Guest Post: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

I’d like to welcome Stephanie Keyes back today.  She is taking over to talk about writing her new book, The Star Child.  Be sure to check out my review of The Star Child here.  So without further adieu I am handing over the reigns to Stephanie Keyes.

Writing The Star Child

Hi everyone! A special thanks to my host for having me as a guest today!

For my post today, I thought I’d pull together some common questions that I’ve been asked about the book. At the end of the post, please feel free to add some of yours to the list.

What was your favorite part to write in The Star Child?

The chapter in which Kellen dreams about where his mother had been held prisoner… It’s such a depature from the sort of thing that I would read myself, so I still can’t believe that I wrote that piece. There’s just a mood to that part of the story; I really enjoyed working with that piece.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not often. I experience writer laziness more. I’m also a mother of two, so my writing time is at five o’clock in the morning. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve lain in bed and just thought “Can’t I skip writing today?”. Usually, if I don’t want to work on one section I move on to another and come back to it.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

It’s almost all imagination. I think the only exception is the descriptions about Ireland and the various places there. My husband and I were in Ireland in 2006 and really took to the country. All of the sites described from the UK and Ireland were places that I personally visited. The exception is the place in Scotland, which I used Google Earth for. Oh, and sadly, I have no been to Faerie.

How did you come up with the title?

It was the first idea that I had for the book. I looked out the window and thought “Star Child”. I knew immediately that it couldn’t have any other name.

What project are you working on now?

Book two in The Star Child trilogy,The Fallen Stars.

Thanks very much for having me as a guest blogger today! Check out The Star Child below for some information on my debut novel!

About the Book

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. 
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

About the Author

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie
Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160
Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes

 

Review and Giveaway: The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer

Today I am lucky to be spotlighting and offering a giveaway for Anne Pfeffer, author of The Wedding Cake Girl.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome excerpt.  Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway.

Date Published: July 24, 2012

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams

that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of

wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography.

Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding

cake business on her own.

No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she saves a man’s life

while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom’s angry with Alex for going diving

at all. Mom discourages Alex’s new friendship with Jeremy, a fun and insanely wealthy

boy who happens to have a secret. Then, Alex’s best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy,

starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he’s dating another girl.

If she doesn’t do something fast, Alex will spend her life making wedding cakes and be

buried in her “Sue’s Wedding Cakery” apron with a spatula in her hand.

The Wedding Cake Girl features a colorful island setting, dangerous underwater diving

adventures, a family of billionaires, and lots and lots of buttercream. The book is Alex’s

journey toward not only finding love, but learning how to step forward and take control of

her own life, a rite of passage that faces all young readers.

Excerpt:

Someone with a whimsical imagination must have named the streets in Paradise. I head down Cinnamon Street to Carousel Avenue and turn left. It takes me all of one minute to get to Dizzy’s Dive. Fishnets full of carefully preserved sea life cover the walls. Amidst the motionless crabs and swordfish, a soccer game blares from ten TVs. Brazil’s playing Italy.

I squeeze my way through the tables. Zack’s already sitting at the counter. Technically, since Dizzy’s is a full-fledged liquor-slinging establishment, Zack and I are not allowed on the premises. But seeing as how Dizzy Malone is Zack’s uncle, and Spike Malone, Zack’s dad, is Chief of Police, there’s no one to turn us in or arrest us. Zack and I have been hanging at Dizzy’s since we were little, slugging down sodas and sitting near Dizzy at the bar, where he could keep an eye on us.

Zack listens to the person beside him, grinning broadly, his smile white against his tan. I love the way he’s always himself, always calm and centered. A couple of girls walk by, checking him out, but he’s waving to me.

It’s okay if Zack’s with Rosie, I try to convince myself. After all, I was the one who stupidly said it was better to be just friends.

Three months ago, Zack and I went mountain biking and stopped to rest on a hillside. I lay in a patch of sun with my eyes closed, while Zack walked around nearby. I heard him rustling in the grass, but didn’t know what he was doing until I sat up, opened my eyes, and found him holding out a bunch of wildflowers. To me.

I leaned forward, admiring the island poppies and Arroyo lupine in his hand. “The flowers are great this spring, with all the rain we’ve gotten!” Then I looked up.

He had a half-embarrassed, half-determined expression on his face. “They’re for you,” he said.

“Oh!” In shock, I took them and sat there, looking down at them, not knowing what to say.

“I thought that maybe I should ask you out on a date. That is,” he added, “if you’re interested.” He put on this “just-kidding” expression that masked the shy and serious Zack underneath and gave him an escape route if needed.

But the word “date” meant one thing: my mother and her men. I would never live in that world or let it touch what I had with Zack.

“I don’t do dates!” The words flew out of me. I scrambled to my feet, the flowers falling from my hand. “Your friendship means too much to me.”

“Yeah, I know, me too,” he said, suddenly busy brushing off his shorts with angry little strokes.

“Zack, I….” I knew I’d hurt him, but I didn’t know how to undo what I’d done. “Now I’ve dropped your flowers!” I wailed, trying to pick them up out of the long grass.

“Don’t worry about it.” He stalked off toward his mountain bike.

“Wait!”

“Forget it.” He asked Rosie out the very next day.

I haven’t been able to fix my mistake. We’re still friends and diving partners, but it’s not the same.

Review: 

This was a wonderfully story full of emotional teenage angst which will force the reader to relive all of those horrible teenage moments.  Moments like your first love and frustration with your parents and the beginnings of making choices for yourself.  I loved the character of Alex.  She knows what she wants and tries to do what she can to become who she wants to become.  Alex is forced to put so many people in front of herself that it becomes frustrating at times.  Also, her love triangle with Zach and Jeremy really is good, but again very frustrating.

Overall, I think this book is definitely one to read.  But, I must warn you.  You will finish this book and still be wracked with the emotions that it has stirred in you from your own coming of age.  The characters are well-developed for teenagers and at times the adults seem more like needy children and teenagers than the teens do.  You really route for Alex to find what she wants and you just want to give her the support you find her support system is lacking.  I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes a good Young Adult novel.

I would like to thank Anne Pfeffer for allowing me to read this terrific novel and Reading Addiction Blog tours for letting me host this tour stop.  For more information about Anne Pfeffer click on her links below.  For more information about The Wedding Cake Girl you can check it out on Barnes and Nobel, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Giveaway:

To be entered in the giveaway just tell me what your favorite kind of sweet treat is and be sure to leave your email address so I may contact the winner.

Author Bio:

Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles near a large rotating neon chicken head with her

daughter and her dachshund Taco.

Contact Links:

Website: www.annepfeffer.com

Twitter: AnnePfeffer1

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

Review and Promo: Shades of Gray by L.M Pruitt

Today I am spotlighting The Jude Magdalyn Series.  Actually I am just spotlighting Book One, Shades of Gray.  Be sure to check out my review.  Make sure you come back to see my reviews, posts and more with books two and three.  I can hardly contain myself from starting to read the rest of the series, but I will go into that with my review.

Jude Magdalyn Series

 Shades of Gray

Book One

By L.M. Pruitt

 Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life. 

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. 

 When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. 

 To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. 

 Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?

Review:

I loved the beginning of this series.  It left me straining for the next book.  Thank goodness it is out and I can keep reading on in this story.  L.M Pruitt’s story of an orphaned grifter/charlatan who ends up being the Prophecy for an organization she didn’t even know existed.  Jude is just coming into powers she didn’t know existed and is now thrust into a politically volatile, very violent and dangerous situation.  Not to mention the two extremely hot men that are vying for her attention.  Jude must eventually come to a decision on whether she will accept her destiny and rule a divided group or run for the hills.

This was a very impressive beginning to a series.  L.M Pruitt didn’t try to cram more information than necessary and left enough questions that you want to run back and continue the series.  I have seen it too often that an author tries to put every possible scenario into their first book in a series and it becomes too confusing and you have too many questions that get lost in the subsequent books.  I am happy to say that is definitely not that case.  L.M Pruitt’s use of post Katrina New Orleans is reminiscent of some of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter novels.  Also, her character development of Jude, Williams and Theo is awesome.  They are not fully formed with will allow more growth throughout the novels in the series.

Overall, this was a wonderful book and I can’t wait to read Shades of Desire and Shades of Blood.  I would recommend this series and if her other series’ are as good then I look forward to reading those also.

 

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

 Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

Review: The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

I want to welcome Stephanie Keyes today.  She is here promoting her new book, Star Child.  She is also offering a giveaway.  Be sure to enter after checking out my review.

About the Book:

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

To be available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Allromanceebooks, Kobo and Inkspell Publishing Website

Book Trailer: http://www.stephaniekeyes.com/the-star-child-book-trailer-is-out/

Review:

This was a wonderfully written Young Adult Paranormal Romance.  The world and characters are phenomenally crafted.  This is definitely one book that the cover wholly illustrates the wondrous story inside the two covers.  Kellen is a  great character.  The most treasured trait in him is his intelligence.  He is a prodigy that just graduated from college at an age where he should be graduating from High School.  He is lonely and pretty much abandoned by the remaining family he has.  His self-absorbed father and equally self-absorbed brother like to act like he doesn’t exist.  The only loving family he has left is his Grandfather and his very loving and influential Grandmother just died and knowing he would be alone after she passed left him very financially stable.

After 11 years of separation he is reunited with Calienta.  Kellen always thought Calienta didn’t exist but was a dream of sorts.  When she steps back into this his life the really hits him hard with a prophecy for Kellen to save the world and that they will be married.  Kellen who feels the irrevocable pull to Calienta can see loving her, but also realizes he is only 17 and being a bit of a bookworm/geek can’t really see himself saving the world.  It is from here that the non-stop ride starts.  This story moved so quickly and made me wish the book hadn’t stopped.  It seemed like Stephanie Keyes will be writing a follow-up to this story.  I can’t wait to see the leg of Calienta and Kellen’s story.  I would recommend this story whole-heartedly.  Stephanie Keyes is a fantastic writer and this is a great Young Adult novel.  You should definitely go out and pick it up.

I would like to thank Stephanie Keyes for stopping by today and Inkspell publishing for letting me host this stop.  If you’d like to find out more about Stephanie Keyes and Star Child check out Stephanie’s links.  You can also check out Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer regarding Star Child.

Giveaway:

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/09/the-star-child-blog-tour.html

About the Author:

Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

Contact Stephanie

Website: www.stephaniekeyes.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

Twitter: www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes

 

 

Promo: Death’s Dream Kingdom by Jessica Penot

I am spotlighting Jessica Penot’s newest book today, Death’s Dream Kingdom.  I know when you read the blurb and awesome excerpt you will be very excited to go out and get this book.  I want to thank Jessica for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Blog Tours for letting me host this stop.  For more information about Jessica and Death’s Dream Kingdom be sure to check out her websites, Facebook and twitter.  You can also check out Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailers for more information regarding Death’s Dream Kingdom.

Book Blurb:

Urban Fantasy

Date Published: May 2011

Death’s Dream Kingdom is the story of a woman who is ordinary in every
way. She’s an average mother and wife and is happy living every day mired in the
ins and outs of the mundane, until she is murdered. After her death, Cera finds
herself lost in a nether land somewhere between life and death where demons,
ghosts, and old gods  roam the streets preying on the living. In this strange
world, Cera is told that she is everything but ordinary. In death, she alone can
help heal the rift between worlds and help bridge the gap between life and
death. Caught somewhere between her desire to live again and the desire to find
heaven, Cera fights those that would pull her into the politics of the
netherworld. But the will of the Fates is stronger than Cera’s will and Cera
quickly finds herself pulled into a quest that will drag her to hell and back
and into the arms of an ancient demon lover. She will find that she is a child a
Fate and that she alone can challenge Death himself for dominion over his
kingdom.

Excerpt:

Remembering your death is like remembering your birth. What you remember of it is really pieces of what others have told you. They are images pieced together from photographs and others’ memories. Cera remembered her death like an old movie. She remembered the dark sky and soft clouds. She remembered the scent of lavender and green grass.

Cera was happy. She thought she was happy. She knew that she was loved. She had children. She had three beautiful boys who loved her as deeply as she loved them. Long after her death she could still see them in her mind’s eye; their cherubic faces, their little feet. She could smell their breath as they kissed her. When she thought about it, the pain became as tangible as any pain in life. It was as real as the pain of child birth. It was as real as the pain of death.

Cera was running. She always went running in the evenings, after the children went to bed. She loved to run around the park. Cera went out running in the moonlight, listening to the sound of her own tortured breath. She ran over soft grass and cobblestone, counting her miles. She must have been lost in the rhythm of her own motion, because she never saw him coming. She never saw the man that slit her throat as easily as she buttered bread. She didn’t see the delight he took in the motion or the smile on his face when her body fell at his feet. All these things were lost to her.

Author Bio:

I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in theValley Planet and White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night.   I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.

I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press, Haunted South Alabama.  Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America.  I’m also workng on the next book in my Circe series.  The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama.  Click Here to Follow My Blog!

You can contact me at   jessica.penot@gmail.com

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Interview and Review: Betrayal by M.L Guida

I want to welcome M.L Guida here today.  She is here promoting her book Betrayal.  A very sexy and angelic paranormal romance.  Be sure to check out my review after my interview.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Can you tell us a little about Betrayal?

Betrayal, the Angels of Death, is about a woman, Heather Bowen, desperate to prove his sister’s innocence and an angel of death, Scythe Angel, trying to save his fallen brother’s soul.  Only by working together can they save their siblings.

I know as an author your characters are like children, but do you have a favorite or least favorite character?

I love each of my characters, even the villains.  I understand them and want to make them as complex as possible.  In Betrayal, Blade, Scythe’s brother, is torn and he takes out his angel on everyone.  He wants everybody to hurt, because he hurts.  His anger leads him down the wrong path and at odds with Michael the Archangel.  I liked writing about Blade, because I understood him, but this didn’t justify his violent behavior.  He will get a chance to redeem himself in the next book, which goes deeper into his story.

Are any of your characters based on people you know or even yourself?

My characters have personality traits of people I know, but they are all fictional.

What has inspired you to write Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance?

I have always liked the supernatural.  When I was a little girl, I used to watch Dark Shadows (not with Johnny Depp!) and read Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.  How many have you heard those books?  I did read some Nancy Drew, but those books did not hold my attention.  I fell in love with Tolkein and read the Lord of the Rings book almost every year.

Now, I am addicted to the reality ghost shows:  Ghost Hunters, A Haunting, Ghost Adventures and Paranormal State.  I’m excited because A Haunting is saying they will have no epos ides this October.

Do you have any authors you read that have inspired your writing? 

Yes, there are several authors who have inspired my writing:  Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.K. Rowling and Marsha Canham.  Their character development has tied me to their stories and I have tried to immolate their writing.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Watching those paranormal reality shows are my guilty pleasures.  Oh, and I still love Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  I know! I know!

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

  1.  I have a loss of hearing in my left ear due to my infected tonsils.
  2.  I started writing stories when I was fourteen, because S.E. Hinton was my idol.
  3. I’ve always wanted to travel to Africa to see the lions after watching the movie, Born Free.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer? 

To be able to make enough money to quit my job and write full time.  Most writers have a “day job” and must write during their spare time.

If your book was ever made into a movie do you have any actors in mind that would play your characters?

When I think of Michael the Archangel, I would want someone to play him with an edge.  Johnny Depp would be great as Balthasar, the demon.  I can imagine how he would dress.  Chris Hemsworth would definitely be Scythe.

Finally, Do you have any unusual rituals that you must do while writing? 

I write best when I am watching paranormal shows.  They put me into the movie, especially A Haunting.

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading your next book. 

Review:

Betrayal was an excellent read.  The characters and love story drew me in and made me wish I was an “angel-mate.”  I loved Scythe, Blade, Rafael, Michael and Heather.  I especially loved that Michael was a bit of the bad angel.  It totally makes sense, but it hasn’t always been portrayed that way.  Scythe and Heather’s love story is very quick, but you get the feeling that with a bond that the two of them had they were meant to be together.  For a paranormal romance, you don’t really expect all of the deep emotions that this book gives you.  The longing for forgiveness and sadness of Heather’s childhood really burrow deep into the mind of the reader.  I had tears when she is confronting her “demons”.  M.L Guida truly captured her characters essence and the world around them.  I hope her next book will be out soon and I really hope it will be about Blade (*begging*).  I can really see this becoming a popular series.  Plus, who wants to pass up hot angels  and a chance to be with them forever.  Not me that’s for sure (fanning herself).  I very much recommend this book especially to fans of J.R Ward’s BDB series and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series.  I look forward to reading many more books by M.L Guida.

I’d like to thank M.L Guida for stopping by today and I’d like to thank Innovative Online Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about Betrayal and M.L Guida you can stop by Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

ML Guida writes contemporary and historical paranormal romance.  She is published with Passion in Print.  Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Art in Creative Writing through Regis University.  She lives in beautiful, colorful Colorado and enjoys going to the mountains.  Skiing, walks and scuba diving are her favorite past times when she is not writing

Release Day for Star Child by Stephanie Keyes!!

Its Release Day!!! Be sure to enter the awesome giveaway.  Be sure to come back for my review on September 25th.

Stephanie Keyes is a wonderful voice for a new generation of YA readers. She has skilfully blended mythology and faerie-tale into an original and enthralling story.  Pure magick! I’m looking forward to more. – Maya Snow, Author of Sisters Of The Snow

 

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.

Only one can stop the night.

 Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning  tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

Special Teaser Quote!

“I’ll take that as a compliment, Father, as I’d rather have my mother in me than the alternative.” Kellen to Stephen, The Star Child

Want to read more of Kellen? – See the complete list of release day party hosts and enjoy the sweet tid-bits!

 

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Buy the book now at Inkspell Publishing Store and enjoy a special EXCLUSIVE 30% discount! Offer valid only till 30th Sep!

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Promo and Review: Sweet as Sin by Kenya Carlton

Today I am promoting Sweet as Sin by Kenya Carlton.  This is a sexy paranormal romance.  For more about this hot romance be sure to check out my review.

Sweet As Sin

By Kenya Carlton

Genre: Multicultural Paranormal Romance

 Sweet as Sin Blurb:

The rich and available Captain Drake Devilin had the biggest body count in World War I.  Injected with serum that turned him into something unnatural, Drake’s troop annihilated the enemy, but once his tour ended, Drake was plunged into a world of family tragedy and financial ruin.

Sienna Caldwell is stunning to even the biggest cynic; with her exotic looks and rich brown skin, the playboy wasn’t exempt from her charms.  Buckling under the pressure of his financially strapped inheritance, Drake makes a deal with the devil to marry the prosperous landowner in order to protect her.

After one year, he can return the black beauty back to her island and collect on the fortune that will save his family’s reputation, but the task proves far easier said than done.   The war may have made Drake into something lethal, but he soon finds his new bride was born more powerful than he could ever imagine.  Not only does Drake have to figure out away to keep his hands off his alluring wife, but also he has to make sure she stays alive.

Excerpt:

“May I?” The shadow at Sienna’s small cottage door asked. Drake’s muscular frame was a stark contrast to the chaos from the elements beyond him.

“Do you need an invitation?”

“For the sake of my honor and politeness, I certainly do,” Drake admitted. Not completely satisfied with his answer she considered his request. He may not be the undead but he was definitely something.

Sienna sat nestled in her favorite love seat, facing the fire finally relenting, she told him, “Be my guest.” She noted the quick way he surveyed his surroundings when he stepped across the threshold, first the exits-windows, décor than finally his eyes settled upon her. Unwilling to bend to his close scrutiny, she took a sip from her wine.

“It’s cozy here, not anything like the resort. May I?” She nodded for him to help himself to her spirits as he took a seat in a cushioned chair. Masculine man, dainty chair taking up space with his mere presence made Drake appear even bigger and stronger than he had in the gazebo.

“Courage?” she asked him pouring a glass.

“Restraint,” Drake answered before holding it up for a toast. “To good decisions.”

“Good decisions,” she reiterated kissing his glass with hers. A moment was taken to drink and think before he began to press her for answers.

“It’s a simple proposition,” he stated.

“Is it?” Sienna tightened the shawl she held around her bare arms, the fire made no difference to the temperature of the room; she merely made the fire for ambiance but now she felt exposed so close to this imposing man. The bright and colorful flames helped with her state of mind as well as the red wine and Mary Shelley book that now lay abandoned on her lap.

“You’re exquisite,” he said matter-of-factly.

“That didn’t sound much like a compliment, Mr. Devilin.”

“Why aren’t you married?”

“A proposal has never come up.”

“I find that hard to believe.” In a single gulp, he finished his wine.

“How old are you, Mr. Devilin?”

“I‟m thirty six. Please call me Drake.”

“And you’ve never been married?”

His smile was one of a pure blooded playboy. “It’s never come up,” he replied with a lopsided smirk.

“What’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander, I suppose.”

Sienna grabbed the wine bottle and offered him a refill; he gladly accepted.

“I understand my benefit in this whole crazy scheme but not yours.” He gently pushed.

“Does that make you uncomfortable, not knowing?”

“It makes me question the sanity of this request, Sienna. I don’t believe in one sided deals and I don’t believe in modern day martyrs.”  From the intense look in his eyes, she believed what he said.

Agitated by this man’s closeness and all he would change in her world, she uncurled her feet from beneath her and set them on the floor. The storm beyond her four walls picked up. Sienna crossed to the window to watch the thunder and lightning explode.

“I’m afraid my answer remains the same.”

Review:

Overall, Sweet as Sin was a decent paranormal romance.  I do read a lot of these and have a decent knowledge of the genre.  It was a generally good book but one with a lot of fatal flaws.  I was immediately drawn into the story, but soon there in I got caught up in too many details and a few divergent story lines that didn’t seem to go anywhere.  The characters of Drake and Sienna were very frustrating and cold on both sides.  I’m sure that’s how they are meant to be but I didn’t really feel a connection with these characters.  I truly believe this book started out well and could have been excellent but unfortunately the story has too many dead ends and becomes a bit difficult to follow.  I have to say though the premise is definitely a good one.  It is different from any other story I have read lately and was very imaginative.  I would definitely recommend reading Kenya Carlton again, but unfortunately for me this book had one too many flaws in the structure of the romance and its characters.  If I was rating this book I would give it a 3 out of 5.

I’d like to thank Kenya Carlton for promoting her book with me today and Bewitching book tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about Sweet as Sin you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio

Kenya has a B.A. in Mass communication, Television and Radio. She has fifteen years in production of television and film and five in television engineering. In 2009 Kenya Produced Dawn a short film and Executive Produced Destination Everywhere the pilot for a travel series through her production company Black R.O.K Productions established in 2008.

Promo and Review: Doppelganger by Milda Harris

I’d like to welcome Milda Harris who is here promoting her new book, Doppelganger.  It is a young adult paranormal romance.  Be sure to check out my review later in the post.

Date Published: 7/30/12

Synopsis:

Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she’s late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelganger!  It’s probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Goodbye, normal. Hello, paranormal. Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!

Excerpt:

“Citrus Leahy?” The Receptionist said as if on cue.

I jumped up and made sure not to turn and look at Melissa. I could feel Melissa staring at my back, regardless. Why did she want to talk to me anyway? I focused my gaze on the Receptionist, who was watching me approach.

“You weren’t here first period?” The Receptionist asked.

“No,” I said, “That’s why I’m in the office. For a late pass, so I can go to second period. I have a test.”

The Receptionist frowned and I noticed that she was looking at an attendance sheet. She grabbed a pencil and made an erasure. I felt overly anxious. What was this woman doing? There wasn’t time. I was going to miss my test and it was going to majorly affect my grade. The day was definitely not going well. I needed to get to class.

“Okay, here’s your tardy slip. This one’s a warning. One more and you have detention,” The Receptionist said in monotone, as she handed me the slip. She obviously made this speech all the time.

It was a relief about the detention, but now I was worried about missing the test. I grabbed the slip and immediately turned to leave. I was only going to be about ten minutes late. I could finish the test in forty minutes. I may not have studied adequately, but I was a great test taker.

“Bye Orange!” Melissa yelled after me.

I cringed, but outwardly ignored Melissa and sprinted for my World History class. I didn’t even have time to go to my locker. I’d have to swing back and get my Spanish book before third period, but I’d be okay for history.

As soon as I rounded the corner away from the office, I broke into a sprint. My class was at the other end of the school. The quicker I ran, the more time I had to take the test.

I was breathing hard by the time I made it to the right hallway. I was definitely not a runner. Sweat drops were forming on my face. It was going to be one of those days where I just couldn’t wait to get home and take a shower. I couldn’t believe I felt gross and it was only second period. I couldn’t help thinking that I was probably going to get a pimple from the sweat on my nose or something too. I bet that it would be one of those ones under the skin, that wouldn’t pop and totally hurt. The lengths I went through to get decent grades and be the good kid.

I walked the rest of the way to my classroom, totally forgetting to obsess over World History facts and instead wondering if I had any face wash in my gym locker to try and head off that pimple. I couldn’t remember if I had taken it home or not. I crossed my fingers that the face wash would still be there, in my locker, when I had gym in a few hours. I tried to even out my breathing and dabbed the sweat off my face with the bottom of my shirt. I wasn’t going to give the other students anything to talk about by running in, out of breath, and sweaty. I was just going to walk in and hand Mr. Meadows the tardy slip, ask for the test, sit down, take it, and get a decent grade, and hopefully not a pimple. Then I could get back to reading my fun book and not worry about my grades for the rest of the day.

My mind was already planning how it was all going to turn out, as I caught a glimpse of the classroom through the window in the door. That’s when everything froze for me. The Receptionist in the Main Office had been correct in thinking that the attendance reports were strange because they were. How else could I be standing outside of my World History class waiting to go in and take my test and also be inside, already busy with the business of test taking? I swear. I’m not kidding. I was dressed in different clothes, but it was definitely me – same body type, a little longer than shoulder length dirty blonde hair and side swept bangs, oval face, and green eyes. Well, I’m guessing her eyes were green because the girl I was looking at was focused on her test and not looking directly at me. Still, it was me in there. I just knew it.

The thing is – I didn’t have a twin. What I was seeing was totally impossible. I couldn’t be in two places at once. What in the world was happening? And, really, could my day get any worse?

Review:

Doppelganger is a very cute Young Adult book.  It was a very short, quick read.  I did wish when it ended that it had gone longer and we had found out a bit more about what was going on.  I enjoyed the little love story between Citrus and Aeden.  Although, I was disappointed when I found out the bit of a plot twist.  The story did feel like a spin-off of the movie The Faculty with a twist.  I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series because I really want to know more and get to know the characters a bit more.  I would recommend this book for a quick read, but be aware you will walk away wanting more.  Which is both a good and bad thing.

I’d like to thank Milda Harris for stopping by today.  I would also like to thank Reading Addiction Book Tours for allowing me to host a spot on the tour.  To find out more about Doppelganger and Milda Harris you can check out her bio below.  You may also go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other Book Retailer.

Author Bio:

Author Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting dream! She has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, andThat’s So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult murder mystery, horror, paranormal romance, and chick lit novels.

Her books Doppelganger, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected (A Paranormal Romance) are for sale now

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

 

 

 

Interview and Review: Passion Creek by Avery Flynn

I’d like to welcome Avery Flynn today.  She is currently promoting her new book, Passion Creek.  Be sure to click on the giveaway after my review of this awesome suspenseful romance.

Thank you for stopping by today Ms. Flynn. 

Thank you so much for having me over at your place today!

Your alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m., what do you do next?

If my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I would still hit snooze about twelve times before I even realized what I was doing. I am a really hard sleeper – as in I slept through a tornado once – so getting up in the morning is hellish. A roommate in college once threatened to kill me if I hit snooze one more time. I couldn’t even hold it against her because I am that bad about getting up.

What do you write and what is it about that genre that calls out to you?

I write steamy romantic suspense with a sense of humor. I can’t imagine writing anything else. Man, I love the heart-pounding intensity of mixing suspense, humor and sex into one fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride. It’s what I like to read and what I love to write.

What is it about your current hero that is crush worthy?

Picture Indiana Jones with washboard abs and a bit of a cranky attitude and you have Sam Layton. He is so crush worthy. Damn, he’s really yummy – don’t tell my husband I said that.

Why would a reader want to be best friends with your latest heroine?

You know those friends that you have who always have your back, make you laugh when you need it, tell you to suck it up when you deserve it and would bring you Ben & Jerry’s and a copy of Bridget Jones’ Diary in times of need? That’s Josie Winarksy. Plus she drinks my favorite drink: a vodka gimlet. 🙂

Tell us a little about Passion Creek.

Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped

believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.

All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek,

Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.

Watch the book trailer at http://averyflynn.com/blog/passion-danger-treasure-caught-on-video/

Review:

Avery Flynn has written a wonderful suspenseful romance.  She pulls you into a world of intrigue and swirls in a lot of love and romance.  Passion Creek begins in the hot spot of Las Vegas and ends in the small town of Dry Creek Nebraska.  From the beginning when you meet waitress Josie Winarsky you love her character.  She is intelligent, sexy and wise ass.  She is a phenomenal heroine.  After meeting Josie we soon meet Sam Layton.  A very hunky history professor.  With the picture that Avery Flynn paints of Sam I don’t blame Josie for jumping right into his bed.

Passion Creek brings treasure hunting and hot sex together in a phenomenal story.  I read this book in one day because I couldn’t put it down.  Josie and Sam have such wonderful chemistry that the story just took on a natural feel.  The only thing I wish there had been more of was of the Layton family.  They were on the perifary of the story, but I would have liked to have met more of them.  I feel now I need to read the other two books in this series.  I definitely recommend reading Passion Creek.  But, one warning I hope you have a husband, a boyfriend or a handy little friend because you will definitely be very hot and bothered after reading this book.  🙂

I’d like to thank Avery Flynn for stopping by today and Promotional Book Tours for allowing me to host today’s spot.  For more information about Avery Flynn and Passion Creek be sure to click on the links below.  You can also check out Passion Creek at Barnes and Noble,  Amazon and any other book retailer.

To enter the giveaway just click on this link: http://www.promotionalbooktours.com/2012/07/passion-creek-book-tour-and-contest/

About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Evernight Publishing released the first two books in her Layton Family series, Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek. The third book in the series, Passion Creek, released on Aug. 31. Find out more about Avery on her blog (www.averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/averyflynn), like her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973) or friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7). Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.

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