative professionals who seek financial independence.

Contact Info:
Website: http://creativesuccess.net
Facebook: http://facebook.com/GritCityPublications
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonGavalik

Friday, 7 December 2012

Scent Of Magic by Maria V Snyder, review by alice

Scent of MagicScent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH HELL WHAT A ENDING!!!! i really want the 3rd book now. snyder is a master at cliffhangers. i kept turning the page and going back to see if there was anymore to the book LOL.

i loved this book even more than the first one. you get to see avry grow even more. and i loved reading more about kerrick

definitly pick up this series if you want to read an amazing fantasy book.
the way its written never ceases to amaze me. i felt like i was there, living the world, feeling the pain and the happiness. right up until that ending when i felt the breath leave me and my heart stop. WHY OH WHY did you have to end it like that!!!!

cant wait to see what happens in the 3rd book :)

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

the lost prince by julie kagawa. *review by alice*

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

wow julie kagawa is a master author. i may not have been in the fey world for about a year but its as if i have never left the nevernever. the characters that we all remember are still there, may be a few years since the iron knight but it hasnt changed one bit except now its about ethan, and boy is he a wicked main character. i thought julies voice as meghan was good, but she certainly knows how to write as a male lead :)

i hate to say to much about books that are in a series, expecially if people havent read the previous books, and even tho this is a new series it does have elements and characters from the iron fey series. all i will say is, i devoured this book in one sitting and now im patiently waiting for the next one. the secret that kenzie was hiding just blew my mind, never thought that would be what she was hiding from ethan. if you want to know what it is, then i suggest you pick up this masterpiece of a series :) julie is the best in the world of fey, for me no one comes close.

im now going to be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series to see what happens next for ethan and the rest of the characters.

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Covet by Melissa Darnell *review by alice*

Covet (The Clann, #2)Covet by Melissa Darnell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SPOILERS!!!




omg this book was an emotional rollercoster ride. it had laugh out loud moments and made me cry, and HOLY SH*T what an ending!!!! i cannot wait to read the 3rd book.

i loved watching savannah grow up in this book, and become who she is meant to be.
watching tristan was just heartbreaking with him trying to cope with what savannah promised she would do in order to protect him.

loved the first book in this series but loved this one even more, the writing style and world the author has created is something ive never read before and its amazing. definitly cannot wait to see what happens next, expecially after reading the excerpt at the back of the book WOW!!!



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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Escape Publishing Launch








Welcome to best books' blog. Today on the blog we have a exciting new release from harlequin.  Introducing Escape Publishing,  Harlequins NEW Digital-First Imprint.  Its so exciting to see the ebooks that are available on this site. i know i will be using it.

Today we also have a Spotlight from the Editor Kate Cuthbert. 

First up the Link to the website so you can all check it out :)
http://escapepublishing.com.au/
have a look and leave a comment to let us know what you think of it.

Now for the spotlight





Earlier this week, Harlequin Australia launched its digital-first arm, Escape Publishing. With an aim of bringing Australian and New Zealand voices and stories to the world, Escape is taking submissions in all genres of romance, as long as the story has a romantic arc and an emotionally fulfilling ending.

The imprint launched with five titles across the spectrum of romance, and will publish six more titles in December.

The launch titles are:
Chains of Revenge by Keziah Hill, a dark erotic fantasy novella.
Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner, a complex, darkly humoured urban fantasy debut.
Christmas Kisses by Rhian Cahill, a sweet, sexy, sensual holiday romance novella.
Grease Monkey Jive by Ainslie Paton, a groovy, meaty, modern contemporary romance.
In Safe Hands by Lee Christine, a sophisticated, polished, suspenseful romantic suspense.

All the titles are available without DRM or geographic restrictions, from major and local e-booksellers. They are specially priced for the launch at $0.99 each, and Chains of Revenge is available for free for a very limited time.

If you would like more information, please visit the website, escapepublishing.com.au, or find us on social media: facebook, twitter, and pintrest 


 A Novel Approach with a Digital Audience
As experts in the digital space, does instant gratification appease your online nature? Do you or your followers have a burning idea that keeps you up at night? A story that must be told? Now there’s a new home for great stories!
At Harlequin Australia, the leading publisher of romance, we live for reading — for that sigh-worthy first kiss, for that pulse-raising chase scene, for that sob-swallowing goodbye. And we’d love to hear your stories!
Today we are officially launching our digital-first imprint, Escape Publishing — escapepublishing.com.au — which is open to receiving manuscript submissions!
Escape Publishing was created thanks to the ever growing appetite for romance and we were reading thousands of brilliant manuscripts. Yet despite our passion for these works, due to the limitations of the print book business many were not being published.
Escape Publishing takes a novel approach. Firstly, we are dedicated to our authors. If you’re an author with us... it’s all about you! Our promise to you is a personalised service with a fast turn-around of 3 months, supported by an integrated marketing campaign.
“We’re nimble – we are big enough to take the time to help you craft your manuscript and provide the marketing support to help create a bestseller, but small enough to adapt to, and move with, the market. We have built an unparalleled connection to the reader and with over 78% market share, we know romance!” Managing Director of Harlequin Enterprises Asia-Pacific, Michelle Laforest, explains.
Everyone has a story to tell, and Escape Publishing wants to make sure the very best of these stories are shared with the world.
Now is the time to submit! Join us at Escape Publishing as we jump head first into the liberating world of digital publishing!
Visit 
http://escapepublishing.com.au/ for more information and submission guidelines.
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Saturday, 10 November 2012

November releases!


Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Ar student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
Published November 6th 2012
The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.
November 20th 2012 
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill 
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.
November 13th 2012
Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is Book One in the Touched trilogy.
November 27th 2012
Elemental by Antony John 
A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.
November 21st 2012
Flash Point by Nancy Kress 
Reality TV meets a chillingly realistic version of America—and the fame game is on!

Amy had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is desperate for any job that will help support her terminally ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a new reality TV show, she signs on the dotted line, despite her misgivings. And she’s right to have them. TLN’s Who Knows People, Baby—You? has an irresistible premise: correctly predict what the teenage cast will do in a crisis and win millions. But the network has pulled strings to make it work, using everything from 24/7 hidden cameras to life-threatening technology to flat-out rigging. Worse, every time the ratings slip, TLN ups the ante. Soon Amy is fighting for her life—on and off camera.
Published November 8th 2012 
What will you be buying and reading this month?? 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) by Tera Lynn Childs review -annmarie-



Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Review
What can i say about this book to help you understand how flipping wicked it was, let's start from the beginning  I have had this book setting on my self for so long but never got around to reading it, I have no idea why though. I was going though are really bad patch where i could not read any books that i picked up so on the point of giving up i find this book calling to me and once i started i just could not stop. 

For the start of the book you are given a great grasp of all the characters and what makes them tick and i felt like i really knew the characters as the book went along. There are three very different sisters that are brought up three different ways with no idea that they are triplets and what there future holds for them. It was a book about family, lives and secrets i loved following and uncovering the truth and how it must feel to have zero control over you live when its predestined by the gods. i was gripped to the point that it pained me to put the book down and have to sleep but i zoomed through and hated the book to end and me to feel like i needed more. 

The book was over flowing with action all the way though with drama of all kids and a simply one of a kind storyline that left you wanting more. 

Also include lots of well detailed smelly monsters that want to kill you just brilliant. 

4 stars

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Mephisto Kiss Blog Tour






Welcome to Best book's stop on this blog tour
SPOTLIGHT



Synopsis
The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.
When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.
What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.
But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.
Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.
A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.




Trinity Faegen wasn’t always a writer. She had an illustrious career as a Campus Cop in college, led many children astray as a camp counselor, and decorated Christmas trees for sweet, and notsosweet, little old ladies. She loves metal and rock, the Rocky mountains, chocolate cake and college football. She hates sappy stuff and hypocrites. Mostly, though, she loves to write.
Trinity lives in the outback of Texas with her husband and a mean cat. If you’d like to share camp stories, or ask Trinity why she’s ruining her hearing by listening to metal on headphones, write to her at:  trinity@trintiyfaegen.com

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

witch born by amber argyle blog tour



AUTHOR/BOOK SPOTLIGHT



Amber Argyle grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy. 

She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University. 









Synopsis
Brusenna thought it was finished. 

She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong. 

She was wrong. 

Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. 

Some things can't be saved. 

A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.

Including her life. 

Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?










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Thursday, 25 October 2012

amanda's eyes by Kathy Disanto, review by alice

Amanda's EyesAmanda's Eyes by Kathy Disanto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

thanks to the author for giving me a copy of this ebook in exchange for a honest review.

this book was a refreshing change to what i normally read. part sci-fi part murder mystery and i enjoyed every second of it.

the main character amanda after having lost her eyes and getting replacements, starts having visions, these are scary as in their detail but were described wonderfully. amanda is a kick ass main female who wont take anything lying down. she loves her job, loves her family and wont let anything happen to either.

there are 3 male characters in this book. the agents eagan and baker. i dont know which one i like more lol. i love them both. then there is ellison the reporter, he definitly is a nice guy who wants to help.

i liked how in this book there wasnt any romance, but hints as to what might happen in the next one (or maybe it was only me who got the hints lol) it was a refreshing change having no romance and having the storyline being the main theme of the book.

i loved the writing style. it was very easy to read, and the way the world was described made it very easy to imagine me being there.

i cannot wait to read the sequel when it comes out and il definitly be reading more from this author in the future :)


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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Cover reveal - inception by teal haviland

isn't this cover just stunning, i know i like it :)

Whats is about?
The world is in danger. Mankind is sinking deeper into darkness it cannot understand.

Demons are easily capturing souls as they lead men and women down dangerous paths from which there is no return, while Javan, one of the Fallen, seeks an ancient book and the power it promises. If he succeeds, humans — and the world as they know it — will be destroyed.

There is someone who is capable of stopping Javan . . .

If she discovers him in time.

Gabrielle is one of the most powerful angels ever created, her job one of the most important. She has come to Earth to learn more about humans and what influences them, and to fight evil she sees growing at an alarming rate. She soon finds herself carelessly distracted with one human in particular, however. Lucas Watkins holds a promise of peace and love for Gabrielle that she never believed she could have again.

As feelings between her and Lucas become more than she can deny, so do the dangers mounting against him. After discovering who Lucas is, and the choice he faces, she realizes Darkness will come for him through demons and fantastical beings he thought only existed in his imaginings — forcing fairytales to become his reality.

Caught between her new mortal ties and ancient immortal responsibilities, Gabrielle must race against what seems to be an ever-quickening clock to learn what she needs to know, protect Lucas, uncover Javan’s plan, and find a way to stop him and all who live in Shadows.

Things become more complex than she ever anticipated, her decisions more critical, and what begins as a quest for information rapidly places her in an even more crucial position within the longest and most important war ever waged.

Join Gabrielle and her allies in a story of love – past and present – fantastical beings, hidden realms, magic, fate, loss, and the fight of good versus evil



Interview with the main character

 
“It’s nice to formally meet you, Teal. I’m Gabrielle . . . but you already know that.”

“Of course. I did create you, after all,” I respond with a smile full of pride I think only an author can understand when sitting across from a character they birthed. Especially when that creation of fiction led to a birth of a different kind in my own life.

This interview between author and character had not been planned. It came up suddenly when Gabrielle decided she wanted to know how she came to be, and thought the future readers of her story would also want to know. At first I wasn't sure about the idea, but now, as the Angel of Karma stands in front of me, I am glad for the opportunity.

As we settle in our chairs, my desk separating us, I realize it‘s hard to dissect the expression of the angel sitting across from me. Nothing is readable in her eyes or demeanor. It makes me wonder what is going on in her mind, though not knowing and having the interview told through my point of view is something I agreed to when Gabrielle asked to do this.

An open window behind me brings in crisp morning air. The telling of fall’s approach is being spoken by the breeze, but its chill is slowly warmed by a sun that's grown lazy after the work of summer. Leaves are less green as the reds, yellows, purples, and oranges spread across Tennessee, as if the colors are an army marching painfully slow toward a war they don’t want to fight. It’s mid October 2012, my favorite time of year, and I am less than four months from the projected publication date for Inception, the first book in the story of The Reaping Chronicles — Gabrielle’s story , and a story that I never knew was inside me until almost two years ago.

“So,” I begin with what I’m sure is a tone of uncertainty since I am still trying to decipher what might be going on in Gabrielle’s mind, “what would you like to know?”

“Well, let’s start with the question that is tops in my mind. How did you come up with the idea for me, the Angel of Karma?”

I smile again, a bit more subdued. The way she came about was one of the most enlightening times of my life and one of the saddest. She was born from pain and anger and frustration and an extreme sense of a terrible injustice that was being done in the life of someone I cared about very much. But, she also saved me . . . literally.

“Okay.” I take a deep breath before I begin, filling my lungs with air and my body with courage to tell my tale. I don’t like the spotlight . . . never have. But, when it comes to my writing I have discovered I am willing to step into it. I love what I am doing that much. “I have always been a strong believer in you reap what you sow. I have lived my life trying very hard to do what’s right. I sometimes fail, sometimes miserably, but I try. And I am a very spiritual person. During the year prior to coming up with you and the story of The Reaping Chronicles, however, I went through some horrible circumstances and there was a person who was getting away with heinous things, who had gotten away with many others over the years that I also knew about. I found myself questioning my beliefs. It tested my spirituality to an extreme, and I began to grow angry and bitter. That’s something that is never good for anyone, but particularly for me because I can be terribly vindictive and vengeful. It’s a side of me that I combat daily and it was beginning to win the war being waged inside me more every day.” I pause and take a deep breath, wondering if I am telling too much and considering how I will be judged for telling on that side of me. It’s a side I know most people have, but most also try to keep it hidden away behind facades. This is me, though. This is my story.

“So,” I continue, “during this internal struggle, the dialogue I was having on a daily basis with God seemed to be growing more adversarial by the minute, and I found myself wishing I was in charge of giving out karma — good and bad — so I could make sure this person got exactly what they deserved. That made me wonder why karma couldn't be the charge of one individual, which led to me thinking about whom, in my mind, should be in charge of it. That all led to me deciding it should be an angel that was given the task, the Angel of Karma. A specific job assigned to a specific angel — you.”

Her mouth pushes up her cheeks as she smiles, but I see sadness behind the expression. I wonder how the story I have created has affected her . . . I wonder what she thinks of me.

“What made you want to create a story around the idea?”

“That’s easy. I had just started writing fiction again after not writing anything except for poetry for twenty-three years. I wrote very short children’s stories when I was a teen — animals talking to animals . . . that sort of thing — but also stopped as a teen. In the month prior to coming up with the idea that turned into you and The Reaping Chronicles, I wrote two short stories for challenges given by my writers group. I was shocked and thrilled that not only could I still write fiction — though it wasn't necessarily great fiction — but that I was able to write in genres I had never attempted. The first was a scary story for Halloween, and the second was speculative fiction. After that I decided to try a book — something I had always wanted to do — and had been trying to come up with an idea. The Angel of Karma was perfect.”

“Why did you stop? Writing fiction, I mean.”

I laugh a bit at this. The reason is lame, and I know it.

“I stopped because I was praised for it. I stopped doing everything I was given praise for in my teens — my horseback riding, photography, and my writing.”

“But you continued to write poetry.”

“I didn't share my poetry with anyone until I was in my late twenties, so I never received praise for it in my teens. Plus,” I add with a smile, “I don’t think my poetry is particularly good. I write it for myself. It’s not correct in form or style. It’s a way I get my feelings and thoughts out. I really don’t care if anyone likes it because I write it specifically for me. I think I would have continued to write it, regardless. Stories are different for me. I want people to like them.”

Gabrielle laughs with a sarcastic edge at that, and I realize it makes no sense. "Why, then, did you stop writing the fiction that you do care about, that others praised you for? People liked it.”

I don’t answer her right away. Instead, I look out the window of my home office at the trees as they toss in the wind, noting how much the leaves seem to change in the short hours between sunset and sunrise, as I ponder her question. I have wondered the same thing since I first walked away from my writing and photography and horseback riding — all of my passions — when I was almost seventeen. I have wondered, and have continued wondering because I have never come up with the reason that made sense to me.

I look back at her as she shifts in her chair and I smile a hint of a smile.

“I honestly don’t know how to answer that question.”

The answer raises one brow above her big green eyes.

“I know it doesn't make sense, and I guess that’s why I don’t know how to answer it. I’m just glad I started to write again. It’s changed my life . . . it saved me.”

She seems to understand, even without explanation, and I wonder if she knows what I mean. After all, she was created from my mind. The same mind that was dealing with that internal war, the same one that found solace from the thoughts of revenge I was having that were consuming me like it was some starving carnivorous beast and I was the last meal it would ever eat. She, and The Reaping Chronicles, rescued me from those dark, nefarious places in my mind.

“So, I guess you can thank something bad for setting you on the path that led to something you consider so good.”

“Yes, I can. And I think that’s how it usually works if we are open to the purpose of times like that. I feel, now, like I know exactly why things worked out as they did, and it was for the best.”

“You don’t want revenge anymore?”

“I would say I don’t want to personally take revenge, but I would be happy to know karma had paid a visit to those people.”

“Do you think I will?”

“I fully believe that, yes . . . they will pay the price. What goes around comes around. I just might not have the front row seat and bucket of popcorn I desire.”

Gabrielle is quiet for a moment, her eyes searching me, and I think about how I have written how her gaze made Lucas feel as I wrote intense scenes with them — the same gaze I am now under. The irony causes goosebumps to rise on my skin and I try to casually rub them away.

“Is there anything else you want to know, Gabrielle?”

She still stares.

Studies.

'Boy . . . she really is an intimidating creature,' I think, and the impression she is leaving on me is deep, because I know I'm not easily intimidated. Her lips part slightly in a smile as if she knows what I am thinking.

'Does she know?' And that thought causes the bumps on my arms to come back.

“Why did you write so many things in Inception that would break my heart?”

“Wow,” is all I say for a moment.

As we sit there, both of us waiting on my response, I try to figure out how to answer without sounding heartless. I realize I can’t.

“Because people relate to heartbreak.”

“So,” she continues, and I think I note a bit of venom slipping into her tone, “why don’t you share how you have been betrayed . . . how your heart has been broken. We both know it comes from personal experience.” She pauses and her gaze seems to turn into a glare for a fraction of a second. It is swift, but was definitely there. “And is something you have dealt with very recently and in deeper ways than ever before.”

My heartbeat suddenly ratchets as I realize that, in fact, she is very aware of me — my thoughts, my emotions, my experiences . . . my life. More so than I was ready to believe. I am uncomfortable with this interview, now, but my shock at her shift quickly turns into reserved anger.

“Gabrielle, I think this is enough for today. Maybe, at another time, we can continue this interview. As for now, however, I have to get back to writing your story and the story of your friends and enemies.”

I stand, and she mimics my movement.

Without another word between us, she disappears in flowing, smoky white wisps.

But . . . I swear her eyes are the last to fade . . . and they are shooting daggers at me.

I don’t know what I expected from this interview, and I don’t know if I will ever let her do another one. But I can say that I was not expecting her to become so adversarial. I also find, while standing in my office in the moments after she left, that my anger easily softens. She is, after all, subject to my whims. She doesn't know how her story is going to end, yet, because I haven’t written it to its end. She only knows the content of the first book. I imagine she must not trust me. How can she? And, if I were her, I would be angry at me, too.

She doesn't have any idea what I have in store for her, what trials and triumphs and failures I have in mind, obstacles I’ll put in her way, who and what she will lose or gain — how many more times I will have someone betray her or in what ways I will break her heart even more than she already knows I have.

I am her creator, her ruler.

And, in many ways . . . I am her Angel of Karma.

©2012 Teal Haviland 
 
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