Friday, July 28, 2017

~ NEW RELEASE ~ Guarding Eden (A Midway Novel) ~ by Cameo Renae


Title: Guarding Eden (A Midway Novel)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Designer: Stefanie Saw
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:
***The Midway Novels are spin-offs of the Hidden Wings Series, but each book can be read as a standalone.***

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she's left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.

Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.

Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.

 Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.


2016 Young Adult Author of the Year - Penned Con
2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers
2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings)

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She's a daydreamer and a caffeine and peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!

HAPPY READING!
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

~ BOOK REVIEW ~ Omorrow ~ by C.L. Gaber


Omorrow (Ascenders #3)
by C.L. Gaber

~Blurb~
Expired at seventeen and living in a middle world for those who died young, Walker Callaghan and her rebellious love, Daniel Reid, have been tasked with an insurmountable mission: Find something hidden in the past that will forever change everything for the living and the dead.

Sent to a place where a second can mean a lifetime, Walker and Daniel find their existence threatened as they scour New York City decades to find the lost, secret writings of Albert Einstein. They are warned, "Die in the past and you will never be born in the future."

History has a way of being rewritten by those who defy the odds. In the third book of the Ascenders Saga, will Walker manage to survive or delete her own story?

~My Review~
5 out of 5 Stars!

Once again, Ms. Gaber does not disappoint! It literally starts with a bang (a crash, really), and from there you feel like you’re constantly running right along with the characters.  Admittedly, the beginning was a bit confusing, and may be confusing to others that don’t recognize the history of their first “ghost” encounter, because I wasn’t sure at first if he was someone that was supposed to be there, or if he was a ghost.  And for a bit after that, it felt a tiny slow in places, focusing more on the times they were in, rather than focusing on the mission.  But it did come together and pick up the pace quickly, just like the other 2 books.  It didn’t take long until I was alternating between holding my breath, crying and laughing!

This book is largely focused on time travel, traveling through decades looking for clues for something that may eventually save ALL worlds – living and dead.  But not only is this group forced to face the dangers of being in the living realm, but what every choice they make could effect in the future, and if they can  even trust everyone in their group in the first place.  There are so many things going on at once, like I said – holding my breath a lot!

I loved the descriptions of what was happening and where in each time they landed in.  It was very easy to feel like I was there, even though the majority of these time periods happened before I was born, in a state I’ve never even visited.  The author also did a great job of not describing the things that we all know about from history lessons, but writing about people, places, etc. that we may not have known about, but were REALLY interesting.  It just added that much more to the story.  I especially liked when they actually visited the year I was born, because it kept having more effects on the rest of the story – some good and some bad.  Again, very well written!

There were several surprises throughout the story too, good and bad, and the last ¼ of the book really threw me for a loop! Every time you think it’s the end of their journey, not only is it not, but there’s a big surprise that goes with it.  I LOVE when I can’t predict what will happen in a book, and even though it seems like some things are obviously predictable, Ms. Gaber will throw me a bone with, “you were right, BUT here’s the huge twist that goes with it…”  I loved it!

Once again, I was not at all disappointed with this book, and the set up at the end for the next book was perfect.  This adventure was wrapped up perfectly, but there was only a tiny cliffhanger that hinted towards much more to come – and I can’t wait!

~~Buy Links ~~

Ascenders Omorrow (book 3) on Amazon: 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071H8T8GF/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Book 1: Ascenders: 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VF8EHP0/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Book 2: Ascenders: Skypunch:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EJZK5YM/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

~BOXED SET SALE! ~ The Gryphon Series ~ by Stacey Rourke


Title: The Gryphon Series
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
Embrace the call of destiny with the Award-Winning Gryphon Series written by Stacey Rourke. Fate and sacred calling have landed nineteen-year-old Celeste Garrett in the middle of a demonic war, with nowhere to run. Journey through the chronicles of this Young Adult adventure which includes four full length books, and two bonus novellas.

The Conduit
Embrace
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol I
Sacrifice
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol II
Ascension

RONE Award Winner Young Adult Fantasy 2012
YATR Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Best Teen Read 2013

“Another fantastic, awesome, laugh-out-loud funny addition to the library of ‘falling in love’ with Stacey Rourke books! It’s different, and a great example of some pre-Twilight era YA Paranormal books, where angst was minimal, family was important and adventures were up front and center.” -InD’Tale Magazine

“Celeste is a well-rounded character and a spunky, sassy protagonist. Though she is a superhero, she commands compassion because she is so human and vulnerable, flawed and weak in spite of super powers. She has the demands of a job, sibling feuds, family issues and the weight of the world on her shoulders.” -IndieReader



RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

~ NEW RELEASE! ~ Rogue ~ by Jaci Wheeler


Title: Rogue
Author: Jaci Wheeler
Genre: YA Dystopian
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
I’ve spent my whole life training to be in the Elite Squad, and I left it all behind without a second thought. I don’t fail. My father made sure that it wasn’t in my D.N.A. to fail. So, I will take him down. I will make him pay for his lies and deceit…but first I will get my son back, or die trying.
"Will I be able to expose Edward and the Academy? Will I be able to turn to the one person I’ve always trusted or after working in the darkness so long, is Van just as twisted as my father?

This is book two and conclusion to the Academy Series.


I have been married to my very supportive husband for 8 years and we have two amazing Autistic kids!I always dreamed of being a writer, but life got in the way. Going through my kids different therapies and special schools and one meeting after the next I needed a way to get away from it all and find my perfect Utopia! This is how the United Series was born. Writing has always been cathartic to me. Who wouldn't want to leave their world for a while and step into a new one? I have so many stories and characters just waiting to find a place on your shelf! I'm hoping to come out with a few more Trilogies very soon. For Updates and information please go to my webpage at www.jaciwheeler.com
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Monday, July 17, 2017

~REVIEW, GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT~ Fire Danger ~ By Claire Davon





Fire Danger
(Elemental’s Challenge Series, #1)
by Claire Davon

All her life, a faint memory of her parents and fire has glowed at the back of Rachel Quinn’s mind. With her parents long dead, there is no one to clarify what it means.

When a gorgeous winged man rescues her from a pack of werewolves, something flares to life inside Rachel. Suddenly she can see the paranormal world around her, a world unseen by mortals. And far more complicated.

When Phoenix’s massive orange-and-red wings erupt from his back, he knows his Challenge-an age-old battle against his Demonos counterpart-is upon him. Heeding Rachel’s cry for help adds a layer of complexity never seen in any previous Challenge.

Rachel, they discover, isn’t entirely human. Like Phoenix, she commands fire. Fire calls to fire, and soon they are succumbing to a fierce attraction. As the Challenge bears down on them, though, Phoenix must discover what the Demonos has in store for mankind. If he doesn’t succeed, the entire world will be swallowed up in darkness-and Rachel along with it.


My Review:
3 ½ out of 5 Stars
This one is definitely one of the most difficult ones I’ve had to review.  Why? Because I REALLY liked the story, and the originality of the idea behind it.  I liked the characters, who and what they were, and their back stories.  The only problem was I didn’t FEEL the story or the characters as much as I would’ve liked to.  The one big question I always ask myself when I review a book is “if I put this book down now (at any point), would I be OK with never picking it up again?”  Unfortunately, throughout the majority of the book, I did feel like I’d be OK with it.  I never got that ‘can’t put it down’ feeling until the very end of the story.

Again, the reason this is so hard to review, is because it’s hard to put a finger what specifically the things were that I didn’t like about it.  I did really like the story, and the characters worked well together, as in not feeling like there were characters that were thrown in there that didn’t fit.  I also liked the characters, but I didn’t feel invested in them.  There’s a reason I’m not an author, so I can’t possible begin to say how the book could have been written to make me feel how the characters felt more, care about them like I know them more, and really feel their love and attraction to each other.

I also really liked the originality of the story.  Although Phoenix was the main focus of the story, there were many different types of paranormal creatures, and many of them were very original – many from mythological stories, not your overdone modern day paranormal characters you find in most books.  Yes, there were werewolves, shifters, and a vampire, but they fit very well with the story.  I was also impressed with how many paranormal characters there were, and it didn’t feel crowded, like the author was just adding them in for the sake of adding them in.  They all had their place, and were necessary for the storyline.  The story was laid out well, there wasn’t too much jumping around, and the parts where they were remembering back to things from the past were pleasantly short but perfectly informative.

When it comes down to it, I really wanted to give this book a higher rating, because I liked what the author had in mind for the story.  Unfortunately, I never felt connected to the characters or the story.  It was a very good idea all around, but I never got sucked in or felt the characters.  That being said, I’m still curious about the next book in the series.  This author clearly has a talent, and maybe it just needs to grow.  I have a strong feeling that the more books she writes the better the WAY she tells the stories will get.  Although I didn’t give this story a high rating, I definitely wouldn’t give up on this author as a whole.  I would definitely continue to read and watch her grow!



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Excerpt


“I could drown in his eyes,” he heard her say, and he chuckled. Rachel flushed. “That is still taking some getting used to.”

“Yes.” His fingers laced through hers and his grip firmed, squeezing gently. He kissed her, his lips grazing hers, and pulled her against him, tucking her head against his shoulder.

He could hear his heartbeat, slow and steady, in her mind. She radiated uncertainty, fear.
“It’s crazy to let someone see who I am,” she said. “You’re going to see my ugly side and never want to know me again.”

“I am not those people. I am not one of your mortals to be so easily scared by a few dark secrets. I have more than my share.”

She sighed and relaxed a little bit more. The scent of fear and adrenaline was acrid in his nostrils. A part of him that hadn’t felt anything for a long time surged to life.

“I want to know,” she said. “I can feel something shifting inside me, like a dam breaking. I don’t understand who or what happened, but I want to know.”

He swallowed, cupping her face in his hands. “Let me in and let me see if I can discover what you really are.”

Her reluctance was plain in a fearful look in her eyes. He hated that she wasn’t meeting his gaze. He hated that she was afraid. But there was no way to avoid the process. They needed to do this.

“Okay.” Her voice was tremulous. When she met his gaze, to his relief there was strength lurking in the blue depths.

He took both her hands in his. Then he opened his mind to hers all the way, leaving himself bare to her. Her shields went down, the small ones she had erected only recently, and the deeper, instinctive ones she had carefully locked around her innermost self.

Images. Her parents at the water. He saw the world through Rachel’s child eyes, and he worked on orienting himself. That memory was only a fragment, and he went deeper, searching her mind for the answers there.

Dark memories. Images of petty crimes. Stealing a candy bar as a child. Taking toilet paper from her employer when she was so low on money she didn’t know how she was going to eat after she had fed JT. Deep sexual needs, hard, fast, more than her partners could give her. A horrifying loneliness, soul deep, when she realized that nobody loved her. Nobody but the cat she had rescued from death in a dumpster, anyway.

Before he could think, he mind spoke. “You are not alone anymore.”

She shuddered.

He went deeper. There it was. A thread, something not human. Phoenix followed it. He sensed something deeply buried, a power banked that had not yet been revealed. It licked at him like flames, like his own ability to manipulate fire under certain circumstances, but different. Very different. This was focused, somehow feminine. There was no question her gift came from the maternal side.

Images. Her mother bathed in the flames from a campfire, out in the Sierra Nevadas. Her father enjoying the view of his woman, seeing but not seeing the glow of the red fire.

Images. Lightning sparking and touching down near them, not as close as it seemed but feeling close enough to touch. Her mother laughing while her father looked on with fear, watching her reach out to the energy.

Images. A small Rachel looking up at a furious father, who was holding a scorched teddy bear.

Images. A dream this time, Rachel tossing and turning in a stormy night, dreaming, dreaming, dreaming of revenge on all the children who mocked and pointed at her. Of the foster family who only took her in because of the money, and made sure she knew that every meal she ate was begrudged. The dream took the form of the movie Carrie, with Rachel sending fire down the hallways and corridors of the school and into the master bedroom at home, setting everyone ablaze.

That fateful night. A ten-year-old Rachel running from the car as it erupted in flames. There was a large…something…behind them, and it spat fire at them.
Memory jumbled and she was away from the burning car, her overnight bag in one clammy hand. Inside she could see the skeletons of her immolated parents. A big winged figure, like a page from the Arabian Nights, was hovering out of sight of another, smaller one. She wasn’t sure how he managed to be unseen, but he did. The large person spared her a look, and she heard, “Run, Rachel, run. Now, granddaughter.”

Her feet were moving before she was aware of it. In the distance there were sirens, their sounds indicating they were getting closer. Someone must have seen the fire. She could stay, she could go back…maybe her parents were still alive…
“They are not. Run.”

It was the only thing to do. Tears on her cheeks, Rachel had run. As she did so a blanket descended over her mind, something that protected her even while it took her memories.

She came out of it with a cry, still clinging to Phoenix.



About The Author



 Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. From the time she was a pre-teen, she wrote stories, most of them romances. She used to write stories with her friends, with each of them choosing a famous person or a character from their favorite TV series, and model the novels around that. One of her earliest stories, unfortunately lost to time, centered around the 1970s series Starsky and Hutch (she was partial to Starsky).Although she read primarily fantasy and science fiction as a teenager, it didn’t take long for Claire to discover Harlequin romances and their happily-ever-after endings.

Claire has many irons in the fire, including short stories across a multitude of genres to go along with her romances, from contemporary to paranormal. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Claire now lives in Los Angeles. In addition to writing she has an office job she loves, does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

~PRE-ORDER BLITZ with TRAILER~ Blood Magic ~ by Danielle Rose


Title: BLOOD MAGIC
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Cover Art by Gwenn Danae
Cover Text by Eight Little Pages
Expected Release Date: Aug. 1st, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:
Avah Taylor thought she had already faced the worst.

As her coven’s chosen one, destined to receive a power that could kill her, Avah was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice when she gave up her mortal life to become a vampire, the witches’ greatest enemy. But just when she begins to adjust to her new life, even as she falls in love with her sire, the high priestess of her new coven is seized by Rogue vampires.

Guided by Avah’s visions of the past, present, and future, Avah and the other vampires set out to rescue their priestess, but their journey leads Avah to the discovery that the conspiracy behind her power runs deeper than she ever imagined. As her visions grow increasingly terrifying, Avah begins to wonder if she may not have a future at all.

            



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Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

~COVER REVEAL! ~ Deathtrap ~ by Dannika Dark





Readers have been eagerly awaiting to learn more about the upcoming release of DEATHTRAP, the third installment of the
Crossbreed Series by Dannika Dark.
The wait is finally over!


Deathtrap
(Crossbreed Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark

Blurb

You might be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you.

For Raven Black, hunting criminals is second nature. So is denial. It’s not easy moving forward with one foot stuck in the past. But a new case offers her a much-needed distraction when Keystone accepts their toughest assignment yet—to track down an elusive criminal who’s selling children on the black market.

Their investigation leads them deep into the underbelly of the Breed world, a place both treacherous and enticing. With no room for mistakes, Raven makes a tough decision to lock the door to her past before it interferes with her job. The only trouble? Christian holds the key.

The stakes are high, and a shocking twist turns everything on its head. Will they catch this criminal before more lives are lost? Find out in the latest edge-of-your-seat installment of the Crossbreed series.




Release Date: 
September 5, 2017 

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(Crossbreed Series Book 1)


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About the Author


Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. 

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

"For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it's what I love to do." ~ Danni


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