Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Giveaway: Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy

Gone with the ghost (murder by design BOOK 1) BY erin mccarthy

Date of Publication: May 23, 2017

35006520Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.
 


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Cover Reveal: Seraphina's Vengeance by Sheena Hutchinson


Seraphina’s Vengeance
Sheena Hutchinson
(Seraphina #3)
Publication date: July 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
One year ago, Seraphina’s entire world seemed to have dived into a mythical land over night. She’s somehow even gotten used to the madness of it all. But what happens when the craziness stops? Things become quiet… too quiet.
She should have known better, Sera should have known that things weren’t as quiet as they seemed. After one of the best nights of her life, Sera is forced into this treacherous journey to save one of her loved ones.
But following the path of evil begins to take its toll on Sera. As she struggles with her own internal dilemmas, Nate starts to take matters into his own hands. When this unseen world finally begins to affect Sera’s emotions and her relationship. Can she hold it together to save her loved ones? Will love conquer all? Or will it turn her evil… forever?
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Author Bio:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website at www.SheenaHutchinson.com 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tour + Teasers, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Sparks by Kyle Prue

Author: Kyle Prue

Narrator: Jon Eric Preston

Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: Cartwright Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: Feud Trilogy, Book One

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Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes. The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties. Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon - regardless of their family name or allegiance.


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Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences. Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.
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Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello. As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression. He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Romancing the Bachelor by Diane Alberts


He's not going to know what hit him...



ROMANCING THE BACHELOR
Hamilton Family #1
Diane Alberts
Releasing May 15th, 2017
Entangled Indulgence


Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.

Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.



REVIEW

4 stars

This is the second book in the Hamilton Family series. This book was easy to follow along without having read the first book. There might be minor information or details that you miss out from the first book, but not anything that I felt was substantial to the point that I could not follow along with the story.

I really enjoyed seeing the relationship between Eric and Shelby develop throughout the story, and how the love blossomed between the two of them. I love just being able to read books that are completely focused on the relationship every now and then, and this book was perfect for that.

I would definitely recommend this book to other contemporary romance lovers because it is a great one to read. It hooked me from the beginning and had wonderful characters that you could relate to and love.



Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tour + Excerpt and Giveaway: Snowman by Yolanda Renee


It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renée’s THE SNOWMAN Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

This is a prequel to the author’s Detective Steven Quaid Mysteries. This story tells of Steven's first case as a rookie detective. It takes place 10 years before the events in MURDER, MADNESS & LOVE, the first book in the series.

The author is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring both print and eBook copies from her series. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

◊ THE SNOWMAN
◊ by Yolanda Renée
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mystery
◊ Novella
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Contains explicit sex & violence

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

          Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.
          While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.
          Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.


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Chapter VI
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June 28th

The forest was still, and the cold misty air filled Steven’s lungs, revitalizing him. Breathing deep, he let the stress of the last few months slip away.

Even though they compromised, the confrontation with his father over his career choice left him on edge. When Steven met with the political machine in Juneau, support for his father’s viewpoint had added more pressure. At least the timeline for submission to the political realm had been moved to the future. Not that his father would give up. Hell, Dad never gives up; that’s why he’s such a good politician.

As he scanned the terrain relief flowed through him. The trees were like old friends welcoming him home. The valley hummed with life while the Mendenhall Glacier sat like a silent sentinel of protection. But the knots in his shoulders retightened as a vision of creamy skin tucked under a garbage bag hijacked his thoughts and stomped on his peaceful state of mind. I wonder what’s happening in the case. Did another clue surface?

The grunts of a moose took his mind off the mystery. Bow and arrow in hand, he searched for his prey.

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A moose, several ptarmigans, and even fresh salmon filled the freezer. Steven’s hunting trip had proven to be both bountiful and therapeutic. He fussed with the fire, making sure the embers were perfect for cooking moose steaks. Everything else was ready. All he needed was the guest of honor. He paced the floor, checked his watch again, and searched the horizon for signs of Jena’s car.

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At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I've traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!



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          A killer plays cat and mouse with a young widow against the snowy backdrop of an Alaskan winter. Branded a black widow after the suspicious death of her millionaire husband, Sarah Palmer flees Seattle for Anchorage. However, the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered. A killer is murdering Sarah look-alikes on the 14th of each month, taunting Sarah with a valentine of evidence. After her experiences in Seattle, Sarah is slow to go to the police. When she finally does, she finds Detective Steven Quaid—Anchorage P D’s hotshot investigator—has not only heard the rumors, he believes them. Worse, her aloofness and composure only confirm his suspicions. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?


World damnation is a psychotic man’s goal, but two obstacles stand in his way, greed and a dedicated detective.
Catching Alaska’s most notorious serial killer as a rookie made Detective Steven Quaid a hero, but falling in love with the victim of his last case tarnishes that status. While attempting to repair both his personal and professional life, he stumbles upon an unusual case–and an even more extraordinary foe: a man who believes he is Lucifer. An insidious man who delivers Quaid the ultimate choice: save his fiancée from an assassin’s bullet or stop the sacrifice of a young girl.


Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness.
Detective Steven Quaid is ready for new challenges as Anchorage's top detective, but not until he marries the woman of his dreams on New Year's Eve. Determined to give Sarah the wilderness honeymoon she desires, he turns his grandfather's cabin into the perfect honeymoon retreat. After the final details are complete, Steven treks into the mountains to hunt. On his return to the cottage, instead of Sarah, he is greeted by several police officers and a bloody crime scene. Accusations fly, and Stephen flees into the wilderness, his heart racing and thoughts etching into his soul. The wilderness is unforgiving, but Steven faces it head on: Caught between a massive grizzly and a black bear in a deadly tug of war, he is barely saved from death's door by the fortuitous appearance of his uncle. Despite surviving multiple injuries, Steven continues his investigation as he recovers, but answers don't come quick or easy. Having enlisted the aid of his number one suspect, Steven faces a struggle that has become more than personal. This one just may cost him his heart.

You can find out more about the books and the author by following the tour HERE. You can also include your chances of winning in the giveaway.


This tour-wide giveaway features both print and eBook copies of the four books in the Detective Quaid Series. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 6.

The prizes include:

* Grand prize - Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).
* First place - Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
* Second place - Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.
* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner's choice).

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her month-long tour. You never know what you might find out.

Blitz + Excerpt, Teaser, and Giveaway: Rook by J.C. Andrijeski


Rook
J.C. Andrijeski
(Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1)
Publication date: April 22nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction
From USA TODAY bestselling author, a psychic warfare alternative history set in a gritty version of Earth. Contains strong romantic elements – a book in the Bridge & Sword World. Apocalyptic. Psychic Romance. 
“You are the Bridge…”
Allie Taylor lives in a world populated by seers, a second race discovered on Earth at the beginning of the 20th Century. Psychic, hyper-sexual and enslaved by governments, corporations and wealthy humans, seers are an exotic fascination to Allie, but one she knows she’ll likely never encounter, given how rich you have to be to get near one.
Then a strange man shows up at her work –– then another –– and pretty soon Allie finds herself on the run from the law, labeled a terrorist and in the middle of a race war she didn’t even know existed. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious and uncommunicative Revik, Allie discovers her blood may not be as “human” as she always thought, and the world of seers might not be quite as distant as she always imagined.
When Revik tells her she’s the Bridge, a mystical being meant to usher in the evolution of humanity––or possibly its extinction––Allie must choose between the race that raised her and the one where she might truly belong.

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Glancing out the dusty windows, I fought through the limits of my options.
We drove on in silence while I massaged my wrists around the two handcuffs. I watched out the window as he passed a semi-truck.
We passed another a few minutes later.
I considered yelling out at them, banging on the windows, but the more I thought about it, the more the possibility struck me as not just futile, but dangerous.
The sun was getting higher now. I could see seagulls and pelicans winging over the diamond patterns of sun flickering over waves. It was beyond strange to be looking out over that perfect view with my wrists handcuffed to the side of a stranger’s car.
When I glanced over at the seer next, he was staring at my bare thigh, which had shifted out from under the ugly, gray blanket. Seeing the denser look rising to his eyes, I retracted my leg, hiding it back under the coarse wool.
I’d forgotten all those other stories about seers.
Frowning, he averted his gaze.
“You are safe with me, Alyson,” he said.
I let out a low snort. I couldn’t help it.
When he gave me a sharp look, I made my expression blank, staring back out the window. This time, I looked through the glass on my side of the car, staring up at the sandy cliffs that lined the road to my right. My fingers clutched the chain between the metal bracelets. I tried to think if there was any way I could talk him into unlocking the handcuffs… then I remembered again that he could read my mind.
That pretty much limited my options.
“Yes,” he agreed neutrally.
I faced him, fighting a sudden stab of anger.
“Are you really not going to tell me why you took me?” I said. I stared at him, breathing harder when he didn’t answer. “What? Are you a religious fanatic of some kind, like your pal in the diner? A terrorist? One of those ‘unaffiliateds’ who want a seer nation?” Still watching his face for a reaction, I bit my lip, fighting to control the emotion that intensified with each breath I took. “I’m a fucking waitress… did you miss that? Do you really think anyone’s going to think twice about blowing my head off to get to you?”
He made that soft clicking noise with his tongue.
I watched him do it, briefly dumbstruck at how alien it sounded, and how alien he looked as he did it. I’d read somewhere about seer language, how they used sign language in addition to verbal and telepathy. It hit me again that he really wasn’t human, no matter how he looked.
I don’t know if he heard me thinking that, too, but his next words bled impatience.
“Alyson,” he said. “You’ll need to control your emotional reactions. Try, anyway.” He glanced at my face. “You need to get over your denial, too.”
“Who the fuck are you?” I snapped.
Again, his expression tightened. He glanced at me, his eyes hard.
“You were seven when I began watching over you.”
When I let out an angry sound, he cut me off, his voice hard.
“Yes. It is true.” He made that shrugging motion with his hand again. “There is a term for it. It is seer, though. It won’t mean anything to you. I was not around much in the physical. My job was to keep an eye on you. To assist in keeping you hidden, where possible.” Grunting, he gave me a flat look. “That became increasingly difficult these last two years. Your behavior has been… erratic. It is why I came in person.”
“Erratic?” I stared at him. “What do you mean, my behavior has been ‘erratic’?”
Turning, he quirked a dark eyebrow at me. His lips twisted in a kind of cynical humor.
“You stabbed your ex-lover’s girlfriend,” he reminded me. “In public. With a broken wine bottle.” Grunting, he looked back at the road. “You got arrested, Alyson. That’s not something I could cover up. Even with our contacts in law enforcement.”
I stared at him.
For a moment, I fought with how to argue with that, how he even knew about it. After another pause, I shut my mouth, shaking my head.
“I’m not judging you,” he added. Giving me another sideways glance, he clicked his tongue. That time I heard real amusement in it. “Truthfully, it was a very seer thing to do. But it was also very conspicuous. Too conspicuous.”
“Seers stab people a lot?” I said, sarcastic.
“When it comes to infidelity, yes.” Again he turned, staring at me with those crystal-like eyes. “Only usually we’re a bit more thorough.”
Still staring at him, I clenched my jaw, incredulous. “If you’re seer, can’t you make me believe anything you want?”
Once more, he turned, aiming a cold stare at me.
“Of course,” he said. “But why would I? You are nobody, as you said.”
I couldn’t say much to that, either. Turning back towards the window, I clenched my jaw, fighting to think.
“He called me something,” I said. “The guy in the diner. He called me a name––”
“Bridge, yes. That is your title.”
“That’s right,” I said. “The Bridge. So this is… what? Some myth of yours? Like a Dalai Lama kind of thing?” When he didn’t answer, I sharpened my voice. “You have to know how fucking crazy that sounds to me. You’re a seer. You have to be able to put yourself in my shoes a little, right? Empathy comes with the territory?”
The man’s mouth firmed to a line.
I waited, wondering if he would answer.
He didn’t.
Biting back impatience, I shook my head. “You sound German. I didn’t think any seers even lived in Europe anymore. I thought you were all in Asia, with the exception of a few who worked directly for—”
“Alyson,” he broke in. He turned on me, his voice cold. “Just stop.”
“Stop?”
He nodded, his eyes on the road. “You understand this better than you’re pretending. This is shock.” He waved a hand at me vaguely. “Denial, maybe. You know the truth. Your human life… it is over. You are talking at me, saying things you know are not true, or half-true. You are trying to convince yourself that this is not real, that you don’t understand. It is better to remain quiet. To allow the truth to sink in.”
I stared at him. Realizing there was at least some spark of truth to what he was saying, I clenched my jaw.
When he didn’t say anything else, I broke into a shaky laugh.
“Okay. Look.” I flipped my arm over, showing him the lighter skin of my inner arm. I pointed at the “H” tattooed there in black ink on my skin. “Sell your crazy somewhere else, okay? I’ve been tested. Literally hundreds of times. I was adopted, so I got tested every time I registered. Whatever you’re trying to do, framing me as some kind of über-seer, Syrimne-wannabe, I don’t appreciate being the fall guy for whatever takeover trip you’ve got planned…”
I trailed as he hiked up the sleeve on his own left arm.
Seeing the barcode there, on a lean, olive-toned arm, my eyes locked on the black “H” tattooed on his skin. He watched me long enough to make sure I understood, then lowered his sleeve, putting both hands back on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
“It’s ink, Alyson,” he said. “It’s fucking meaningless.”
I lapsed into silence, that sick feeling in my gut worsening. After another pause, I shook my head, remembering my last visit to the doctor, what he’d said––
“Are you really going to pretend you didn’t do that thing?” The seer turned on me for real, his narrow mouth curled in a frown. “Gaos d’lanlente. Alyson! Your name is likely all over the news feeds by now. Your name. My face. Your face.” He continued to glare at me, anger tingeing his voice. “You want to blame me for this? I would have gotten you out quietly. I would have gotten you past him, if you’d just––”
“Yeah,” I snapped. “You were doing a bang-up job getting me out ‘quietly,’ all right. Stellar. I particularly enjoyed the gun you aimed at my head.”
He frowned, looking away. Staring out the windshield, he twisted his hands on the steering wheel’s leather grip, not speaking as he clicked under his breath.
I sat there silently too, scowling as I stared out the window.
Even so, both of our words began to sink into the deeper recesses of my brain. Thinking about their implications, I swallowed. My hands grew suddenly cold.
Had I really done that? Had I really thrown people across the room?

“Yes,” the man next to me growled. “You did.”


Author Bio:
JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in Bangkok, Thailand.
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