Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Colonization: Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

I am extremely excited today to bring to you the cover of Aubrie Dionne’s new Young Adult book, Colonization: Paradise 21.  The cover is gorgeous and the blurb makes me very excited for this to come out on November 7th, 2012.  Be sure to check out the awesome giveaway too.  It is a very phenomenal key ring with the depiction of the cover on it.

So…drumroll please….Here is the cover of Colonization: Paradise 21:

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

Just a little bit about Aubrie Dionne.  Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England. For more information about Aubrie Dionne and her books please click on the links below.  And, don’t forget about our giveaway.   See the details below.

Please visit her website: www.authoraubrie.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2964057.Aubrie_Dionne

Twitter: @authoraubrie

Blog: http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

Giveaway:  Specialized Colonization: Paradise 21 Keyring (US & UK only)

Click on the link to enter the giveaway for this awesome key ring!

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/07/colonization-paradise-21-cover-reveal.html

A big thanks to Inkspell publishing and  Aubrie Dionne for allowing me to share with you her brand new book, Colonization: Paradise 21, hitting stores November 7, 2012.

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Guest Post: C.S Dorsey

I’d like to welcome C.S Dorsey today.  Her new book The Unsacred Gift is currently available on Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.  She will be discussing her own take on her story.  Remember C.S Dorsey is giving away 2 Kindle ebooks.  See below to enter.

My Take on The Unsacred Gift

When I wrote The Unsacred Gift I had to do a little research. My research was mainly on the different types of visions one can have. Google has been there for me when I needed to find research for my writing. There is a part in the novel where Sissy went on her mother’s computer while on her visit home to do some research about her visions. Google was the main search engine she used.

I must say that I have never connected with someone in my life the way I connected with the main character Sissy. Every pain, dream, sorrow, and happiness she felt, I felt. It was almost like I was going through the same things she was going through. My friend told me to add some type of happiness in the book, so I added the Chris character to it. But I didn’t want him to stay long, so I was torn between killing him off, or just letting Sissy run him off. You will have to read the book to see which one I picked :).

While I was writing certain scenes in the books, I had tears in my eyes. It was one part of the book where Sissy talked about how love would never fine her because she was hiding from it, made me cry. It was that passage that I knew that this book would be something special. I though, how many times do people think or feel the same way Sissy does about love? Tons of people. That is why I think so many people can relate to her. Even I can.

Little things that Sissy did in the book I saw myself in her. Her quick come backs and sarcastic comments remind me so much of myself. The relationship she has with her mother reminds me of me and my mom at times. But when I wrote about her I didn’t think about me, I thought about this girl with a gift who was afraid of its power. 

Bio:  C. S. Dorsey currently lives in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Financial Services, and is currently working for a financial institution. She never thought about writing until one day this girl started talking to her in her head and never stop.

You can also find C.S Dorsey on Twitter, her blog and Goodreads.

To enter C.S Dorsey’s giveaway just leave a comment below.  She will be choosing the lucky winners from the comments during her blog tour.  (US/Canada only)

Review: The Unsacred Gift by C.S Dorsey

Today’s review is of The Unsacred Gift by C.S Dorsey. It is a Young Adult Paranormal book.  C.S Dorsey is  giving away 2 Kindle ebooks during her blog tour.  See below how to enter.

In The Unsacred Gift, we meet Sissy.  Sissy was born with the gift of being able to see the way people will die.  She is very accurate.  This first happened when she was six years old and her sister Misty went missing.  Her entire life she isolates herself to avoid contact with people so that she will not see the horrific ways people die.  Her life was moving along in this very isolated way until she goes home for the weekend for her grandmother’s birthday party.  It is during this weekend that she begins to have horrible dreams so real they are leaving remnants behind.  Sissy begins to feel as if she is going crazy.  But, when all is said and done it becomes a weekend of love, enlightenment and sadness.  Sissy discovers things that will allow her to change her world and accept herself for who she is.

In general this was a good book.  It seemed pretty short, but it was a nice complete read.  I wasn’t expecting the ending at all.  I knew it was gonna be something big, but was kind of disappointed when the twist erased everything that had been going on.  The book felt like it could have bordered on an Adult book if the author wanted to take it in that direction.  I was a bit distracted by a bunch of spelling and grammatical errors.  I think the editor should have looked more closely.  But, aside from the spelling and grammar, the story really stood up on its own.  I was even thinking about it days later.  I was thinking how frustrating and mad I was about the ending, but a good book will do that to you.  It sticks with you.  If I had one wish for this book (besides a different ending)  I would have liked it to end a bit more thoroughly.  The story kinda just dropped off after the twist.  All in all it was a good Young Adult read and I will probably read it again…just to get mad all over again.  🙂

Be sure to leave a comment below to be entered into C.S Dorsey’s giveaway.  She is giving away 2 kindle ebooks during her blog tour.  All you have to do is leave a comment below to be entered.  (US/Canada only)

For more information about The Unsacred Gift by C.S Dorsey you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Weekly funny

Happy Wednesday Everyone!  I have actually heard people say this.  Don’t get me wrong I read the Fifty Shades trilogy too, but I truly am an avid reader.  I’ve looked it up.  LOL!

 

Promo and Giveaway: Syrenka Series (Books 1,2 and 3) by Amber Garr

I’d like to welcome Amber Garr today.  She is stopping by to promote her Young Adult series, The Syrenka Series.  There is also a wonderful giveaway.  The details about the giveaway are at the end of the post.  But, first let’s get to Amber’s first book, Promises.  

Promises

Book One of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé, would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape.

Here is an Excerpt from Promises.

I barely heard her parting words as the screen door slammed shut.  My head spun in desperation as the anger coursed through my bones.  “Get back in here Eviana!” she continued to scream at me.  “We are not finished with this conversation!”

I was already racing down the deck stairs toward the sandy beach, kicking off my shoes and unbuttoning my blouse.  We are for now, I thought as my blood boiled with rage and resentment.  I was going to be trapped!  How dare they?  This was not the eighteenth century anymore!  I had rights!

I stumbled onto the sand, taking just a brief moment to savor the warmth and the feeling of the grains massaging my toes.  My shirt came off and I started to unzip my jeans.  No one was around.  But I wouldn’t care anyway.  The water was calling me and it was the only voice that I could hear now.  With one pant leg off, I hopped along in my forward progression until the other one was free.  My oasis was so close now that I could taste the salt in the air.  The sun broke free of a cloud, stopping me for a moment.  It was late afternoon with sunset still a few hours away, but the sky had already turning multiple shades of pink and orange.  The coloration reminded me of the inside of a brilliant conch shell.

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath.  I knew there would be hell to pay when I returned to the house.  Marguerite, my mother, had tolerated my rebellious behavior when I was younger, giving me more freedom and second chances than anyone in our clan.  But apparently now, at seventeen, I was an adult.  Adult enough to bear children.  Adult enough to participate in clan gatherings.  Adult enough to navigate our youth through their transition period.  But not adult enough to choose who to love.

A slight breeze wafted off the ocean, bringing with it scents that filled my gut with longing.  The freedom of the ocean.  Why couldn’t I just stay there forever?  A gull called overhead, beckoning me to join him.  The splashing waves calmed my inner rage as they ebbed and flowed in a hypnotic pattern.  A distant moan of a shipping vessel reminded me of our history.  I opened my eyes to see that I was standing alone along miles of sandy beach interlaced with large rocks and cliffs emblematic of the northern California coast.  So beautiful.  I stripped off the rest of my clothes and ran into the ocean.

As soon as I was under the water, I could feel the transition begin.  My lower body ached as the bones adjusted from a life on land to one at sea.  Both legs began to fuse together and work as one.  My foot bones elongated while I prepared for the agony.  I was accustomed to the changes now, but it was still a struggle of mind over matter.  Breaking through the surface of the water, I grabbed one last breath before the final jolt of pain ravaged through my body.  I bit my bottom lip and squeezed my eyes shut, willing the moment to be over.  At last I felt an electric tingle move from my hips to my toes as the hardened iridescent, scales appeared on my tail.  I opened my eyes to find that the internal transformation was complete as well.  My vision cleared.  My lungs expanded.  I could hear for miles.  I was free.

So I swam.  I swam away from the shore and the house that I lived in.  I swam away from my fears and obligations as though they could disappear with the distance.  I would temporarily forget my responsibilities, my duties, and the argument with my mother.  In here, I wasn’t trapped.  The sea was my true home.  I was a mermaid and this was my world.

The next book in the Syrenka Series is Betrayal.

Betrayal

Book Two of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl.  Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away.  While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind.  With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When The Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart.  But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why.  Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Here is an excerpt from Betrayal.

I wanted to punch him in the face.

For at least the hundredth time today, I swung my fist towards his infuriating smirk.  He easily dodged it, of course, and proceeded to look down at me like a child.  “You’re getting closer,” he teased.

Throwing my arms down in frustration, I shook my head.  “How am I supposed to learn if you won’t even let me get a hit in?”

He laughed and resumed a fighter’s stance.  “How are you supposed to learn if I just stand still and let you pummel me?  That’s not ever going to happen in the real world.  Now, try with your legs.”

I rolled my eyes and shifted my feet so that my stronger right leg was in front.  Ideally, I’d be having this battle underwater where my legs were not an issue.

“Protect your face,” he yelled at me and I lifted my fists up to nose level.  I could do this.  He’d taught me how to incapacitate my enemies.  Just go for the knee.

I faked a few smaller kicks, pretending to hesitate.  Then, like a ninja, I struck.  The underside of my right foot was directly on target and I expected it to land a perfect hit to the side of his left knee.  Only it didn’t happen.

Out of nowhere, he grabbed my ankle and I was suddenly airborne.  The world spun around me once before I landed with a thud on my back, effectively knocking the air from my lungs.  I even saw some stars floating by.  My training sessions were getting harder every day, and after this debacle, I decided that it was time to quit.

A shadow moved above me and I used my hand to block out the rest of the sun.  Looking up at his ominous figure I said, “I’m done.”

I heard another laugh rumble through my trainer’s chest as he reached down and grabbed my arm.  In one swift motion, he pulled me up off the ground.

“You would have broken my knee with that kick, Eviana.  I had to stop you.”  I glared at him.  “What?” he continued.  “I’m not going to let you hurt me.  But you did well.  I knew that you’d learn eventually.”

I jumped towards him as fast as I could, intending to get him in a choke hold.  My arms slipped around his neck, but my body kept rolling over him as he bent forward and used my momentum to toss me towards the ground.  In less than two seconds, I was on my back again with a forearm pressing against my throat and my pride seeping away into the dirt.

“Ahh!” I screamed in frustration.  The annoying grin on his face told me that I would never beat him in a fair fight.  Palmer was my cousin, my trainer, and also one of the numerous protectors now living at my house.  We’d been practicing for the past two weeks and although I couldn’t hurt him yet, Palmer reassured me that I was improving.

The third and final book in the Syrenka Series is Arise.

Arise

Book Three of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

Here is an excerpt from Arise.

Eviana

When Graham and I surfaced back inside our coral-walled prison, we noticed that someone had brought us two plates of food.  Without speaking to him, I pulled myself out of the water and willed my legs to come back to me.  Considering our history, I might have had some concern over Graham seeing me naked, but once again, I couldn’t muster up the energy to care.

“I see they’ve improved the food,” he commented.

“Doesn’t matter, I’m not eating,” I said without even looking at the plates.  Now that we had the light from underwater, it made it easier to move about the room and identify what Lucian’s cronies were feeding us.

“No?”

“Nope,” I said as I finished pulling my shirt over my head.  When I turned around, I saw Graham chewing on a piece of pineapple and sifting through the rest of the items.  Much to my dismay, my stomach growled.  It was so loud that Graham chuckled.

“Perhaps your body wants some nourishment.”

“I don’t care.”

“Suit yourself, tart.”

I rolled my eyes and walked over to him.  The smell of the food was overwhelming and I couldn’t help but look down at it.  “Don’t call me that,” I said but spoke more to the plate.  There was some type of fish wrapped in a banana leaf and it smelled delicious.

“You’re drooling,” he teased.

“It’s probably poisoned.”

He bit into another piece of fruit.  “Well, I haven’t eaten anything solid in days, so I’ll take my chances.”  Grabbing his plate, he sat down cross-legged on the floor and proceeded to stuff his face.

Tempted, I fought the urge to give in.  I didn’t really know what the purpose of my hunger strike was and how it would help get me out of here.  I guess I just wanted to be difficult.

I’d like to thank Amber Garr for stopping by to promote this wonderful YA series.  I would also like to thank Bewitching tours for allowing me to be a stop.  To purchase any of the Syrenka Series you can go to Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For information about Amber Garr you can go to any of her sites listed below.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  The details are below.

Website: http://www.ambergarr.com

Blog: http://ambergarr.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-Garr/232359720165110?sk=wall

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5374297.Amber_Garr

Email: amber@ambergarr.com

GIVEAWAY :

Amber is giving away the following:

One paperback package: All three signed books plus SWAG (US only)

Three ebook packages: All three books in series via coupons (US and international)

Visit the following link to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YmExMTJmZmM0NTczY2U4Y2JhMWU1MGJkZGZiMWE4Ojc0/

Review: Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie

I finished yet another book on my Summer reading list.  Sally MacKenzie’s newest book Bedding Lord Ned is the first in her Duchess of Love series. This is Sally MacKenzie’s first series following her Naked Nobility series.

In Bedding Lord Ned we meet Ned and Ellie.  Lord Edward or Ned is finally ready to remarry after 4 years of mourning his wife and child.  Ellie has secretly lusted after Ned since they were children.  Even after Ned married her best friend she hid in the shadows avoiding any possible suitors while still pining after Ned.  She stood by and helped him get through his mourning of his love.  This is the year Ellie has decided that she is too old to hope for Ned to see her as anything other than a friend.  She wants children and is desperate enough to marry anyone.  So, Ellie has decided to use the house party held by the Duchess of Love, also known as Ned’s mother, to find a man who will give her children.  The Duchess of Love is a well-known and successful matchmaker.  She has decided to ensure that both Ned and Ellie find who they are looking for no matter what. This conniving matchmaker has more than one trick up her sleeves that will allow both Ned and Ellie to find out the depth of real love and how after loss love is still very possible.

I adore Sally MacKenzie’s books.  She knows how to weave a good Regency romance with humor and a little bit of sex mixed in.  Ned and Ellie are excellent characters to start a new series with.  I think the ways the Duchess came up with to push and pull with her guests was phenomenal.  I especially loved Lord Reginald and his stealing of personal items.  For just being a cat he had a very important role in the story.  I know this book is only one of a trilogy.  I can’t wait to see what she has planned for Jack and Ash.  No matter what it is sure to be an excellent story.

For more on Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Update: Winner, Book Signing, Competition and More

Happy Sunday evening everyone!  Today is just gonna kinda be a hodge podge kind of post.  There are a lot of little things that have been happening in my world that don’t really need individual posts.

First, I want to thank everyone who stopped by in the recent days to support the authors I was hosting.  Thank you, also, to Lynne Silver and Rachael Wade for stopping by and sharing their awesome books.  With Lynne’s book came a contest and our lucky winner was Alethea.  Congratulations!  You will be contacted very shortly.  Keep your eyes peeled I will be having more contests and giveaways in the upcoming weeks.  I also have a lot of fantastic authors and books I will be reviewing, promoting, interviewing and guest posting.  For exact dates be sure you check out my Upcoming Events page.

Second, this week I had an awesome chance to go to a Deborah Harkness book signing.  Sadly, this is the first signing I’ve ever been to.  It was fantastic.  She read from her new book and did a Q&A.  It was quite a thrill for me especially since I’ve read both her books and have done an author profile on her.  Here are just a couple of pics from the signing.

Deborah Harkness answering Q & A

Me and Deborah Harkness

Third, I am planning a Big Baddies Competition.  I am going to take the baddest villains in the books that I’ve read and your suggestions and pit them against each other.  You guys will cast your vote to see who will win.  I’m not quite sure when I am going to start the competition, but I need your suggestions please.  Leave a comment below with who you think is bad.  I need all the villains I can get!

Finally, I just want to thank all of my new followers.  I hope you will enjoy the blog and if you have any suggestions or want me to write about any particular topic I am definitely up for ideas.  I have a brand new facebook page so please like it to keep up with all the giveaways, competitions and contests that not only I highlight but others I am supporting.  A big thanks again for all my followers!

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