Friday, June 5, 2015

New Release & Sale Alert! No Substitute for Myth by Carolyn J. Rose - Giveaway

Welcome to the release event for No Substitute for Myth by Carolyn J. Rose. This is the fourth book in the Subbing isn't for Sissies series and is now available for sale! This is a cozy mystery series and the first three books are only .99 cents! 

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Is Bigfoot prowling around Reckless River , Washington ? Has Sasquatch come to the city?

Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Something tall and heavy left footprints across a dirt parking lot. And something huge and hairy careened into her one night on the riverfront trail.

Did that same creature kill a man and drag his body into a swamp? Or was the killer human? Will justice be undermined by media frenzy, a tide of tourism, and hundreds of hunters?

With help from the usual suspects, Barb, her drug-cop boyfriend, her pearl-powered wealthy neighbor, and Cheese Puff, her less-than-loyal dog, set out to solve a mystery, catch a murderer, and bust a few myths along the way.

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Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking. Find out more about her and her books at


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Release Alert: Dirty Boys of Summer Anthology


(Each song was chosen by the author to represent their story)

1. Trouble by Taylor Swift (Gennifer Albin’s TEACHING ROMAN)
2. Haunted by BeyoncĂ© (Evangeline Anderson’s THE ACADEMY)
3. Tattooed Love Boys by The Pretenders (Avery Aster’s LOVE, LEX)
4. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers (Jamie Blair’s LOST TO ME)
5. Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun (Opal Carew’s TAKEN BY STORM)
6. The Middle of Starting Over by Sabrina Carpenter (Marisa Cleveland’s ACCIDENTAL BUTTERFLY)
7. Where We Belong by Passion Pit (Carey Corp’s THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN)
8. Only Human by Christina Perri (Julie Cross’ LETTERS TO NOWHERE)
9. Brave by Sara Bareilles (Jen Frederick’s UNSPOKEN)
10. The Fool by Ryn Weaver (Rachel Higginson’s BET ON US       )
11. Wide Awake by Lacuna Coil (Tamara Mataya’s THE SOWING)
12. Soft Shock by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Dawn Rae Miller’s CRUSHED)
13. When Love Collides by Midnight Hour (Julie Prestsater’s BEFORE SOMEDAY-PART ONE: THE WAIT)
14. Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand (Becca Ritchie & Krista Ritchie’s KISS THE SKY)
15. Meltdown by Love and Death (Lynn Rush’s FROSTBITE)
16. Liar by One OK Rock (C.L. Stone’s LIAR: THE SCARAB BEETLE SERIES: #2)

Dirty Boys of Summer:
Alphas, Billionaires, Bikers, and Jocks

NA/YA Romance
June 2, 2015

Alphas, Billionaires, Bikers, Bad Boys, Stepbrothers, and Jocks
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Grab this set of 16 Young/New Adult stories in one single volume and at one amazing price. Fill up a bucket with ice and prepare for a heat wave as the DIRTY BOYS OF SUMMER hit your e-reader giving your romantic minds a scorching thrill like no other.

Are you ready to lose your v-card, fall in love, get naughty, and say good-bye to your good girl persona with these ohhh so dirty summer boys? Intended for 17+, we've packed the box with the best in upper young adult, naughty new adult, sweet contemporary, and wicked paranormal.

Stories from:

GENNIFER ALBIN, Teaching Roman -- Class is in session...

EVANGELINE ANDERSON, The Academy -- The Academy…Where things aren't always as they seem.

AVERY ASTER, Love, Lex -- If you love snarky socialites and dominating NYPD motor cops then get ready to laugh your ass off with Love, Lex by Avery Aster.

JAMIE BLAIR, Lost to Me -- Lauren has the perfect dress, the perfect guy, and romantic plans for their first time. What she doesn't plan on is a jealous ex-girlfriend turning her night to tragedy.

OPAL CAREW, Taken By Storm -- Some risks are worth taking.

MARISA CLEVELAND, Accidental Butterfly -- Dead at sixteen. She was just another statistic. Until she became a guiding angel.

CAREY CORP, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian -- When it comes to boyfriends, "heaven sent" has a whole new meaning.

JULIE CROSS, Letters to Nowhere -- Her family may be shattered, but her dreams aren't 

JEN FREDERICK, Unspoken -- Bo Jackson's life consists of sleeping with anything that moves and punching anything that stands still...until he meets her. 

RACHEL HIGGINSON, Bet on Us -- Fin Hunter has gone all in for Ellie Harris. Will she bet on love or fold before she loses everything?

TAMARA MATAYA, The Sowing -- Twenty-first birthday? Check. Strange new powers? Check. Getting through this heinous WTF-ery alive? I’ll get back to you.

DAWN RAE MILLER, Crushed -- Having it all has never been so hard.

JULIE PRESTSATER, Before Someday-Part One: The Wait -- Before Someday is the perfect combination of sweet and sexy, humor and angst, and a whole hell of a lot of love.

KRISTA & BECCA RITCHIE, Kiss the Sky -- Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass ... Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

LYNN RUSH, Frostbite -- Amanda gives a whole new meaning to cool…

C.L. STONE, Liar: The Scarab Beetle Series: #2 -- Worse than a thief, is a liar.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review: For All to See by Megan Mitcham + Giveaway

 For All to See
Bureau #1

Megan Mitcham

Romantic Suspense
April 1, 2015

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Pristine waters and purified evil.

Two by two, dark-haired beauties vanish only to reappear as hanging, plundered corpses. The Virgin Islands boast diamond-white beaches, lush green mountains, a rich cultural heritage—and a brutal killer.

Three years on the “Field-Dresser” case and Special Agent Nathan Brewer is days away from catching the bastard—if he can convince a certain brunette to trust him. Only the woman is more likely to take a casual stroll on the surface of the sun.

After fleeing her troubles in the United States for the quiet life of a school teacher on the island of Tortola, Madelyn Garrett never imagined she’d be fixated upon by pure evil.

In a fight for her life—with a dwindling number of friends—she must rely on her cunning and Nathan’s skills for survival.

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For All to See is a romantic suspense that takes place on the lovely Caribbean island of Tortola. Descriptions of the scenery alone are enough to draw the reader into the story. Add in a despicable killer and two scarred individuals and it makes for a compelling read.

Madelyn suffered not only physical but mental abuse to the point that she no longer trusts anyone. Honestly I was blown away with how quickly she opened up to romantic interest Nathan. Her story was heart-breaking, so was Nathan's-- but to a lesser degree. These two seemed destined to be together, and there was definite heat from their first meeting.

The story centered around Nathan protecting Madelyn while trying to track down the serial killer. I wish there had been more focus on the investigation and less on the instant romance. The serial killer never felt like a huge looming threat because there just wasn't a whole lot of suspense leading up to his big reveal. But on the romance side, there were quite a few steamy scenes, perfect for a love affair in the tropics.

I enjoyed the shifting POV between Madelyn and Nathan. It's always interesting to be able to get into the thoughts of both characters, especially when a romance is blooming. While I did enjoy the story and liked the characters, I never really felt any suspense past a couple fleeting scenes. Overall, this novel read more like a romance and less like a suspense. So if you like romance with a touch of suspense, then I think you'll enjoy this novel.

About the Author

Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and worked for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.

In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!

Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens sizzling suspense novels.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: Run Away by Laura Salters

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Run Away

Laura Salters

New Adult Mystery Thriller
May 19, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Imprint: WitnessImpulse Standalone

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"Ignorance is bliss...until there’s blood involved."

Drenched in blood and sitting in the sweltering interview room of a Thai police station, Kayla Finch knows that Sam, the love of her life, is dead. It doesn’t matter that there’s no body.All that blood can only mean one thing.

It isn’t the first time Kayla’s had blood on her hands. After finding her brother dead by his own hand, she tried to outrun her grief by escaping to Thailand. Heart-broken, the last thing she expected was to find love on the smoggy streets of Bangkok. But everyone Kayla loves seems to wind up dead.

Returning home to England, Kayla is left with a barely-functioning family, a string of gruesome nightmares and the niggling feeling that nothing is as it seems. And as she confronts her brother’s suicide, she starts to suspect that something is very wrong.

Three months. Two tragedies. One connection: there’s more to both cases than anyone is willing to admit. And Kayla’s determined to uncover the truth matter what the cost.

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Run Away was definitely a wild ride. This new adult mystery was addicting and almost impossible to put down once started. I didn't see the twist at the end-- which was refreshing. The story alternated between past and present in a way that I thought would make it disjointed, and yet it just worked so well. Somehow the past and present seem to blend rather seamlessly.

After her brother committed suicide, Kayla headed to Thailand to escape. There she met up with a rather interesting group of individuals, including Sam. The story began with Kayla sitting in a Bangkok police station trying to explain why she was covered in the now missing Sam's blood. When she returned home to England, she tried to cope with her inability to process the two eerily similar events and her own presence at both scenes. The author alternated between past events and Kayla's present struggles, creating a compelling story.

The pacing of the novel was rather fast, though there were some times in the middle that didn't move quite fast enough for my taste. Be prepared for an overall tone of depression-- Kayla was really suffering in her own way. I think the scenes in Thailand were my favorite. The group Kayla traveled with were fun to read about. I liked how the author sprinkled in clues but never too much, which kept me guessing.

This novel is not for the faint of heart. Some of the subject matter was disturbing. Not only that, but the author was quite skilled with macabre descriptions. There were times when I wondered why the author was spending so much time on a certain subject, but by the end, it was all clear. And that ending. Talk about a twist. I'm still rather shocked, and I don't shock easily.

About the Author

LauraLaura Salters is a twenty-something magazine journalist from the northernmost town in England. RUN AWAY is her first novel.

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New Release Alert: Wishing Cross Station by February Grace


wishing-cross-station-by-february-graceWishing Cross Station

February Grace

Genre: Fantasy

A dark fantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…

Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.

When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.

Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.

Author Bio

February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. In previous novels, she has introduced readers to characters with clockwork hearts, told of romantic modern-day fairy godparents, and reimagined a legend, centuries old. Now, in her fifth novel with Booktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION and embark on a trip through time. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Nature Provides Inspiration by Jan DeLima, Author of the Celtic Wolves Series + Giveaway

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Jan DeLima, author of the Celtic Wolves series. Writers find inspiration everywhere, but we all have our favorite places. Like me, Jan finds lots of inspiration in nature.

Nature Provides Inspiration
by Jan DeLima

Thank you so much for participating in my first blog tour, and for inviting me to discuss my Celtic Wolves Series!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with my series, just imagine a world where the legends of Celtic lore still walk among us in secret.  It’s a place where warriors are also wolves and reality isn’t always what it seems.  Set in modern day, the stories are a mixture of both urban fantasy and romance.  Written for adults, each installment has strong fantasy elements built around Celtic folklore, with a secondary romance between two new characters.

Nature was, and still is, an important influence for Celts.  While my world is fictitious, the setting is very real, and I often let nature provide inspiration for my characters, as well as the environment they live in.  Celtic Moon, the first book in the series, is set in my home state of Maine, at the end of the Appalachian Trail.  Our mountain region is sometimes referred to as the Highlands of Maine, at least by romantics like me. J

When I began Summer Moon, Luc and Rosa’s story, I knew it would be set in New Hampshire, on an island surrounded by mountains and rivers—which this beautiful state has an abundance of. I’ve been for several visits and hikes, simply because I don’t like to write about an area unless I’ve experienced it firsthand. For me, writing inspiration can be found in tactile exploration, muses are fed, and any setting can be exciting when accuracy is woven within the fiction.

My inspiration for Rosa, the heroine in Summer Moon, came from one of my hikes in New Hampshire. Even though it is my neighboring state, I found slight differences. The paths were well traveled, and many of the trees had exposed roots from erosion–and I thought, “Survivors, like my heroine.” The paths were packed clay and gravel, unlike the trails around Katahdin, the setting for Celtic Moon.  Katahdin trails are less traveled and remain wild. The colors were even different, more muted. I used these differences to build the motivation and environment of the story.

They followed her through a well-traveled path colored in sepia and muted browns—not the lush emeralds, blues and golds of Rhuddin Village.
No saplings lined the forest edge, too malnourished to survive tender beginnings. Only the elder trees provided minimal shelter, with roots exposed by years of erosion. Many grew around rocks and boulders and stretched their gnarled feet into a barren forest floor—survivors, like Rosa, he realized, refusing to die under the rule of a greedy king.

Elen from Autumn Moon is my only heroine with magical abilities besides shifting into a wolf.  She can manipulate nature, and therefore surrounds herself with gardens and forests.  I’ve used my own gardens for inspiration for descriptions.

The pain was like a fistful of heated needles shoved under her skin, greater than anything Merin had ever done to Elen in her childhood. Power did not like to be contained. It wanted release. Unfortunately, her body was the vessel that held it. Her nerves screamed with its force.
Elen winced as she undid the latch of the iron gate Koko had designed for her, an intricate weave of faeries on lilies that offered both beauty and privacy. Following the stone path, she stumbled toward the hidden gardens behind her beautiful little house. She regulated her breaths through clenched teeth, much like modern childbirth techniques.
With a broken moan of relief, after a day full of suspicious glances and avoidance from the villagers, Elen finally allowed the power to consume her. She collapsed in a bed of anise hyssop and let its vengeful pressure bleed from her skin and into the ground. Purple flowers bloomed around her and a licorice scent filled the air like a basketful of candy, offering treats and bellyaches of a more noxious variety.
The villagers thought she was this power-hungry freak, when in fact she was only a conductor, a mere rod of transference. She was a puppet of a merciless master, no more in control now than when it had first begun, when the gods had reached out their hands of vengeance with their unwanted gift.

The following photo is a bed of anise hyssop in my garden, similar to what Elen would have fallen into.  It has a strong black licorice scent and bees love it. 

And so I shall end with the bane of my garden: poison ivy.  I’ve had to do full rounds of antibiotics twice because of this toxic plant.  It surrounds my yard and keeps trying to creep in.  Like many authors, experiences in life can influence my writing.  These are the very first lines of Autumn Moon, although what’s creeping in is far more dangerous than poison ivy.

It crept from the forest under a blanket of morning mist. Elen felt its approach like a brush of poison ivy across her skin, smooth to the touch until its toxins seeped in.

“Leaves of three, let them be.”  To be sure!  Some people are lucky enough not to be allergic, but I am not one of them.  There are quite a lot of harmless plants that grow with “three leaves.”  But notice the extra “thumbs” on two of the leaves.  That’s how you can identify poison ivy if you’re ever on a hike looking for inspiration.  I just took the above photo, but it will be obnoxiously beautiful come autumn, turning shades of bright orange and gold.  

Thank you again for inviting me to discuss some of my inspirations!

Celtic Moon
Celtic Wolves, Book One

Jan DeLima

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Ace Books
September 24, 2013

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Like father, like son...

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years.  Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized.  He's going to end up being just like his father----a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him----an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war.  Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe.  One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared.  For the first time in years, Dylan's lost family is within his grasp.  But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it...

Summer Moon
Celtic Wolves, Book Two

Jan DeLima

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She won't be ruled again...

Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons.   

Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him.   

When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined…  

Autumn Moon
Celtic Wolves, Book Three

Jan DeLima

Expected Publication: September 29, 2015

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Prequel for Autumn Moon:

The heart of a warrior, the soul of a wolf, and the desires of a man…

For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities.

Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes.

Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…

About the Author

Jan DeLima is the author of the Celtic Wolves novels, including Summer Moon and Celtic Moon. She lives in Maine with her husband and their two sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn’t pen stories at an early age, but she has always been a dedicated reader. She loves stories and storytelling. It wasn’t until after her children entered school that she began writing. Raised in a military family, she lived in different countries such as Thailand and Germany, but home base has always been Maine.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

A Whole New World
Twisted Tale #1

Liz Braswell

YA Fairy Tale Retelling
Disney Press
Expected Publication: September 1, 2015

Summary from Goodreads

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version ofAladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

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As a huge Disney and fairy tale fan, I was so excited to get an ARC for A Whole New World. I just love retellings, especially if they have a darker edge to them. It started out like the movie, including lines directly from the script. There was a bit more background on Aladdin, along with a brief section about his childhood. About 20% through, Jafar obtained the lamp instead of Aladdin and everything changed. This was definitely a darker version of the Disney tale.

The plot was fast-paced, great for a YA audience-- I also love that it will appeal to those who might not ordinarily pick up a book since it's based on a movie. Anything to get the younger generation reading. The story was quite interesting-- I enjoyed the rebellion and the band of thieves organized by Aladdin to fight Jafar. The ending was predictable, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it.

I thought Ms. Braswell did a nice job bringing the city of Agrabah to life. The imagery was quite vivid. On the other hand, the characterization was a tad flat. Sometimes the characters came off  two dimensional. It was disappointing because I never really felt attached to any of the characters. The story was more plot-oriented than character-oriented.

Though I have to say that I really liked what the author did with Jasmine's character. She was a much stronger character in this retelling than in the movie. I also liked Aladdin-- but he wasn't as carefree as his character in the movie. He was a bit more serious and more thoughtful. If you are expecting the characters to be like they were in the movie-- well, they aren't. But, I wouldn't really expect them to be. Circumstances can change people. Jafar-- well he was every bit as insanely nefarious as he was in the movie, but we got to see more of it. Iago wasn't present as much nor was Genie. Genie was also more serious. sometimes downtrodden. The comedy was still there at times, but I always heard Robin Williams's voice in my head whenever Genie spoke-- some of the lines in this novel just didn't fit with that crazy voice.

Overall, I enjoyed this retelling. If you liked Aladdin, then I think you'll like this retelling. Nothing extraordinary, but a nice diversion while stuck in an empty house waiting for the carpet to be installed.