Review: Summer Break Blues by J.A Cambell

Today I am privileged to have reviewed Summer Break Blues by J.A Campbell.  This is a great Young Adult/Urban Fantasy book.  This is the second book in her Clanless series.  Be sure to check out my review after the excerpt.

SBB_MDTitle: Summer Break Blues

Series: Clanless

Author: J.A. Campbell

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Format: Ebook

Length: 54000 words

Book Description:

Meg managed to survive her senior year of high school as a vampire, and now she’s looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends before trying to tackle college. Unfortunately, some unfinished business from the previous year rears its ugly head. Meg is forced to deal with the Sidhe who are distinctly unhappy that she killed one of their kind last winter. Then Ann’s parents vanish while on their annual summer vacation in Maine and it’s up to Meg and the rest of the gang to come to the rescue. Though she is still trying to figure out who and what she has become, Meg feels she and her friends are up to the challenge. That is, until things really start to fall apart.

Excerpt:

I ran, almost flew over the sand. Alexander’s sheer panic drove me to move faster than I ever had before. I didn’t have much time to take in the scene, but he struggled with someone. Not having a better idea, or time to plan, I tackled them. We all tumbled to the ground, and I managed to keep hold of his attacker long enough to get him away from Alexander. We rolled, and I tried to come up on top, but the stranger was strong and pinned me before we even stopped moving.

“Aww, and here I’d thought you brought me dinner.” I had a brief impression of black eyes and gleaming fangs before he grabbed my shoulders and lifted me up, then slammed me back into the sand.

Pain lanced through my head. I groaned and tried to fight back, but before I’d even formulated a plan, the assailant’s weight was gone. Alexander cried out again. 

“Damn it, why do I have to keep saving you!” I jumped up and plowed into them again. This time I dug claws into his ribcage and jerked him away. I thought I had a good grip, but he twisted free. The smell of blood was overpowering. Some of it was Alexander’s, but much of it was my opponent’s. He backed up, still smiling at me. He didn’t look at all concerned I’d just buried claws into his ribcage. He wasn’t much taller than me, and his dark hair and almond eyes made me think he was Asian. But the fangs he bared were all Vampire. 

Terror lanced through me, making me weak. I wanted to run. The fear I’d felt when I’d faced the Unseelie last winter was nothing compared to my fear now. Vampires were real monsters, and I was certain I was about to die. 

“Well, you do have a little bite to you.” His smile wasn’t friendly.  He wasn’t much bigger than me, but he was a lot faster, and I lost sight of him until he stood right in front of me.

“But you’re young. And dumb. I told you to be more careful.” 

I tried to block his next move, but he caught my arm and twisted me around, trapping me against his chest. I felt strangely exposed and panic turned my limbs,

and my brain, to jelly. I shrieked and tried to pull away.

The Vampire laughed. 

“Meg!” 

“Run! Get out of here!” I thought that’s what I said, but in my panicked state I could have been shouting the periodic table. I kicked backward, and my heel connected with the Vampire’s shin. His grip never loosened. 

Duck!

I wasn’t sure if I actually heard the words or not, but they punched through my panicked fog, and I did the best I could. The Vampire still had hold of me so I twisted my face against his blood-covered chest.

Light flared and the Vampire screamed. I pulled away from him, small pinpricks of heat searing along my shoulder and back. He was still yelling as I ran away from him.

Review:

Summer Break Blues is the second book in J.A Campbell’s Clanless series.  This was a fantastic short Paranormal Young Adult novel.  I unfortunately didn’t read the first book in the series, but I must say that when reading this I didn’t feel like I missed so much that I couldn’t get a handle on the book.  I do, however, want to go back and read the first novel.  In this book, we start off with the three girls Meg, Ann and Steph graduating high school.  While planning on what to do with their summer before college the girls discover that Ann’s parents have not checked in on their scheduled time.  After trying numerous ways to get a hold of them Meg, Ann, Steph and Ann’s boyfriend Alexander must travel to Maine to search for Ann’s missing parents.  This may seem like just another suspense novel, but there are some added elements to this.  Both Meg and Alexander are supernatural creatures.  Meg is a vampire and Alexander is part Fae.  Meg having been turned without any guidance on how to be a vampire has had to learn what little she can from Alexander.  Unfortunately, the underlying theme about Vampires is that no one likes them.  Now, compound her feelings of self-hatred for being a vampire and constant control on her impulses so that she will not hurt her friends and it adds an entirely different emotional level to this Young Adult novel.  This was a well-written and concise novel that drew me in after the first page.  The characters and theme were well-developed.  I can definitely see this series crossing over to a New Adult thematic switch.  Overall, this was a great novel.  I would recommend doing what I didn’t get to do and read the first novel first so that you have a better understanding of the background of the characters.  Be sure you pick up this Young Adult novel for a good read!

I’d like to thank FMB Author Promotions for letting me host a spot on this book tour.  For more information about Summer Break Blues you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Campbell_authorpic1About the Author:

Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://www.writerjacampbell.com

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Promo and Review: I Kissed A Dog by Carol Van Atta

Today I am hosting a stop on the blog tour for I Kissed A Dog by Carol Van Atta.  This was a wonderful Paranormal Romance that bites you from the beginning and holds on till the very end.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

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The Werewolves of the West Series Book One

Carol Van Atta

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Cambridge Press US under the umbrella of Charles River Press (CRP)

ISBN:  1936185725

ISBN13: 9781936185726

ASIN: B009SV179U

Number of pages: 446

Book Description:

Chloe Carpenter isn’t like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.

In her otherwise wacky life, she’s finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he’d roar right back out.

Problem: He’s her new coworker and he’s saved her life twice – in the past twenty-four hours.

Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do – figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.

With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she’s the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.

Problem: She despises him.

Together, they’re forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.

Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she’ll do anything to keep him from Chloe.

Review:

I Kissed a Dog is a fantastic new book in what is sure to be a great new series.  The Paranormal Romance genre is currently inundated with books about supernatural creatures.  It is hard to find one that stands out among the many.  I Kissed a Dog pulls away from the pack and makes a name for itself.  Carol Van Atta does a great job with her design of a supernatural world within the human world.  Chloe who is psychic with animals stumbles upon werewolves when she begins to notice she can read the minds of only some people.  Ever since her accident animals thoughts have come to her but no matter what she tried people were elusive until now.  Zane Marshall is the new hunky veterinarian who was hired to work with Chloe.  The instant attraction between the two is explosive.  They are faced with a serial killer, vampires and unknown cloaked figures.  Between trying to solve all these mysteries and fight their strong bond this pair is a powerhouse.  Overall, this is a wonderful beginning to a series I can’t wait to continue reading.  If you enjoy a good paranormal romance you will want to pick this up at once.

I’d like to thank Carol Van Atta for stopping by today.  I’d also like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this stop today.  For more information about I Kissed A Dog you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

IMG_0854About the Author:

Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she’s an ex-80’s chick.

Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book.

She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.

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Heaven Scent Trilogy by Virginia Alison

Today I am featuring Virginia Alison’s Heaven Scent Trilogy.  This is a wonderfully compelling set of novels that centers around a family, jasmine and an arrowhead.  Be sure to check out my review of the first novel in the series after the synopsis.  I’d like to thank Reading Addiction Book Tours for giving me this chance to review this wonderful trilogy of books.
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Heaven Scent 
Author – Virginia Alison


Published on:  November 30, 2012
Synopsis:

Fate has her wicked way in this compelling trilogy set in modern day Texas. Encompassing
strong family bonds within a powerful, yet light hearted romantic saga, from the first lost note and
missed telephone call Evan and Ginny fight against the odds to find their own little piece of heaven.
Seemingly influenced by an old arrowhead and the sweet scent of jasmine, their lives swirl within a
whirlwind of laughter and heartbreak as they rush headlong towards their destiny.

Review:

In the first book of the Heaven Scent trilogy we are introduced to Ginny and Evan.  Ginny is a successful writer with a bit of a jaded past.  Evan is a cowboy fighting to keep his ranch from a greedy outsider.  Both find one night of love compels them to return to one another time and again.  Their romance blooms and ignites. But, with fire people are bound to get burned.   You are continually thrown into a back and forth swing of whether they will or won’t get together and stay together.  There are so many insurmountable odds that continually stand in the couples way and force them apart.  Normally, I am very much for the obstacles that a couple has to face to become stronger, but honestly I felt that some of the obstacles were forced.  For instance, Charley was a part that I felt could have been diminished a bit more.  It was a bit over the top.  I think it added unnecessary complication to an already complicated love affair.  But, one thing I did love was the love that Ginny and Evan had for each other.  I loved how passionate they were together.  I did get annoyed with Evan’s possessive nature.  My inner feminist kept coming out every time he told Ginny she couldn’t go somewhere for her job.  I understood his logic after having searched for Ginny and finally finding her but I guess I just didn’t like the way he handled things.  Overall, this was an enjoyable book but I think if you are at all like me you will get frustrated with certain aspects.

SAM_1588Author Bio:

Born in Bournemouth, England, Virginia’s gypsy heritage led her to a rather unusual childhood. Her father worked within the oil industry and she spent much of her younger years travelling. Schooled in several countries until the age of eight, and fluent in several languages, on attending boarding school in the UK, she found delight in the extensive ‘English’ library, and her love of reading was born. From there the travelling continued, around the UK, Wales and then finally finishing in Canada, where she attended, and graduated from St John High school in New Brunswick. Her love of the English language was due partly to the inspiration of her English Tutor. An Oxford Don, he despaired of the American/English idioms, and as she was the only English student in the school, found her a delight to teach.

Spending another year in working in Canada, life then returned her to England and on to the remote Shetland Isles for three years. Following her return to the UK, she threw herself into floristry for fifteen years, and her artistic talents took another turn when she picked up a pen for the first time to write her first dragon fantasy novel. It took another ten years and the passing of her artistic father, to discover her talent for painting. Setting out on a new path, she now paints celebrity portraits to raise money for charities. Through Face book in 2010 she met a friend who encouraged her to take up writing again, shortly after this inspiration which rekindled her spiritual beliefs, she met her (writing collaborator and co-conspirator) Keith David. They now combine their sensual words drawn from the depths of their souls, to captivate the imagination, and entice the reader to discover their innermost desires.

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Excerpt and Promo: Seeing Red by Sidney Halston

Today I am showcasing an excerpt and promo for Seeing Red by Sidney Halston.  Check out the blurb and excerpt.  If your anything like me after reading them you will want to go out and pick it up.  I’d like to thank ABG Reads book tour for giving me this chance to host this excerpt.  If you’d like more information about Seeing Red you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

Seeing RedTitle: Seeing Red
Author: Sidney Halston
Number of Pages: 387
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:

A love triangle just wouldn’t suffice; Jillian Stone had the ‘misfortune’ of getting herself into a love square– with her professor and twins, nonetheless. Meanwhile, visions of a red-haired man relentlessly taunt with her mind as her past tries to catch up with her. One woman, three men. Whatever happens – someone’s going to lose.

Excerpt:

Alexander looked up from the pile of books. Hell, she’s going for a damn jog. Who jogs with a hangover? He stopped his studying to look at her. She looked hot—those were the smallest shorts he’d ever seen. She didn’t have an inch of fat on her stomach—which surprised him considering how much junk food she ate. He loved her legs—always had. They were long, lean, and very toned. The muscles that ran along the side of her thighs were prominently defined. Her hair was picked up in a jumbled curly red mess on her head. The evil witch decided to stretch in front of him, bending to touch her toes right in front of him. Every time she bent down, her shorts inched up and he could see the bottom of her ass perfectly. She was going to kill him; he was sure of it. But the kicker was, he knew she wasn’t doing it intentionally, which made her even more desirable. She had no idea how sexy she was and the effect she had on men.

Author Bio:

Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike. And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second. 

When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Where to find Sidney:
Blog:  http://sidneyhalston.blogspot.com/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6916557.Sidney_Halston
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/sidneyhalston


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Fresh Faced Friday: Angst by Victoria Sawyer

Today I am featuring Angst by Victoria Sawyer.  This is her first novel.  It is semi-autobiographical surrounding Victoria’s first year in college. It is a moving novel about a girl who is struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

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***Recommended for ages 17+ for adult themes and frequent use of harsh language.

Perhaps I can convince you that not only do I have a massive secret drinking problem, but I’m bulimic too. Awesome! All the things I’m not, simply to hide the one thing I am.

And that one thing I’m hiding?

I. Am. Crazy.

And all I want to do is get drunk and go to college parties to escape who I am when sober, but drinking to erase my problems leads to even bigger problems and soon my frantic anxiety and panic is worse than ever before. I’ve lost everything, my ability to leave the house and even my will to live.

And as I lay there on the freezing basement floor, a loaded handgun pressed to my head in a cold kiss, he calls. After we hang up, I make a choice.

Review:

To be honest when I first began this book I wasn’t sure how to take it.  It was a bit confusing with the time jumps in each chapter.  You really have to concentrate on the dates for the chapters or you will be completely lost.  But, once I got used to it I really dove in and loved this book.  As you really begin to step into Victoria’s shoes you really feel for her.  You don’t necessarily know what is wrong with her from the beginning, but you know there is something.  But, as you read you can identify her illness.  I actually learned quite a bit about panic attacks and anxiety as an illness.  I, myself, have panic attacks in certain situations but not to the extent that Victoria suffers.  The biggest draw in this book is how Victoria copes.  She copes in all the wrong ways.  She decides alcohol, drugs and sexual relations are good ways to drown out the panic and anxiety.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t work forever and the illness soon almost completely consumes her life.  Soon Victoria is forced to choose between living or ending it all.  Overall, this was a great book.  It draws you in and you really make a connection with Victoria and begin to feel what she is feeling.  But, I would have preferred a better organization of the book.  I understand why Victoria Sawyer wrote it the way she did, but there were times I got confused and then the story lost a bit of its kick.  I would definitely recommend this book for those looking for a moving story about struggle, secrets and illness.

I’d like to thank Victoria for stopping by today and giving me the opportunity to review her book.  For more information about Angst and Victoria Sawyer you can go to her website: http://angstanxietypanic.wordpress.com/

YA Corner: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

I have an awesome surprise for you guys today.  I have special guest on YA Corner today, Darynda Jones.  Many of you may know her Charley Davidson series, but today she is here for her book Death and the Girl Next Door.  The next book in the series, Death, Doom and Detention comes out on March 5th.   If you like the wit and phenomenal storytelling of the Charley Davidson books you will most definitely love Darynda Jones’ foray into Young Adult with Death and the Girl Next Door.  Check out my review after Darynda takes over the blog.  So without further adieu here is Darynda Jones!

Thank you so much for having me today!!!

As a writer of both adult and YA fiction, I get asked all the time why I switched midstream and started writing YA. I have to let the inquirer know it’s actually quite the opposite. I have been writing YA since I was a YA. I later switched and wrote a couple of adult manuscripts, but I went right back to writing YA the first chance I got.

Why, you ask?

I had to really contemplate that question. Why do I love YA so very, very much? I think it boils down to the discovery aspect of it all. The discovery of a first love. The discovery of self. The discovery of a strength the main character didn’t know she possessed. I simply love how everything is raw in YA. Everything is new territory and the main character must grow and face the challenges that are thrown at her no matter how hard it is. Katniss anyone?

In the Darklight Trilogy, Lorelei has to face the fact that she is destined to stop a supernatural war and the fact that, sadly, she has no clue how to do it. She has a gift she doesn’t understand, doesn’t want, and can’t control, and she has an entity living inside her that frightens her to no end. Fortunately, she has been given a cast of friends and family who are there to support and help her on her journey, but what happens when the only hope for humanity has been slated to die and the most beautiful and powerful being walking the earth, the Angel of Death, has been sent for her? A lot! Yeah, a lot happens. Hopefully you will enjoy reading the Darklight Trilogy as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Death and the Girl Next Door

Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones’s first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

Review:

Death and the Girl Next Door is a fantastic YA book.  I am a fan of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson Series and was a little worried how her humorous and more explicit writing would transfer over to the YA genre.  I should have known that no matter what Darynda Jones would produce yet another funny, sexy and intriguing read no matter the genre.  In this book we meet Lorelei.  Lorelei has always been different.  She has the ability to the future by touching someone.  The only people who really know this about her are her best friends Brooklyn and Glitch.  Things change when she runs into a guy at the local coffeehouse and sees a disturbing fight scene that entails what looks like medieval weapons and he is fighting what looks like a demon.  Visibly shaken she returns to her friends, but can’t explain what happened and can’t even identify who she touched.  While trying to look for the guy she touched they notice the local outcast/rebel/bad boy Cameron.  Lorelei soon realizes that Cameron is everywhere.  She begins to believe he is stalking her.  On the first day of school she sees Cameron at each turn and tries to avoid him, but then runs into Jared a new dark and mysterious boy that she is immediately attracted to.  Between Jared and Cameron, Lorelei has her hands full.  But, as days past the three of them are drawn together by powers both heavenly and hellish.  This is definitely not your normal teenage experiences.

I loved everything about this book.  The characters are fantastic.  Brooklyn kinda reminds me of a miniature Charley Davidson.  She is the best friend everyone wants and will hurt anyone that hurts you.  She is the undying support Lorelei needs and relies on.  Glitch his name alone endeared him to me along with his ability to skip school and never get caught.  Of course we have the two gorgeous boys in Lorelei’s life that both enrich and confuse.  Just like all other teenage boys.  The story itself is creative and inventive.  It draws you in and before you know it you are at the end of the book dying for more.  I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy is out,  Death, Doom and Detention.  Overall, this is a great book.  It lives up to the already phenomenal writing of Darynda Jones.  If you don’t normally read Young Adult but you have read Charley Davidson go and pick this up.  You won’t regret it!

I’d like to thank Darynda for stopping by today.  Death and the Girl Next Door is currently out, but the second book in the trilogy , Death, Doom and Detention comes out March 5, 2013.

Author Bio: (courtesy of http://www.daryndajones.com

60089_1387522212739_2985716_nFor reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. But even before that, she couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t putting pen to paper. When she was five, she would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask her mom to read her masterpiece aloud. Thankfully, her mother would play along.  Later she wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, made up stories for her brother as he played cars, and fell in love with Captain Kirk. Those raging, seven-year-old hormones only fueled her imagination, prompting her to create fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact. Ken was such a bad boy back then.

After years of being repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, she managed to make it to high school where she almost finished her first manuscript. Sitting with her BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze for hours at a time, she wrote a post-apocalyptic story about a group of teens who bore a remarkable resemblance to the members of Van Halen and were trying to escape the tunnels of a huge government fallout facility decades after World War III had destroyed the surface of the earth. It was a science fiction version of The Warriors and destined to be a classic.

Life was good. Writing was good. Then she graduated and the real world came crashing through. She forced the dream aside in favor of sustenance and shelter, got married to a local rock star, and had at least two kids that she can think of, the oldest of whom was born Deaf, probably to spite her. When he was five, she packed up her boys and moved to Albuquerque to put him in a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. The rock star stayed behind with the business, and they took turns going back and forth on the weekends to see each other for seven really long years.

While in Albuquerque, Darynda decided to see the cup half full and go back to college while she still had enough brain cells to make it worth her while. After graduating Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, she moved back to her hometown and got a real job. Several in fact, mostly teaching at a local college and interpreting pretty much everywhere. Based on personal experience, she does not recommend having more than three jobs at any given time.

But bit by bit, the desire to write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, she started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, she sucked. Thank goodness practice makes almost-perfect and three complete manuscripts later, she won that Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.

She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson series and the Darklight Trilogy. She hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.

Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Guest Post and Review: Highland Definace by Sky Purington

I’d like to welcome Sky Purington today.  She is here with her new book Highland Defiance.  This is a wonderfully romantic time travel highland romance.  As a stop on this blog tour we are also lucky enough that she is doing a giveaway with some really awesome prizes.  So be sure to click on the link to enter Sky’s awesome giveaway.  So without any other introduction here is Sky Purington.

Thanks so much for having me over. Along my Bewitching Book Tour I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on Mildred and Adlin from my latest release, Highland Defiance. Today, I thought to keep it light and fun by providing what I consider some of the best reasons to read a Highlander Time-Travel Series. Yes, this list is partial to both The MacLomain Series and The MacLomain Series- Early Years but like they say, it’s best to write what you know. *winks*

Top Ten Reasons to Read a Highlander Time-Travel Series

1.     Pages full of well-researched medieval Scottish history.

2.     Endless Highland settings including ragged mountains, misty glens, sea lochs, and so much more.

3.     Tall, kilted, muscled warriors.

4.     Super sexy brogues.

5.     Ancient magic.

6.     Over a thousand pages of steamy lust and timeless romance.

7.     Engaging characters that appear in several books.

8.     100% adventure.

9.     Wonderfully intriguing castles.

10.  The trill o’ the bagpipe!

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The MacLomain Series- Early Years
Sky Purington

Genre: Time-Travel Romance

ASIN: B00AVKFQ8K

Number of pages:         125 pages

Word Count: 47,000

Cover Artist: Tamra Westberry

Book Description:        

Mildred, a young woman living in New England during the onset of World War II, worries about her family. What is to come? How will life change? Little does she anticipate change is to come not from war, but from an unexpected trip back in time to medieval Scotland.

Adlin, Chieftain of the MacLomain clan, will never forget the moment he lays eyes on her. Though he rules one of the most powerful clans in Scotland, Mildred redefines the man he thought he was. Her quick wit and perseverance humble his natural arrogance. Her sensuality cripples his defenses.

The maddened determination of a rival chieftain threatens their very existence. Caught together in time, they must find a way to evade the mighty MacLeods and keep peace in the Highlands. But lust, rage, and potential war simmer on the edge of their every move.

Will Mildred and Adlin find true love despite the odds? Find out in HIGHLAND DEFIANCE.

Stories from the original, MacLomain Series, include The King’s Druidess (Prelude), Fate’s Monolith (Book I), Destiny’s Denial (Book II) and Sylvan Mist (Book III). Also available in The MacLomain Series Boxed Set (Books 1-4)

Review:

Highland Defiance was a book I fell in love with from page one.  The story and the characters were so encompassing you think your travelling back in time with Mildred.  This was the first of Sky Purington’s books I have read, but I will definitely be picking up her other books in the Maclomain series.  This is a short, quick read, but any more of the story would have been too much.  Adlin and Mildred’s love story is sigh worthy and Adlin himself is drool worthy.  Also, Adlin’s sister Iosball was great.  She really was a fantastic asset. Her wit and spunk really added to the depth of the story. I hope she gets a book of her own.  I’d love to learn more about her story.  I would say my only wish for this book was that it had an epilogue of sorts.  I was left with some questions like what about Mildred’s mortality or Does Mildred see her family again?  No earth shattering questions but ones none the less that I would have loved answered.  Overall, this is a great Highland romance.  If you like Highland Warriors and a great love story you will love Highland Defiance.

I’d like to thank Sky Purington for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this spot.  If you’d like to learn more about Sky Purington you can click on the links below.  For more information about Highland Defiance you can go to Amazon.

skyAbout the Author:

Sky is the best-selling author of seven novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books. Readers have described her work as “Refreshing” and “Unforgettable.”

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com. Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases?

Visit Sky’s Website, www.skypurington.com, to download her free App on iTunes and Android.

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Fresh Faced Friday: Kilingiri by Janna Gray

Today I am featuring Janna Gray and her book Kilingiri.  This is a wonderfully exotic tale about a love that faces many challenges and yet still attempts to thrive against all odds.  Make sure you check out my review after the short synopsis.

kilingiri-book-for-twitterSynopsis: (courtesy of jannagray.wordpress.com)

1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl. Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence, but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace the future.

Review:

Janna Gray really knows how to spin a wonderful tale.  Her writing is elegant and beautiful.  Not only is her description of India and eventually Ireland enchanting, but the places become so important to the story that its like its own character.  Once you are drawn in by the beauty of the background the story falls into place.  We first meet Nina who is an unwed mother during a time that free love is popular but unwed pregnancy is still very taboo.  While Nina struggles to overcome the pain of her abandonment she is soon administered another blow by losing her child.  It is at this time that she meets Father Michael.  She and Father Michael develop a close friendship that soon develops into love.  Their love is a forbidden, controversial love that comes instantly with obstacles that only they can attempt to overcome together.  It is their love that is ultimately used against them.  Though through a wonderful accident Nina becomes pregnant again but only to lose Michael for 17 yrs.  After their long separation and a now troubled teenager they have some new obstacles but many of the same ideas on their forbidden love still remain strong.  In the end, will love hold together a family or be used to tear it apart?

Nina and Michael’s love story is one that can only be described as epic.  They have to go through more obstacles and criticisms about a love that feels so very natural to them.  While reading this you really begin to question the idea of those behind organized religion.  You will pose the question how can people who profess to love all of God’s children use love as a weapon.  Fortunately, our characters of Michael and Nina are strong enough to face these obstacles but even with a second chance and even more issues you begin to wonder if one couple, even one with such intense love, overcome what they must face.  Janna Gray’s Kilingiri was a phenomenal read that tantalizes you with the scenery but really comes through with the characters and the story.  You won’t want to miss this book, but be ready to want to travel to the far corners of the world that Janna describes so eloquently.

For more information about Kilingiri you can check it out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

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British by birth, I grew up in Ceylon (the island now known as Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. I trained to be a teacher in London where I met Simon … we’ve clocked up forty years together, thirty five of them as a married couple.  (A wit told me that was longer than a prison sentence!) His job took us to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand where we raised our two sons Benedict and Sam, I worked at British and International schools and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, I was the Senior Mistress (a title which raised many an eyebrow and caused huge merriment) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School until 2011 when I gave up lesson planning and writing report cards to finish my first Kilingiri which  for seventeen years lived in my head and occupied masses of paper, floppy discs, USBs and space on the hard drive of several pcs/ laptops. With luck my second novel will not have such a long gestation!

I enjoy travelling, sailing and spending time with family and dear friends and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until I discovered Pilates, Yoga and the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to my inability to remember dance sequences. I sing in the shower and with choirs, have an allergy to golf and recently discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express my inner artist!

All You Need is Love Blog Hop

LoveBlogHopHappy Valentine’s Day and welcome to the All You Need is Love Blog Hop!

Now a days romance stories are huge.  Whether outlandish or something you can see yourself involved in.  So, to pick a favorite love story is very hard.  There are the favorite’s that are popular today like Kellan and Kiera (Thoughless Series), Travis and Abby (Beautiful Disaster), Lake and Will (Slammed Series), Gideon and Eva (Crossfire Series) and Christian and Anna (Fifty Shades Series).  There are also the classics like Mr. Darcy and Elisabeth Bennett, Heathcliff and Catherine and Gatsby and Daisy.  I could go on and on with favorite fictional character’s love stories.  But, I would have to say my favorite love story is one I read recently.

John and Ann Betar are the longest married couple in the United States.  They have been married for 80 yrs.  They weren’t actually supposed to get married.  Ann fled an arranged marriage and eloped with John.  They were neighbors and grew up together.  They fell in love during the trips of John driving Ann to school.  When I read this story I thought that in today’s day and age that kind of happy ending is rarely non-fiction.  That is probably why we read these happily ever after stories.  On a day where we celebrate love and love stories I am finding that the true one’s are the best and give us the greatest hope for that great love.

For the article about John and Ann go here.

So, tell me what is your favorite love story.  Leave a comment below and be entered to win some great swag and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.  Be sure to stop by the other blog stops for other chances at giveaways and more love stories.

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Cover Reveal: Till Death Do Us Part (Lily Drake #2) by T. Michelle Nelson

Happy Sunday Everyone!  I am lucky enough today to help reveal the newest cover in the Lily Drake series, Till Death Do Us Part.  I read the first in the series and was blown away.  It was a fantastically funny and exciting paranormal read.  I definitely suggest running out and getting this before Till Death Do Us Part comes out!  Also, there is an awesome giveaway at the end of the post.  Be sure to enter to win awesome swag!  So without any further adieu here is the awesome new cover of Till Death Do Us Part by T. Michelle Nelson.

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Blurb:

With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best.  Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she’s not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find your soul mate, you don’t always get a happily-ever-after.  Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over.  When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.

Life and Death of Lily Drake – Have you read the first book yet? You wouldn’t want to miss Lily Drake kicking some serious vampire butt.

Check out more about this series here! – Life and Death of Lily Drake

About the author:

T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University holding a degree in Education.  Currently she resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which
is also the setting of her Lily Drake series.  The first book in the series, Life and Death of Lily Drake, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and your other favorite online book stores in paperback as well as e-reader formats.  The second book, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, is being released by Inkspell Publishing in April of 2013 and currently, T. is working hard to finish her third book.

When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her singing out of key while playing Rock Band with her husband and son, watching B-Horror movies or wrestling with her two ill-behaved fur babies, Buddy Perro and Bunchie.

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