Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Requiem Release Day Blitz

Title: Requiem (Chronicles of the Irin, #2)
Author: T.G. Ayer
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink Books
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Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie is stuck in the Underworld until she can find a way to be released from her newfound role as Hades. And the longer she remains in Hades the more secrets are revealed about her true origins. A confrontation with a Dark Angel brings two revelations to the Evie - the true identity of Daniel, the Master of the Irin's assistant, and who is he to Evie herself.

While a trip into the depths of Hades leads Evie into the fiery depths of Tartarus and eventually to the eternal peace of Elysium, will Evie find the peace she seeks? And what about the smoking hot Julian, god of Hades? How far is he willing to go to keep Evie at his side?

Chapter 1 

Two weeks to the Ascension Ceremony 

Evie stared at her hands and wondered, not for the first time, why they didn't shine with the blood she'd spilled a few days ago. She flexed her fingers, turning her hands over to study them in the light of the blazing fire. Long lean fingers, neatly manicured nails. Elegant hands for a cold-blooded killer. Only the slightly darker calluses on the inside of her fingers hinted at the hours of weapons-practice, hours of using weapons to kill. 

She was used to being the executioner, although never guilty of ending an undeserving life. Not until the insidiously evil Marcellus Bactor had taken over as the Master of the Brotherhood of the Irin. As a warrior under the Brotherhood she'd performed missions of charity, missions of freedom, and of course missions of death. But under Marcellus death had become the sole function of the Irin. 

Breakfast had not appealed to her at all. She hadn't expected to feel so strange after dispatching Marcellus. He'd been running the Brotherhood, his own needs more important than those of the humans whom they were all meant to protect. And, now she knew he'd killed her guardian, Patrick, and robbed her of the only father she'd ever known. 

And yet here she was, feeling as though she ought to receive some sort of punishment for murdering the Master of the Irin. And for the first time she wondered what the Brotherhood and all her fellow Nephilim were doing right now. Choosing another Master? Perhaps Daniel? She shuddered at the thought. What was that saying? Frying pan and fire. 

She sighed and shifted in the sofa, moving her cheek away from the warm flames of the fire. Julian's study was warm and cozy, and modern. Unlike anything she'd ever expected to see deep within the bowels of the earth. Dark wood shelves covered the walls filled to overflowing with books from every age, in every language. Comfortable sofas in earthy tones were scattered around the space, convenient spots for curling up with an interesting read. She tossed her dark hair over her shoulder and away from the heat from the fireplace.

She smiled at the memory of Castor's reaction to Marcellus' death just hours ago. He'd barely blinked on seeing the bloody remains of their old Master. Not that she should have expected tears considering Castor had borne the brunt of Marcellus's fury when Evie had left Greylock Estate in search of the Underworld. Evie'sstomach tightened when she thought of Castor's little home on the grounds of the estate. A place the half demon had loved, a place now burnt to ash. But Castor's woes didn't seem to worry him too much right now. He was being well entertained by Pollo and his eclectic band of servants. 

Julian had gone off on an errand in a bit of a hurry; something about a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific. That left Evie to her own devices, which wouldn't have been so bad if she had not needed to worry about Persephone. Evie was constantly on guard where the cold-hearted goddess was concerned, what with Persephone having already tried once to kill her. But so far she didn't seem to want to repeat the attempt. Maybe she was concerned about what Julian would do to her should she succeed. Evie snorted. No chance she'd let her guard down though. 

Evie's skin tingled and she glanced at the shifting letters tattooed into her skin. They seemed alive, twisting and writhing beneath the surface of her pale skin like living things. Something Evie was yet to get accustomed to. She studied the markings then returned her attention to the pages of the ancient book lying open on her lap.

A book of dead languages, scripts from a time long gone. Perhaps a source of information, perhaps a way to undo this curse that she'd brought upon herself. Twelve seals to make a god. Not a bad way to turn an angel into the King of the Underworld. 

She suppressed another sigh and rubbed her forehead. Suddenly the room seemed to close in on her and she felt desperate to leave the confining comfort of the study. She'd been on edge for hours now. What she probably needed was a sparring session. Something she wasn't likely to get down here. 

She shut the book and left it on the sofa, heading for the door on feet that seemed to think she was in a hurry to be somewhere. Outside, the cool air from the shadowed tunnels teased her overly warm cheeks. She glanced up and down the passage listening for the sounds of approaching feet or hooves. Nothing. Torches shone at both ends of the tunnel, their flickering yellow light dancing and reflecting against the ominous jagged black stone of the tunnel walls. 

Evie let her feet guide her, although part of her knew exactly where they were leading her. 

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She felt awkward standing there in front of him. Until he rested his hand on her arm. The touch of his skin to hers set off a million tiny sparks, sending a shiver of anticipation up and down her spine. 
She moved forward and so did Julian, until their lips were a hairs-breadth from meeting. Electricity sizzled between them and for a moment Evie's legs wobbled. She tipped forward toward him, reaching for Julian's shoulder to help steady her. Only touching his hard, muscled arm didn't help to steady her in any way. 
Touching him set her body on fire, and she felt him shift, move toward her. He cupped the back of her head, tilting her face, giving him access to her lips. And then he kissed her. This time his exploration was not tentative. He kissed her hard, with a pent-up passion that felt dangerous and delicious all at the same time. Evie's heart thundered against her ribs as she kissed him back. She curled her arm around his neck and pulled him closer.

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully… My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes.The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Shine Blog Tour by Joann Buchanan

Title: Shine
Author: Joann Buchanan
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance

After that, I took the memory card from my camera and put it into the computer to pull up the images. One by one they came up. First were the pictures of the small trees with the beautiful yellow hues of light sparkling behind them. Across the sky, grey clouds formed and rays of light shined through them. I flipped through the photos, taking a quick look at all of them. As I reached the end of the file, I was sure I had imagined everything I had witnessed. Then the last three pictures showed him coming into view. Magical, miraculous, my jaw dropped as I pressed print on the small printer. A lifetime passed while I waited for the printer to finish spitting out the photos. With a sigh, I paced back and forth a little. Waiting wasn’t something I did well.
I looked at the pictures without blinking. I had captured the ray of light with Samuel in it. His body appeared like nothing more than an orb, or could even have been explained away. In the next picture, his body formed, almost ghostly in appearance. Finally, in the last one, Samuel landed on the ground. His wings had disappeared and the man I met was there.
I had seen it happen; it was real. It was proof enough to me that I wasn’t some crazed lunatic. Samuel had come from the sky. Questions still lingered in my mind. What was he doing there? How did I get to my car? There was nothing on the file after the last three images I’d printed. Fear grew inside me the more I thought about what could have happened on the way to my car. I cocouldn'tuite picture it, but I knew Samuel had saved me. I didn't know what from, and I didn't know why, but he had. Why couldn't I remember?

Author Bio:

Joann H. Buchanan is a mother of five children, and has a wonderful husband who supports her passion for the written word. She owns a small audiobook company named Empire voices. Empire Voices creates audiobooks.

You can stop off at www.empirevoices.com for more information.

Her upcoming releases include Shine, After Dark book 3 in The Children of Nox series, and Empires Lost book 1 Keleigh.
She is in two anthologies, Horror in Bloom and Hidden in Your World.

For more information about After Dark, or the blog tour for After Dark please visit www.joannhbuchanan.blogspot.com, or www.facebook.com/JoannHBuchanan. To arrange a book signing or interview, contact her representatives at 541-813-1113 or joannhbuchanan@charter.net

Blog Tour Dates
Monday, September 22, 2014
Author Elissa Daye
H. W. Vivian
Sammie`s Book Blog
Author C.E. Black – Blog
Movies, Shows & Books
Cecily's Book Review
Wandering Thoughts of A Writer
Willow's Author Love

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Willow's Author Love
Lyssa Layne
Fairiechick's Fantasy Book Reader
Crazy Lady's Book Blog
Cody Pimps Authors

Wednesday. September 24, 2014
Willow's Author Love
Penny Writes
Lyssa Layne
The Sugar Rush Blog
Crazy Lady's Book Blog
Thursday September 25, 2014
Willow's Author Love
Penny Writes
Lyssa Layne
The Sugar Rush Blog
Book Nook Nuts
Rusty’s Reading
Friday September 26, 2014
Write Like a Wizard
Willow's Author Love
Author Candy O'Donnell
The Sugar Rush Blog
Breny's Book Obsession
Once upon an alpha
Amanda's Blog!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hallowread 2014!!

Hiya gang! How's everybody doing? Are we all ready for my favorite season and holiday? EEKK!! Well... in honor of that and the fact that I'll be at Hallowread for the second year in a row, we're going to spend the rest of September and most of October spotlighting the fabulous authors, bloggers, and paranormal investigators attending this event! So, sit back, grab your coffee, and your one-click finger, and enjoy the show! You're sure to find some new pretties for your kindle <3

The amazing artists attending Hallowread 2014
Pj Schnyder
Tee Morris
Pip Ballantine
Kady Cross
L.M. Pruitt
Jackie Mae
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Elizabeth Kirke
Christopher Mannino
Alexa Egan
Megan Parker
Nathan Squiers
Sara Humphreys
CJ Ellisson
AC Arthur
Rachel Rawlings
Andrew Grey
Tiffany Carmouche
Cat Miller
Julieanne Lynch
AC James
Elizabeth Kirke
Willow Cross
Kelly Harmon
Kaye Guiliani
Rochelle Maya Callen
Mary Behre
D. Antoinette
Jessica Verday
Dead of Night Paranormal Investigations
Maryland Paranormal Research
Nerd Girl

Make sure that you check in each day to see the spotlighted artist.
Get your tickets to this wicked event by clicking HERE.
Also make sure you go over to the Facebook page HERE and show some love by clicking that little like button :)

As always, until next time...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

***NEW RELEASE*** Ghosts From My Past by K.B. Miller

You've been waiting to hear my real ghost stories... well it's time! Ghosts From My Past is a collection of actual events that have happened to me. NONE of these stories have been exaggerated or embellished for entertainment purposes. They are told exactly as they happened. Names were changed to protect identities.

Scary movies have always frightened, yet fascinated me at the same time. But what truly sends shivers of fear up and down my spine is the reality of what lives in our very own homes, and most of the time, just out of sight: Ghosts.

That bump in the night you swear must be the dog. The sound of a girlish little giggle or the glimpse of a shadow from the corner of your eye, but you're the only one in the house. Have you ever put something down for just a moment, turn around and it's gone?

Well... I have, and these are a few of my REAL life ghost stories.

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As always, until next time...

Curves in the Road By Amy K. McClung @AmythaMcclung @asyouwishtours

Curves in the Road

By: Amy K McClung
Published: August 5, 2014
Pages: 230
Genre:  New Adult

**This book is part of a New Adult Series. Each book will have an ending though, no Cliffhangers! They will all be New Adult and have similar themes with crossover characters***

When you build a road from one place to another, it won't always be a straight line. Sometimes you have to add curves to move around the obstacles. Life is like that as well. Sometimes we have a straight path of what we want in life and we do everything we can to follow that path until suddenly a mountain appears and we have to veer off course to get around it. Even though we face those curves, it doesn't mean we won't end up on the same path we started. Then again, sometimes we discover roads that we never knew existed and that will get us to where we want to be.
Derrick Collins lives in Nashville TN with his six year old daughter, Katelyn. Derrick found love once before in a girl named Mary Jane, until she moved away to Florida to fulfill her dreams of becoming an engineer. Derrick's life hasn't been the same since Mary Jane left two years ago. His days are spent working long hours in order to give his daughter a good life. His social life is non-existent these days and he's decided it's time for a change. Derrick sets out to find his happily ever after once and for all.
Mary Jane Evans' life took a different path than she ever dreamed. She moved to Florida for an intern program at Disney. She left her life in Nashville that included childhood friends, family, and the first man she ever loved, Derrick Collins. Now it's time to decide if she will move back to that life or stay in the new one she has created for herself. Will Derrick still be waiting for her? What if she's been gone too long and he no longer cares?

Can these two find their paths back to each other or were there too many Curves in the Road?

Excerpt from Derrick's POV

Some people never find the person they are meant to be with while others find that person and know that they are the one, but they can’t make it work, no matter how hard they try. Then there are the lucky ones, like my brother Ashton, who finds the girl of his dreams and lives happily-ever-after.   I met the person I’m supposed to end up with thanks to Ashton and his wife Gracie, the problem is that we couldn’t make it work.  I still remember the day we met...

It was a warm spring day in Nashville. I was outside behind our house playing with Katelyn, my daughter; she was only four.  I became a father at the young age of sixteen.  My high school girlfriend wasn’t ready to be a mom, so I took on the responsibility on my own.  I didn’t want anyone else to raise my child.
 Katelyn was playing on the swing set, begging me to push her higher, when my phone rang.  The next time she swung close I stopped her and glanced at the unknown number.  “Hello?”
The voice on the line sent me into a panic.  “Derrick, it’s Gracie.” 
As soon as I heard her name, I knew something was wrong with Ash.  I had only met Gracie once, and there’s no other reason she’d be calling me.  I stepped a few feet away from Katelyn, keeping her within eyesight so that she couldn’t hear my panic as I asked, “What’s wrong? What happened to Ash?” She couldn’t get the words out without crying.  He’d been in a motorcycle accident.  She gave the phone to her friend Cameron, who filled me in that they didn’t know anything other than he is alive. I didn’t have anyone to watch Katie and didn’t want to take her to the hospital before I knew what kind of injuries Ash had suffered.  The last thing a four-year-old needed to see was her hero uncle attached to machines and broken. Ash has been Katelyn’s hero from the beginning.  Ashton is six years older than me and has always been the best older brother.  He’s very protective of me and my little girl.
Gracie suggested a friend of hers that could watch Katelyn.  Katie is usually very shy around strangers, and I like to let her get to know someone first, today I couldn’t afford to be too selective when my brother is hospitalized.  Gracie set it up for me to meet her friend Mary Jane in the park down the street from the hospital.  She informed me that she drove a cherry red SUV so that I could spot her easily. 
Katelyn whimpered the entire way there that she didn’t want to stay with a strange person. When Mary Jane showed up, everything changed at that moment.  She stepped out of her car and, though I didn’t realize it at the time; she stole my heart. 

Author Bio

Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls. She married Daniel McClung in September 2005 and they currently reside just outside of Nashville. She graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1996. In 2002 obtained her general certification in medical coding and billing and in 2009 she obtained a specialty certification in Hospital medical coding and billing. Amy and her husband are both fans of fantasy novels as well as avid movie collectors. The Parker Harris Series is the first series of books by this author. Cascades of Moonlight is Book #1, Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales is Book #2, and The Dark Moon Book #3 and The Cold Moon Book #3.5 a Novella from Mitchell's POV. Her second series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, The Southern Devotion Series, with each book having as a standalone novel with crossover characters. The first book in that series is For the Love of Gracie. Curves in the Road is her newest release as Book 3 in the NA series. Her favorite past times include watching movies, drawing, and reading fantasy novels. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life. Her current work in progress is a spin-off of The Parker Harris Series called "The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles" that will be released in October 2014 as a YA Fantasy series.

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