Friday, February 3, 2017

Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor

Curse of Stars
Donna Compositor
(Diamond Crier #1)

Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction


“You must be Sabina,” he said.

Her heart felt ready to explode. Ringing in her ears made it hard to hear but she could have sworn he called her Sabina. She didn’t know whether to answer him or not. She went by Sabi but her birth certificate said Sabina. He wasn’t wrong, but she wasn’t about to admit that.

“Sabina Petris.”

The sound of his voice was soft, almost welcoming. But the way he looked at her, how his gaze bored directly into her eyes, it sent goose bumps across her skin. All she wanted to do right then was leave.

“Sorry,” she choked, the word barely making it out. “You have the wrong house.”

The thin smile that sliced across his face like a paper cut cracked open to reveal gleaming teeth underneath. Sabi couldn’t help but think of a wolf and how he would eat her with his big teeth.

“I don’t think so. But maybe it’s Perez now, yes? At least that’s what my sources say.”

Every thought she had smashed together in her head. He had her name. Her name. But who was Sabina Petris? And why did he say Perez like that wasn’t her real name? Crap, she needed to get out.


“Baby, you okay?”

Sabi jumped and nearly choked on her heart. Keeping her eyes on the man in front of her she called down to Mrs. Wexler in the steadiest voice she could muster, “Fine. I’m fine.”

Nothing about her cracking voice sounded fine.

“Why don’t you come on down? Come sit with me until your Mama gets home?”

Yes! That’s what she’d do. Nothing could happen if she stayed out in the open with Mrs. Wexler. She took a step backward, not daring to turn her back on the man, but she stopped when he spoke.

“Perhaps you shouldn’t. Or your sister, Matti is it? Could feel the effects of that poor decision.”

Bile burned Sabi’s throat and her vision swam. The man took a step closer.

“You are my property, Sabina. Your parents knew this. They knew this would happen. Come with me now and I’ll forgive their indiscretions. I can’t say the same for their people, of course. So many deaths piling up behind your parents. Something like that is hard for people to forgive.”

Everything in Sabi’s head cleared and one thing rang out above it all: Matti. Get to Matti. Whoever this guy was, whatever he was saying, he wasn’t right. In the head, in life, in anything. Except just looking at him Sabi knew he was far from harmless. He was too casual, too confident. He was the wolf and she the prey and she was getting too close to backing into a corner.

With every ounce of air she had in her lungs Sabi screamed Mrs. Wexler’s name and booked back down the stairs. Footsteps thundered up to meet her and Mrs. Wexler mumbled ‘outside’ and nearly pushed Sabi down the rest of the stairs. But she didn’t need any help. And she didn’t stop on the stoop or to see what her neighbor was going to do.

Guilt slowed her down, but the way Matti rolled off the man’s tongue made her pump her legs harder. It was blocks to the school, but Sabi wasn’t about to wait at a subway stop, sitting like a duck with a price on its head. She needed to get to Matti.

Author Bio:
Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Top Ten Writing Must-Haves by Kaitlyn Davis, Author of Frost

Welcome to Kaitlyn Davis, author of Frost with her Top 10 writing must-haves!

Top Ten Writing Must-Haves

I’m sure this list is a little different for every author or aspiring-author out there, but here are mine J

1. Computer

Some writers use a notebook, some dictate into a microphone, some probably do other things, but I couldn’t live without my computer! Give me Microsoft Word, a blank page, and a keyboard, and I’m good to go J

2. Coffee Maker

I’m a bonafide coffee addict! I know I should quit the caffeine, but I just can’t sit down at my desk to write without a steaming cup of coffee. It would feel all sorts of wrong.

3. Bookish Mug

To go with my coffee addiction, of course J I have a whole shelf of mugs and the collection just keeps on growing! But sometimes when I’m stuck on a hard scene, I love reading a quote from a book I love or about reading/writing—it gives me that extra little push I needed to power through!

4. Idea Journal

While I write all my books on the computer, my ideas are stored in a journal! Anytime any interesting thought or idea pops into my head, I jot it down in this notebook to expand upon later—or to forget entirely. Sometimes it might be a character, or a specific scene, or even just a sentence. I write it all down. And the ideas I go back to, the ones that seem to keep repeating in the back of my mind, are the ones I know I need to pursue!

5. Fancy Pen

When I published my first book, my family bought me a very fancy Montblanc pen. I used it to endorse my first ever royalty payment and to sign my first ever autographed copy! And even though I now tend to sign books with a brightly colored permanent marker, I still break out my fancy pen for special occasions…and the memories make me grin like a giddy school girl each time J

6. Candles

I know a lot of writers who use music to set the mood when they’re sitting down for a monster writing session, but for me, it’s candles! I have candles of all different types and all different scents all over my home. For some reason, the fire and the smell soothe me and make the words flow. 

7. Overflowing Bookshelf

My desk is sandwiched between two overflowing bookshelves, but that’s the way I love it! All of my favorite novels and bookish trinkets and photos and quotes are crammed on those wooden shelves. They might not be the prettiest thing, but when I sit down at my desk, having so much great literature around just makes me want to write. And if I’m ever stuck, I can pause, take a moment to look around, and I get inspired all over again.

8. An Accountant

I’m a writer, not a numbers girl J

9. Inspiration Place

I have two—my shower and the beach where my family has a summer home! Obviously, I prefer long walks on the beach when I can just let my mind wander, but I unfortunately don’t have the unlimited funds required to fly to the beach whenever I have writer’s block J Sometimes, the shower is what has to do!

10. Amazing Fans

Whether they’re your parents, your siblings, your best friends, or a whole slew of people you’ve never met, every author and aspiring-author needs wonderful fans. I’m fortunate enough to have more than I ever imagined, and I can’t even put into words how much that means to me! Sometimes when I’m drowning in self-doubt, just knowing there are other people out there who understand my work and love it too is all I need to push through!

Midnight Ice Book One

Kaitlyn Davis

YA Paranormal Romance
January 26, 2017

Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

Life's tough for a vampire thief on the run—just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she's been trying to outrun? Well, it's about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can't escape her own destiny.

A brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling series with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.

*Please note, you do not need to read the books of Midnight Fire to enjoy Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1). They are two standalone series with character crossover. 

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If you haven't read the bestselling Midnight Fire series, you can get the first two books free when you buy the entire series at once!

**Over 200,000 Copies of the Midnight Fire Series Sold!**

**Over 5000 5-Star Reviews on Goodreads!** 

Kira Dawson has the power to burn vampires to a crisp. The problem is, she doesn't know it yet. The even bigger problem is, she's dating one.

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes a paranormal romance perfect for fans of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Books included in this bundle:
Ignite - Book One
Simmer - Book Two
Blaze - Book Three
Scorch - Book Four
Burn - An Anniversary Novella

Rave Reviews for the Midnight Fire series!

"The writing is effortlessly mind-blowing. I could not put this entire series down." 
- Happy Tales and Tails Blog

"Read the books. Do it." 
- Urban Girl Reader 

"Some of the best action scenes I have come across in a young adult book." 
- Reflections of a Bookworm

"I was riveted throughout … there was drama, danger, action and romance that was wonderfully detailed and described." 
- Obsession With Books 

"You'll make friends with Kira, choose sides with Tristan and Luke, and fall in love with the story at heart about a girl with so bright a future...even shades aren't gonna cut it."
 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers 

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About the Author
Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. 

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Top Ten Favorites by Lucinda Stein, Author of Jadeite's Journey + Giveaway

Welcome to Lucinda Stein, author of Jadeite's Journey with a Favorites Top 10 List!

Top Ten List

Sitting with my husband around a crackling campfire in the Rocky Mountains

Writing on my laptop at Starbucks (with a latte, of course)

Reading Snow Child in January by my fireplace

Haunting antique shops

Reading author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, outside my camper in Moab

Riding horseback in Sica Hollow, sacred Indian grounds in South Dakota

Reading the YA novel, Bone Gap, while traveling on Amtrak

Hiking with my shelter-rescue dog, Opie, in red-rock canyon country

Eating world’s best ribs at Smokin’ Johnnys along the lake with my sister

Revising my work on paper while sitting in an alpine forest

 Jadeite's Journey

Lucinda Stein

YA Sci-Fi
Inkspell Publishing
January 24, 2017

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When romance turns deadly…

Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life.

About the Author

A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.

When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Knight by Skye Warren

Title: the Knight
Author: Skye Warren

Series: Endgame Book 2
Genre: Dark Romance Contemporary Suspense
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Jan 31 2017
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print

The power of pleasure...

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what's mine.

He thinks he's beaten me. He thinks he's won. What he doesn't realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

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THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times Bestselling Author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

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Title: the Pawn
Author: Skye Warren

Series: Endgame Book 1
Genre: Dark Romance Contemporary Suspense
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 6 2016
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print

The price of survival...

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl's college to take care of the only family I have left.

There's one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.
My virginity.

A forbidden auction...

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he's the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he's playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

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“Skye Warren’s THE PAWN is a triumph of intrigue, angst, and sensual drama. I was clenching everything. Gabriel and Avery sucked me in from the first few paragraphs and never let go.” – New York Times bestselling author Annabel Joseph

“A stealthy, sensual, twisted game of cat and mouse that sucked me in completely and had me turning the pages faster and faster. Cunning and brilliant.” – USA TODAY Bestselling Author K.L. Kreig

“Positively sinful, and outrageously sexy! Emotions run high and readers will be left gasping.” – New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones

“Smart, dark, deeply sensual read with characters I fell in love with from the minute they walked onto the page!” – New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance. For those new to her work, consider the following bestselling series...
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The Stripped Series
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Take a trip to the dark side with this twisted series…
Keep Me Safe (Dark Nights, #0.5)
Trust in Me (Dark Nights, #1)
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Experience a world thrown into darkness and the men who find love in it…
Leased M/M Novella  
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Endgame Series
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