Jan 31, 2017

Tour, Review, & Giveaway -- Mantle



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Author: T.M. Franklin
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 65
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

A mysterious house. An old journal. A dusty chest holding more than secrets.

Each talisman found in the chest grants the chosen a gift, a unique ability. But with that power comes a burden—the duty of The Order.

Something is coming.

Something evil.

And it's up to The Order to stop it.

MANTLE - The Talisman Chronicles, Episode 4

Maia Sheridan isn’t sure why her cousin and her friends are so interested in an ancient journal found buried in the library archives, but she suspects they have a hidden motive. The journal tells of a secret group called The Order—powerful warriors tasked with protecting humanity.

Maia knows it’s a legend, an interesting bit of mythology passed down through generations. But the more she translates the journal, the more she begins to wonder if there’s more to the myth than meets the eye.

Maybe The Order is real. And maybe Maia’s destined to be a part of it.


My Review:

This book follows Maia. We meet her at the end of Gauntlet. We seem to be introduced to a new member of the order as each book comes to a close. I like this about the series. I get to look forward to who is going to be joining them and how they each end up finding the order in the first place.

In this book you get a lot of questions answered but yet you are given more questions as you go along. It is done so artfully well that it just sucks you in and makes you not able to stop reading.

I liked getting to know Maia. She was one of the first ones that really fought what was going on and stayed in denial until she came to a point where she wouldn't be able to hide from it anymore. I liked that about her. It showed that she was different from the rest, yet a valuable asset to the group.

Chaos is building and making it's self known. You know, excuse my language, that shit is about to hit the fan. It keeps you on edge and full of suspense as you turn each page. I am excited yet scared to know when it all comes to a close and how things end up. The author has woven a wonderful story that keeps you engaged through the whole series.

Since the books are shorter, it makes it a quick read through each book but with them being split up the way they are, it makes it less stressful than trying to read a huge book. For once I think splitting them apart did a favor for the series and allowed more detail to be placed within the pages for us to enjoy.
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About the Author
T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Awards. She's since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories...and there's always more on the way.


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Jan 30, 2017

Tour + Interview + Giveaway -- Frost

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Frost
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Release Date: January 26, 2017

Publisher: Self-Published
Tour Host: YA Bound Book Tours

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Synopsis:

Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

Life's tough for a vampire thief on the run—just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she's been trying to outrun? Well, it's about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can't escape her own destiny.

A brand new spinoff to the Midnight Fire series! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.
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Interview

Okay, elevator pitch time! If you had to tell someone about your new book Frost in thirty seconds or less, what would you say? 
*Yikes! This is always so tough! Here goes ... Frost is a paranormal romance about a vampire thief named Pandora who’s on the run from an ex-boyfriend, a super powerful vamp, and, well, a little thing called fate! The fantasy world is inspired by vampire as well as Greco-Roman lore, and it ’ s a spin-off to my popular Midnight Fire series, which has solder over 200,000 copies.

And if you had to describe the book in three words, what would they be? 
*Action-packed, bad-ass and passionate!

This book is part vampire, and part inspired by Greek Mythology. Can you tell us what this world is like and how you came up with it? 
*I always try to do something a little different with my books, something unique, and with paranormal romance that can be difficult to do because there is so much material already out there!

So I decided the best thing to do was to create my own paranormal race! They’re called Titans and they’re sort of a supernatural police force with enhanced strength and stamina, and some have special abilities like tracking or creating lightning or erasing minds. While the beings themselves don’t have much in common with what we think of as the titans of ancient mythology, the lore surrounding their secret society is influenced by some of my favorite Greek tales. You’d have to read to find out more though 😃

And vampires also play a huge role! My original series, Midnight Fire, concentrated on the vampire lore and also included a species I created called Conduits who are basically awesome fire-wielding vampire slayers. So with Midnight Ice, I wanted to expand upon that universe by adding this whole new titan species into the mix! We’ll see all three supernatural beings interact (in some killer action sequences, if I do say so myself 😃)

This is a spin-off to your bestselling Midnight Fire series ... so, what idea came first? Did you set out to write a spin-off series or did you come up with the story first and then rework the Midnight Fire characters into it? 
*A little bit of both! Long before Midnight Ice was even an idea, a character jumped into my head — a vampire thief on the run from a past and future she couldn’t escape. I knew I wanted to write her story, but I wasn’t sure how — especially because I’d already written a vampire book and wasn’t sure how I could make the concept seem new all over again.

But the more my thief, Pandora, came to life in my mind, the more I realized she belonged in the same world as Midnight Fire. Her snark, her wit, her act- first-think-second nature completely fit with the characters I introduced in Midnight Fire, and as soon as I realized that, the rest came naturally!

Fans had been asking me for more Midnight Fire ever since the last book, Scorch, went on-sale. So it was so amazing to be able to deliver something fresh while staying in a familiar world 😃 And, revisiting the characters from my original series was like hanging out with old friends — so freaking fun!

This is the first book in the Midnight Ice series. What are you planning next? 
*I’ve already started working on the sequel, Freeze, and I’m hoping to get it out my April/May! I’m feeling incredibly inspired by Pandora ’ s story at the moment, so I ’ m riding the momentum as far as it will go. But I can ’ t give anything else away — too many spoilers!

Do you have a favorite paranormal world? 
*If we’re strictly speaking paranormal (not fantastical), I’d say one of the most interesting worlds is the one in the Sookie Stackhouse series! Charlaine Harris had such a cool idea to take what is usually the cornerstone of paranormal stories (secrecy from t he human world), and to totally reverse this by saying vampires and other supernatural creatures have outted themselves to the public.

However, in a strictly nostalgic and book lover sense, the Vampire Academy series (and its spin- off Bloodlines) is probably my favorite paranormal read!

Is there a message in this series that you want readers to grasp? 
*Most of my stories carry a similar message — love wins! It can conquer any obstacle, overcome any hurdle, surprise you, give you a reason to live, give you the heart and strength to keep fighting. In the end, if you have real love (which doesn’t always mean the most obvious love), you can handle anything. Maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic, but I truly believe that.

And I think for Midnight Ice in particular, it’s a story about taking control of your own destiny. In this day and age, so many aspects of life can feel pre-determined , but people should always chase their dreams and follow their hearts, because if you fight hard enough, you’ll succeed.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 
*Ooh, I love this question even though I hate playing favorites! One of my favorite parts of writing any romance is the build up — the little glances, the lingering touches, the blossoming friendship. But in Midnight Ice, we’re sort of entering in the middle of a love story, so instead of the more traditional build-up, it’s full of love-hate tension. And honestly, I had so much fun writing the banter between Pandora and her ex-boyfriend Jax. There’s a scene where they’ve been stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and I was quietly chuckling into my keyboard the entire time I was working on it!

But there’s also a big reveal chapter at the end, and that was so great to write, because it was cool to finally tie together all the different threads I’d dropped into the story leading up to that point.

Thank you for answering all of these questions!
*Thank you so much for hosting me!! :)
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About The Author
kaitlyn-davis-author-photoBestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

To stay up-to-date with all of Kaitlyn's new releases, sign up for her new release newsletter here: TinyLetter.com/KaitlynDavisBooks


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Dazzle Me
Author: Juliana Haygert
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours
Synopsis:
A sexy New Adult Contemporary Romance (17+).
The weekend before starting her dream job, Rayna Monroe goes out with her friends to celebrate. What she thought would be a fun girls’ night, ends up with her and a hot guy in her bed. But, before her wild, sexy night even starts, he walks out leaving her alone and naked. Ignoring the shame that consumes her, Rayna is determined to focus on her amazing new job as one of the corps-de-ballet members of NYBT—the best ballet company in the country—and forget all about that awful night. Only when she walks in on her first day, she bumps into no one other than the guy who abandoned her two nights ago.
The life of a ballet dancer is hard. The life of a male ballet dancer is harder, and Joshua Connelly knows it well. Living a lie, Josh just wants to focus on what he loves most while he can—without any distractions. What he didn’t expect was to come face to face with the girl he ran out on before doing something he’d regret.
Mortified over their failed one night stand, Rayna and Josh are determined to avoid each other. Except, they are chosen to represent the company in a big competition. Which means, they have to dance together. Not only on the competition day, but for several hours a day for an entire month.
Despite their attempts of keeping it strictly professional, their hearts have other ideas. And for a moment, everything seems perfect.
And then, it isn’t.
Faced with the truth and tragedy and forced apart, Rayna and Josh will have to find themselves, before they can find each other. If they can.
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About The Author

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting--but equally gratifying--life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Jan 29, 2017

Stay in Bed Sunday #7

This is a new weekly meme that I have created and I am so happy to start it up! It is called Stay in Bed Sunday, as I am sure you can tell from the banner above!
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How it works: Take a picture of or tell us what you want to stay in bed and read that day. Most of us get to be lazy on Sundays and have wonderful reading days, so I figured what could be better than sharing what we are reading with each other! You can also add pictures of your book in the setting of where you will be reading or anything else related you might want to add. If you make your own post, be sure to put your link below for others to find! 

Now without further ado, Here is my choice for this week!

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I'm going a little slow on this one. Just in a little reading slump I think or it's all the stress of having to move this next week! It is most likely the latter because I can't stop thinking of all the stuff I have to do! I'm going to try to relax and read and hopefully finish this book today and keep my head clear!
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Jan 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves -- Week of Jan 22

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

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This seems to be a weekly thing for me now! I can't stop snatching up freebie books! My poor kindle TBR is getting so big but I can't help it! All these books sound so good!!
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Sugar Kisses
Addison Moore

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Roxy Capwell couldn’t be more miserable. She just had her heart stomped on by her cheating boyfriend, and the last thing she’s looking for is love. She hates men.

Cole Brighton couldn’t be happier. He’s a player of the highest order, there’s not a girl at Whitney Briggs University that he can’t tag and bag. He loves the ladies.

Roxy’s dream is to own and operate her own bakery one day, but with no oven in her dorm, and a lucrative baking competition on the horizon, she agrees to move in with her best friend’s brother, the obnoxious, womanizing, Cole Brighton.

Between the heavenly scent of baked goods, and Roxy’s perfect body strutting around the apartment, Cole can’t think straight. So when Roxy’s ex starts sniffing around again, Cole volunteers to play the part of her new boy-toy and things get heated both in and out of the kitchen.

Roxy discovers she might not hate every man on the planet, and Cole discovers nothing tastes better than Roxy and her late night SUGAR KISSES.


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Roomie Wars
Kat T. Masen

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Zoey

Turning thirty is overrated. Who said you had to be married with a fabulous career and three kids? I had a great life. Single, freedom to do whatever I please, and best of all, stay home on a Friday night in my sweats, eating pizza while listening to the best of the ’80s.

I’m fine.

Drew

When a woman says she’s fine, she’s not fine. Zoey had it all. Stunning looks, ambition, the whole package. Then he fucked her up. He broke her.

And now I’m left picking up the pieces…again.

Zoey Richards, strong-willed and driven, settled on the geeky struggling med student to share her apartment with, not the perfect-in-every-way stud who would just distract her and undoubtedly break her heart.

When her ex comes back into the picture, Zoey seeks revenge and enlists her roommate’s help. All Zoey and Drew need to do is pretend to be a couple for one night. But one night can change everything. Refusing to break their “roomie code,” and in an effort to deny their feelings for each other, a war erupts between Zoey and Drew.

She lives in the past; he, for the future. If opposites attract, will these two gamble their friendship for a chance at love?

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Inception
Bianca Scardoni

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Be careful who you trust, for even the Devil was once an Angel.

My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I have a secret. I know vampires are real. I watched one murder my father eight months ago, and even though they tried to convince me it didn’t happen—that I’d lost touch with reality due to the trauma, I know what I saw was real.

Hollow Hills is now the place I call home. It was supposed to be my chance at a normal life. My chance to bury my secret and start over. But everyone around me is keeping their own secrets, whispering lies into my ears like promises, and one of them is about to turn my entire world upside down.

I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had the answers. I thought I knew who I was. The truth is, I didn’t even know the half of it. There's a reason these vampires are still after me. There's a reason they will always hunt me. Because I'm not human.

I'm the devil they fear and the angel they crave.
Only problem is, I don't know it yet.

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Fated Souls Box Set
Dean Murray, Nancy Straight, Charlotte Abel, Lisa Wiedmeier, Kellie McAllen, Rachel Medhurst, Allie Burton, Jess Haines, Kelly Oram, Shannon Dermott

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Shapeshifters, mermaids, angels, centaurs, and more come together in a ten-book collection that is equal parts romance and action. Featuring books from some of the best paranormal romance and urban fantasy writers working in the genre today, Fated Souls has something for nearly every reader and will serve as a gateway to books that have collectively received thousands of 4- and 5-star reviews. Available for a limited time, so grab your copy now!

Hunted by Dean Murray
Adri is about to develop a unique power that will thrust her into a shadowy world filled by preternatural creatures who want to use her for their own ends or barring that, kill her to keep her out of someone else's hands.

At home, at school, even in her own dreams—nobody is who and what they say they are, and her time is running out. The only thing she knows for sure is that if she doesn't trust anyone, then she's as good as dead.

Blood Debt by Nancy Straight
Cami lost the only person in her life - her mom. Daring to find other family, what she found was. . . a blood debt - owed to a stranger. Can Cami escape her mother's past and find her own future?

River's Recruit by Charlotte Abel
Jonathan lost everything in Afghanistan… his identical twin, his left hand and his will to survive. He seeks solitude and healing in the Colorado wilderness, but finds a beautiful young woman dressed in buckskin, armed with a primitive bow and stone-tipped arrows.

River has two choices… Convince the handsome trespasser to join her secret society of wolf-shifters, or kill him.

Cheyenne by Lisa Wiedmeier
Murder, romance, secrets and hidden pasts. Deception from every angle—who's telling the truth?

Discerning Spirits by Kellie McAllen
To fulfill his destiny, he'll have to uncover hers.

Zeph is half angel, half human, and a total disappointment.

Eve is an intriguing mystery that Zeph can’t resist trying to unravel.

Together, can they open each other’s eyes to their incredible destiny?

Pisces by Rachel Medhurst
Pisces has to achieve her life mission.

To unite with her twin flame soulmate.

Antony's her bodyguard, not her one true love.

Or, is he?

Atlantis Riptide by Allie Burton
Pearl ran away from the circus tired of her adoptive parents’ abuse of her special skills. Unknown to her, a battle rages under the ocean and each side wants to use her powers for their cause. As Pearl discovers her talents she must choose her destiny – whether to ignore the churning seas or swim into battle.

Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines

A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.

Chameleon by Kelly Oram
Dani's life is turned upside-down the day she discovers that the supernatural world exists, and that she's more deeply connected to it than she ever could have dreamed. With the emergence of new and unique powers, she finds herself up to her neck in ancient prophecies, soul mates, and oh yeah, she's just been tasked with saving the world!

Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott
Everyone dreams of that first kiss.


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Deception
Stacy Claflin

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What if your whole life was a lie?

Alexis Ferguson thinks she has everything figured out, but has no idea how wrong she is. Set up on a blind date, she meets a gorgeous stranger and feels that she’s known him her entire life, but she has never seen him before.

He awakens in her long-forgotten dark memories, and now she must face the one who ordered her death years ago. Will she learn to use her strange new powers in time to save herself? Will she let him help her? Should she trust him?

Fledgling
Fledgling
Natasha Brown

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Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan.

Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there’s more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana’s delicate heart…

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The Changelings
Elle Casey

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Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?



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Awaken
Skye Malone

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Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski's plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend's hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which 'normal' doesn't even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend's stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It's turning out to be a whole lot more.


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Falling for my Best Friend
Hazel Kelly

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The Fated Series is now complete! This is book 1 of 5.

Lucy and Aiden have been friends since they were kids. Best friends. And they'll never be anything more.

Or at least, that's what Lucy keeps telling herself...





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Reign of Shadows
Sophie Jordan

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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.


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The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty and The Beast)
Katy Regnery

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In this modern-retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.

After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he's lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.

Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.


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Fire in the Woods
Jennifer M. Eaton

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally.

But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere.

Ever.

So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David.

That doesn’t mean she won’t do it.

It just means she can't get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part.

After all, she can't really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
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That's all I got this week!!
What did you get??

Blitz -- Celtic Fire

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Celtic Fire
Author: Liz Gavin
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Elessar Books
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours

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When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.
Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.
Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?
Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?
Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?
When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.
Failure was not an option.

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Excerpt

Rowen
      Although my heart is heavy and my thoughts are gloomy, I take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand. I search for the sacred oak, the oldest tree in the grove. Finding it, I lie on the ground, face down, in front of the revered tree. Earth’s energy radiates from the ground, traveling through my body and limbs, filling me with a potent magnetism, and making my skin tingle as I say my prayer.
     “Forgive me, Great Mother. I have failed you yet again. I am your vessel on this realm and as such I should never doubt your ways. Nevertheless, when the time came for Caddaric to go back to Avalon, I despaired and fought against the inevitable, as I always do.
     Please, give me strength to control my weak heart, wisdom to understand your signs, and courage to do your bidding.”
     The wind picks up around me making the dry leaves and little twigs swirl. Faint whispers come in the breeze. A thousand gentle fingers move over my body caressing, soothing me.
     “Oh, Mother, you are too kind and never abandon me. I promise to serve you faithfully and perform my duties accordingly from now on.”
     The wind blows stronger, molding my clothes to my body, covering me in dry leaves. I feel faint and when I open my eyes, I’m not in the sacred grove any longer. I’m lying on a sunny field, there’s a gentle breeze blowing from the distant line of apple trees, bringing the sweet smell of their flowers in full bloom. Recognizing my beloved isle of Avalon, I get up and look around. I see the Lady of the Lake standing just a few feet away. I go to her and offer a curtsy. The Lady gently holds me by my shoulders, smiles serenely and holds my gaze. Not for the first time, I wonder if her eyes can read my soul.
     “Rise, Rowen, my child. And do not cry. You should rejoice over your successes instead of mourning what you perceive as failures. Your apprentices look up to you and seek your guidance, because your advice is wise and respectful. The villagers worship the Great Mother according to the old traditions, because they follow your firm yet kind leadership. Despite being so young, my beautiful Rowen, you are wise and your people respect you.”
     I am touched by her words. I never expected the Lady of the Lake herself would answer my prayer and come talk to me, comfort me.
     “You are too kind, my lady. I am honored and, although I think I do not deserve your comfort, I am thankful.”
     “I speak only the truth, Rowen, as all true servants of the Goddess shall do. Now, you will not like what I need to tell you. You have always been loyal to your vows and I count on that loyalty to see you through the task I need you to undertake.”
     “You frighten me, my lady. What do you need from me? You know I would never deny you, or the Great Mother, anything.”
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About The Author
International best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews.

Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.

This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese.
Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.


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Jan 27, 2017

Moving!!

Hey my fellow followers!!

I am here to just tell you all that I might not be around much for the next couple of weeks. I will still have scheduled posts up for the tours and blitz I'm a part of, but my weekly postings like Top Ten Tuesday and that might not show up until my move is done and I have the internet set up!

We close on our new place hopefully Monday, Jan 30th then I will be doing daily trips with my car to get as much moved as possible, then Saturday Feb 4th we will be doing the furniture. I hope sometime that next week we will have the internet set up and then I will be good to go!!

I promise I will be back, I just wanted to give you all the heads up when you don't see certain things up or me not commenting on anything!

Favorite Character Friday -- Severus Snape

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters! 

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one. 

How it works: 
Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female! 


 Favorite Character: 
Severus Snape

Book Title & Author: 
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (AKA The Queen)

 Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? 
Snape!! I love him as a character. I know there is a lot of people out there that don't, but I feel like he was very misunderstood. He was put into Slytherin and into a house that became known as the evil one. He watched the love of his life fall in love with someone else and got into a bad spot with Voldemort. He had to look at Harry everyday and see a reminder of what he lost but also feel like he had to save him from anything he could for Lily. I know this was a battle within himself because the pain was so strong. I feel like I understand him and that he was "siriusly" the bravest for all that he did. I will forever love Snape and have a place for him in my heart!!


 Book Cover/Blurb:

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Synopsis:

Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.