Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Book Blitz: #Poser by Cambria Hebert - Teaser + Giveaway


#Poser (Hashtag, #5)

#Poser (Hashtag #5) by Cambria Hebert
NA Contemporary Romance
This is not a standalone
Published: 18th August 2015

Posers gonna pose

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I’ll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be.

I won’t ever tell. She can’t ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become and not the man I am.

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn’t start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door.

When secrets and threats knock, I don’t hide.

I open the door.

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

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Author Bio - Cambria Hebert

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. 

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house). 

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.


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Monday, 17 August 2015

Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons by Jeff Gunhus Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway

Lord of the Demons

Jack Templar 5

Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5) by Jeff Gunhus

With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre's Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.



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Just then, Eva stepped out from the brush directly into the forest path, straddling it with her feet set wide apart like a gunslinger in an old Western. For the life of me, I don’t know how she got that close without me seeing her, but she did.

“Hey,” she called out. “Wolfboy. Where do you think you’re going?”

Even as a vampire, Eva retained her English accent. Usually that took the edge off what she said, but she managed to deliver the challenge to Daniel with so much condescension and mockery that I thought he might charge at her.

Daniel spun around, lips curled back, every tooth showing. What I thought was a snarl before was no more than a tiny growl compared to the vicious sound that now came from his mouth. The skin on my arms and across the back of my neck turned to gooseflesh. I was, after all, a monster hunter. That snarl activated every instinct I had to pull my sword and fight. But I held steady, knowing that if they attacked each other, it was going to be up to me to pull them apart.

“I’m right here,” Eva hissed, barring her teeth to show her vampire fangs. “Come and get me, you dog.”

The words were barely out of her mouth before Daniel launched himself toward her. She crouched low where she was, her face twisting into a terrible mask of hate, her fangs extending out of her mouth past her lower lip, her hands held in front of her like claws.

Daniel took three enormous steps, landing the third immediately beneath the rabbit still desperately kicking to free itself. The second Daniel’s paws touched the ground, the forest floor gave way and he fell out of sight.

The cloth covering the hole we’d dug fell into the trap with him, dragging a layer of dirt and leaves in with it.



Author Bio - Jeff Gunhus

jeffJeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Cover Reveal: Like the Red Sky at Morning by Brielle Skye + Giveaway


Like the Red Sky At Morning (Forget Me Not #2)

Like the Red Sky at Morning (Forget Me Not #2) by Brielle Skye
Expected Publication: 27th October 2015 by Gypsy Pen Publishing

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Solitude of a Birdcage (Forget Me Not #1)

Solitude of a Birdcage (Forget Me Not #1) by Brielle Skye
Published: 13th September 2014 by Gypsy Pen Publishing

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**Can't wait until October to dive into Like the Red Sky at Morning? If you leave a review of Book #1 of the Forget Me Not series, Solitude of a Birdcage, on Amazon, you'll get an exclusive, first look at the first TEN CHAPTERS of Red Sky. For details, click here!**



Series Synopsis

In the battle between duty and desire, there will be causalities. But when passion is blinding, morals are questioned, and loyalties are broken, can love conquer all?

In Solitude of a Birdcage, when Isaac Cole falls victim to an act of violence that leaves him with no recollection of the prior eighteen months, two best friends tend to his recovery. For Savannah, it’s simply an attempt to care for the man she loves.

For Maxie, it’s a chance at redemption.

She tells Isaac nothing of the passionate secrets they'd been keeping from Savannah, nor of the unyielding feelings that nearly consumed them both. But as the fragile wall obstructing Isaac's memory begins to crack, hidden truths slip through the fissures, and Maxie will be faced with an impossible choice—her loyalty, or her heart.

Then, in Like the Red Sky at Morning, the story of Maxie and Isaac continues, and Maxie is determined to move on from the past she shared with Isaac—especially since he still doesn’t remember it. Seeking comfort in a new job, dreams of becoming a chef, and a scheme that may be the very escape she needs, she counts down the days to her fresh start. But as she draws closer to her goals, she finds herself facing a new temptation as intoxicating—and as forbidden—as the last.

Torn between the past and the future, truth and pretense, a new love and the old, Maxie will once again be forced to make a decision that will leave her with everything she's ever wanted, or nothing at all.



Author Bio - Brielle Skye

Brielle Skye


Brielle Skye is from New York where writing, reading, crocheting, and traveling keep her busy. She is the founder of the New York City Writers Network, an organization dedicated to uniting the very people who share her passion for words.





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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Book Blitz: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick - Teaser + Giveaway


Lumiere (Illumination Paradox, #1)

Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jacqueline Garlick
YA Steampunk
Published: 12th December 2013

Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.

Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.

Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.




Author Bio - Jacqueline Garlick

Jacqueline GarlickI'm Jacqueline Garlick, author of young adult and new adult fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Don't you?) 

I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won't find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can't she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea. 

My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some--a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends. 

In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don't ask), but more recently I've been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin's Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. 

Lumière--A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy--my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.

Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all...

I love hearing from READERS! Please contact me, either at my website: www.jacquelinegarlick.com, or catch up with me on twitter @garlick books, or on facebook: http://bit.ly/jegarlickfb

I'm open to reviews and interview, requests for skype visits, guest blogs, pod casts and book club meetings! I LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS!

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Book Blitz: A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt + Giveaways


A Killing Among Friends

A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt
YA Mystery Thriller
Published: 10th August 2015 by Limitless Publishing

Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .

The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.

More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .

When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.

Someone is watching Sennie’s every move . . .

Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue . . . if they can find them in time.

As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?

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Author Bio - Toni Morrow Wyatt

Toni Morrow WyattAs a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt's family spent nearly every summer visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A Killing Among Friends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and operating Kindred Books for seven years.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway


The Summer the World Ended
The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox
YA Post Apocalyptic
Published: 29th June 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press

As far as Riley McCullough is concerned, her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.

Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother has been comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen year old. As if her friend’s surprise trip wasn’t bad enough, her expectations for the ‘best summer ever’ disintegrate when she gets sent across the country to stay with a father she hasn’t seen in six years. Adjusting to a tiny, desert town where everyone stares at them like they don’t belong proves difficult, and leaves her feeling more isolated than ever. To make matters worse, her secretive father won’t tell the truth about why he left―or what he’s hiding.

Her luck takes an unexpected turn for the better when she meets a boy who shares her interest in video games and contempt for small town boredom. In him, she finds a kindred spirit who might just make the middle of nowhere tolerable.

Happiness is short lived; fleeing nuclear Armageddon, she takes shelter with her dad in an underground bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the one person she cares about most.

Guest Post by Matthew S. Cox

Hi, and thanks for inviting me to write a guest post for Pieces of Whimsy! I was asked to ramble on about ‘how to write a post-apoc world, or how much of me goes into my story and characters. I’m not the greatest decision-maker, so I’ll offer a bit of both.

Choose your Apocalypse

The first thing a writer needs to do when they plan on a post-apoc novel is to figure out what the ‘big event’ was. Why was there an apocalypse, and what form did it take: nuclear, viral, economic, climate change, aliens, magic, asteroid, volcanic, force majeure, and so on. Also, is the story set on Earth, an alternate Earth-like world, or some completely different realm? Many people leap to nuclear war or zombies as the first thought at the term post-apoc, though anything that eradicates civilization and sets humanity back to primitivism counts. The choice of ‘big event’ sets much of the stage for everything that happens. Also, to what degree has civilization been eradicated? Are there a few pockets of ‘tech’ left? Has everything gone back to spears and loincloths?

Realism vs. Hollywood

Once you’ve figured out what went boom, the second consideration is one of realism. Obviously some things such as magic or aliens are going to stretch the realism factor. In these cases, the realism would come in the small details – such as gasoline not lasting forever, alternative fuels, the effect that a lack of modern healthcare would have on people, and so on.

What is going to be the tone of the work? If you’re aiming for ‘as realistic as possible,’ some research is going to be necessary, especially in a setting where stepping barefoot on a sharp thing can ultimately kill someone from an untreated infection. Has the apocalypse created resource issues where different ‘towns’ compete or fight over food and water?

Roving bands of bandits shooting and kidnapping everything that moves is, at least from a perspective of realism, fairly Hollywood. Consider the way humanity has reacted in the past to large-scale tragedies. As a species, we tend to come together and help each other when things really hit the fan. Of course there will be criminals in any setting, but when shooting for realism, remember that without the safety cushion of civilization, people tend to take on a mass-survival instinct.

Story Focus / Antagonist

Now that you’ve got an apocalypse event picked out, and you’ve got the tone established (realism vs popcorn), it’s time to decide what your characters are going to face. Often, in the post-apocalyptic setting, the world itself plays the role of the antagonist as the characters fight is one of survival. In some cases (zombie/alien), is the apoc ‘fixable,’ or is the best the characters can hope for to stay alive? Post-apoc is a setting upon which you can overlay almost any character-driven story. Love and betrayal, political intrigue [a neo-tribal city], heck, I’ve even read a post-apocalypse story involving vampires. (A vampire apocalypse so to speak.)

Keep it Coherent

The major issue is to keep things making sense in accordance to the rules of the world you’re creating. A young protagonist possibly born after the ‘big event,’ isn’t going to be familiar with civilization as it was. They wouldn’t use slang or make pop culture references to a culture they know nothing about. If you need to work in a reference to something, remember to give the character a reason to know it… they have a portable DVD player, or found some books for example.

If you have a character who is mechanically inclined, be sure to answer how someone born forty years after the last car stopped moving knows how to fix one. Remember to give the reader enough of an explanation to where things feel natural and appropriate to your setting.

Also, cover the basics. Where do characters find food? Is there any system of law among the survivors or is it Darwin world?

Drawing on Experiences

Now for the second bit – the how much of me went into The Summer the World Ended. I think all writers draw on their experience to flesh out their stories. As far as this book goes, none of the characters are based on anyone I’ve seen or met, but I drew on some things I experienced to bring some of Riley’s experiences to life.

My grandfather passed away from an aneurism many years ago. I drew upon details from that memory for this book. Once you read it, you’ll know where it comes into play. At one point, a character mentions their father died at the dinner table and faceplanted his mashed potatoes – that was a reference to my grandfather.

Also, Riley’s feelings when she’s forced to leave her childhood home are based on my own filtered through my sense of who she is. I was much older than Riley when I had to move out of the house I grew up in. I took that sense of somber finality that comes with knowing a chapter in your life has closed, and added my take on Riley’s dread at being uprooted from her “safe warm place” to it.

The scene where her father is teaching her how to handle weapons gained some detail from a little time spent in the army, as well as a few years where I lived in PA, owned guns, and went to the range a few times a month. (I sold them before moving back to NJ.)

In addition to the above, there are many other bits and pieces of story inspired by little things that have lodged in my memory here and there from news, movies, stupid things I did as a kid, and randomness.

I’ve probably rambled on a bit long, so I’ll stop here.

Happy reading!

-Matt


Thanks so much for that awesome guest post, Matt! :)



Author Bio - Matthew S. Cox

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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