Fresh Face Friday: Son of a Mermaid by Katie O’Sullivan

Happy Friday Everyone!  This Friday’s installment of Fresh Face Friday is a great Young Adult novel by Katie O’Sullivan.  Son of a Mermaid is a wonderfully imaginative story that draws you in lets you ride the waves.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

17184560Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan is whisked away to Cape Cod. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he’s trying hard to deal with feelings of abandonment… and the emotions stirred by a girl he meets along the shore.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. But two things stand in the way of lasting peace: the ambitions of the foreign King’s regent, and rumors of the Princess’s bastard child.

Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?

Review:

Son of a Mermaid is a wonderful tale…no pun intended.  Shea is a normal teenage boy from Oklahoma.  School is coming to an end and Summer is on the horizon.  When tragedy strikes and unexpectedly turns his world upside down.  He is forced to move with a grandmother he’s never met and live by the ocean which he’s never seen.  He soon meets Kea who is a beautiful if not naive girl.  But, Kea has a secret.  She is a mermaid.  She’s not just a mermaid she is a servant to a mermaid princess.  Though Kea and Shea are different at first Shea soon discovers he’s more like Kea than he knows.  But, just as Shea learns how different he really is he is forced to stop a mermaid assassination attempt and a potential coup.  Throughout Shea’s discoveries Kea is there and their budding relationship develops into more.  In the end can Shea handle his new life, save a kingdom, love a girl and just be a normal teenage boy?

I really enjoyed this story.  The characters were very well done and stayed true to their roles in the book.  I loved Shea and Kea’s love story.  It has so much potential.  Hailey was also a really great asset.  I did wish we had more explanation on Lucky.  I know there is more there. 🙂  I also felt that there was some holes that were never really cleared up in the plot.  The essentials of the story didn’t have any holes but there were definitely loose ends.  I’m hoping this means another book in Shea’s story.  I could see so much especially when he goes to Atlantis.  I would say that overall if you like a good story with Mermaids you will love Son of a Mermaid.

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

3326303Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust.

She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, as well as working as an editor. For the last four years, she’s worked as the Editor of CapeWomenOnline.com magazine and writes “The Write Way” column for the magazine.

She hopes her debut YA novel, SON OF A MERMAID, will make a big splash this summer, engaging young readers with a Cape Cod tale of a boy who discovers both his roots and his destiny far below the waters of Nantucket Sound.

Find Katie online:
Follow her Blog – http://katieosullivan.blogspot.com
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Cover Reveal: Break Me by Jo-Anna Walker

Today I get the chance to reveal the cover of an author who is also a pal of mine.  Joanna Walker is debuting her debut novel cover for Break Me.  When you read the description below you will want to put this sizzling hot read on your TBR list. 

 

Break Me small - Jo-Anna WalkerBook Blurb:

Running is always easier.

Tori McLeod moved to the big city to get away from her mother—and her past. Her new routine is destroyed when she meets a mysterious stranger who won’t take no for an answer. Sebastian intrigues her, but his eyes hold secrets she would rather avoid.
 
Sebastian Chelios, a hard-as-nails enforcer, is a new-in-town loner. He has to have her. Control her. Possess her. But he can’t—won’t—lose control, even though Tori’s innocence fascinates him. The last thing he’s going to do is love her, even after he gets her in his bed.
 
Losing control is dangerous, especially when someone from Sebastian’s past covets Tori, putting more than just her heart in danger.
 
Can Sebastian protect Tori from Jose’s sadistic obsession? If he gets his hands on her, will she make it out in one piece?

 

About the Author:

I’ve been writing my whole life but mostly in just my journals or diaries. I never thought of actually writing a story.

Last year some time, my aunt suggested I write a book. I thought there was no way I could write a story that was my own. All the ideas I had bouncing around in my head were not my own and were from other books I have read. My aunt told me I could do it if I really thought about it.

So I did. And guess what? An idea came to me. Now mind you, that idea has changed ALOT! My first book is nothing like I originally started with and that’s fine. I’m happy with it. I just hope others are too.

I started creating a playlist of songs that I hear that remind me of my book. Most of the songs are not from the type of music I listen to but I love them (I’m a heavy metal girl).

I don’t have a writing office per say. My table is my writing area. My lap top is set up there with my notes and ideas and it’s perfect for me.

I don’t need pure silence to write so when the hubby is home, he can watch tv and I can write and we can still spend time together.

I’m very excited for my first book to come out, hopefully sometime this summer. I’m nervous, scared and biting my nails as to what people will think but I’m excited none the less.

So this is me, in a nutshell.

Link to book:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17843398-break-me
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joannawlkr
Blog: http://joannawlkr.blogspot.ca/

Spotlight and Review: Beauty of the Beast by Carole Remy

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying today and remembering those who serve and have served.  Today I have an awesome erotic novel for you all to enjoy.  Beauty of the Beast by Carole Remy is a experience into the realm of S & M.  Be sure to check out my review after the excerpt.   ***18 plus excerpt***

beauty cover final 2Beauty of the Beast

Carole Remy

Genre: erotic romance

Number of pages: 265

Word Count: 65,500

Tag Line

The year is 1950. The town is Austin, Texas. Young reporter Mary Jane Andrews isn’t sure what SM is, but she’s heard that it’s going on outside Austin, and she’s determined to investigate.

Book Description:

Mary Jane Andrews is what Texans call a pistol. She thinks fast, acts faster, and takes the consequences with a laugh. The year is 1950. Young reporter Mary Jane isn’t sure what SM is, but she’s heard that it’s going on outside Austin, and she’s determined to investigate. Once she meets the Master, she’s both enthralled and scared spitless.

What’s a Master to do when his hotter-than-sin sexual soul mate shows up at the door of his highly illegal sex house? Don’t worry, he has lots of ideas…

Trouble is, Mary Jane wants the story. And the Master won’t spend the rest of his natural life in jail. The sex is explosive, inventive, and addictive, both ways. Will it be bend or break for the insatiable Beauty and the masterful Beast?

Excerpt:

“Are you sure you aren’t a pro?”

The question came between pants. What a lovely compliment. I had thought of one more torment before I put the man out of his misery. With a quick kiss on the lips, I left him panting and went to get the jug of water. He looked wary as I approached, so I reassured him.

“I’m not going to pour it on you, Mr. X. That would be mean.” I fished out a couple of ice cubes and rolled them around in my mouth. George groaned. I guess he’d read the same book of erotica that I had.

“Mary Jane, don’t. I know what you’re thinking, but you don’t want to do this.”

I enjoyed listening to his begging as I sucked the ice cubes and smiled. My mouth was starting to hurt, it was so cold. I figured I was about ready. I knelt down in front of George’s penis, and took his balls firmly in one hand. He was still trying to talk me out of what I was about to do, but I wasn’t listening. I took the base of his penis in my other hand in a tight grip. He had stopped arguing. I spat out the last of the ice cubes and plunged his penis as far as I could into my mouth.

Now I can’t tell you exactly what it felt like, since I’ve never experienced it, but George went nuts. I sucked as hard as I could, and massaged his balls, and stroked the bottom of his penis, keeping my grip tight. He yelled for a while, then went quiet. And all the while his penis grew and grew, stretching my lips and massaging the roof of my mouth. Soon he was yelling again. And then he exploded in my mouth, the hot nutritious fluid jetting down my throat.

George started a different litany, how wonderful I was, how amazing I was, how he loved me more than the moon and the stars. I drank it all in as I’d swallowed his life fluids a moment before. He stood bound in the stocks, and I sat with my arms wrapped around his legs. Eventually we both calmed down, and I got up to release him from the restraints. I got the bar off his wrists easily enough, and he pulled me into his arms and held me and rocked me while he whispered beautiful promises in my ear.

Eventually I remembered that his ankles were still bound. He told me which drawer the key was in, and I brought it back to him. He unlocked the cuffs and shook his legs to get the circulation going. Then he pulled me back into his arms and we stood, rocking back and forth and holding on for dear life.

Review:

This was a fantastic erotic romance.  This is the first book of Carole Remy’s that I have read.  I look forward to reading more by her.  The love story between Mary Jane and George is classic.  But, the way they meet is not classic at all.  I really loved that this was told as if it was a sexual biography of sorts.  Overall this was a great quick read that draws you in and definitely turns you on.  I totally want to go to an S & M club but I know I am not as brave as Mary Jane.

I’d like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host today’s spot.  If you want to know more about Carole Remy be sure to check out her links below.  For more information about Beauty of the Beast  go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

Carole Remy lives in Mexico with her beloved dog Gemma. When she isn’t writing and touring her novels, you can find her rescuing dogs, learning wood sculpture, and salsa dancing!

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Review: From Hel with Love by Blue Remy

Today I am lucky to be able to share with you a great new book and series.  Blue Remy’s From Hel with Love is a great first book in a new series.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.  I’d like to thank Blue Remy and Reading Addiction book tours for giving me a chance to review this book.

FromHelWithLove_1400wParanormal Romance

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing

Date Published-  5/2/13

Hel hath no fury like her Raven scorned…

Fallen Valkyrie Legionnaire, Raven Aquilus, has always known she was an outcast to her kind. Stuck 

in New Orleans as the Protectress of the Nine Gates of Yggdrasil, she lives as close to the edge as her 

family will allow. One fateful night would change it all – Someone ritualistically slaughtered a guardian in 

one of her Gates, leaving Raven lying in a pool of blood. Ordered to find the killer before she dies along 

with her precious guardians, Raven is placed in a race against time, being forced to enlist in the help 

of a Human FBI paranormal agent. Together they must stop the serial murders before an ancient war 

reignites – and Raven loses everything, including a new found love, all to a jealous half-breed …

Welcome the XIII Hour™ series. Betrayal, Lust, Love, Murder, Jealousy and Revenge. The faery-tales that 

your mother never told you about just came true.

Review:

I really enjoyed this first book in the XIII Hour series.  I loved Raven and Duncan. I loved the crews of both and i really enjoyed the scary stories about Raven.  Compared to what you learn about her they are quite funny. The story and the characters come together is a wonderful blend.  The writing itself is smooth and draws you in and keeps you interested until the last word.  This was one of the few books that has ever talked about Valkyries.  I enjoyed Blue Remy’s take on this paranormal character. The series is going to be a breathe of fresh air for the Paranormal Romance genre.  I can really see this being quite a successful series.  I really look forward to the next book in the XIII Hour Series.

Author Bio:

BlueRemyAuthorPicNative of Santa Maria, CA, Blue Remy is the author of The XIII Hour™Series, and the raw, gritty series Twisted In Love. When she’s not writing, Blue lives to ghost hunt whenever she can, which tends to help her imagination and outrageous character ideas. She was first introduced to the paranormal world through her Grandmother and her haunting bedtime stories. Blue then found the Grimm’s Faery Tales, and fell in love with spinning wild stories about the evil characters that everyone hated, giving them their own past and history to be told. Blue is a total fan girl when it comes to anything Wonder Woman. She collects Living Dead Dolls, rubber duckies, Sugar Skulls, stuffed animals and tarot cards which she is an adept reader of. Blue currently resides in the paranormal hub of the South with her husband, who feeds her gourmet coffee and cupcake addiction. Blue Remy is a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Website– http://xiiihour.com

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/blue_remy

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/theblueremy?fref=ts

Promo: Moonlight (Black Swan #4) by Victoria Danann

Today I have the awesome chance to promote an author I have loved from the first book I read in her Black Swan series.  Victoria Danann is extremely talented and can really draw you into a story.  So, today I get the chance to promote her newest book Moonlight.  Be sure to check out Moonlight and the rest of the Black Swan series!

MoonlightCover600x800Paranormal Romance / Fantasy

Date to be Published: 5/25/13

ISBN ebook 978-1-933320-69-4

ISBN Print   978-1-933320-64-9


Synopsis:
The fourth installment in The Order of the Black Swan serial saga. The story of
B Team continues while the romance centers on Stalkson Grey, head of the Elk Mountain
Reservation Tribe of werewolves. He embarks on an adventure he would never have dreamed
possible, willing to take any risk to save his pack from extinction. Along the way he learns that
true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.
Book Excerpt :
CHAPTER 1

“What do you know about my sister and that prancin’ prick of a fairy prince?”
Elora blinked, but in the space of that flutter he learned all he needed to know. He
had found out the first night Storm brought her to poker, back at Jefferson Unit, that her very
expressive face telegraphed even the tiniest nuance or feeling or thought. By now he knew her so
well that she was as transparent as air. She was caught off guard because she hadn’t expected that
question while Ram was cooking a leisurely Sunday breakfast.
“Say that three times fast?”
“No’ goin’ to work this time. Stay on topic.”
“You just don’t like him because he can stand toe to toe with you and not be cowed by the
H.O.H. elfster.”
“ELFSTER!? What in Paddy’s Name, Elora? And what is H.O.H.?”
“Hall of Heroes.”
Ram turned away from frying bacon and gave her a look. It probably didn’t have the
effect he intended. He was wearing jeans, a long sleeve black tee that stretched across his chest
enticingly, and a black Jack Daniels apron tied around his waist. She thought perhaps nothing
was sexier than watching Ram’s muscles ripple while cooking her breakfast.
“Do no’ try to deflect. ‘Tis I. And Paddy knows I can tell when you’re hidin’ somethin’.”
Ram looked determined.
“Speaking of hiding. You’re going to have to do something about all these guys
overrunning our property. Our home – the one that was intended to be our very own, very private
property. Please, Ram. Make them go away.”
His expression softened a little as he decided to allow himself to be temporarily derailed.
“Sol, Simon, and every one of your friends agree that we can no’ leave you and Helm
vulnerable after the threat those alien buggers left hangin’ in the air. That goes especially for your
friend, Sir Storm.”
“My friend, Sir Storm?”
“Aye. Your friend. The bloody wanker suggested that I’m no’ responsible enough to be
entrusted with lookin’ out for you. Said, ‘You’re no’ takin’ good care of my namesake’s mother.
I’ll be forced to give the job to someone else if you do no’ shape up and begin takin’ it seriously’.”
Elora laughed. “He said that?”
“Aye. As if ’twas all my doin’ that you ended up givin’ birth alone in a freezin’ wolf cave.
With. No. Phone.”
“Well…”
Ram narrowed his eyes at her. “Think very carefully about what you are about to say
before you say it.”
Elora smiled brightly. “I was going to say that no one in his right mind could fault you.”
Ram nodded and resumed turning the bacon. “Exactly. I should have reminded him what
happened when he was in charge of the Baka interview at Unit Drac. He pouted for hours after
learnin’ first hand that the Lady Laiken does as she fuck-well pleases.”
Elora concurred by nodding vigorously. “It’s a burden, but you bear it well, my love.”
“All kiddin’ aside. I do. I really do.” He began setting strips of cooked bacon out to drain
the grease.
“Well, Sir Storm is going to be plenty busy with his own burdens.”
“What’s your meanin?”
“They’re expecting.”
“Expectin’ a baby?”
“No. They’re expecting Publishers Clearing House to pay for their villa renovation.”
Ram gave her a look. “You know, I’m thinkin’ there’s only enough of this lovely bacon
for one and, since I cooked, I really should be keepin’ it for myself.”
“Yes! They’re expecting a baby. Litha thinks it’s a girl.”
“A girl!” Ram practically whooped. “Paddy’s Great Balls Afire. I can no’ wait to see
Storm try to be da to a girl.” He laughed enjoying that idea and then grew serious. “As for the
buggers who violated my grandda’s forest, I’ll no’ be givin’ ’em a second chance at my family.”
“Rammel. I hear you and I understand you.”
“I do no’ suppose the next sentence will be ‘and I obey you’.”
Elora smirked while she snagged a piece of bacon. “Have I ever mentioned you make
great bacon?” She nuzzled his ear on the way back to her stool. “Almost as good as chocolate.”
Ram pointed a spatula at her. “I swear to Paddy you have that thin’… that ADDD.”
“ADHD?”
“Aye.”
Elora started laughing. “Pot.”
When his brows drew together she smiled because Helm looked at her with that same
expression several times a day. They made him accidentally in a snow covered cottage, but he
was made with love and now he was a little bit her and a little bit him. A miracle indeed.
“You can no’ concentrate ’cause you’ve been smokin’ dope?”
“No! ‘Pot’ as in ‘you’re the pot calling the kettle black’.”
Ram stared at her for a few beats, finally shook his head and said, “No idea.”
“You don’t have an expression here about the pot calling the kettle black?”
“We do no’ that I know of, but I think I begin to follow your point. You’re tryin’ to say
that I should no’ be accusin’ you of short attention because mine is even shorter?”
Of their own accord, his eyes drifted down to the cleavage showing between the henley
buttons she’d left undone.
She chuckled. “See?”
“See what?”
She did a little shimmy and he grinned sheepishly. “Guilty.” He put an orange juice in
front of her. “And be careful of the sexy dancin’. You’ll be gettin’ Helm’s milk all over your
clothes again.”
Elora rolled her eyes. “He gets enough. Have you seen how chubby his little face is
getting?”
“Well, blood will tell.”
Elora narrowed her eyes to slits. “Rammel. Paddy help you if you’re saying what I think
you’re saying.”
“All I’m sayin’ is that chubby cheeks do no’ run on my side of the family.” When she took
a mock threatening step toward him, he laughed. “Just teasin’ darlin’ girl. Just teasin’. You know I
would no’ change a hair on your head. Or his.”
“Okay. All I’m sayin’ is that insanity doesn’t run on my side of the family.” A look of
horror slowly covered her face as she realized what she’d just said. She hadn’t yet personally
confronted what the assassin in the woods had said about the Laiwynn clan, but if it was true, it
meant that cruelty and despotic behavior might run in her family.
Ram put his utensils down, wiped his hand on his apron, and offered himself for a hug.
She stepped into the comfort of his arms.
“What I was trying to tell you earlier is that I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I
won’t give up my freedom to live a restricted life, no matter how luxurious or comfortable. Not
for anything.”
“No’ even for Helm? And me?”
“That’s not fighting fair and you know it.”
“When it comes to your safety – and our son’s – you think I care about fightin’ fair? ‘Tis
the very last of my concerns.”
“Let me put it this way. You need to come up with a more agreeable Plan B and you need
to do it while I’m still in a listening mood.”
“Any ideas?”
She looked down at her pretty Holland china plate, part of the set they got as a wedding
present from Kay and Katrina. She had a picture of how good life was going to be there in their
new home. Had the Ralengclan assassins spoiled her vision of the future to the point of ruin?
Was it time to confront that possibility?
“No.” When she looked back up, Ram thought he might have seen her look just a little
worn. Like her aura hadn’t been buffed in a while. Sometimes he caught her looking off into
space and he suspected that she was thinking about what she’d been told by the Ralengclan
assassin, wondering if the massacre of her family was really a coup d’etat.” Armed people
guarding the house. Hardly what I pictured.”
“I know.” Ram sat down next to her and took her hand in his. “We’ll figure it out. Monq’s
workin’ on it.” He pulled up like he had an idea. The change was so subtle that no one besides
Elora would have even noticed it.
“What?”
“He’s workin’ on detectin’ interdimensional activity – identifyin’ the source and location.
He says ’tis a logical first step toward the defense system we’re goin’ to be needin’.”
“Yeah. I heard.”
“Well…” She knew she was in trouble when he turned on that look that he had given her
the first night they had met, the puppy dog plea that was so irresistible she could be manipulated
out of her socks with full knowledge and complicity. She hated that. It was… manipulation by
consent.
“Stop that right now!”
“‘Twas just thinkin’ that, for the time bein’, just while we’re sortin’ this out, maybe we
should move back into Jefferson Unit. You and Helm would be safe there. I know ’tis no’ ideal,
but there is the courtpark, food, and babysittin’ on demand. ‘Tis no’ this.” He looked around
the room and gave a little sigh. He had put a lot of himself into renovating the property and
somewhere along the way had come to understand why she loved it and pictured their little
family living happily ever after there. “But we were happy at Jefferson too. We could even help
Monq. Maybe speedin’ thin’s along a bit?”
“I’m expecting puppies.”
“I truly hope no one is recordin’ this conversation.” Ram’s mouth softened at the corners
making him look so beautifully kissable that she had to lean in and remind herself if those kisses
were as good as she remembered. He didn’t seem to mind complying with her wish. When she
pulled back, he said, “We could get Glen to keep an eye on that. The wolf pups I mean.”
“This is not just some ruse that’s going to get us sucked back into active duty?”
Ram cocked his head like he was having trouble with that question. “Why would I go to
so much trouble to keep you safe only so I could risk gettin’ you killed?”
Elora stared at Ram for a few seconds. “I’m not the only knight in the room and we both
know how persuasive Sol can be when he wants something. Before I even consider this proposal,
I need some reassurance that none of us, not you, not me, not the baby – none of us – are going to
end up on any field assignment. Not in any capacity.”
Ram nodded. “Deal.”
“Okay.”
“Okay you approve of my answer or okay we’re packin’ for Fort Dixon?”
“Fort Dixon, but that’s all of us. Blackie too. And we need an apartment big enough for
the four of us.”
“Thank Paddy. I’m goin’ to get a good night’s sleep for a change.”
She hadn’t realized just how much stress the fear of assassination had caused Ram
until she saw his facial muscles relax. Yeah. It was a good plan. A good choice, everything
considered.
“And, let’s outline what would have to happen to make it possible for us to come back
here and proceed to live life the way it should be lived. By ourselves. Speaking of which, I’m
also not giving up the pleasure of a weekend at the cottage – just us – forever.”
“Certainly. I’m no’ unreasonable.”
She smiled at him lovingly and indulgently. “Of course not. You’re my hero.”

Fresh Face Friday: The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is getting a jump on their long weekend.  I am ringing in Memorial Day weekend with a review of a fantastic author, Stephanie Keyes and her newest book, The Fallen Stars.  I have quickly become quite a fan of hers.  This is the second book in her Star Child series.  Her first book is called The Star Child and you can find my review of that book here.  I would highly recommend this series.  Stephanie sucks you in with her amazing storytelling ability and wonderfully inventive characters.  The Fallen Stars picks up from where The Star Child leaves off and you are swept away into a whirlwind of love, adventure and suspense.  To see the rest of my review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.

17293205Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

Review:

I am going to preface this review with the suggestion that you read The Star Child first.  You could read The Fallen Stars without but you may be lost on some of the characters and the references that are made throughout the book.  Like I said earlier The Fallen Stars picks up right where we left off.  Kellen and Calienta are supposed to get married, but unfortunately before the ceremony can finish The C.O.D or Children of Danu show up and threaten Kellen, Calienta, Lugh and Bridget.  With the wedding interrupted Cali is forced to take Kellen, herself, Gabe (Kellen’s best friend) and Alistair (Kellen’s Grandfather) into hiding.  It doesn’t take long for the C.O.D to find them and they soon come to a conclusion that Cali will give up her Goddess status and Gabe will be in charge of the hideout’s location.  While Cali is now adjusting to being a mortal they are all still in danger even when they feel they are safe.  They must question everyone who befriends them or tries to speak with them.  In the end it’s not the C.O.D who are the real danger it is a foe they have thought was already vanquished.  Kellen is forced to choose between good and evil.  He must decide where his loyalties lie even after losing everything.  But, like all fairy tales things are not what they seem.  In the end we are left wondering will Kellen and Cali get their happy ending or will evil forces prevail!

I can’t say enough about this book.  I loved this addition to the Star Child series.  Stephanie’s ability to pick up Kellen and Calienta’s story from the first book and take us on yet another journey is phenomenal.  Even more characters and questions are put before us in this book and I for once can’t wait for the next installment.  I have high hopes for Kellen and Cali.  Now I also want to know what is going on with Gabe and who is this new big bad.  Overall, this is a wonderfully written Young Adult Fantasy book.  If you are looking for a good story, awesome characters and a world you could fall into and get lost in then The Star Child and The Fallen Stars are books you want to read ASAP. 

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

5360651Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher.

Contact Stephanie
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Spotlight: Winged by L.M Pruitt

Today I am introducing you to the first book in the Winged series by L.M Pruitt.  If you have read any of my reviews of L.M Pruitt’s books you will know that she is a very talented writer and will definitely want to put this series on your TBR list.  I didn’t get a chance to review this book, yet.  But, hopefully I will be reviewing this and the others in the series in weeks to come.

Book Blurb:

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LM Pruitt

I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.

I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.

I chose the demons–and the angels.

I chose the Winged.

Author Bio:

Author+PhotoL.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 knows this because she’s killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she’s not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She’s also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she’ll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats–one of them smart, the other not so much.

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Facebook:          L.M. Pruitt

Twitter:                  lmpruitt

Website:          www.lmpruitt.org

Cover Reveal: Antithesis by Kacey Vanderkarr

I have a great Young Adult cover reveal today.  I am so very intrigued by this book already.  It sounds like its going to be a good one.  This is definitely going on my TBR list!

Antithesis Cover

Blurb:

My name is Gavyn.

Liam doesn’t care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me.

My name is Gavyn.

I lost my Liam. I’ve lost them all. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t show up again.

My name is Gavyn.

I had a life with Liam, but he couldn’t give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don’t expect he’ll forgive me for that.

My name is Gavyn.

About the author:

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons. Visit http://www.kaceyvanderkarr.com for more information.

Twitter: @kacimari

Blog: www.kaceyvanderkarr.com

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Fresh Face Friday: Dragon Wings by D.C Grace

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope everyone has had a great week.  This week I am featuring D.C Grace and her book Dragon Wings.  This was a wonderful beginning to a series.  I loved it so much I rushed right into the next book, Pixie Dust.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

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Fiction is about to have a new breed of characters never before featured! The Amethyst Dragon series will introduce you to a whole new brand of creatures, called Dragon Fae. Making their home in Avalon, Dragon Fae are half dragon and half fairy. They are rare creatures, and are the chosen protectors of the fairy realm, as well as humans in the mortal realm. Dragon Fae can take on the form of a dragon, but when in fairy form they do not have wings.

In Book One, Dragon Wings, we meet Dade Blue-Therror, the Amethyst Dragon. He is dubbed this not just for his amethyst eyes, but because he was born of a Blue clan Spring Fairy and a Red clan Summer Dragon. Dade is also Queen Mab’s grandson, and heir to the throne of the Seelie Court. When he comes to the earthly realm with his family for his first assignment as Gaia’s sentinel, he isn’t prepared for what awaits him.

Shelby Mercy, high school junior and popular member of Shelbyville, Kentucky’s “in crowd” has everything she ever wanted in life, including the affections of Marshall Townes, Shelby High’s beloved football star. But she doesn’t have the kind of adventure she reads about in her romance novels. When she literally runs into Dade at his mother’s new shop on the Square, she can’t get him out of her mind. But Dade isn’t interested in getting involved with human girls. He avoids her at all cost, but something about her is hard to resist. The harder he fights it, the farther he falls.

Dragon Wings is a story of everlasting love, passion, fire and fury. Fairy tale meets modern romance in this exciting, thought-provoking story. As battle lines are drawn, darkness and light fight for control. And only one warrior was born to walk both light and dark – the Amethyst Dragon. But who can Dade really trust? The fairies who cannot lie, yet tell creative truths, or the mortals he has always been so suspicious of? Will he save the girl he loves and protect the two realms from the threat posed by the evil Winter Dragon?

The Amethyst Dragon series will take readers on a walk back in time, while still being firmly rooted in present day. In Dade’s world, chivalry is not dead, and Avalon still exists on a plane that holds fast to simple truths. Fairy magic is real, Morgan le Fay is real, and with the help of Dade, the Amethyst Dragon, Camelot could rise again. Enjoy the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? This series is for you! So join us as the tale unfolds, and enter a world that few have glimpsed. Welcome to Avalon, the world of the elusive Dragon Fae. Slip through the gates, and fall in love with the Amethyst Dragon, his best friend Leo, the Sunrise Dragon, and Dade’s aunt Tryamon, Keeper of the Forest. There’s plenty of room, so bring your silver bough for the Ferryman. And remember, once you’re there, you may never want to leave. But remember, with dragons, you can get burned

Review:

Dragon Wings takes from Avalon and the court of Queen Mab to the rural town of Shelbyville, Ky.  We first meet Shelby Mercy and her clickers on just another normal day of school.  A day where they are planning on dates to the Spring Formal and Friday nights at the skating rink.  At first, Shelby and her friends seem to be vapid and superficial.  They perpetuate the social differences in the school in every possible way.  When they go shopping after school they go into a new shop that has opened and this is when Shelby literally runs into Dade.  Dade, the shop owner’s son and Crown Prince to the Seelie Court, is immediately drawn to Shelby.  Though he is drawn to her he fights his draw to her because she is a mortal.

Dade soon enrolls in High School and finds himself in a whole different world than that of the Fae.  The emotions and hurtful deeds that mortals do pain him.  Dade and Shelby continue to have run in’s though Dade tries to discourage any affections on Shelby’s part, Dade is fighting a losing battle with himself.  When finally Shelby is put into a dangerous position he admits his feelings to her and they begin their own path of discovery.  One that involves love, pain, adventure and sorrow.  Through it all Dade and Shelby’s love grows and they soon become one in the eyes of Faerie.  Dade and Shelby don’t get their happily ever after like they want.  They are thrust into danger and their lives are threatened.  Dade soon realizes he was born to protect Shelby and Shelby learns that she was born to be very important in the Fae realm.  But, with the danger and adventure can their two hearts withstand the challenges that are thrust upon them.

D.C Grace’s writing and storytelling makes for an epic ride.  Dragon Wings flies you through every possible emotion that there is.  Not to mention that our characters are teenagers and must deal with plan old teenage angst and peer pressure.  Though this is Dade and Shelby’s love story it is so well supported with the supporting characters especially those closest to Dade.  I loved Tryamon and Leo, but without giving things away I learned to hate Leo too.  I also really enjoyed Marshall’s development from heartbroken to something important to Tryamon.  I am hoping for more of their relationship in Pixie Dust.  I have just begun that and so far am enthralled yet again.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good “Faerie” Tale.  For those familiar with the Arthurian legends you will see many a familiar face.  Overall, this is a great series that is both Young Adult and New Adult.  D.C Grace is a very talented writer and know I will continue to read her stories.

4143305Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

D.C. has studied various Native American cultures for well over twenty years. She has three daughters. The girls, being half Chiricahua Apache and Cherokee respectively, have been raised to know as much about their heritage as possible. D.C. has also been fascinated with all things supernatural since childhood. She wrote her first vampire story at the ripe old age of nine.
When she’s not trying out a new recipe or digging into a good book, D.C. can be found driving her daughters around town in her Mom Cab.
D.C. lives just outside Louisville, KY. She shares a home with her girls, three crazy kitties, and a neurotic Chihuahua. She considers herself lucky they all let her live with them.
For more information and updates on The Guardians series, visit www.theguardiansseries.com, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pa

Guest Post and Review: Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane

Today I was lucky enough to host Tracy Lane and her new book Paranormal Properties.  Tracy has stopped by to tell us a little about herself and her fascination with ghosts.  After Tracy’s takeover be sure to check out my review of Paranormal Properties.  During this blog tour Tracy is also doing an awesome giveaway.  Be sure to click here to enter.  So without any further blustering on my part here is Tracy Lane.

Hello!  My name is Tracy Lane and I am the author of Paranormal Properties.  I have always been intrigued with ghosts even at a young age. I could swear there was someone around me even when I was alone. At times I thought I could hear voices. As I became a young woman I would watch movies and television shows about ghosts and ghost hunting.

Some of my favorite shows now are Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, A Haunting, Ghost Whisperer.   I have tried to watch Medium but never really enjoyed that one as much. Once in awhile I would watch Psychic Kids. I felt for those children who were outcasts because of their abilities.

My favorite all time movie is Ghost. I can still sit and watch that one. That is what I believe the afterlife is really like. It is quickly followed by Stir of Echoes and Sixth Sense.  Now Sixth Sense is where I sat in the theatre after the movie was done and others were leaving. I was so in awe over it, I thought why  not write a book about a boy who can see ghosts and make friends with one?   But to take it further I decided to make his parents ghost hunters!  I also gave my ghost more of a personality. Not to put down Bruce Willis, he did a wonderful job!  I just needed my ghost to be more energetic and bossy. But I also wanted my book to be a fun read, one children and adults would love to read again and again. It is a cross between Scooby Doo, Goosebumps, and Hardy Boys.

I put all my love of the afterlife interacting with our reality into one fun to read book.  I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

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Paranormal Properties Book One

Tracy Lane

Genre:  YA Paranormal

Publisher:  Pants on Fire Press

ISBN:  978-0982727171

ASIN:  B00BMHF6X6

Number of pages:   192

Word Count:   33,000

Book Description:

Jake Weir, while on the set of his parents ghost hunting TV show, agrees to help a ghost investigate a 61 year-old murder.

Jake Weir is not like the other kids in Dusk, North Carolina. Then again, Dusk, North Carolina is not like other cities. Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, behind Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana, Dusk is ground zero for Jake’s ghost hunting parents.

The Weir family has arrived in Dusk eager to scope out some of the town’s 127 reported “paranormal properties,” which just happens to be the name of their own ghost hunting show: Paranormal Properties. What Jake doesn’t know, and what his parents could never imagine, is that Jake can see ghosts! And hear them. And talk back to them! This talent comes in handy when he runs into Dusk’s oldest, most famous ghost: one Frank Barrone, a one-time lounge singer made famous by his booze-soaked ballad, “Barroom Eyes.”

Frank was gunned down by a local mobster in 1951 and has been searching for his killer ever since. When he learns that Jake can see and hear him, Frank makes young Jake a deal: if Jake will help Frank find his killer, Frank will help his parents find a ghost to film for their upcoming Halloween Special on Public Access Channel #319. Jake enlists the only friend he’s made in Dusk, an overweight tomboy nicknamed “Tank,” to help him track down Frank’s killer. As clues emerge and old leads heat up, Frank and Jake learn they make quite a team. But will Jake find Frank’s killer? And will Frank find a real haunted house in time for Halloween?

Excerpt:

Silas…”

The voice was eerie, barely above a whisper. Jake paused, his sneaker poised above a grave as he stood in the middle of Dusk Cemetery.

It was nearly midnight and he’d grabbed the wrong flashlight before sneaking out of his bedroom window. It had run out of juice halfway through the graveyard, and he’d been blindly stumbling around ever since.

The moon was full, but it was frequently obscured by heavy cloud cover and he had to wait until another patch moved through to see very well.

He wasn’t scared, so much. Jake had a special relationship with graveyards, and this was far from his first time at the rodeo. Still, it was the first time a headstone had ever talked to him.

The voice grew louder.

“Silas…”

It was a female voice, sounding dark in a way a ghost might: dark and deep and frosty.

He risked another step, letting the moonlight guide his path. It was a big cemetery, and well-maintained as cemeteries go. There were headstones everywhere, some leaning, some taller than Jake.

“Silas…”

Jake turned to the left to follow the sound. It was coming from a massive tombstone two feet taller than he was, and three feet wider. He pointed the flashlight at it, but the beacon was dim, even after he banged it three times on the palm of his hand.

Then, suddenly, it lit, falling upon the dead soul’s name: “Rose Colder.”

It was there on the grave stone, but the flashlight flickered out just before he could read the dates.

“Silas…” came the eerie voice again, so close he could hear the ghost’s lips smacking.

But, wait. Did ghosts really have lips to smack?

Jake parted his own lips and spoke for the first time since walking into the graveyard. “R-R-Rose?”

He hadn’t meant to stutter, but he couldn’t help it. He heard a rasp, or a cough, and then the crunch of dry leaves behind the headstone.

“Silas?” was the reply, and then the rustling of cheap plastic against flesh. The clouds broke, the moon shone down, and a giant, yellow monster reared from behind the headstone, smiling.

Smiling?

“Gotcha!” said the beast, in a boastful, girlish voice. It was a girl, a giant girl, a living girl in a big, yellow raincoat.

“W— who are you?” Jake stammered, trying to hold his ground. He had to look up a good four inches to see her face.

Her eyes glittered beneath her short, greasy hair. She was heavy, but with her big smile and that cheerful way about her, she looked more nice than scary.

“I’m Tank,” she said proudly, inching closer to him with big black and white sneakers crunching over dry, dead leaves. “Who are you?”

“Jake Weir,” he said, relieved he didn’t stammer that time. “And who…who’s Silas?”

“Don’t you know?” she asked, sitting down on one of the large marble slabs that surrounded Rose Colder’s grave. She patted the one next to him, and he sat, too.

He didn’t know why, but even in a graveyard, even after pranking him in her big, yellow raincoat that made her look like a linebacker for an NFL team, this “Tank” girl didn’t scare him.

Much.

“No,” he replied.

Tank frowned. “Rose Colder,” she explained, “snuck out at midnight to meet her boyfriend, Silas Miner, in this very cemetery over a hundred years ago. But Silas’s Dad didn’t approve of his son dating a commoner, so he kept Silas from seeing her and sent a couple of local thugs to teach Rose a lesson. When the thugs showed up, Rose fought back…and lost. They buried her here, and legend has it that every night, at midnight, she rises from her grave to take revenge on the men who ended her life.”

“So…so that’s why you were calling me Silas?”

Tank nodded, and then slugged him on the shoulder. “What are you doing here, anyway?” Jake shrugged. He didn’t really want to tell her.

She pulled a flashlight from her raincoat pocket and flicked it on, right in his eyes. “Hey!” He held up a hand to shield his face.

“Wait, hold up.” Tank pointed the beam up. “What’s that on your hat?”

Jake blushed. He’d grabbed the hat at the last minute, not thinking about it. He had so many of them, and they all looked alike: black ball cap, neon green writing that spelled “Paranormal Properties.”

“You…you work for that TV show? The ghost hunting one?”

“You know about it?” Jake was surprised. They’d just gotten into town, and his parents hadn’t even filmed an episode here yet. That’s what he was doing out in the graveyard at midnight, trying to find something extra special for a new episode.

Of course, they’d kill him if they found out, but he figured it would be worth it if they finally got more than a handful of people to watch.

“Know about it?” Tank shouted. “I watch it every week! You know, the live feed on the web page. We don’t have any local channels that play it.”

Jake beamed in appreciation. “Cool,” he said.

“So,” Tank urged, nudging his knee with her own. He noticed she was wearing plaid pants under her yellow rain coat. “Do you work for it or what?”

“My Mom is the host. My Dad is the cameraman.”

Tank gasped and shoved Jake with each word. “No. Way! Get. Out. Of. Town!”

She stopped shoving him and stood up instead, yanking him by the sleeve of his T-shirt. Dragging him from the cemetery, she said, “I love your Mom. You have to tell me all about her.”

“Where are we going?” he asked, finally regaining use of his feet and catching up to her.

She saw him at her side, looked down and let him go. “There’s a diner around the corner, open all night. I’m buying you a hot fudge sundae and you’re going to tell me all about what it’s like to have famous parents.”

“Famous?” he chuckled as he followed her past the cemetery gate. His Mongoose bike was sitting there, dry and rusty, just where he’d left it.

“Sure thing.” She reached behind some bushes and lifted out a green ten speed with just one hand.

They mounted their bikes and, now that he was looking for it, Jake saw the neon sign for the Dusk Diner just around the corner. Yet, something was still bugging him. “Hey,” he said, “what were you doing in the graveyard at midnight?”

Tank shrugged. “Couldn’t sleep.”

“So you went to a cemetery?”

She  shrugged again, pedaling off. While struggling to catch up, Jake heard her say, “Hey, I met you, didn’t I?”

Review:

Paranormal Properties was a great young adult read.  It had a mix of fun, adolescence, intrigue and don’t forget the ghosts.  Jake is a great character that I can’t wait to see grow as this series grows.  I also have high hopes for Tank.  I really enjoyed the story in general, but the mix of the intrigue of finding Frank’s killers and the almost silly actions of Jake’s parents blended very well.  This is a very good book for the younger kids on the young adult scale.  I don’t normally read this adolescent of a book, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I would recommend this for anyone who likes a good ghost story and a whoever read books like Goosebumps or The Hardy Boys growing up.  Overall, this is a great read and definitely a good starter series for the younger young adult reader.

I’d like to thank Tracy Lane for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for letting me host a spot today.  For more information about Tracy Lane be sure to explore her sites below.  For more information about Paranormal Properties you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any additional book retailer.

Author Bio:

I was fascinated with the paranormal when I was very young. I always felt like someone was around me even when I was alone. It caused me to be inspired to write a paranormal book where a teenager can see and hear ghosts and actually makes friends with one.

I use to love to write short stories in school and always wanted to be a writer. But raising children and working jobs I just could not find the time to indulge my passion. Then my children grew up and I ended up having two teenagers at home who did not need as much attention from me. I started toying with the idea of writing once again. So setting aside 5 to 10 minutes per day to write at least one page I could end up with a book a year. Now Paranormal Properties is published and I have a list of 8 more books to write. I don’t think I”ll be slowing down anytime soon.

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