Friday, November 29, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Drew+Fable Forever (A One Week Girlfriend Novella) by Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.

Genre:
NA Contemporary Romance
Series:
One Week Girlfriend Series
Publish Date:
January 14, 2014
Publisher:
Bantam

Summary from Goodreads
Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he's found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?
Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew's football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so....


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Excerpt
“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.
“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.
“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.
“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”
“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”
I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.
“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”
That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.
“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”

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About the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series. She writes new adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as Karen Erickson. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite.

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COVER REVEAL: Incubus (Episode #1) by Rachel Bateman

Welcome to the COVER REVEAL for Rachel Bateman's newest project...

That's right! This is MORE than just a cover reveal...it's an entirely new project unveiling...Stay tuned for more!


Synopsis
All Kyle Prideaux wants is a normal life.

But with a serial killer in town, murdering women the same way her mother died seven years ago, and a silent stalker watching her during the day and invading her dreams at night, normal is impossible.

After she's attacked at work one night, Kyle wakes in the hospital to discover things of nightmares exist and walk among us every day.

And she's the only one who can stop them.


Incubus is set to be released January 7, 2014

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About the Author
Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: She can’t.) She grew up in the middle of Montana, despite living in the south (usually on a beach) in her head; now she lives in The Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming. Yes, that is capitalized, as it is (or at least should be) the official name of where she lives. Rachel is the owner of Metamorphosis Books, an author services company offering edits and formatting/interior layout for independent authors. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with her husband, young son, and herd of alpacas. Rachel’s first novel, 99 Days of Laney MacGuire, is available now.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

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A thrilling new YA paranormal romance by YA fiction writer, Lisa Voisin...


Synopsis
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaelogist. She also dreams of wings--soft and silent like snow--and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn't understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them--but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both? 

Ancient history is only the beginning.


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Praise for The Watcher

"Voisin's The Watcher blends paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night."
-- Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth

"Perfect for fans of angels and demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, The Watcher is the perfect answer to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark."
-- Stephanie Lawton, author of Want and Shrapnel

"The Watcher is stunning! A paranormal romance that you won't want to put down. Voisin will enthrall you until the very last page."
-- Stephanie Keyes, author, The Star Child Series

 "Grips the reader, pulls them in and leaves them cheering for good!"
-- InD'tale Magazine

The Watcher is my favorite angel fiction tale yet.” 
-- Katrina @Kindred Dreamheart

“This book is phenomenal! I was hooked in right away and didn't want to stop.” 
-- Michelle @Michelle’s Paranormal Vault



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Interview with Lisa Voisin

1.  What’s your favorite novel and why?

I had so many favorite novels, but the one I’ve loved the longest is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s about an apocalypse gone wrong, and it was the first time I’d read a book with an angel and a demon in it. I was hooked! I love Neil Gaiman’s dark sense of foreboding and Terry Pratchett’s humor! 

2.  How did the idea for The Watcher come about?

I started working on The Watcher in 2009, but the story started in my mind three years before that. I had an idea about a boy who woke up one day to discover he was an angel. It wasn’t until the idea of Mia came to me that it all came together. I felt it was best to pair him with a human girl who was the only one who could see who he really was.

3.  Which of your characters is your favorite and why? 

Michael is my favorite character, because he's been with me the longest. But I have to admit, Damiel was the most fun to write. It made me think of famous actors who say they have the most fun playing villains.

4.  If you were in The Watcher, which character would you want to be?

Arielle. She’s really got a good head on her shoulders and a good heart. She’s also pretty kickass.

5.  If your book was made into a movie who would you envision in the leading roles?

I'd love to see a young Henry Cavill (pre-Superman) as Michael. There’s something very clean and delightful about him. Mia I picture as being a bit like Emilia Clarke. I’ve got pictures on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lvoisin/the-watcher-inspiration-board-and-read-along/

6.  Are any books that you've read and thought "I wish I'd written that"?

Oh! There have been so many it's hard to count! Most recently, I'd have to say The Fault in Our Stars, because it was amazing. I also adored Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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About the Author
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, she teaches meditation. So when she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: Daughter of Isis (Book 1 of the Descendants of Isis Series) by Kelsey Ketch

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Kelsey Ketch's debut novel is the first book of the Descendants of Isis Series...

Series:
Descendants of Isis Series
Genre:
Young Adult Fantasy/Mythology Romance
Published:
October 26, 2013

Warning:
Contents for Upper YA

Summary from Goodreads
"Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses."

Their worlds collide in California's high desert.

The last thing Natara "Natti" Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother's death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O'Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O'Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth's blessing from Set, his "charm," never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.


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Excerpt
          "Natti you need to relax," Seth finally said.
          She froze in her place and looked at him. "Relax! Are you mental? My best friend was drugged!"
          Seth stood up from the long, ratty sofa, peeled apart her hands, and took them into his. "You don't know that for sure." He brushed his thumbs over her skin in soft, smooth strokes. "Just let the doctors worry about it."
          The calm, soft tingle of his touch seeped through her skin, coursing lightly over her nerves and releasing her tension. Her mind and body began to calm down, making her realize how badly every muscle had been physically shaking. Slowyl, layer upon layer of fear and stress simply vanished until she felt nothing at all. She looked up at Seth's eyes, drawn to their warmth and comfort.
          "Okay..." Natti spoke, almost breathless. "How do you do that?"
          "Do what?" Seth's voice was seductive as he leaned his forehead against hers. His scent of spice cologne, myrrh, and sandalwood consumed her senses, and his eyes captured her soul. 
          "This," she pressed. "The sensations of your touch. I've been feeling it all night and even before. Ever since we met. And don't try to lie. I know you're doing it, but how?"
          Seth smirked at her question, his eyes turning their focus to her hands. "It's nothing."
          Natti couldn't help smile as more of the tingling sensation slipper over her skin. "Oh, it's something. What is it?"
          His beautiful full lips tempted her with a smile. "You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
          "Try me."
          Silence fell between them while he seemed to think it over, meanwhile massaging her hands with his thumb and fingers. The pressure, the release, each movement slowly pulling her thoughts and focus onto his hands. "Touch is a magical thing, Natti," he explained. "It can comfort." He raised one hand and stroked her cheek, soft and gentle. "It can entice." His thumb moved along her jaw and applied pressure as it traveled down her neck, causing her to shiver with delight. "And it can hurt. Whatever the intentions, it brings two people together. It makes a certain...connection."
          Though there was no heaviness of a lie, she chuckled at his response. "You're right. I don't believe you. Touch is just a sense. A tool the human body uses."
          "Yes, and it's a powerful tool when used the right way." His honey voice teasing her, tempting her. "Now come sit with me and relax. Wanda will be all right."

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About the Author
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she's writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes & Noble CafĂ© in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch's Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate. Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MY THOUGHTS: Revealing Kia (Book 2 of The Lost Girl Series) by Airicka Phoenix

Title:
Revealing Kia - The Conclusion
Series:
The Lost Girl Duology
Published:
November 18, 2013
Publisher:
Fire & Ash Publishing
Genre:
YA Contemporary, Coming of Age Romance
Format:
eBook & Paperback

Warning:
Language and sexual content

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Synopsis
The events of Claudia's party were nothing more than a distant memory as far as Kia was concerned. She was ready to resume her life as though that night had never happened. But it's a slippery slope eeping a secret and Kia's about to learn just how hard when she's faced with the truth and the consequences of her decision.

Adam Chaves was no stranger to girls wanting him. He was no stranger to breaking hearts, although never intentionally. What he didn't understand was how Kia could undress him, touch him, burn him with her eyes and still keep him at arm's length when it was evident how much it cost her. But what Kia didn't realize was that he had never given up on anything in his life and he wasn't about to start now. He would have his girl even if it meant he had to kidnap her to do it.


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Excerpt
"I like you, Kia." His gaze was sharp, intense as he searched my eyes.
"I'm not ready to let you go. I might never be. I don't know. I only know that when I look at you , this," he brushed the back of his fingertips over my cheek, sending tendrils of fire racing beneath my skin. "This is where I want to be. With you."
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**About the Author**
Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her husband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she's not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.

Airicka is the creator of The Touch Saga, The Sons of Judgement Saga, The Lost Girl Series, The Dare Series and Games of Fire. Her standalone novel, Betraying Innocence, will be published October 2013 and th conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, Revealing Kia, will be out November 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, When Night Falls, December 2013.

Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out December 2013 in Snowed In, An Anthology and Capture Me, Morgana's debut novel will be released Fall 2014.

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My Thoughts
What a conclusion to The Lost Girl Duology! I loved how it ended...a very dramatic ending. It's not a perfect ending, but what teenager has a perfect ending. I thought it was a realistic conclusion to all the pitfalls that many teen issues that young adults encounter growing up. I loved how much Kia has grown since the first book Finding Kia. She was no longer that nerdy invisible girl anymore. And, finding love with Adam was the fire that started it all. 

I absolutely loved how Airicka told the story in Kia and Adam's point of view. At first, I didn't know how the story would flow. But, as I continued reading, it did work! I got a glimpse of both sides revealing what how they saw, react and thought about each other. Not only did Kia grow, her relationship with Adam grew as well. Throughout the troublesome obstacles that was laid before them to overcome, they did. Airicka also wrote an amazing story about true friendship with these characters...no matter what, true friends will always there. Sure, teens make mistakes, but teens always makes mistakes and learn from it...right!?! Well, that's what I learned with Airicka's characters. Not only did I see these teen characters learn and grow, so did the parents. Yes, this is not just for young adults... I think adults, parents in particular, will enjoy a read like this. I know I do. 

I found myself smiling in some points of the book. I also found my eyes welling up with tears in other points as well. Revealing Kia was definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride through these teens lives dealing with real issues that teens today deal with everyday...with a great ending.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars