Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Cover Reveal: AlibiZ by Karice Bolton

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AlibiZ (Afterworld #2) by Karice Bolton
NA Post-Apocalyptic
Expected Publication: October 2014
Cover Design: Phatpuppy Art

Rebekah vows to expose the truth behind the RecruitZ that are killing the innocents. These creatures must be stopped, but so should the people controlling them. When Rebekah uncovers who is behind the uprisings, her own life becomes in danger.

Rebekah knows that she is not alone in this fight but vengeance alone won’t help her and the others to victory. Forced to build a battalion with the very creatures she needs to destroy, it is up to her to uncover the truth for the public before the world is turned over to an elite few.

Regardless of what may happen to her, she knows it’s a race against time to destroy these creatures and the monsters controlling them before there is no one left worth saving.

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Author Bio - Karice Bolton


Karice BoltonKarice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written fifteen novels and has several exciting projects in the works. Karice lives with her husband and two English Bulldogs in rainy Washington.

Books currently available:
Luke Fletcher Series: Hidden Sins (Book 1), Buried Sins (Book 2) – coming soon
Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1) Beyond Doubt (Book 2) Beyond Reason (Book 3) Beyond Intent (Book 4) Beyond Chance, Beyond Promise, and Beyond the Mistletoe coming soon
Afterworld Series: RecruitZ (Book 1) AlibiZ (Book 2) – October 2014
The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)
The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller Blog Tour - Interview



The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller
Fantasy
Published: 30th June 2012

The last of an ancient group of wizards leaves a gift to the newly arrived race of men. It is revered and cared for by a line of priests until it is stolen, and the high priest and his sovereign murdered by a king who believes himself destined to be a great wizard. But from ancient writings the high priest had discovered that the gift is not benevolent as was thought. This forces the son of the high priest, unexpectedly elevated to his father's position, and the young prince who is equally suddenly king, into a race to find the gift before it can be used as that may cause the destruction of the world. Accompanied by the retired captain of the palace guard they hope to speed their journey by crossing the Wasteland, a seeming desert, which is fabled to be populated by monsters, and from which no visitor has ever returned. In the course of their adventures they are hunted by dog faced men and captured by slavers, but the young prince truly becomes a king, and the priest discovers that he has a destiny that goes beyond the bounds of his world 

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Interview with Michael Waller

Tell us a little bit about your book, The Wizard's Gift, in your own words.

Though it will be classed as fantasy I very much see the book as simply an adventure story set in a fictional time and place. It is a race to forestall what might be the destruction of the world by a misguided wizard. The race is undertaken by two young men suddenly promoted to positions that they did not expect to achieve for many years, and an older soldier beginning a not altogether desired retirement. I made deliberate decisions with regard to the language, I cannot abide "medieval" characters who converse in modern idioms, and the use of magic, no miraculous escapes because of magical powers. It is a story that contains danger and hardships, revellations and personal growth, a constant movement towards an ending which turns out to be not quite the end.


What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I actually found it frustrating that I could not write as fast as I could think. The writing in itself I did not find difficult as at any given time I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but occasionaly I would find that the lag between inspiration and physical production meant that I would lose the thread. A re-read of what I had managed would then be necessary to put me back on track.


Are you a planner/plotter, or do you just follow where the story leads?

I am definitely not a planner, nor can I set myself targets for writing. When an idea comes to me I will sit and write the whole thing out, in fact the short stories that I have written were all produced at a single sitting, and when I don't have an idea nothing will spur me into writing. I generaly write in longhand, my trusty fountain pen, then when I transfer it to my computer I begin to expand on what is written. Then I will re-read to see if there are better word choices, and to make sure that I have caught my original idea in its entirety. I also sometimes need to return to earlier parts when a later idea means that I need to change an event to fit in with what is to come. I do know what the story is about, certainly the beginning and end, but all in all the rest is a bit hit and miss.


What is your favourite part about writing stories?

The conversion of a simple idea into the complex twists and turns of the completed story. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when you can lay out so that someone else will understand, and hopefully enjoy, a scene that is living only in your mind. I like dialogue and am careful to keep it in tune with the situation in which it is being used, only music moves me as much as honest and emotional dialogue. Anybody can write down what two people may say to each other, much rarer is the ability to make the words attain feeling and authority to enhance the speaker and the action of the story. I strive for that ability and hope that at times I achieve it.


Do you have a favourite place to write? Or a place you go for inspiration?

The single place that promotes the greatest amount of inspiration is in front of my Hi-Fi, no tinny ear buds and compressed mp3 files for me, where I find music will conjure up landscapes and actions. Sweeping passages in Sibelius will give me a sense of the more expansive scenes in the story, whilst Ronnie Dio can quicken the pulse and set my mind racing through more exciting passages.


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Well I am actually retired from what would be classed as my career, so now I do what gives me pleasure. I spend a lot of time in my workshop where amongst other things I restore vintage British motorcyles. I have thirty acres on which I ride my trials motorcycle, and I take a lot of natural history photographs. Other than that I just sit about reading and enjoying the freedom of being able to do what I want, when I want.


What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything planned for the future?

I am close to the end of a second book with Bataan from The Wizard's Gift as the central character. I also have two stories which I laid out many years ago which I plan to complete. These are both what would be classed as thrillers, I suppose, but as I have a dislike of the pigeon holeing of literature, as with The Wizard's Gift, they are just exciting stories one about a murder, and one about a fraud.

Thanks!


Thank you Michael! I definitely understand your connection with music, I certainly find songs inspiring me to write all the time, thanks for a great interview!



Author Bio - Michael Waller

Michael was born in Middlesbrough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, UK in 1951 where he was soon creating havoc as a short trousered rebel. Fortunately as his mother was head cook at police headquarters his numerous run ins with the constabulary were dealt with in the privacy of the family home. A junior school run by nuns, and then an excellent grammar school under the watchful eye of Marist priests educated him to have a love of literature, music and science. Though they did nothing to curb his anti-authority streak.

An initial ramble through all manner of jobs finally came to a halt in the oil and chemical industry where his love of science and all things technical provided him with gainful employment for almost thirty years. Whilst working he spent several years in the Middle East with visits to India, and around Europe before landing in the USA where he has lived for the past twenty years.

Retired now he writes, take photographs and restores vintage British motorcycles in upstate New York.




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Book Blitz: Rival Love by Natalie Decker - Excerpt + Giveaway


Rival Love

Rival Love by Natalie Decker
YA Contemporary Romance
Published: 26th August 2014 by Swoon Romance

Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.

At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.

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My eyes expand. Morgan? Why do I know that name? My mother makes her way toward the commotion. I stifle back a remark and wander off into the other rooms of the house. A loud snapping sound pulls my focus from a set of mahogany chairs and table, to a black and white kitchen. Taking a seat on one of the barstools is a tall, cute guy with shaggy, dark brown hair. I watch a bottle of water shift from one hand to the other. Why am I staring at him? I don’t know why, and for some reason can’t stop. Black cords string from his ears down to a small iPod secured to his left bicep. He unscrews the cap and starts to take a drink from the bottle. All at once, it hits me: I’m staring at the all-star Bobcat quarterback. Caleb Morgan. My life just became a whole lot worse.

“Liv!” my mother calls.

I flinch and glance back at the dining room. My mother continues to yell my name but I don’t answer. Facing the boy again, his green eyes lock with mine, and I stand there frozen and say nothing.

His eyes trail up and down my body. “Well, well, well. A freaking Bulldog is in my house. Hell must’ve frozen over,” Caleb says.

I glare at him. “I was just leaving.”

“Uh-huh. Guess I could give you some parting wisdom before you go.” He stands and makes his way to me. “Changing your name to Liv isn’t going to save you from getting your assed kicked in school. You do know that, right, Skylar?” The way he says my name sends a shiver down my spine. His face cringes a little when my mother’s voice carries into the kitchen.

I flip him the bird. “That’s what I think about your parting wisdom. And FYI, I’m not changing my name, that’s just what my mother calls me, moron!”

I turn on my heels and my mother enters the room with Brian in tow. Damn. “Oh, there you are. I wanted you to see … oh … ” She looks past me and smiles. “Hi, Caleb. I’m glad you two have met then. See, Liv, you already know someone. It’s not going to be so bad.”

She has no idea. Not a freaking clue. I want her to stop talking now. Why won’t she stop talking? “I’m so glad someone Liv’s age will be around to help her get adjusted to the school.”

“My pleasure. I’d love to stay and chat, but I need to get my run in.” My mother is oblivious to the sarcasm lacing his words, but I notice.

Brian blocks the exit to the back door. “Hold up. I need your help with their bags and we need to talk about the Danielle Samson episode on my front porch.”

I smirk as Caleb’s face slowly changes from a smile to a frown.

Ha. Stupid Bobcat! “Fine,” Caleb grumbles. They make their way past my mother and I. My mother gets a peck on the lips from Brian, and I get a snort from Caleb.

As soon as the boys leave, my mother squeals, “What do you think?”

“I think this place sucks. Are we done pretending yet? If we leave now, I might be able to get my life back.”

My comments bring her down from her glowing high. “Skylar, I’m happy. This is our home now. As soon as you start accepting that the better off things will be for the both of us.”

“I’m a Bulldog, Mother! This isn’t my home. I’m far from it.”




Author Bio - Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Top Ten Eight Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet!
 


Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)   Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

1. Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang
I absolutely adored the first book in this series - I thought it was just fantastic - and I've been wanting to read this book since it came out but I just haven't had the chance to buy it yet!

2. Bitterblue (The Graceling Realm #4) by Kristin Cashore
This is another series I loved but have yet to finish! Luckily the books are more companion novels than follow-on stories so I haven't been left with any unresolved issues, though I still really want to read this soon!


Die for Me (Revenants, #1)   Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

3. Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
I heard about this series a while ago and have been wanting to read it ever since. And while I have book 2, I just haven't gotten around to purchasing the first book yet!

4. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
I read the first 2 books in this series back in 2011 and I just haven't gotten to this one yet but I am looking forward to it!


Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)   

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
I know this book only just came out but I loved Stephanie's other books so much and I've been hanging out for this book since I first heard about it!

6. The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter
I've been wanting to start this series for a while! Not only is the cover gorgeous but it sounds awesome and I can't go past a good mythology story.


Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, #3)   Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)

7. Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange #3) by Lesley Livingston
I borrowed the first two books in this series from the library before the third book had been released and when the library eventually ordered it in (at my request) life got in the way and I didn't get a chance to read it which sucks because I am dying to know what happens!

8. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
I picked up one of the books in this series fairly cheap because of the gorgeous cover and amazing Goodreads reviews (I refused to read the blurb without reading the previous book), but haven't bought the first book yet so I haven't been ale to start the series!

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Hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

Grim

Julia will come, and this time I will somehow anchor her.
I will make her see me.

From Untethered by Sonia Gensler
~pg 251 paperback copy of Grim  - an anthology of fairytale inspired stories

Book Blitz: Unrequited by Emma Grey - Excerpt + Giveaway


Unrequited

Unrequited by Emma Grey
Published: 26th May 2014

Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?

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Excerpt

She tears away the tissue paper and exposes the music score. Sitting at the piano, she places it on the music stand and takes a deep breath.

The first few bars are hers. Half the song is hers, actually … and then …

Wow.

Wow.

She has to pause while she breathes the melody in for a minute. It’s good. Better than her original. Annoyingly good …

Who wrote this??

There’s no-one around to sing the male part, but she can hear it in her head. It’s perfect. It’s like a professional has picked up her amateurish scribblings and worked magic on them, and that’s both sort of brilliant and sort of sad …

I also wanted to say, you have a beautiful voice.

Yeah. Really?

Believe that and you could be a star one day.

She so could not be a star. Let’s face reality!

If you want to get in touch …

Um … with a random stranger? But the song works. It more than works. It works in a way that makes her think for a second that she could almost be on the brink of something real. But honestly, writing a song—even a good one—is one thing. Performing it? She’s always wanted to compose, but she’s never really wanted the spotlight. Or, maybe if she’s truly honest, she has, but she’s always been terrified of it.



or is she …



Author Bio - Emma Grey

Emma Grey


Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.




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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Book Blitz: Lost To Me by Jamie Blair - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Lost To Me

Lost To Me by Jamie Blair
YA Fantasy
Published: 19th August 2014

Lauren Kelling’s prom night is a memory she’ll never forget—in her nightmares. She had the dress, the hair, and romantic first time plans with her boyfriend, Kolton Seidel. But what should have been the best night of her life bleeds into terror when she’s brutally attacked.

Now, Lauren relives the events leading up to prom, unraveling the clues that should have warned her of the trauma to come. Like Kolton ’s malicious ex-girlfriend, who’ll do anything to rip them apart. Or Kolton’s mentally unstable brother.

After the tragedy, Lauren wants to hide, disfigured inside and out, while Kolton drowns in a sea of guilt. Only together can the two of them lay rest to the past and heal each other, through a love too strong to break.

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Thunder rumbled and shook the house. The rain picked up again, falling in sideways sheets that blew through the balcony doors. A few cool drops landed on my legs, sending shivers through me. Kolton got up and closed the doors.
With his face silhouetted in the candlelight’s flicker, he took my breath away.

He grinned. “What?”

“Nothing.”

I picked up the dice and rolled as he lay back down on the bed. Under his t-shirt, the muscles in his chest and arms shifted, as he got comfortable with my pillow again. An overwhelming urge to run my hand over his chest made me shut my eyes for a second. My lips tingled with anticipation of feeling his again. I wanted to chuck the game onto the floor and grab him.

But, I didn’t.

I couldn’t.

When his eyes captured mine, I knew he would.

“You win,” he said, and shoved the game pieces off the board. He took my arm and led me over to him, rolling onto his back and scooting under me. “Lure me up here and make me play games with you.” He shook his head, smiling.



Author Bio - Jamie Blair

Jamie  BlairJamie Blair lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, their two kids and a cat that broke into their house and refused to leave. She won a young author's contest in third grade, but it probably shouldn't count since her mom wrote most of her entry.LEAP OF FAITH is her first novel. She promises her mom didn't write one word of it.


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Lost To Me themed charm bracelet, a $20 Amazon Gift Card + a signed, dry erase, cover magnet.

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